Words for the Day :: No. 29



Have a great Thursday, friends!


Art Inc :: Global Book Release Event!



I’m super excited to announce that on August 12 from 5-6 pm, the official book release day for my latest book, Art Inc, Creative Live is hosting a LIVE book release event! The great news about this event is that a) it will be broadcast live, b) anyone in the world can participate because it will be online, and c) it’s free! If you are in the Bay Area, there are 50 tickets available to come to the studio audience (and I’ll be signing books after the broadcast — more on that in a minute).

In this intimate broadcast, I’ll be talking Meg Ilasco about my path to becoming a fine artist & illustrator, and the lessons I share in my latest book. You may know Meg as an amazing designer, illustrator, art director at Anthology Magazine, writer, founder of the “Inc” series, and serial entrepreneur. Meg also happens to be the editor of Art Inc. This is an opportunity to hear us talk writing the book, my personal story about becoming a working artist, the lessons I learned along the way, and more!

There are two ways for you to participate in this global book launch event!

1) RSVP to WATCH ONLINE: If you are not in the Bay Area OR cannot get to the event at the CreativeLive Studios on August 12, you can watch online. To get access, you’ll need to RSVP (which means signing up for a CreativeLive account if you don’t already have one, but that’s SUPER easy). You can RSVP here by clicking on the blue RSVP button on the right hand side of the screen.

2) SIGN UP TO BE PART OF THE LIVE AUDIENCE:  If you are in the Bay Area and would like to be part of the LIVE studio audience for this event and get your book signed after the talk from 6-7 pm (Chronicle will be selling copies if you don’t already have one), you can sign up for FREE tickets here.


Have a great Wednesday, friends!



New Phone//Laptop Skins & Cases!



I am incredibly excited to now be offering Phone cases & skins, along with cases & skins for other devices including iPads and computers. I am thrilled to be working with Nuvango (formerly GelaSkins) to produce high quality, sturdy products with my designs. For my launch, I have uploaded four different designs. Don’t see something you like? Every week I’ll be uploading a new design.

Go here to take a look at all four patterns I’m offering currently (you can also see samples above and below). If you like one of the designs but are worried they don’t make it for your phone, never fear! Nuvango makes skins for practically every phone & device imaginable! If you don’t see your phone or device on the first screen, simply click “see more products” to find yours.




And for a limited time, I’m also offering archival prints of both of my “Arches” patterns. Nuvango’s prints are made on gorgeous paper and come completely framed.


Have a great Tuesday, friends. And check out my new Nuvango shop!


Create Explore Discover Retreat


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For the past two years I have attended a really wonderful retreat in California! It’s called Create. Explore. Discover. and this year it’s happening October 24-26 at this gorgeous spot in Truckee.  Organized by the amazing Sarah Stevenson, this year retreat features workshops by such dynamic artists and craftspeople as Mati McDonough, Anne Weil, Andrea Jenkins and Courtney Cerruti, and I am so excited to attend again. I’m not teaching this year, but I will be giving a short talk and leading an evening activity! The rest of the time I’ll be taking some of the workshops myself.


The retreat includes insanely delicious food and wine (the most important thing, right?), fantastic art, photography and needlework classes, beautiful surroundings (complete with fall foliage) and the most comfortable beds in the universe! There is ample time for relaxing, too.



I’ll be there again this year and I hope you’ll join me! Through July 30 you can get 10% off your registration by using the code cedlc2014! Space at the retreat is limited, so sign up early before it sells out. If you live in the area, you can register for day passes too! You can register here.

Have a great Monday, friends!


Patti Smith Exhibition



My mission is to communicate, to wake people up, to give them my energy and accept theirs. We’re all in it together, and I respond emotionally as a worker, a mother, an artist, and a human being with a voice. We all have a voice. We have the responsibility to exercise it, to use it. “ – Patti Smith

Friends, I’m pretty excited to be part of a show that honors one of my punk rock heroes, Patti Smith! The show, entitled Patti Smith: This is Your Golden Age: Life is an Adventure of Our Own Design, is showing right now at Wild Goose Creative in Columbus Ohio.


{My portrait of Smith, above, hanging in the gallery}

The show, curated by Vanessa Jean Speckman, includes over 35 homages to the life and work of Patti Smith by artists all over the world.


You can read more about the show and see more images here. The show is up until the end of July.

Have a great Thursday, friends!

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CATEGORIES: Exhibitions

Seven New Prints in the Shop!



Friends, after a three week vacation, my Etsy Shop is back open! And I’ve got seven new prints for sale, six of which are limited edition and printed on velvety German Etching paper.

1) LOVE CONQUERS ALL PRINT. Celebrate marriage equality with this new print! I had so much fun drawing this one! Get it here.


2) LIMITED EDITION “LIVE EVERY DAY” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

3) LIMITED EDITION “THE STOMACH CARRIES THE HEART” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.


4) LIMITED EDITION “VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.


5) LIMITED EDITION “BE KIND” PRINT. Limited edition of 20 (new colors!), signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.


6) LIMITED EDITION “WE SHALL FIND PEACE” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.


7) LIMITED EDITION “ONCE IN A GOLDEN HOUR” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

Have a great Wednesday friends!


Words for the Day :: No. 28



Happy Tuesday, friends!


Words for the Day :: No. 27



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Words for the Day :: No. 26



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ICON Roadshow :: Portland



Portland friends! I wanted to let you know I will be selling limited edition prints, note cards & tea towels and signing copies of my book Whatever You Are, Be a Good One at ICON’s Roadshow. Come by this Thursday, July 10th, 7-10pm at the Portland Art Museum. The event is open to the public (non-conference goers) without RSVP as space permits so get there early.

Happy Tuesday, friends!


Jessica Hische (& Me) at Hattery!



I’m really excited to tell you about a great event happening next week on Thursday, July 17 at 7 pm! Letterer, illustrator, and type designer extraordinaire Jessica Hische will be at Hattery in SF interviewing some of San Francisco’s coolest creatives. And I’ll also be there there to interview Jessica as part of the program.

You’ve seen Jessica’s work —in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, campaigns for Tiffany, American Express, Nike, and Samsung, and online web sensations — and now you can spend the evening with her. She’ll present interviews, stories, tutorials, and more around her chosen theme of Vices and Virtues. Topics include the story of a mystery millionaire hiding $100 bills around San Francisco, how to make a scotch cocktail while ruminating on the historical significance of booze in the city, and the rise of caffeine culture and why we need it.

Hattery brings thinkers, creators, authors, leaders, and other clever people together for talks and workshops that inspire and foster new thought. This is the first in a series of Guest Editor events at Hattery in which luminaries from culture, technology, and the arts curate evenings of discussion, experience, and fun centered on their favorite things. Space is limited, so get your tickets before they sell out here!


Have a happy Monday, friends.


Words for the Day :: No. 25



Have a happy Wednesday, friends!


940 Saturdays :: Random House




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).


Giveaway at Little Collector!




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.


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

One Year Later



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!