My family’s in self quarantine #stayhome and we’ve been talking (via phone/digital means) with friends who are doing the same. [If you are too – THANK YOU!]
Some of our friends say they’re viewing this quarantine time as a chance to read more books. That reminds me of how revolutionary it was for me to realize that if I started a book I did not have to finish it and that I could choose only fun books to read.
I think I realized this blinding flash of the obvious after graduating college…and no longer had to read for a grade.
Anyway, here’s some of my sketchbook pages with musings on reading fun books (both print and ebooks).
And here’s a link to over 3000 ebooks that are free to download. Surely there’s something fun to read in this lot!! 😁
In times like these we need to do what kindnesses we can for each other so I’ve decided to release my kitchen sketchbook earlier than planned. The title of this new artist book is Favorites So Far – a kitchen sketchbook. Details follow.
I spend most of my time working at home. Now, with coronavirus, more people, especially here in Washington state, are too. Welcome to my world. There’s lots of work but also books, good meals, drinks and snacks.
So perhaps it will be kind to go ahead and share more of how cooking at home fits with my working at home life? Hope so…
I was going to wait until just before my one-person art exhibit in June 2020 to officially debut this memoir cookbook, Favorites So Far, as many of the recipes relate to my artwork. I’ve been dribbling out teaser recipes on my Instagram page especially as they relate to the artwork as I finish the art. My original intention was to build momentum toward my June exhibit, display the artwork at the physical exhibit and have this 48 page sketchbook, itself intended as artwork, available as an accessory to the exhibit. You know, big splash.
But to heck with that. It seems kinder to share this book right now because people gotta eat.
Technically this book, Favorites So Far, is a printed 48 page memoir sketchbook – with my sketches on every page. That a meal could be made from it was just bonus. It’s suposed to be autobiographical amusement. But it really is a practical book, we refer to it for our own meals regularly.
Here’s a photo of the front and back covers of the printed book Favorites So Far:
Recently my co-author, Judy Sullens, and I got to talking: in the best of times what to cook/eat is a question. Door Dash and other innovative food delivery services are super helpful – but people suddenly being at home more… perhaps they’ll find it helpful to hear how a couple of busy creatives who’re not always flush with cash, not always remembering to get stuff at the store, how do they fill their belly’s?
The book is set up to be printed, 48 pages, full color, landscape format to showcase the artwork. And, since we’re not waiting to do a big splash at the exhibit, we’ve now set it up so the printed book can be shipped directly to you from the printer.
Perhaps even more helpfully we’ve set it up as an immediately downloadable ebook viewable on any device: Google Android devices, Kindle etc. It’s still 48 pages, full color with all the artwork. You can get the ebook version here. https://www.blurb.com/ebooks/709744-favorites-so-far (preview first 15 pgs)
Speaking of previews here’s some of the pages:
And here are a few of the inner pages so you can see the memoir attributes.
More generally how I handle being a busy artist while not starving: after breakfast, before getting to work in my studio, I cut up veg and etc ingredients and throw them in a pot to slow cook until lunchtime. I work for several hours in my studio, take a short break to stir the pot. Back to work for another hour or so. Then lunch!
This is a pic of my sketchbook that Favorites So Far is a reproduction of – and a pot of just assembled stew:
And, yes, since it’s so near to St. Patrick’s Day I couldn’t resist posting this Irish stew recipe!
Oh, and we showed this sketchbook to a chef friend who said “I love it that a third of the book is cocktails!”
Here’s the cover for the new print version of “Dr. Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit”. Keeping the hand-drawn look for the cover was important. Half of this book is filled with hand-drawn graphic-novel type stories. And the book originated in my sketchbook. So it seemed a no-brainer to keep the cover art “organic” looking. Here are both the front and back covers:
Cover art for the back of “Dr. Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit”
Cover art for the front of “Dr. Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit”
Yes, I did see this new print version as an opportunity to hand-write the entire book and considered it strongly. However from the outset of this project when we did the first printed editions small run, Dr. Bob Hoke wanted the book to be as easily accessible as possible – including constructing a book that would feel “simple” and even fun.
So as I designed this new print version I decided that typing the text of Dr. Bob’s lecture notes, rather than hand writing it would be more in keeping with Dr. Hoke’s methods. By typing I could also choose fonts and formats that would be easier for anyone, including dyslexics, to read. “Dr. Bob’s Emotional Repair Program First Aid Kit” is also small in size; 5.5 x 8.5 inches and only 56 pages long.
As I mentioned above, half the book is drawings… so I worked to make the cover art fit with the cartoon drawings inside the book.
Since my upcoming fine art exhibit, opening June 7, at Burnt Bridge Cellars is titled “Dear Readers” and contains nested ideas – for the additional pun of it I’ll have some artist books available. So here’s a pic of a few of the books I’ll have at the exhibit.
There’s my Dogs and Cats and a Cookbook I illustrated (with Chef Kim Mahan’s recipes). And yes – there’s a little tiny mini-guide to drawing dogs! How’s that for a visual pun in an art exhibit full of paintings of dogs reading?
There are also cats and food depicted in my artwork… and of course books! So my books relate to my artwork which relates to my books…
Basically I’ve had a lot of fun playing with nested ideas!
BTW the “How to Draw Dogs” mini-guide is only available via the Brooklyn Art Library in New York …. except for the few I’ll have in my exhibit in Vancouver WA.
A link to my Dear Readers exhibit statement that explains my thinking behind this exhibit is here.
Dr. Bob Hoke had a little musical ditty he’d sing during our visits*: “Oh the candy man is made out of tin / It’s just the kind of world we’re in / so begin, begin, begin…”.
I took this to mean that we don’t have to wait for “perfect” conditions to exist before we begin something. I also interpreted the phrase “the candy man is made out of tin” to mean that the dispenser of candy wasn’t a perfect person – they were just doing their best to sweeten up the ordinary day.
All of those thoughts were in my mind as I worked on a new painting, now finished and titled “Enjoymints”. I was reaching for an idea of the magic-ness of the very ordinary, an ethereal sense of mixing the mundane with love and making the world taste good.
“Enjoymints” by Clancy – 5 x 7 inches – acrylic and gouache on board
I finished the cat portrait I’ve been working on and have titled it “Strad O’Varius”. It is already scheduled to be shown in upcoming art gallery exhibits. My last post – here – tells a bit about what inspired this piece.
“Strad O’Varius” by Clancy – 30 x 24 inches – hand dyed paper, acrylic and color pencil on cradled board.
I’ve been getting all of the artwork packed up for delivery to Burnt Bridge Cellars for a one-person art exhibit there. Some of my artwork is also coming from one of my nearby galleries. So what you see in the photo is just what art is coming from my studio. And the artwork in the photo is in stages of being gathered and wrapped in prep for putting it in the car for delivery.
4 things I’ve learned about delivering artwork by car to a nearby destination:
Place artwork in the car face to face with a piece of brown paper or bubble-wrap between the artworks. Ideally each artwork will be wrapped in either the packing paper or the bubble wrap.
Clean towels or blankets are good art wrapping in a pinch. They are also good for making sure the artwork is well padded/protected (particularly at the corners or edges) during transport.
Nest the artworks together in the car with the largest on bottom/back, descending in size to the smallest on top/front. Wrap/pad with towels and blankets in case of load shift while driving.
Drive slowly and carefully – particularly on turns. Let other people pass you. Smile.
First Luncheon Of The Ladies With Red Hats by Sue Clancy
“If It’s Any Constellation” By Sue Clancy 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches Hand dyed paper, handmade paste paper, found paper and acrylic on cradled board
“Pug A Cherry On Top” By Sue Clancy 7 x 5 x 1.5 inches Hand dyed paper, hand marbled paper, ink and acrylic on cradled board
“U-Pick Book Farm” By Sue Clancy12 x 9 x 1.5 inchesHand dyed paper, handmade paste paper, hand woven paper, found paper, acrylic on cradled board
“His Marbles” by Sue Clancy 8 x 8 x 2 incheshand dyed paper, hand stenciled paper, and acrylic on cradled board
“Making Time” by Sue Clancy 12 x 9 x 2 inches – hand dyed paper, handmade paste paper, found paper and acrylic on cradled board
Improvisation By Sue Clancy 10 x 8 x 2 inches hand dyed paper, hand stenciled paper, handmade paste paper, found paper and acrylic on cradled board
All of these images were created with my cut-handmade paper technique. I take white handmade paper and give that white paper color and pattern using a variety of methods: dyeing, marbling, stenciling etc… Then when that paper is dry I cut out shapes from the various papers with an Xacto knife and layer them together, with archival glue, to make my images. Yes, it’s rather like putting together a 3D jigsaw puzzle!
If you’ve guessed that doing jigsaw puzzles was one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid – you’re right!
And if you’ve guessed that the Caplan Art Gallery will ship my art anywhere in the world – you’re right about that too!