New Holiday Card Designs with Mpix!

09/10/14

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I’m excited to let you know that I have created some holiday card templates for Mpix! You can use these templates to make your own holiday cards with your own photos. Above are the front (left) and back (right) of “Merry and Bright” which is available to add your own photo here. (In case you are wondering the images inside the cards you see here are placeholders — you place your own photos in my designs.)

Below are the fronts and backs of my other two designs, “World Peace” and “Shimmering Stars“!

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Just go to Mpix to add your own photo and purchase! Thank you for supporting my work!

Have a happy Wednesday, friends!

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The Great Discontent :: The Magazine

09/05/14

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By now you may be familiar with The Great Discontent — a site launched in 2011 dedicated to interviews with artists, designers, musicians and other creative folks about beginnings and risk. I was interviewed by founders Ryan and Tina for TGD back in 2012. You can read my interview here.

Now Ryan and Tina have launched a print version of The Great Discontent, also filled with interviews. Issue #1 is an absolute stunner. Vying in weight with the Vogue September Issue (it’s 9×12 inches and 272 thick matte pages), this tome is filled with interviews with some of my idols —  including Elle Luna, Aaron Draplin, Tavi Gevinson, Debbie Millman, and Lotta Nieminen and many others. The pages are designed by the very talented Frank Chimero.

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The interviews in Issue #1 are themed around “leaps” — essential (albeit) scary things we must take as creatives to propel our work & careers forward. In the words of Elle Luna (from her interview): “I believe that if you step into uncharted territory, you are also stepping into total abandonment, potential humiliation, and a space where nothing is guaranteed: there is no case study or road map. I have so much respect for anybody who will step away from what they can do in order to find what they must do.”

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Every interview in this issue is a treasure. You can purchase the Great Discontent, Issue #1 here (they even have an awesome digital version!).

Have a happy Friday, everyone!

 

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iPhone5 Cases Now in My Etsy Shop!

08/29/14

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Friends, I’ve got a limited number of iPhone 5 cases in my Etsy shop! You can get them here.

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Four Squared Show at Arc Gallery

08/21/14

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Friends, I’m included in a really interesting — and what should be a really visually beautiful — show in San Francisco that opens this weekend at Arc Gallery (located at 1246 Folsom St, SF). The show, Four Squared, in its fifth season, is a unique exploration of the works of sixteen Bay Area artists. Each of the artists has produced sixteen small works, presented in sixteen clusters giving the audience the experience of sixteen micro solo exhibitions. All works are priced under $500. Each work can be purchased individually or as a collection.

My sixteen paintings are the smallest in the show at 4×4 inches each! You can see my 16 paintings arranged in their proper grid, above.

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Four Squared opens this Saturday, August 23rd, from 7-10PM. The reception is open to the public and I encourage you to come and take a look, especially if you are interested in purchasing any of my small works (which are priced at $150 each). I’ll be at the reception from about 6:30-8 pm if you’d like to come say hello! The show closes on September 23rd and you can view it during open gallery

Featured artists include John Arbuckle, Lisa Congdon, Monica & Robin Denevan, Rebecca Fox, Paul Gibson, Joseph Kowalczyk, Lisa Levine & Peter Tonnigsen, Saundra McPherson, Howard Munson, Miwako Nishizawa, Sawyer Rose, Tim Svenonius, Kirsten Tradowsky, Truong Tran, Heather Wilcoxon, and Jan Wurm.

The show was curated by Arc Gallery partners, Michael Yochum & Matthew Frederick. Michael Yochum is the author of SF Art News, which maintains an exhaustive list of art events and openings in San Francisco. Matthew Frederick is founder of Art Farm, an artist collective in the Mission, where he maintains his studio.

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Have a great Thursday and hope to see you Saturday at Arc Gallery!

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New Letterpress Print & Art Inc. Now in my Shop!

08/20/14

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Friends, I’m so happy to announce that I am now offering signed copies of  my new book Art Inc. in my Etsy shop! You can purchase them here. I do ship these overseas!

I’m also offering for the first time online this limited edition letterpress print, hand lettered by me and printed by SF Letterpress shop The Aesthetic Union. Get it here.

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Have a great Wednesday!

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Wallblank Printery

08/19/14

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{My Voyage of Discovery print, printed by Wallblank Printery}

Many of you ask from time to to how I make my prints. Since 2008, I have owned and used an Epson 3800 printer, and I make all of my open edition (non limited edition) prints on that piece of fine machinery (I highly recommend the Epson 3800 series of printers). But recently I decided I would like to begin selling sets of limited edition prints at an even higher quality on even fancier paper than I use for my open edition prints. I also decided that I wanted to use a print house to make them for me instead of printing them myself. After several recommendations from friends, I decided to go with the amazing Wallblank Printery.

Why I love Wallblank:
+Great customer service. Shawn (who basically IS Wallblank) answers all your questions and emails with a personal touch and promptly. He won’t send out an order till it’s perfect.
+Gorgeous print quality. Shawn uses large format Epson printers, but an even higher caliber than my 3800, so the ink quality is rich, even the blacks look like velvet.
+Beautiful paper choices. I chose a German Etching paper for my prints, which has the quality of textured watercolor paper. It’s lovely both to touch and look at. But Shawn has lots of paper options for you, which he’s glad to tell you about.

Shawn at Wallblank has been in business now for SIX years now and to celebrate, he’s offering a SIX FOR SIX deal: Get six 11×14 inch prints for only $6 each! This is a fantastic deal! This offer expires on August 31, so act fast.

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Have a great Tuesday, friends! You can get my Wallblank-printed limited editions over here in my shop.

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Art Inc :: Out Today!

08/12/14

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{My beloved dog Wilfredo posing with Art Inc!}

Friends, I am so thrilled that today my new book ART INC: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist hits bookstore shelves and is widely available for sale online (you can even download the iBook on iTunes)! To celebrate, we’ve organized a blog tour, which will run through August 20. Check out these blogs on the following dates for excerpts of the book, giveaways, interviews and studio tours!

Today 8/12 – The Jealous Curator: Blog tour debut. Danielle is giving away a copy of the book on The Jealous Curator!
Today 8/12 – Jonathan Fields: Jonathan, the amazing guy who wrote my foreword, shares a book excerpt
Tomorrow 8/13 ; Uppercase: A story by Uppercase Founder Janine Vangool about our work together over the years
Friday 8/15 – Inc: The fine folks at Inc. Magazine are going to publish an excerpt
Monday 8/18 – Design Crush: Kelly will feature a Q&A with me about the book and also do a book giveaway
Wednesday 8/20 – Art & Lemons: Nikki will feature a Q&A with me too
Wednesday 8/20 – sfgirlbybay: Last but not least, come with Victoria to my studio for a peek into my world

I’d also like to thank Maria Popova, who wrote this fantastic piece on Art Inc on Brainpickings today.

Oh, and I hope you will take a look at this lovely trailer we made for the book based on the books gorgeous illustrations by Karolin Schnoor:

We’ve also got a few book events planned, and here’s the 411:

Today, August 12, 5 pm PST: Global Book Launch at CreativeLive. Anyone all over the world can participate in & view this event, since it will be broadcast live over the internet! The amazing Meg Ilasco will be interviewing me about my journey as an artist, the writing of Art Inc, and the lessons & advice in the book.Get all the information you need to either watch this event online here.

Wednesday, September 17, 7-9 pm, EST: In this special event at Powerhouse in Brooklyn, New York. I’ll be in conversation with one of my favorite people, Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge! We’ll discuss my journey as an artist, the lessons I’ve learned along the way, and the tips I give to other artists in Art Inc. The conversation will be followed by a book signing. RSVP’s are recommended. You can do that and get more information here.

Thursday, September 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, EST: I’ll be giving a public talk entitled: I Am An Artist: On Ownership and Other Enterprising Acts at CUE Art Foundation in Manhattan followed by a book signing. Seats for this event are limited. Tickets available here!

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Have a great Tuesday!

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Print Sale!

08/08/14

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Friends, I’ve marked down two of my limited edition prints today (pictured above) to just $35 (that’s $15 off the price of $50). These two prints will be on sale in my Etsy Shop for a limited time only (and there are only a handful left), so grab one while they last! They are professionally printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm and are signed and numbered.

Have a great weekend!

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New iPhone Case & Print!

08/05/14

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Friends, I released new phone cases today over at Nuvango using my Fête design! Pictured above is the iPhone case, but I’ve got them for all kinds of phones!

In addition, I’m offering a print of my Fête painting:

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You can get everything here. You can also check out all of my designs for phones (and a few prints) here.

Happy Tuesday!

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New Phone//Laptop Skins & Cases!

07/22/14

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I am incredibly excited to now be offering Phone cases & skins, along with cases & skins for other devices including iPads and computers. I am thrilled to be working with Nuvango (formerly GelaSkins) to produce high quality, sturdy products with my designs. For my launch, I have uploaded four different designs. Don’t see something you like? Every week I’ll be uploading a new design.

Go here to take a look at all four patterns I’m offering currently (you can also see samples above and below). If you like one of the designs but are worried they don’t make it for your phone, never fear! Nuvango makes skins for practically every phone & device imaginable! If you don’t see your phone or device on the first screen, simply click “see more products” to find yours.

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And for a limited time, I’m also offering archival prints of both of my “Arches” patterns. Nuvango’s prints are made on gorgeous paper and come completely framed.

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Have a great Tuesday, friends. And check out my new Nuvango shop!

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Seven New Prints in the Shop!

07/16/14

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Friends, after a three week vacation, my Etsy Shop is back open! And I’ve got seven new prints for sale, six of which are limited edition and printed on velvety German Etching paper.

1) LOVE CONQUERS ALL PRINT. Celebrate marriage equality with this new print! I had so much fun drawing this one! Get it here.

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2) LIMITED EDITION “LIVE EVERY DAY” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.
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3) LIMITED EDITION “THE STOMACH CARRIES THE HEART” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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4) LIMITED EDITION “VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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5) LIMITED EDITION “BE KIND” PRINT. Limited edition of 20 (new colors!), signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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6) LIMITED EDITION “WE SHALL FIND PEACE” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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7) LIMITED EDITION “ONCE IN A GOLDEN HOUR” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

Have a great Wednesday friends!

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ICON Roadshow :: Portland

07/08/14

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Portland friends! I wanted to let you know I will be selling limited edition prints, note cards & tea towels and signing copies of my book Whatever You Are, Be a Good One at ICON’s Roadshow. Come by this Thursday, July 10th, 7-10pm at the Portland Art Museum. The event is open to the public (non-conference goers) without RSVP as space permits so get there early.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Giveaway at Little Collector!

06/27/14

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I am so excited to let you know that I’m collaborating with my friends at Little Collector on a giveaway of both my CITY and COUNTRY prints! The giveaway prints are 11×14 inches and come unframed.

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All you have to do to enter to win both prints is sign up for Little Collector’s email list & Like them on Facebook. You can do that all right here. You must enter by Sunday, midnight EST. On Monday, Chrissy from Little Collector will randomly choose a winner. We’ll announce the winner next week and contact the winner next week for your mailing address.

Prefer not to enter the contest but still want to get one of these prints? They can be purchased here at different sizes, framed and unframed.

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

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One Year Later

06/26/14

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One year ago today and really exciting thing happened in the lives of thousands upon thousands of people: in a historic pair of 5-4 rulings on the final day of the term for the United States Supreme Court, the justices struck down the sixteen year old Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to gay couples married under state law, and let stand a ruling that found Proposition 8 (a 2008 voter initiative that ended same-sex marriage in California) unconstitutional. What that meant for me was that Clay and I (along with thousands of other couples) could get legally married. Elated, I wrote about the ruling the next day here. And Clay and I did get legally married in July. It was a very exciting time in our lives and a time I will never, ever forget.

To commemorate the anniversary of this historic date and to advocate for the legalization of same sex marriage all over the country, I made a new piece of art, entitled “Love Conquers All” pictured above, which will be for sale as a print in my Etsy Shop starting July 16 (my shop is closed for the time being while I am on vacation). Sign up for my mailing list to be alerted when the print is available in July!

I wanted to also recommend a fantastic documentary, which I saw a week ago at the opening night of the LGBT Film Festival in San Francisco: The Case Against 8, which documents the fight against Proposition 8 in California. It’s a gut wrenchingly fabulous film airing now on HBO that follows the plaintiffs and attorneys in their multi-year struggle which ended this day last year. If you do watch, bring your tissues!!

Have a happy Thursday everyone! To marriage for all!

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A Collection a Day :: Back in Stock

06/20/14

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Friends, signed copies of my 2011 book A Collection a Day is back in stock in my shop! You can get it here.

It includes 365 photographs of all of my collections, which I documented each day in 2010, along with an essay about my history of collecting. Here are some of my favorite pages:

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Have a great Friday, friends!

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