December 28, 2010

Matt COSBY polyurethane piece

Artist/painter Matt COSBY created this polyurethane & aluminum, 9in x 12 3/4in piece as a portrait of artist TJ Norris.

An excellent abstraction using pointillistic or divisionistic diamonds.

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December 10, 2010

Spread EGO - TJ Norris - GLITTER Painting

TJ Norris, 2010 | 24in x 24 in | glitter on panel

My first ever GLITTER PAINTING.  Abstracted and monochromatic, TJ NORRIS' exhibition called SPREAD EGO inspired my decision to give this medium a try!

One would think someone who involves at least 30 artists to create an image of him for a show about himself would have an enormous ego (which we all do, really).  The point, however, is his discomfort with how he looks.  "An acquired taste, " he says of his appearance.

Participating ARTISTS making portraits of TJ:
Katherine Ace, Rachael Allen, Paul Aponte, Chris Bennett, Jason Berlin, Becca Bernstein, Horia Bobia, G Lewis Clevenger, Palma Corral, Matthew Cosby, Laurie Danial, Nancy Dasenbrock, Sarah Gottesdiener, Matthew Haggett, Ian Henderson, Hector Hernandez, Bobby Jones, Edward Juan, Ann Kendellen, Andrew Klaus, Gabriel Liston, Rae Mahaffey, Brent Marr, Cynthia Mosser, Noah Nakell, Mark Randall, Megan Scheminske, Abi Spring, Sushuma, Darrell Williamson, Carol Yarrow.

My piece is already incorporated into the show. Artists continue to contribute portraits during the show's run through January 2011.

NOTE: Joshua Berger and Dustin Zemel have installations (not related to Spread Ego) at Place as well.
Opening: SATURDAY, December 18th
Closing: through January 31st, 2011
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 PM
Place (located on the 3rd floor)
Pioneer Place Mall
700 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

December 8, 2010


Try this camo face mask on for size if you haven't yet put on your make-up or feel icky about your hair.

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December 1, 2010

Livia MARIN - Chlean Artist

Livia MARIN's work incorporates found porcelain forms painstakingly re-imagined into art objects.

In the image below, I adore how the painted blue pattern extends over the broken edge to the interior.

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GLITTER & Faux Bois

My favorite combination: orbs, color, GLITTER and faux bois.
(Never in a million years did I think I would be writing this.)

One can even mix glitter colors as though they were paint.
Who knew?

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November 30, 2010


A beautiful and informative graph to show the complaints of New Yorkers over a week's time.

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November 29, 2010


I am not normally one to gush over an EMOTICON kitchen pan, however this one seems worthy.

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November 27, 2010


I had never considered appreciating -  or wanting to wear - GREEN NAIL POLISH until I saw this editorial in Marie Claire (11/2010).

Essie's SEW PSYCHED is the supposed color, but upon field work in a few retail stores, it appears more jade than moss.  (Essie describes it as cashmere-soft jade pewter.)

At least the model's rings are exciting.

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November 18, 2010

IKEA Fabric

IKEA Portland had this fabric (SARALISA) on display as I walked into the store.  I seized, practically hugging the image with my mind. Nice pattern, abstraction and shape.

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November 15, 2010


Try not to bite into these jelly bean-like coloring bits.

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Upon a search for the now ubiquitous circle scarf, I came up on these fantastic shredded numbers by Johhny Vegas Originals. He hand-dyes them and cuts pattern-like openings.

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November 1, 2010

Magic Chunks - Bruce CONKLE

A nicely descriptive review (by Lisa Radon) of Bruce CONKLE's wood chunks, etc. shown at Portland's WorkSound.

October 30, 2010

7 Degree WOOD GRAIN Titanium Band Ring

Titanium Wood Grain Band
If I were a man, and I liked wood, and I were getting married, this the kind of band I would choose.

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October 24, 2010

Candice Smith CORBY's Work

For years I have admired the domestically-focused, self-referential work of Boston-based artist Candice Smith Corby.

Working with almost exclusively in water-based media (gouache, acrylic, watercolor), each piece incorporates furniture or interiors objects stacked on top of the artist, or stacked and near her self-portrait.  And since her art is executed mainly on paper, fabric or wall (and almost entire unframed), it gives the viewer close access to her intimate world.

I appreciate her ability to whimsically document her domestic frustration.

Brooding Mood, 2008
Screen print
22in x 30in

Happy Face by LUCKY Brand

Simply enjoying the exultant nature of this Lucky Brand necklace...

October 11, 2010


I am adoring MISSONI Kew fabric, especially the black line variation and hue work in this cylindrical pouf.

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October 7, 2010

Mailing List

Keeping an updated mailing list is no small task. I am currently making sure mine is current and that I utilize it more carefully.

If you would like to be added to mine, CLICK HERE.
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September 26, 2010

ZWIEBELMUSTER or Cibulovy Vzor on a...

Yvonne Lee Schultz is a German artist who has created porcelain gun replicas of James Bond’s Walther PPK and its contemporary sister, the P99.

This Blue Onion Skin porcelain pattern is my favorite (thanks to its asymmetry). I both love and hate the shock factor of such a delicate motif used on a threatening non-functional proxy.

Will someone pass the gun, er, I mean sugar?

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September 16, 2010

My dream mirror. Period.

Plateau Mirror by David Serrano
47 by 55 inches
alder wood layers, gesso

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September 8, 2010


It's not often I see an all-leather shoe this exciting.

May I suggest it for the bride?

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September 5, 2010

RELAX Planter

A great fiber concrete planter from Green Form. Designed by StauffacherBenz of Zurich, it makes me lazy just looking at it!

74" x 30" x 5"
Weight: 36 lbs.
2 pieces

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August 18, 2010


Check out my new website.

My designer and I changed the site's mood from dark to LIGHT.

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Vintage T-SHIRTS...

An image from SCOUT T-SHIRTS, a NYC Mulberry Street store offering a store-full of old memories in the form of t-shirts.

I admire the careful hue arrangement.

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July 28, 2010

Micheal EASTMAN at Gerbert Contemporary

I am really enjoying Micheal Eastman's plexagraph* photographs at Gerbert Contemporary.
I love the formal compositions and their blurry, almost print-like qualities, which make them appear like painterly abstractions.

*A plexagraph involves a layering of acrylic where the photograph is contained.

Untitled (GW 7)
Plexagraph © , Artist Proof
12 x 12 inches
ID #ME104

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July 8, 2010

GRAPHIC Images of Outdoor Summer Camping

Here are some fantastic SIGNS and SYMBOLS of camping and park signs.

Created by Karen FOSTER, these stickers I found at my local sundry store and remind me what I LOVE about camping.

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June 14, 2010

SOFI Zezmer at Mike Weiss

Back in March (2010), Sofi Zezmer exhibited work at the Mike Weiss Gallery, which I then saw on

What I love and appreciate about her work is her ability to create sculptures and installations which appear perfectly organic, but which are wholly plastic in material.

It is rare an artist's work is so beautiful it has the ability to make me cry.

Vice Versa LS1, 2006
Metal, Glas, Plastic
56“ x 30“ x 29“

Green Piece LS5, 2004
Metal, Plastic
23“ x 14“ x 12“

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June 5, 2010


Levi Van Veluw, a DUTCH artist, composes and photographs a variety of natural appearing environments on his head, which are executed all himself.

This particular image comes from his 2008 series Landscapes, in which varies grasses, moss, trees and animals grace the sphere of his noggin.

I wonder if he's ever had to sleep with this so he could finish it the next day.

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June 3, 2010


Occasionally, the THINNEST of brushes doesn't seem THIN enough!

I need my lines to appear perfect, and Princeton brushes are my favorites. 20/0 is my preferred size.

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May 19, 2010

CHAIR - for Oregon Partnership

Margo Jacobsen organized a group of artists to create CHAIRS for the 2010 Oregon Partnership benefit.

I used an India ink pen and clear laquer to create mine.

May 8, 2010

Ukrainian RUSHNIK

These decorative Ukrainian hand towels (called rushniky [plural]) are used in a ceremonial manner, often for weddings or funerals.

The red symbolizes life, the sun, fertility and health.1 Additionally, they often have regional stitching and use floral or animal motifs.

If I were to happen upon an outdoor market full of hanging rushniky, I think I'd be in proverbial Heaven.

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April 24, 2010

April 18, 2010

Carved Crayons - DIEM CHAU

A native of Vietnam, this Seattle-based artist carves crayons and details objects such as plates using needle and thread. These crayon sculptures, however, appear reminiscent of the long figures flanking a Gothic cathedral portal.

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April 14, 2010

MAY - Martha Stewart Cover

A great color chip composition thanks to Martha Stewart's design team. (May 2010).

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April 8, 2010


The New York Times displayed montage of performance artist Marina Abramovic's star-shaped house.

This image is part of a 370-square-foot translucent cube that contains the kitchen, the dressing room, the laundry room and a guest bathroom.

The BG/GREEN interior with the PINK light fixture is fantastic.

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March 27, 2010

MISS RIO Ottoman

Designed by Karin Wittmann Wilsmann, this shag-like, eco-design, recycled flip-flop ottoman is suitable for seating and outdoor use. Made in Brazil.

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March 25, 2010

KEN PRICE Sculptures

I just recently discovered the latest works of KEN PRICE (b. 1935), a sculptor represented by the Matthew Marks Gallery in NY, and on exhibit until April 10, 2010.

I applaud an artist who creates works as a manifestation that which he finds pleasurable, and like the NY Times says, are "quintessential examples of biomorphic formless art."

Fired and painted clay
20 x 24 x 17 inches
51 x 61 x 43 cm

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March 15, 2010


Sharpie Ultra Fine pens BLEED when you SPRAY FIX (Lascaux Fixative) them on a NON-PAPER or NON-POROUS surface. Faber-Castell Pitt India Ink PENS do not (bleed).

I adore the "S" pen for its thin tip (compared to Sharpie Ultra Fine).

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March 5, 2010

BANDAGE Paintings

Kristina Bell DiTullo creates sublime compositions (paintings?) using a variety of bandages or Band-aids. I love their transparency.

Pattern 3: Band Aid, 2009
30" x 22.5"
Sheer adhesive bandages on paper

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February 13, 2010

Louis Vuitton NEW AGE Traveler BACKPACK

Marc Jabobs, creative director for Louis Vuitton, created a $54,000 backpack made from crocodile leather and LV monogram canvas. Enjoy!

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January 31, 2010


A MAC make-up artist and a die-hard fan collaborated to mimic a LICHTENSTEIN comic girl for Halloween.

Love the hair!

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January 17, 2010

Jason POLAN - Drawings

Artist Jason POLAN wants to draw every person in New York City. He's drawn over 8,000 so far.

I admire his commitment to line and observation, especially since (for me) drawing in public feels like a risk.

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