8x10 oil on board Do you ever feel like you are running out of time? I'm about 6 weeks away from having my second baby, and feel like that time is slipping through my fingers. I know what to expect with the whole baby process this time around, but my major concern is time.  I love being a mother, a wife, and an artist but it feels like by growing a family, that the other roles are getting larger and the part that's just me is getting smaller.    I think I'm just in this juxtapose position that I want to have all my work done and have the whole birthing process over with. So with losing time, I just want time to go faster.  I know, now, it's just a waiting game for basically life to happen. It's official, I have started working on holiday and client work, before I go on maternity leave.  After Nora was born, I think I only lasted a couple weeks before I was back in my art studio working.  Making art was the best sort of healing after birth because it...
If you love to eat as much as I do, you will want to go to Feast Portland.  I am still so full from eating, all weekend long, that I would go back for more, in a heart beat.  It was that good.  I love seeing people passionate about what they do and everyone talked about what they made with so much joy and zest.  This event was so special because it highlighted local Pacific Northwest chefs, restaurants, and the best of the local food industry.  If you watch Top Chef or the Food-Network, there were a ton of celebrity chefs around every corner, and they were demoing, feeding the crowd and talking to everyone. I talked with the likes of Hugh Achenson (whose unibrow wasn't as noticeable in person) and Ruth Reichel (so much more eccentric and rad in person) and I have to admit I was a little star struck. Feast is so unique, that there is the traditional open tastings with lots of food and booze during the day.  Then at nigh,t there were these magical parties with beautiful food,...
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. The...
Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.  All the opinions are my own. 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 tupper...
Source 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 Full Schedule & Different Portland Locations All of the Latest Feast News:  Facebook  //  Instagram  // Twitter ...
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...
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 re...
30 weeks! I'm getting closer to the end and I am officially into my 3rd trimester. Yay! I'm starting to need more naps again and can feel my body slowing down.  My feet are starting to feel puffy, which I think it's some sort of sign of getting ready to hatch a new baby. This pregnancy is a lot different than Nora's and feel all around a bit healthier and have more energy, which is good! Even though, I've had morning sickness a lot this pregnancy and pregnancy is pretty awful, I don't have much to complain about.  I just feel pretty grateful, that I'm able to have another baby. There are so many women, that are not able to get pregnant or have complicated pregnancies.  I think maybe, I'm just done complaining and pregnancy is just really hard.   The best thing about this picture is that, when Tim was taking it, he was more worried that a rattle snake would jump out of the bushes and get him.  I'm not sure if rattle snakes can jump but he seemed...
Hello from Arizona! Tim surprised me for the long weekend and scooped me up for a baby-moon. I think we both needed a little get away, with out the pugs and the kiddo. I love them all to pieces, but it was really nice to have a break. He thought it would be a good idea because who knows when we will be able to even get a date in, once the new baby comes in November.  So, we hopped a plane to Arizona. I am actually pretty impressed, that he even suggested the idea and do something just us because he doesn't really do surprises. We mostly swam in the hotel pool, got fruity drinks with umbrellas and even went to the movies (Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy, yet?), but it was the best.  Our lives are so full with so many things, that it really makes me appreciate when we can steal a moment away. One of the days, we decided to go to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens and it was pretty beautiful, but it was freaking hot.  The gardens were just lovely, and there were so ...