Jack London Park

This week I visited the Jack London State Historic Park near Sonoma. It was a beautiful day spent wandering along green paths and poking around in the museum and cottage. I went to the museum first, admiring all the artifacts the Londons brought back from their world travels……and then wandered into their farm. I loved the wide sweep of the green.I saw Jack’s studio where he wrote in their cottage, and their pretty garden. I bought a copy of one of his plays, and painted and sketched in it during my visit.I went to see the pig palace (!) and painted the delightful view of the vineyards.A lovely day, the only scary part being these signs everywhere. Luckily I didn’t see any snakes!

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wood paper box website

The collaborative printmaking and book arts project I’ve been working on with my friends Katie Baldwin and Yoonmi Nam has finally got its own website!It chronicles our two complete projects, the titular ‘wood paper box’, our most recent endeavour ‘alabama california kansas’, and our brand new project ‘(un)fold’.There are links to process blogs for each project,where you can read in depth about each artwork, and see photographs of shows we’ve put together and the meetings we’ve held. The chapter illustrations are my very own pen drawings, of our work and our portraits. Hope you’ll take the time to visit and let us know what you think!

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Japan map

I’ve been planning some trips for the year, and trying to decide where to go, so I’ve been looking through some of the old maps I did for Conde Nast Traveller for inspiration. I found this full page map of Japan in the cherry blossom…04-11ExpertsitineraryTR34110.pdfand am thinking it might be just the ticket!

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kung hei fat choi

A very happy Chinese new year of the rooster to you all! rooster

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women’s march

I want to share my love and support for everyone who is out this weekend marching, all over the world, showing that they care, about equality, diversity, and inclusion, and most especially about the future of the planet itself. We really all can make a difference.abigail for zine

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women who draw

I’m very proud to be a part of the women who draw website, an open directory of female professional freelance illustrators, artists and cartoonists. It was created by a group of women artists in an effort to increase the visibility of female illustrators. You can read all about it here and in this VOGUE article and in this one in the Huffington Post.

This is my little lady illustration (recognise her from the Miss joker playing card?) that represents me on the site.ladyShe was even featured on the BBC news website this week, in an interview with the women who set up the site. I hope it will be a huge success. Thank you Wendy and Julia!

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Hope the year has started out well for you all. We had our Japanese New Year osechi meal at home…osechi-1and I made extra so we could have it again with a different set of friends…osechi-2Hope this year will be bountiful!

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happy new year!

We took a few days off during the holidays to have a little road trip down the coast to Capitola by the sea…capitola-sketch…and then on to Pinnacles National Park. I spent time sketching, walking and thinking about my goals for 2017.pinnacles-ekstch-1I tried to paint pinnacles in the red of the rocks, but then realised that I more interested in the shapes than the colour, and did a wider panorama in just blue and green.pinnacles-3We also visited the Lick Observatory outside San Jose, which was fascinating.observaHope this year will be full of wonderful views, and incredible possibilities!

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Hope everyone is enjoying their between-Christmas-and-New-Year break! Here’s a picture of the cake my dad made and that I carried back to San Francisco to enjoy…cakeStay cosy!

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christmas cards

This year I splashed out and printed my Christmas cards properly. By that I mean they were offset litho printed (rather than digital) and included a shiny copper metallic foil stamped element. Hurrah!xmas-2016-2For the design I wanted to create a pattern, but one that wasn’t a straight repeat. doubleTo do this I sketched different types of trees you might find in a  forest, and then all sorts of woodland animals. I then sprinkled the forest with twinkly stars, a moon and a greeting.sketchesThis man (and his dog) printed them for me in Hong Kong. I would thoroughly recommend him. New Hip Lik Co. in Central. tel: 2541 1992 (old school and no website!)printerHave a wonderful Christmas everyone!

M x

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