Amanda Jorgenson is really good at painting animals. And I mean really, really good. Birds, insects, sea creatures, hedgehogs, squirrels-she bring them all to life. She also has a knack for enhancing magazines in a way that completely delights me. When we met up in person last month at Discovery Park it was no surprise that Amanda is fun, and hilarious, and totally up for trying anything. In addition to making beautiful photographs, we discovered all sorts of odd similarities. She’s half Swiss, and I lived in Switzerland for four years. Her little sister is named Emily and my older sister is named Amanda. Small connections like that never fail to make it seem like the universe is weaving life together with a certain amount of very deliberate magic.

post art northwest | july 2017 | amanda jorgenson & emily mccann

SIX QUESTIONS FOR AMANDA

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Ornithologist. I fell in love with birds in fifth grade because my teacher taught a whole segment on them. They are the focal point of a good deal of my illustrations.

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

An extrovert to a fault. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know where they come from, their experiences and otherwise. Before I turned to illustration full-time, I was a German instructor, which gave me opportunities to meet many people in different stages in their lives. That’s what I miss when drawing/illustrating: it’s mostly a solitary endeavor.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

1. Roux (in Fremont)
2. Bongos (in Green Lake)
3. Taking suggestions!

Do you have a favorite book?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson has been a long-time favorite, which I have read at least 20+ times.

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

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart. I cancelled all my plans and finished it in a day. It was necessary.

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

Find Amanda: Etsy, Instagram

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A few photos from a late spring morning with this lovely family at one of my favorite parks in Seattle. Clients who are friends, friends who are clients–whichever way you say it, it’s pretty awesome. Thanks so much, Jennifer & Matt! I hope you enjoy your photos.

When my alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning the sky is already shifting from dark to light and the birds are singing. I’ve switched out the clothes in my kid’s drawers from winter to summer, the vegetable garden has been planted, and last week I saw on Facebook that the berry farm we usually go to will be open soon. It’s not yet officially summer, but it’s imminent. Hurrah!

I’m so very happy to have Seattle illustrator Kelly Bjork as the June artist for Post Art Northwest. I love Kelly’s depictions of life’s quiet, everyday moments, and the unwavering honesty that I see in her work is always inspiring.

post art northwest | Kelly Bjork & Emily McCann | June 2017

 

SIX QUESTIONS FOR KELLY

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist!

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

Definitely an introvert. I’ve been told I appear to be an extrovert, but I think that is because when I go out to socialize, I give it all I’ve got; then I need to go home to be alone and recharge for a good while.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

Katsu Burger, Honey Hole, and Annapurna Cafe

Do you have a favorite book?

Sex for One: The Joy of Self-Loving by Betty Dodson — this magical book taught me how to have my first orgasm, I owe this books SO MUCH!

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

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson — would recommend this book to everyone. She goes deep into talking about race and gender while making you laugh out loud throughout the entire book, absolutely loved it.

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

Find Kelly: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Pilgrim Paper Co.

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My middle child turned eleven a few weeks ago, a birthday she’s been looking forward to for years because she’s finally old enough to get her ears pierced. She and a friend are going to do it together at Slave to the Needle in Ballard next week. I’m pretty happy to be avoiding the usual shopping mall kiosk, as I’m pretty certain that a little bit of my soul is sucked away every time I set foot inside a mall.

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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.

Post Art Northwest | Brigida Swanson & Emily McCann | May 2017

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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!

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

Find Brigida: Website, Instagram, Pinterest

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