Women Who Draw

Stoked to be in good company on Women Who Draw! This free directory is a beautiful and easy-to-use resource for art directors, illustrators and art enthusiasts to find amazing female illustrators.

The idea is to aid in diversifying who gets published, by showing off the awesome work of illustrators of different backgrounds and communities. Over 2700 illustrators live here, and applying or searching is easy.

Proud to be one of them!

 That's me up there in the top right!

That's me up there in the top right!

Want to go to a museum? — Los Angeles

My heart's on my sleeve for L.A. We have "everything" in the sense of there being something for everyone. To return to it, is to quickly remember the fishbowl of smog we live in, but also to trace the mountains and sparkling horizons of ocean.

Add humans, and I love this epicenter of creativity we live in.

 The Getty Villa, 2016

The Getty Villa, 2016

While in Vienna this July, I walked the garden of the Hapsburg's summer palace at Schönbrunn, ran from MuseumsQuartier to make the Royal Apartments tour at Hofburg Palace and got caught in the rain walking home by the old Danube. For 17,10€ a week, I could zip from Alte Donau to Stephansdom to the Jewish Quarter and more on unlimited rides on the ubahn trains — my dearest favorite thing in Wien.

This ease of transportation is something we don't have in Los Angeles — it grieves me. For that same ticket price, I can only go round-trip on the Metrolink from my neighborhood to downtown.

Traffic gets us tired, and tamps down how siloed our regions are. So all of this moving around got me thinking about the patriotic effect of having plentiful access to your country or region's monuments, the traditionally held temples of culture.

 Me at MOCA, 2016

Me at MOCA, 2016

Opportunity is a combination of the cost, proximity and transportation modes surrounding a person's own work and personal responsibilities.

What confidence and pride might it give an average citizen, who doesn't necessarily claim "creativity," to have her institutions invite her with an open hand?

How then, would she regard her own role in writing the culture of her city?

Would she know she's doing it?

 Also me and Cy Twombly at MOCA Grand, 2016

Also me and Cy Twombly at MOCA Grand, 2016

In this case, I wonder about museums.

And why they're so expensive to get into. (Another topic.)

And why no one on the internet has logged L.A. museums by ticket price, free day availability, ease of transpo and parking (and price of parking). I'm going full mom.

Because information is democracy, and I want to know.

I have ~40 museums in a spreadsheet in progress, but the 12 selected below are a combo of most notable and best deals I've found.

So here's what I know so far:

Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be a museum's weekend, so check if they're closed on your random day off. Thursday evenings tend to be a sweet spot of free entry, as well as one day during the first week of a month.

And of course, if you're a student, use that student ID to the fullest for discounted and free entry!

KEY:
$ — Under $10 total cost
$$ — $15-$20 total cost
$$$ — Over $30 total cost



LACMA — $$$
General Admission:
$20.00

Free Day:
2nd Tuesday every month for L.A. residents
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 3:00pm–5:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Parking:
$16.00

Target sponsors free GA on a few federal holidays too:
Martin Luther King Day: Monday, January 21, 2019
Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 18, 2019
Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 2019

 

MOCA GRAND — $$
General Admission:
$15.00

Free Day:
Every Thursday from 5:00pm–8:00pm


Parking:
$9.00, BUT if you take the Metro, you can get 2-for-1 GA by presenting your TAP card.

MOCA Geffen was closed for installation but should have just re-opened August 4. MOCA Pacific Design Center will be closed until Nov. 11.

 

NORTON SIMON — $$
General Admission:
$15.00


Free Day:
First Friday of every month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Parking: $0.00 in lot. You're so close to Old Town Pasadena too. Make it a date!

 

THE BROAD — $
General Admission:
$0.00
Reserve your free ticket online, but between an hour to an hour and a half before closing you can absolutely bet on a short to nonexistent line. I've seen a LONG line in the pouring rain earlier in the day; don't do that.

For special exhibitions downstairs, you'll need to sign up for a time for viewing.


Parking:
$12.00 if you park in the lot.

If you do that, make it worth your while by walking to Grand Central Market and/or The Bradbury Building nearby. Or hit MOCA across the street. So many things.

 

LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST — $
General Admission:
$0.00

Parking:
$0.00 underground, or paid at The Grove

 

THE GETTY — $$
General Admission:
$0.00


Parking:
$15.00 in structure
$10.00 after 3:00pm!


BUT if you take public transit, show your TAP card for 10% off in the store.

 

THE GETTY VILLA — $$
General Admission:
$0.00

Parking:
$15.00 in structure
$10.00 after 3:00pm!

 

ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY — $
General Admission:
$0.00

Parking:
Weekdays $4.50
Weekends $1.50

 

HAMMER MUSEUM — $
General Admission:
$0.00

Parking:
$6.00 (Cash only, 3 hours under the museum)

 

THE MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE — $$
General Admission:
$15.50

Parking:
$0.00, underground

 

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY AND GARDENS — $$$
General Admission:
Weekdays $25.00
Weekends $29.00 *yowza*


Free Day:
1st Thursday of the month, but you need to reserve tickets!

Parking:
$0.00 in lot

If Summer Slips Away

I had this crazy feeling last night. Of summer slipping away, and sunsets not tasting as sweet as they do now, rounding out days of shorts and sandals.

It's ridiculous, because it's regularly hitting around and over 90 degrees in L.A. right now, and up and down the state, it is BEYOND too hot with the Ferguson and Carr fires (and more) destroying homes and taking lives.

I'm not sure what else to say about this besides how possessions and safety are not promised to us, but thank goodness there are brave ones who fight literal inferno to protect our very lives. Who protects them amidst trees and flames but a God who made the stars? Our lives really are but a vapor.

It's easy to not know, not read, not check in about fires, mudslides, shootings, you name it. But they have names, and families, and neighborhoods, and communities. For that reason, our prayers should be fervent and specific.

For Redding and Yosemite and Nia and Lahtifa Wilson and all of their families. That fires would be quenched and justice and comfort delivered, swiftly. That wreckage and grief would give way to rebuilding.

I think in 2018, between watching people be picked apart on news and social media (dragged, canceled, what have you - this is a great video) and polarizing views polarizing who we choose to spend time with, it can be easy to forget how little control, agency, omniscience we might have to change our climates, political and geological. These days it can be hard to hope, to confidently plan for the future.

"Thoughts and prayers" as a bumper sticker reply may be exhausted, but as a real idea, if we know the issues the world faces (and we should not shy away) we cannot NOT think, we cannot NOT pray. It's not our sighs of sympathy and fear that protect firefighters and loved ones. It's not intellectual skepticism. It's a God who hears prayers and changes the direction of the winds and seas, and replaces hearts of stone with hearts of flesh.

A heart of stone can't see, doesn't read, doesn't ask, doesn't beat.

We do need plenty of policy change and we do need active voters. But there are still mountains and fires beneath which we lie small in the face of, requiring us to both plead for and hope confidently in the change of the seasons.

May we trade any season of fear for one of courage and mercy.

--

This GoFundMe for Nia Wilson's funeral set up by her sister, Malika, has well surpassed its goal, but contributions may still be sent here:
https://www.gofundme.com/justice-for-nia-wilson 

You may have seen this great-grandfather Ed Bledsoe on the news. He lost his wife, great-grandchildren and home to the Carr Fire. This GoFundMe for him has yet to reach its goal:
https://www.gofundme.com/ed-bledsoe-and-family-lost-all

What Did I Do in June?

Well, July has flown by, but I realized I didn't post anything here for June! Here's what I was up to:

Hand-lettered Invitations and More for a Wellness Retreat

 This picture was a quick mockup of what user-generated content could look like for health and wellness influencers attending the event. Ironically I was in Mexico and put this flat lay together on my hotel bed.  To be honest, I've been phasing out of at least modern calligraphy style lettering for a while now, but this was a fun project to add some human touch to with some free-spirited printing and flowy cursive.

This picture was a quick mockup of what user-generated content could look like for health and wellness influencers attending the event. Ironically I was in Mexico and put this flat lay together on my hotel bed.

To be honest, I've been phasing out of at least modern calligraphy style lettering for a while now, but this was a fun project to add some human touch to with some free-spirited printing and flowy cursive.

Went to Yosemite for the First Time

 As a California native, it's really a shame I hadn't been here sooner, but I made it with family and friends who are like family. It was grand.

As a California native, it's really a shame I hadn't been here sooner, but I made it with family and friends who are like family. It was grand.

Stumbled Upon the First Dim Sum House in the U.S.

 This was completely by accident, as I was convinced there were no sit-down dim sum restaurants in San Francisco via majorly surface-level Yelp search. Hang Ah Dim Sum House has been around since 1920 and their address is pretty cool: 1 Pagoda Place in Chinatown.

This was completely by accident, as I was convinced there were no sit-down dim sum restaurants in San Francisco via majorly surface-level Yelp search. Hang Ah Dim Sum House has been around since 1920 and their address is pretty cool: 1 Pagoda Place in Chinatown.

Illustrated for Yellow Co.

I also began writing for Yellow! My first posts came out in July, but these published in June for an article on body image.

Celebrated my Grandma's 92nd? Birthday

We honestly can't be 100% sure of how old she is because of conflicting documents... My grandma has Alzheimer's and has her on days, but mostly, well, off. Though she can't stand and cook a meal, or entertain very long conversation, when she recognizes family, she'll insist in Cantonese, "You'll stay for dinner right?" I swear she doesn't actually forget me by the way she holds my hand.

This birthday was really special to be with her on an "on" day, when she knew it was her birthday and that family was there to celebrate her.

I also happened to have a sketchbook with me. She wanted to see. I don't really expect elderly people to be that into my digital works (I don't know??), so it was really special to me for her to enjoy seeing my original sketches, test prints and final portraits for Darling Issue 24, which just came out.

"Don't let it be too long until you visit next," she said. I really don't think she forgets.

Went to the Huntington Library and Gardens

In June, I was doing all of this reading on Nasa JPL, and was beyond stoked to get to see and hear the Orbit Pavilion here!

We also went to an English Tea House which was really lovely and run by an adorable couple who have been running the tea service and gift shop for 40 years. When the husband heard I was a writer, he said, "Well, we certainly have a story here don't we!"

Cut My Hair and Prepped to Visit Italy and Austria!

Ah ok yes, my hair is cut in the previous picture as well.

I would end this by saying that July is where the real fun of the summer has been, but looking back on all June held... it was pretty great!

A Cure for Tunnel Vision

Today my first Darling letter came out! I actually wrote this the other night when I couldn't sleep — it was fun to edit it for their new e-newsletter.

It's pared back to a personal letter, written from a friend to a friend. If that sounds good to your inbox, you can subscribe here.

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100% delighted that the TLDR version appears with an editorial that was shot in Denmark for Issue 19. Celine Hallas also shot the images that were paired with my Issue 21 story on Copenhagen and Bornholm last year.

The Balance Issue is still available to purchase, and here's also some free reading on Denmark. Always scheming to get back there. Dream with me for a little!!

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I even got a fancy quote graphic. Wowza!

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Here's to being young grasshoppers. :)