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.
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!