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I Sold Myself!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Gift from The Sea
Sold at Portland Open Studios weekend

Oil on panel with gold leaf & embellishments

JANUARY FUN DAYS 2013! on facebook

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013


*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!

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

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


Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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

Works in Progress

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Here are some of the paintings for my upcoming group show at Springbox Gallery, July 13th

A Big Thank You

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

A heartfelt thank you to every single soul who made the effort to visit my studio over the weekend; toddlers & dogs included – yeah, I know they didn’t really make an effort, but they make the place interesting.
Thank you to everyone who purchased some art, & those that just came to look, too.
Some of you have been coming for years, & some were new to the (slightly overwhelming & quite varied) abundance of work.
I sold pieces going back about fourteen years. I’ll be posting a smattering of some of the work that sold, &/or that I remembered to document, a few things slipped out without a scan or photo.

If you missed it, or were hoping to get a second look, I’m participating in Portland Open Studios this fall, so maybe I’ll see you then.

Works available May 18 -20

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Fluffy will be available at my Open Studio!

6″ x 6″ oil on board


Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Here begins the countdown to my second Springtime Open Studio. I’ll be adding works to my blog that will be available (for viewing or purchase) May 18, 19 & 20. So, mark your calendars, & save your pennies.

Some work will be rock bottom bargains, & others will be at  regular gallery prices. …& some in between.


Browsers, beer drinkers, teetotalers & buyers are all welcome.
…hope I didn’t leave anyone out.
Shown here: Mama & her babes
oil on paper mounted on panel 2009 – from xx series


The new canvases are here!

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

The theme of my new series is Journey. & guess what the UPS guy was listening to when he pulled up to our house?
… talk about your kismet.

Begin Again

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

So, every time I start a new project I go through a ritual of cleaning my studio.
It serves many purposes: it lets me start my new series in a nice clean studio. I review old work. I find new inspirations in files & folders. I clean out boxes & drawers. I procrastinate starting. I mull over what my new work will be – before actually starting, while I’m not directly thinking about it.

It’s a mental & physical sorting.
Stirring up ideas & memories.
& as my studio gets close to being as tidy as I can possibly make it (which is not very tidy to outside eyes, or tidy people) that is the point when I get a little anxious.

Because then comes the time to jump in & begin again.
I am very close to jumping into the new.

Wish me luck.

Happy Spring.

January Fun Days on facebook

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Please join me for January Fun Days on facebook.
Answer fun art related questions & trivia, win prints & drawings, or use the points for a percentage off my paintngs.


Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Who says nothing is ever free? Some “lucky” artist will take home this beauty. I’ll get to take home one of theirs.

It’s a brilliant thing.

Exhibit dates: December 1-8, Mon-Fri 12-4pm
Public reception and Artist trade event: December 8, 5-8pm

Over 50 participating artists will exhibit one piece of original work in a week-long, invitational show at the Littman Gallery. The exhibit will culminate in a (semi) blind art trade and public reception. Although the event is open to the public, no work is for sale and only the participating artists go home with an original piece of art by another Portland artist.

Anyone interested in participating next year?

Group show at Springbox

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Please join me at Springbox Gallery this Friday, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m..
I’ll have several new paintings in this group show. Springbox is a great place to enjoy looking at art.
N.W. 24th & York, Portland

Splendorporium Invitational Group Show

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011


Splendorporium presents –  The Invitational Group Show
Featuring 5 great Portland Artists: Elliott Wall, Marianna Gordon, Andy Paiko, Ross Christy & Shanon Playford

Hope to see some of you Friday night. (7 to 9pm)

LAST THURSDAY – Last Chance Open Studio

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Here’s one last chance to see things before we take it all down…. 4711 NE 26th, 5PM to 9PM

An Artist A Day Auction

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

This painting is available as part of the artist a day auction at Muse Art and Design on Hawthorne. Proceeds to benefit Schoolhouse Supplies. Bidding starts at only $75.00. To bid, simply call Muse Art and Design, 503-231-8704 (telephone bids taken between noon and 5, Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.)

Open Studio Extravaganza – May 20, 21, 22

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Shanon Playford Open Studio Portland

Out of Our Heads – Opening Thursday

Monday, July 12th, 2010

New paintings and drawings:  Thursday, July 15, 2010 5 PM – 9 PM at Beet Gallery at 1720 NW Lovejoy #120
(Corner of NW 18th, Enter on 18th).

Two of a Kind

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Now through July 17th at Froelick Gallery…

The Love Show

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

My piece in The Loveshow. More info at

That Which Compels Me, 2009, 15 x 31, Oil, pyrography, graphite on panel. $600.

XX: Show at Ogle, Installed

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009






XX :: October 1st Show at OGLE

Thursday, September 24th, 2009


Details from XX: Janes, Dames, Saints, Chicks, Crones, Babes, Birds, Bitches and Others by Shanon Playford.
Painting and mixed media on 60+ panels. Piece measures one foot x 50 feet. All new work. Show opens First
Thursday, October 1st and runs through November 26.

Napoleon's Birthday

Monday, August 10th, 2009

An odd celebration at our house on August 15…


Invitation made from my collage, “Prada Napoleon.”