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!
The Paul Bunyan statue is located in Kenton neighborhood in North Portland and was built by neighborhood welders, iron workers and union plasters with the help of the Boy Scouts. It was built in 1959 for the Centennial of Oregon statehood, was only meant to be up for six months but is still there today. It's 31 feet of concrete and steel and is the only roadside attraction on the National Register of Historic Places in Oregon. Paint Paul PDX is a neighborhood association that is in the process of restoring Paul back to his original glory. Make your way up to Kenton and check Paul out.
Download Paul and %50 goes to the Paint Paul Project.
I love history and I love to learn. One of the coolest things about Portland is the tiny horse rings. You will find these rings in the older parts of town. These rings were originally meant to tie up your horse and buggy but since there are no more horses, folks have found new and more interesting things to do with them. I’ve seen such things as little plastic horses tied to them, dinosaurs and even Star Wars action figures tied to the rings. So next time you’re out and about walking the streets of Portland be sure to slow down, look around and you'll see those hidden Portland gems in the old parts of Portland.
There comes a time when you just need to stop, stop everything and take a break. Early this month we traveled back East and spent sometime, doing just that. Ten glorious days at a tiny little lake in Upstate New York called Loon Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes. We spent the days swimming, kayaking, reading, sketching, napping, having a beer or two and just plan doing as little as possible. I can't remember the last time we did that. I treasured the time up there to just sit back and remember what it's all really about. I would highly recommend it. :)
Yes it's true, coloring is fun. And it's more fun when you do it with friends. Every Monday night at The Vintage Cocktail Lounge you can join Blaise, myself and the folks at Vintage for a fun night of coloring. Each week Blaise draws up a Portland themed image and everyone colors. How fun is that? The Vintage Cocktail Lounge is located at 7907 SE Stark St just east of Mt. Tabor in Montavilla. Every Monday night 7-10pm.
It's no secret that Portland is hot right now. Everyone's doing it, visiting it, and moving to it. Spring is just around the corner here, and its the best time of year to hang in our beautiful city. Memorial Day is coming up next week and that is the unofficial start of summer, my favorite time of year! (I am not a sweater-weather type of guy ;). For any of you who haven't had the pleasure of visiting Portland yet, I am including a quick video from Travel Portland to give you a quick taste of what the city has to offer (besides what's in my coloring book!). Get outdoors and enjoy!
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Anyone who knows me knows I RARELY get overly emotional. Last Sunday, the 3rd, was an exception. I wanted to thank all my friends and family who came out to my Color Me Portland book signing to support me this afternoon. Even though I wasn't able to spend as long as I wanted to with each of you, I wanted to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time on such a beautiful day to support my creative vision and spend some time with us. It truly was one of my most memorable days I can remember in a very long time. I was humbled by the turn out and the good vibes I felt from you all. If I was a crier, I would have cried for hours. Love back.