Jung’s Red Book, Man and His Symbols

May 21, 2010

I forgot to mention in my last post that  if you look closely at the books on the table below

Beaded Bedford Hours

you’ll see that only a corner of the book is showing, but it’s Man and His Symbols.


Jung’s Red Book at the Hammer

May 21, 2010

Tonite Dave and I went to see the exhibit of Jung’s Red Book at the Hammer. One of the things I’m loving about living in W. LA is being able to “pop in” to see world-class exhibits, and with free admission on Thursday nights!

I count Man and His Symbols as one of my top five, all-time most influential books, and was looking forward to seeing “Liber Novus.” I had read in the NYT magazine (“The Holy Grail of the Unconscious,” Sept 16, 2009)

‘“I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as you can—in some beautifully bound book,” Jung instructed. “It will seem as if you were making the visions banal—but then you need to do that—then you are freed from the power of them. … Then when these things are in some precious book you can go to the book & turn over the pages & for you it will be your church—your cathedral—the silent places of your spirit where you will find renewal. If anyone tells you that it is morbid or neurotic and you listen to them—then you will lose your soul—for in that book is your soul.”’

I had expected the Red Book to be more like a sketchbook, with crude drawings and scrawled notes. Jung really meant what he said about a “beautifully bound book.” The Red Book resembles the medieval books I’m so fond of, with exquisite calligraphy, illuminated letters and illustrations. These last are painted with quality paints, some gilding and fine detail, the tempera paintings handled with impressive skill. Many images are beautiful and better than most 60’s –era psychedelia.

The second half of the 416-page volume is an English translation. The Hammer exhibit has five copies you can flip through, with the original in a plexi box. I thought the quality of the binding and printing make it worth the $195 (cheaper of course on amazon). The Hammer bookstore employees said the book is already on its fifth printing.

There are other paintings by Jung on display and I was impressed with both his vision and artistic skill. This exhibit is well worth catching before it closes June 6.


Art Shows in California, Fall 2009

January 29, 2010

Yes, I should get out more, but I did make it to the following art shows here in LA in 2009:

I was most impressed by the Burchfield exhibit, both because of the scope of the exhibition (including many sketchbooks, wallpaper and other objects from his designs and illustrations) and the artistic journey of this visionary watercolorist. After viewing all the work, I walked back through the show from beginning to end, to note the artist’s progression, especially the transition where he escaped the restraint of his middle work and coupled youthful early energy and feeling to masterful maturity. The rather simple device of adding paper to the sides of his early watercolors allowed him to literally rework and enlarge his vision. I found the results he achieved in his late paintings inspiring.



Yaeger and Miklowitz now living in LA

October 28, 2009

The past year has been dominated by home buying and selling. Dave, Nikki and I have been officially moved in for over two weeks now, in a 1929 Spanish-style home in Westwood.


30reasons.org Offers Obama Posters

October 2, 2008

You can sign up for a poster a day, beginning October 5, to see what top graphic designers think are good reasons to vote for Obama. Several designers at Thinkso Creative LLC came up with this idea. The designers asked the prestigious Milton Glaser and 29 others to create the posters. Go to 30reasons.org to sign up via email.


Play V-P Debate Bingo by Thinkso.com

October 2, 2008

Thinkso Creative LLC thought up some clever bingo cards to help you slog through the vice-presidential debate. Bravo, Lizzee & company!


Lady of Light, After a Bedford Hours Miniature

January 10, 2008

Lady of Light

I’m calling this illuminated miniature “Lady of Light,” but she’s adapted from a Bedford Hours miniature published in Janet Backhouse,The Bedford Hours (The British Library, 1990). The original is described as “a marginal roundel from the calendar: Februa, mother of Mars, who gives her name to February (f.2 detail).”

I’m printing LoL as my “season’s greetings” card. It’s hard to make time for card-sending in the busy month of December, whereas in January I’m eager to catch up with old friends. Winters in Boulder are lovely; we love our blanket of snow and the brilliant sun that inevitably follows. But it’s nice to see the days start to lengthen again.


Cover Design for Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History

October 11, 2007

This site reviews book designs, and I decided to post my comment to it:



Here’s what I wrote:

I was honored to have my Christine de Pizan at Her Computer included as an illustration in this book, and Dr. Ulrich also suggested that I propose a cover illustration to the publisher. I didn’t pursue the project at the time, which I’m sure was a professional mistake, but instead followed another topical “thread” of my choosing. Anyway, my first reaction to the cover was disappointment, mainly because the image lacks complexity. I had envisioned a “rich historical pastiche” of some kind, like the type of images I create that mix illuminated miniature painting with contemporary narrative. My opinion of the cover has changed now, because of what I view as important about the book.

Well-behaved would be too much a re-telling of already well-known feminist history, if it weren’t for the beautiful interlacement of stories and connections leaping backwards and forwards through time. The cover strengthens the thesis of the book and reminds us W-b is more than anecdotes about strong women; it’s a look at how history can be recounted, recorded and reconstructed, thanks to more creative, diverse and inclusive accounts by historians. Particularly female historians. It’s a celebration of how history can be told, as well as a telling of it.


My Illustration for the American Journal of Psychiatry

September 7, 2007

I created a cover illustration for the September issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry. The title is Bipolar Depression and Family Support. This is of course in conjunction with Dave’s featured article and research findings, “Intensive Psychosocial Intervention Enhances Functioning in Patients With Bipolar Depression: Results From a 9-Month Randomized Controlled Trial.”



Fox Siting

July 28, 2007

fox, originally uploaded by miklows.

It looks like our neighborhood fox is behind barbed wire, but that’s because I took the photos looking into the off limits area of a water storage facility. It’s near our home in Wonderland Hill.