I just finished recording two new radio interviews about A Kiss Before You Go. One was with Jeff Schectman, the host of the Morning Show on KVON in Napa, California. It aired today and I’ll post a link soon.
The other was with Shelley Irwin on the Morning Show on WGVU Radio, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’ll air tomorrow.
Wow! What an honor! I got to spend 45 minutes this morning talking with radio legend Bob Edwards about Patti and my new book. He’s an incredible interviewer and a true radio god. They think our talk will be aired on Valentine’s Day on his show, Bob Edwards Weekend, on PRI and on Sirius XM Public Radio (XM 121, Sirius 205). I’ll post a copy of the interview after it airs. And,yes, that’s Oprah’s studio.
I was just interviewed by Virginia Prescott on WORD OF MOUTH, New Hampshire Public Radio, NPR. It was nice long chat and you can hear it here.
I’ll be chatting on Word of Mouth on NHPR on Thursday at 12:15. If you’re in New Hampshire, you can hear me live on your radio. If you’re not, you can listen to the interview online when I post it later this week.
A funny interview with me and some other stuff on The Morning News.
Last week, the lovely and inspiring Jane LaFazio sent me a bunch of questions for an interview and I decided to turn them into a little film, shot in my home and the places I frequent about town. It’s a little long, 20 minutes or so, but vaguely amusing:
You can see Jane’s comments about it here;
Some three years ago, I taught the one and only class of my career, a 12 week program at the Open Center. I learned a lot and met a number of interesting artists over the weeks. Seth Apter was in my class and I began to visit his sumptuous website, The Altered Page , and to talk with him about drawing and art and the creative process. He interviewed me for his blog and again, the conversation broke new ground for me/
Last year, Seth began work on a book, The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed, and invited me to participate.
Now, I have been a part of a number of books that collected the work of many artists, and generally it’s a simple and painless affair. In fact, while putting together An Illustrated Life and its upcoming sequel, An Illustrated Journey, I found myself in the reverse position of having to badger other artists to join up and then send me pages from their journals and answer my questions. It’s a fair amount of work but one learns so much by shepherding this sort of book.
Anyway, being a part of Seth’s book was more than I initially thought when I signed up. That’s because Seth really demanded that I think a lot about myself and my process in answering his questions, think in ways I’d not been asked to do before, not even by myself. He’s a psychologist and he challenged me to really explain the many things I take for granted in my work, the media I use and the ways I use them, what defines my work and what does not, He asked me questions like “What three words do not describe your artistic style?” and “If you could sell one piece of art to anyone in the world, whom would you want to buy it and why?”
Seth asked these sorts of questions of me and many, many other artists. From what I’ve seen of it, the resulting book is a rich and beautiful tapestry that explores the deepest aspects of the creative process, and provokes and inspires over and again.
The Pulse of Mixed Media will be officially published at the end of this month but apparently it’s in some stores already. You can also get it direct from the publisher. Meanwhile, Seth is doing all sorts of things on his site to dimensionalize the content, with samples and peeks inside. Seth has promised me that the actual book will be in my hands any day now but my trips to the mailbox have been for naught so far. I hope to share a deeper dive between its covers in the near future.
Meanwhile, if you get a copy, do let me know what you think.