As some of you know, the last couple of months — in fact, the last six months — have been filled with many challenges and occasionally some intense sorrow in my life. It is so easy to get caught up in why is this happening? or can I just crawl in a hole? But then I remember that everything that happens, even the most difficult, heart wrenching things, are all part of this amazing life we live, and that embracing and learning from all of it — using it to become a better, stronger person, a better artist, a more loving partner, a more grateful friend, and ultimately, a happier person, is what matters most. I’ve written about this topic before, but it’s worth repeating over and over.
One thing I have understood recently (as if for the first time) is that the people in my life (even so many of you who I have never met) are pretty amazing. You are filled so much generosity and love. And for that I am so thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends.
Several months back I was contacted by my old friend Jay Sacher (he was my first editor at Chronicle Books back in the day and now lives in Brooklyn). He was writing a book on how to hang a picture, and also how to make arrangements of things in your home, and would I contribute some ideas? Since collecting and arranging are passions of mine, I said, of course. Well, that book, How to Hang a Picture, is now available. The book, written by Jay and his partner Suzanne LaGasa, is chock full of tips and even technical stuff like which hardware to use and how to find a stud on a wall or hang a picture on (gasp!) cinder block!
Here’s the publisher’s witty description of the book, which I loved, “Like tying a Windsor knot or brewing a perfect cup of coffee, knowing how to hang art on your wall is a hallmark of everyday style and nuts-and-bolts know-how. The where, what, and whys of hanging art are an overlooked, under-appreciated line of inquiry. Most of us simply wing it with a quick eyeball and a swing of the hammer. How hard can it be? we think. What can go wrong? The answer, of course, is plenty: crumbling plaster, ruined antique laths, mismatched art hung too-close together, or a poorly-mounted photograph warping in its frame. But beyond the technical mishaps, there is a more essential lesson to be learned: The skill and consideration with which you decorate your home makes an aesthetic statement about the world you inhabit—and more importantly, when it’s done right, it very clearly looks a whole lot better.”
How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for a Stylish Home is a user-friendly guidebook that details everything you need to know about hanging, framing, decorating and displaying art. Elegantly illustrated by Sacher, this book is both a stylish addition to your coffee table stack and a great resource.
My advice is in the collections section of the book (surprise, surprise), entitled (again with wit) “Shelf Life: or How Not to Hang a Picture,” which is all about using shelves and other surfaces to arrange collections and objects
I absolutely love this book. I think it’s brilliant (and a long overdue resource). I hope you will check it out too. It might even make the perfect gift for someone in your life.
Have a great Wednesday, friends. And happy pre-holiday to my readers in the U.S.!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a Thanksgiving post.
Friends, I am so grateful for all of you and the years of love and support you have given to me and my art practice. As a way of saying thank you, I am offering 20% off in my Etsy Shop (prints, books and originals) and my Big Cartel Shop (originals), for the next seven days (through December 2). Use Coupon Code THANKSGIVING to apply the discount at checkout in both shops.
If you are shopping for the holidays, my shops will close December 18, so be sure to get your order in before 8 a.m. PST that day to ensure delivery by the holidays (international customers should order by this week).
In case you missed it, I’ve also added these two new prints last week:
And don’t forget that these notebooks make great stocking stuffers!
As always, if you have any questions, want something in a different size, or are curious if I can make a special print for you, just email me or send me an Etsy convo.
Have a wonderful Monday.