Category Archives: Post Art Northwest

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 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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You might already know Ashley Rodriguez as the woman behind Not Without Salt and the cookbook Date Night In. An artist, yes, but not the kind of artist you normally associate with PANW. Because I like food and Seattle and beautiful photography, I’ve been following Ashley on Instagram for a while now. A few months back she started occasionally posting photos of the painting she was doing in her free time. Delicate flowers, herbs, line drawings of kitchen tools-they were the work of someone who obviously had some past experience with painting. Over a cup of coffee at The Dane I learned that Ashley actually has a university degree in art. A surprise, and yet not. That degree has surely had some influence on her life, indirect though it may be.

post art northwest | august 2017 | ashley rodriguez & emily mccann

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SIX QUESTIONS FOR ASHLEY

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a Broadway star, doctor, and business owner. Not all at the same time.

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

Introvert with a severe case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

Le Pichet, Delancey, Manolin

Do you have a favorite book?

So many. Letters to a Young Poet, Home Cooking, More Home Cooking, The War of Art, Bird by Bird, A Severe Mercy

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

Anne of Green Gables – my first time reading it and I’m so sad I waited so long. I read it with a huge grin on my face the whole time.

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

Find Ashley: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter

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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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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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