Thursday, August 28, 2008

latest project

Aaaw, she's here at last. Miss Anna was born two weeks ago. She's fit as a fiddle and fine as frog's hairs. We're exhausted, but doing great. Sam adores her. What more could a mom ask for?

Monday, July 14, 2008

new territory

This Saturday, the museum scheduled a reading event for me to do, my first one ever. It was pretty cool. People showed up, small children listened! After the reading, they coordinated an activity at the children's museum next door, a re-interpretation of Wild and Woolly using shadow puppets. I'm sorry I don't have photos of that, because it was like the coolest thing ever. Thanks Meg and Kelly for setting it all up. Super fun.

Oh, and also, there was an article about the show in the North County Times on Thursday. People tell me it is nice. No doubt it is~ excruciating self-consciousness keeps me from reading it at this time. However it was flattering, and surreal, and challenging to be asked to put into words what it is that I do. I probably should give that a bit more/frequent thought in general...? Most of the time I'm just barely remembering where I left the tape.

Monday, June 30, 2008

little drawings, the show

Museum01Saturday evening was the opening of my show at the California Center for the Arts. People, I won't lie to you, it was a lot of hard work getting here, over months of working weekends, on my sorry pregnant feet. I have many people to thank and I couldn't have done it without you~ D., C., G., mom, dad, K., for domestic support, Olivia and Mary Catherine for giving me the opportunity, Laura for taking on practical responsibilities for 130+ teeny tiny pieces of art, and Nicole and crew for expert installation. I could not be more satisfied and thrilled with the results. And thanks to all my friends and family that could make it out for the big evening. It meant a lot ot me. :-)

My muse, in one last moment of enthusiastic patience. When I asked him if he liked my art party, or not so much, he confessed, "Not so much." At one point, a guard scared him when he reached out to touch the art, not understanding that Sam's been living intimately with these items for several months now!

"Grandma's picture wall" was the installation guiding theme here.

Hanging out with G. and C.

Sam and Grandma get a closer look.

Sam, D., my dad, my mom, me, Aunt D. and Uncle A. 
Here Sam displays "not liking this so much anymore" body language.

My hall. The case holds process work from Ook the Book and some other book illustrations, and the far wall shows work from the Marcel Wanders project.

Summer openings mean wine and snacks outdoors, aah. Lucky weather, not 104 degrees like the weekends before!

Me and C. 
Sam loves to hang with Grandma.

...and later, homemade cake at my mom's house. Aaaw, thanks!

Not to mention flowers that greeted me at reception from a very special friend in Seattle. Thanks sweetie, they are gorgeous.

Aaah, so now I can just enjoy, and finish baking the bun. For those who still want to catch the show, it's running through November. Thanks again everyone!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

museum show is almost here

A quick update about the show opening on Saturday at the CCA. Last week we started hanging and now it's almost done! Thanks to Nicole and the expert installation staff, it looks great. They make it look easy, and let me tell you, that's some feat with the 130+ pieces I brought in. I wish I had some photos of how we packed the hallway with stuff. This is one brain addled waddling pregnant lady who could have never done it on my own, so much appreciation.

I peeked in the other gallery rooms and the other shows look intriguing. Can't wait to see it all done. After all of this, I'm really looking forward to celebrating Saturday evening!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

the dates, for real

For those of you interested in the upcoming show, the dates have been extended. And it also should be mentioned the dates are, um, incorrect on my website. Working on that.

So anyway, just for the record, the show is slated to open June 28th with lots of fine drink, snacks, and revelry, and has now been extended through November 30.

For further info, go to the source--

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

oh hello there

In a forest pitch dark, lived the tiniest spark! That Bjork line goes through my head every time I step outside now. The garden's growing and I have a lot of work to do.

PS Is it just me or does Blogger wash out images? Hmm, not so in love with that.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

upcoming show

Hey, I thought I added a post about this, but now I don't see it! Anyway, exciting news, even worth repeating twice. I have a show coming up at the museum in town, the California Center for the Arts. I'm organizing my work, figuring out what to show, how to show it, and feeling very energetic and a little nervous. We're going to call it Little Drawings I think. Yay! It opens Saturday June 28th, save the date!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

portrait: man with hat

Drawing translated by machine embroidery, placed into a found frame.

Monday, February 4, 2008

elephant in a thistle

I picked up some art from an old show at the city gallery this weekend. I made the elephant with Sam when we were painting together with non-toxic kid paints on newsprint. We cut our pictures out and I stuck mine on some sixty year-old paper I had lying around. And cardboard, because I like to recycle. 

Thursday, January 31, 2008


Before Christmas I got it into my head that I would sew coasters. By the time I got through the second or third piece, this idea turned out to be boring in both process and result, and also pretty poor on consistency of execution. But I didn't mind sewing little random squares that ended up looking a lot like homemade pancakes, so the question became, now what to do? I re-classified a few coasters as something I'm calling "vase mats", and that made it more fun. And then with some others, I'm doing some patchwork experimentation. I haven't tried to set a vase on this one yet, I'll try that crazy triple fusion of ideas tomorrow maybe. It would be interesting if I had a lot more of them (i.e. more than one.). Check back in several many months from now...?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

my eyes see

Just looking around the studio, there's a lot piled around (truly, piled) so I plucked this out this morning. This little thing been hanging around for a while and is inspired by an ongoing collaborative postcard project that I do with my friend Lynne. I'm not sure where this postcard is going from here, so maybe the next step is to send it to Lynne to work her magic on it.

The book page is salvaged from one of Sam's favorites when he was a baby, The Eye Book. The little sticker inside the tea wrapper flap shows a little monkey that says *don't forget!*. And there's the little peanut himself, peeking out from inside the pocket.