Michelle Clark Graphic Design


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.

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Last Thursday 4/30/09
Art on Alberta

Art on Alberta

Last night I went down to Alberta St. for the annual Last Thursday art walk event. This is something I like to go and do every month. During this event you get to walk down Alberta St. and wander into all of the little galleries and shops that are open and artists have their work lined up on the street. There’s music, (imagine a never-ending string of bongo drum and techno blast beats at once). There’s also spots where people have items piled into their front yards or on folding tables they sell for really cheap. It’s a good idea to bring cash when you go – I never have to spend much but end up coming back with a ton of cool stuff. And if I’m really watching my spending, like the other night, I collect brochures, cards, and other print freebies from artists that I like, or that just have design elements that I like.

Last night was awesome, due in part to the nice weather. There were canvases set up on the street with paint, brushes, and water so that anyone walking down the street can paint something and add to the canvases. Everyone also brought their dogs so there were lots of them to pet and play with. Two artists that I want to mention are Angel F. Matamoros, whose abstract paintings of rich color and texture I really enjoyed and Tokiko Anderson who combines abstract and whimsical, elegant illustrations. If you want to learn more about the galleries and events Alberta St. has to offer you can go to their website which always has an updated map of the current month’s art walk.

Links:

Collage Credits:

  • Pancho Villa artwork by Hector Sanchez.
  • Alberta Street brochure design by Bennet Stein and Michael Sant. Photography by Sherri Diteman, Norm Whitten, and Julie Shaw of the Oregon Historical Society.
  • JustSeeds.org postcard artwork entitled “Alden” by Swoon.
  • Angel F. Matamoros brochure design by Angel F. Matamoros.
  • Business card artwork by Tokiko Anderson.


Spring Has Sprung in PDX
April 9, 2009, 8:49 pm
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photo by Me

This week brought us here in the Portland area some gorgeous sunny weather. The first few days of Spring are magical in Oregon – really. Being so used to cloudy, gray and rainy weather, the first day of sunshine in what feels like months brings with it energy and a sense of peace. No matter what happens on these days, you can’t help but let it all roll off your back and take a walk outside. Having lived in the area my entire life I never want to take those first days of Spring for granted. It always comes a few weeks late, usually just after anticipation of the last snowstorm of the season (I was buried in snow last April).

Earlier this week I noticed the trees beginning to blossom. This is another one of my favorite things about the  beginning of Spring. These blossoms usually only last a few weeks and bring all of the previously dead trees back to life again. This last Tuesday I took a few minutes to sit underneath one of these trees and read for a while, drinking iced coffee, enjoying the smell of the huge bouquet above my head. I took some branches home for myself but sniffed al ittle too hard and my face puffed up for a few hours from massive pollen intake. I recommend enjoying the beauty in moderation.