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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Happy National Donut Day!

06/06/14

 

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{My first ever donut-themed piece of art, created in 2012}

Its NATIONAL DONUT DAY, friends.

I grew up in a home in which donuts were deemed inherently evil, my mother citing “zero nutritional value” as the reason they did not ever grace our table. They were basically deep fried dough covered in sugar, she said (um, hello MOM, that sounds DELICIOUS!). The only treats we got for stretches of time in our home were homemade cookies made with whole grains and fruit juice. Occasionally on extravagant occasions my mother would make whole wheat cinnamon rolls drizzled in a powdered sugar glaze (the use of actual refined sugar was rare). I love my mom, and while I really appreciate my mother’s attempt to feed us a healthy diet now (and she was/is a great cook), then I was only pining for the stuff I couldn’t have. Which also might explain why I gained 25 pounds my first semester of college when my entire diet was finally up to me & the dining hall options. But that is another story.

Anyhow, the only way around this dearth of donuts was to sneak out to Dunkin Donuts whenever we could. So my brother and sister and I (and some combination of other recalcitrant church-going teens) figured out that we could conveniently drive or walk away from the church parking lot on Sundays — just during the time when we were supposed to be in Sunday school — and return just before the ending time. This served two purposes: donuts and not having to participate in church youth group activities.

And so we did. And we ate donuts. This was also my introduction to coffee — doused with packets of dry creamer and sugar, of course. The combination of donuts and coffee, (and the buzz they made me feel), sitting in our Sunday best inside a booth, the smell of donuts around us, the sun streaming in from outside, giggling and gossiping, the thrill of being insubordinate — they are some of my best memories.

Earlier this winter I was asked to be part of a book about hand lettering. And the editor requested just one thing from me: a donut alphabet. And so I gladly obliged.

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And you may recall that I made this poster for the PSU GoodShop recently (which you can get here). A smokin’ deal at $25:

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Have a great weekend, friends. And don’t forget to eat a donut today!

 

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Illustrations for Florida Travel & Life Magazine

06/05/14

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Every now and again I do a fairly large editorial illustration job. I’ve been drawing a lot of maps lately and recently I did a super fun job for Florida Travel & Life Magazine (cover & exterior excerpt pictured above) illustrating five different maps for their May issue. I drew each of these maps by hand, and in the final artwork colored them with a light touch of gouache paint. One of my favorite parts of illustrating maps is incorporating my hand lettering, which I got to do a lot of here!

First up, a map of Wynwood, the arts district in Miami. So many cool things here!

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Next, a Foodie map of St. Armands Circle:

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And a Family Map (because Florida is filled with family fun!):

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And what would Florida Travel & Life Magazine be without a beach map! This one of Seaside, which looks like a really cool town.

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Last but not least, a map of Calle Ocho, Little Havana:

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The magazine is on newsstands now! Thank you Kim and Vicky at the magazine for being a great team.

Have a happy Thursday, friends!

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New Print in the Shop!

06/04/14

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Friends! I’ve got a new print in the shop! Behold: Bear With Me, pictured above (printed without the copyright notice, of course), signed and dated. Head over here to purchase one.

If you are interested, the original Bear With Me painting is for sale here.

Also, news flash: I have started an email list. If you’d like to sign up to hear occasionally about sales, shows, new products & books, etc, just go here.

Have a great Wednesday.

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New York Recap No. 3 :: Art!

06/03/14

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{Abstract painting by Amy Sillman (whose work I love in general, which was one of my favorite pieces in the 2014 Whitney Biennial}

One of my absolute favorite activities in the universe is looking at art in NY. Clay and I had a busy week with many commitments when we were there, so we didn’t get to see as much art as we’d normally like to, but what we saw was stellar. We were able to catch the Whitney Biennial, which was jam packed (with people and with art), each floor curated by a different person. I enjoyed the fourth floor the most, which was curated by Michelle Grabner. She featured many female artists, and the most paintings & textiles (which of course I love).

Another highlight was the Lynda Barry show at Adam Baumgold Gallery. The show was chock full of original cartoons and really old stuff by Barry. For Barry fans, this is a must! They are also for sale and the folks at the gallery are wonderfully kind and helpful. I didn’t buy anything but, boy, did I want to!

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{One of Barry’s original cartoons on display at Adam Baumgold}

We also went one day to the Brooklyn Museum, where we saw both the Ai Weiwei exhibit (Ai Weiwei: According to What?) and the Swoon installation. Both were phenomenal.

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The scale of Ai Weiwei’s work is something you must witness in person. Here I am observing “Ye Haiyan’s Belongings”. You can read more about the show here.

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{Ai Weiwei Installation made from rebar recovered from the earthquake in China a few years ago.}

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{Above: if you are a Swoon fan, you will love the gigantic installation she made in the museum’s rotunda.}

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{Clay and me outside the Dia: Beacon}

Last but not least we went to the Dia: Beacon with our friends Anna and Evan who have a home nearby. I’d heard about this place, but it is also something to behold in person. A former Nabisco box factory, it’s been transformed into a place for large scale modern art. I cannot wait to go back.

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{Agnes Martin at the Dia}

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{Clay inside a Richard Serra installation at the Dia.}

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{Sol Lewitt wall drawings were fantastic!}

Have a happy Tuesday, friends. I’ll be back tomorrow with a preview of work I made for my upcoming book signing and show at Poketo in Los Angeles.

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On Marriage :: A Year Later

06/02/14

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One year ago, on June 1, 2013 I got married. I wrote about marriage a lot last year — what it felt like to be getting married as a gay person and as a 45 year old, what it felt like the day it happened, what it felt like when the ban on same sex marriage was struck down in my state, and what it felt like when we got legally married in July. And now I am going to write a little bit about what it feels like to be married, a year later.

First, let me provide some context. Last year was — aside from the wedding, our legal marriage and honeymoon, and short periods of time surrounding those events — one of the hardest years of my life. It was rife with challenges. From the beginning of the year, I was working a lot outside my comfort zone artistically (which I advocate for, but ain’t always easy). I wrote a book (which I am now quite proud of, but the process of writing it was grueling). And last fall, I went through a fairly public issue regarding copyright infringement of my work, during which time my own work was scrutinized. And that particular experience was so dark and so painful that I almost did not come out of it. It was, for me, the single worst three months of my life. I almost quit making art. I wanted to move far away and never go on the internet again. I was this close –> <– to giving up.

But I didn’t give up. Not on writing the book and, most notably, not on my work as an artist. And that is because of my wife, Clay.

Some people say that marriage doesn’t actually change your relationship too much, that it’s just a piece of paper. And maybe for some people that is what marriage is — mostly a legal agreement. Countless unmarried couples live committed and beautiful lives together.  I do not think marriage is necessary for intimacy or commitment. My community hasn’t been allowed to marry until recently (at least legally). But for me, the act of getting married, expressing my vows to Clay, in the presence of our closest family and friends, was an act of saying to the world: I will do everything in my power to protect this person from pain, comfort this person in her grief, love this person with every bone of my body, honor this person in every way possible, and to be absolutely truthful to this person.

So I knew marriage would change me. I knew that I would be a better, more thoughtful, more truthful, more loving, more accountable partner because of what I had committed to. But what I hadn’t given too much thought to was how marriage might change Clay. Let’s be clear: I married Clay because she is one of the most thoughtful, grounded, spirited, genuine, easy-to-be-in-the-presence-of humans I’ve ever known. And she’s pretty adorable, to boot. But I had no idea of the bounds of her love and the seriousness with which she took our relationship (er, marriage) until last October.

If you have ever gone through something so horrible that you could not sleep or eat or concentrate and where crying and panic attacks were regular occurrences, you know something of my state between October and December of last year. And you might also know that often when you are in that kind of state, all you want is for someone to tell you, maybe every 10 minutes if necessary, that everything is going to be okay. You don’t want them to necessarily fix it or tell you what you should be doing differently or tell you what might make you feel better. You just want comfort. That’s all.

And that, my friends, is exactly what Clay gave me, every single day for three months straight. She didn’t tell me I had to get over it. She didn’t make me feel worse about what was happening. She stood by me (often taking time off of work), without complaint, and provided me love and comfort and a sense of safety. She also helped to handle many of my legal matters, aspects of my business, and communication with important people in my life. I have never felt so loved or protected by someone, ever.

So I am not sure if the vows Clay made in marrying me are what caused the depths of her commitment to me last year. But I do know that something felt different during that time, and has continued to feel different since that experience faded. Instead of destroying us, the experience bonded us in a way I never thought possible with another person (and I also learned a lot of valuable personal and professional lessons). And that is the thing: often the most beautiful things come out of the most ugly piles of crap-shit.

So, yah, I love being married — and not just because I have a wife who is the bomb-diggity when it comes to being right there for me when things feel scary. I love being married, because I love Clay. I love everything about her, even the stuff that annoys me. Every day I cannot wait for her to come home from work. I never tire of her. She is my joy, my comfort, my world.

Here’s to marriage. May every single couple who wants marriage get to experience its beauty!

Have a good Monday, friends.

(Photo credit: the amazing Bonnie Tsang)

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AIDS Life/Cycle Designs!

05/30/14

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(In 2012, as we are about to embark on the 545 mile bike ride from SF to LA}

You may recall that two years ago in 2012 I rode my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles as part of the California AIDS Life/Cycle. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Earlier this year the folks at AIDS Life/Cycle contacted me to create a hand lettered route map for them that would adorn a bandana and tote bag — for riders to purchase in the camp store. I was so honored to do work for this great organization, and after chatting about iconic stops along the route, I came up with this design:

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The route travels down the California coast and the various spots are either famous rest stops (places where riders stop for food and water) or camps or cities along the way. They even made a t-shirt from my drawing of two bears eating otter pops from the famous Otter Pop Stop (rest stop) on the way from Santa Cruz to King City on Day 2 (the longest day at around 109 miles of cycling).

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If you are riding this year, you can buy the merchandise I designed at the ALC camp store. And good luck riders! They leave Sunday for the 7-day ride.

I’ll be back Monday with a special post reflecting on a year of marriage (yes, it’s been a YEAR!).

Happy weekend! I’m off to Mendocino for my anniversary with Clay.

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New York Recap No. 2 :: Class & Book Signing

05/29/14

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One of the most enjoyable parts of my latest adventure to New York City was teaching my Professional Illustration Class at the new Makeshift Society in Brooklyn. It was a packed house and we chatted for over two hours about the life & work of a professional illustrator — how to build your career, executing assignments, contracts & billing, staying organized, agents, self promotion and more. I’m teaching the same class in San Francisco next week, and that class is sold out, but I plan to add a class in August, so stay tuned! I have added an August class! Register here.

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The following evening I had a book signing for Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, also at Makeshift Society.

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Grace Bonney and my wife Clay getting are all smiles getting ready to sell books before the event!

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The thing I love most about book signings is connecting with people – and book signings are always a beautiful combination of familiar and unfamiliar faces. Below I’m chatting with my friend Carrie, who I’ve known online for years but had never met in person. It was a highlight!

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Kimberly showed up to have her book signed and also showed me one of my flower drawings she had tattooed on her arm! Here I am taking a photo of it.

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Rachel, one of my oldest and dearest friends who now lives in New York came and I was so excited to see her!

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I could not have gotten through the evening without the help of Bryan and Cait at Makeshift Society, my wife Clay, and the help of my friends Grace and Julia, pictured below, who sold books as I signed them.

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If you live in the Los Angeles Area, my next book signing is June 14 at Poketo! I’d love very much to see you there. I’ll be sharing more information about that event next week. You can RSVP here.

Have a happy Thursday, friends!

 

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Lines & Circles: A Few Pieces Still Available!

05/28/14

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{My dear friend Ronald and my wife Clay at the opening of my show Lines & Circles}

As many of you know, my show Lines & Circles opened earlier this month in downtown Oakland. Most of the 22 pieces in the show have sold, but there are a few still available, which you can purchase here through June 15. Grab one of these before they sell out!

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The work is on view at Marion & Rose through June 15. Hours & location here. Purchase online here.

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