The photograph for this postcard was taken at Golden Gardens a few years back, during the year I shot at least one photo on film every day for an entire year. On this particular day I was using my father’s old Minolta camera. It was a chilly winter day, and I’m pretty sure that I had walked from my house down to beach with my friend Karen. I love that I can walk to the ocean from my house, though I think perhaps that the Puget Sound can’t technically be called the ocean. It was a happy accident that the gull flew through the frame just when it did. Can you see the kingfisher sitting on the very top of the mast in the middle? That was likely my focal point. I remember talking with Karen about the kingfishers that hang around Seattle’s shoreline.

I thought of the ocean when choosing the postcard for November’s PANW artist, Nikki McClure. We’ve never met, but I know from her work and from following her on Instagram that the ocean plays a pretty significant role in her life. This image seemed like a good fit. If you’ve ever had a session with me, chances are that along with your prints, you’ve received a card with Nikki’s artwork on the front. And it’s been a few years since picture books were a part of my daily life, but if you asked me about my favorite picture book, chances are I’d first say that I don’t do favorites. If pressed however, I’d likely choose All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Nikki. I read it to my children countless times when they were little, and can still nearly recite it by heart. A day is a perfect piece of time to live a life, to plant a seed, to watch the sun go by…it’s a quiet book about not taking your days for granted and living each one to its fullest. Nikki’s art beautifully complements the rhythmic lines written by Cynthia Rylant. At this point it probably goes without saying that I’m a pretty big Nikki McClure fan, and so happy to have her as a guest artist this month.

post art northwest | december 2017 | nikki mcclure & emily mccann

SIX QUESTIONS FOR NIKKI

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist, but because that was not thought possible, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist.

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

I am very awkward at both.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

This question made me sit back and sigh.
Navarre in Portland. I have been eating there for 15 years and haven’t tried anywhere else that has sprung up in Portland during the years because they are so PERFECT.
The Mark in Olympia. It is my friend’s place, so I am a bit biased. Mostly organic and local, relaxed fancy, a place to linger in.
Cheeses, olives, salamis, and fancy chocolate from DeLaurenti in Seattle eaten picnic style on the Bainbridge Island ferry or at the Sculpture Park.

Do you have a favorite book?

The Summer Book, by Tove Jansson and her Moominpappa at Sea

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

The Hobbit. Of course I liked it! We read it out loud at the beginning of each Fall. This is the 8th family reading. It is a grounding ritual and braces us for the winter ahead. We then start reading The Lord of the Rings. They are in the blizzard at the breakfast reading and will enter Moria this evening. My dreams are written and narrated by Tolkien now. On my own I am reading Seven Knot Summers by Beth Hill, an account of cruising the Inside Passage of Canada in the late 70’s: people and place history.

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Thank you so much Nikki, for being a part of Post Art Northwest.

Find Nikki: Website | Instagram | Buy Olympia

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50 swiss francs | emily mccann photography

Tucked behind my keyboard is an old Calissons tin filled with an odd assortment of things from beach rocks to spare keys. Going through it earlier today I even found receipts for the Christmas gifts I got for my husband in 2016 (Those I did just toss-I think the time period for exchanges has definitely expired). For the most part however, I use the tin to store things I want to hang on to for sentimental reasons-things like this banknote for 50 Swiss Fracs. My friend Sheena gave it to me in 2010, when we were still living in Switzerland, in exchange for some photos I took for her. That was the very first time someone paid me for my photographs. It was four more years before anybody paid me for my work again, once we moved back to Seattle and I officially began taking clients. Looking back, the photos were not worth 50 CHF (so sorry, Sheena!), but that first gesture of faith in my abilities sure meant a lot to me.

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It seems like the leaves are slow to change this year in Seattle and we haven’t yet had any foggy mornings, but it still feels like October. The mornings are chilly. The kids are playing Halloween music. My favorite cat bowl has been dug out of the attic and is filled with my favorite foil wrapped pumpkin chocolates from the bulk bins at Ballard Market. And there’s an actual pumpkin growing in our front garden bed. The bottom has been nibbled on by urban wildlife and it’s on the small side, but it’s round and nearly completely orange, and we grew a pumpkin. Next year maybe we can grow five and figure out a way to keep them safe from being nibbled.

I’ve admired Sophia Trinh’s work on Instagram for many many months, and it’s such a pleasure to be able to feature her here this month. Her work feels very rooted in the Pacific Northwest, and I adore it. I especially love her watercolors of trees. They have a dream-like quality to them that perfectly captures how the forests here feel on grey, misty days.

post art northwest | october 2017 | sophia trinh & emily mccann

 

SIX QUESTIONS FOR SOPHIA

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a naturopathic doctor but any field that could help others. I explored being an art therapist for a while as well.

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

I am extroverted, who enjoys having meaningful conversations with strangers. My favorite topic is understanding what other’s are passionate about and drives them in life. With that being said, as an extrovert I have been learning that it is important for me to have alone time to reflect, think, go inward, and have introspection of what’s happening in my life. As I mature and grow, I am learning more to have space to have introspection so that I can cultivate listening to my intuition.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

This is a very difficult question because I love food! But if I had to choose three it would be the following:
1. Revel (Fremont)
2. Mike’s Noodle House (International District)
3. Japonessa (Downtown)

Do you have a favorite book?

Another difficult question! I love books, and while I don’t particularly like reading, I am naturally curious and love to learn new things. One of my all time favorite books is Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman and any book by Malcolm Gladwell.

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

The last book I read was Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. What I loved about it was her description of creativity, and how she personifies creativity as a gift of inspiration that chooses the artist on it’s own time. Creativity can’t be forced, and it needs to be honored.

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Thank you so much Sophia, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Sophia: Website, Instagram, Facebook

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