This week Co-op member Ben Gilbert of Crayons and Cardboard takes us into his creative mind, sharing his current artistic thoughts and musings.
Today we talk about ideas and surfaces. I'm thinking about shaping and painting corrugate gliders, frisbees and throwing stars.. Got to figure out how to cut without shredding or peeling as well as waterproof finishes. Each type of corrugate works well with different media. Red Bull corrugate with its thinness and ridges goes well with watercolor pencils... The big smooth bread cover corrugate works well with gel sticks. Crayon works well with any kind. Pepsi, Coke, Dasani, Gatorade etc... one must apply medium pressure... Too light and it doesn't apply well... Too hard and it bruises the corrugate...Pastels are okay though with a sort of caked-on look.
The output has slowed as life has been getting busier and demand has dried up even though everyone seems to like it... Insidiously delicious video games do not help. Once in a while I consider chucking it all but that passes quickly... Though spreading pieces of my spawn throughout the city as part of an art abandonment project does appeal to my chaotic side... More animals is an answer I believe.
A gallery owner in Grants Pass has shown an interest. It might be a good short break I need. I don't suffer from a creative block per se. It's more frustration... Life in the Milepost is quiet and peaceful... I must admit I didn't start creating with the most noble of purposes. I wanted to capture the essence of the body on paper from screen shots from Netflix... I would not fit in many a heaven... I've given up on the mad scheme across the Pacific for the time being.... Any unfortunate to actually fall for me would be horrified by the state I live in and quickly look for better prospects elsewhere. Plugging along seems a better bet. Introducing myself to more and closer gallery owners and people…
Yes people... I probably should talk more. Brief flirtation with Twitter seems to have gone nowhere... Kim Kardshian has yet to say even one word with me. I try the new selling apps on the phone but none have worked beyond the 1 sale on Offer Up! The November show at the North East Community Center should go well as such shows usually do. Hope to beat the regular goal of 6... Who knows how much appetite my one fan from the car dealership has…
Brooke Hoyer is one of our newest members to join Artistic Portland and one of several photographers in our Co-op. His interest in photography started at an early age when he tried to use his father’s Kodak Instamatic camera to photograph his toy dinosaurs. Unfortunately, there was no film in the camera. In his teens, he obtained a single lens reflex camera and his interest in photography blossomed. He took a few photography related courses in high school and enrolled as an art major in college. However, the concerns of earning a living led him to pursue more conventional employment. As an avid outdoors person, he engaged in rock climbing and bike racing until medical problems forced him to curtail those activities. He never lost his interest in photography and turned very heavily into that activity.
He works in both color and black and white photography. The palette of his color photos are very subtle and enhances the story his images tell. He explained to me that he prefers to look for less conventional scenes when he shoots and avoids stock pictures of familiar landmarks and popular points of interests. He has photographed many landscapes which relate to his own outdoor history. His approach is to take unusual perspectives and angles - perhaps because of his rock climbing experiences.
Much of his work on display in the Co-op store is about people: in parks, on the riverfront, or in their haunts and workplaces. I particularly like the image of an old auto mechanic in his shop. Brooke likes to work spontaneously and always carries a camera, often using an iPhone which he finds very helpful. He likens the shots taken on his walks or trips to the raw material for his art which he then adjusts in a rigorous process of selecting and fine tuning, using software on the computer.
Brooke pursues his art with few preconceptions but knows when he sees a subject with a story worth telling. Thus he is always “on the lookout” for these situations when he on his daily rounds. I suspect these scenes reflect his own unique history and makeup as well as his artistic tastes. His art takes a deeper look at everyday people and situations which the average person may overlook. His hope is that his art will enable a meaningful connection with the subject and viewer, even if it is for an instant.
You may meet Brooke when you visit the Artistic Portland Co-op Store and discover more about this interesting artist. Our store is staffed only by artists whose work is shown in the store. So each person you meet in the store has some work on hand and has some knowledge about the other works on display. What a concept!
This week, co-op member Marianne of Gifts from the Earth gives us some natural, do-it-yourself remedies for summer-time burns and bites.
In the midst of summer fun, hazards such as bug bites, stings, and sunburns give a rude awakening. All of our favorite activities seem to be marred by itches and pain. Luckily, we have the cures and are more than happy to share with you, our favorite follower.
Dealing with Bug Bites
Spiders, mosquitos and bees, oh my! These pesky insects are just a few of the many who crawl out of their nooks for summer adventures. As we all know, itching only prompts more itching. Here are some great home remedies for relieving the itches and burns of a bug bite!
Bees are a keystone species, it is true, but that doesn’t mean anyone enjoys getting stung by one. Unfortunately for my bee-allergic friends, the next portion of today’s blog will not be helpful to you. For those who aren’t allergic, here’s what to do.
Treatment for Sunburn
Here is the down-low on what to do to protect against sunburns and remedies for the sunburns that still make their way through.
Marianne Wilson Stein is the Creator of Luscious Beauty for Gifts From the Earth, a hand-crafted line of all natural skin care products from face to feet!
Where does your average artist sell their work, other than placing it in a wonderful place like the Co-op called Artistic Portland? Many of us do craft shows, from small street fairs to large multi-day juried events. You've come to some of them, I'm sure! Here's what it looks like from the artist's side of the tent, in reality show format (thanks to Bill Fantini at House of 6 Cats for the concept).
Today on Buy Our Stuff, watch as our contestants compete in a show where at least 75% of the products are in direct competition! But first they'll have to actually make it to the right event, on time, with all of tables, tents, draping, signage and merchandise they'll need - with only one email from the organizer and their own Google skills!
Once there, they'll compete head-on with people vending similar items made in China, and have to justify the price of their own handmade goods to shoppers. Can they do it? In the related math challenge, see if our artists are actually charging enough for their product after expenses, shows and overhead. You'll be SHOCKED at our results.
We'll also answer the questions everyone wants to know: how quickly can our contestants chew and swallow a cheese stick before someone asks a question? Who makes a cup of coffee that tastes just as good lukewarm or cold as when it was hot? And just how long *can* a solo vendor hold it before leaving their booth alone to make a lightning run to the portapotties (extra points for vendors who do this in Renaissance Faire Garb).
In the weather category, we'll recreate the 100+ degree dustbowl on rocky ground event, where the challenge is not breaking an ankle getting set up; the 40 degrees and all-day rain event, where the challenge is keeping your merchandise dry; and every vendor's favorite, the windy event. Extra points to vendors with tent-weights over 50 lbs per leg, points definitely docked if a tent blows away.
The best thing about this reality show? We're *all* winners, every single artist who does this because they love the work, and more importantly, the people that we meet at these shows. Fans who follow us from event to event, who come looking specifically for us saying "I am so glad you're here, I can't wait to see what work you have that's new!" Doing the craft show circuit isn't always easy, but it's always, always fun!
-Deb Counts-Tabor of Sage and Sea Farms