Scrap Exchange Collages!


Recently I was part of the Brown Paper Bag Scrap Exchange. This was a really fun and cool project in which artists were paired by a curator and mailed scraps to each other. The results were really interesting, and there were a bunch of people involved.

I was paired with Scott Dickson, a Kansas artist who makes very gorgeous natural and geometric awesome collages (I am having a hard time describing them, so look at his website)! We sent each other envelopes full of scrappy paper stuff, and got to work. His collage from my scraps is so cool!

And here are my collages from his scraps! I did 2, one is painted in a method I used to use quite a lot – and it describes the life cycle of a wood frog (I’m not posting that one, really, look at the website). And one is a sculpture, which was totally fun to make! I added some of my own scraps to the mix for fun too (as you know I am very very scrappy). And I plan on making at least 2 more collages from the scrap batch he sent! There is so much potential in what others discard! And this man had some good leftover bits!

I wanted to let you know about this good stuff! Please check out the website with all of the pictures from this project! There were a bunch of great artists involved, and multiple rounds (I was in round 2).

Have a good day!

Love, Katie


Portland Open Studios Day 3


Today was pretty slow, but it was fun. I got a bunch of work done. I got to talk to some nice folks.

My favorite part was a highschool class (well, maybe 6 girls and a teacher) who kind of interviewed me. One girl filmed it! She said she’d put it on youtube or something. I was excited.

It was pouring for much of the day. That torrential portland randomness, it was sunny sometimes too.

Some people said our signs weren’t very good. That they had a hard time finding the studio. Sad! Next year the signage will have to be different, since apparently it is not ok with the city to have the kind of signs we do. Not that I will necessarily do this next year. It is not lucrative really. I haven’t made my entry fee back yet. I hope tomorrow will be a bit better. But today at least I made five more dollars than last sunday. So I got to buy soup for my sweetheart and myself!

I’m just tired. I’m not trying to complain. No days off, no weekends, it’s sleepymaking. This is a bad year for some of us just starting out in the artworld. No, I know, I’m not just starting out. But I’m not famous either. Not yet. And the stinky economy is stinky. And things have been tough. Portland has a really high unemployment rate. The pay rate is not high here and the prices of homes and such have been going up still. SO times are tough, I know, I know. For real.

But all in all this experience has been really good. I’ve really learned a lot, and met a lo of great people. And learned how to talk about my art in a really good way! How to kind of teach painting. How to teach the plastic bag yarn making/crochet too. I have taught both before, but not given short demos. The past 2 weeks I’ve learned how to explain the painting technique that I use. Oh! I made up a name earlier, but I can’t remember it anymore! Dang.

I’ll post it when I remember.

Tomorrow is the last day of Portland Open Studios! I am excited to be open to talk to people for one more stretch. It should be a blast!

If you have time, please come see me. My studio is going to be open from 10 to 5. I’ll be there, making art, and will be happy to talk to you about it. If you’d like more information please message me. I look forward to talking to you soon!

Also, if you are not free tomorrow, I am happy to set up a studio visit for you.

Thanks so much for reading.



abstract landscape workshop for kids

Oh! I forgot to put this in here…
yesterday I did a workshop at a community center in NW portland. For kids.
I showed them how to make abstract landscape paintings.
We did small paintings on paper, kind of like cardstock. They were tempera and acrylic. I brought books and showed them pictures of abstract paintings, landscape paintings and abstract landscape paintings. We talked about Georgia O’Keeffe and about our favorite places in the world.
Then we painted.
It was super fun!
I also brought a painting I’ve been working on and showed them what I do and talked about abstraction.
There were a large age range of kids. Maybe 6 to 10?
They did amazing paintings! Just gorgeous.
One boy painted Oaks Park, a local small amusement park. One boy painted like 4 paintings. One girl did this beautiful bright striped painting.
I just wanted to share this.
It was very fun!