Friday, November 6, 2009

Japanese Garden Poster

We just found out that one of our images has been chosen for a new poster at the Portland Japanese Garden. The series of posters represents the four seasons; ours is Summer.

Etsy artist of the day:

We love the work of Laura Sue of Earth Art in Springfield, Tennessee. Her composition, choice of colors, and interesting textures really make her art stand out. You can see some of her work, like the paintings below, in her Etsy shop: EarthArt

Thanks for supporting independent artists and buying hand-made!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tomorrow night, November 5th, marks the final First Thursday "Art Walk" of the season on NW 13th in the Pearl District, here in Portland. It's a great opportunity to do some early holiday shopping and to support local artists. It's also a chance to buy some unique, reasonably-priced, hand-made gifts that will be appreciated much more than something that you'd find at the mall!

Our booth is on NW 13th between Hoyt and Irving.

We've been working on a series of triptychs comprised of images captured on Ektachrome, then intentionally distressed by applying filters, giving them a "vintage" appearance.
We're initially offering them in mats, but we'll also make them available in frames upon your request.

We hope to see everyone tomorrow night from 6 to 10 in the Pearl!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Last Thursday on Alberta

This evening marks the final “Last Thursday” art walk of the year on NE Alberta Street, here in Portland. Having a monthly art sale in this artsy district has always been a great idea. Sadly, though, the growth of the event and the manner in which it is being managed has done more harm than good to the participating artists.

Rewind back to an excerpt from this blog in July, 2008:

This unusual event, at which local artists display and sell their work anywhere that they can find an open piece of sidewalk, has become increasingly popular, but has also experienced some growing pains. Last year, in response to a rowdy party that had absolutely nothing to do with the artists, the police took out their frustrations by disallowing anyone to display their work under canopies. Meaning, now our work has no protection from rain or, at this time of year, the scorching sun.”

“WE’RE BLOCKING OFF THE STREET”, a flyer read, giving artists a shot of optimism. For that decision came with a little present for the artists: We could once again set up our artwork beneath the shelter of canopies. Surely, this was a step in the right direction. Little did we know that the new and improved, un-motorized version of Last Thursday would come with an unexpected downside.

Throughout this season, Last Thursday has been transformed into something that cannot seriously be referred to as an art event anymore; it has instead become a raging street party, fueled by alcohol, where any artists trying to show and sell there work are an afterthought, at best. Even during the peak hours in the early evening, the thousands of attendees stroll down the middle of the street with tunnel vision, barely any of them even noticing all of the art that’s set up on the sidewalks. The sad truth is. . . the local artists who were once the very reason that people came out to this event are now insignificant, if not invisible. Ask any artist how their sales have been affected by the street closure and they’ll certainly tell you that sales have plummeted this year.

To all Portlanders who love the arts, we hope that we’ll see you tonight and that you’ll start your Holiday shopping early, despite the gloomy weather. Thanks!

Etsy Artist of the Day

We'd like to draw your attention to South Texas fine artist Roz of RozArt. We love the theme and colors of her "Beach 8" painting and we think her cow paintings images are absolutely hilarious. Roz's Etsy shop, filled with "whimsical" paintings, is a must-see!

Thanks for supporting independent artists and buying hand-made!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Paul Turns 50

Paul Bunyan Statue, Portland OR © Mesman Images

No, this handsome devil isn't in Minnesota. Not in North Dakota, either. Montana? Nope. This grinning Paul Bunyan resides in the Kenton neighborhood, here in Portland, Oregon. And he's just hit the big 5-0. That's because Oregon just celebrated its 150th birthday last weekend and Mr. Bunyan was erected for Oregon's Centennial in 1959. Happy Birthday, Big Fella!

Speaking of Kenton. . . Fellow Portland Etsy artist Kenton Beadworks has some beautiful hand-crafted jewelry that you should check out.

Copyright Kenton Beadworks

You can see more of this talented artists's work on Etsy at KentonBeadworks or at Pulse Salon in Downtown Portland.

As always, thanks for supporting Etsy artists and buying hand-made!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

We're Still Here!

Najac, Aveyron, France © Mesman Images Portland

Wow! We've really been AWOL in the blogosphere! Like everyone else, we've really been scrambling to make ends meet in this horrific economy. As full time artists, that's a challenging enough task, even when times are good!

We've also been making a conscious effort to print a number of images that, for whatever reason, we've never taken the time show publically. One such print is the one shown above, which is the village of Najac, in southern France. We just adore quaint, rustic villages. . . something there is no shortage of in France!