Anywho, #10

Dearest g.g.-

Hi! In 2015 I was accepted to create a design for Tacoma's Traffic Box Wrap Program. In August 2016, two of the 44 boxes chosen for wraps were covered with my design. Here is the one on McCarver & Ruston:

Tacoma News Tribune Arts Reporter, Rosemary Ponnekanti, wrote this article and created this video about this Tacoma project...and I'm in the video!

http://www.thenewstribune.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article94435687.html

Anywho, #9

Dearest g.g.-

Hi, dear. More in my update from this last year. Next up? Drammy!

On July 20, 2016, my painted backdrop for Portland's Theatre Vertigo's production of The Drunken City won a Drammy. What???? Still in shock! Still delighted! Thank you, Mark Valadez and Rebecca Lingafelter, for letting me know. Thank you, KL Cullom, for this project and congratulations to you! How cool, right?!

Here is the mural:

Here is the award:

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More to come...

Much love,

mindy jo

Anywho, #8

Dearest g.g.-

Hi, I'm back! Last June I headed home, to my beautiful birthplace of Tacoma, after a five month substitute teacher stint in Nome, Alaska. My Nome adventures culminated with a pause in a five year period of living and learning in several different cities, including, besides Nome, also Portland and Seattle.

So what adventures was I involved in between the summer of 2016 and now, summer of 2017?

Let me start with last summer. As I reached the ground in Seatac last June--after leaving the ground in Nome, AK--I, happily, had a project awaiting: I was chosen by the Cedar River Clinic (14th and Martin Luther King, Jr Way in Tacoma), through the Tacoma Murals Project, to design and complete a 16’ x 81’ mural on the exterior of their building. Out-of-my-skin excitement!!!

Cedar River Clinics offer woman-centered health care, along with LGBTQ care, and have a persistent weekly protester presence at their clinic creating neighborhood unease. Grateful for the Hilltop community’s patience, especially with the protesters, and the Hilltop's support, the clinic desired to show their appreciation through this mural.

After meeting with Cedar River Clinics, the Hilltop Business Association, the Hilltop Action Coalition, and surrounding businesses, 3 issues stood out: 1) the desire for more color in their community 2) more of the natural world represented and 3) organic shapes to soften the hard edge of urban structure.

Considering their collective thoughts regarding the mural site’s past, present and future, I designed a mural depicting colorful fabric flowing across the wall, past two sets of painted trompe l'oeil windows, breaking down the rigid lines of urban structure. Its twisting and turning bonds together the different “colors” of the Hilltop neighborhood, representing the LGBTQ community, different religions, ethnicity and gender, until eventually transforming into big, same color filled flowers.

Here is its development:

The different color options:

The final chosen design and color combination by Cedar River Clinics and the surrounding community:

The wall before painting. Photo by Teriscovkya Smith.

Jesse Peterson, my awesome assistant; he was terrific and so much fun! The Tacoma Murals Project assigned him to this project to gain his own experience of mural making.

A view of him, and also the wall after I sketched out the design, while I looked down from the scaffolding:

Scaffolding and the start of painting.

Friends visit. And pose.

Me, while painting. The mornings were cold as August and September advanced.

There are many treasured memories during my time painting this mural, wonderful friends that came to visit me and many friendships that were forged, but Henry's almost daily check-ins were golden. Here he is after giving me a hat on which he crocheted an added blue do-rag. It was even in the colors of the mural! So honored! From then on, that hat joined me on the scaffolding everyday. If you look closely, while in front of the mural, you might find his initials (HDW); I embedded them somewhere in the mural. Can you find them?

Jesse holding flags I made. One day a woman came dancing by and gave me these flags. They had a printed image I was not familiar with so I repainted them to look like my signature. They, along with Henry's hat, became our scaffolding mascots!

The final look!

Will write you with more very soon!

Much love,

mindy jo

 

Anywho, #7

Dearest g.g.-

Wow, how fast a year swings by. Hope 2016 was good to you! It was full of personal development and challenge, but also great love and understanding.

As a recap, January of last year I got on a plane and landed in Nome, Alaska to teach reading to 7th and 8th graders at Nome-Beltz Jr/Sr High School. Super steep learning curve for me, but, heck, I thought, I can hack being on the hot seat for 5 months, right? Right! I did it! It WAS hot, but as with all things uncomfortable, I learned a ton.  About myself.  About Alaska and native culture (was especially blown away by some of my student's dancing). About teaching. About 13 thru 15 year old humans. About public speaking. About how much teachers dedicate their whole lives to teaching, not just the hours they are in the school building but also through their weekends, evenings and vacations.

One such teacher is Teriscovkya Smith, aka 'Smitty', writing teach extraordinaire. I've known her since high school, I consider my sister, and is the one who got me out to Nome. She told me about Nome Beltz's heavy need for a substitute teacher to step in for a teacher going on maternity leave. She housed me, drove me around, advised me, supported me, introduced me to The Walking Dead and backed me every day. What am I trying to say? Pretty much, if she hadn't been around, I would have not climbed that curve and would probably have been burned by the heat.  Thank you, T!  

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Here she is in all her cuteness and me, well, forgive me, I was COLD! That's supposed to happen when you snowmobile for hours, right?

What was my favorite part with my students? The last two weeks of school and the art each student created for an assignment Teriscovkya designed for both her classes and mine during that time. My room was full of art supplies, left from past art classes, so I let my students experiment and come up with art pieces that illustrated what they wanted for their futures, along with writing from 'Smitty's' class about music.

Here are some of the results:

 A street in Nome:

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The 2016 Iditorod, which finishes in Nome:

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And a little photo series I call "Reclining Nome Nude" which I did with fellow teacher, I mean, model, Susanne Thomas.

This one is "Reclining Nome Nude On Pallet"

"Reclining Nome Nude On Ice"

"Reclining Nome Nude On Log"

Thank you, Nome!!!!!

Anywho, #6

Dearest g.g.-

Hi there, Sweetness. How are you?

A quick note...

I had to write you.

My work has been noted in the Seattle Times! Look!

http://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/an-architect-tries-out-his-firms-experimental-house-with-his-family/

It's a feature, which was published on my birthday (!), about Erika and Kevin Eckert's house and my work completed in their old house--the one removed to make room for the new one--and my work completed in the new house.

I'm beaming with thankfulness!

Much love, your loyal friend,

mindy jo

Anywho, #5

Dearest g.g.-

How are you, Sweet-n-low? Has the weather changed for you there, as it has here in the Pacific Northwest? We’ve had freezing temperatures and days with low fog. So beautiful. Especially when walking and running. Running? Yup. Or, better yet, I should say, ‘rugging’—my more accurate combo for my running/jogging. I am again trying to get back into the running swing. It’s free, I feel free, and it realIy gets my heart pumping, all while managing to checking out my surroundings. My mantra: slow and easy= no injuries…or heart attacks. But a couple of days ago it was balmy, with wind. Now, nonstop rain. Who knows? Anywhos do!

Need some really exciting news? What could possibly be that exciting, you ask? Well, get ready, because it’s big. Big excitement. McMenamins, that robust Portland based hospitality company, is finally starting their rehab project on the old Tacoma Elks Temple building.

‘The Elks Temple was built in 1915-16 when fraternal organizations were an important part of the community and had the money to build beautiful buildings such as this one. It was designed by É. Frère Champney, a graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts, in the second Renaissance Revival style.
Adjacent to the building is a stairway called the “Spanish Steps” that winds up the hillside adjacent to the building. These steps, modeled after the Scalinata di Spagna in Rome, were rehabilitated in 2011 by a grant from WSDOT and the Federal Highway Transportation Enhancements program’

This is the same building that has been vacant and leaky since I was a kid. In fact, I don’t remember a time when it was actually a functioning club. And, more recently, it sat even longer after the McMenamins bought it—I think it has been something like 6 years or so. 6 years is a long time for a structure to sit, allowing it to continuing to ponder its years of neglect. Like so many buildings in Tacoma, while driving or walking by, you could swear you could hear it moaning a low despair.

Here is McMenamins’ new footage about their project:

The fact that it is still standing, though, points to the solidness of its construction (I have known a rumor for years that it has a swimming pool on one of the upper stories! What?!!!), which is one of the reasons I respect McMenamins’ business philosophy: they buy old, well built properties often facing unknown futures and refurbishes them to their yesteryear glory while installing a feasible business within. They work with what is there and build to functionality.

In 2009, Tacoma experienced a not so happy story, one that many Tacomans wish not to repeat. A neglected, six story, on the National Register of Historic Places, Burnham & Root building, the Luzon, was torn down despite its historical significance as an example of early architectural designs that led to the modern skyscraper-- it was one of the first buildings in America to have steel columns. What’s now in its place?  A parking lot. Yup. Still there, in all its UNIQUE (ha!) glory.

A local gallery had a show celebrating the Luzon right after the demolition. Here is a photo of the building before it was gone and the artwork I created, part of my Photo Extensions series—I used a photo I took of the building prior to its demolition and extended their colors across the surface.

The Luzon prior to demolition.

The Luzon prior to demolition.

My Luzon painting.

My Luzon painting.

So grateful this will not be the Elks Temple's storyline.

Another reason, speaking from a muralist's viewpoint, why I think this news is so grand is they are BIG supporters of hand-painted imagery on their walls. Pretty much on every practical surface. Do you know how rare this is? As you know, I have lots of attitude regarding the nonexistence of original art in people’s homes. My business is, of course, hand created so you'd think most of my clients would own other original art. You'd be surprised, as I am, that this is not always the case. These days buying a print (and I'm not referring to an artist signed and numbered piece--that's great because it means it's a limited edition...almost, kinda sort of close to an original), like a giclée print (I've had the unfortunate opportunity to inform many 'painting' purchasers that their 'painting' is NOT an original painting but rather a giclée print with clear gel smeared or brushed onto the surface to give it a hand painted, brushed texture...people, this is NOT real!), is so easy and CHEAP...or at least CHEAPER. We artists are having a hard time convincing art collectors to pay possibly a bit more and investigate a bit longer for that perfect, only-one-in-existence artwork. I commend those who do! There is even 'mural wallpaper' now. Oy vey! So the fact that McMenamins takes great care in investing in custom, hand painting makes me scream with joy!!! Welcome to town, I say!

And an additional stream of good news came last week. McMenamins is slated to take on the Old City Hall building too, which is located just below the Elks Temple and the Spanish Steps!!! It's another gorgeous building that's long overdue for some loving care. Yip-a-doodle! Looking forward to what McMenamins has planned!

Keep warm, dry and lovely.

Much love,

mindy jo

 

Anywho, #4

Dearest g.g.-

Hiyo to you, my modern day pen pal. Yes, that’s what you are. Or perhaps, I could say, to be more accurate, my Communication and Malarkey Pal (CAMP)? I just made that up on the spot :)

CAMP. I like this. It embraces two of my happy place activities: camping, which encourages the concept of shinrin-yoku--Japanese for ‘forest bathing’, a form of bathing I can totally jump into, one I adore and would like more of in my future days. I try. I try-- and second,  nonsensical and goofy blathering. In my world, encouragement of such activities with other humans are telltale characteristics of a good friendship, or pal-hood. You, my dear, are a good camper!

Speaking of camping, this always comes to mind in equal measure—my love of small spaces. And I'm talking about under 500 sq. ft.-space-love. How, you may wonder, is it possible for me to entertain such ideas: I don't have a gaggle of stuff! I've pared down to only the essentials. Ahhh, the lightness of being.  Here's a photo of my current, organized belongings, most of which are business related supplies:

AND, even better yet, how about MOBILE small spaces? Have you seen this school bus that was converted into a living space for a years worth of living, for 6 humans? 

http://simplymothering.com/2014/06/25/the-loft-and-silly-kiddos/

I have, and have to tell you, it really speaks to me. Except for the smell of burning diesel. Besides visiting my bus driving paternal grandfather, who became one after he retired, that particular smell is my most prominent childhood school bus memory.

Forest bathing. Actually, I’d like to amend my previously pronounced love for this concept and say that not only do I like to bathe in a forest, but actually anywhere in nature. And I did just that this last summer in Moab, Utah.

My Danish sister and her immediate family (did you know I spent a college school semester in Denmark? She is one of the amazing daughters of the family I stayed with, and we hit it off then and have remained in sisterish contact ever since) were in the States over the summer and one of their points of interest was Moab, UT. This was the furthest west and north they were hitting; there was no way I was going to miss them while they were in the US, so I gathered all of my accumulated frequent flyer miles and planned a trip. 

A window in my Danish family's Møn summer house. Taken back when I used film. Love film.

A window in my Danish family's Møn summer house. Taken back when I used film. Love film.

I flew in to Salt Lake City, and after what happened while still on the plane, I knew it would be a full of delight trip.

Before driving the 4.5 plus hrs to Moab after I reach the SLC airport, I needed to get something to eat. So prior to take-off from Seattle I made the decision to check out a SLC restaurant, one highly recommended by a person I met in Portland, who was born and raised in Utah. While still in flight I chatted with the woman next to me, randomly asking her if she knew of The Red Iguana.

“My husband works at the Red Iguana 2 (there are two locations). I’m going there directly from the plane,” she said.

I couldn’t believe it! Crazy coincidence, don’t you think? After getting my rental car, I drove her there, met her husband, she and I said our goodbyes, and the husband seated me in the restaurant. Delicious! Tasted 6 types of mole. 6! AND the husband PAID for my meal! Thank you, sweet strangers. Life is so funny.

What a great feeling to rent a car that is so much swankier than yours—which in my car world is just an economy one, you know, the ones with the beeper thing you push so all the doors unlock and has the added good gas mileage attribute—and drive, drive, drive and listen. Drive. Sing. Car seat dance. And listen to more music while soaking in the colors and textures of the ever-connected backdrop that surrounds you. I gotta say, this is pure bliss to me.

Utah, what a beautiful state. Moab. Dang, no words for its beauty. It rendered me awe-filled.

Here's to you fulfilling your travel desires too. Idea: how about we combine our lists and fulfill our common desires together? Top of my list, a car trip around the States with an emphasis on the east coast, especially New England. To see the leaves change...to finally see a firefly. Just one. Just one body-glowing-beauty. That, my friend, I'm most positive, I desire.

Much love,

mindy jo

Anywho, #3

Dearest g.g.-

It's Friday the 13th and it is a very drizzly day here in Tacoma. Water is streaming down all of the windows, it's quite dark out even though it is the middle of the day and the wind is whipping through the streets. After the super hot summer we had in the Northwest, I had almost forgotten what our standard weather really looks like. So thankful I have somewhere to keep dry and warm. My thoughts always go to those without such shelter.

So today I am indoors working on designs, but Wednesday I was out helping a fellow artist, Diana Leigh Surma, with a public works mural she designed on Martin Luther King Way. I jumped at the idea because I love to paint and if I go for a spell when I'm not wielding a paint brush I get antsy.

Painting by number was a perfect remedy!

Diana, as with many of her projects, asks the community to come out and participate by helping her paint. She called this event: Color By Numbers Painting Party. A fantastic idea--and so well planned out! Her whole design was numbered and color coded so volunteers could easily figure out where to paint.

Here are the containers of colors, numbered:

And her design, drawn out into the wall and numbered. A detail photo:

It was a fun time. Met a gaggle of nice volunteers and had many enticing conversations from people walking by. I love the Hilltop of Tacoma!

Some of the other fellow friendly volunteers:

I did take pity on these brushes, though, since I could hear them crying. No, really! Ok, not really but..kind of? I still own, use and take care of the same brushes I've had for 22 years of business, so I could see these little beauties needed a bit of loving.  But before I added water to their mix and submerge them to soak, I admired their colorful random arrangement:

That's all for today--hope you are staying warm and dry wherever you are!

Much love,

mindy jo

Anywho, #2

Dearest g.g.-

Happy Friday!

Had an eye exam today and my eyes are still dilated, causing this note to appear blurry and me to ponder: after approximately 6.5 hours, how long does its effect last?

I've been back in Tacoma over a week, and you know what tickles me about this city? It's something that I neverpaid much attention to until I spent significant time away in other cities. As you know, I've done a fair amount of walking in every city I've lived in: it clears my head, is a great reward after crossing a few dos off of my to-dos list, lets me get an intimate view of my surroundings, design ideas tend to pop into my head when my feet are moving and it's an opportunity to greet other fellow humans along the way. But, this is what is fun about Tacoma. I, and others I walk with or pass by, predominantly walk IN the street when on neighborhood streets. Of course this isn't the case on busy or downtown streets but rather those with less traffic. Why, I've asked myself? Because sometimes there is a sidewalk, sometimes there isn't. Sometimes there had been one, and a owner removed it, or sometimes there never was one. No consistency. It's just easier to by-pass all of this start and stopping by hitting the street itself. Some non-walkers (and even a few of the dogs I've walked!) see this as annoying. Funny, huh?

Speaking of a city I've done extensive walking in, one of the projects I finished, since the last time we wrote, is a painted scenic backdrop for The Drunken City, a Theatre Vertigo production in Portland.  You might have caught the previously added photos I shot of the completed back wall (my blog's Scenic Painting entry), but now (so excited!) I have photos taken by Gary Norman! They all feature the play in action, WITH the actors!

Before I add them, though, here is some info I added onto my Facebook page about the play that you may not have seen:


LOVED working with these creative people! Thank you, especially to the inspiring Director, KL (Kelly) Cullom, for asking me to participate and trusting me and Kelsey Peake, for all of your thorough communication and support.

Also, a nod of thanks to Carl Hamilton for the amazing painted sidewalk and sky and the informative conversation.

Those involved in this production:

Written by: Adam Bock

Production team:
Director - KL Cullom
Stage Manager - Corey McCarey
Production Manager - Kelsey Peake
Set Designer - Matt Jones
Sound Designer - Richard Moore
Lighting Designer - Alexz Eccles
Costumes - KL Cullom
Props Designer - Matt Jones
Technical Director - Noah Phillips
Master Electrician - Alex Agnes
Artistic Liaison - Holly Wigmore

Cast:
Eddie - R. David Wyllie
Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin
Marnie - Holly Wigmore
Melissa - Nicole Accuardi
Linda - Shawna Nordman
Bob - Tom Mounsey

October 23-November 21
Thursday - Saturday @ 7:30pm
Sunday @ 2:00pm, with additional 7:30pm performances on November 8 and November 15
Adult tickets are $20, Student tickets are $10
All Thursday performances are pay-what-you-will
Tickets at: http://www.theatrevertigo.org/season.html#Show-One

Show Sponsor: Cate Garrison

Now, here are the amazing photos!

The whole cast. Linda - Shawna Nordman, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Bob - Tom Mounsey, Marnie - Holly Wigmore, Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babi

The whole cast. Linda - Shawna Nordman, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Bob - Tom Mounsey, Marnie - Holly Wigmore, Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babi

Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babi, Linda - Shawna Nordman, Mounsey, Marnie - Holly Wigmore

Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babi, Linda - Shawna Nordman, Mounsey, Marnie - Holly Wigmore

Melissa - Nicole Accuardi

Melissa - Nicole Accuardi

Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Linda - Shawna Nordman

Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Linda - Shawna Nordman

Marnie - Holly Wigmore

Marnie - Holly Wigmore

Marnie - Holly Wigmore and Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Marnie - Holly Wigmore and Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Linda - Shawna Nordman, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Marnie - Holly Wigmore, Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Linda - Shawna Nordman, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Marnie - Holly Wigmore, Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Eddie - R. David Wyllie and Linda - Shawna Nordman

Eddie - R. David Wyllie and Linda - Shawna Nordman

Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin, Marnie - Holly Wigmore, Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Linda - Shawna Nordman

Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin, Marnie - Holly Wigmore, Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Linda - Shawna Nordman

Bob - Tom Mounsey and Marnie - Holly Wigmore

Bob - Tom Mounsey and Marnie - Holly Wigmore

Great, right? Wish you had been in Portland to experience this first hand but I'm sure there will be other future opportunities for that!

Warm thoughts heading your way, my friend!

Much love,

mindy jo




Anywho, #1

Dearest g.g.-

Hello, my dear! It's been so long since we last corresponded. I've really missed our back-and-forth notes, they brighten my day. I often see things or experience some new/old music, books or thought and I am bursting to tell you about it.

Now I will.

The biggest news is that I have now fully (ok, there may still be SOME reservations) accepted my vagabond ways. I really don't call anywhere home but my heart (and mailing address) is still in Tacoma, WA, the place of my birth and where the glut of my family, friends, and business conspirators reside. This is the town where my business was born and raised, so a majority of my contacts are here and in Seattle. But this hasn't stopped me from riding the rails! I now have fellow art lover contacts in Portland and in Spokane. Actually, if I dive deep into why I have the need to ramble, it's my quest to figure out the unique pulse of each city I take sporadic refuge in that bubbles to the surface. That and, like a Portland friend describes me, I'm akin to the butterfly: I don't land in one spot for long, fluttering here to there, and then back again, unwilling (at least at this point) to settle in one area.

Changing environments also provides me with inspiration. I've been apart of some fantastic projects since we last wrote (some of them are documented on my website-take a look!) and I have met some really wonderfully talented humans along the way...for example, the theatre people in Portland (http://thirdrailrep.org/, http://www.cohoproductions.org/, http://petensemble.org/frontpage/frontpage/, http://www.theatrevertigo.org/) and the people of Terrain, a hearty Spokane based arts event (http://terrainspokane.com/).

I think I will call it a night, but I promise to write more soon.

I'll leave you with a pen design I recently finished:

Please sleep sweet, ok?

Much love,

mindy jo

Scenic Painting

Director, KL Cullom, asked me to paint a backdrop for her next play called The Drunken City at Theatre Vertigo (http://www.theatrevertigo.org/) in Portland, OR.  The play takes place on a city street, with lots of tagging, graffiti, grime and layers of posters. Here is the result:

Can't wait to see this play! It will be running October 23-November 21.

 

New photos of the NEW Roosevelt house's mural

The house is finished!

This is the house that replaced the little house; a house I lived in and used as an art installation (see section 'public works' then 'Roosevelt House Mural Project' for the full story). Designed and built by BUILD LLC:    http://www.buildllc.com/

Front view of new house. Photo by Andrew van Leeuwen, BUILD LLC

Front view of new house. Photo by Andrew van Leeuwen, BUILD LLC

Kevin and Erika Eckert, owners and co-owners of BUILD LLC, found a wallpaper design they loved but discovered that it wasn't appropriate for the areas that needed covering: from the roof top on the third floor through to the basement.

So, they asked me to contribute to their new home for several reasons: in honor of the previous house and the art installation I had competed inside and also to custom hand paint this tree image onto the lengthy core wall so as to connect all of the three levels.  Of course, I was delighted to participate!

Kitchen and stairway before I started painting.

Kitchen and stairway before I started painting.

Living room view before I started painting.

Living room view before I started painting.

First, I painted a layer of 'shadow tree' images then another layer of more distinct tree images over the top, finished with several layers of flat sheen, water-based varnish as a protective coat.

Photos of the final look:

Entry on the second floor. The image continues below these stairs to the basement and above through the kitchen to the top of the rooftop staircase. Photo by Andrew van Leeuwen, BUILD LLC

Entry on the second floor. The image continues below these stairs to the basement and above through the kitchen to the top of the rooftop staircase. Photo by Andrew van Leeuwen, BUILD LLC

Photo by Andrew van Leeuwen, BUILD LLC

Photo by Andrew van Leeuwen, BUILD LLC

Up to the rooftop. Photo by Andrew van Leeuwen, BUILD LLC

Up to the rooftop. Photo by Andrew van Leeuwen, BUILD LLC

Image continues into living room. Photo by Andrew van Leeuwen, BUILD LLC

Image continues into living room. Photo by Andrew van Leeuwen, BUILD LLC

New temporary mural at CoHo Productions!

Portland and those visiting Portland any weekend starting tomorrow through July 12th, please take note of the happenings at the CoHo Productions. Summerfest 2015!

http://www.cohoproductions.org/…/announcing-summerfest-2015….

CoHo asked me to do another temporary mural in their lobby! Each element in the mural represents one symbol for each production:

The quill: The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes

The lamp: Butt Kapinski

The moon: LOON

The bitten apple: The Dissenter’s Handbook: A Collection of Riotous Tales by Dario Fo

The white whale: Drowned Horse Tavern (A Sea Shanty Cabaret)

This weekend is LOON...can't wait! Will be there on Saturday night.

Detail of symbols.

Detail of symbols.

My lobby design for Portland's Third Rail Repertory production of Belleville

Guess what Portland project I was asked to tackle? The lobby of the CoHo Theater for the current Third Rail Repertory production, Belleville!

Thanks to my darling and daring friends, core company members of Third Rail Reportory, Amy Frankel, Mark Valadez (Sound Designer), Rebecca Lingafelter (cast member, "Abby"), Isaac Lamb (cast member, "Zach"), I painted the walls to represent the city sanctioned "Graffiti Street", in Belleville, France.

I was honored to get a pre-opening sneak peek and this play is skin-crawling good. Still thinking about it.

See it, and my work, before they both cease to exist, before  April 18th 2015.

Full wall. With Belleville Set Designer, Kristeen Willis Crosser, volunteering to give scale.

Full wall. With Belleville Set Designer, Kristeen Willis Crosser, volunteering to give scale.

Left side. An "A" included for the Belleville character, Abby (masterfully played by Rebecca Lingafelter).

Left side. An "A" included for the Belleville character, Abby (masterfully played by Rebecca Lingafelter).

Middle. A symbolic "cell phone" in lower left corner. A major prop used by Belleville character, Abby (Rebecca Lingafelter).


Middle. A symbolic "cell phone" in lower left corner. A major prop used by Belleville character, Abby (Rebecca Lingafelter).

Right side. The "knife" represents the one used by Belleville character, Zach (Isaac Lamb) and a "Z" for his name. Notice the 253 love? What am I made of? Sugar & spice & all things 253 nice.

Right side. The "knife" represents the one used by Belleville character, Zach (Isaac Lamb) and a "Z" for his name.

Notice the 253 love? What am I made of? Sugar & spice & all things 253 nice.



Current mural...

Last Wednesday I started a large scale exterior mural on one wall--the south side--of the Tahoma Associates building in downtown Tacoma. My mural is supported through the City of Tacoma's Mural Project in collaboration with Tahoma Associates and its surrounding community. Here are some of my building's community:

Sheila King, Ava King, Mark Bader and myself.

Sheila King, Ava King, Mark Bader and myself.

My wall and boom lift:

After three days of gridding out the wall and drawing in my design, the next day I started filling in color:

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next:

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This week's mural...

Just finished this mural for one of my favorite clients. I have painted in 3 of her houses and I love working with her because she always knows what she wants, has complete trust in me, supportive of my craft, and is consistently gentle and kind.

This project took me 4 days to complete and, as you can see from the photo, is located in a guest powder room.

This project took me 4 days to complete and, as you can see from the photo, is located in a guest powder room.

Open house!!!

Still working on completing the artwork I am creating on some of its walls and ceilings, but Erika and Kevin Eckert, Build LLC and I would like to invite all of our friends, family and colleagues to join us for an open house on Sunday, July 20th between 3-6 PM.

Address: 1027 NE 72nd St, Seattle, WA 98115

Detail on one ceiling

Detail on one ceiling

More photos to come!!

House project

Alright. It's official. The tear down date of my little temporary house in Seattle is next Monday, July 21st!

Oh really, what house, you might ask.

Well, I've been living in a cozy little un-level house in the Roosevelt district of Seattle for the past couple of months. Yes, I have. It's true.

Everyday I have had the pleasure of rolling out of bed and immediately drawing and painting on  some of the walls and ceilings. Which walls and ceilings? After entering the house I noticed there were small holes punched here and there on some of the walls and ceilings, all produced by construction workers looking for asbestos, a no-no in demolition. These holes, at first, became my inspiration-my creations would be in an attempt to connect them all.

As the project has developed, I'm additionally thinking of these little holes as small wounds, with the house's insides/ spirits/ history spilling out onto the surface-animals, reptiles, sea life, pipes, plants, shapes and objects, all making themselves known.

How did I come to live here? Friends of mine, Erika Eckert and Kevin Eckert, own it. Their life's work is to build beautiful custom designed modern homes under the company name Build LLC. Recently they bought the property with this house living on it.

Since they have been urging me to move up to Seattle, they offered this little house as a home space so I could see if I like it up here. A tester pad! They bought the property knowing they would tear down the house and build their new family home in its place.

I love this house! I feel so happy here. What amazes me is that I had an idea a year ago for an art installation that involved a white room where I could freely draw all over the walls and ceiling, but since that might be not appreciated by the wall/ceiling's owner, I pondered all other kinds of rooms I could create; all in response to my self imposed vagabond existence. Even thought about buying a Sprinter and converting it into a mobile studio. Alas, all of these ideas were too complicated so I dropped the idea. Then, a year later Erika and Kevin DROPPED this house into my lap. Couldn't say no.

And before you scrunch up your face in confusion (I get a lot of questions such as, "Why would you want to put that much energy towards something that will be quickly destroyed?"), I'll have you know I have been documenting the progress. Photos and film, with dreams of editing it all together to create a small visual story, is all that will be left of this project. Then I will move on to my next home..wherever that may be.

I think it is beautiful that me, this house and my artwork will be gone in a few weeks.

 

Lee Hazlewood birthday!

Hunter Lea spinning choice picks at Hazlewood in Ballard last night. Hunter is a known authority on Hazlewood facts. Deep passsion. Sweet soul.

Hunter Lea spinning choice picks at Hazlewood in Ballard last night. Hunter is a known authority on Hazlewood facts. Deep passsion. Sweet soul.

We won! Meredith, Jordan and I were winners playing Hunter's Lee Hazlewood Trivia Showdown. What did I win? A gorgeous copy from Light In the Attic Records of Honey Ltd. Can't believe it! Tricky questions, amazing gifts! Thank you Hunter Lea, Melinda Lea, Hazlewood and Light In the Attic Records.

We won! Meredith, Jordan and I were winners playing Hunter's Lee Hazlewood Trivia Showdown. What did I win? A gorgeous copy from Light In the Attic Records of Honey Ltd. Can't believe it! Tricky questions, amazing gifts! Thank you Hunter Lea, Melinda Lea, Hazlewood and Light In the Attic Records.

Salon Seattle 2014

On May 4th I attended the 2014 Salon Seattle. So glad I did.

http://www.salonseattle2014.com/

The Salon is a gathering of decorative painters from all over the world and, quite honestly, I didn't know they existed until I met a Seattle Interior Designer last winter who told me about this one. Very grateful she did! I was delighted to see all of the talent that was represented and I was especially excited and thankful to run into Jennifer Carrasco. In 2002 I took one of her first mural classes and I hadn't seen her since. She still teaches and she is still the warm and wonderful person I remember. So talented. Everything she does is perfection.

http://www.carrascostudio.com/

Here we are with a painted sky behind us.

Other work I saw and appreciated:

Danish artist, Jongdahl Sorenson, tackled the city of Seattle in this custom painting.

Danish artist, Jongdahl Sorenson, tackled the city of Seattle in this custom painting.

I'm hoping my notes are correct because I believe the artist's name is Jan Berghuis. I loved everything about this: the color, the technique, the size, the subject matter. AND another reason to love this photo, that's my lifetime buddy, Nidia Alire's, hands taking her own photo. I took a photo of her taking a photo...silly.

I'm hoping my notes are correct because I believe the artist's name is Jan Berghuis. I loved everything about this: the color, the technique, the size, the subject matter. AND another reason to love this photo, that's my lifetime buddy, Nidia Alire's, hands taking her own photo. I took a photo of her taking a photo...silly.

The Salon Seattle took place at Seattle's Union Station. Here is a shot of the space and some of the work.

The Salon Seattle took place at Seattle's Union Station. Here is a shot of the space and some of the work.

They also had a collaborative mural that was gradually completed by all the Salon participants.

They also had a collaborative mural that was gradually completed by all the Salon participants.