Thursday, February 21, 2019
the pink pearl in all its clean and spongy trapezoidal newness
smelling of school days and exuding a pink that’s nowhere else
a pink that abuts salmon and bubble gum and coral and hope
but is none of those is its own self and nothing else is erasure
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
I'm speaking at Alt Summit in Palm Springs next month! This massive, colorful, design-y conference is one I've long wanted to visit, and now to have the chance to go there as an "Expert Desk" person is pretty keen. Basically this means I'll sit at a desk for ninety minutes, and folks can come chat with me for a few minutes each and pitch me their book ideas. Then I get to swan around Palm Springs for a couple of days oohing and ah'ing at the architecture, listening to all the great speakers, meeting folks and being impressed at what I'm anticipating will be the generally high fashion level of the attendees. The event is a whole week long and absolutely jam-packed with impressive programming, so tickets are not cheap. So while I'm not going to presume to urge anyone to go -- if you do happen to be going maybe I'll see you there!
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
I got to participate in one of JCYC's middle school Career Days last week and it was a truly inspirational experience. I talked to two sixth grade classes at Roosevelt Middle School about careers in book publishing and editorial (for those of you who don't know me personally: when I'm not running Open Studio or being an author and artist, I'm busy with my career as an art book editor at Chronicle Books) and man oh man were these kids on top of it! I haven't spent much time with middle school kids, and sixth graders pretty much still look like small children, right? But it turns out they've basically got the brains of teenagers. They asked the best questions! I was supposed to be there to inspire them, but I think they inspired me just as much if not more. If you're engaged in an interesting career in San Francisco, I would very much recommend reaching out to this great organization to participate in one of these wonderful activities.
Monday, February 18, 2019
Friday, February 15, 2019
At Kew Gardens last month there was also this exquisite art show of supremely intricate graphite drawings of ancient oak trees by Mark Frith, presented in the relatively humble but very pleasing Shirley Sherwood Gallery (pictured just below). This is is a post where I'd recommend clicking the images up as large as they'll go (the drawings themselves are probably each about five feet across in life) to see the fineness of the details. Frith's pieces were simply the sort of artworks that stop you in your tracks, agape.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Hooray! It's here! The day I get to show you everything I edited for Chronicle Book's Spring 2019 season. I love this day. Everything is so fresh and so pretty and I get to reflect on the amazing bunch of super talented authors and artists I was lucky enough to work with this time around. Here's what's here:
Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life by James Victore
Moon Notes 20 different notecards featuring photographs from the archives of NASA
All Hail the Queen: Twenty Women Who Ruled by Jennifer Orkin Lewis, written by Shweta Jha
Collect Moments Not Things: A Travel Journal by Sandrine Kerfante
Delicious Metropolis: The Desserts and Urban Scenes of Wayne Thiebaud
In Pursuit of Inspiration: Trust Your Instincts and Make More Art by Rae Dunn
Death Wins a Goldfish: Reflections from a Grim Reaper's Yearlong Sabbatical by Brian Rea
Just Because I'm Doodling Doesn't Mean I'm Not Working: Take Notes and Doodle in the Margins
The Future is Feminist: Radical, Funny, and Inspiring Writing by Women
Joy! Photographs of Life's Happiest Moments by Bruce Velick
Brian Eno: Visual Music by Christopher Scoats
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
How Was Your Day?, the journal I wrote and illustrated, comes out today and I could not be more thrilled! It's truly a dream come true to see my drawings in print. Not only am I deeply and profoundly inspired to see this come to fruition, but the journal is meant to help folks feel inspired by the random lovely everyday wonders they encounter in their own lives. If you're so inclined you can purchase this thing here, here, or at many many fine brick and mortar retail stores including the SFMOMA shop (!) and Greenlight Books in Brooklyn, to name just a couple.
Monday, February 11, 2019
Friday, February 8, 2019
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The guided journal I wrote and illustrated, How Was Your Day?, comes out in one week! Next Tuesday, February 12th is it's publication day! Woo! You can preorder it right here (and preorders really do help a book a whole lot). Here are a few of my favorite pages from within.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
I'd always wanted to go to Kew Gardens. But when you're in the center of London, and you look at the map, it looks so very far away. But then, I found myself staying with a friend who lives just two stops away from Kew on the underground. And I found myself with a cold but brilliantly sunny Sunday afternoon. And so to the heart-achingly beautiful austerity of bare branches and warm glasshouses that is Kew in winter I went. And it did not disappoint. Indeed, it may well have been one of the most beautiful afternoons I've spent in my life -- and I've spent a few afternoons in a few beautiful places. All of which is to say, I may have gone a little overboard on the photos. But I think you'll see why. Plus, not pictured, there was cake. Enjoy!