Posts Tagged ‘portland’

A couple of weeks ago I was able to do some sketches, one at work that I used watercolor pencil with and one at Washington Park. I may add color, but I haven’t decided.

Pen and water color pencil


After that it snowed. I could only get shots of it at night.

The corner of SW 21st and Burnside

And then I got slammed with homework. A LOT of homework. Here’s one of them. We had to create a mood board for a classmate we hadn’t met until that day. We had 30 minutes to interview each other and come up with an idea of what to do for them as far as styling an outfit. I used lots of mixed media and Polyvore to create the Owl Sweater outfit. I’ll find out tomorrow if I got her style right or not. Eek!

Mood Board for Intro To Apparel Design


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Fall quarter is now ended and it’s a bittersweet feeling. I learned so much more than I thought I would, but I feel like I’ve only scraped the surface. I feel like I need to take all these classes over again just so I can really get the practice I need to be really good at design and drawing. Here’s some of my art from this quarter. I still need to do some better photos of my three favorite drawings. Next quarter I get to do Color Theory. Yeah! No more gray scale!!!


Design 25 individual pictures of one item that displays the principles and elements of design: Multimedia

Show a group of people, objects, etc, marching using linear perspective. Graphite


Night Armory: The corner of 11th and Davis: Charcoal

Draw an object with a reflective surface: Charcoal


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In the Night…

So I have been searching daily for a job doing anything that will pay rent, car, and school and possibly a meal every now and then. I have yet to find someone to hire me, but I know I’ve got a pretty amazing Provider and so I’m not going to stress about it. But it has made me think of stories that I love and how the nights in those stories are always the deepest and darkest nights ever. But there’s always a morning after those nights and that deepest and darkest black seems rather foolish in the light of the sun. I think there was only one real darkest night and that was two thousand or so years ago.

Recently, I went up on the roof of the apartment at night to photograph the city lights. It was amazing to see all the bustle even so late at night. It was a little overcast, so I couldn’t see any stars and I wondered if you’d be able to at all anyway.

Portland Lights

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City Life

I am now living in Portland and enrolled at the Art Institute in Apparel Design. I’ve been spending the last week looking for work like crazy and trying to learn the ins and outs of living in a real city. It’s sooooo easy to get distracted here! Oh something shiny! Oh pretty flowers! Oh cool graffiti! There seems to be a bit of every thing and every one here.I need to start painting it all!

From the roof garden

I find that I love the look of the professionals here. I could really lose who I am if I’m not careful. I’m not the stiletto heels type girl. I’m the Keens or Toms type girl. So I’ll just concentrate on designing styles I like other people wearing and stick with my more outdoorsish look. 🙂

I’ve done some sightseeing here, some of it not so much by choice as I get lost super easy. The guys at Best Buy at Cascade Station were great tho. “The best way to figure out the city is to just get lost!” It’s true. I found an amazingly beautiful church with an abbey-like garden by getting lost.

From the Lamp Post to Cair Paravel…

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So, been awhile since I have posted anything. Everything since the conference in Portland has been sort of a blur of chaos and excitement and serious change. I am moving from my cute comfortable castle to a tiny apartment in Portland in order to go to school at the Art Institute there. Apparel Design will be my goal.

Lan Su Garden in Portland

Also, my brother got married to his love Sandi in a beautiful backyard ceremony.

The Ring

And I did costuming for the Boulet Production of Moon Over Buffalo. You can see the pictures at Life As Art.  It was a fun mix of 1950s, 1920s, and 1780s costumes. The play was a great success. I look forward to doing more costuming in the future.


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