December 29, 2009

smells like a holiday

Pomanders. Some how this tradition got lost in my family. I never learned about this crafty sweet smelling holiday project until I moved out of the house.

I have to say, after doing some research my version of the Pomander is tame...no herb and spice mix to roll it in, no hanging from the tree a creepy little dried out fruit martian; just a wondrous smell wafting through the house.

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Happy huh?

December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays

I had planned on sharing some special fruity holiday stop motion love with you today, but whoops...guess the plans have changed. Unfortunately I have forgotten my cable enabling transferage of photos to computer.

Instead, I have picked out some nice 'Christmas tree worms' for your enjoyment.

(I put them on my imaginary Christmas wish list...so very cute!!!)
Have a splendid week/weekend whatever you are celebrating!

December 21, 2009

The Dancing!

I tried to go ice skating last Friday...but ended up a photographer instead. Hope you enjoy!!!

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December 17, 2009

Frank loved nothing more than to pass on his rash

I have been enjoying all the online flash artists I've been stumbling upon lately. I've found some quite addicting ones. Artist Rafael Rozendaal (boasting over 1 million visits to his site in just one month) is one of the strangest. You MUST (if you haven't already) visit JELLO time.
My newest find/♥ is a flash art toy called Scribbler. It is amazing! There is a slight learning curve...so don't give up too soon. I wrote the website's creator asking him to add my image to the gallery and also his Poem (note: this poem is inappropriate for children). He actually emailed me back with a compliment and said "you are probably one of the best at the scribbler i have seen...." - that sooooo made my day! So, here is Frank and his rash:
I am currently working on a scribbler alphabet.
♥ xoxo - Have a nice day.

December 13, 2009

holiday hearts

A friend on Facebook had the most adorable Christmas tree heart pictures. When I realized that this was a simple craft project for my camera I had to try it!OK...so 1st attempt...decent. It took me two tries getting the heart cut out small enough to achieve the effect. I will be making another with two improvements. 1. A much sharper exact-o knife (for crispy lines) ...and 2. cutting a slightly smaller heart (which will be the real challenge).

With all the sparkling lights around town this time of year it is a perfect holiday project. The best explanation of the "Bokeh" directions I could find were here. Happy crafting!Oh Photography, how you keep trying to reel me back in.

December 11, 2009

albert

I stumbled upon a photographer that I couldn't help but notice. His work feels like a Spokane based version of a Wes Anderson flick. They are tiny moments that most would find insignificant captured and treasured on film. I love the talent of photographers to bring what is in their head to life and share it with us. This is what connects all artists...we see things differently.

His work is very much a mysterious narrative set in a familiar place...yet strangely different. Enjoy:

Alberto Sed...who are you?

Upon social networking investigation (S.N.I.) it turned out I know Albert...well, not personally. He is one of two hosts on one of my favorite KYRS Thin Air Community radio shows - Science Radio. They sent me an awesome CD for my pledge last year. Sometimes it seems the world is really much smaller than I thought.

Check out Albert's flickr for more amazing images.

December 10, 2009

Photo Love.

Mariko's new work blew me away this month! The show is a mix of her cloud project and a brand new unnamed (as of yet) series she has started; of which we have been promised much more to come. You can check out her and Nathan's show at the Caterina this month (I posted about them a while ago...here). They also have an article in the Inlander that comes out today!!!!

....and - I wanted to share some photo love from the opening night. Eye candy for sure!Keep your eye on this one! Contact Mariko through www.marikosullivan.carbonmade.com

December 08, 2009

Gifting 10

1. yellena (I gave Jacinda one of her flower prints last Spring)
I have been doing all my holiday shopping on Etsy this year...and my gifts are starting to arrive. It feels great I love supporting handmade. The adorable packaging and personal touches make it absolutely worth it. I have to confess though....it is extremely hard not to just buy all kinds of lovelies for myself.

(I have done well...not a single thing for me)

So, today in all of it's hecticness I wanted to share some tempting favorites from Etsy. We'll call it pretty gifting tuesday.

2. the good machinery
3. common decency4. spinthread
5. betsy walton

6. kissa design7. smock8. elle moss9. pretty little thieves10. Salty and Sweet
Happy Holidays.

November 23, 2009

word.

My new happy word cloud by by: Wordle.

I found this today....I had it take words from a link to my blog.
(It is kinda addicting - so beware!)

November 22, 2009

Snowglobe

Spokane is tumbling. It seems as if all at once things got shook up and jarred loose...and how perfect is it that the snow has followed?What do artists James Pants and Kaylee Cole, the Lorinda Knight Gallery, and the Empyrean Coffee House have in common? A fork (in their path).

Have you ever been underwater while someone is shouting at you? The racket is unmistakable yet the message fails to be comprehended. With all the buzz around town I managed to miss both the James Pants and Kaylee Cole farewell shows. Spokane has lost two noteworthy young performers.

Spokane knows the Lorinda Knight Gallery as the most prestigious (hoity-toity) gallery around. Our only "Big City" (not that Spokane isn't) gallery. As an artist when you signed on with Lorinda Knight that meant that all other Spokane galleries were out, you were in contract and could only show there. This is where all of our "Professional Artists" from this area showed. It was also the place to go and see the amazing talent brought in from outside our area. One problem...Lorinda is retiring and there is a bit of an upset with the art community.
The Empyrean, this might be the best of my Spokane Snow Globe news. The Empyrean will be relocating. After a horrible landlord, sprinkler laws threatening their demise, and countless other obstacles the beloved Empyrean will be moving seven blocks East on Washington and Second in the newly coined SoDo district. The former Big Dipper will now become the Empyrean concert Venue.

I have lived in Spokane for 7 years now. In this past year I have met more people than the other 6 that I have been here. Spokane arts and music are organizing and starting to come together. The Empyrean and Neato/Baby Bar are the downtown concert spots for emerging artists. Not only do they have monthly art shows, but have local artists do their concert posters. Riverspeak is a brand new arts collective that has been started. It's an outlet for artists, musicians, and writers to work together (there is a meeting on Tues if anyone is interested). Here is an example from a couple weeks ago of a perfectly executed idea....Mariah of the Spovangelist writes a post about street fashion and the need for its documentation to fight the stereotype of an unfashionable Spokane. Tyson Habein of SPOKE(a)n(e) Magazine and Yellow House Photography reads and immediately posts a link to it on Facebook. Then Riverspeak takes it one step further making it into a call for submissions to photographers for an online art show. The deadline is Wednesday if you would still like to participate.

Where does this leave us? Is it half empty or full? I say the second. With The Pants and Kaylee moving away it will be nice to have them out there spreading love for Spokane and defending us from the bigger cities. I'm not sure what James is up to, but Kaylee Cole is off recording in Cali with her favorite producer (of all times!) and doing wonderfully new and exciting things. There is no doubt that when they return to play here we will be patiently waiting to accept them with open arms. Speaking of which Kaylee will be back in town next week and I had the honor of making the poster: (notice the states)As for Lorinda Knight it was a wonderful gallery and an asset to our community. I wish her the best in retirement. I am hoping that this may force our more conservative professional artists into less traditional settings. This situation seems to add to the void of serious venues, but hope is not lost. Hell, this is inspiring and challenging...be creative in your solutions...(enjoy it)! Good news is, there are dreams out there. A certain active member of our community has lofty, yet completely attainable, goals for a new type of gallery/venue in Spokane. That sounds like a cryptic message, but I guess we just need to remember that with this slot opening it is our turn as artists to support those who usually provide shelter for our works. Again cryptic - sorry. It would be a shame not to mention that there has also been some talk of a Phantom Gallery project for next year. I don't have nearly enough information on this to do it justice - so that is an entirely different post to come.

The Empyrean, as a concert venue, will be in a fun new space with a full kitchen and pizza ovens...I don't even need to say more (but I will). Help us support Chrissy and Michelle as they undertake this enormous task of relocating. I am excited to say I will get to be the first artist to show in their new space!...IN JANUARY - eek- I have a lot of work to do.

Things in Spokane have been shaken, but we in no means are lacking. If you still don't believe me hop over to Riverspeaks blog and read Brook's post (I just found) - a sister to mine (but maybe a little more inspirational!!!) lol - take that Spokane.

p.s. Brook included the Phantom Gallery info that I was lacking...go check it out.

November 10, 2009

Wanna draw on my floor?

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This seems like a nice present to find underneath your floor...many many years in the future!

I have to tell you, this was not planned. One minute I am asking Mariko if she wants to drawn on the floor with me, and maybe five minutes later the camera is set up and things are coming alive....like dirt clods and little ghosty bird spermys. This was a nice pre pre test with the stop motion, we actually learned a ton!


Just wait for the next one....

November 06, 2009

a friend...

I was debating what to post about today checking out Spokane artists on Flickr. Side note: I think I have to break down and finally start a Flikr page. (sorry) Anyways, I found a photo of my new friend Asha...and then another and another. I had been meaning to call her today about something else all together...and then I knew what to write about. Funny how things work! ♥

Asha is a pretty pretty tattooed Lady and a perfect model. All these photos are by local photographer John Austin.

I have been slowly edging back into photography lately (hence all the Flikr activity) and couldn't imagine a better subject! Spokane it seems has an abundance of up and coming photographers. If you would like to contact Asha about modeling via email: asha.linn@gmail.com

Also, it would be a shame not to mention that she has an extremely talented artist for a boyfriend, and I am sure sooner than later you will see his work gracing the pages of the Ugly Yellow!

Have a lovely weekend!

November 05, 2009

Bee Hive

First - I know, two post in one day...oh my. Jacinda said my last post was depressing and she thought I might need a hug. Well, here is some HAPPY to cheer everyone up.

Bee Hive on flicker, blue cocoon on Etsy....Cassie Kammerzell I ♥ your world.

I can't say which place I found her work first, but it makes me smile. A Spokane artist is all I know... so I'll let the images speak.