Michelle Clark Graphic Design

Local Artist: Sarah Cosman
Image credit Sarah Cosman

Image credit Sarah Cosman

I first saw Sarah Cosman’s work just this last Thursday during the First Thursday art walk in the Pearl District here in Portland. I’ve mentioned Last Thursday, and First Thursday is very similar in theory, except that instead of having streets lined with art and community canvases, you get to walk inside a myriad of more prestigious art galleries downtown and partake in some wine and cheese tasting (yum!).

This artist’s work caught my attention right away. Her art is heavily influenced by celestial subject matter, form, and color. Her cosmos paintings swirl and twirl in some of my favorite hues of blue, purple, and green. She also does portraits of a more surreal, exaggerated reality or dream state style, and some abstract works as well. Her abstract paintings are very beautiful and methodical, as if each color, line, and shape was placed with a purpose. Check out the work she has posted on her website. Some of the gallery links don’t work, but you can see her famous Cosmos paintings as well as her abstract work. If you get a chance, check her out every first Thursday of the month at 634 NW Flanders #238.


Local Artist: Red Parasol Productions
"Hollow Mask" by Tricia Beck

"Hollow Mask" by Tricia Beck

Red Parasol Productions is the art of Portland native Tricia Beck. I first saw her work at the Saturday Market and have been mesmerized ever since. January 2009 marks her third year as a working artist and street vendor. You can also see her work at Last Thursdays on Alberta. The colors and textures she achieves in her paintings are beyond words. Being from the Northwest, she’s constantly inspired by the natural beauty she sees. She retains a very realistic feel with her natural subjects but always with her own special twist. When asked to define her style, she simply states, “glorified reality.” She hopes that her work can inspire others and portray that being alone doesn’t have to mean loneliness. She works with acrylic (my favorite medium) and uses a heavy-bodied gel to texturize her paintings. Here’s what some people have quoted about Tricia and her work:

“There’s an illustrative, surreal quality to Tricia Beck’s paintings that make me think of both Salvador Dali and paper animation pioneer, Lotte Reiniger. Her interpretation of the natural world–clouds, trees, nests–has an edge to it that defies the pretty landscapes. A bit twisted, and beautiful.”
Rachael Taylor Brown, singer/songwriter, & proud owner of a Beck original pastel painting entitled, “Fire In The Hills”.

“Tricia captures the spontaneity of nature with a vivid poetic sense.”
James Faretheewell, singer/songwriter & proud owner of a Beck original print entitled, “Just Before Noon”.

Check out Tricia’s collection at the Red Parasol Productions website.

Speaking of Writing…
Photo credit: Touch the Sky

Photo credit: Touch the Sky

Why not have a cool place to put it all? I love and collect notebooks of any kind, notebooks meaning paper bound with a coil. They can be sketch books or journals or notepads. I have some I’ve never used, and they are a constant inspiration for me and someday I hope to be doing more of my own. I’d still like to get my hands on one of these though. I found this local artist through another artist’s website. Called Touch the Sky, Karen Saro Troeger creates these custom journals and notebooks using marbeled papers, Japanese and Italian papers, or her own hand painted paste papers. I lke the hand painted ones the best, but she also has a collection of leather jounral designs that are handsewn the historical linestich style, are accented with natural mineral and stone beads, and contain 140 recycled sheets of paper. There are so many designs to choose from, and her hand painted journals are very affordable at only $16 apiece. She also makes window books and unique photo books  that fold in all sorts of funky ways as well as hand weaved and tin jewelery.

Local Artist: Jasmine Star
Photo by me

Photos by me

Jasmine Star pendant

This is a photograph of a pendant art piece and the packaging by Jasmine Star. I bought it on Alberta St. back in October during the Day of the Dead art walk celebration. I prefer to wear works of art whenever possible – such as shirts and jewelery. This one has become one of my most prized possessions since, and I look forward to buying more of this artist’s work. On the back of the pendant it has her signature and the year written in white acrylic.

Jasmine Star paints mostly trees in acrylic with beautiful colorful skies, and each piece communicates a different emotion by the colors shechooses to use or the direction, weight, or movement of the branches. She is such a sweet, awesome individual and she puts a lot of thought and care into her work. As part of her collection she has necklaces, earrings, prints, original works, greeting cards, and specially designed gift boxes and cards to hold the necklace, and specially designed bags to put it all in. She even paints original works, just as detailed as her larger paintings, on canvases that are no bigger than your thumb! She sells necklaces, prints, original works, specially designed gift boxes and cards to hold the necklace, and specially designed bags to put it all in.  I believe I spent ten dollars on my beautiful necklace but felt like I walked away with 4 pieces of art, of course I saved it all (even the bag).

To check out her work, you can go a couple of different places. Her website, jasminestar.net is up and running but is under construction in quite a few places,but the gallery works! You can also see many of her pieces here at EbsqArt.com.