New Town New Friends New Art ! It's my pleasure to be included in the next publication of Spokane's quarterly FREE art magazine, The Spokane Sequential. Bringing together Spokane's finest. Want to know more about what's happening, check them out on FaceBook
This book brings two of my favorite things together, my love of Rock and Roll and my art. I am so excited to present this to the Classic Rock music fans ! I had a lot of fun putting this together. It not only has 20 Classic rock bands depicted (83 musicians in all!), but the book also includes activities such as a word search and a dot-to-dot all based on the bands in the book. It's jammed packed with trivia and rock and roll references that will be sure to appeal to the die hard music fan in all of us! Rock and roll never looked like this!
Last week I finally completed a project I started almost 20 years ago.
When our print shop (Brothers Printing Inc.) was over off Powell here in Portland, Oregon (before the city tore it down), on my way to work I use to collect music promo posters off of telephone poles and save the ones that caught my eye. This was between about '97-2010. I kept them because "one day" I was going to do something cool with them. Fast forward 20 years of holding on to my box of posters (some hand silk screened before the use of xerox and then digital printing). This weekend I finally used them. Anyone who knows my usual art making ways knows I usually do a bunch of research, revising and over thinking before I do anything. For this project I vowed to not think-just do! I got out my high tech Modge Podge and big scissors and just cut and glued and just let it rip. It was a total blast and I loved how it turned out. There is about 50+ old Portland local bands as well as some national acts included. The finished piece is about 4 feet by 2 feet and I framed it and it went up in our entry way of our new place. It really felt good do a project in a day that came out just the way I had envisioned way back when! Do something just for fun today!
What's your go-to beer of choice ? Today is National Beer Day. April 7th, 2017 Grab a beer a coloring book and enjoy.
Image #13 ,Color Me Portland. Portland Breweries
What is a Color Slam? Well, a color slam is a party where you get all your favorite peeps together and they bring all their favorite peeps and we color. It's no secret that hanging out together with some of your favorite folks makes us feel good. And, we also know that coloring is fun, therapeutic and stimulates the kid in all of us. It's a party! and who doesn't love a good party. So come join us for this years fun and festive color slam. It's FREE FREE FREE and plenty of prizes too.
Wow, what a winter wonderland it's been here in Portland for the last week. House bound, no school, no work and no way to get around ! Thank full for a warm home, food in the frig, plenty of fire wood, coffee and friends.
Though thankful for what we have here at home some might not be as lucky, so if you're out and about maybe check in with anyone outside who might not have enough. Buy them a coffee or offer a warm hat, scarf, sleeping bags or anything you can spare. Lots of places to donate to as well ... Portland Rescue Mission, Street Roots, Transition Projects, Right 2 Dream Too and City Concern.
And thankful to our sister city Seattle for sending trucks and plows to help us out ! @KATU
The holidays are suppose to be a joyous time with family and friends but for me they always bring a bit of melancholy and sadness. Here's a great to-do list from Belinda Munzo to get you through the dark days.
Stressed? Anxious? UnFocused? Not just Trump could benefit from the fun of coloring, but a lot of guys (and ladies) as well. There are many health benefits from coloring that can have amazing results on people who take up coloring.
College teachers have found that students have been bringing coloring books to class to better concentrate on the lectures. Doctors have found that the inability to focus is often the symptom of stress or anxiety. Coloring relaxes the mind much like meditation. coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus on the moment.
While coloring, your heart rate slows down and there is a change in your brainwaves. Tasks with predictable results, such as coloring or knitting, can often be calming. Part of this neurological response in “colorists” comes from the repetition and attention to patterns and detail associated with coloring.
Felling stressed or anxious lately? Coloring may be a fun and easy way to help. Check out the whole article by Dana Dovey.
Sitting outside Providence Park in downtown Portland rests a couple of great statues. They're called Facing The Crowd. Providence Park in downtown Portland is home of the 2015 MLS champs Portland Timbers. These sculptures were made by Michael Stutz and installed in 2001 during the parks renovation. One of the pieces is of a smiling boy and the other is of a laughing man. They are made out of silicone bronze (whoops I messed that up on the video, my bad!). They are fun interactive sculptures and created to bring a playfulness and joy to the downtown area. Also makes a great photo op if you’re visiting Ptown or going to a game!