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After angsting for a few years over whether I'd ever write another book again, giving the “How To Keep Going” talk in March and spending the rest of the ...

My newest winter diary had gone a dozen days without a guardian spirit and then BOOM I saw this photo of Edward Gorey in one of his famous fur coats.

Four (or more) seasons

A diary collage made out of a guidebook from The Whitney

An enemy of envy

Some advice from the 2018 Steal Like An Artist Calendar

A diary collage made out of a guidebook from The Whitney

This is a chord, this is another

And here's my whole drawing:

Thoreau on winter

I'm inspired by how much pictures and words are fully integrated in Carey's work. His stories often start with a drawing, and he's drawing constantly while ...

There's something so magical about seeing the same view in each season. (This is what Thoreau was recording so diligently in his journals.

Note: Here's a (lightly edited) post from my ancient tumblr which eventually made its way into chapter 5 of Steal Like An Artist.

Since for the past year I have been thinking about seasons, seasonal time, moon phases, etc., here's Chang Ch'ao from the 17th century, writing in his book, ...

Album art by Eugene Coles

Regardless of how many seasons there are wherever you live, one should heed Thoreau: “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, ...

September diary

Seeing the days

Cutting and pasting the comics

I actually left the house last night to attend Edward Carey's art show opening & book release for Little at the Central Library gallery.

The best Black Friday deal

My newest winter diary had gone a dozen days without a guardian spirit and then BOOM I saw this photo of Edward Gorey in one of his famous fur coats.

This is a diagram I copied out of Mitchel Resnick's book, Lifelong Kindergarten. I've been thinking a lot lately about how essential it is to stop thinking ...

Corita Kent, The Stamp of Thoreau, 1969

I'd noticed Thoreau quotes in Corita's work before. She seemed to especially like these lines from Walden: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions ...

But Texas has rolled out the red carpet weather for us — the snapdragons have bloomed in my wife's garden, and the trees in the front yard are “coming into ...

The future we want

This is one of those rare New Yorker cartoons (by Will McPhail) you clip out and stick on the fridge. I thought about it the other day when I read the ...

A draft of JFK's remarks at Amherst College, 1963

One of the most important points of Steal Like An Artist is that you don't get to pick your actual genealogy, but you can, and must, establish your own ...

Perspective

Covers

New York Times Room For Debate

Back in January, I decided that my new notebook needed a guardian spirit to watch over things. Emily Dickinson seemed right.

When I was reading Jan Swafford's introduction to classical music, Language of the Spirit, I kept thinking about how some of the stories about Johannes ...

It's like Thoreau wrote in his journal (he could've written some country songs):

Leonardo's lists

With fall arriving, finally, the almost-five-year-old has become interested in the seasons. I ordered Gail Gibbons' The Reasons For Seasons, and we made ...

In the December 23 entry from Tape For The Turn of the Year, A.R. Ammons writes, “release us from mental / prisons / into the actual / fact, ...

September diary

Corita Kent liked to quote a Balinese saying: “We have no art. We do everything as well as we can.” (I would guess that she read it in Marshall McLuhan's ...

Christmas in Texas is full of single panel cartoons like his one.

Thoreau's drawning of a heron

Henry David Thoreau's journal, opened to November 11, 1858

Sometimes the Best Thing is a stretch:

I'd noticed Thoreau quotes in Corita's work before. She seemed to especially like these lines from Walden: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions ...

I was searching for some earbuds and found this notebook in my walking fleece that I haven't used for months now, sadly, as we have entered the hell season ...

Last August I wrote about my belief in creative seasons, and after I read Matt Thomas's great post about trying to live with the seasons, I doodled this ...

“Cabinet of Curiosity” is the (perfect) title for Jeffrey Jenkins' introduction to the visual compendium of David Sedaris's diaries: It alludes to the ...

There's still a little bit of funk around there, so I got to take a stroll before and after. Vampiring it up until next time. Now it's time to board the ...

“You will see this story over and over again. People love it and it is not copyrighted. The story is 'Man in Hole,' but the story needn't be about a man or ...

How to take a nap

Yesterday I wrote about how I keep my diaries. This morning, because commenters asked what they look like, I posted some of my diary pages on Instagram.

how-to-read-more

Being a parent is like being an artist

PS. My 2-year-old hasn't drawn a sequel yet, but he is working on fan art:

The ideal routine

read a book instead wallpaper

That was then filled by another artist I love:

George Strait's hat, swiped, again, from The New Yorker.

Thanks to @misszita for this lettering of the manifesto from chapter 3 of Steal Like An Artist. I like that if you put a comma after the word “done” it ...

My kids and I are big fans of Jon Klassen's hat trilogy. Our current favorite read is Triangle, his book with Mac Barnett. My 5-year-old was thrilled when I ...

The exhibit (up until January) is very well done, and organized by book. (The second great exhibit I've seen in the space — the first was Lance Letscher.

I posted one of my favorite Ron Padgett poems on Twitter a few days ago and a man I don't follow went out of his way to tell me that I was “ ...

Our portion of the infinite

How beautiful they go to their graves

Here's a photo of Steal Like An Artist on sale at a Target in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by my cousin.) Sure, it's on sale at all kinds of places, ...

The waves of Lake Erie. “

Words to live by. (From chapter 5 of Keep Going)

As a Great Indoorsman, for most of my life I'd ignored the work of Henry David Thoreau. I owned a copy of Walden, but never read it.

When Jane Jacobs' sons were in danger of being drafted into Vietnam, the Jacobs family emigrated to Canada and eventually became Canadian citizens.

Filed under: diaries

Other bits of clock time map approximately to nature's doings. I find that the moon phases, for example, are much more interesting than months when tracking ...

It's often hard for me to return home from California, a place of such obvious beauty, still so foreign to me. This past trip, I was obsessed with the smell ...

I spent so much time trying to figure out new sounds I could make with my primitive equipment. I'd comb through music magazines for tips and tricks and ...

Corita Kent, different drummer, ...

The book is 8 months older than my oldest son, and he reads chapter books, writes songs in Garageband, and tells poop jokes. He has a whole life of his own ...

I came across this quote in Leonard Koren's What Artists Do. It's excerpted from a longer quote by Chuck Close in the book, Inside The Studio: Two Decades ...

Sacks “loved to write notes on the pages of books he was reading — thoughts, ideas, arguments with the author, diagrams.” What a delight it must be to go ...

Filed under: diaries

September diary

There's still a little bit of funk around there, so I got to take a stroll before and after. Vampiring it up until next time. Now it's time to board the ...

... 1967 Corita Kent, Thoreau, 1971

Carey's work is wonderfully dark, but with a good splash of humor. (It's fitting that earlier in the day my 3-year-old was drawing pages out of Edward ...

But my favorite nap, the one that really leaves me feeling like a million bucks, is the one described by Philip Roth:

A drawing of a robot by my 4-year-old.

He saw the “Podcasts” preset and started recording his own podcasts. (I haven't even gotten to tell him Marc Maron recorded Obama in in his garage… with ...

Another endless learning spiral…

If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader first

Filed under: diaries

For the next notebook, the collage artist Hannah Höch.

Ad Reinhardt How To Look at Modern Art in America

Do more things that make you forget

“You got to think lucky. If you fall into a mud hole, check your back pocket. You might have caught a fish.” —Darrell Royal. “

Owen Kleon, diary

“More monarchs are expected to fly through Austin than have in 10 years,” says a report from KUT. “Thanks to exceptionally good weather up ...

Above: a happy kitchen table scene from a few weeks ago. Below: the guardian spirit for my new diary.

After angsting for a few years over whether I'd ever write another book again, giving the “How To Keep Going” talk in March and spending the rest of the ...

My newest winter diary had gone a dozen days without a guardian spirit and then BOOM I saw this photo of Edward Gorey in one of his famous fur coats.

Four (or more) seasons

An enemy of envy

Some advice from the 2018 Steal Like An Artist Calendar

Thoreau on winter

I'm inspired by how much pictures and words are fully integrated in Carey's work. His stories often start with a drawing, and he's drawing constantly while ...

There's something so magical about seeing the same view in each season. (This is what Thoreau was recording so diligently in his journals.

The best Black Friday deal

I actually left the house last night to attend Edward Carey's art show opening & book release for Little at the Central Library gallery.

Regardless of how many seasons there are wherever you live, one should heed Thoreau: “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, ...

read a book instead wallpaper

Album art by Eugene Coles

Since for the past year I have been thinking about seasons, seasonal time, moon phases, etc., here's Chang Ch'ao from the 17th century, writing in his book, ...

September diary

Corita Kent liked to quote a Balinese saying: “We have no art. We do everything as well as we can.” (I would guess that she read it in Marshall McLuhan's ...

Corita Kent, The Stamp of Thoreau, 1969

Cutting and pasting the comics

This is a diagram I copied out of Mitchel Resnick's book, Lifelong Kindergarten. I've been thinking a lot lately about how essential it is to stop thinking ...

I'd noticed Thoreau quotes in Corita's work before. She seemed to especially like these lines from Walden: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions ...

My newest winter diary had gone a dozen days without a guardian spirit and then BOOM I saw this photo of Edward Gorey in one of his famous fur coats.

Last August I wrote about my belief in creative seasons, and after I read Matt Thomas's great post about trying to live with the seasons, I doodled this ...

In the December 23 entry from Tape For The Turn of the Year, A.R. Ammons writes, “release us from mental / prisons / into the actual / fact, ...

I'd noticed Thoreau quotes in Corita's work before. She seemed to especially like these lines from Walden: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions ...

As a Great Indoorsman, for most of my life I'd ignored the work of Henry David Thoreau. I owned a copy of Walden, but never read it.

Covers

The future we want

Christmas in Texas is full of single panel cartoons like his one.

Back in January, I decided that my new notebook needed a guardian spirit to watch over things. Emily Dickinson seemed right.

Perspective

September diary

Above: a happy kitchen table scene from a few weeks ago. Below: the guardian spirit for my new diary.

Henry David Thoreau's journal, opened to November 11, 1858

“Cabinet of Curiosity” is the (perfect) title for Jeffrey Jenkins' introduction to the visual compendium of David Sedaris's diaries: It alludes to the ...

Yesterday I wrote about how I keep my diaries. This morning, because commenters asked what they look like, I posted some of my diary pages on Instagram.

New York Times Room For Debate

it wasn't for me then one day it turned out to be. “

This is one of those rare New Yorker cartoons (by Will McPhail) you clip out and stick on the fridge. I thought about it the other day when I read the ...

A diary collage made out of a guidebook from The Whitney

mindmap of deer hunting with jesus by joe bageant

This is one of those poems you tape to the fridge. It ran in the May 18, 1998 issue of the New Yorker. You can find it in Koch's Collected Poems.

Other bits of clock time map approximately to nature's doings. I find that the moon phases, for example, are much more interesting than months when tracking ...

When I was reading Jan Swafford's introduction to classical music, Language of the Spirit, I kept thinking about how some of the stories about Johannes ...

A few months, I became nostalgic for the good ol' MS-DOS command prompt:

With fall arriving, finally, the almost-five-year-old has become interested in the seasons. I ordered Gail Gibbons' The Reasons For Seasons, and we made ...

how-to-read-more

Thoreau's drawning of a heron

The ideal routine

Supposedly, Chris Ware loved this particular Gasoline Alley strip by Frank King so much that he tore the page out of the Smithsonian Collection Of Newspaper ...

The exhibit (up until January) is very well done, and organized by book. (The second great exhibit I've seen in the space — the first was Lance Letscher.

The season of lies

Sacks “loved to write notes on the pages of books he was reading — thoughts, ideas, arguments with the author, diagrams.” What a delight it must be to go ...

Filed under: diaries

If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader first

Sometimes the Best Thing is a stretch:

For the next notebook, the collage artist Hannah Höch.

A few days ago I was reading an article about journaling as self-care, and came across several quotes by local Austin professor James Pennebaker, ...

Do more things that make you forget

Here's another doodle from my diary, where I've mapped some of the concepts from Resnick's book onto the various parts of the spiral.

What to do with me

I'm catching up with the latest season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which I used to enjoy, but now seems like it should be renamed Rich People in ...

I received an email this morning with the subject line: “Austin, you're invited to re-live the mid-90s.” In 1996 I was 13, living in the middle of a ...

Corita Kent, different drummer, ...

Another endless learning spiral…

... 1967 Corita Kent, Thoreau, 1971

A good deal of this can be traced to problems of ego. Here's how Zen Buddhist nun Jeong Kwan puts it in season 3, episode 1 of Chef's Table:

Book reviews for Douglas Wolk's Reading Comics and Kurt Vonnegut's Sirens of Titan

By now you might have noticed that the spiral is similar to the feedback loop of the Scientific Method or Joseph Campbell's “Hero's Journey.

My life coach: Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven

Owen Kleon, diary

Everything is connected, but the connections only matter if you make them!

stare at this dot until you get an idea

I don't post my year-end reading list until the end of the year, but I definitely start working on it this early. (This year's biggest problem: I'm ...

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the benefits of boredom

ON CHUCK JONES, ART SUPPLIES, AND PARENTING

A bomb exploded in my neighborhood last night on a sidewalk I walk every morning with my wife and two sons. We're all okay. The boys are oblivious, ...

... students — I loved how his tie matched the post-it notes that were packed all over his copy of Show Your Work! so I asked if I could take a picture.

I drew these notes during a Pennebaker lecture back in 2011. Fascinating guy.

Reading I Learn From Children. Caroline Pratt says it does not matter what the students are learning as much as how they are learning.

hourly comic 2008 (part one)

A willingness to be bad

Years ago I borrowed this copy of Italo Calvino's If On A Winter's Night A Traveler from my father-in-law, and when I opened it up I found Calvino's 1985 ...

I'm currently learning his Waltz in A Flat, which is just beautiful:

I like to take two or three strips and mash them up: this one has a panel from January 16, 1968, text from Jan. 10 and 13, and most of the January 12th ...

hourly comic 2008 (part two)

Then I love taking the scraps and making new one-panel cartoons:

Of course, the best songs of all are those that enter you “like dreams taken through a straw.' In those moments, all you can be, Waits says, is grateful.

I am all for any praise for James Marshall, but there's one thing that Bloom got wrong: she writes, “He hated Texas.” Now, I'm not one to defend Texas, ...

I'd never heard of Carl Craig, but I loved this photo of him in The New Yorker, and it was the perfect size.

millions of years have been about average let this year go

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Y'all rock. I hope that those of you in the Austin area will come to the next Vizthink.

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And Lynda Barry draws her family:

#librarytourism

“Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, ...

Top image: Drawing of a brain by Jules (3)