Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Icon a Show of Portraits @ People's Gallery

I'm participating in a group show at People's Gallery, opening next week. The title for the show is Icon a Show of Portraits and I couldn't be more thrilled to participate.   The curators for this gallery work so hard to bring art into the community and they continue to inspire me with their dedication and creativity.

One of my favorite icons of all time is Alice Neel. She was a true trail blazer for women in art and in life. She was someone, that just had to make art.  There is something so admirable about someone's spirit, and is willing to do whatever it takes for the passion of their craft. Her art was something that ran so deep with in her, that it came through in her paintings.

If you have a chance to see her work in person, her energy leaps off the canvas. When her paintings are on display at the Portland Art Museum, I go visit them. When I'm in New York City, there is one that is close to the elevator on the 3rd floor at MOMA, that I visit. There is something magical about her work and her long, beautiful, brush strokes.

One of my favorite art documentaries of all time is Neel. (and it's on Netflix)  Even if you aren't an artist, you can appreciate this film. Alice's drive and spirit will inspire you to do whatever it takes to make your life the best life ever.  It chronologies her life, and her art, and how she made it.  Her sons still own her old apartment in New York City, and they use it as an office and a place to remember their mother.  

"The minute I sat in front of a canvas I was happy. Because it was a world and I could do what I liked in it."- Alice Neel

Details about the show: 
Opening Night: Sept 20th, 5-9 
Show Runs from: September 20th- October 12th.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Get Into the Groove Together & Target Giveaway

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Weddings are really the best! One of the best perks about getting married is doing the wedding registry. A wedding is one of the few events, that a couple can ask for exactly what they want, because they are building and designing a life together.

Since September is just the start of fall, it's definitely a time for those home projects. The best thing about Target registry is that you can get everything you need to design and inspire your newlywed home.  After a wedding, doing fun home projects is a great way to create memorable experiences that will last a life time and get into the groove together!

I made a fun registry board around the kitchen. What brings the new family together? The kitchen, of course. I started out with these fun Dudes Cork Board Tiles to hang recipes, coupons, or photos.  Then of course I needed some organizational supplies like a Pyrex 10 piece tupperware set and a Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum.  The great thing about Target is that there things that will make the couple both extremely happy and help them groove their style.

So if you or a friend are getting married, let them know about Target registry because it is so easy to create the perfect registry.

OH and Target is giving away a $25 gift card. Yay! Enter Below!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014 Feast Portland

Feast Portland is less than a week away. I have to say, I can't wait to eat my way through the weekend. Since I am always heavily motivated by food, this is the perfect place to get nibbles and bites from yummy local places and internationally acclaimed chefs.  What more could a girl ask for?  I have my fork ready.  

Details and Links:
Dates: September 18th-21st
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Portland Rhododendron Gardens

Portland Rhododendron Gardens is easily one of my favorite little parks in Portland because Tim and I got married here. It's a special place, not only because we had our special day here but we used to come here for dates too.  We would just walk around the park for hours, holding hands and talking. It's truly one of my favorite hidden gems in the city because it's never really crowded, and it's like a secret garden.

We spent the morning walking around all the different lakes and streams.  The whole garden is extremely toddler and pregnant lady friendly which earns extra bonus points. There are lots of nice big wide paths and not to many hills.

There are tons of big fat ducks and bossy geese around the lakes, and they love visitors or I should say snacks.  I didn't realize this but I gave Nora a graham cracker and a goose chased us around for nearly 20 minutes.  and just for a crumb! It actually felt pretty creepy, like I was in some movie (Attack of the Birds, ring a bell?).  It really freaked me out, but once we put away our snack, we were safe.

This was such a special way to spend a morning, even if we did get chased by a naughty goose.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Painting Portland

I have really enjoyed sharing my sketchbook on this blog and in Instagram. There is something that makes me feel so much more braver as an artist, when I just put it out there. In making just 1 piece of art, there are so many different layers and ugly phases.  The best part of keeping a sketchbook is seeing and revisiting those past phases and layers.

For a long time, I was extremely self conscious about sharing my studies and sketches because the work was just not done yet. It's hard showing your work, that is half finished or just show your imperfections as a maker.  I guess I am realizing, there is something beautiful in seeing the beginnings, the in-betweens, and thoughts of something.

I have been taking a little bit of a break from painting landscapes and to be honest, I was a burnt out by them.  I have been painting them for so long, that it felt like I was struggling to find inspiration. Inspiration is everywhere but I was blocked. When I do a gallery show or get a request from a curator, the most requested paintings are doing some sort of landscape or city-scape.

 I think all I needed was a break because I'm slowly seeing some buildings pop up into my sketchbook again. I have been rediscovering bursts of city inspiration around town and it feels good.  It's the best feeling to rediscover something you love to make or do.