Tag Archives: Portland

Forest For The Trees

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This was the second year for Forest For The Trees, a non-profit mural project that brings together local and international artists in the beautiful city of Portland.  Last summer I requested to be considered in the next lineup, and just a few weeks after wrapping up my solo show I got my wish.

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Twenty artists from Portland and around the globe gathered for one week to descend upon the city and paint some walls.  We were each assigned a wall offered up by building owners and given free reign.  My wall, on a new restaurant in NE Portland, was going to be Animal Battle, naturally!

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Since it was my first mural, I was given one of the smaller walls.  Many of the other artists had multiple stories to cover and scissor lifts or scaffolding to climb.  From my perch on the ground floor, I was greeted by many neighbors and families that live in the area who were delighted to see some public art in the making.

Working much larger was a bit daunting.  I wasn’t sure if my painting techniques would transfer well with latex paint and a stubbly vertical surface, but as it turns out, that wall was much like a giant piece of watercolor paper.

And five days later, I won this battle.

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My wall was just one of MANY fantastic murals that went up all over the city.  Here are just a few I’ve visited so far:

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Collab with Brendan Monroe + Souther Salazar

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Mateu Velasco

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Blaine Fontana

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…and many, many more, including:

// Mary Iverson, Paige Wright, The Lost Cause, Zach Yarrington, Faith47, Curiot, Gage Hamilton, Blakely Dadson, J. Shea, Ogi \\

For the full lineup and artist links, map to the murals, and more information on the project, visit:

// www.forestsforthetreesnw.com \\

And a great recap + images of all the murals in progress over at Empty Kingdom.

I’d like to give a giant thank you to Gage Hamilton and Matt Wagner/Hellion Gallery for organizing the event and to all the volunteers who kept us fed, watered, sheltered, and taken care of.  Special thanks to the fellas at BTU Brasserie for letting me paint some animals on their wall.  You guys rule.

Painting the mural was fun, but connecting with fellow artists in this community was even better.  Proud to be part of a project that positively contributes to my city through art.

X’s + O’s x Infinite

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The Armies Gather // Opening Night

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Our old friend, Tolly

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I’m welcoming myself back here after a long radio silence.  Since my last post the opening night for my exhibition has come and gone, and what a dreamy night it was.  So many familiar faces, kind words, and all those little animals I’ve been working on since January are finally out in the wild.

Below is just a snippet of the world I installed at Hellion Gallery; for images of the entire body of work, please visit my portfolio site.

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I worked with gallery owner Matt Wagner to create these custom shelves for my army to stand on.  There was a lot of painting, drilling, and cursing.

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On opening night there were a zillion meetings with different artists, stranger friends, and internet pals, but of course I only have like 3 photos to show for it even though I was lugging a giant camera around.  If you were there, thank you for coming up to say hi!

And now here are a few of our friends:

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Want to see more?  Go here or here.  For those of you interested in adopting one of these creatures, please visit the gallery’s site here.  As of now I’ll soon be saying my bittersweet goodbyes to many of these soldiers.

Since opening night, these little dudes have been getting lots of love.

Boris has become the koala-about-town, making his debut splash as cover model for the Portland Mercury:

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And these folks loved Juniper so much they dressed up their dog just like her.  It’s a spittin’ image:

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There’s still plenty on the horizon for Animal Battle yet.  If you’re in Portland, the show is up at Hellion Gallery through August 30th!

A big thank you from me to you for following along on this adventure so far.  You guys are the best.

xoxo

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Coastal Escape

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One of the many charms of living in Portland is that to escape the city you need not go far before you’re surrounded by green forests, mountain views, or standing at land’s edge watching the ocean caress the beach.

While I enjoy long days of uninterrupted work, to keep my sanity sometimes I just need a hit of nature.  Jake and I spent one fine Sunday lingering at my favorite spot on the Oregon coast, Cannon Beach, eating ice cream, strolling quiet paths in mossy forests, sitting in warm sun with a blustery sea breeze.  Summer is indeed here.

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In our meandering we also paid a visit to family in Seaside before heading a bit south to Short Sands, where I stumbled upon such an idyllic scene it made my heart ache. If I have any retirement plans, surely they would include a bit of coastal plein air painting.

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That daydream is over, and I’m back to work in my studio.  I just received a stack of these Animal Battle promo stickers from the gallery – the opening quickly approaches!

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Interview // Portland Mercury

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I was interviewed for this week’s Artist Profile in the Portland Mercury!  In it I talk about comics, bartending, and making art.  Check out the interview here.

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Plus, all Adult Babysitting merch is still on sale in my Etsy shop!  If you like laughing, I suggest you pick up a copy of the comic.

Thanks to the Portland Mercury for the feature!

Cheers!

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New! Adult Babysitting Volume II

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NOW IN MY SHOP: Adult Babysitting Volume II!

Have you ever waited tables?  Shlepped drinks on a tray?  Stood behind a busy bar for 7 hours while needing to pee the whole time as you mix and muddle hundreds of cocktails?  Dealt with the drunken public?  Read horrible Yelp reviews about yourself by that asshole you kicked out of the bar once?  Cleaned up someone else’s puke out of a sink?

Yeah, I get you.  I’ve done it too.  This comic series is meant for you.

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With hilarious true stories and shocking behavior by grown-ups who should know better, find some solace in these small volumes.  Sip a whiskey while you’re at it.

And for those of you who have never spent time working in the service industry, do yourself a favor: get educated.

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Comic // Hose ‘Er Down

 

I just finished a full new strip for Adult Babysitting: Volume II, featuring one of my favorite log book entries by my coworker.  In it, a hapless drunkie gets hosed down with water from the soda gun after she pinwheeled her way behind the bar (always a big Nuh-Uh).  Poor thing.

I inked this two page spread on my self-made template I created just for Adult Babysitting, then scanned it into Photoshop for some clean up and added tones.  Wanna see the full comic?  Check it out over on www.adultbabysittingcomic.com!

And have a wonderful holiday, y’all.  May your feast be plentiful and your house full of family or friends.

Poster // Punk Pinball

A pal of mine asked me to contribute a poster to a special benefit she was hosting for her Uncle, who has MS and needs a new van to accommodate his wheelchair.

Portland has a huge pinball scene (yes, there is even a gang), so this benefit will center around a big Pro-Am pinball tournament.  I was told her Uncle digs punk rock and tattoos, so, naturally, PINBALL + PUNK.

I did probably two quick thumbnails before jamming out the black and white illo (above), then did something new and sparkly – a lettering overlay on tracing vellum.  WHAT!  Logical and convenient?  You know how sometimes you do something and afterwards you’re like, “Why wasn’t I doing this the WHOLE time?  Why haven’t I been doing this my entire 31 years??”

I credit this extremely prolonged light bulb moment to the tons of hours I’ve been working digitally lately.  Thanks, Photoshop.

If you’re a local, dig pinball, and want to help a good cause, check out the event here.

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Portland People // Lady Couple

Original scan > Flat color > Embellishments

My Portland People series is the perfect platform for digital coloring experiments.  A mere few years ago I knew cuss about Photoshop, even really hating it.  But the more I force myself to practice with Photoshop, the more I actually enjoy it.

While I’ll always be a traditional medium girl, I will finally admit that there’s some pretty cool shit you can do in Photoshop.  (Although I still paint waaaaay faster than when using a wacom tablet!)

Portland People // Rollerblades

We spotted this lady wheelin’ around under the Ross Island bridge last Saturday, and she landed in my sketchbook on Sunday.  I don’t get to do a Portland People illustration often enough.

I scanned the ink + brush drawing into Photoshop and fleshed it out digitally, which I do sometimes but not always.  There were some areas (like the column) that I color-blocked in order to give it a finished look.

More and more I’m enjoying the digital coloring process.  Me From Three Years Ago is shocked.

ABV2 // Progress

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Another true account about the harrowing lives of bartenders and customer service!  How do we sleep at night?  Someone should do a “clinical study”.

Adult Babysitting: Volume II is slowly but surely coming along.  Look for more glimpses of this issue soon.