art 9 + 10/52 – my travel sketchbook

whew. ok guys, for real. i’m back. all my traveling is finished and i’m settled back into the district. i definitely did not plan ahead as much as i needed to, so i apologize for the lack of posts. but here’s a new art post that covers two weeks…my travel sketchbook! i have never really done anything like this, but on my first evening in portland i bought a new sketchbook and on a whim decided that i was going to draw out my experience each day. this endeavor was very successful in portland, less so in cincinnati — but it was still great fun. i only filled up half the book, so i think i’ll keep it handy for my future trips and continue my little ritual.

here are some of the pages!

52art-week11-pdx1i got this silly donna wilson cat at woonwinkel. i first heard about that shop on designlovefest and was so happy to be able to visit! and this day was a huge food day: food trucks, bubble tea (which was more like a bubble smoothie! amazing), ice cream from salt & straw, and dinner at clyde common. ohhhhhh clyde common. words for you to mull over in your head: chèvre rice pudding with butter fried carrot cake.

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i visited this wonderful little shop called flora. they offered me tea there, which was totally needed on a chilly grey day.

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my good friend and college roommate corinne drove up to portland from ashland for two days and we visited voodoo doughnuts for the first time. and it is all it’s cracked up to be. my favorite was definitely “captain my captain” (pictured above): doughnut with vanilla frosting topped with cap’n crunch cereal.

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i met an interesting lady one afternoon while waiting for the trolley. well, more accurately: she talked at me nonstop for the seven minutes i was waiting for the trolley.52art-week11-pdx5

to all book lovers: stop whatever you’re doing and get your butt to powell’s. you will not regret it. four floors of books (and this is just one building – there are four locations total), extremely well organized, great selection, normal prices. tons of gems hidden on many shelves. on a scale of one to five stars, i would give it a nine.

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cincinnati: i only drew one day. whoops. mostly because i’d be so dead tired by the end of the day that i didn’t have any energy to draw. regardless: goetta. if you haven’t tried it you must find a way! it’s a german-inspired sausage local to cincinnati made of pork and steel cut oats. sounds weird, but it’s totally delicious. i tried it at taste of belgium, where i ended up eating breakfast four times.

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art 8/52 – off to portland!

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as you read this, i am on an airplane to the city of roses! it’s been a dream of mine for the past couple of years to go to oregon, specifically portland. maybe it’s cliche, but it just seems like such an interesting a weird place. that’s a good thing! i like and relate to weird. we’ll see if it lives up to my expectations. :)

i’m actually heading there on business – i’ll be assisting a dc-area set designer (just like i did here) during tech week of one of his regional shows. we’ll be shut away in the theater for quite a bit of time, but on my downtime i’m going to see as many different places as i can. i want to experience all the food and shops and just soak it all in. and hello, i am NOT leaving without stopping by voodoo doughnuts. at least once.

and as for this bike? well, portland is one of the nation’s most bike-friendly cities. and can you tell i’m itching for spring? mother earth, bring me flowers!

have you ever been to portland? i’m going to spend most of my time in the northwest part of downtown, right around burnside. any recommendations? i’ll try to add them to my itinerary!

art 7/52 – postcard collages

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some fun collages i made on postcards i’ve been hoarding. that’s mr. claude monet on the left, y’all. he’s a cool guy. i got the left and right postcards while i was in france four — oh excuse me, FIVE years ago. (where does the time go?) the middle postcard came from an awesome place in greensboro, nc called elsewhere collaborative. then i embellished them with stickers, stamps, and paper. it was a silly fun project, and super relaxing amid an approaching deadline…

 

art 6/52 – sparta fold v camera

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sparta fold v – 8″ x11″, conté crayon on cardboard.

okay, so i guess we like cameras in this house! i own four functional cameras, my boyfriend has a digital camera (…somewhere), and we bought two vintage cameras just like this one at a flea market quite a while ago. i’m not sure if they work, although i suppose it would be possible to get them working. either way, they’re pretty cool! we like displaying them on a weird shelf that we have that sits just below our kitchen ceiling. we keep photographs and small pieces of art up there as well. as for the materials used, i saved these conté crayons from a drawing class i had in freshman year of college, but i’ve barely used them since the class. but i love how they look! i also keep pieces of cardboard to draw/paint/play on and of course i’ve barely experimented with them until now.

i’m happy with this little piece. it’s just a sketch but it was fun and relaxing to do.

art 3/52 – come on feel the illinoise!

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come on feel the illinoise! original paper cut. inspired by mathilde nivet’s tutorial in charlotte rivers’s hand made type workshop.

if don’t know it yet, you will: i love sufjan stevens. and i spend a lot of my time using an x-acto knife to make scale models for theatrical sets. this was a quick project that helped me escape from the tedious nature of most of the cutting i normally do.

art 1/52: self-portrait

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self-portrait. (no, i don’t really have blue hair. but i wish.) 10″ x 12″ / media: micron, gouache, watercolor pencil.

a fun practice piece with pan gouache and playing with wacky colors.

ps, i need tips on photographing flat work like this. anyone have any suggestions? let me know in the comments! thanks!

custom portraits by jordan grace owens

i love portraits. i enjoy seeing how different artists and photographers interpret and depict a person. one of my recent favorite artists whose specialty is portraiture is jordan grace owens. i love her simple but charming style. i discovered her work last year at a quirky greensboro, nc shop called design archives and began collecting some of her prints and adorable magnets. then this may during my graduation my aunt surprised me with such a personal gift: a custom portrait! actually i was given three paintings: one of myself, one of myself when i was a kid (painted from a favorite polaroid of mine), and one of my dog, benny.

over the summer i decided i wanted to commission jordan to paint a matching portrait of my boyfriend. i received the final piece a few weeks ago- here they are together!

adorable, right?! and here they are over our bed. you can also see the portrait of benny in this photo, next to my portrait.

i am so happy with them- they make me smile every time i walk into our bedroom. if you’re looking for a special and original gift this holiday season for someone you love and don’t want to break the bank, consider a custom portrait! and be sure check out jordan’s etsy shop to see what else she’s creating.