940 Saturdays :: Random House

06/30/14

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940: that is the number of Saturdays you get with your kid from the day he or she is born to the time he or she turns 18. Dr. Harley Rotbart created a keepsake journal to encourage parents to make the most of their time with their kids, and I illustrated the cover of the book, pictured above (Random House//Clarkson Potter, 2014). You can purchase the book on pre-order here.

Tomorrow I’m headed on a road trip to Portland for two weeks. That is where my family lives, and I go there every year (sometimes several times a year) to spend time with them. I’ll be blogging every few days while I am there on vacation, sharing some of my adventures and pages from my sketchbook.

Have a great week, everyone! And Happy July (tomorrow).

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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!

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Kids Art | Paintings
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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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Professional Illustration Class in SF :: Registration Open

06/25/14

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Hello friends! I wanted to let you know that I’ve added a new Professional Illustration class to the calendar in San Francisco, this time on August 6 in the evening. Just $60 and you can register here.

Through the class I offer information on the life & work of the freelance illustrator, different illustration markets, and tips on how to successfully promote your work to garner consistent, fun, paying illustration & licensing work.

Space is limited & filling up quickly, so sign up early!

Have a great Wednesday!

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Collaborations with Clay :: Project 2

06/24/14

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You may remember at the end of April that my wife Clay and I started a project in which we are periodically making gifts for friends & family. We made these bath salts, and have since offered them up to several people as thank you gifts. We continued that new tradition on Sunday when we made jars of Maple Ginger Almonds (information on recipe coming up). Along with making the nuts, we made labels for the jars using a simple image transfer technique.

We’ve decided to name each series of gifts we make, and this one is called “Nuts 4U” — a double entendre, of course! I hand lettered the label design and we got to work making the labels. You can learn about this transfer technique in this Creativebug tutorial by the amazing Courtney Cerruti, or you can also purchase her book on image transfer (which I wrote about here). Basically all you need are a photocopy of what you’d like to transfer, solid packing tape (I love 3M’s packing tape), a spoon for burnishing, scissors, and a bowl of warm water.

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Place a piece of packing tape over the image you’d like to transfer and burnish with the spoon (or any hard object). Cut out the piece you’d like to transfer and place in the warm water and let soak for a few minutes.

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Then peel or gently scrape the paper off the back of the packing tape. It will be wet and happens quite effortlessly. The image will remain on the tape. Let the piece of tape dry completely. And voila! You have a label! The adhesive survives the process with most packing tapes.

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Next we made the nuts. We used the Maple Ginger Almond recipe from the Pure Vegan cookbook. These flavored almonds are delicious, but they are a bit more savory than sweet in the end, so their name is a bit misleading. They use a lot of soy sauce (you could use Tamari sauce instead), and are deliciously salty with a hint of maple/ginger flavor. The recipe is super simple (four ingredients!) and we were finished making them in less than 30 minutes (though you need to let them completely cool and dry which takes several hours). We also tripled the recipe.

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We now have eight little jars of nuts ready for friends.

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We are already thinking about what we might make next. Stay tuned!

Have a happy Tuesday!

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On Change

06/23/14

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I am a summer girl. Since I was a kid, it has been my favorite season. I love warm air, swimming pools, the light that stays into the evening. The beginning of summer, like all seasons, represents change.

A few seemingly minor things have happened over the past couple of weeks that have made me realize that my world is changing. And they have reminded me that nothing is permanent — that things (even the things we wish wouldn’t) – evolve, and that they evolve constantly. And we don’t even notice most of the time. Things are always shifting and moving — in nature, in relationships, everywhere, all the time. That’s why Buddhists practice non-attachment. They say attachment is the cause of suffering. Since things are always changing, attachment can only cause pain.

We mostly notice when something changes when it begins to hurt. And then we say “WHAT THE *#$^# JUST HAPPENED?” And then we realize this thing that is causing the sting has been sloooooowly changing for a long time, and that we just didn’t notice. That circumstance we took for granted, that thing that grounded us — is no longer what we thought. And we have to start over and find new ground and create a new world view to keep ourselves feeling okay.

In very small ways this happens to us every day. Something in our reality is shaken. But most of the time these things are so small that we move through them with ease, and we might barely notice them. And other times they feel bigger and more significant. At forty-six I’ve been through enough painful evolutions in my life to know I will get through the current one, where when I was sixteen a similar situation might have made me crawl into a hole and not come out for weeks. The more change and related pain we experience over our lifetimes, the more adept we get at moving through it. And that’s a good thing to remember.

And also, let’s face it, while some change is super painful, other change can feel welcomed and exhilarating. Every dark side has a light side, or so they say. So on this lovely summer morning, I’m searching for the light in my current round of change, and feeling grateful for the stuff in my life that is, at least for today, standing still.

Have a good Monday, friends.

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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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Words for the Day :: No. 24

06/19/14

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Have a happy Thursday, friends.

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New Designs at PAOM!

06/18/14

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Friends, I have some new designs over at Print All Over Me (aka PAOM), pictured above. They us the artwork from some of my abstract paintings. You can purchase any of the items here. Here I am this past weekend in my very own Fete shift dress!

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Happy Wednesday to all.

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Paintings
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Paintings and Prints for Sale at poketo.com

06/17/14

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Friends, the work from my show at Poketo is up for sale! Some of the original work has sold, but what is still available is up for sale here.

I also have six limited edition 11×14 inc prints (editions of 20, signed and numbered, printed on German etching paper). You can get those here:

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Have a great Tuesday!

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Quarterly, Creativebug & Me

06/16/14

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Friends, I’m so happy to announce a collaboration between Quarterly Co, Creativebug & me!

For Creativebug’s first Quarterly Co. box they’ve collaborated with me to design a box packed with imaginative inspiration. Not only will you have everything you need to draw a gorgeous piece of art, but there are a few more exclusive goodies from me! They’re packed to the brim with curated art supplies (including some of my favorite products) and a limited edition piece of art. I can’t ruin the surprise and tell you what’s inside, so treat yourself!

If you’re interested in receiving this doodler’s-dream-of-a-box, sign up here.

You can learn more about Quarterly Co. here.

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Inspiration
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Words for the Day :: No. 23

06/13/14

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I’m off to LA this weekend! Hope to see some of you there.

Happy Friday!

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Words for the Day :: No. 22

06/11/14

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Hope everyone is having a happy Wednesday!

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Los Angeles Book Signing & Show Preview!

06/10/14

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Friends, as you may know, this coming Saturday, I am having a book signing and show at the POKETO Flagship store in LOS ANGELES from 5-8 pm.

Today I’m going to share with you the 20 original paintings and six limited edition prints that will be available at the event.  That evening, I’ll be signing copies of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, and we’ll also be selling 20 of my small original paintings (pictured below) and six different limited edition prints (scroll down to see those). Original paintings and prints will be available first to folks who come to the opening//signing and then at 8 pm on the 14th, whatever hasn’t sold will go up for sale on the Poketo website.

You can RSVP for the event here on Facebook (though it’s not necessary to RSVP — just come!)… Either way, I hope to see you there!

Here is a preview of the 20 small 6×9 inch paintings on paper, which will all be for sale for $60 each. (Excuse the wonky iPhone images for now!):

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And here is a preview of the six limited edition prints. They are all editions of 20, 11×14 inches, printed on German etching paper, signed and numbered. They are $50 each:

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Have a great Tuesday.  Los Angeles, I’ll see you Saturday!

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New Cloud9 Fabric Collection!

06/09/14

Friends, I am so happy to introduce my latest fabric Collection for Cloud9 Fabrics! Available this Fall (I’ll keep you posted on the release date), the collection includes SIX voile prints (perfect for sewing clothes), many with metallic touches. It’s is called REVELRY, and I could not be more excited about it!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a full preview of the work I’ve created for my book signing and show at Poketo in Los Angeles this Saturday!

Have a great Monday.

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