Thursday, December 5, 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

New Computer

Overnight the excellent  IT folks of Chronicle Books kindly replaced my computer. As always happens when that occurs, I am stumbling about in the virtual world of my screen like a clumsy three-toed sloth. The fact that I managed to locate and post here a vaguely computer-and-book-publishing related New Yorker cartoon (by P.C. Vey) should count as a major victory.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Fashion Gals #1

When I was a miserable middle-school-er I got super into fashion magazines. Elle was a favorite. But in some ways even more compelling was the late-80's / early-90's iteration of W -- back when it was a folded over-sized newspaper-type thing, rather than a bound periodical, and full of fashion sketches and illustrations. From studying those I realized you didn't have to draw faces or (always the worst) hands! You could just focus on the clothes. And focus I did. Always a draw-er, I started drawing fashion gals (so named after the cheap trendy clothing shop, Fashion Gal, in the local strip mall, where I first bought garments with my own money: a cropped denim blazer and a purple cowl-neck sweater with turquoise checkerboard around the bottom hem -- but I digress) to the exclusion of all other subject matter. I'd churn these out by the dozens. They made me happy at an age when, as we all recall, very little does. I found the binder full of them when I was clearing out my mother's house this summer. There are more than a hundred of them, but I'll just put them here, now and then, a few at a time. I find I still wish now what I wished then: that these clothes were real so I could wear them.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Fruit / Napkin Bowl

For as long as I can remember my mom kept fruit, mostly bananas, in the kitchen in this footed cut-glass bowl. She inherited it from her mom, who was super into antiquing at a time when such things were not remotely trendy, and likely got it at either a junk shop or a flea market. Now it sits on my sideboard, holding cloth napkins for the dining table.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Kindah Khalidy "Soft Serve" at Chandran Gallery

I am one hundred percent obsessed with Kindah Khalidy's new show, Soft Serve, at Chandran Gallery. The great big scale of the pieces, the way Khalidy creates and manipulates and layers shapes, the kaleidoscopic color palette. All of it is perfectly tailored to make me almost giddily happy. Normally, when I see an art show, I take photos of the pieces I like best (both to share with you here, and to help me remember them for my own self) -- suffice to say, in this case that practice meant taking a photo of every single picture in the show, plus a few detail shots. Here for you. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Color Poem #104

this shade of blue sky goes with a mid-november coolness on the skin
a quality of air made of sunlight and crispness and light breeze that
is the perfect autumnal stuff to walk through on a fall afternoon

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Book Covers

I drew some favorite book covers for the upcoming Chronicle Books Holiday Craft Fair, where the many talented folks around this joint sell stuff they've made. I've never sold my drawings there before, but I figure if publishing types will slap down their hard-earned cash for anything, it's likely to be things like these. I made these on half-sheets of paper, which was a new thing for me, and I'm pleased about how they came out.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

PINK SF Opening Party

The opening party for PINK SF was the other night and it was a pure delight. The show happens to be housed at the shop of my old pal Patti (that's her in the bottom photo) Industrious Life. Folks were buying up gorgeous artworks left and right (that's mine with the pink pens on the green background above, and it is still available!) with all proceeds benefiting Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight. Plus there were really pretty cakes. Thanks, Pen & Ink Brigade, for having me!