Art inspires art...In honor of her birthday this past week, this is @melissamonroeart & these are digital mashups of people & posts I created with a filter made from her artworks that I have (some originals which can be seen in my previous posts). When Melissa came across some of my vintage carnival masks for sale last year, she was inspired to paint using them, and embarked on a journey she documented in a show and a book, "Old Circus is Dead" (and which you can see more of on her Insta). She now has the masks, & I am fortunate to own some of her work. Two of these masks can be seen ahead. Very highly recommended to stop by @truemeasuregallery & see her amazing art! Let me know what y'all think of this, because I did lots more!
Aaah! After three ridiculously busy weeks, it felt great to unplug and spend a weekend off the grid and in the woods 🌲Though this weekend was for the purpose of getting off the internet, I still brought y’all this specimen of Pussytoes 🌿 Yes, I said Pussytoes (also known as the genus Antennaria). Several varieties of these wildflowers grow across much of North America, but this particular one is from the subalpine cascades. Its name is supposedly derived from the early blooms’ similarity to a cat’s toes, and I gotta say, if bean toes are in the equation, I’m into it. 🐾 Also, today is earth day! 🌏 Hooray for this amazing planet and the wonderful flora and fauna that thrive together here. We as humans HAVE to do a better job of managing our impact on her, though, and I’m guessing that if you’re here you know that. Let’s take today to reconsider how we can be a part of the solution more than the problem, because every little bit counts. Every time you bring your own coffee mug or grocery bag, that’s one less piece of garbage in our oceans. Each time you buy local produce or eat a plant-based meal, you’re reducing our carbon footprint. Every earth-friendly decision each of us makes contributes to a future where our grandchildren can appreciate the same beautiful planet that we have the privilege of living on 🌱
Had a roof top canvas today to do my thing on in SE Portland.
nspired by spring, and also the need to start doing more portraiture in my work, I ended up doing a portrait of myself as a child blowing a dandelion. (is that weird!?) My mother took this picture, I think I was 3 or 4, and it seems like a great metaphor.
Like many in Portland, I floated over to the west from my roots to grow as an individual, be as authentic to myself as possible, and start fresh.
My childhood home had a hummingbird feeder, it would always be a sure sign of spring when the ruby-throated hummingbird would show up again. I loved the idea of their journey, a free spirited nomad, not only traveling to survive, but in essence, joy.
When I look back at childhood pictures, I think about the small events as a child that shaped so much of who I am today. The two strongest things that stick with me was to not follow the crowd and to appreciate nature.
First time using mostly all spray in a while because of the brick. Go back for some touch ups tomorrow.
34th & Belmont.
Assemblage commission post #4 . 😄🐎I am now starting to develop the three spaces. When my client was in the studio she was very interested in a box of dominos that I had and wanted to use some in the piece. Dominos have the same basic structure as bricks. Bricks are used frequently in buildings to show strength and permanence banks, government buildings, hospitals often use them for this reason I am using them in this assemblage to show a strong solid foundation for his childhood. I placed them on the “floor” of each space. The bottom space has a nest and a glass heart for early childhood. The second space will have his artwork and the top space will be his parents wish for the future. I found a wooden cutout that spell. “Be awesome” as a suggestion. This project is ready for my clients feedback before I continue to have her approval. Next post will be her feedback and final instructions.
Detail of new work from Tess Rubinstein | @tessrubinstein for her upcoming solo next month! #APlaceOfRest opens Friday, May 4th in the Annex space at Stephanie Chefas Projects. To receive a collectors preview, please contact email@example.com.