Four Squared Show at Arc Gallery



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.


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.


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


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



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.


Have a great Wednesday!


Wallblank Printery


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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.


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


Words for the Day :: No. 35




One of the questions I am asked most often is how – as a working artist – I deal with things like comparison, disappointment, self doubt & rejection. I have talked before about the idea of charting your own path & living your own life and even touched on it last week toward the end of this live interview. Recently, I found the quote above by Anton Chekhov, and thought it perfectly summed up what I less eloquently try to say.

Art making, while enormously rewarding, can also be rife with disappointment and feelings of vulnerability. The idea is to make friends with the struggle and continue (stubbornly) on your own path. I’ve written before about this idea of embracing difficulty and fear (and talked about it in this lecture). I think it’s enormously important.

I also think it’s important to remember that everyone struggles with self doubt and angst, even extremely successful & well known artists like Gerhard Richter — just watch this touching documentary about him and you will see how vulnerable he is about his work.

Have a good Monday, friends.


New Class with Lisa Solomon!



Are you an artist just starting out? Are you interested in preparing yourself to enter the fine art gallery world or apply for a grant, residency or an MFA program? My friend, artist Lisa Solomon (known best for her beautiful thread and crotchet installations) is offering a workshop at KALA Art Institute in Berkeley, CA about developing your artist packet.

The artist packet is the foundation for your application to grad school, grants, residencies, gallery exhibitions, and more. In this course Lisa will take you through the components you’ll need and how to put them together in a professional and compelling way. Lisa, featured also in my new book, Art Inc. is a fantastic teacher and a prolific, experienced and successful artist. You can register for her class here.


More about Lisa She is best known for her work that questions and deconstructs the meaning of identity through the exploration of mediums traditionally associated with domestic crafts. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Mills College. Profoundly interested in the idea of hybridization, she is drawn to found objects and imagery altering them conceptually so that their meanings and original uses or intents are re-purposed. She uses embroidery and crochet in her work frequently. In 2012 she authored “Knot Thread Stitch: exploring creativity through embroidery and mixed media”. She has shown both nationally and internationally in venues such as the San Jose Museum of Art, the Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, Nicoletta Rusconi Gallery in Milan, Italy, the Koumi Machi Museum in the Nagano prefecture of Japan, and Garson Baker Gallery in NY. Born in Tuscon, AZ to a Japanese mother and a Caucasian father, she now lives and works in Oakland, California with her husband, daughter, a pit bull, a French bulldog, a 3-legged cat, a stumpy tail cat, and many, many spools of thread.


CreativeLive Interview




As part of my book launch for Art Inc, I recorded an hour long interview through CreativeLive. Last Tuesday Meg Ilasco interviewed me in front of a live studio audience about how I got started making art, managing my workload, my personal projects, and a range of other art-making & art-career related topics. You can watch the interview for free right here (scroll down to see the video link).

I’m also going to be teaching a business class with CreativeLive at the end of September. Stay tuned for more information on that next week!

Have a great weekend.



New Podcast :: What’s Your Story



Friends, it’s launch week for my latest book Art Inc, so I’m posting all of the different podcasts I’ve recorded recently (see category Podcasts for all of them). Last week I sat down with my friend Meighan O’Toole (who, by the way, is an amazing social media and digital strategist for creative brands) to record for her new podcast series What’s Your Story. We talked about the information I share in my new book and a lot about my own experience with social media, self doubt, and community.

Folks who have been following along with my work for awhile might remember this podcast I recorded with Meighan in 2011 where I talk more about how I got started as an artist.

You can listen to the new 30-ish minute podcast over here.

Happy listening and have an excellent Friday.

CATEGORIES: Art Inc | Podcasts

Words for the Day :: No. 34



I want to thank EVERYONE for all your kind words, tweets, Instagram photos, Facebook and blog posts, emails and messages about Art Inc. Book release day on Tuesday was a great success.

Hope everyone is having a good Thursday.



New Podcast :: Converge on Fasttrack Creative




I am so honored to be part of Dane Sanders’ podcast series Converge. Dane and I talked recently about the idea of making money and expressing yourself honestly as an artist — along with many of the other challenges and opportunities that are part of being a working artist.

Host Dane Sanders is the real deal. Like me, he fell into art-making later in life (he’s a photographer). An educator at heart, he spent the first part of his life in academia and has now dedicated his life to helping other photographers and artists find their voice & place in the market. He is a fantastic interviewer to boot. I hope you will give it a listen.

In the podcast Dane and I refer to my new book, Art Inc, which came out yesterday! You can listen to the podcast here.

Have a great Wednesday!

CATEGORIES: Art Inc | My Books | Podcasts

Art Inc :: Out Today!



{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!


Have a great Tuesday!


New Podcast :: While She Naps



I’m so excited today to be featured with my agent Lilla Rogers on Abby Glassenberg’s awesome podcast series! We talk about working together (Lilla has been my illustration agent since 2008), our books, and making a living as an artist. You can listen to the podcast here.


Tomorrow Art Inc is released! I’ll be back first thing in the morning announcing the blog tour for the book! Stay tuned!

And happy Monday.


Print Sale!



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!

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Hand Lettering

Words for the Day :: No. 33



Trying to remember this, every day.


AIGA Event: Small Studio Life in San Francisco


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Friends I wanted to let you know I’m part of a great AIGA event on August 25 from 6-9 pm. Here’s more about the event:

Join Adobe and AIGA San Francisco as we welcome Jessica, Erik, Michael and Lisa for an evening of design-centric conversation, and live-drawing with drinks and appetizers. We’ll kick the evening off with a Drink+Draw with the Adobe Ink & Slide team, where we’ll let you get your hands on the newest digital stylus and ruler from Adobe. Beer and wine will be served along with delicious appetizers. Grab a beer with one hand and try the other at sketching with Adobe’s sleek new tools. Next, we’ll join our panel as they discuss living the small studio life in San Francisco, with all of the delights and challenges this city-by-the-bay has to offer.

This is going to be a super fun night! I’ll be moderating the small studio discussion with these three awesome designer/illustrators. To grab a ticket just go here. It will sell out quickly, so act fast! You can learn more about the event and participants here.

Happy Wednesday, friends.


New iPhone Case & Print!



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:


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

Happy Tuesday!