Lake Print

Hey yall,

I’m working on a fun woodcut and wanted to show you some process stuff.

This is of Timothy Lake, in which I spent a few days this last summer, and I’m using wood I found in lake eerie (and other wood). Lake print! Oosh I’m excited.

Here’s what’s happening so far…   


Ok back to the cutting wood and rocking out thing. Have a great week!


“We can’t buy more time, cuz time won’t accept out money.” -bad religion

go see the last group show at launch pad gallery (7/12)!


holy cats, the launch pad gallery is closing after like 6 years of rewarding and hard work promoting artists. it’s a sad time, but also a good time for the gallery’s amazing crew. they have worked tirelessly (and mostly as volunteers) for so many years to benefit the world of contemporary art, in portland and around the country. cheers to the launch pad!

i have a small piece in the very last group show at the gallery. it’s an ink, acrylic and graphite drawing titled “coming in”. see the picture below… but in a nutshell it’s about the tide.

if you are in or near portland oregon, please go see this amazing show. there are 100 pieces, from 100 broad ranging talented artists. here is a radio interview with ben pink, about it all, airing this tuesday on kboo –!

my little drawing is part of the problem solving process for a new film i’m working on. the film is about the ocean, and is primarily done with stop motion (hey that rhymes)… so far there are fabric and drawing elements, but it will of course be much more complex than that – it’s me, and i love the complicated bits. oh the time consuming fun i’m having so far. (that means i won’t be done for a while, but i will post it as soon as it’s done.)

i’m including a picture from the new film (this is from the practice run, it probably won’t make it into the final film). and i am including a picture of my piece that’s showing at the launch pad this coming month.

thank you for your continued support!

ps don’t forget to check out the google view of the launch pad to see some good pictures of my 2010 show, emergence! so glad the google people went to lpg when they did, i love these pictures.

rough draft for a scene from my new film.

this small drawing is worth an upclose view at the second to last launch pad gallery show, in portland oregon, in july of 2012! it’s got the same name as the new film so far, ‘coming in’, and is about the tide… coming in.

Studio Yard Sale, & class gearing up to start

Happy nearly June!

I wanted to let you know that my studio, Switchyard, will be having a huge yard sale this weekend. It’s going to be on Saturday and Sunday, the 28th and 29th from 9 am to 4 pm both days. There will be several artists involved, lot’s of households. Some are going to grad school and trying to pare down, and some are doing spring cleaning. There will be all sorts of great stuff. Bikes, furniture, a 1960s drum kit, a paintbrush costume, huge custom antique JBL PA speakers w/ cabinets, stereo equipment, art supplies, art… most of my section of the sale costs a dollar. Oh, and there will be a fantastic free box corner.
The address is 109 SE Salmon Street. We’ll have one of the loading docks open, you’ll see it!

I also wanted to let you know that the drawing class I’m teaching at Crow Manor is starting in a bit over a week. If you or someone you know wants to take the class, there are still spots to sign up for. will get you to the signing up part.

Thank you again for your continued support. You are wonderful!


Southeast Examiner


I am in the Southeast Examiner. The best paper in Portland!

I am so darn excited! This is awesome! It’s a small article about me! Well, about one of my current art shows. And a picture. Even a little picture on the front page. If you have a copy of the paper, I’m on page 10. Or, you can click on the link above, or at the bottom, and see the article online.

I love this paper, it is always full of valuable information about Southeast and greater Portland.

And this month my show at The Immortal Piano Company, is in the paper! I am so happy!

You can come to the show’s closing party, on January 28th, from 4 to 6 pm… and meet me, or you can see the art every day the Immortal is open. It’s up on the west wall of the best piano store in Oregon.


Love, Katie


Press Release! The Immortal Piano Show!


Portland, OR. Friday December 17, 2010. 4 to 7 pm; and
Friday January 28, 2011, 4 to 6 pm –

Art Show Receptions for local artist Katie Simpson Spain at The Immortal Piano Company, 4011 SE Belmont Street, Portland, 97214.

Join local acrylic painter Katie Simpson Spain and piano restoration artist Martha Taylor for art show receptions at The Immortal Piano Company. Light refreshments will be served.

Come to Portland’s own gorgeous piano haven, where you will find pianos manufactured between the 1890s and the 1930s; the age when arguably the finest acoustic pianos were produced. The Immortal Piano Company has been rescuing antique pianos since 1985. This beautiful piano shop is a place to connect with pianos, a community of musicians, and history.

Artist Katie Simpson Spain’s luminous acrylic paintings of growing plants will be on view from November 24th through January. There will be a closing reception on Friday January 28th, from 4 to 6 pm. This show debuts brand new paintings of tree sprouts; as well as other paintings from Spain’s 2010 plant series. These paintings are bright portraits of plants, wild and tame. Delicate, experimental and elemental, these paintings focus on an exploration of plant structure. Spain illuminates the life cycle of these plants, from root to leaf. The paintings are of weeds, sprouting seeds and flowering greens. Painted on powdered glass, these luminous pieces reference fresco and scientific drawing. The artist will be on hand at the reception to talk about her artistic process.

Katie Simpson Spain, a graduate of Portland State University, has been showing her paintings and sculpture throughout Portland and nationally for the 5 years since her graduation. Her most recent body of work was spurred by work on an organic farm and by a recent solo show at Launch Pad Gallery in southeast Portland. She has worked in several local arts nonprofits and currently helps manage Switchyard Studios, a southeast Portland powerhouse art studio.

piano climbing


it’s cold in portland, yes! and it’s thanksgiving eve. the night before “thanks-turkey-bus”… the holiday involving puppies and snuggles, and pies of course.

and i wanted to tell you a story.

yesterday, the coldest day of the year so far (maybe it was 17 degrees at some point… debatable), i hung art at the immortal piano company.

it was a tuesday afternoon, busy still even though that is traditionally the slow day (for airlines anyways)… and i was running late due to writing a press release and labels for the show.

i hung 7 paintings, from the emergence show at launch pad. the rest of the paintings from that show (the ones that didn’t sell) are up at HELD, 7232 N Burlington Ave, in St. Johns. go see them!

so, yes, i went to hang the paintings, and started by moving a very large painting Martha (who owns the shop) has had for a long long time. we took it down and put up my biggest piece from this series, of chickweed.

then it took me like 3 hours to put up the other 6, measuring, climbing on pianos (only on the sides and backs, where they are strong), and balancing around. today i am sore! around the ribs. i didn’t think i would be, since i do manual labor type things quite often, but i am! not that i am complaining, i like that muscle use thing, i’m really just describing the acrobatics involved in putting these paintings up. maybe i climbed on 10 pianos. i had never climbed on a piano before yesterday. and i hadn’t really thought i would.

so, after much deliberation my paintings are up! go see them! they are on the west wall of the best piano shop in oregon!

and now, i am working on 7 small pieces to finish up the show. these are all of baby trees. maple, oak, pine, sequoia, sugar palm, ginkgo, and i think mango (haven’t started the last one yet). all of these are between 3 x 5 inches and a foot square. small. affordable. for everyone. come and get ’em! hot off my desk (since it’s so cold i’ve been working at home, not the studio).

the “opening” reception for the show will be on friday the 17th of december. if you purchase a piano during the show you will receive a discount on a piece of art! 10 percent off! more, if you buy a piano above 1000 bucks.

that’s my story, so far…

love, katie

ps i just heard there may be a remake of buffy the vampire slayer? huh? is that real? who’s going to be buffy? what about her vampiric love interests? also what? huh? really? i hope it’s as good as before. i love the original. it’s amazing.

ART SHOWS RIGHT NOW (aka nov/dec 2010)


Happy wintery weather! I hope you are warm and wonderful.

I wanted to let you know about a couple of shows I’m having right now!

I’ve got a solo show up at HELD – 7232 N Burlington (end of St Johns Bridge). The opening reception will be Last Friday November 26th 5:30-8pm, and it’s part of the St.Johns Art Walk! Come over please! St.Johns is cute! And I will give you a chewy hibiscus flower! I’m giving a talk about the art at 6:30 pm. If you haven’t seen the paintings I did of plants you will be very excited. Yes!! Here are some of the pieces that are up there:

I am happy to have this show up in time for certain holidays! All of the paintings of sprouts that I have are up there, in case someone needs one! I also have posters available. And many of the star paintings from the Emergence show. These will be up until the end of december.

Also I have a small diorama in Launch Pad Gallery’s Facing Fear show, which is up now! Launch Pad Gallery is located at 534 SE Oak Street, Portland. This show will be up until the end of the month, and includes 99 other artists. It is amazing and wonderful! Group shows at Launch Pad, if you haven’t been to one, are SO MUCH FUN! You totally need to go see this soon, it closes on the 27th of November.

I am also putting together workshops for this winter. I wanted to give you a heads up about this early, in case you want to make something for someone for a holiday gift and need a plan. I will be doing short workshops on the following topics:
Collage, Basic Acrylic Painting, Altar Making, Dream Painting, Plastic Bag Yarn/Crochet, and Card Making.
Let me know if you are interested and I’ll send you the class schedule, which will include more topics as well.
I also have gift certificates available, if you want to give someone a workshop.
I’ll send out a notice when this gets rolling too! I’m super excited to teach!

Thank you so much for your continued support. I really appreciate it!


Closing party for EMERGENCE on Saturday

Hello people of the world,

I am having a closing party for my show (more like a coffee time) on Saturday the 28th. The show is at Launch Pad Gallery, 534 SE Oak Street, Portland OR.

I’ll be there from 2 to 4. Please come see my work. If you look at the Launch Pad website you can see the paintings.


experiment involving berry liqueur

hi people!

so, now that my art show’s up and the opening is over… i have been doing non-art things!

like later today my husband and i will travel from one park to another along the sandy river in an inflatable kayak.

and i’ve been toying with putting up liqueurs for the winter.

berries this time of year are amazing, and i often want them in winter, but end up eating mostly toast and pot pies.

and i’m interested in fun, tasty things.

so i found a few recipes online and am messing around with berry liqueurs.

i had an amazing pear liqueur made by my friend renee… from pears she grew. that was a big part of my inspiration.

so this week i put up one blackberry vodka based liqueur, one blackberry/blueberry/spice vodka/brandy based liqueur, one cucumber blueberry borage vodka based liqueur, and a teeny one with just borage, sugar and vodka (this one maybe is more of a tincture as it’s about 1/2 a cup).

fun times!

i’m not a big drinker, especially in winter, but it’ll be fun to have summer flavors later in the year. some little bit of sunshine in the rainy oregon winter months.

apparently they’ll be best in december or some such.

if you are interested in making things to drink here is a great web resource by gunther anderson. also there are lots of oldschool recipes, so ask your grandma – she might surprise you.

i’ll let you know how things go with this…