I’m so happy to have Brigida Swanson, the brilliant artist behind Yardia Paper Co, as the May artist for Post Art Northwest. Though I internally squeal with delight every time I see one of her baby animal cards, what caught my eye when I first came across Brigida’s work was her Sanctuary painting, of the Seattle city skyline at night. It’s a beautiful rendering of this city I love so much, in addition to being a beautiful rendering of one of the many reasons why I love this city so much.
Most of the photos I’ve been using for PANW were taken on film in 2015 during my 365 project and the photo for May’s postcard is no exception. I so clearly remember this particular evening in July at Golden Gardens. It was one of those perfect, long, Seattle summer days. On a whim we decided to go down to the beach after dinner, something we don’t do often enough, given that it’s only a ten minute drive from our house. It was breezy, but warm, the perfect day for sailing, and the sailboats were out in force, many more than you see on the water on an average summer day. We walked along the beach for a bit, and then up on the paved path that runs past the docks. Further down, there were several families on one of the docks, and it looked as if they had been there all day, fishing or crabbing, perhaps. Back at the beach we took off our shoes and buried our feet in the sun warmed sand. The kids dragged long narrow pieces of driftwood through the sand and tossed rocks into the water as we counted sailboats and pointed out our favorite sails. It was Seattle at it’s best.
SIX QUESTIONS FOR BRIGIDA
What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was in middle school, I really wanted to be a tulip farmer when I grew up. I used to try to cross-pollinate different flowers to see if they would grow a new varieties. This still feels a little bit like a dream even now, although I’m pretty happy growing my own food where I am, with my little city garden and backyard chickens.
Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?
Oh boy, every time I take any of those tests I end up with a score of 100% introvert. I definitely need a lot of alone time to recharge, which is one of the reasons why I love painting so much.
What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?
My favorite time to eat out is breakfast. Cafe Besalu in Ballard has by far my favorite croissants in the city, especially with apricot jam and a latte. The Swedish Cultural Center has a monthly Swedish Pancake Breakfast that’s amazing. My favorite old-school gem is Chace’s Pancake Corral in Bellevue. I’ve been meeting up with my oldest friends there for brunch since high school, and we still meet up at least once a year when we’re all in town. It’s a family dive, with terrible/wonderful coffee. I always order the hash brown omelet.
Do you have a favorite book?
My favorite books are The River Why by David James Duncan and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. They’re both about the magic and power of harmony through nature, one through fishing and the other through gardening. Oh! And Playing Big by Tara Mohr is my favorite non-fiction book, all about empowering women. I can’t recommend it enough.
What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
Well, with a full-time day job, a business on the side, and a full-time grad school schedule (I’m in the middle of a business program for artists), reading for me right now pretty much consists of business books and textbooks. So, the last book I read was Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, and next up on my shelf are several books about copyright and intellectual property. Riveting stuff, I know!
Thank you so much Brigida, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!
Congratulations tmahon, you are the winner of our May postcard! I will be in touch shortly to get it to you.
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