Off I Go!

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I am taking off on a red eye to New York for my illustration residency at SVA! I will be in New York through late July, then in Prague for ten days. I'll keep posting if I can; otherwise I will be back in August!


Business cards!

I ordered a bunch of business cards and stickers from moo.com, and they arrived today! They were a lot of fun and easy to design, and pretty reasonable for what you get. I couldn't be happier with them! I chose twelve of my paintings for the backs of the cards, but I could have had up to fifty different designs for the same price. They are silky and substantial and well-rounded and legitimate, which is exactly how I feel now that I have them. Poke around their site, because you probably need business cards (or stickers!) (or postcards!) that make you feel this way, too. There are a lot of geniuses using them in unexpected ways, like flashcards or wedding invitations. If you use this link, we'll both get a discount: http://www.moo.com/share/d2wf9s


Hendy Woods

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We forgot bug repellent. Also, tuck in loose clothing to avoid ticks!

Have I mentioned that I am leaving for more than two months at the end of the week and that I am supposed to be getting my house ready for the subletter and putting all my art supplies in boxes and shipping them to myself in New York and finishing all my work for the season? Well. That sounds like a tomorrow problem. Let's go camping. 

Cookie is beating Acorn at gin rummy, rubbing it in with an unflattering sketch; GOT book IV nerdiness; somebody left these nasturtiums behind because they knew I was coming; some sketches of whatever's directly in front of me because I'm not very imaginative.

We went to our favorite campground, Hendy Woods in Anderson Valley, which has access to the Navarro River for swimming and two ancient redwood groves for tromping. It is so magical there, and we were dismayed to hear that it would be closing July 1 as part of the state parks cutbacks. Is anything better than wrapping food in metal and throwing it into a bonfire? than drinking cocoa with the nicest person in the world under California laurels and madrones to the sounds of pooping kingfishers and squeaky-sex-bed birds and ravens the size of spaniels? than waking up in the woods with everything smelling like one million dollars and rain pattering on the tent? Is anything more depressing than the budget cuts that are resulting in closures of parks like this one? Ugh. It just makes me want to have a lie-down/cry-down in a hollow log covered with ferns.

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It started sprinkling pretty heavily our last night while we were cooking dinner, and, worried that it would start raining in earnest and make for a very wet camp breakdown in the morning, we decided to pack up after we finished our tin soldiers and make the three-hour drive back to San Francisco. Because it was a Monday night, we were the only people in the campground, and it was a very dark, damp, and lonely way to say good-bye to one of my favorite places. Gigantic violins. 

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Update 5.23.2012:
It was announced today that Hendy Woods is off the closure list and will be open for the summer camping season and probably the whole year, thanks to the impressive activist efforts, volunteerism, and donations of the Hendy Woods Community Group (though I like to think that our $70 was what pushed them over the top). Yay! But I am never satisfied; I want them to be open forever, not just the next six months or so. Visit www.hendywoods.org to make a donation, or better yet, camp there for a couple of nights this summer (we prefer the Azalea loop)! That way everyone wins. Or go see Kris Kristofferson in a benefit concert. Whatever appeals. 

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Better make some felt trees to remember Hendy Woods by, then I can get back to work. 


My muse returns

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Swan has been on tour back and forth across the U.S. for the last nine weeks and apparently his beard is now just as lengthy. He comes home tomorrow! I'm so excited to recharge with the source of all my power.