Sunday, June 30, 2019

I finally wrote up my 2018 sabbatical. It was... a lot of intense, creative living, packed densely into a few months.

It doesn't take as long to read about as it took to experience in real life, I swear! ;) Each image represents many days (or weeks) of activity.

It's a nice way to wrap up writing about my global project, which both inspired me and disrupted my usual artistic practices.

040 : living : sabbatical : Living in Self-Directed Time

A Heavily Illustrated Overview of Abundant Sabbatical Events/Contents, In the Order They Occurred.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Pattern play

(Four interpretations of a single photo of my home office curtains, modified and processed to my liking through Fragment (  

3D imaginary objects in the deYoung Tower

I somehow haven't played with Pixite's Matter App ( until today...

Monday, June 24, 2019

Visiting the deYoung 3/3

I feel lucky to have access to such a wide range of art.  Growing up in San Francisco and taking AMAZING field trips with my public school to our great local science and art museums, I always felt bad for kids who didn't get these kinds of experiences - not just at these great institutions, but to go with classmates who came from so many different places and felt like a sample of the world...  I recall wanting to set up some kind of exchange program, so rural kids could visit us, and we could visit them as a group/class, too...

Visiting the deYoung 2/3

A stairway in the deYoung in the near-solstice summer sunlight. 

I thought that I could get away from Herzog & de Meuron when I left Basel, but no.  ;)  They worked with Fong & Chan to create a very different museum than the pseudo-Egyptian building that appears in my old sketchbooks...

Visiting the deYoung 1/3

Oceanic art has been really appealing and impressive to me, in a much deeper way than it was in the past...  I think making abstract drawings changed my appreciation for this approach to symbolic representation...

I feel so lucky to get to see it!  And still fondly think of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, which has an outstanding collection, including many works made recently by living artists just for them.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tuesday also had record-breaking heat

Local iris

Wednesday morning

Cloud cover is such a delight when the weather gets a little too warm...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019

2019.06 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

27 new photos by A.E. Graves
I took a day off!! I DID!! Instead of having dental work/surgery, as has been my habit lately, I flew to the Big Island of Hawaii, and RELAXED in the peaceful town of Kailua-Kona.

It was so... PLEASANT.

I have been juggling so many things, that taking some time to just sit in the shade and listen to the waves breaking on the rocks, or enjoy a macadamia nut milk latte, or swim with parrotfish was just AMAZING.

I could get used to taking time to rest.  Who knew?

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Four-ish (ocean geometric abstract)

I've had the Fragment app ( from Pixite ( on my phone for a long time, and still enjoy playing around with my phone images of skies, water, and similar "backgrounds" to overlay their shapes and adjust it with filters... I have a few favorite templates/adjustments that I make over and over, and always seem to turn up something that would like nice as a sticker...

Of course I have a tiny sticker printer... Sheesh.  You suspected, didn't you?

Friday, June 7, 2019