Friday, April 27, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Though I've talked before about the book launch party / art show for the book I'd Rather Be Reading in which one of my drawings appeared, I just realized I've never shown you here the actual drawing inside the actual book. Here is is!
Also, down below, you'll catch a glimpse of some shiny blue balloons spelling out the word "YOU" - those are from the launch party for the brand new YOU Magazine, in which, just in case anyone needs a reminder, I illustrated an article by (omg omg omg) Roxane Gay. The magazine is now available, FOR FREE!, right here.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
I have started work on my follow-up book to How Art Can Make You Happy! I'm doing research, conducting interviews, and writing away. It's great fun. My new entrant to the series will be published in the Fall of 2019. Before that, next Spring, will come a couple of other volumes in the series, not written by me - but rather by experts on their respective topics. Much more to come, here, about this lovely little series as time goes on!
Monday, April 23, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
While I was at SFMOMA the other day to see the Akomfrah / Turner show I happened to also stumble upon a display of the artist Ruth Asawa's tools - the very ones, presumably, that she used to make sculptures such as the one below (which hangs in a different part of the museum). My enjoyment in looking at them was somewhat marred by a middle-aged white couple - no, wait, scratch that, I keep forgetting, I'm middle-aged, so that makes them: an elderly white couple loudly griping about such humble items being so reverently displayed in a glass vitrine. But I thought it was pretty cool. If you've ever seen the Imogen Cunningham photo of Asawa making art while sitting on the floor surrounded by her kids (second image down, below), then you have a pretty good idea why, from a feminist perspective, the fact of her ruler and her pencil and her butter knife being on show in a major museum is actually a pretty big deal.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
I'm excited and honored that the same art director who hired me for that AMAZING Roxane Gay illustration job - the super rad Brian McMullen - has brought me back on board for a new job for a different magazine. I woke up super early Sunday to work on it and got to bust out a different, more mother-nature-y color palette than my usual. More news on this to come!
Monday, April 16, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
It is extremely difficult to do justice in words to the current SFMOMA show Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J. M. W. Turner. It is simply awesome. Not "awesome" in the everyday sense of cool, rad, groovy. No. Rather in the sense of that which evokes awe. Akomfrah's work is a large scale three-screen video installation called Vertigo Sea - The Deluge
Thursday, April 12, 2018
if you let it the
color of the sky
will mesmerize you with happiness
and what the hell color is it anyway?
not a pastel not one little bit but
rather a color made of pure light
way darker and deeper than the pale color
that apparel manufacturers name sky blue
way less green and turquoise than
the ceiling of grand central station
nearly impossible to mix with paint
since it’s got virtually no white in it
nothing matches it except once in a while the
ocean and some people’s eyes including mine
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
It's here! It's here! The day I get to show you ALL the books and paper products I edited for Chronicle Books for our illustrious Spring 2018 season. This is all stuff that is already available now, or will be very soon, from anyplace you like to buy books. And, can I just say? I got to work with so many amazing talents this time around. Check it out:
Lorna Simpson Collages by Lorna Simpson, introduction by Elizabeth Alexander
The Wing Reader: An Illustrated Poem by Brooke Smith, illustrated by Brian Rea
Deeply Grateful and Entirely Unsatisfied: A Book for Anyone Wondering if Life is Giving You Magical Gifts or Just Messing With You by Amanda Happé
With Love, Adventure, and Wildflowers Notes by Katie Daisy
Wanderlust and Wildflowers Colored Pencils by Katie Daisy
The Wildflower's Workbook: A Journal for Self-Discovery in Nature by Katie Daisy
How to Make Hand-Drawn Maps: A Creative Guide with Tips, Tricks, and Projects by Helen Cann
William Wegman Address Book, by William Wegman
Good Dogs on Nice Furniture Notes by William Wegman
Think Small: The Tiniest Art in the World by Eva Katz
Say Yes: A Journal for Dreaming Big by Leah Reena Goren
On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness by Roman Muradov
Creative Alchemy: Meditations, Rituals, and Experiments to Free Your Inner Magic by Marlo Johnson
The Color Collector's Handbook: A Journal for Discovering the Colors in Your Everyday by Leah Rosenberg
Make Change: Art to Inspire Action (Chronicle Books is a proud supporter of the ACLU)
If you want to see previous seasons of things I've worked on, going all the way back the the Fall of 2011 (holy crap!), simply type the relevant season abbreviation (F17, S17, F16, etc.) into the search box right over there up on the right. Watch my photography skills devolve as you go back in time. Fun for the whole family!