• Art,  Books,  Children's Books,  Las Vegas,  Los Angeles,  New York


    This wry and wisdom-filled children’s book from the author of How To Spot An Artist helps artists aged five and up discover the joy of artistic expression while silencing self-criticism.

    Danielle Krysa, a children’s book author and artist, has released a new book called Art & Joy: Best Friends Forever. This inspiring tale is designed to help young artists aged five and up overcome their inner critic and embrace their artistic expression. The book tells the story of two best friends, Art and Joy, who stand up to the “Art Bully” that criticizes their creative endeavors.

    Krysa understands that children also have an inner critic, and her book empowers them to tap into their imaginations, shrug off negativity, and express themselves freely through art. The book‘s brilliantly colored collages and witty typography add humor and depth to the story as Art and Joy explore the art world, discovering clever ways to get their creative juices flowing using color, shape, line, and found objects.

    Art & Joy: Best Friends Forever teaches children to embrace creativity and express themselves freely. Art & Joy is now available at major bookstores and online retailers.

    For more information about the author and the book, visit https://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/.

    About the Author

    DANIELLE KRYSA, aka The Jealous Curator, is an artist and illustrator with over a quarter of a million Instagram followers. Her previous bookHow To Spot An Artist, won Best Picture Book Page in the 2021 Children’s Book Council’s Kids’ Book Choice Award in the 3-8 age range category. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.


  • Books

    8 Running Moves to Keep Legs Loose & Responsive

    Often runners feel great during a hard workout, take the next run easy, perhaps a second run easy, and then attempt another hard workout. For this second hard run, though, they feel less crisp, not as light on their feet, and the results and therefore motivation suffer. The reality of this situation is that the cardiovascular and metabolic systems may very well have adapted to the first hard workout, however, inadequate attention to the musculo-skeletal system may have prevented these increased efficiencies from coming to fruition.

    To ‘connect’ these runs, or reproduce the ease of motion and speed felt in one workout with the next, many things can be done. First is of course the standard recovery tactics like stretching after the runs, getting sustenance soon after the workout, taking an ice bath or foam rolling key areas of stress as needed. All paramount and should be standard for those able to work to high levels of exertion during training. Along with these tactics, however, let’s add in a few techniques to ensure the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia are remaining supple, strong, and flexible during the recovery process and the recovery runs.

    The following suggestions are based on standard drills and stretch positions. These are to be done while running and involve simply altering your stride slightly for 3-6 steps at a time, then repeating as desired. There are certainly more to be found so be creative and look for your own ‘secret steps’ to keeping your legs loose and responsive.

    1. Butt-kicks: A controlled pull of your foot towards your glutes during the flight phase and done by primarily flexing at the knee. When done during a run this standard drill can be done with one leg at a time and with as many regular strides in between.

    2. Foot-flicks: A controlled snap of your foot forward done right before the foot hits the ground and accomplished with a quick contraction of the quadriceps, this resulting in a very brief full extension (straightening) of the leg.

    3. Side-steps: Slightly rotate one leg outwards by having the foot facing more towards the side than straight ahead.

    4. Pigeon-steps: Very slightly rotate one leg inwards by having the foot facing more inwards than straight ahead.

    5. Cross-overs: Have the feet cross over each other when landing.

    6. Bowlegged-steps: Run as if a small stream of water is directly underneath you and right along your path, i.e. so that your steps have to be 4-8 inches wider apart than normal.

    7. Carioca or grapevine: Running sideways by first having the right leg cross in front of the left and then behind.

    8. Backwards running: Plain and simple.

    Only runners 100% healthy should explore and work with these techniques. For those with right and left strength or flexibility imbalances these can be quite helpful but more caution should be taken. Given the initial awkwardness of these movements be sure to do this on a flat, obstruction free area.

    If you want to know more about how to run smarter and better, check out my book Pliability for Runners.

    About the Author

    Joseph McConkey, MS, is a running coach and exercise physiologist, specializing in injury-prevention. He has worked with the full spectrum of running athletes, from first-time runners, to marathoners around the world, to Olympic athletes at the elite high altitude training camps of Ethiopia and Kenya. He has coached at the club, college, and pro levels and has been the director of the Boston Running Center’s Gait Analysis Lab for more than a decade. Joseph holds the highest accreditation by the USA Track and Field Association and the IAAF, as well as a Masters in Exercises Science with a focus on Injury Prevention and Sports Performance. He is the author of Pliability for Runners.

  • Art,  Los Angeles

    First Art Book Documenting the Most Prolific American Painter of All Time

    Merge Records co-founder & Superchunk singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan interviews SK for Talkhouse
    “Play “Cut Your Hair” as you read…this is a great book about a great artist. His paintings sell out, but he never has…one of the season’s outstanding art books.” – Bookforum

    “This guy must be the most prolific artist of all time.” – artist Shepard Fairey

    “[Keene is an] assembly line Picasso” – TIME

    “By some measures, Mr. Keene […]
    is one of the most successful artists in the world.” –
    New York Times

    “Whether they realize it or not, most rock fans of the past 20-odd years, 
    especially indie rock fans, already know the work of artist Steve Keene.” – Variety

    “This is a wonderful book…
    it’s a real keeper, it’s a work of art itself.” – Jim DeRogatis, Sound Opinions

    “A ’90s icon of contemporary art in his own right, 
    Keene’s work remains revered well into the 21st century.” – Consequence

    “Warhol claimed he wanted to be a machine,
    but Keene IS a machine.” – artist Ryan McGinness

    “…slapdash yet distinctive. The brushstrokes thick, the figures he replicates en masse
    compelling and relatable.” – Brooklyn Magazine

    Last Tuesday of June 14th, The Steve Keene Art Book (#SKartBook) — the highly anticipated, first ever published collection featuring the work of one of America’s most beloved and affordable artists, Steve Keene — is out via Hat & Beard and Tractor Beam. Documenting arguably the most prolific and collected American artist of all time, the book arrives after a successful Kickstarter campaign with over 600 backers, and has seen support from Forbes, Variety, Billboard, Consequence, Sound Opinions and beyond. Nearly the same size as the LPs that Keene is so very fond of, The Steve Keene Art Book is more than simply a love letter to the prominent vinyl fan and cultural icon.

    Perhaps best-known for his deep ties to the 90s indie rock scene — thanks to work with Pavement, The Apples in stereo, The Silver Jews, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and more — Keene is a legend amongst music and art fans both for his vibrant, automated style, and his everyman prices of just $5 – $10 per painting. After producing over 300,000 hand-painted original pieces over the last 30+ years, he’s earned his reputation as the art world’s “Johnny Appleseed,” allowing thousands to become art collectors and challenging the notion that “good art” has to be expensive art along the way.

    Produced by Daniel Efram over a span of six years, The Steve Keene Art Book came to fruition from efforts to document a 2016 exhibition at legendary artist Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery, but expanded to include original works sent in from dozens of Keene collectors and Kickstarter supporters. The book includes long-form essays and insight into Keene’s life, space and process from rock stars like Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Will Oldham, and members of Superchunk, as well as anecdotes and personal stories from artists like Ryan McGinness and Fairey, journalists, collectors, art-world insiders and devoted fans around the world. Alongside a dazzling collection of 277 of Keene’s works, Efram takes readers into Keene’s utilitarian chain-link “painting cage” for an all-access pass into the artist’s fascinating systemic technique.
    For more about Steve or to see some of his work, click on this video documentary playlist: https://bit.ly/3KFzebN

    Specific details of book:
    $95 // Hardcover // 264 pages
    Published by Hat & Beard and Tractor Beam
    Official Pub Date: June 14 / Available online only via Hat & Beard https://bit.ly/3IsEfCu

    From July 28 August 12, Steve Keene will also be making his return to Los Angeles for his first art show since 2019 at the newly opened Palm Grove Social (1902 S. Palm Grove Ave. Los Angeles, 90016), curated by Hat & Beard Press.

    The multi-room exhibit will include both new and old artworks from various collections, and will feature selections from the personal libraries of Efram and The Apples in stereo’s Robert Schneider and Eric Allen. Plus, in much the same way that the book was curated, LA locals are invited to post their Steve Keene collections on Instagram with the tag #SKartBook #SKartShow in order to be considered for having their pieces included in the show.

    Keene’s long-awaited return to Los Angeles follows the show that proved to be the inspiration behind the book: his 2016 “Modular Synthesis” month-long stay at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery, where Keene sold 550 pieces on opening night and saw lines stretch out the door and around the corner in Echo Park.

    Photo Credit: Daniel Efram 
     Follow Hat & Beard: 
    Instagram | Website

    Follow Steve Keene:
    Instagram | Website

    Follow Tractor Beam:
    Twitter | Instagram | Website

  • Art,  Gift Guide,  New York,  pet,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    The blank page isn’t daunting with 10-Step Drawing: Cats and Dogs

    Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing dozens of animals, Ten-Step Drawing: Cats and Dogs break down each subject into ten simple steps. All you need to get started is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper! Learn to draw more than 50 cat and dog breeds, including American Shorthairs, Persians, Maine Coons, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Great Danes, and many more!

    Learn to draw your favorite cats and kittens, step by step, with Ten Step Drawing: Cats.

    The blank page can be daunting, but the fun and approachable books in the Ten-Step Drawing series offer a quick and easy starting point for any doodler, illustrator, or aspiring artist to be creative. Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing a variety of different animals, flowers, plants, and people, each book in this appealing series breaks down each subject into 10 simple steps. And all you need is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper!

    Handy prompts help you learn to draw by encouraging you to express creative individuality, while helpful general drawing tips enable you to try out your drawing skills on other subjects not featured in the book. The projects feature instructions for graphite pencil, ink, and colored pencil, for a well-rounded introduction to drawing.

    Learn to draw more than 50 cat breeds, including:

    • Ragdolls
    • American Shorthairs
    • Persians
    • Siamese
    • Sphynx
    • Maine Coons
    • And many more!

    The perfect reference for your first steps as an aspiring artist, Ten Step Drawing: Cats is sure to give you the courage to break out a pencil and paper and draw to your heart’s content!

    Learn to draw your favorite dog breeds, step by step, with Ten Step Drawing: Dogs.

    Learn to draw more than 50 dog breeds, including:

    • Labrador Retrievers
    • Golden Retrievers
    • French Bulldogs
    • Pugs
    • Poodles
    • Chihuahuas
    • Great Danes
    • And many more!

    The perfect references for your first steps as an aspiring artist, Ten Step Drawing: Cats and Dogs are sure to give you the courage to break out a pencil and paper and draw to your heart’s content!

    Designed especially for aspiring illustrators, doodlers, and art hobbyists, the fun and approachable books in the Ten-Step Drawing series encourage new artists to get acquainted with the basic principles of drawing so they can learn to create art with confidence. They are sure to encourage even the most reluctant artist to break out a sketchbook and doodle to their heart’s content. Other subjects in the series include Flowers, Animals, People, Nature, Manga, and Everyday Things. Ten-Step Drawing: Cats and Dogs both publish December 14, 2021.

    Justine Lecouffe is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer based in London, UK. She creates digital and traditional hand drawings encompassing fashion, beauty, architecture, and travel for clients in a wide range of industries, from book publishing to branding for jewelry and fashion designers. Her work has been published in a number of books, including Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and her major clients include Apple, O2, National Trust, NHS, Redbull, Nivea, and Pandora. If you’d like to find out more information or see further examples of her work, find her on Instagram @justine_lcf.

  • Art,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Take your art in a bold new direction—go gouache!

    Take your art in a bold new direction—go gouache! In Creative Gouache, artist Ruth Wilshaw shares her step-by-step techniques for creating brilliantly vibrant effects with this easy-to-master medium, a perfect companion for transparent watercolor.

    In this comprehensive guide to gouache, you’ll:

    • Get an overview of essential materials and surfaces.
    • Learn basic handling and coloring-mixing techniques, including layering, creating blends, and adjusting opacity, plus troubleshooting tips for common challenges, such as dealing with shifts in color and value from wet to dry.
    • Explore how to paint fun, simple motifs, flowers, butterflies, landscapes, and lettering.
    • Discover fun gouache techniques, such as adding texture and painting gradients and blends.
    • Learn how to incorporate other mediums with gouache, including paint pens, colored pencil, and watercolor.
    • Use what you learn to create inspiring projects such as dimensional artwork, clay décor pieces, and cheerful banners.
    See what you can create with gorgeous, wall-to-wall color with Creative Gouache!
    Perfect for creative beginners, the books in the Art for Modern Makers series take a fun, practical approach to learning about and working with paints and other art mediums to create beautiful DIY projects and crafts.
    About Ruth Wilshaw:

    Ruth Wilshaw is a self-taught gouache artist who loves to encourage others to give this quirky medium a go. She enjoys painting modern landscapes and creating art inspired by nature. Ruth shares tutorials and videos with her growing number of fans and followers on Instagram and YouTube, giving tips and advice on painting with gouache for artists of all levels, especially beginners. Her videos have been viewed more than 10 million times. Originally from the UK, Ruth lives in Texas.

    Instagram: instagram.com/ruthwilshaw
    YouTube: youtube.com/c/RuthWilshaw/videos
    Website: moderngouache.com

  • Art,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    See the beauty in the everyday—and how to capture it with paint

    With Paint Every Little Thing, you can learn to paint your favorite everyday items using watercolor, gouache, ink, pastel, and more.

    From food and kitchen tools to clothing, gardening supplies, home decor, cosmetics, and more, this book will show you how to see the beauty in the everydayand how to capture it with paint as well!

    Start by learning about the supplies you will need with the help of the tools and materials section; then peruse the painting and mixed-media techniques, which include layering, blending, glazing, and more. You’ll also learn how to mix colors.

    Once you’ve learned the basics, it’s time to dive into the creative prompts and step-by-step painting projects. Covering fun, appealing subjects, these include:

    • food (your favorite foods, ingredients, restaurant items, and more)
    • kitchen tools (what you cook with!)
    • clothing
    • random things from around the house
    • outside items (gardening tools, plants, and so on)
    • and much more!

    Throughout the book, find beautiful, original artwork. The creative prompts will inspire you to create art of your own with more open-ended suggestions, while the step-by-step projects feature complete instructions for painting in professional artist Kristine Lombardi’s trademark loose, beautiful style.

    The Inspired Artist series invites art hobbyists and casual art enthusiasts to have fun learning basic art concepts, relaxing into the creative process to make art in a playful, contemporary style. Following closely after the successful first book in the series—Draw Every Little ThingPaint Every Little Thing is the ideal resource for artists of all skill levels looking for a creative outlet in their everyday lives.

    Also available from the series: Block Print for Beginners and Watercolor Painting at Home.

    Kristine A. Lombardi is a professional illustrator who began her career in advertising and promotions before leaving the corporate world to focus on design and illustration. The author and illustrator behind Nature Painting in Watercolor and Paint Every Little Thing (both from Walter Foster Publishing), as well as several children’s books, Kristine has also worked with a variety of well-known clients and teaches art classes at Montclair Art Museum. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her cat, Boo. Learn more at kristinelombardi.com.