Monday, May 05, 2014

Happy Spring! 

Where did Winter go?  I remember lots of unexpected snow- which was so much fun! I mean it. Some of my funnest Winter memories were from the snow days. I love looking outside and watching people cross country ski down the roads. If that is what Alaska is like, sign me up!


I also remember cold, cozy nights. Working like mad at OBT, putting on some damn fine performances.
I remember lots of movies on Netflix and warm layers of clothes, boots and socks. All the socks.
And, of course, I remember art... I remember lots of doodles, sketches, ideas and starts.
Kind of like sowing seeds for Spring, keeping these questions in mind: What would I like to harvest this Summer? What would I like to grow and create? What is going to blossom during the warmer months?

Only time will tell, but I do have a few clues that I'm happy to share with you!

First off, I want to mention that I have one piece from my October show that is for sale that would love to go home with you!  It's the only one left, so get it!
Please send me an email if you are interested or need information.

"Embrace and Let Go"
Mixed Media on Canvas
2013



Currently, I am working on moving into my basement art studio! I'm in the very early elementary stages due to rain over the weekend (boo!), but will be sprucing up the space in the next month to make it my home away from home. It's not the "idea"l studio as there is no natural lighting, but it's a great start and close to my house. I kinda like that it's below both a tattoo studio as well as a coffee shop. I can't think of any other type of business I'd rather be below. So very Portland, ha!
Here's what it looks like thus far: (and I can't wait to be able to post the "after" photo!)


I'm just finishing up with a piece that has been a great challenge for me. I'm not even sure why. I just keep looking at it and feeling like I need to add more. Every time I think I'm done, I think of something else to add. That's the creative process for you. Never a dull moment. Anyhow, it's a smaller piece that I started in preparation for a larger commission that I'm also working on for a couple in Olympia. Both include ravens as the main subject. I haven't had much experience painting ravens before, and the person purchasing the commission asked for pink ravens. Pink ravens!  How exciting is that?  So I've been studying ravens and crows, since they both carry so many similarities, and painting away. Most people think of ravens as something bleak and dreaded, thanks to the myriad of stories of ravens flying overhead to warn of doom and death. And, of course, adding to the bleakness would be Poe's legendary poem, "The Raven".
But I say, "Nevermore!" to all of that because according to many cultures the raven is something much different: Ravens, yo!


In the painting(s) I'm working on, the raven is nothing more than a messenger of newness and good tidings to come. In order for there to be darkness, there must also be light. And vice versa. Through all of my raven researching, I decided I wanted my ravens to be bright and full of strength. They are bringing the recipients of these paintings the sun. And here in the Pacific Northwest, we could all use a little extra vitamin D.

Here are both paintings, both still works in progress:





The only thing I'm showing of the commission (I don't want to jinx the process!), the initial layer and style that I've applied. So many layers to go, and I can't wait to see the completed work. I'll be working on it all week and all next weekend. So much fun and I'm so inspired by the concept of the pink ravens.  It's going to get messy, complicated and end up lovely and super fresh! Hint: bring on the paper, ink and grayscale!



Lastly, I totally freaked out on some canvas last week. I had an idea and was like, "Oh, I'll just sketch this out on some canvas before I go do this and this and..." Two hours later, the entire canvas was covered. Oops!  I guess with all of my careful work I do at my 9-5 job and with the recent artwork I've been working on, I needed something I could just go to town on without any expectations. It was a huge energy release and I still don't know how I feel about the end result. But the fact that I wasn't hoping for an end result and found one makes it a happy surprise. 



Def thinking about my love of travel with that piece and how much I NEED to get more travel in my life. Oddly enough, I happen to be working on that game plan, but that's for another blog.

I hope today finds you well and happy. Keep inspiring... and never fret, warmer days are ahead!


Cheers. 

Amy 


Monday, October 21, 2013

Oh HAY. 

Huzzah! 

This month marks my first Portland solo art show! Yay!  

My dear friend Rick opened up a new coffeehouse in the heart of St Johns this week and asked me a few months ago if I would be interested in being his first 'artist of the month'. My response: "Hells yep!".  It was great motivation for me to get work done that I started last year and to start new work. I busted my ass to get everything done in time. My time creating went seamlessly. Everything I envisioned turned out great and I was really happy with what I was able to accomplish.
It was the first batch of work that I took seriously since losing partial vision last year. That whole scenario presented quite the creative block, alas- I kick it's ass into the Galaxy! 

I've also been approached by someone to show at another venue/cafe on Alberta. Pretty happy with the new inspiration that I'm feeling and the opportunities that are starting to knock for me in Portland. Much needed as I've had to take a year off of school because of financial aid cuts and I also am in need of work. I made a ballsy decision to leave a very toxic work environment that was causing me so much unnecessary stress. Too much and not worth the energy. I believe that leaving that situation allowed me the time and energy I needed to complete the eight new pieces I have showing and to give me some time to reflect on what I want for myself. So for now, I'm searching Portland for the perfect fit, debating on whether to continue school this Winter and next Spring, and creating like there's no tomorrow! 

This show was very inspired by my time on the Oregon Coast and in the neighboring mountains. Especially this time of year! I have been lucky enough to have ample time exploring the mountains and foraging for mushrooms this Autumn. I'm fascinated with those little buggers! 

It's been an amazing Autumn season in Portland this year. Sometimes when I'm crusin around the neighborhoods I find myself in awe with the display of color the trees are flashing. The sky has been blue and the combination is almost surreal. Stunning at best. 


Here's a mixed bag of scenes from my Autumn in Portland, including photos of new work. I'll have better photos and prints soon! 


















If you are in Portland and would like to check out my work, please do!  
Say hi to Rick and have yourself an Americano. My work will be up at Fourth Estate Cofeehouse, now until the end of November. 

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Be well and happy pumpkining!  
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hey Portland!

It's been months since I've last posted. It seems like I start many blog entries that way... obviously, I've been a busy lady. Happy, busy and taking all of my days, day by day. Minute by minute. Americano by Americano.

So. In short:

I'm in Portland. It has been a joyride verging on danger and bliss. I have lots of work behind me to be proud of, which in turn gives me a ton of freeeeeee tiiiiiime this Summer to work on new work.
I've started several new pieces, and having time and space to finish them will be outstanding.

Many great things on the way. And that is what I'm leaving you with. Ha!

Be well, Blogosphere.

Here are a few photos of life in Portland thus far. I'll be posting new work soon, so check back! :)







Friday, June 08, 2012

It's been far too long. I have no excuses except for the million I will be more than happy to share... but it would take forevs.  So I'll just say, life has been busy. Portland has been an interesting change for this woman. I haven't painted for six months until very recently! I've dabbled in my sketchbook here and there, but I've really been a busy lady and getting all those boxes in the garage hasn't really sounded all that great. But, I have a possible show in September, so I've been working on some new ideas. Ideas I felt worthy of sharing.

Also: It's June. It's been about 65-70 degree and mostly cloudy. I expect that any moment it's going to be sunny and hot. My ass needs the gym something fierce.

Okay, back to art:






So those are my more recent ideas coming to life. Using gouache for the first time, which has been cool. For me, it is like using something that is in between watercolors and acrylic. I'm doing a whole series of "Ladies of Summer". I'm excited to see where the idea takes me. 

And from the sketchbook: 









I was donated a nice supply of art materials from a friend in Bend. Plenty of drawing pencils, charcoal and pastels. All things I don't use often, so it's been fun to do some exploring with them. A little influence from the impending health doom I suffered all April, with a doubly whammy of a sinus infection and pneumonia. It took a lot out of me and I'm still mending. One thing that has been a little alarming is that I've experienced substantial vision loss in my left eye since having pneumonia. I'm off to the optometrist tomorrow, and I am hoping for positive results. If not, I'll just have to have some fashion forward eye patches made for me or something! Gotta stay positive, right?

So that's that. Looking forward to getting my brushes wet tonight and more often.

Cheers and be well!!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer in Astoria. Basically.

It's Summer.  I'm not even going to begin to complain about the cooler, cloudier weather we are having...the rest of the country is on fire and experiencing mad-hot weather.  I'll take these clouds over heat any day.

Since my last post, I've started working two really fantastic jobs downtown Astoria, school has ended for the Summer, I'm in a new, sweet relationship and I've been involved in a few fun projects.  I co-hosted my first ever baby shower.  And I've also been invited to join my friend Rick in Portland to show work in January!  Perfect for the new ideas I have swimming in my brain.  I'm really into Botanical Illustration right now, so we'll see how that pans out in my own work.
One recent project was remodeling the bathroom for Cargo of Astoria/Lunar Boy Gallery.  Two of my favorite places, so I was inspired and happy to work on the project.

Photos, to boot! (not the best, but still, photos!)












Super fun project!  Happy to have had the experience.  The walls are a little lighter and greener than these photos express, and the paper is Arabic newspaper.  Everything was cut individually by hand.  The great thing about this project, is that it will evolve and change as time goes on.  I will be working on it again with an opalescent paint, which will add a unique dimension.  

That said, Happy Summer, wherever you might be.  I hope you are keeping cool and happy!

Cheers.

A.