sometimes all honey, and sometimes all turd

February 14th, 2017

A Valentine’s Day card for my Sweetie Poo. I think many of you in longterm relationships can relate, even if you’re not familiar with the Diary of Samuel Pepys.

L+S=20 | wedding planning

January 13th, 2017

Our 20th (!!) anniversary party and wedding reception was on September 9. Here’s a sketchbook page from when it was all coalescing. I wanted to draw out all the bits to make sure they could be copacetic visually.


December 8th, 2016

A sketch about listening to the Cure’s Plainsong when I was 16. Sometimes you hear a song and it overcomes you and you have to hang on while the earth spins.

eating around vancouver

January 28th, 2016


Thinking gluttonously back to last spring in Vancouver. We ate so many scrumptious things (scrumptions?) I couldn’t fit them all. Favorite restaurants were Ask for Luigi, which was in a sweet little house, and Bao Bei, which was kind of like an elegant 1930s Mission Chinese. Honorable mention goes to Peaceful Restaurant for their handmade dan dan noodles and lamb dumplings, Pourhouse for their juicy grassy wildly good hamburger, and Kintaro for their spicy ramen that had a golfball-sized lump of chopped garlic perched on top of an evilly delicious deep red broth. Steve insisted on a ramen tour of Vancouver, from which Marutama‘s chicken broth ramen emerged the victor. He also insisted on multiple nights of poutine and three Japadog lunches. :O

delicata squash and soba noodles

January 15th, 2016

drawing noodles is pretty satisfying.

my favorite lunch lately

January 15th, 2016

salmon rice bowl with kimchi, shiba zuke (purple japanese eggplant pickles), pickled ginger, seaweed, avocado, and cucumber with chili sauce.

wood type alphabet

January 8th, 2016

I spent a cozy afternoon yesterday at the SF Center for the Book and printed a wood type alphabet to scan for design projects.





December 19th, 2015

Got my holiday letterpressing done tonight!

eating around maui

September 27th, 2015


Evidence from our tropical island holiday a few weeks ago: mostly I swam and ate.

family food: malaysia

August 18th, 2015


also presented with affection (i’m looking at you, notorious durian), the food of my mother’s people.

family food: england

July 31st, 2015

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presented with affection, the (infamous) food of my father’s people.

giclée prints from INPRNT

July 21st, 2015


per request, i’m selling giclee prints once again! i got voted on to INPRNT (hooray) and have uploaded a bunch of work, both new and extremely ancient. let me know if there’s anything missing you’d like to see there. the paper they use is a heavy archival cotton rag and is nicely priced to boot.

eating around san francisco

July 9th, 2015


a few of my favorite things to eat around town. NOM

mission paletero

July 2nd, 2015

A paletero waiting for school to let out in the Mission.
(a couple years in the making!)

mapping my ride through golden gate park

June 4th, 2015


i added a map of my well-pedaled route through golden gate park to the painting of my bicycle. starting at home, i pass the conservatory of flowers, the disco rollerskaters, the academy of sciences, the lindy hop people, the boats on spreckels lake, the bison paddock, the windmill and the tulip garden and end up at ocean beach, where there is the cliff house with juicy booties graffiti, the spray-painted sea wall, kite boarders, and surfers.

personal effects and other quotidian things

April 19th, 2015

tools & personal effects_color_sm

day-to-day objects that remind me most of myself.

l-r, top to bottom: purple & amber glasses, 1972 olympus OM-2n film camera, travel watercolors, hair clip, satchel, sketchbook, hawk quill speedball nib pen, mechanical pencil, pentel brush pen, pentel water brush, winsor newton series 7 size 5 brush (bought on first day of art school in 1996!), enamel tray palette, most wonderful boots ever–lucky buffalo exchange find, burt’s bees plum lip color, rumply frye oxfords on their last legs, winsor newton inks, chinese black ink in a higgins bottle, dr. Ph Martin watercolor, painting board, marks & spencer coat, levi’s black jeans, fantastic watch with italic numbers, amber necklace with bugs in the beads, rings (one made by a very talented jeweler friend), winsor newton white gouache, lactaid (of course!), green tea in a 25-year-old cup (made by my oldest friend’s mother), arches hot pressed watercolor paper in a block (fantastic!!).

my camera

April 17th, 2015


my film camera, a 1972 olympus OM-2n. i will never ever ever give it up!

bicycle, bicycle, i want to ride my

April 15th, 2015


my purple bike! it’s a public C7. we ride to ocean beach and back several times a week (and often get V for victory flashed at us by passing brits, as my helmet was claimed in the name of queen and country).


October 9th, 2014


Introducing Hazel, a hobbitish semibold italic serif font that I hand drew with a hawk quill nib. For sale on my etsy page for personal use (email me to set up a commercial license). Enjoy! Send me a jpeg if you make anything lovely with it.

Special features: There are some fancy Zs in place of straight brackets (which come in very handy for a Liza living with one Mr. Hazel, but probably not for anyone else), a ribbony banner, a hazel leaf and a fern frond, a full moon and a star, a swooshy definite article and two prepositions. I think it looks especially lovely in all caps, and Goreyesque in the lowercase.

Hazel is a dab hand at the unattributed creepy old poem:


In its original, pre-digitized form:

Plants in Find the River by REM

batik experiment

September 5th, 2014

Experiments in making watercolor-on-paper fake batik with the help of liquid masking fluid.