Find a signed copy of "How Koi You Were" in a signed copy of Fight Club 2 by local and iconic author Chuck Palahniuk and Toronto-based comic book artist Cameron Stewart in the Literature section of Powell's Books in downtown Portland, Oregon!
Another copy of "How Koi You Were" is hiding in the graphic novels section of the coffee room in "Footnotes in Gaza" by AMAZING local graphic novelist Joe Sacco!
Find a signed copy of "The Duel" in local poet Leah Noble Davidson's signed copy of "Door" in the small press poetry section on display at Powell's! This book is incredible...I've had the privilege of seeing her read poems from this book and have had my socks blown off each time!
Austin Kleon has been an inspiration for me since "Steal Like an Artist" hit shelves years ago...this book inspired me to finally paint the paintings I want to see, and not just what I thought "real artists" make. Thank you so much, Austin Kleon for making such impactful work! You can find a signed copy of "The Duel" in his book in the Creativity section of the Purple room at Powell's City of Books in downtown Portland!
Hello Thursday! Today I am sneaking SIGNED PRINTS around Portland! I will take pictures of where I hide them, and you or another lucky person can hunt them down!
Be sure to follow on my Instagram: @art.jessicabrackett
or Twitter: @JessLynnArt
and post the ones you find!
I recently took a super fun and refreshing trip to L.A.! It was nice getting a break from the 10 inches of snow and ice in Portland that I got to experience the week before I left for the Sunshine State....
Here are some pictures from my time there!
First stop: LA County Museum of Art! Fortunately for us, it was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day, so FREE ENTRANCE AND FREE PARKING! Thank you, MLK Jr ! Not only did you help spear head a much needed cultural shift, but you made my trip to LA more affordable. Such a good man.
The Last Book Store was amazing! I had been wanting to go here FOREVER! It was so so delightful.
Little Tokyo was lovely, and MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD was there in all its glory (The Ginkgo tree wth their leaves) and LOOKIE! A ginkgo leaf grate! SO AWESOME. This literally made my day.
Then we went to the Griffith Park Observatory. The view was STUNNING.
We watched a gorgeous sky show in their domed theater, and when we left this was our view! SWOON.
The cacti here are LEGIT!
Also, the palm trees grow EVERYWHERE and EVERY WAY...
Really awesome highlight at:
Blum & Poe
Build Therefore Your Own World
Jan. 7 — Feb. 18, 2017
2727 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles
Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
While eating a Chocolate Almond doughnut at Sage vegan restaurant in Culver City, I saw a lovely young woman I had served at Voodoo Doughnut (in Portland, Or.) 2 days in a row! Her name is....drumroll...SAGE! It was a crazy small world moment. I love the vegan community. And our hostess had gone to a yoga retreat years before with my lunchmate Heather! So many small world moments. It was delightful! So was the doughnut :)
Another obligatory vegan meatball sub image at By Chloe! So so yumm!
The street art here was so great, too! It was so inspiring.
Oh, yeah, and PANDA SUSHI!!
I got the end the trip with a visit to the MUSEUM OF JURASSIC TECHNOLOGY. A place I had been wanting to visit since my Junior year of Art School. That was 8 years ago...and I finally made it! It was INCREDIBLE! We spent hours looking through the exhibits and reading everything and watching everything. I think my favorite exhibit was the one on cat's cradle...or maybe the folk remedies...or the miniature recreations of mobile homes....or or or...!
A major highlight of my trip was getting to visit Arcadia Contemporary, an art gallery I have been following for YEARS and I am in LOVE with so many of the artists who show there! I got to see this piece by artist Jeffery Ripple: http://toryfolliard.com/artists/jeffrey-ripple/
I also got to see this GORGEOUS piece by artist Amanda Greive: http://amandagreive.com/home.html
+Clean your palette.
+Clean your brushes.
+Prep a surface.
+Un-stretch and re-stretch a canvas you HATE.
+Grab your camera or smart phone and take a walk. Snap photos of things.
++Bonus photo-taking challenge: Photograph things in alphabetical order. An archway, a bottle, a cat, a drain, an electrical line...
+Read a really difficult book. Preferably something on Foucault or Derrida.
+Hide prints of past work you have made and are proud of around town. Think between book pages at the library, or in magazines at a salon, or between boxes or cereal at the supermarket....
++Bonus points: your prints/original pieces are sealed in clear plastic envelopes and boast your business card in the back.
+Call your mom/aunt/dad/best friend from college. Catch up and soak in your gratitude for the love you share.
+Google search images of subjects you love.
+Wikipedia "Random Article"
+Listen to an awesome podcast, like Star Talk https://www.startalkradio.net/show/ or The Savvy Painter Podcast https://savvypainter.com/podcast/
L+ie in your bed and try to think of NOTHING.
+Make a blackout poem: literally tear out a page of text and black out the words you DON'T like so you can write with the words you DO LIKE. See: Austin Kleon. http://austinkleon.com/