Friday, March 23, 2012

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Hello loveys!  Welcome to my new improved (but still in progress) blog at thelittlecanoe.com!  I've realized how important it is to streamline my online persona.  The old blog name (Little Bird Big City) was something I came up with years ago before I ever started my Little Canoe business.  It also coincided with living in New York City, so the title seemed appropriate back then.  But now I've moved on.  Not that Portland isn't a city.   I just wouldn't necessarily classify it as a BIG city.  So the name change was long overdo.  Now that I've bought my new domain name, all my traffic should be directed automatically to the new location.  Hooray for you!  So don't stop reading!  Infact, I've made it even easier for you to share what you love on my blog by adding a facebook "like" button and a "tweet" button at the bottom of every post.  Go ahead, share the love!
Other new additions include a menu bar right underneath the header easily directing curious readers to my website, shop and contact information.  Go ahead, get click happy!

In other news, I've been working my tail off getting ready for this upcoming show at Union/Pine:

It's going to be so much fun!  The opening is on April 6th from 8 until Midnight.  If you live in the Portland area, please come down and have a peek!  We'll be drinking wine, listening to music, and schmoozing until they kick us out.  Hoorah!  Plus, you wouldn't want to miss the artwork of the lovely and talented Kate Pugsley and Emily Katz, would you?

Here's a glance at one of the pieces I'll be hanging for this show.  It's called "Together."


Two old fellows bound together by facial hair.....for all eternity.  I'm still trucking along with the vintage vibe in my work these days, and I'm really enjoying it.  There's something warm and familiar about it.  I have this new piece this available as a print in my etsy shop, so have a look!


And of course, there are a whole slew of Society6 products available for your perusing enjoyment.

Speaking of Society6, they've rolled out a brand new product for us to slap our images onto:


Here are just a few examples of the many you can choose from....





Sources tell me that the quality of the cards is very good.  I look forward to ordering some of my own quite soon!


Lastly, I want to share this beautiful video with you.  Created with over 12,000 pieces of construction paper with no special effects.  Quite incredible. And the song is very lovely too.  Enjoy.



Josh Ritter - Love Is Making Its Way Back Home from Josh Ritter on Vimeo.



Sunday, March 11, 2012

This Week

I want to start off this post by updating you on my latest addition to my Envelop store:
This is my "Two Lives" tote bag now available here.
  

I've been meaning to add more items to my Envelop store, I just haven't had a single free minute.  It's written on my to-do list, though, believe me! My next plan is to put my vegetable design on a few things, like oven mitts and aprons.  What do you think about that?

I've been working around the clock getting ready for an art show that's coming up next month at Union/Pine here in Portland.   It's a really lovely space and I'm sharing the walls with two other fantastic artists.  I promise to have more information about that as the time grows nearer.  But for now, I'd like to introduce you to a couple new paintings I made specifically with this show in mind.  


This is a piece I titled "Molly."  I don't know why, but every time I saw this painting,  I thought of her as Molly. Honestly, though, I think it looks quite a lot like me.  So maybe I should call it an unintentional self portrait.  I've posted it on Society6, if you'd like to take a look.


Also looks pretty fantastic as a tee, I think.  Find it here.

I've been finding myself leaning towards vintage/antique style portraiture.  I love mixing the sepia tones with other bright and colorful images.  I also completely adore the look of hand colored photographs.  That was my inspiration for these pieces.  That, and the coming of Spring, which finally breathes color back into our worlds after a dark and dreary Winter.


This other new piece is titled "Take Me There." I had a great time painting the vibrant detail on all of the insects and butterflies.  I spent hours tooling away online looking at various bugs.  It definitely gave me the heebie jeebies at times.  But they are fascinating and beautiful and all so different.  It was so hard to settle on just 9, especially when considering the butterflies.  

One of my favorite new products is the iPhone case for this piece:

I love how it's focused only on the insects, which deserve their fair amount of attention.  It really makes me long for Summer, when you can often find butterflies and dragonflies like these buzzing around the rose bushes.  I hope it comes soon.


I was also asked by one of my favorite and most wonderful friends to do a portrait of her for one of her parents.  I was so thrilled when she asked me.  I've been meaning to do more likenesses of people and this seemed like great practice.  She has an affinity for vintage outdoorsy attire, so we decided to dress her up in fishing clothes, complete with a whicker basket.  


I had an idea to make the portrait look a little more antiqued, so I fiddled around with it and this is what I came up with:


I love the warmth of these colors.  They make you feel as though there's a story or history behind it.   I could see this framed in an entryway near all the coats and boots.   What do you think?

I know it's been awhile, but I actually spent a moment in the kitchen this week baking cookies.  After I noticed this recipe in the Martha Stewart Living magazine this month, I knew I had to make it.  If you want to find the recipe, you'll have to pick up a copy.  You won't regret it.



The Nutty Butters sounded like the perfect cookie to me.   Peanut butter, peanuts and toasted oatmeal.  Hurrah!  All the recipe was missing was a cup of dark chocolate morsels (obviously).   I also left the peanuts whole instead of chopping them, to add more texture and CRUNCH.   My favorite part of this cookie making process?  Toasting the oatmeal, which smelled amazing as it browned in the skillet.  Everything whipped up super quickly and baked up just as fast.  When they came out of the oven, all puffed and golden,  I was presented with a heaping pile of hot peanut buttery goodness.  These are my new favorite cookies.  If I could change anything about them, it would be to cut back on the crispiness of the cookie in favor of a chewier one.  I'm a little picky, what can I say.  Next time I'll have to make an adjustment.   I threw a bunch in the freezer, so these should last me awhile.  This is what happens when you're single.

Alright, off to bed!  Have a fantastic finish to your weekend. xx



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