Nighttime Drawings

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I’m happy to say my hectic life has calmed down a bit, & I’ve been able to get back to some nighttime drawings. These are done on heavy weight watercolour paper & I’ve started using some watecolour with them. In the bed!

Anyway, it’s a nice meditative exercise, & I’m glad that I have regained the wherewithal to make them again.

– highly recommended distractions

Surrender

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Surrender is available!

Part of my Tall Tales, or Tall Paintings series, this nautical themed tallie is available for purchase.  This painting was originally painted in 2008, but has been reworked just recently. The orange starfish have reflective glass beads on the surface. Tall Paintings are meant to evoke: dreams, posters on telephone poles, a teenager’s bedroom, a film strip, all incomplete parts or fragments of someone’s story, snippets of visual poems.

measurement is approximately 36″ x 10″
oil on panel, with frame

Waterloo Sunsets

Speaking of Belgium … today is the 201st anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (thanks Denali, for the reminder).
 
This lovely gouache, espresso, charcoal & graphite portrait is of Albert Dieudonné who played Napoleon in the 1927 epic 330 minute French silent film, Napoléon, which was directed by Abel Gance. I saw the first half of this film in my teenage years at Cinema 21. Also included in this series: Johnny Cash, Mick Jagger, Nick Cave, Joe Strummer & the incomparable Mark E. Smith.
Comes in a “temporary” frame.
 
Silent Napoleon
Icon series, 2014
gouache, espresso, charcoal & graphite
16″ x 12″ image 16.5″ x 12.5″ black & plexiglass frame
 
Original price: $290
moving to Greece discount: $100

right now: $190

message me if you are interested.

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Hello!

banner-os-1I’m mostly recovered from a successful Open Studio Weekend, but believe it or not, there are still some paintings left! In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a smattering of the “available” works.

If anyone wasn’t able to make the weekend (who really wanted to) feel free to message me to set up a time for your own personal viewing, OR perhaps you’re still thinking about “that” piece & want to take a second look? I’m also happy to ship to out-of-towners, who don’t live here in Portland.

The work will be up & out for a while, before it all gets packed away.

… maybe you would like to arrange for a year long rental of a larger work? Something we’re considering.

Wha’d’ya think?

SPRING OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND!

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You are invited!
Friday Nite Party! June 10th: 6 – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday, June 11th & 12th: Noon ’til 7:00

Please join us for for one last art open studio extravaganza before we set off on our Greek odyssey this autumn. The event takes place over three days here at our home. There will paintings, drawings, prints, & more, of all sizes & prices, spanning about fifteen years. All work will be discounted. Come & take a piece of me. … or just stop by to say hello, or good-bye/ bon voyage.

There will be food & beverages provided: a keg of refreshing beer & delicious homemade wood fired pizza, (weather permitting) as well as other robust spirits and hearty victuals.

Please feel free to invite your friends.

Madame Moitessier

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This year, in my attempt to be more focused, organised & task/goal orientated, I bought a day planner. This week, Madame Moitessier has been staring back at me, wondering just when it is I am going to get to all tasks at hand.

 

Looking back at her, I am awed at her glowing fleshy splendour, her sumptuous clothing, jewelry & floral adornment, the muted colour arrangement (not to mention, her strange bovine eyes); harmony, tranquility & a kind of timelessness are the pursuits of this painting. … plus a bit of technical bravado.

 

Painted by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres in 1851, this is the second painting started of the woman with the “terrible et belle tête” (terrible and beautiful head), but the first completed. The initial painting would take twelve years to complete (started in 1844 and completed in 1856, when Ingres was 76).

 

As I peered over at her during the week, I was pleasantly reminded of my 18th & 19th century European Art History course, where the professor described Ingres love of the poetry of repeated shapes, & the rhyming of shape. … a sort of playing with geometry, creating a compelling composition. In this painting, I see the repetition of the V shape – both skinny & wide, symmetrical & not upright & inverted. If you count, you can find dozens of this shape in all its variations.

 

 

Twenty 8″ x 8″ paintings!

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Album Cover

New album cover art for the band Red Red Meat – Jimmywine Majestic

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/redredmeat
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THE POSTCARDS ARE HERE! THE POSTCARDS ARE HERE!

The postcards arrived the other day. Getting ready for Portland Open Studios!

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Preview of my Fall Collection:

 

 

 

Getting ready for Portland Open Studios this October.
These were gathered on my walk the other day.

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TIn House Cover

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NERIED made it to the Summer Reading Issue of the literary magazine, Tin House!
Copies are available June 1st: http://www.tinhouse.com/home

Music News!

My very first album cover! A 1993 live recording of Portland’s own Dead Moon – at the equally infamous Satyricon.

I’m thrilled to have the chance to be a part of this. I said it before, but I’ll say it again – this is my absolute dream job. I LOVE album covers; the size, the format. They completely shaped my adolescent world. I’m so happy that I got to do at least one in my life. … or maybe two?

Available starting Record Store Day, April 18t – Voodoo Doughnut Recordings

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Daily Drawings – Silver Spoon

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I’ve joined a daily drawing group on facebook. I’ve really been enjoying the “focused meditations” on these simple objects.

About the Dog Painting

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I don’t often paint animals, but I must admit I really enjoyed making this little painting. It bought back all sorts of memories of past dogs, of dear departed Pants, & Katie, Heidi …
It reminded me of all the things I love about them – their soft dogs ears, dog mascara & eyeliner, dog whiskers, dog smiles, their rubbery black mouths. pink tongues, wet dog noses, The extra skin & fur/ruff around their neck. … I could go on.

The image is from some long ago discarded page-a-day dog calendar, saved for years in the all important source material file.

Available via the BIG 400! Pioneer Place , Portland, Oregon
Starting December 14th

I Sold Myself!

Gift from The Sea
Sold at Portland Open Studios weekend

Oil on panel with gold leaf & embellishments

Open Studios Time

It’s that time of year again! This year I’m participating in Portland Open Studios. I’m one of 96 Portland artists studios!
These two weekends: 12, 13 & 19, 20 in October. 10 – 5

If you’d like to know more about POS, you can go here:
www.portlandopenstudios.com

on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shanon.playford.art

THE BOY

Well finally.
Literally, the first painting I have done in 2013.
Bit of a dry spell there.

The Boy
– watercolour sketch for larger work

JANUARY FUN DAYS 2013! on facebook

THE WHOLE MONTH OF JANUARY!

*JANUARY FUN DAYS! is an annual event here at SPA. Most days this month, I’ll post some kind of art related query. You’ll receive one Painting Point per day. If you reply/comment on all the posts (right or wrong, serious or not) you’ll receive 30 PP, which you can put towards my art/art prizes (prints, small paper originals, discounts off larger works). There will be bonus points! & If you don’t care about points, you can answer the questions anyway. & If you answer at least one ‘magic’ question, you will be entered to win the JFD! grand prize! (yet to be determined, a painting of some kind, perhaps? ). The idea is to hear from you. …& to have fun, & maybe learn something about art, or you, or well, pretty much anything.

Ready? Okay! Let’s play!

https://www.facebook.com/shanon.playford.art

Painting Points expire in October of the same year of issue.

& if not enough people want to play, well, then I won’t either.

Postcard Project

On facebook, as long as the whim lasts

https://www.facebook.com/shanon.playford.art

You Never Know…

(I know that this might sound like some cliche’ aphorism, but what the hell, maybe there’s a place for a little positivity after all.)

So, I just had this little epiphany – about painting.

(I often have conversations with myself, while painting & listening to music.) Well, one of us said:

That it really is a lifelong journey.

I find myself so impatient sometimes, wanting everything to come t

ogether. I want to feel like I know… that I can control things, but we can’t control much of anything, & we don’t know what our fate is.
The trick is to just keep going, to just keep working. Everything will work itself out, regardless; even if it doesn’t end up anywhere, even slightly near, where we imagined.

So, to quote Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

You never know what you’ll discover in the very next painting. You never know what your final painting will be.
I don’t even know what the paintings (I’m working on currently) will end up looking like – if they’ll succeed or fail. That’s the beauty of it, & the slightly scary part too; the possibilities are endless. …& unstoppable.
Again, it’s applicable to all aspects of life.

Occasionally, I realise how lucky I am to be able to do this:
sit here & paint, & talk to myself.

I feel lucky to have this page also – my little connection to the big wide world. Thank you for being a part of it.

Have a great weekend.

Stay positive & embrace the uncertainty.

You Never Know ( just around the next bend)
oil on canvas

 

GO!

Go!
from the Neither Here Nor There series 2012
oil on canvas

40″ X 30″

 

NEITHER HERE NOR THERE

Please join me at Springbox, Friday, July 13th.
5:30 – 8:30
for a Group Show about “The Journey”.

2234 NW 24th – between Roosevelt  & York
Portlan, Ore.
– show is up until the 3rd of August