Michelle Clark Graphic Design

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.


Vintage Record Sleeves
May 4, 2009, 9:36 pm
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Image courtesy Jeff Haman

Image courtesy Jeff Hamada

More vinyl design stuff from yours truly. These vintage sleeves feature brightly colored, retro patterns. I loved them as soon as I saw them. I also love the blog that I found them on. It’s called Boooooom (that’s right, exactly 7 Os) featuring the design work of one Jeff Hamada. His header is charming; the art of Betsy Walton. as are the multi-colored links all leading out to quirky, fun artwork, design, and other oddities.

Color Psychology
Photo by me

Photo by me

I’m going to start out this post with a poll, so please vote for your favorite color before proceeding. Think about not only what color you find the prettiest, but also the one that always creeps into your daily life. Maybe you always buy a certain color notebook or pens or electronic device or maybe it’s a color you’re always wearing.

My favorite color is obvious – Purple. The photograph above is a picture of some of my supplies I always have on hand. My purple binder, purple pencil and pens, my purple pouch to hold them, and yes up there in the corner is my purple stapler. I’ve been told it takes a brave person to sport purple. I often wear purple eyeshadow and lipstick, I’ve dyed my hair purple several times, and I like to buy purple clothing, handbags, and shoes wherever I find them. Color Psychology tells us that colors have certain meanings and the color you choose as your favorite could say something about your personality and character. It can also give you insight as to how to communicate and idea or emotion using color. Below is the list of colors on the poll and some key words associated with them.

  • Red – Attention, Stimulate, Energy, Passionate, Exciting, Powerful, Dramatic.
  • Orange – Joyful, Daring, Flamboyant, Spontaneous, Bold, Adventurous.
  • Yellow – Optimism, Enlightenment, Intelligence, Wisdom.
  • Green – Peace,  Security, Ecology, Tranquility, Flexibility, Self-control.
  • Blue – Trustworthy, Calming, Committed, Cooling.
  • Purple – Uplifting, Stately, Humble, Regal, Spirituality, Respected.
  • Black – Dignified, Authoritative, Powerful, Mysterious, Sophisticated.
  • Brown – Organic, Reliable, Stable, Approachable, Wholesome.
  • White – Purity, Cleanliness, Fresh, Neutral.
  • Gray – Business-like, Urban, Neutral, Versatile.

Resource: Dutch Boy – Choose Wisely – Colors


Gilmore Girls DVD Packaging
Photo by me

Photo by me

Gilmore Girls is my guilty pleasure. People who know me are surprised that I like this show, given that I’m more into movies, Comedy Central, and Adult Swim. It’s a great show to watch any time, when you’re happy or sad, bored or busy (I actually find that the constant chit-chat going on in the background helps me focus) and it’s great if you’re sick and bedridden because the episodes last forty-five minutes apiece. Given that Lorelai and Rory Gilmore (the main characters) have such a vast appreciation and knowledge of music, movies, and books, biting wit and sarcasm, and not to mention their coffee addiction, it’s no wonder I love this show. I started buying the DVD sets this last fall. I have seasons one, two, and three, but only one and two are pictured here because my neighbor is borrowing the third.

The Gilmore Girls series is one of my favorite packaging designs of all time. I love the font they use for the titles and pull-quotes (Solid Antique Roman), the color schemes for every season, the overall cover layout, and especially the way the set opens like a book, and each DVD has it’s own page so to speak.

I get all of my movies at Half.com these days. You can generally find factory sealed movies for less than half of the store price. Package design copyright 2002 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.