Tuesday, August 22, 2017

More Commissions for Charity

I'm very pleased to report that the thing where folks commission drawings from me in exchange for a donation to charity is going well. I'm totally inspired by the fact that so many people want to hand over their hard earned cash to worthy causes!

Because this mostly all happens over Instagram, I'm just identifying folks by their IG handles here. But I'm linking directly to all the great charities they came up with, so you can learn more.

Above, @ironbetty asked for Hershey's Syrup and donated to Kids in Need of Defense, @zelmarose wanted scissors and donated to Team Rubicon.

 @glasscathedrals requested jar of pickles and in exchange donated to DrawBridge.

@magggi requested some bras and donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds. @artschoolgirl asked for a picture of her dog Dasher and donated to Shelly's Angles. And @supertry wanted a drawing of Sushi Cat and is donating to Canine Companions for Independence.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Blue Bathrobe

It can be hard to see your own progress. I started drawing and painting seriously almost exactly two and a half years ago. One of the first pictures I made, in February of 2015, was of my blue bathrobe. The other day I drew that same bathrobe again. When I finished, I wasn't sure I was totally happy with how my picture had turned out. But then it occurred to me to dig out my old version and compare the two. And I was pleasantly surprised to discover: I've improved!

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Visit to the Color Facotry

At the Color Factory pop-up art experience, many things are rainbow-colored...

One of my favorites was this walk-through ribbon installation by Jacob Dahlgren

My pal and author, and Color Factory Creative Director, artist Leah Rosenberg was kind enough to take me on a tour!

Scratch and sniff installation by Leah Rosenberg and Erin Jang

And what's not already a rainbow, you can make a rainbow out of:

Orange room by Tosha Stimage

Ball-pit room murals by Carissa Potter

Imagine my delight to spot my very own book in Randi Brookman Harris' All Yellow Shop!

I matched Andy J. Miller and Andrew Neyer's green coloring room

Balloon installation by Jihan Zencirli

Endless selfie printer-outer room by Tom Stayte

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Color Poem #21

I bought a pretty stapler
in the color we often call
sky blue though when you
think about it the sky is so
rarely quite this color the

sky generally is a bit darker
and deeper a bit denser this
shade is both a bit paler and
a whole lot flatter than the
large majority of skies I’ve

seen I’ve heard people refer
to this shade as baby blue or
powder blue but both those
hues in my view are pastels
lighter and mixed with more

white this bright clear blue is
the color the stone turquoise
often is and yet when we say
turquoise the color we mean
something much more green

in the end I find I’m compelled
to fall back on corporate cliché
and call it tiffany blue
there is no alternative

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My NEW Book Projects!

I am very excited and proud to announce that I've recently closed deals with my publisher to write two new books! One will be a sequel to the Secret Art of Being a Grown-Up. The other will be a guided journal (you know, where there are prompts to write about and you fill in the blanks?) that I not only will write but will also illustrate! I am over-the-moon delighted! Both are currently slated to come out from Chronicle Books in Spring of 2019 (which seems like a long way off -- but when you consider that I've once again somehow managed to get myself in the position of creating, and then releasing, two different projects at the same time, I'm pretty darn glad to have the time!).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Golden Gate Bridge

The other day we took a family walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (or, well, what I've always meant every time I ever walked "across" the bridge, which is actually: out to the midpoint and back). Mabel had been wanting to go and was utterly delighted with it. We saw a boat race and drank buckets of coffee and hot chocolate and Bill particularly liked the stencil demarcating the pedestrian area with the man in the jaunty hat holding the hand of his very small daughter. A good time was had by all.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Strawberry Jam and Red Stapler

I had the chance to do a lot of drawing over the weekend, including these two images for next year's art show of Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves and the classic red Swingline stapler. Sneak peek!