Category Archives: Post Art Northwest

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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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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I met Claire Giordano late last September on a hike to Melakwa Lake led by Nikki Frumkin. Not just a hike, but a hike with a group drawing event once we reached the lake. I have not drawn or painted since elementary school, and the thought of doing it with a bunch of other people for the first time in many years was a little nerve-racking. On a boulder at the edge of Melakwa Lake I gamely (albeit somewhat halfheartedly) painted for a few minutes before I gave up and returned to the safety of my camera. My rendering of the clear alpine lake couldn’t have been worse if I was upside down, blindfolded, missing opposable thumbs, and using my left hand. Claire meanwhile swiftly painted the jagged slopes of the mountains before us with an ease that amazed me.

I am so delighted with the painting Claire did for April’s postcard. It’s exactly how the forests feel to me right now. I’ve been grumbling about the long string of misty, grey days we’ve had here in the Pacific Northwest recently. But there is magic in these kinds of days too, and I know that by the time August rolls around I will be sorely missing them. Besides, that delicious shade of green in those delicately furled young ferns is only possible because of all this rain.

Post Art Northwest | Claire Giordano & Emily McCann | April 2017

SIX QUESTIONS FOR CLAIRE

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child I wanted to be a botanist who created beautiful pictures of flowers that would inspire the conservation of nature. In some ways I am closer to this childhood dream than I thought, as I now share my paintings online in the hopes that they will inspire people to get outside and forge their own connection to nature. I also still love plants. When I am old, I will likely be the crazy plant lady.

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

I believe I land somewhere in the middle. I am energized by working in groups and helping people, but also need time alone to recharge and re-center. In many cases creating art is my go-to solo activity, as it keeps me grounded in the present moment.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

Oh man, this is a hard one for me because I rarely eat out! I know I am probably missing out, but with a long commute to work I usually just want to get home before traffic gets horrible. That being said, the only restaurant I have been to more than once in the last six months is Square Lotus in Bellevue. Their yellow curry is delicious.

And this may be cheating, but my other favorite places to eat are in the middle of a hike up one of our local forested mountains, and on a chairlift on a powder day.

Do you have a favorite book?

Oh my, this is probably the hardest question you could have asked, as I have always loved reading. Aside from art, it is my favorite solo activity to recharge. I love fantasy and science fiction, but read and enjoy pretty much anything I come across. If I had to choose one, based on lasting impact, it would be Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. I first read Walden in high school for a philosophy class, and the book immediately resonated with me. Thoreau articulated many of the reasons I love being in nature, and the impact I believe nature has on us when we open ourselves to it. Since that first reading, I returned to Walden many times during college, and it was a big influence on my decision to pursue dual degrees, one of which was in Environmental Philosophy.

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

The last book I read was a collection of the final short stories written by Isaac Asimov. As a child I read anything I could get my hands on, and Asimov’s books were my introduction to science fiction. As I got older I read and re-read most of his stories, and was delighted to find a collection I had never seen. I not only love Asimov’s creativity, but also his ability to make me think.

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

Find Claire: Website, Instagram, Facebook

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Spring! Fields of daffodils will soon be upon us, and though my wish for Seattle to be engulfed in a fierce snowstorm (the kind that doesn’t knock out a single power line) for a couple of days remains unfulfilled, I am ready. I took the photograph on the front of this month’s postcard in the Skagit Valley on March 9th of 2015. Unfortunately (or fortunately, for you skiers out there), spring is not coming so early this year, but there are signs of it’s approach all over the city.

Ashley Martin was one of the first artists that came to my mind during the early days of this project. I’ve know her since our first year back in Seattle, when we both had children in the same kindergarten class. Children who are now in the last few months of elementary school (how did that happen?). Ashley’s creative endeavors are unfailingly delightful, and I love how art seeps into every nook and cranny of her life, from pumpkins to stamps to toys to paintings. That’s how art should be, don’t you think?

Post Art Northwest | March 2017 | Ashley Martin & Emily McCann

SIX QUESTIONS FOR ASHLEY

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist and a mother.

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

Mostly I am an extrovert. I enjoy time alone to relax and recharge but being with people is nourishing for me.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

The Monkey Bridge in Ballard (Vietnamese), Revel in Fremont (Korean fusion), and Billy Beach Sushi & Bar in Ballard.

Do you have a favorite book?

I LOVE this little memoir called A Girl Named Zippy by Havel Kimmel. Its very funny & entertaining and she wrote a sequel. Also, I have always loved Les Miserables, which I have read in English and in French (when my French used to be really good, ages ago).

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

I just finished two books last week over midwinter break; The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling’s pseudonym) It’s the second in a series of three and I couldn’t put it down! The other is Plant-Strong by Rip Esselstyn, it’s highly informative on health, nutrition & food facts and sort of a guide for embracing a plant-based lifestyle. It’s fascinating!

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

Find Ashley: Instagram

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Having Iranian-American artist Misha Zadeh as the February PANW artist, one week after this heartbreaking executive order, is sheer coincidence. We arranged it months ago. However, I am only human and the temptation to attach a bigger meaning to this small event is great. Remember those ridiculous Where the Hell is Matt videos (that make me cry every single time) from a few years ago? They’ve been on my mind, as have this Facebook post from Rick Steves and the St. Louis Manifest twitter feed.

Misha and I live just a few blocks away from each other and our children attend the same schools. The first time her work caught my eye was during our school’s PTA auction, with the neighborhood map she designed for it and had kids from one of the fourth grade classes illustrate. All my favorite books as a kid had illustrated maps, making these maps of my own neighborhood completely irresistible. I didn’t realize until later that Misha’s work goes far beyond the PTA realm, and I am honored that she so enthusiastically agreed to do a postcard for this project. Here’s to adding a little more light and love and art to our world.

February 2017 Postcard | Misha Zadeh and Emily McCann

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SIX QUESTIONS FOR MISHA

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An actress or artist. I gave up the actress bit in middle school. In high school I had NO IDEA what I wanted to be, but rejected art as a career because I didn’t think it was serious (or lucrative) enough. Then I found graphic design in college, and it seemed like business + art, so I was sold.

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

Mostly an extrovert — or maybe just an ambivert who is really outgoing and enjoys performing/being in the spotlight. I do love (and get) a lot of alone, retrospective time and would be lost without it.

What are your top three Seattle area restaurants?

The Whale Wins, Sitka & Spruce, and Stoneburner

Do you have a favorite book?

I really love Persepolis 1 & 2 by Marjane Satrapi. It is a compelling, emotional, beautiful read and a very easy primer on the Iranian Revolution. Plus, amazing drawings. Everyone should read this. It was the “Seattle Reads” book for 2006 and I got to meet Marjane briefly at the Ballard Library. My mom and I expected a few other Iranian Americans to be there. The line was hours long and wrapped around the block — we may have been the only Iranian Americans there. It actually made me a bit weepy with joy.

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

Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me? Good, but not quite as LOL as her first, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I LOVE memoirs.

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

Find Misha: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Etsy

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*This month I have two postcards to mail out, both with original art by Misha on the back.

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