Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Snowy Weekend Cabin

A few days ago, to celebrate our long holiday weekend, me, 8 of my fantastic friends, and 4 wonderfully high strung dogs trekked out to this snowy haven in the middle of the Umatilla National Forest in Eastern Oregon. 
 Nestled in the trees in the center of nowhere is the Fremont Power Station.  This Forest Service Recreational area includes a bundle of cabins, some sheds, an outhouse, a pond marked Lake Depuddle, and this gem pictured above...the Fremont Caretakers cabin.  
We were the sole visitors last weekend and were surviving in our own private universe with no running water or internet/cell phone reception.  Dishes were painstakingly done with melted snow and bathroom trips were frigid and less than frequent.
We spent the days exploring and adventuring in the surrounding woods and scaling the hillsides in our nifty snowshoes.
It was so peaceful knowing we were the only ones out there, leaving nothing behind but our light tracks in the fresh powdery snow.
We had some fantastic weather, too.  I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant experience.

At night we drank wine, cooked each other food, played games, and stayed up until we couldn't possibly keep our eyes open any longer.  Then the exhaustion would lead us sleepy-eyed to our cozy upstairs bunk beds.

It was a tiring trip, and part of me is relieved to be back in civilized society, but a bigger part of me wasn't ready to leave the simplicity of the weekend behind me.  No cell phones, no computers, just books, paper, games, food and real human interactions.  It was a nice change for me (who finds myself consistently glued to the internet).  

Speaking of which, a couple of poster updates. 
First, I was requested to draw out a Spring logo for the label Paper Garden Records.  This is what I came up with....

To my surprise, she very enthusiastically asked me to illustrate their poster for SXSW, an Austin based music festival.  She listed the bands in their showcase, gave me a couple of guidelines, and let me have complete creative control.  This was so much fun!

I'm hoping this will increase my exposure and draw more people to my website.  Either way, it was a great experience for me, and I've been getting some positive feedback from it.  What do you think?

I finished the following poster for a local band I've spoken about before, Loch Lomond.  Their cd release show is this weekend at the Alberta Rose Theater, and if you live in Portland, you shouldn't dare miss it. 
These will be screenprinted at Tender Loving Empire and for sale at the show, so come on by and pick one up, and don't forget to stay for the marvelous musical show.  See you there, I hope! 


  1. love the new designs! gosh your lettering is impeccable...
    the cabin experience looks amazing! impressed with you guys.. wowza.

  2. That looks like such a fun trip!
    And, all your new work is wonderful, and exciting.

  3. Gorgeous work! I'd like to feature you in my blog next week, if that's okay!
    (Found your blog through Etsy Entrepreneurs! Mine is here: )

  4. Hi Rachelle!
    I would love it if you'd feature my work in your blog. I think your stuff is so fantastic! I started following your blog earlier this afternoon.
    Thank you!

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  6. Oooh, I so wish I could have been the 9th fantastic friend to join your outing. :) Looks like so much fun.
    Your drawings make me want to go to Coney Island and eat cotton candy all day; they're great!

  7. Hi Brooke!
    I love your work. Do you have any bakery inspired work yet? I am pondering some things over here on the East Coast- one of which is opening another etsy shop for all my vintage treasures. And since I live in this old neighborhood bakery.....

  8. Hi Andrew!
    Thanks for the inquiry. What kind of bakery inspired artwork are you looking for? I have a wide range of skills in the area, and, I'm also a baker of more than 10 years! Shoot me an email if you'd like to discuss this further. Thanks again! I look forward to hearing from you.

  9. Brooke - Your work is so wonderful!! I love it!! I'll be keeping you in mind for some upcoming projects...

  10. Thank you, Emily! I would love love that!

  11. What a wonderful, snowy retreat (I'm packing right now for ours!) The memories and fun and camaraderie just can't be beat. Don't you particularly love the sound of the silence? It helps me breathe :)


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