This is the third day of summer break and the first day I’ve produced satisfactory prints. I confess that yesterday, I spent the morning carving an image into a linoleum block only to realized after making my first print that you have to reverse the text or the type on your prints will come out backwards. So back to the drawing board. This morning, I … Continue reading Meet Floyd the Linoleum Cut Print Cat
Last week a friend of mine and I played hookey to go to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. The first Tuesday of the month is their free day. The CJM has never disappointed. C.J. and I typically go three or four times a year, yes on free Tuesdays, and have always been at least entertained. Sometimes we have been inspired. The current shows … Continue reading Inez Storer: Allow Nothing to Worry You
How to categorize this book? Part memoir, part essay on art, part essay on philosophy, artwork, journal, graphic narrative. Hard to say. Then, if you don’t really know what it is, how do you determine if it is good? What It Is can be viewed as a sort of textbook for a class on imagery. Each section of the book deals with some aspect of … Continue reading What It Is by Lynda Barry
C.J. ran into a friend of ours this week who asked him “Where’s James?” He replied, “School’s out and he’s on vacation so of course he’s taking a class.” C.J. knows me very well. Just about every summer, if we’re not taking some sort of dramatic month-long trip, I take at least one class, usually a class for teachers. So I spend the last week … Continue reading Sunday Salon: A Class for Teachers, a Class for Book Binding, and a “Bookcase” That’s Really a Secret Door.
Becoming Judy Chicago by Gail Levin is a thorough look at the artist’s life and career to date. It begins like most comprehensive biographies with a chapter on her parents’ story and then continues, in detail, throughout Judy Chicago’s life. However, it is the in-depth coverage of Judy Chicago’s artistic process that most interested me. Gail Levin has researched this book to the ends of the … Continue reading Becoming Judy Chicago by Gail Levin