Hippie Towns

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A stop at the Hui, checked out the installation art by world-renowned environmental sculptor Patrick Dougherty.
He utilized saplings of invasive tree species to make these large structures– encouraging collaborations between artists and environmentalists.

A stop at Komoda’s, and lunch at Cafe Mambo!  (Not pictured: Butter rolls and stick donut 🙂

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Tattoo

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Randomly browsing my own art board on Pinterest I discovered this interesting message. To be honest it struck me as a strange spam type of response and also maybe someone’s idea of a good joke. Turns out Miss Shah from the other side of the world, (in Mumbai, India) loved my Graffiti piece so much that she got it tatted on her calf! So far this is only about half done, will be updating with finished pics as soon as she sends them to me–

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Wow

2012. Time to start finishing some of these pieces that I have lying around!!

–Already completed 1 piece, 5 in the works :-O Yay for productivity.
–Finished a book. haha.
–Purchased Digital Piano (for now!)
–Learning some Jazz Music, finally.. this should be interesting
–Start work on gallery wrapped canvas (woo no more framing)

Now for a SHOW sometime soon! Wheeeeee.Picture 1-1

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In my sick downtime….

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…been watching a lot of different things on Netflix while I’ve been stuck on the couch recovering. These were the best of the bunch.

 

Circus: Documentary on the lives of those who live and work in the Big Apple Circus, from construction crew to entertainers they all reside in close quarters which makes for a semi dysfunctional family like environment. Those who have circus in their “blood” and those who don’t. Their reasons for joining the circus as diverse as the group itself.
Kings of Pastry: Another docu. These men are all competing for the prestigious “masters” of France title in pastry.

Thumbs Up: Artist David Choe and sidekick Harry Kim hitchhike across America, trying to get as many different rides as possible and leave their mark (graffiti) everywhere they go.

Paul McCartney Really is Dead: Preposterous yet still worth watching. It was creepy and funny at the same time, who was on acid when they concocted that story?!… but don’t let me ruin it for you 🙂

MARS ATTACK! — what else can I say? Classic.

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Featured artist wanted

Despite the ever growing shadiness that is CraigsList, I decided to check out my city. Perusing this past week, I see craft fairs, gallery openings, painting classes, and a bevy of other strange things people think are important forms of expression. Some are disturbing, clearly student work trying to pass off as virtuosos and many ranting over RACC. There are also lots of links to online communities for local artists and abroad to create profiles, a myspace for artists basically– no thank you.

One entry, (only a couple lines long) caught my atttention.

There are opportunities in different genres for artists to get phenomenal exposure on an international level. There are possibilities for the right artist to showcase their work at the largest art exhibitions in the country as well as gallery shows. I market work in front of companies who buy artwork for a living. If interested in finding our more about the possibilities I have, contact me expressing your interest and a link where I may be able to view your work.

Hmmm. While this didn’t sound like much, it really stood out from the rest. It was 1. direct 2. free of spelling/grammatical errors and 3. honest (sounding).

What the heck? I’ll deal. So I sent a short but sweet email to this guy, with a link to my online portfolio. This is what transpired:

He liked my art, said he wasn’t sure if he could help me, but that he would “talk to his superiors”… He also asked me how long I had been doing digital art. Still not trusting this dude, I responded enthusiastically, (as I do with all potential) saying that any direction would be much appreciated. He responded in a timely manner (a first for craigslist!) with his phone number and a well wishing.

Good deal. Now what are the chances I can use this name or number to figure this out before I call? I Googled the number and it led me to this:http://www.art-exchange.com/ . Hmm. I am planning on calling after the holiday hussle and bussle is over, but I am not crossing my fingers.

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38 Blocks

Walked over 38 blocks of Portland… in heels! What a fun night—-

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I went to my friend’s apartment, one I had been to many a time. I got off the max at the right stop, yet still managed to walk to the wrong cross street for the trolley. A-gain. Made it to the east tower and had just enough time to take the puppy for some exercise before we went to meet up with the last of our group. Both of us walked downtown to meet up with Marisa, who just got off of work and we all trotted down 15 blocks to Saucebox. I had never been there before, but I recalled my roommates trying it out. Asian fusion I thought. And I was correct. We made it there for happy hour, where I got a SBX daiquiri (delicious and potent) and a Miyako Burger (teriyaki glazed hamburger with wasabi mayo, roasted red chiles and avocado slices on lettuce). We hung out there for awhile, as it had a great atmosphere and cheap, great tasting food. I will say, that was one of the best burgers I have ever had (and only $4 on happy hour!!). I cannot wait to take more first timers to try such deliciousness! Justin tried the Box Car (an equally good drink, quite a bit more “potent”) haha and the sweet potato spring roles with chile sauce, and the curry pad thai. Yum. I was so full after that burger!

From there we walked uphill to Whole Foods to look at cannolis (they had mini ones too, all of em with chocolate chips, didn’t try one though), then walked further up and went to PGE park to watch some of the baseball game, hiked all the way up (23 blocks) to NW 23rd to go to Papa Hayden’s. They got the sampler platter, and I got what will now be called my all time fave. Georgian Peanut Butter Mousse Torte. (see pic above!)

Thankfully we took the streetcar back which goes all the way to their place! Armani was happy to see us (and is the most amazing puppy model), and we put on some home video’s from Marisa’s traveling and living abroad Japan. I got a firsthand look at Korea, Okinawa, Tokyo, Nara, Kyoto, and all the cool things to do while there. Making senbei, feeding the deer in Nara, finding geishas in kyoto, eating takoyaki/okonomiyake/parfaits/ and more 🙂 Can’t wait to take my own trip into Japan. I am more motivated now that ever to brush up on my Japanese and kanji. WOo hoo!

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Recent Events

Yesterday– Busy at work. Happy hour lunch. Sushi next to a Roloff! Haha. Photoshoot. Guitar Hero. TB amazing drumming. Taco Bell run!

Today– No work. 4 hrs sleep. Kunikuniya shopping. “Comic book” Shop (actually a game shop full of little models that people paint), Baker & Spice (yummy focaccia and flatbread + Rhubarb pastry), Starbucks, WINDY, OHSU tram (scary), Everyday Music, NW 23rd, Wunderland, Rock Band best buy, home!
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