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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Just a few photographs from a recent session with the family of one of my very dearest friends who I have known since college. These photos, to capture those fleeting newborn days of her newest daughter, Zoey, were such a joy to make. All in black and white, just because it’s my favorite for newborns. Jodi and Danny-congratulations and much love to you all. Zoey is the absolutely perfect addition to your beautiful family.

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  • Jodi - It’s only been a few weeks but I already feel this enormous sense of gratitude that you captured this special time in our lives that we have now and for always to look back upon. What a treasure of memories! Thank you, Emily!ReplyCancel

    • Emily - Oh, Jodi, You are so very welcome! That’s exactly the kind of reaction I strive for with all of my sessions. Your kind words mean more to me than you know. xoxoReplyCancel

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I photographed August and his parents last month (FYI-that was August. August in August. Still delights me. Yep, I’m ridiculous) at the Ballard Locks in Seattle and had such a lovely morning with them. This sweet kid barely stopped moving and just wanted to go, go, go. But maybe you already figured that out, looking at the bottom those adorably dirty little feet. Thanks so much, Jessica and Ben!

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Just a few days ago when the sun was blazing down on Seattle and I hadn’t seen any rain here in what felt like an eternity, the photo I chose for September’s PANW postcard seemed utterly wrong. And as I write this on Thursday morning, wouldn’t you know it-I’m watching the rain fall outside my office window. It’s a soft rain, almost mist instead of rain, but it’s rain nonetheless. To top it off, there’s a cup of hot tea steaming in front of me, and I’m sure it’s been since at least three months since I last had a hot beverage past 7am. Autumn, I know you aren’t here quite yet, but I am ready for you.

I came across Amy Stone’s work hanging up at a coffee shop on the corner of my street. Her paintings, with their bold and unbridled strokes of paint were impossible to overlook. They feel very joyful to me, and that is something that as of late I have turned into a mantra for myself. Seek joy. Strive for joy. Be joyful. It’s important. For a little extra infusion of joy today be sure to check out Amy’s brilliant #100daysofartfeltpuns project. I’ve spent the past week trying to come up with my own clever pun for this post, but alas. While I can appreciate a good pun, I only ever come up with them by accident.

One other thing of note is that Amy’s painting on the back of September’s postcard is 3D. So fun. See the rest here.

post art northwest | september 2017 | amy stone & emily mccann

SIX QUESTIONS FOR AMY

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Hairdresser, Professional Tennis Player, and Artist are the three things I remember wanting to be at various times. I am happy I am following the artist path even though it took me some time to get here.

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

I would say I am an introverted extrovert. I have a pretty strong personality and am outgoing, yet being an only child I crave time alone and spend a lot of time by myself.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

For some reason I had a really hard time with this question. Before pursuing my art full time I worked in the wine industry for many years and my husband and I are total foodies. We eat out a lot. Stateside, Matt’s In The Market, and Walrus and Carpenter are my top 3. They are all completely different from one another but are the total package…good food, good wine and good vibes.

Do you have a favorite book?

It’s a toss up between The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway and 11/22/63 by Stephen King.

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

Ha. It was probably Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, but that was about a year ago. Between throwing myself into building my art business and raising 2 young kids I am too tired at the end of the day to stay awake for a book, which makes me really sad because I love reading. There is just not enough time in a day to do everything I want to do!

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

Find Amy: Website, Instagram, Facebook

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