Friday, August 16, 2019

Lee Krasner

There's a Lee Krasner show up at the Barbican in London right now that I wish I could go see. The ability to just magically pop down the block to various cultural venues around the world at will would be a handy super power to have, come to think of it. I mean, just look at this stuff! It's like candy. Makes me happy, even to view it through the digital window from afar.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Color Poem #94

it’s tempting to call it millennial pink as
that’s become the shorthand for all pale
and not bright pinks in our present murky
century and I’ll grant you it’s close but
there’s a muted-ness the millennial shade
carries that this washed-down paint mess
lacks an emphatic-ness here that’s insistent
unexpected like I’m for the ages this pink

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Cover Reveal: How Time Is On Your Side

My next book is coming out next spring and this is it's cover! Woo! It's about how we make time for the things that are important to us and I am so excited to share more about it with you as its publication gets closer. But for now I'll just leave it here in all it's blue and silver shimmery glory.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Current Joys

The other day on Swiss Miss I came across this quote:

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.” -Rita Schiano

It reminded me of all the smart and great things Ingrid Fetel Lee has to say about joy (if you're not getting her newsletter I highly recommend it) and how challenging it can be to focus upon joy. How we think it's selfish or frivolous, especially during hard times (be those hard times personal or global). 

So my dear work-wife Christina and I decided to list our current joys. This feels especially important to me right now as I attempt, not always successfully, to take care of myself with the black dog of grief sitting on my chest. Of course, in keeping with that circumstance, my current joys tend to be rather low-impact, undemanding, comforting sorts of things. They are:

  • Patching a quilt made by my dad that I inherited from my mom and that needs some love, on Sunday mornings, while Bill and Mabel read the Sunday comics out loud
  • Drawing and painting
  • Working on my upcoming talk for Creative Mornings (October!)
  • Contemplating a drastic haircut
  • YA fiction (currently reading: the new Angie Thomas On the Come Up, and listening to The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro)
  • Ice cream at 9pm

Monday, August 12, 2019

Motor Home

When I was a kid my next door neighbors had a motor home and I was pretty obsessed with it. I wanted to live in one full-time when I grew up. I would be an artist. I would travel all around painting pictures on an easel. With my horse, obviously.

I made this picture in the spring of 2016. Looking at it today I notice a real concrete change to my style over the past three and a half years. If I drew the same thing now I would make all those brown stripes much straighter and neater than I did back then. This is not an entirely voluntary choice, nor am I sure it's an improvement. I may, in fact, like the old way better. But I'm not sure I could make one like this again if I tried. Things have just moved on. Huh.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Julia Kuhl

I love these watercolors by Juila Kuhl, from a recent show at Frosh & Potrmann. I'm a sucker for words in art, and for plaid in art, so their juxtaposition together is just perfect delicious fruit for my personal eyes and brain.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Color Poem #93

yet again the attempt
to capture the colors of
the hills and sky albeit this
time winter green and blue

yet again abject failure
and the knowing you will
surely try again and yet again

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Flat Files

As a professional person whose drawings are published in books and magazines and sold by a gallery (I'm sorry, but that designation still amazes and astonishes me, let's just take a moment here in the parentheses to go eeeeeee! shall we? Good. That's done.) I realized I finally needed to bite the bullet and invest in flat files for storing my finished pictures. But, damn! Real official artists' flat files are hella expensive. Like thousands of dollars expensive. Um, nope. Instead, thanks to a beautiful Instagram post from Case for Making (where they use these same cabinets to hold the beloved hand-crafted watercolor paints they make and sell) I discovered this beautiful blue parts cabinet from Uline. Meant to hold small parts and hardware -- my friend who works in a machine shop confirms he uses these same cabinets daily -- they turn out to also be a more affordable, extremely sturdy, option for storing works-on-paper as well. The heavy gray plastic cubby inserts lift out and you're left with a lidded drawer that perfectly holds two stacks of eight-and-a-half-by-eleven sheets side by side. Heavenly.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

First Thursday: Big Things

I got the big paintings I made the other week up on the gallery wall in time to have a tiny opening for First Thursday. Bill provided the refreshments (whiskey and pie -- oh my!) and it was a lovely warm-yet-chill evening. Every time I venture back into some arena of endeavor that I haven't undertaken since before my mom died I worry about whether or not I can do it. Will this thread of my life still be there, for one thing, and if it is will I have the energy to pick it back up? Well, in this case, it was and I did. The paintings are for sale, too, in all their wobbly wrinkly imperfect glory (part of their charm if you ask me) for fifty bucks a pop, so stop by or let me know if you want one!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Marin Country Road

Sometime in the winter of 2004/2005, while driving on a country road in Marin County, Bill and our pal Kristen told me a simple but profound truth about life. Something that, at the age of 28, I'd seriously never thought of before. Now, 15 years later, I think I just about understand it and am nearly, but not quite, ready to write about it. But, as is often the case, first I am ready to draw about it.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Citizen Parlor

I don't normally talk about my own work here on Art Friday. When there are so many amazing artists out there, that generally just feels sort of pompous. But in this case I must make and exception and risk pomposity because I have Big News: I have gallery representation! My original drawings are being sold online at the very fine art site Citizen Parlor. So if you wanted a picture from How Was Your Day, but weren't local to the Bay Area to come by one when the show was up at Open Studio, you can now get one from the comfort of your sofa, or the bus, or wherever you happen to be. I am really just so honored to be featured alongside such a stellar roster of artists and feel deeply grateful for the opportunity. These screen-grabs are pretty tiny, so click through and enjoy the whole gorgeous  Citizen Parlor website right here.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Joy of Good Publicitiy

Back in the Spring, around the time The Secret Art of Being a Parent came out, I had the opportunity to do a couple of great online features that I never got around to sharing with you here.

The first was a home tour and interview on Design Mom (photo above).

And the second a two-part article on Parentology: Why Reading to Babies is Rad and Must-Read Books for All Ages (photo below).