Right Brainers in Business Summit // Coming Soon!



Calling all creative entrepreneurs! I’m so excited to let you know that I am participating as a speaker at this year’s Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit! If you’re ready to build a profitable and sustainable business on your own terms, come join me at the free 5th annual summit March 9th through 20th. You can grab your no-cost pass here and get practical business-building resources that will help you decide what’s next for your creative venture.

Each day will include interviews with successful creatives and coaches. My interview will air on March 9th. I hope you will join me live in the chat room!

Some of the things you’ll learn from the fabulous line-up of speakers include:

  • How saying no to your business can create a big YES to what’s next

  • Proven strategies for getting your products into the media + retail stores

  • How to create a conscious and compassionate relationship with your money and achieve financial freedom. It’s more right-brained than you may think!

  • The power of starting small to become big and why listening to your customers is gold

  • How to diversify and maximize your money making methods over time

Register here and see you at the Summit!


Words for the Day // No. 58



Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!


Come to the Garage Sale!



Bay Area/Northern California friends: I am participating an event this coming Sunday at Handcraft Studio School in Emeryville, CA. I will have THREE tables of stuff for sale, including TONS of vintage ephemera organized in lovely “lots” (vintage paper goods & photographs), art books, gently used and some new art supplies, some fabric and other random goodies. Everything is priced to sell!

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 7.30.16 AM

Come on by Sunday from 11 to 5 pm (or whenever I sell out, so get there early). Other vendors will be selling stuff too!! Address above & parking in this neighborhood is easy.

Please note: I am NOT selling these goods online; only at this sale, so please no inquiries.

Have a great Tuesday, friends!


Etsy Shop // New Additions!



All Good Things Print! 11×14 inches. Get it here.


She Who is Brave is Free print, 11×14 inches. Get it here.


Back in stock: Folk Art Coloring Book. Get it here.


Back in stock: signed copies of Art, Inc. Get them here.

Have a great Thursday, friends!


Words for the Day // No. 57



Today’s wise words brought to you by Stephen King. These words will appear in my next book of hand lettered quotes.

I’m headed this morning to Summit Powder Mountain for a week-long artist residency. I’ll be taking photos there all week and documenting the progress on the mural I’ll be painting. You can follow along over on Instagram.

Have a great Monday!


New Work Available at Uprise Gallery!


newwork for uprise

Friends I have three new abstract paintings available for sale online at Uprise Gallery, along with several others. Please have a look here if you are interested! Price includes shipping.

Happy Thursday, friends!

CATEGORIES: For Sale | Paintings




By now, especially if you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen me talk about & post images of the progress I’m making on the book I’m currently working on, which is all about swimming. The book doesn’t yet have a title (still working on that), but for now I’m tagging my progress #theswimmingbook on Instagram. The book will be a combination of essays (written by Lynne Cox and me), artwork by me, profiles of swimmers, photographs, vintage swimming stuff, hand lettered quotes, history, and fun facts.

I am pretty much finished accepting profile stories, but am still looking for one or two older swimmers (over 85 years old) and one or two disabled swimmers (of any age) — people in those categories who swim regularly (several times a week to every day) and are willing to do a short written email interview (not a phone or in person interview) for the book about why they swim & a bit of their swimming history (and are also willing to send me a snapshot of themselves in their suit/swimming gear that I can paint). If you know anyone who fits this bill, email me! (Book is finished now! No more submissions.)

#theswimmingbook (real title to come!) will be published by Chronicle Books and released in 2016.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!



New Work for Airbnb


Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 7.29.34 AM

Every now and again I get to work for a serious dream client — a company who has a really great mission & vision, a clean aesthetic & beautiful brand, and is filled with nice people. Recently I got to work for one such company, Airbnb, the community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. I used Airbnb when I traveled to Scandinavia back in 2012 and had a really fantastic experience. I plan to use them again when I travel to Spain and Portugal later this year.

Yesterday Airbnb posted an interview with me on their blog about the work I did for them & my own thoughts on travel in their Makers profile series. They also shared some of the work I did for them, which you can also see below. Pop over here to take a look!







Have a great Tuesday, friends!


Pattern Camp Starts This Weekend!



Friends, you may remember a few weeks ago I told you about Pattern Camp. Well, this amazing class starts this weekend and it’s not too late to register! My friend Jessica Swift will teach you how to make repeat patterns, which is not only a lot of fun, but also a useful skill in the world of illustration, licensing and surface design. You can learn more and register here.



My Next Book :: Fortune Favors the Brave!



Friends, as you may know, I’ve been working on a 2nd book of hand lettered quotes (a follow up to Whatever You Are, Be a Good One), focused on bravery. I’m so excited to show you the cover today and let you know that it will be out in August/September of this year. I’ll let you know this summer when it’s available for pre-order. I plan also to do some book signings, so stay tuned!

Many of the quotes from this book have been featured here as Words for the Day over the last few months, so you can get a preview of what’s included in this new volume.

Have a great weekend, friends!

CATEGORIES: Hand Lettering | My Books

Reflections on Overwhelm



I realized this morning that I had not written a blog post with more than 50 words in a long time. And that’s because I’ve been really, well, you guessed it: BUSY.

You may recall if you’ve been reading this blog for a few years that I’ve expressed here — more than once — that I do not like the word “busy,” and that I was going to try to avoid using it. But the truth is I keep coming back to that word to describe my life, along with words like “buried” and “slammed” and “overwhelmed with work.”

You’d think if you heard me talk like this (or received one of my “sorry I can’t help you right now I’m drowning in deadlines” email responses) that I was, in fact, miserable.

But the truth is, I’m not miserable.

I just have a shit-ton of work, and I am very happy about having a shit-ton of work, which makes me think I should probably question my dramatic word choices (e.g.: “buried” & “drowning”), but that’s another blog post entirely.

After my keynote address at Alt Summit last week, there was a Q&A for the audience, and a woman stood up and asked me about what happens when you begin to have opportunity as an artist or entrepreneur: the combination of excitement you experience (yay, my work is finally in demand!) and also distress (but I cannot say yes to everything! how do I decide? what about my kids and family? I’m overwhelmed!). It’s the side of success that we don’t talk about. We work so hard to build our careers; we want opportunity. We want to have so much opportunity that we can make choices about who we work with and the kind of work we make. But then when it happens, it can feel really hard and overwhelming.

So what I told this woman is that when I begin to feel overwhelmed with my workload and all the “please work with us!” emails in my inbox, I remind myself that I chose this. I chose this life. I worked hard for all those years specifically so that this busy life would happen. And while understanding that I chose the busy career I have now doesn’t alleviate the stress of the deadlines or occasional freak-outs (e.g: how on earth am I going to finish my next book before April 15?!?), it does keep me from feeling like a victim or complaining needlessly.

And the fact is, if you can choose to have a career that is full of opportunity, you can also choose to take breaks, say no to things when you don’t have time, take vacations, and even sleep in some mornings.

On that note, I am off to try to knock all 18 things off my to-do list today by 5 p.m. so that I can go get a manicure at 5:30.

Have a great Wednesday, friends.

CATEGORIES: Personal Essays

Linework NW // Special Guest



Friends, I am so excited to announce that I am an official Special Guest at Linework NW 2015, an illustration and comics festival in Portland Oregon, April 18 & 19 at Norse Hall.


The coolest thing of all is the Special Guest company I’ll be keeping: illustrator & comics artist Lisa Hanawalt, animator, character designer and illustrator Jay Howell, and one of my heroes, Ghost World creator, Daniel Clowes (!!!).

I’ll keep you posted on the events scheduled for the weekend and when I’ll be hanging around and what I’ll be doing closer to the dates. For now, mark your calendars!! It’s FREE!!

Have a great Tuesday, friends!


Guest Instagrammer for Sakura of America



Friends, this week I’m guest Instagrammer for my favorite pen company, Sakura of America, over on their Instagram account. I am going to be sharing some of the ways I work with Sakura products, both in my sketchbook and in my work as an illustrator. I hope you will come follow along!

If you haven’t seen it already, don’t forget to take a look at my post about the giveaway that Sakura is holding this week in honor of National Handwriting Day!

Have a great Monday, friends!


National Handwriting Day // Giveaway!



Friends, did you know it is National Handwriting Day? To celebrate, my favorite pen company Sakura is holding a week-long Instagram giveaway. To be considered, write your favorite quote on a piece of paper and post your image on Instagram using the hashtag #handwritesakura. Special points if you use a Sakura pen to create your masterpiece!

On January 30, Sakura will choose 7 winners to receive a prize consisting of the items in pictured above. The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, and you must be over 13 to participate.

The full rules are listed here.

On a separate but related note, I’m guest Instagrammer for Sakura starting Monday, so stay tuned over at their Instagram feed!

Have a great weekend, friends!


Words for the Day // No. 56



One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite writers.

May we all live our truth.

Happy Wednesday, friends.