Friday, October 11, 2019

Amy Sherald at Hauser & Wirth

One art show I knew I had to see while I was in New York last week was Amy Sherald the heart of the matter at Hauser & Wirth. And it did not disappoint. However beautiful, however luminous, however striking Sherald's people have been when you've seen them in the past, they are even more so when you encounter new ones in person. Normally, when I see a gallery show, I photograph the pieces I really like -- to help me remember them later -- at this show I took pictures of every single painting there, because I really really liked all of them.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Color Poem #98

when you discover
your pen matches
your clothes to
cobalt for cobalt
maroon for maroon
gold-tone for gold-tone

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

New York (and Philadelphia)

I was in New York for work last week -- meeting with agents, artists, and prospective authors; scoping out galleries and museums and retail shops; and attending Comic Con (!) (plus seeing some plays!) -- and I also took the train to Philadelphia for a day because, both in NYC and Philly, I got to speak to illustration students at art schools about what being an author looks like for visual creatives. I will have much more to say about many of these here things in due course, but for now here are photos of a few small highlights that sparkled the way New York tends to sparkle: in glimpses.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Creative Mornings!

I'll be speaking at Creative Mornings San Francisco on October 25th and I am so honored and excited about it. Creative Mornings, for those not familiar, is a monthly series of talks that take place in cities the world over. Kept brief, and early in the morning, the idea is that creative folks can come and hear a speaker before heading into their work days feeling a little more inspired. Each month has a theme and this month's theme is "flow." What will I say about this topic? Only one way to find out*! Tickets are free but they go quickly. They will become available right over here at 11am Pacific Time on Monday 10/21.

*Actually, there are two ways to find out: all the talks are put up as online video afterwards so non-local folks can enjoy them, too. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

La Croix and Bitters

A new favorite drink around our house is La Croix and bitters which turns out to be a great-tasting, not-sweet, non-alcoholic, very pretty beverage. Here we have a drawing of: Pamplemousse and Angostura Bitters on the left, Tangerine and Peychaud Bitters on the right.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Vivienne Flesher at Jack Fisher Gallery

I had seen and admired these painted heads by Vivienne Flesher online, so imagine my delight at stumbling upon them in person at Jack Fisher Gallery, right here in town. The paintings themselves, with their wide brushstroke shadows, delight me. And I'm also quite drawn to the fact that they're done on paper and hung unframed with binder clips so that the paper is allowed to curve and warp along the bottom edge. I'm not sure why that look pleases me so much, but it always does.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Color Poem #97

this yellow dress I had
in high school was the
most perfect yellow ever

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Everyone Must Do What is Right For Them

A text exchange with my BFF:

     Her: [something something] The Goldfinch

     Me: I'm kind of off literary fiction

     Her: WHAT

     Me: It frequently bores me

     Her: Everyone must do what is right for them. What do you read now?

     Me: Mostly memoir, essays, mysteries, fantasy, comics, YA

And there it is, the truth of the matter. I've known this for sometime but never baldly stated it to anyone before. Goodness gracious. I feel like an aberration.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September Workshops

We've got three exciting workshops coming up at Open Studio this month:

Wholesaling for Creatives with Giselle Gyalzen on the 18th

Let's Make Tunnel Books! with e. bond on the 21st

Work / Life Balance with Allison Kenny on the 28th

Monday, September 9, 2019

Whale Shark

I've mentioned briefly before how, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta there is apparently a huge tank housing four whale sharks and how you can watch it on a live webcam on their website -- an activity I highly recommended as it is extremely soothing. And so I drew it.

Friday, September 6, 2019


I didn't realize how badly I wanted to see more women artists in SFMOMA until the museum took it upon themselves to put them there. I went to see the Warhol show in July, and the JR opening in May, but I don't think I've properly wandered the various floors of the museum since maybe late last winter. And man oh man have they done a lot to it since then -- honestly, it almost feels like a whole new museum. Part of this has to do with the Rothko they deaccessioned (in my personal opinion it wasn't a very compelling Rothko, as Rothkos go -- not to mention, they hardly ever hung and showed it -- not to mention they have one of the great Rothkos of the universe, plus three others including one very interesting and unusual one as well) with the explicit purpose of using the funds from its sale to buy art by women and artists of color. They promptly bought and hung eleven artworks (including the astonishing huge Mickalene Thomas above) and I went to the museum the other day to go see them. But what I saw regarding works by women (and, to a sadly lesser but still noticeable degree, artists of color) went way beyond just those eleven things. In a room dedicated to Surrealism, fully half the artworks were by women. In a gallery about sculpture in the 70s, all the art -- 100% of it -- was by women (and no comment was made about this fact in any of the wall text, this was not a show of "1970s women sculptors" it was a show of "1970s sculptors using new materials" Bam!). Several small one-and-two person shows featured women, too, and there were loads of things just tucked here and there -- a Barbara Kruger, a Jenny Holzer, many more -- that I'd never seen before. And then of course there were still old favorites, like the several Joan Mitchels, the Alice Neel, the Helen Frankenthaler, the Ruth Asawa and what I always think of as the Agnes Martin Chapel. Ready to see? Here we go!

Above: Mickalene Thomas

Carol Bove

Helen Frankenthaler

Kay Sage

Joan Mitchel

Alice Neel

Ana Mendieta

Sonia Gechtoff

Ruth Asawa

Brenna Youngblood

Carrie Mae Weems

Lynda Benglis

Shirin Neshat

Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt)

Carol Bove

Suzan Frecon

Lynette Yiodom-Boakye

Charline Von Heyl

Agnes Martin (detail)

Agnes Martin (detail)

Sophie Calle

Njideka Akunyili Crosby


Joan Mitchell

Erin Shirreff

Alma Thomas

Carol Bove

Louise Bourgeois

Leonora Carrington

Eva Hesse

Dorothea Tanning

Joan Brown

Rebecca Belmore

Barbara Kruger

Joan Mitchel

Erin Shirreff

Jenny Holzer