Collaboration with Trina Turk!

02/18/16

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I am so excited to share with you the results of a collaboration with fashion designer Trina Turk! Trina (who I befriended on Instagram in around 2014) wrote to me last year and told me that she loved the drawing that is pictured below. She wanted to know if we could work together to turn it into a pattern that would adorn some clothes in her Spring 2016 collection. I love Trina’s bold use of color and iconic Palm Springs style, so I immediately said YES.

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I gave permission for Trina to alter the colors a bit, and VOILA! Crazy dresses and suits for both men and women were born!  You can view the entire collection here.

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Thank you Trina and Mr. Turk! You guys were so great to work with!

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New Print in the Shop!

02/16/16

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I’m so excited to release this brand new print into my shop today — artwork from my latest book, The Joy of Swimming. The print is 11×14 inches & signed and dated. You can purchase it here.

Have a great Tuesday, friends!

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EXPERIMENTS IN BLUE 2016 // WEEK SEVEN

02/15/16

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Happy Monday, friends! Today I am sharing with you the seventh in my series of blue paintings in my Experiments in Blue 2016 project. I’ve loved drawing and painting “collections” of things for years and this is my latest. There is no real theme to this piece, except, well, blue!

Enjoy and check back in next Monday for the next piece in the series!

Have a great day

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Recent Sketchbook Roundup

02/12/16

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As many of you know, drawing in my sketchbook is how I spend a lot of my time outside of my job as an illustrator. Recently, I’ve begun working in THREE different sketchbooks, all of which have different purposes and different paper — something for every mood! I’ve got my regular square format sketchbook with regular paper, I’ve got my moleskine watercolor sketchbook (which is fairly large) and I’ve now also got my “messy” sketchbook, which is actually just a vintage book about Germany that I’m purposefully painting and collaging in as a way to practice being messier in my art-making. Today I wanted to share some of the sketchbooks I’ve made since December.

You can follow along with all of my sketchbook escapades by following me on Instagram and you can also view past sketchbooks here on my website.

Do you want ideas for drawing in your own sketchbook? I teach two different classes on Creativebug to get you started. The first is simply called Sketchbook Explorations. And the other is called More Sketchbook Explorations. I recommend taking the first and then diving into the second.

Drawing and a book in a book can be a very liberating experience because you are not focusing on making a “finished” piece of art for framing or display. When your book is filled, it’s a wonderful experience to flip through the pages!

Happy drawing. Have a great Friday!

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The Joy of Swimming Website & Book Tour!

02/09/16

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THE JOY OF SWIMMING’S NEW WEBSITE & TOUR DATES!

Lovers of swimming! Swimmers, young and old! I’m so excited to let you know that we’ve nailed down some dates for the book tour for my latest book: The Joy of Swimming. This book has been a labor of love, and I couldn’t be happier with how things are evolving as we near our April release date (April 17th!). I hope you will mark your calendars & join me for a book signing or Q&A if you are near any of these cities:

San Francisco, CAApril 26th, 7-9 pm California College of the Arts (San Francisco), Timken Hall // here I’ll be giving a talk on stage about the book and also having a conversation with stellar open water swimmer Kimberley Chambers (who is featured in the book), book signing to follow.
Manhattan, NY: May 8th, 2-4 pmStrand Books // I’ll be at Strand signing books from 2-4.
Brooklyn, NY: May 11th 7-9 pmPowerhouse Arena // here I’ll be giving a talk about the book, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Minneapolis, MNMay 13th 9-10:30 amCreative Mornings at Minneapolis Institute of Arts // here I’ll be giving a talk about the process of making The Joy of Swimming (and my process for making books in general), followed by a book signing.
Seattle, WAMay 24th 7-9 pmUniversity Bookstore // here I’ll be giving a short talk about the book, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Portland, OR: TBA

Also, today, I’m so excited to unveil The Joy of Swimming’s bright and shiny new website! Head on over for information about the book, sneak peek spreads, tour dates, to pre-order the book and more.

I leave you with a spread from the book — some tidbits about public swimming pools in Paris…

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Have a great Tuesday, friends!

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