Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Still Life with Cactus and Grapefruit (or Spring Training 2018)

Happy Pitchers and Catchers Report Day 2018! This year, I went with the first fully formed idea that popped into my brain. Sometimes (especially when one is in the middle of a difficult baseball-themed picture book dummy) it's nice to not think too hard about scenes and movement and characters, and just play around with color and shape and mark-making and wink-wink whimsy 

So go forth, young pitchers and grizzled catchers (and vice versa.) Get thee to the Cactus League of Arizona and the Grapefruit League of Florida. Bring on the baseball, universe. In so many ways, I'm ready for spring.

[Memory lane:  200820092010201120122013201420152016, 2017]

Sunday, February 12, 2017

So long as you come home at the end of the day.

For my tenth (!!!???) year celebrating the start of spring training with an original baseball illustration, I've kept things simple. This is for one very practical reason: I made an inter-city move in the last year, my art supplies (along with many of my worldly possessions) have been in storage for the last few months, and I only just retrieved my pastels and paper over the weekend.

But in a year that saw me return to my hometown, I like the symbolism. I'm sure I'm not the first person to notice that home plate is shaped like a house. There's a lot of poetry in "getting him home," and "home run," and "safe at home." Heck, I got to repurpose a Hamilton (née Sorkin) lyric for my title up top, and it completely works. I just love this game so much, you guys. Happy spring training!

[Memory lane:  20082009201020112012201320142015, 2016]

Fine art print of this illustration is available over here.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

On Deck

Pitchers and catchers for my favorite baseball team report today to Goodyear, Arizona (in the, ahem, CACTUS League) which has long been regarded by the most devoted fans, and by this blog, as a celebrated holiday. It's been a long, dark winter, but finally spring is on the horizon... and also possibly (hopefully maybe someday eventually) a brighter future. It won't be a particularly good year for my guys, wins and losses-wise, but if there's baseball being played, I'm there. Let's go. Batter up.

[Memory lane:  2008200920102011201220132014, 2015]

Fine art print of this illustration is available right on over here.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Books Read in 2015

I've neglected this blog lately in favor of (a) more writing than artmaking, and (b) more sharing on Instagram and Twitter. But it's a new year, and that means it's long past time to take a look back at the books I read in 2015.

Last year, I somehow (shockingly) only read 16 books all year long, so this year I stepped up my game. As usual, my favorites are in bold:

p.s. If you're wondering about the inspiration behind the illustration above, you won't want to miss THIS.


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