Thursday, February 21, 2019

Color Poem #76

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

Alt Summit!

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

Career Day

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

Sweet Potato and Morning Glory

The sweet potato is related to the morning glory. This drawing is from a few years back and I'm honestly not entirely satisfied with it, but I do still absolutely love this as a science fact.

Friday, February 15, 2019

A Legacy of Ancient Oaks by Mark Frith

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

Color Poem #75

on valentines
day i gave in to
the temptation
of fun putting on
new jackie pink pants
and a strawberry teeshirt

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

Happy Birthday How Was Your Day!

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

The Chronicle Books Building

I drew the Chronicle Books building. Funny how you can spend the whole day in a place, five days a week, for years and years and never think to draw it. Until you do.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Jenny Holzer at Tate Modern

There was also a Jenny Holzer show up at the Tate Modern and it was divine.


Thursday, February 7, 2019

Color Poem #74

white flowers look like spring but
that same shade of white in the
sky looks like the heart of winter

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

How Was Your Day? Releases In One Week!

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

Kew Gardens

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!