Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jean Michal Basquiat

 Jean Michael Basquet was a New York street artist whom went by the name SAMO (like same ol' sh**) and he was an artist that painted with his inner child while creating neo-expressionist paintings.  He dropped out of highschool in the 10th grade and by the time he was in his 20's he was good friends with Andy Warhol and even briefly dated Madonna.  He was famous for wearing a $1000 Armani suit while painting and then wearing the suit around town.  He didn't have a bank account and would leave piles of cash around his apartment and under seat cushions.  Jean died at 27 from a heroin overdose in 1988 and in 2007 one of his paintings was sold for 14.8 million.  He left behind 1000 paintings and 1000 drawings.
I watched the documentary Jean Michal Basquiat a Radiant Child about his life as an artist with his rise and fall of his life mixed up with his career.  This documentary had me thinking about what is success? Most showing artists would  love a fraction of the success that he received at such an early age.  How much success does one have to receive in order to be successful?  
PS Its on Instant Watch if you have Netflix :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Motivation Monday: Turning Lemons into Lemonade



I hope you had a great weekend.  I chased my nieces and nephews on the beach and stuffed myself to the brim with turkey.

I recently watched the documentary Lemonade and the documentary follows 16 creative individuals who have recently lost their jobs in the economy.  Since they are not able to get new jobs,  they have decided to follow what they are really passionate about.  Kevin Kearns now pursues his paintings and now sells 40-50 paintings a year in New York City.    Bob Weeks now is a professional coffee roaster owning his own roasting company.   Each story was really inspiring and I love seeing where they ended up.

I officially quit my job about 5 months ago and made the plan to quit my job about 1.5 years ago and this movie had me thinking about what made me pull the trigger to really leave.  I think a lot of people have had to make some creative choices to surviving and are happier because of it.  Since they have to make their creative choices- are they willing to work harder? Harder then they had to work before? and now is it more rewarding?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am such a lucky girl to be able to paint everyday and to have an amazing husband and puppies in my life.
I am still waiting for the big turkey to finish cooking and thinking about a second glass of red wine.  :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Wednesday

We are hanging out with my parents for the long weekend and enjoying the beautiful beachy sunset.  It's still cold and it's been snowing up in the mountains. :)  I am ready to get cozy with a spiced rum and cider and cuddle up with a good book.  I packed a stack books for the weekend and ready to relax and stuff myself with turkey.  My mom got a 32 lb monstrous turkey!   (I will let you know if I read anything good)



:) Happy Turkey Day! Be safe! and be Good!

I am thankful for so much in my little life.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's begining to look a lot like Christmas...

Turkey day- 2 day count down, I spent the majority of yesterday trying to do all of the grocery store shopping with my mother and every where we went was crazy crowded.  It also snowed here! I think we got maybe 1/4 of an inch and the news is already calling it as the Winter's Blast.  There was a little bit of ice and my dogs were slip sliding around- I really need to invest in doggy shoes.

I decided this year I am going to be designing my own Christmas cards.  Yes Christmas already!  I decided that I loved them so much, I am going to put a couple in my etsy shop.  These are the type of cards that the card giver can write their own message inside.  This one is says- "What did Reindeer say to the other?"



Here are some examples that the gifter could use..
  "I challenge you to a Christmas cookie eating contests."  or "Nice sleigh bells."  or perhaps the ever classic "Merry Christmas" :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Motivation Monday- Dreams

I think this was the first weekend were I realized we are in winter and it's starting to get cold with a chance of snow.   Portland doesn't get much snow but when it does even an inch, people act like it's like we are in a blizzard.- seriously. :)


So they say if you go to bed thinking of a question that you need an answer for it will come to you when you wake up.  I recently watched the documentary Nova on PBS about the study of dreams.  Scientists have been studying why we dream and the purpose for dreams.  When I was little girl, I had the same nightmare over and over about me falling out of a tree and then it progressed as I got a little older to me falling out of disney land ride (the dumbo one).  The hypothesis behind this in the documentary was that it was information being passed down about survival skills.  In the documentary they used the example of a girl being chased by a wolf.
The documentary also talked about how you can use dreams to learn and that while your body slept, your brain was problem solving.  They tested this by having someone play a skiing video game and when he woke up the next day and played the game- he was better at the game.


Some artists do a dream journal where they keep track of their dreams and other artists do a little journal right before bed time.  I often go to bed thinking about new ideas and for the first time I think it worked.  I woke up and I was motivated and I am super excited about some new art projects that I want to work on.

Happy Monday everyone! Thanksgiving right around the corner.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Big 100

I have 15 paintings in the Big 100- click here to see all of my paintings for the show.

You are invited to attend the 3rd annual installment of
THE BIG 100 art show
                Portland’s favorite “little” big art show 

December 2, 2010: First Thursday reception, 4pm-2am
December 3-4: Artwork on display, 4 pm-2 am
Where: Goodfoot Gallery and Lounge, 2845 SE Stark
21 + over. Two floors of art. 100 + artists, 1800 works of art, all art is $50/framed, cash/carry. Credit card OK. Benefit for Oregon Food Bank and Cascade AIDS Project. FREE to get in. 4pm-2am Th, Fri, Sat. OPENS First thursday, 4pm. DJ's (Ryan Organ/friends), Food, Beer/Wine/Spirits. Sponsored by Ninkasi, KBOO, PDX Pipeline (www.pdxpipeline.com) and The Goodfoot. Presented by Chris Haberman and Jason Brown.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Happy Weekend

I hope everyone is having a great weekend :)  It's cold and rainy here and my dogs don't like the rain puddles.  It's sort of funny watching them walk around the puddles.  I was thinking about buying them little rain jackets and maybe boots.  I don't have human children- don't judge me.  lol


We worked on self portraits in drawing class- and I think I look like a crazy person.  We folded the paper in quarters and only drew a quarter at a time- which is why my face looks long, but really enjoyed playing with charcoal.

Have a great weekend! :) and can you believe it's almost Christmas? Have you been thinking about your Christmas list?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pop Up!

The hot thing in Portland for the holiday season is pop up- shops.  Since all of the economy stuff happened the landlords of empty store fronts donated spaces to local artists, crafters, and designers until the end of the year to encourage holiday shopping in downtown Portland. :) There are a total of 5 but here is one my favorites.


Bridget Larrabe of Art Scout opened Downtown Artistry which showcases local Portland artists   She wants this to be a interactive art community meeting place, so come bring your easel, knitting needs and friends.  \
 Let the Holiday Season begin! My issue is I buy for someone else then I buy something for me.  :)
 

Big 100 14 and 15 it's a wrap!



Homeless with family.  


My last piece I wanted to paint something from Paris. :)


8X8 oil on wood.
Information about the show:
The Big 100 is 100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 2-4th 4pm-2 am at the Goodfoot.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Big 100 13-15

I can't believe I have a few more paintings to go.  Homeless person with her little dogs- I always feel a little sorry for the dogs especially if they look under fed. 

8X8 oil on wood.
Information about the show:
The Big 100 is 100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 2-4th 4pm-2 am at the Goodfoot.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Big 100 12-15

I can't believe I have almost finished all the little paintings.  This one is a homeless man and he has his whole world in a cart.  



8X8 oil on wood.
Information about the show:
The Big 100 is 100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 2-4th 4pm-2 am at the Goodfoot.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Big 100 11-15

I stayed up until 4 am yesterday working on these paintings because everything is due on Friday because they are framing all the work for the show.  I don't think I have stayed up that late since I was last in Vegas like over a year ago.



This is the last of the still life- playing around with glass. and I wanted to play with the blues in the glass and the dark back ground..   Every time I do still life.. I start thinking about the Sound of Music- and that song.. "This are a few of my favorite things"... :)





8X8 oil on wood.
Information about the show:
The Big 100 is 100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 2-4th 4pm-2 am at the Goodfoot.

Motivation Monday- 1 thing

I often think about all the things that I need to do and what I should be doing.

It starts with doing 1 thing, and so what's one thing that I can do?



 What's one thing you can do?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Big 100 10-15 .. Typewriter take 2.

Another typewriter :) part of my typewriter collection.  This one I got for $4 dollars and my husband said after this one I was not allowed to bring home any more.  This one came with a fancy carrying case. 


8X8 oil on wood.
Information about the show:
The Big 100 is 100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 2-4th 4pm-2 am at the Goodfoot.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Big 100- 9-15

I collect typewriters :) This one I've had the longest, it's my mothers typewriter.  

Happy Friday- Have a creative weekend.  :) 








8X8 oil on wood.
Information about the show:
The Big 100 is 100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 3-4th 5-10 pm at the Goodfoot.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Big 100 8-15 Shoes

I love converse :) Since I quit my job- it's practically the only shoe I wear.  I haven't put on any of my business clothes .. shoes.. in months, and I don't miss them.  Anytime I see a shoe in a painting- I think about where it's been and where it's going.  I think I might do a few more still life for the show- to mix up the subway NYC paintings.  Any objects that inspire you?


8X8 oil on wood.
Information about the show:
The Big 100 is 100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 3-4th 5-10 pm at the Goodfoot.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Big 100 7-15

I am still stuck with a cold and I keep thinking am I in the worst part yet?   Thank you for all of the home remedies :) I am not a huge fan of popping cold medicine.  I remember I caught a cold when I was in Italy and I was desperate for anything! I went into the pharmacy and the pharmacist didn't speak English.  I did the gesture of a cough like I was sick and he gave me this medicine and I found out later it was cold medicine with codeine.  I totally had the spins the rest of the trip.  :)  



One more from the NYC Subway.. Subway at night and lots of electricity! I tried to emphasis the blur.  Don't worry my vision has not been effected by my cold yet. 

8X8 oil on wood.
Information about the show:
The Big 100 is 100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 3-4th 5-10 pm at the Goodfoot.


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Big 100- 6 of 15 and a little Vitamin C

 I am supposed to be working on the rest of these paintings but I caught a cold... so lame.. know any secret remedies?  My mother was telling me about this thing that you stick in your nose that washes your nose out with salt water.  I thought she was half crazy... well I know she is partially crazy but I did find it online.. its called the Neti.  I don't know if I could stick what looks like a teapot spout up my nose, maybe I should stick with Vitamin C.

Here is my latest for the Big 100 show.. from the New York Subway.. I love how people read and wait for the subway, like they don't have a care in the world while there is all this activity going on around them.. that element of magic of NYC.


I wanted to convey the motion versus the stillness of New York. NYC is unlike any other place that I have been because of the way the city moves.  I also never really noticed the American Flags on the subway cars until I started painting the series. 

8X8 oil on wood.
Information about the show:
The Big 100 is 100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 3-4th 5-10 pm at the Goodfoot.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Motivation Monday: Is it Possible?



Hello! How was your weekend? :)  I am very proud to say that Portland Tarot Art Show that I helped organize went off with out a hitch and it got really crowded.  I learned a lot and plan on organizing something else in the near future.  I think the best part about the night was that everything came together and people showed up.


  Now I need to focus on finishing all my paintings for the holiday season. 

Some inspirational quotes to start the week :)

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible. " Vince Lombardi
 
"Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools." Napoleon Bonapart

"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them." Pablo Picasso

And guess what it's 2:25 am and I am awake. :) Barely... Have a super Monday!

Did you do anything exciting over the weekend?

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy Friday :)


I  have a few shows for November and it's first Friday.

Portland Tarot Show

Over 100 artists are creating their artistic representation of their selected card based on their own interpretation of its meaning and symbolism.

Join with us as we celebrate the rich and vast array of local talent and view unique and perhaps quirky, absurd or campy interpretations of the Tarot deck art. Artwork will be on display throughout the months of November and December.

Opening Reception Party including tarot readers, hoop-dancers, music, etc.
Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Splendorporium
3421 SE 21st Avenue
Portland, OR 97202

Launch Pad Gallery's Show- Facing your Fear 

Over 100 artists each creating one artwork each responding to the theme "Facing Your Fear"  Artwork will be displayed November 5th-27th.

Opening Reception Party including music, courage, ritual, food, and interactivity.
Date: Friday, November 5, 2010
Location: Launch Pad Gallery
534 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214

Have a great weekend :) and do something fun!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

How to Wire a Painting.



Supplies:
1.  Wire Cutter
2.  Framers Pro Picture Wire- The professional grade with the plastic around the wire is the best.   :)  This is the secret sauce.
3.  Ring Hangers-
4.  Plus screw driver.

PS- check your art supply store for the wire/hangers.  They buy the stuff in bulk and is cheaper is then the Hardware store and cheaper then Michaels.  


Steps
1.  Attach  rings to either side of the frame.  You will want them 1/3rd to 1/4th from the top of the frame. and put them at a little but of an angle.
2.  Cut your piece of wire with a 2-4 inches extra wire for each side of the frame.  So if you have a 10 inch width you want at least 14-18 inches of wire cut.
3.  Thread the ring hangs.  Leave the wire a little bit of wiggle room- and don't thread it too tight.  When the wire is pulled tight like it's being hung you will want it 2-3 inches from the top of the frame.

Viola!

I am not going to tell you how many mistakes I made and how long it took me to figure this out.  I walked into the hardware store and they sold me the wrong stuff several times.

Big 100- 5-15

I love New York City... more from the subway.  I just love  the energy and the eccentric/diverse people.  Since I started painting these little New York City paintings I noticed 2 things- there are many man bags and lots of sneakers.  :)






8X8 oil on wood.
Information about the show:
The Big 100 is 100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 3-4th 5-10 pm at the Goodfoot.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Big 100 -4 of 15

More from the New York Subway.  :)  Oil on wood 8x8.  I think I might do 1-2 more in the New York subway.  This one I can hear the WOOOOOSH of the subway.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Big 100 - 3 of 15

I am sooo behind on getting these paintings done in time.

I decided to a small series with in the 15 of the subway people of New York and playing around with the blur of the subway.  :) Ahhh New York.



Information about the show:
100 artists doing 15 paintings each all for the set price of $50.  Cash and Carry Show.
December 3-4th 5-10 pm at the Goodfoot.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Motivation Monday: Are you a genius?


I just finished watching the documentary The Artful Codgers, and it's about a British family who basically cons the art world with a series of fakes.  The middle aged son makes the art, the mother makes the certificates of authenticity  and the father was the sales man.  The son never went to art school and never took any art lessons, he credits all of his education to the library.   The son would go to the library and look up art pieces in history that have gone missing and would remake them.  All in all the family made about 10 million dollars and sold 44 forgeries before they got caught.



I'm not saying to go forge something, but it's just  interesting all of that talent going to waste and how many people I know whom are talented and are not doing anything about it. Go make something!