Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Portland Goddess Show

I recently got the chance to put together an art show that featured goddess inspired artwork by some of my favorite artists in the Pacific Northwest: Laura Borealisis, Justin Slattum, Liv Rainey-Smith, Nicole Linde, Joanne Licardo, Matt Schlosky, Sam Arneson, Danny Ebru and many more.

The concept for the art show had all started with the want to promote The Portland Goddess Calendar:

--This super beautiful calendar that Danny Ebru and I self published features amazing local art that depicts and honors the sacred feminine. And is available for purchase here! --

But as the event began to take shape it became much more then a calendar release party. We scored a massive venue to hold the show in and began to plan big: lots and lots of artwork, murals, live music, live body painting and more.

And look! I got to paint my first ever big wall mural, right along side two amazing and kind artists:

Sam Arneson

and Matt Schlosky.

We painted the walls in such a way that the designs would frame the artwork once it was hung...and I LOVED the way it all turned out!

Here are some photos from the show( click them to view larger):

Portland Goddess Show

Portland Goddess Show

Portland Goddess Show

Portland Goddess Show

Portland Goddess Show
Check out this close up photo of my favorite piece in the show, a collaboration piece by Sam and Matt called Gaia, an acrylic painting on multiple wood panels.

Portland Goddess Show

Portland Goddess Show

Portland Goddess Show

Portland Goddess Show

The event was blessed with three amazing local music makers:

Gaea, which is made up of a electrified cellist and a beautifully strong and vibrant female vocalist.

HeadShapes, a band I fell in love with while visiting an artist collective in vancouver in previous years. Their music is made with live looped vocals, and instruments creating a nest of sound and vibe that makes me feel like I'm floating in the strange loveliness of infinity.

Queen Bead, a local reggae/dance hall poet/shamaness

And of course I did some live body painting.

Portland Goddess Show

Portland Goddess Show
I had a ridiculous amount of fun painting live, big big thanks to my brave and lovely models Bran and Dawn :)

....And I think plenty of other people enjoyed themselves also.

Portland Goddess Show
This photo shows pretty well the nook I did live body painting in, accompanied by a super friendly and talented sculptor guy who had his own nude model to work with.

Portland Goddess Show
...and we had a great turn out too!

So yes, The Portland Goddess Show was a lot of hard work that quite a few inspired and generous souls came together to produce. It was certainly a learning experience in many ways and 100% worth it. And I couldn't help but share some photos and tidbits from the event with you.

Next on the agenda? Spending some time turning inward with my energy, embracing the urge to hibernate and spend many a cold rainy day at home painting, writing and working on music projects with my love. And I STILL haven't shared with you my recent explorations in the the realm of street that too, and soon I hope :)

Sending Love and Light,
-Chelsea Rose

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

A peak into my summer, lots and lots of photos

 I thought I would show a peak into my summer by sharing some of the random photos I have posted on Instagram.

Warning: LOTS and lots of photos. And...this post is much less arty and more personal based then usual.

But to start it off, here is a look at some of the pages in my sketch book:

I started this smaller sketch book so that I could begin carrying one around with me at all times like I was once in the good habit of doing. This is the first page. My lil pen and ink Harpy goddess, she guards the sketch book well.

Mermaidynesss, all of these drawings are in ink.  I am using my fave drawing pens, Faber Castell Pitt Artists pens, which are full of India Ink.

This pen and ink drawing is inspired by the patterns I usually paint on my models when doing body painting for my "Goddess In All Of Us" and "Earth Goddess" series.

I call these creatures "Fish of Perception" and they have appeared throughout my paintings and drawings for some time now.

I have been particularly fascinated as of late with drawing creatures that have more then two breasts :)

A bit of my poetry followed by a pencil sketch.

....And now for the onslaught of random summer moments caught via crappy cell phone photos/instagram:

My favorite flowers are Morning Glories. They grew wild in the alley ways of my hometown, Venice Beach CA right along side the dog shit, bums, dumpsters and vomit :) I always thought there was an interesting poetry to them and the way they thrived. Unfortunately, you don't see them very often up in Portland Oregon... perhaps because most people consider them a weed. For a few years now I have been growing them on my patio in the summer.

They seemed to like the spirally trellis we made for them out of left over wire this year.

I am 100% positive certain fearys regularly make their homes inside morning glory flowers. I know I would certainly live in one if I was small enough.

Morning glories seen from the living room window.

We grew a lot of basil this year. Made lots of pesto!

Here is a basil clipping that is rooting by the window.

My tiny lil apartment patio.

 Spent many a morning and afternoon this summer just sitting round drinking tea and drawing out there.

My cat, Sushi and the Gnome.

Around my birthday in August the berries were ripe everywhere you looked! I picked and ate sooo many.

Here is one of many black berry pies I made. Yum.

I have also been trying my hand at brewing my own Kombucha tea.

close up of one of the scobys. Yes, it looks horribly nasty but is actually quite yummy and extremely good for you.

...painting in my home studio space. Yes, see I did paint a bit! Not as much as I was hoping to, but summers are pretty crazy. Im sure as fall descends and the rain returns I will be spending much of my time at the easel.

Dead birthday flowers. Purdy. go to dread up-do when I need them out of the way.

When Danny returned from his trip to India he brought me back a bunch of beautiful bindis, necklaces and a paisley shawl.

We took a lot of random road trips around oregon scouting out the landscapes of possible shoot locations for my new body painting photography series "Earth Goddess"

...who knew that ontop of everything else( misty forest, craggy seashore, waterfalls and more) Oregon  also has desert lands!

This is something I am missing already: Waking up with the sun in my face! Fall is already here and when I wake I'm greeted with darkness and mist( which of course is enjoyable on a different level.)

Fall is an amazing thing to witness up here and I'm looking forward to it.

I think I'm going to stop posting pictures now, although there's plenty more to be seen on my instagram account Lucid Rose, or see them here on instagrid.

My next post will most likely be about my recent explorations into the realm of urban art.

Sending love and light,
-Chelsea Rose 

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