I'm so thrilled that Kirkus Reviews have awarded a Kirkus Star in their review of 'A Hatful of Dragons'!!! The called my book 'A Loopily, Meta Collection of Silly, Interactive Poetry', one that will 'Encourage Several Giggled-Filled Read Throughs'.
Kirkus Reviews is one of the most respected book review organizations and they are 'well-known' for giving books an 'unvarnished' review. Therefore a starred review, and a very positive one at that, is a big deal. Only a small fraction of the books they review get a Kirkus Star - specifically 'books of exceptional merit'.
Read the full Kirkus Review here!
I can do a happy dance now!
I spent 7 months in 2019 working on the a 'Spirit Animals' mural for Stevenson Elementary in Bellevue WA. Each of the 80 animals on this mural was designed by a kid.
Click here to read more about this project, see a making-of video, and look closer at all the creature art.
When life gives you TOILET PAPER PANIC .... make ... TOILET PAPER PANIC Art!
To commemorate the Great Toilet Paper Panic of 2020, I am making commemorative original art ON TOILET PAPER.
And let me assure you, drawing on TP is NOT EASY - the paper is soft, tears easily, moves under the pen, and absorbs the ink in unpredictable ways. I had to experiment to find the right pen and hand pressure to make this art happen. Here's a little video:
The original TP art is available in two, uhm, flavots - regular (1-PLY) and deluxe (2-PLY). Comes mounted on an acid-free board with text.
Clck here to order from my etsy store.
Available only while supplies last (i.e. until I run out of TP).
Not waterproof or archival. In case of emergency, you can still 'use' this artwork.
I will be doing an online book tour via blogs introducing my new book and giving folks a behind-the-scenes peek into the book. I'll add links here as the blog posts go live:
* Suma Subramanian's Mixed-Up Files:
* Jane MacCulloch's DeoWriter Blog
* Matt Forrest's Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme Blog
* Sylvia Vardell's Poetry for Children Blog
* Irene Latham's Live Your Poem Blog
* Sylvia Vardell's Poetry for Children Blog (2nd Appearance)
* Linda Mitchell's A Word Edgewise Blog
* Mrs. Knotts Book Nook
Many thanks to my publisher, Boyds Mills Kane, and to Kerry McManus and Chelsea Abdullah for organizing this tour.
My third book of self-illustrated funny poems, A Hatful of Dragons, will be releasing April 21, 2020. I am very excited for this book - it's taken years of effort and is loads of fun, and suitable for poetry lovers of all ages. Here is a quick flipthrough of what the inside looks like:
You can already order the book via your favorite bookstore or online (Indiebound, Barnes & Nobles, Amazon).
Learn more here.
If you look closely at the background patterns in these paintings, you will note that each painting has the same 14 ‘tiles’ rearranged differently. What allows these tiles to be rearranged in an almost-endless number of ways is that they rely on unique mathematical properties of the Golden Ratio, ø.
Definition of Golden Ratio:
In Mathematics, two quantities are in the Golden Ratio if their Ratio is the same as the Ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities.
With two quantities, a and b, a > b > 0, the Golden Ratio, ø = a/b when a/b = (a+b)/a
The Golden Ratio is frequently found in patterns in nature, such as spiral arrangements in shells and plants.
ø is an irrational number with a value of (1+SqRt(5))/2 = 1.6180339887....
Note that a/b = (a+b)/a = a/a + b/a = 1 + b/a In other words ø = 1 + 1/ ø
While the Golden Ratio (see Wikipedia) itself is often mentioned in art (e.g. Leonardo Da Vinci used it to compose his paintings), architecture (the Greeks used it to design their buildings), and nature (mathematical basis for naturally occurring patterns), less well-known is the fact ø has some fascinating mathematical properties.
For example starting with ø = 1+ 1/ø (see above), we can derive:
....., 1/(ø^2), 1/ø, 1, ø, ø^2, ø^3, .....
also happens to be a Fibonacci Series, in which the sum of any two consecutive terms generates the next term.
A property that then emerges from this Geometric Fibonacci series is that sums of many different terms in the series can equal the sums of many other terms in the series. E.g.:
ø + ø^2 + ø^3 = 2ø^3 = 1/ø + 3ø^2 = 2ø + 2ø^2 =2 + 4ø etc.
The Swiss architect Le Corbusier, in a quest to design easily-reconfigurable modular buildings, realized that a set of ø-series based modules, i.e. modules whose dimensions were members of the ø series, might allow for building designs with large numbers of permutations and combinations for any given fixed space and fixed set of modules. While Le Corbusier did not succeed in actually creating such modular buildings, his research did bear one fruit: these paintings J.
These paintings incorporate, in their backgrounds, tiling patterns created using ‘tiles’ whose dimensions are based on two INTERLACED ø-series, one series of which is formed by taking the arithmetic mean of consecutive terms of the other series. That is, the elements of one series lie halfway between the elements of the other series, which increases the number of possible ways in which the elements may be combined to add up to other combinations of elements.
All the paintings have the exact same 14 tiles in the background. Every edge of every tile relates to other tile edges in the painting by multiples of golden ratios.
If the Golden Ratio is truly a natural number wired into nature, these tiling patterns should feel naturally aesthetic.
The juxtaposition of a whimsical, illogical form on top of the logical mathematical pattern hopefully creates an anachronism that draws the viewer in to look at the image again and again.
You are invited to the 5th Annual Holiday Show at my studio in Seattle's Pioneer Square. This annual tradition is a great way to come see my art in person and pick up fun holiday gifts. There will be special discounts on prints and specially-priced original pieces.
My studio is located in Pioneer Square in Seattle: 306 S. Washington St. Seattle WA 98104
Holiday Show Dates and Times: Dec 14, 15 weekend and Dec 21, 22 weekend 10 a.m. to 6.p.m. each day
Parking is on the street and in nearby parking lots. (If you have to pay for parking, please ask for parking credit with your purchases). Note that there is Seahawks game on the 22nd so if coming on that day, catch public transport as parking will be very expensive.