Mural Club is Awesome!

Hi friends!

I was just the guest speaker at a Mural Club, at the Fernwood Campfire, in Portland. Just a couple of hours ago. Awesome!

It was completely awesome! So much fun! It’s my friend Leslie’s club. She is so cool! Those kids are lucky!

We talked about murals through history, came up with theme ideas, looked at the spot the mural will be, and voted on the murals topic. They did drawings of the future mural, and hopefully they’ll get to start paintings soon. The wall is big, and they don’t have much time, since it’s an after school club. But I think they’ll rock it.

Pretty darn cool. And the democratic part was fun, they voted and incorporated most of the ideas they had into one idea! Originally they had like 14 ideas, so it was neat to see them all whittled down into one.

It was SO MUCH FUN!

So, I want to be a teacher right. And I have been working on grad school applications recently, and figuring out the age range I want to teach, and working out how to make sure I get to do what I want.

The Mural Club was a fun exercise, getting used to working with kids again. I think ultimately I would work with older kids, but this was great. They were super awesome, smart, creative and had good senses of humor. And they were good artists.

And I am going to take an art education course through the Portland Children’s Museum. I am really excited about this. I’ll blog more about it later. Very cool. I’m really curious about different age ranges, and getting into the right place – that’ll help me do some good and actually make a living doing something I love. Something sustainable for me. Something I can do for the rest of my life. And help people through art.

Well, I’ll keep making and showing art, gardening, and writing still, and all of that stuff. But I am totally at a deciding point. Even the palm reader I saw early this week confirmed that. And she said I already knew what I was going to do, I just needed to choose.

So I’m researching.

Next month I will visit classes at the high school I went to. Yes, I will visit some of my old teachers! I am very excited, and curious, what the high school atmosphere is like. I did help with a high school mural class last year. That was awesome. But I want to see the whole shabang.
So I’ll sit in on a Sci Fi class (Ms. Till!) that I took, a ceramics class (Mr. Emery!) that I took, and a general art class, with a teacher I don’t know.

I am super excited about all of this. It’s all falling into place at exactly the right time.

That’s my news for now.

Hope you are well folks.

Love! Katie

Hey, I’m having an art show next week!

Hello there, wonderful people!
How are you doing this lovely summer?

Me, well, I’m so good! I’ve got a show coming up next friday, I want to invite you. These are brand new paintings!

The show is at Launch Pad Gallery, that’s 534 SE Oak Street (Portland, 97214).

It runs from August 6th through August 28th, with an opening event on First Friday August 6th – from 6 pm to 12 am.
Come over for some artviewing, music, snacks (including amazing salad from Mizuna Gardens), & come hang out with me!

The closing reception will be on Saturday August 28th, from 2 to 4 pm… come over, we can drink coffee together.

The gallery is open wednesday through saturday from 12 to 4 pm. I’ll be making a few saturday appearances too, if you’d like to meet me over there please get in touch and we’ll plan it.

My website has the info all fancy like. (http://www.katiespain.com). Launch Pad’s website has more information as well. (http://www.launchpadgallery.org).

Thank you so much for your support!

Love, sparkles, & heartlight,
Katie Simpson Spain

Happy Pi Day (and some studio photos)

Hi Everyone,

Happy Pi Day. I was going to post a raw vegan pie recipe for you to try! But I freaking lost the recipe! It’s so good, cashew pumpkin with cranberry topping. I have no idea where I put it though, so I will post it later. But it feels weird to miss an opportunity to post about pie on pi day.

I LOVE PIE! One time I had a birthday party where all of the food was pie. Savory and sweet pies, all vegan too. Oh the old days. There was a time I’d have birthday parties and people would come over! And bring pies. Sigh.

Anyhow. It’s not my birthday, I’m just antisocial, and a bit of a workaholic, so that’s put a damper on the party thing. At this point all of the people who would have come to bring me pie are sick of my darn antisocial behavior. So they’re at other peoples birthday parties.

So, yes, I’m going to the studio again today, as I have nearly every day for the past week. Even if it’s just an hour or so after work, I have been getting so much good work done! I’m excited to do some more! Paint! Yay!!!

Here are a few photos of the work I’m doing.
I also started a new figurative painting yesterday, so am looking forward to working on that. I think that series will be called something like “women’s work”, as it is so far images of women working. One has a wrench, one is quilting, one is painting (self portrait), and I hope to do quite a few more. I found photos of a girl with a baseball bat, a woman painting pottery, and a few more, but if you have any good ones let me know. I am interested in non-traditioal women’s roles mostly. I’ll look on the internet too. Yeah, I have no idea where I will put those, they are small, and I have no show lined up for them. Maybe a cafe? It’s been ages since I had a cafe show.

So, anyhow, here are studio shots for you, so you can see what I’ve been talking about.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll go look for that recipe for you.

Best,
Katie