the last of a presidential sideburn study

partial study of presidential sideburns, U.S. history, 2018.

partial study of presidential sideburns, U.S. history, 2018.

As the much anticipated(!) 2020 presidential election gets underway in the U.S., I decided to go back and look at a project I started last year. None of the candidates today have any kind of interesting hairline. But I guess that’s okay, as I can’t wait to see the first woman’s presidential portrait in the National Gallery in a few years….Kamala Harris-Pete Buttigieg, the power ticket, let’s do this for humankind and mother earth!

the paradox of want

A ponderable philosophy for a Wednesday. Thank you University of Chicago professor.

A ponderable philosophy for a Wednesday. Thank you University of Chicago professor.

Find this philosophy as an entry point into Agnes Callard’s book Aspiration: The Agency of Becoming as discussed in The New Yorker article “The Art of Decision-Making” by Joshua Rothman.

You can find a podcast (and its transcript) here with Agnes Callard interviewed by David Wright.

This philosophical perspective pretty much sums up everyone’s motivation to do or not do something. Love it. Using it.

mother as an artist, or an artist as mother

How much NEW can be said or made about mothering as a lifestyle, a choice, a destination, a role, a meme? I thought I had seen it all until I came across Taiwanese photographer Annie Wang . Check out The New Yorker’s profile/gallery of her work. What a vision she had. She created a visual developmental Pandora’s box or nesting doll replication. Beautiful and wonderful.

T's (tails, tales, and toilets)

I love documentary pieces like these. They are relief to an often depressing news cycle. (Good vibes, only.)

Your Tales of Subway Oddities

Also check out the somewhat humorous yet sad Subway Bathrooms edition. (I remember reading a quote from Paul Aster, a native New Yorker, that his mother taught him never miss an opportunity to use a clean bathroom before leaving for somewhere. Anything to avoid the train delays and subway toilets, apparently. Good advice we can use no matter where we live.)

Subway Bathrooms Edition

Dogs in line for coffee and acai bowls. NYC.

Dogs in line for coffee and acai bowls. NYC.

brain size review

Brain Sizes: A Tiny Review. Tricia Louvar, 2018.

Brain Sizes: A Tiny Review. Tricia Louvar, 2018.

I’ve been told by reliable sources this is nerdy and sort of cool. It’s an out take to a larger graphic story I’ve been working on for about five years with no home yet. Reading about neuroscience and mindfulness fill my numerous tabletops. If there’s a flat surface in the house, it’s got something on it that I’m reading.

And if you think climate change isn’t real, our biggest brainiacs, the gray whale, need some love and attention. Scientists are perplexed why so many are washing ashore dead at an alarming rate. They are telling us, once again, humans are killing the planet. We will devolve by our own doing. And the cockroach will happen to become known as the most intelligent and adaptable species (my theory…it’s based only on empirical evidence. But still. You get the point, I hope).

My Sketchbook on Tour

Hello. Just received word that my sketchbook mini-graphic novel, "Free Dog," is on tour with the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project as part of the Brooklyn Art Library. Upcoming spots:

Toronto, ON @ The Distillery Historic District

July 27th - 29th
Historic Distillery District
9 Trinity Street, Suite 200 Toronto ON M5A 3C4

Chicago, IL @ Hyde Park Art Center

August 3rd - 5th
Hyde Park Arts Center
5020 S Cornell Ave Chicago, IL 60615

Atlanta, GA @ Ponce City Market

September 21st - 23rd
Ponce City Market 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30308

Check it out in person or online. It was great fun to make. Hope it serves as a little reminder to love those left behind. Thanks for looking...


A sample page from my sketchbook graphic novel. A nonfiction pen-and-ink love affair. 

That's About Right

Morning aftermath. My farm table outside.

Morning aftermath. My farm table outside.

He was a staggeringly prolific writer who chose freelance work over teaching — a decision, as Mr. Collins put it, “to detach himself from academic life, with its slow but steady intravenous drip of a salary.”
— New York Times obit for Donal Hall

Donald Hall worked as a poet. Became a famous poet. Died a famous poet. I always loved his book, "The Painted Bed," as a tribute to his late poet wife, Jane Kenyon