Art + Culture

My latest block print design is the outline of Lake Tahoe filled with a Christmas sweater pattern. I drew it all by hand, and carved it on a linoleum block. I printed the green trees separately from a free carve quick-cut on Speedball EasyCut rubber. Due to the detail in the design, this takes much longer to print successfully, but I love the result! Pick this design up in postcard form at Riverside Studios in downtown Truckee.

I am very excited to announce an event I’m organizing for Bona Fide Books: Three Ways to Look at a Landscape, a benefit for Adventure Risk Challenge on Sunday, September 23. Located at the Sagehen Creek Field Station north of Truckee, the workshop is all about observation, from three different points of view. We’ve paired a poet (Janet Smith), a biologist (Sue Kloss), and an artist (Michelle Murdock) up to walk participants through the woods to share knowledge and identification keys. Please help me spread the word, or better yet, ATTEND this amazing event! You’ll be supporting the great cause that is Adventure Risk Challenge (youth literacy and leadership) and learning a ton.

Cost is $60; sack lunch and snacks provided. RSVP at, 530-573-1513.

Images (above, from left) by Gogoloopie/Flickr, Gregor_y/Flickr, and Michelle Murdock

It’s been exciting to see the energy and press around Mary Robinette Kowal’s A Month of Letters initiative. As a devoted postcard writer myself (evidenced by my postcard blog) I hold USPS-fueled communication near and dear. A Month of Letters is a challenge for the month of February, to write and send a piece of postal mail every day USPS is open (24 days). And, of course, I’m doing it.

Here are the rules if you want to join me:

*Mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch.

*Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items.

If you use Twitter, tag your posts with #LetterMo. You can follow my daily mailings at my postcard blog, 28cents.

Contribute to to the Reno Bike Project‘s We HeART Bikes art show, held at the Village at Northstar on May 14 and 15 during the Amgen Tour of California.

Any medium accepted, 50 percent of sale price goes to the Reno Bike Project nonprofit. Submit by Wednesday May 11 at 5pm: Reno Bike Project, 541 East 4th Street, Reno, NV 89512, or Northstar-at-Tahoe Events Office (located above Northstar Security in the Village).

Can’t wait for this show! My latest DiStill Life column for Moonshine Ink is on bike art so stay tuned for the story.

How beautiful is this concept/video by potente di fuoco from Modo infoshop? I’d love to round up all my childhood drawings and recreate them, but I don’t think the juxtaposition would be as dramatic. My skills haven’t progressed much beyond middle school.

Speaking of drawing, I played the best game at a friend’s house the other night. Don’t judge it by its name: Eat Poop You Cat. It’s awesome, like “telephone” but with drawing. See for yourself: