Into the Wonder: A Painting Video

Today I am getting chills as this video is released into the world. My brilliant friend Kristen of Brave Alice Productions filmed this, and it’s set to the song “Birds and Stars” by Elephant Revival, whose music speaks to my soul.

I am so honored and humbled by seeing the way that Kristen has made this portrait of me. The dialogue at the beginning was completely candid, as I was driving with her over to the coast – I didn’t know she was recording it and it totally ends up summing up my whole philosophy about art & healing. We made this video as a way to communicate the way I approach the creative process. Very much based in nature & place, with acceptance and permission to play.

Kristen says “Two wild women and a deep, driving sense of wonder bring you this collaboration piece. There is immense gratitude happening in our hearts.

Annamieka offers workshops, retreats, classes and mixed-media paintings imbued with enduring love and devotion to expressive healing.

For Brave Alice, this is the first project completely shot and edited in house!

Thank you Elephant Revival for graciously bartering songs for art, Ryland Brooks for editing help, and Nick Kallman for some audio magic.”

I feel so lucky to collaborate with such brilliant artists. Thank you, Brave Alice, and thank you, Elephant Revival. This movie moves me to the core.  XO  Annamieka

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Filmmaker Kristen Mico of Brave Alice Productions

A Toast to 2015!

_SS26208Happy New Year!
It’s a day of reflection, celebration & goal-setting today – a whole new year begins tomorrow!  What are you planning to make happen in 2016?

My suuuuper sweet, proud Mama wrote an epic poem about this first year of me going for it as a professional artist.  Reading it made me laugh & cry – what a year! My oh my. I can’t wait to make more paintings & teach more art workshops in 2016. You are all the reason I get to do this work – thank you for being in my life!

May your New Year be filled with delight,

XO, Annamieka

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A TOAST TO ANNAMIEKA, and 2015!

“In 2015, she set her sail:

Using all her gifts to her avail,

She’d steer her course, with firm resolve.

Whatever challenge, she would solve.

With help from the “Crazy Lady” and

Her friends and mentors, she would stand

Up proudly, take a breath, and say:

“I am an artist!  Now!  Today!”

She’d splash the paint with wild abandon,

On six foot canvases – first, at random.

Then, with great purpose, as it revealed

To her the beauty of its yield.

Later, by the lake she learned,

To honor what she deeply yearned

For – Nature’s healing power was now

Expressing through her brush, and how!

Her body of work began to grow,

As many layers came to show

The depth of this young artist’s voice.

A calling, yes.  But still, a choice.

For given gifts must be embraced,

And then, with courage, fears erased,

The warrior must still bring forth

The action needed to, thenceforth,

Proceed with single purpose, and

The many challenges withstand:

The inner voices with their doubt;

Pragmatic problems to work out.

Like finding just the right place to

Set up her space. And then, when to

Say : “No more roommates, or Air BnB,

(The balance is here!  And I’ll find it!  You’ll see!”)

With so little time, and bills to pay,

She valiantly pursues a way

To balance being an LMT

A BnB host, as well as to be

A working artist. An Innerpreneur.

A friend, a wife, a daughter, and more.

“It takes a lot of time to love so many…”

She juggles it all, at times without any

Idea of how she would get it all done.

Overwhelmed and exhausted.  This isn’t all fun!

The bravest of warriors still has her times

Of aching aloneness.  Despairing, sometimes.

Again, and again, though, the warrior rises –

Springs back into action, with bold, new surprises.

How high was that bar set? Well, it just got higher!

She’s back, world! And look out – this warrior’s on fire!

On top of the painting, let’s offer some classes!

And online promotion! And blogs for the masses!

I’ll apply for whatever they offer out there!

No show is too big or too small!  I don’t care!

Not enough paintings for this weekend’s big show?

No problem! I’ve still several hours to go!

Who needs to sleep? Just hand me a brush!

It’s not daybreak yet!  So, I mean, what’s the rush?

Or – I can drive all alone for ten hours or more

On a few hours’ sleep, knowing what is in store:

My first really big show, to help launch my career!

So drink some more matcha, and put ‘er in gear!

Yes, over and over, this warrior has shown

That she really means business! Her business has grown

With remarkable speed, in extraordinary ways,

In a mind-blowing lack of a number of days.

Yes, Mieka, my budding young Innerpereneur,

I stand open-mouthed as I witness how you’re

Continually proving that “When there’s a will…”

But, e’en more important and awe-inspiring still

Is the breadth of the love that imbues all you do –

As an artist, a healer, a businesswoman too.

Your gifts to the world, Mieka, through what you do,

Are transforming, compelling, and uniquely you.

So let’s raise a toast to Year 2015,

To the most amazing upstart that I’ve ever seen!

Yet, beyond all accomplishments, large ones or small,

I toast ANNAMIEKA, who gives it her all!!!”

With love from your immensely proud mama.

Nancy 

Crafty Wonderland This Weekend!

Come see me this weekend at the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art Show!

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SUPER COLOSSAL HOLIDAY SALE

Saturday, Dec 12th + Sunday, Dec 13th  2015

11am – 6pm

at the Oregon Convention Center

777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall D Portland, OR

All Ages * Free Admission

200+ vendors selling amazing handmade goods!

Goodie bags for the first 150 shoppers Saturday and Sunday!

We are excited to announce a special ticketed pre-show shopping event!
The First Pick Pre-Show Party!
Friday, December 11th from 5-9pm

Tickets are now on sale for the First Pick Pre-Show Party! Your ticket gets you first pick at shopping the goods without the crowds, one free drink at the cash bar and entry into the fabulous raffle! Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door so get them while you can!
Click here to purchase tickets to the Friday Night First Pick Pre-Show Party!

Check out Crafty Wonderland on Facebook as well as the Facebook event invite!

Event info on Crafty Wonderland

Crafty Wonderland Preparations

I’m getting ready for the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art Sale!

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SUPER COLOSSAL HOLIDAY SALE

Saturday, Dec 12th + Sunday, Dec 13th  2015

11am – 6pm

at the Oregon Convention Center

777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Exhibit Hall D Portland, OR

All Ages * Free Admission

200+ vendors selling amazing handmade goods!

Goodie bags for the first 150 shoppers Saturday and Sunday!

We are excited to announce a special ticketed pre-show shopping event!
The First Pick Pre-Show Party!
Friday, December 11th from 5-9pm

Tickets are now on sale for the First Pick Pre-Show Party! Your ticket gets you first pick at shopping the goods without the crowds, one free drink at the cash bar and entry into the fabulous raffle! Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door so get them while you can!
Click here to purchase tickets to the Friday Night First Pick Pre-Show Party!

Check out Crafty Wonderland on Facebook as well as the Facebook event invite!

Event info on Crafty Wonderland

Ford Building Holiday Group Show

Face Book Event V2This is going to be a gorgeous show. With installation art, and a range of painting, drawing a sculpture, my neighboring artists here at the Ford building are a super impressive crew! I have one painting in this Ford building artists group show, hanging Nov 28 – Jan 8!

The Ford Gallery is hosting a one-day sale on Sat. Nov 28 from 11 am – 5 pm to kick off our next exhibit featuring artists from the Ford Building:

Olinka Broadfoot
Annamieka Hopps-Davidson
Sue Friesz
Ken Sellen
Nicki Beiderman
Kay Henning Danley
Lisa Bauso
Arletha Ryan
Ariel Zimman

Show Dates: Nov 28 – Jan. 8

Ford Gallery | 2505 SE 11th Ave | FordGalleryPDX.com

For sales or more info, contact Ross@PDXmag.com, 503-449-3305

Opening and all-day art sale on November 28th.

The Show hangs from November 28 – January 9.

New Class! Introduction to Acrylic Painting and Collage

Registration is open for my upcoming class at Carter and Rose!

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NEW CLASS:  Introduction to Acrylic Painting and Collage: Class Series at Carter & Rose in SE Portland, Oregon

Thursday Evenings, 7-9pm, January 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11  2016

$140 for the 5-class series, or $35 individual class.  Pre-registration required. Space limited to 12 students. Register online via Carter & Rose.

In this five-week series, participants will learn hands-on techniques for making lush, layered acrylic paintings. Into the layers of paint, we will also incorporate drawing, collage, and texture techniques. Each week will focus on a new painting method. Participants are welcome to attend any single class, but are encouraged to take the whole series, as each week’s technique will build upon the previous class. Participants will complete a small painting each evening of the course, and they will leave with the skills to keep exploring and create many, many more.

  • Thursday 1/14/16   7-9pm: Elegant Line Drawings in Paint
  • Thursday 1/21/16  7-9pm: Creative Collage Techniques
  • Thursday 1/28/16  7-9pm: Lush Layers in Acrylic
  • Thursday 2/4/16  7-9pm: Additional Lush Layers in Acrylic
  • Thursday 2/11/16  7-9pm: Delightful Details: Ways to Add Interest and Unify Your Painting

 

For more information, visit the website of Carter & Rose:

“In January and February, Annamieka Davidson will be guest teaching an adult acrylic painting and collage series on Thursdays: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, and 2/11 from 7-9 pm ($35 per class, or $140 for the whole series). Annamieka’s lush layered acrylic paintings depict the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, with imaginary details and vibrant colors woven in. She earned her BFA from the University of Oregon. In addition to her studio practice in Portland, she teaches retreats and workshops locally, and on the coast and in the mountains, encouraging her students to get their hands into the creative process and embrace their wild wonder.“

Siren Nation All Women Art and Craft Sale

Come see me this Sunday at the Siren Nation Art and Craft Sale!
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Sunday, November 15
Siren Nation Art and Craft Sale
40 female art and craft vendors selling original and handmade products from around Oregon. The McMenamins Kennedy School Gym. 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211
10-4pm. FREE. ALL AGES!
*11/13/15 Update: Due to a family emergency, I am flying to Michigan today, so I will not be able to make it to the Siren Nation sale on 11/15/15. I do recommend that you go – many lovely vendors will be present!

Big Magic Book Club Today – 11 am PST

photoSo enjoyed reading this book! If you haven’t read it already, you’re in for a treat. Join me and a circle of creative friends for a book club today at 11 am. The book club is accessible via a Google hangout. Make sure you’re signed in to your Google+ account and follow this link to join us virtually. Call me if you have any questions: 541-556-9208 xo Annamieka

Art Invitational: Sitka Center for Art & Ecology

Sitka Center Art Invitational Panorama 2015Come check out the Sitka Art Invitational this weekend! I will be there all day Saturday and Sunday helping out as event staff. This is a juicy, colorful gathering of hundreds of beloved Pacific Northwest artists. Proceeds are split to support the artists and support the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. The Sitka Center is a haven on the Oregon coast that provides the public with art workshops in the Summer (I teach painting at Sitka! Take a workshop with me!) and long immersive artist residencies in the Winter.

Sitka Event

(Image courtesy of Sitka Center)

Public Exhibit and Sale

November 7 – 8, 2015

Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm
Admission: Adults $5 – Sitka Members free – Under 18 free
Located in Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center. Near the Oregon Zoo
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, Oregon
For more information call: 541-994-5485

Party with the Artists

Friday, November 6, 5-10pm

Join the artists who make this colorful gathering an event to remember. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and hand-crafted beers accompany this lively celebration.
Click here for details or to purchase tickets.

About the Show

Experience nature-inspired artwork in a variety of mediums and interpretations. Our 22nd annual Art Invitational will showcase 400+ works of sculpture, ceramics, paintings, metalwork, glass, fiber arts, book arts and prints, by more than 140 Northwest artists. The event kicks off with a party with the artists on Friday evening. Sales are shared 50/50 which helps support the Northwest art community as well as our Residency Program.

RSVP on Facebook

Check out the Sitka website

 

Siren Nation Art Show Opening Tonight

Paths to the Pacific Northwest: Siren Nation’s All- Women’s Art Show Opens Tonight!

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Remember this painting? I painted it live on the street in front of a crowd at Art in the Pearl as a volunteer demonstration artist for the Sitka Center’s booth. This painting is now completed and will be on display and for sale as part of the Siren Nation’s All Women show! (Photo by Alicia Schultz of Vine and Thistle)

Come see me tonight at the opening for this wonderful art show!

Thursday, Nov. 5: Group art show: Paths to the Pacific Northwest Show!

At the Albina Press on Hawthorne. 5012 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215.

6pm-8PM. All Ages. FREE.

Featuring 40 women artists from the Pacific NW at the Albina Press on Hawthorne Blvd.

For a list of all the artists, check out the website

RSVP to the Siren Nation event on Facebook

Siren Nation: Paths to the Pacific Northwest

Paths to the Pacific Northwest: Siren Nation’s All- Women’s Art Show Opens This Thursday 11/5/2015!

Siren Nation Paths to the Pacific Northwest Group Art Show

Come see me at this wonderful show opening on Thursday!

Thursday, Nov. 5: Group art show: Paths to the Pacific Northwest Show!

At the Albina Press on Hawthorne. 5012 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215.

6pm-8PM. All Ages. FREE.

Featuring 40 women artists from the Pacific NW at the Albina Press on Hawthorne Blvd.

For a list of all the artists, check out the website

RSVP to the Siren Nation event on Facebook

Solo Art Show at Lunaria Financial

I have a solo art show up at Lunaria Financial.

I first found Luna Jaffe via her awesome book, Wild Money.  I have learned so much about money, creative business, and being an artist and a healer through my work with Luna Jaffe. I thank her so much, for being such an incredible mentor and generous soul.

Stop by her gorgeous office in Multnomah Village to see a full show of my artwork, and to learn more about the awesome ways she teaches about creativity and money.

Lunaria Financial

7837 SW Capitol Hwy, Suite C, Portland OR 97219

Weekdays 9am to 5pm PST

(503) 452-7000

 

Mermaid Says Sign My Guestbook - Solo Show at Lunaria Financial AnnamiekaI hung my whole show on the picture rails – including this Mermaid who says “sign my guestbook!”

Art in the ‘Burbs: Thank You!

Oh wow, what a wonderful weekend out at Art in the ‘Burbs.  What a great show for a good cause – 20% of all proceeds went to support art in the schools.  Now that’s a cause I can get behind!

Here is a closer look-back at my booth ~ so nice to meet you all!  XOXO AnnamiekaAnnamieka's Art Fair Booth

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IMG_2500 IMG_2502“Art in the Burbs was purposefully and creatively designed to weave local artists with student artists.  20% of each artist’s sales will be retained to benefit The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools’ (FTTS’) Art in the Burbs Grant program. Grants are awarded to each of the district’s schools to use only in their Arts programs – music, fine art, performing art, and writing. FTTS is a 501(c)3 organization.” ArtInTheBurbs.org

Art in the ‘Burbs: Day One!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone I met out at Art in the ‘Burbs tonight!  You are all so sweet. What a cool event!

IMG_2455A highlight for me was a visit today by my hero and mentor, Mati Rose McDonough. Mati is a Bay Area artist and all around magic-makin’ badass, and she’s been such an amazing influence on me this past year. I spent six months learning all about Creative Business with her in her online class, Daring Adventures in Creative Business.  I’m continuing with private mentoring sessions. I’m telling ya, the woman is the BEST!  Check her out:  MatiRose.com

IMG_2467Mati, thanks for coming all the way out to the ‘burbs to visit me during your precious time in Portland! And thanks for rolling up your sleeves and helping me set up!

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Another MAJOR highlight of Art in the ‘Burbs was seeing this woman, Kristine, connect with this large painting. There is something so incredible about witnessing the collector falling in love with the art at first sight. I’ve been working on this painting for nine months, and within the first evening of Art in the ‘Burbs, Kristine had claimed it as her own. Thank you for buying my painting!

XOXO

 

Art In the ‘Burbs: Oct 9 -11 2015

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Hi you guys! I’m on my way out to Art in the ‘Burbs!  Come join me!

Professional artists supporting student artists: Proceeds benefit art in the schools! ArtInTheBurbs.org

  • “First Look” Friday October 9th  6:00pm – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 10th –  10:00am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday October 11th –  11:00am – 5:00pm

I’ll see you out there! It’s going to be an awesome show!

Looking at the Light Side of Life: Art Exhibit at Concordia University

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I’m honored to have four paintings in this group show at Concordia University.  The paintings will be on exhibit October 11th-December 11th, 2015.

“Meet the Artists” reception
Concordia University  /  George R. White Library & Learning Center Lobby
**Catered, free and open to the public on Sunday, October 11th
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Concordia University
George R. White Library & Learning Center
2811 NE Holman Street
Portland, OR 97211

For more information, check out the event info on Concordia University’s website.

Doing the Work

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I’ve just returned from a week on retreat, where I painted as many hours as I could every day. I even “clocked in” each day, just to track how many hours I could possibly spend in the studio, given no other distractions. I found that by committing to spending, say, ten total hours in the studio that day no matter what happened, I was able to keep going through all of the ups and downs of the creative process. I was just working in the studio for the sake of working in the studio. It no longer mattered whether I “felt inspired” – whether or not I felt like painting, I was going to paint for ten total hours that day. When I took a break, I clocked out.  When I came back, I clocked back in. If I worked until I got stuck on one particular piece, I could just turn around and work on something else.

For the majority of the retreat, I was working on a particularly large (60″ x36″), complicated, emotionally potent painting. It was a doozy. I absolutely love the painting now, but there were points in the process of painting it when I was terribly frustrated and I thought I would never be able to bring it to resolution. Have you ever seen this poem about the creative process? I wish I knew who to credit for it, because it is so true and so brilliant:

  1. This is awesome
  2. This is tricky
  3. This is shit
  4. I am shit
  5. This might be OK
  6. This is awesome

This is what I go through most of the time when I am making paintings. There are totally times of bliss, when my hands are in the paint and I’m feeling in the flow, but man oh man there are times of total shit, too.

I spent this most recent retreat at my parent’s house, a wooded haven about ten miles outside of Eugene, Oregon. They let me take over their yoga studio and go wild for the week. They were gone the first four days, but when they returned, they would often pop their heads in to see the progress and remark about the paintings. At one point, they came in asked me how it was going and I just burst into tears. “Painting is SO HARD!” I cried. My painting was in its awkward teenager stage at that point. They got it. My mom soothed me and my step-dad Ken said “I can’t imagine anything harder than painting this way.” I paint over my paintings a lot.  See, the way that I have learned to paint in recent years involves a lot of trusting and a lot of letting go. I have really embraced Flora Bowley‘s intuitive painting process and I highly recommend her “bloom true” painting courses.

Making art has always come from a place of deep healing and expression for me – I remember making this collage for my mom in 1998, when she was going through cancer treatment. I was thirteen years old. I was visualizing her as healthy, strong, and radiant, and this was the best way to tell her that. When I got the idea to make it, I hid away in my room for two days to work on it until it was done.

1998. Collage I made for Mom Nancy Hopps while she went through cancer treatment. Annamieka Hopps Davidson

1998. Collage I made for Mom while she was going through cancer treatment.

Later, when I went through my own cancer treatment at age 20, I spent a week in silent retreat (thanks to a very sore throat from radiation) and illustrated this storybook about my experience.

In a way, I’ve always gone on total retreat to make my most soulful work. So now that I am committing to make art my career, how the heck do I learn to make my art within the framework of regular daily life?! Art that’s deep, relevant and soulful? I think this most recent retreat taught me – it’s just all about doing the work. Painting for the sake of painting. As Dr. Brené Brown says in her book Rising Strong, it’s all about just sitting down and writing lots of “shitty first drafts”. Committing to the time in the studio, whether it’s soulful and inspired or not. Doing the work and trusting that the soulfulness will come.

“It must be nice to paint in your studio all day,” remarked our most recent visitor, a guest staying in our Air BnB room. I practically bristled at the comment, quickly pointing out how infrequently I actually take a whole day to paint, and how even when I do, the creative process is really demanding. Not to mention how much of my time is actually spent managing the business side of my art career. It’s funny, even being a painter – it’s hard to make time to actually paint. Why did I feel so defensive about the assumption that my life must be so nice, painting all day in my studio? I think that deep down, that’s my fantasy, too – but real life, even living my biggest dream of being a painter, does not feel that carefree and easy, not very often at least.

Looking back, I realize that I have always worked in this intense, retreat-requiring, “go deep right before the deadline” kind of way. Even my BFA (Bachelor’s of Fine Art) thesis show was constructed entirely in one go – I scrapped everything I had been working on all year in favor of a fresh new idea. I produced all of the physical work for my final gallery installation in a three-week-long-bender, often sleeping on the couch at my BFA studio on the University of Oregon campus.

I like to think that all worked fine for me when I was young and single and didn’t mind recovering from all-nighters, but actually it didn’t even work very well for me back then. I remember getting a massive head cold right after my BFA thesis show. My body got sick after three weeks of pulling all-nighters, producing all the art work for my thesis show.

Making artwork on a daily, dependable basis is a totally new thing for me.

Making a career out of my art is requiring me to rebuild so many of my habits. I feel like I’m completely rebuilding myself. I have to learn how to work at a steady pace. I have a husband and a family and I need to stay happy and healthy. I thankfully have work to do: commissioned paintings that I get to paint for people, and illustration work that I need to deliver by agreed-upon deadlines. I have many big career dreams that need to be broken down in to dozens of baby steps.

How am I going to do this? After spending a lifetime learning how to make my best work on retreat, how am I going to become a person who can make her art on a regular, daily basis? I wholeheartedly want to live life as a working artist.  It is so good for me on so many levels. These days, my creative process is all about trust and transformation.  Just like my paintings, I have to keep going and keep showing up. Some days I just don’t know how to do any of this, but I know I have to keep painting. Just like I’m learning to trust that all the layers of my paintings will come together to a place of harmony, I have to trust that all these steps I’m taking along my artist path will lead me to a place of harmony in my life as a working artist.

I’d love to hear from you about your creative habits and your creative process. What’s challenging you right now – and what’s helping you stay in your flow?

xo and big love,
Annamieka

A Hot Day for Art at the Ford Building Art & Maker Fair

It was a hot, happenin’ day at the Ford building for the Art & Maker Fair. I would like to thank my sponsor, Arakawa Hanging Systems.  Arakawa makes super nice hanging systems for galleries, museums and retail displays.   The parts are manufactured in Japan and they sell worldwide. Their Portland office is right near my suite here in the Ford Building in Portland, Oregon.   Thank you guys for sponsoring my booth!

Ford Art and Maker Fair Arakawa thank you Sponsor Annamieka Davidson September 2015

Arakawa’s awesome free-standing display system, where they rigged up a piece of my work along with their sign.

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These new paintings were hot off the press for this event!  The tiny abstracts sold like hotcakes! Or hot pinks? Haha it was a hot day!

It was awesome to be out there with everyone from my building, and to have the chance to meet lots of new people. Thank  you to everyone who came by!

 

 

The Ford Building Art & Maker Fair

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My building is throwing a huge party this Saturday in honor of the new MAX lightrail Orange line!
I’ll be there all day with a booth full of my art for sale and I’d love to see you.

The Ford Building Art & Maker Fair
11am-6pm Saturday September 12
2505 SE 11th Ave Portland OR 97206

25 Portland Artists, Beer Garden, and Live Music
Free Rides on the new Light Rail – It’s the Grand Opening of the Trimet Orange Line!
It’s sure to be a bustling Saturday in Southeast so come say hello if you’re out and about.

Live Painting at Art in the Pearl

Over the three-day Labor Day weekend, I did live painting demonstrations each day of Art in the Pearl, as a part of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology‘s booth.  The Sitka Center is this awesome haven for artists here in the Pacific Northwest and they organize workshop programs in the Summer and Residency programs in the Winter, along with lots of other cool events. Check them out!

As for live painting, I discovered that I really enjoy painting out amongst a bustling and curious crowd of people. Over three days of live painting, I got more and more in the groove.  I think I want to try painting live at concerts next. I love the energy of it and the unexpected contributions of the surroundings –  the rain drops even contributed some drips to the paintings…

Art in the Pearl Annamieka Live Painting September 2015 Portland Oregon

Above photo of me painting at Art in the Pearl by Alicia Schultz of Vine and Thistle Designs. Photos below by Erin and Mindy of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

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Art in the Pearl Annamieka Live Painting with Erin at Sitka Center Booth bArt in the Pearl Annamieka with Sitka Staff b…posing with Katie and Mindy, staff of the Sitka Center.

It was a wonderful way to be a part of the Art in the Pearl event, meet new artists and art-lovers, and spend time with the always awesome staff of the Sitka Center.  And thanks to each of you who came out to visit me while I was painting!

Art in the Pearl With Julz Nally and Juniper

Portland artist friend Julz Nally and her daughter, Juniper

XO

Carter & Rose: A lovely local boutique where you can find my work!

IMG_6907Carter & Rose is a lovely local shop – just down the street from me on SE Division here in Portland, Oregon.  I am in love with their aesthetic, and they have put together a really elegant collection of locally made goods. They offer classes, too – does anyone want to join me on a Wednesday for Open Clay Studio?

A couple of months ago, they started carrying my greeting cards and small original paintings on wood panels. I’m happy to say that two original paintings just sold!  This is the first gallery or gift shop that has sold original paintings for me so I feel very overjoyed and enthusiastic about this arrangement.

Carter and Rose Annamieka Paintings for Sale

Above: Two of my small original paintings on display at Carter & Rose, next to the gorgeous work of local quilter Saint Helen PDX – I love what that man sews!

Make sure that you stop in to the gorgeous Carter & Rose shop next time you find yourself in Southeast Portland!

 

I’ll be live painting at Art in the Pearl this weekend!

I will be live painting at Art In The Pearl this weekend – each day from 12-2pm as a part of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology booth – find me at booth D11 on NW 8th street near NW Davis. You can find me there from 12-2pm on Sat 9/5, Sun 9/6, and Mon 9/7!

Come say hello!

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photo by Nikki Cade Studio

Here’s a schedule of all the other amazing artists who will be demonstrating at the Sitka booth over the weekend along with yours truly:

Sat 9/5/2015
10-12 Jody Burton
12-2 Annamieka Hopps Davidson
2-4 Cindy Lommason
4-6 Kendra Larson

Sun 9/6/2015
10-12 Stan Peterson
12-2 Annamieka Hopps Davidson
2-4 Mark Brody
4-6 Christine Martell

Mon 9/7/2015
10-12 Patty Schmidt
12-2 Annamieka Hopps Davidson
2-4 Ann Kresge
4-5 Erin Ruark

I will be there 12-2 each day!

 

 

 

 

Here’s a map of where our booth will be located:

Map to Booth D11 at Art in the Pearl

 

 

 

Connect to the Wild Places

We must preserve our wild places.

We must protect our wild places.

We must connect with our wild places.

Twin Cedars Photo by Annamieka Hopps Davidson Opal Creek Oregon

These ancient twin cedars are estimated to be over 1,000 years old. We sat and made art underneath them yesterday – teenagers drawing in complete, voluntary silence for ninety minutes. What a place, these trees, this forest. This place is now taken care of by the non-profits Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center and the Friends of Opal Creek. They run programs with a goal of conservation through education.

To think, that these trees were nearly cut down – and very very recently. This land was finally legally protected in the 1990’s, thanks to a dedicated effort by activists, politicians and especially a handful of people who deeply connected with the place. Wild places such as these are increasingly rare and they are irreplaceable once they are gone. We can use our creativity to use the resources that we already have to sustain our civilization.

Let’s use the places we have already disturbed and leave the wild places free. Let’s restore the places we have disturbed, too. There is no need to cut down or drill into our last remaining wild places. It resonates deeply in my heart tonight to return to Portland today and see protesters hanging from the St John’s Bridge to block the drilling barge to protect the Arctic from Shell Oil’s exploratory drilling mission – – -as I have sat with teens in the ancient forest for the past three days, painting and drawing and making natural sculptures  – the teens have built a reverence and a respect for this place. And they have also expressed the dismay and horror that we have cut so many forests like this down.

This drought and this heat wave and the torrential rains in other places make it evident that our climate is shifting. We have got to shift with it! There have got to be alternatives to drilling in the last of the wild places. Putting the arctic at risk like that is short-sighted. I am thankful that Greenpeace is blocking the drilling mission – more time to come up with a sustainable solution. I use oil, I live in the modern world, I contribute to the problem. There has got to be a way for the modern world to shift so we don’t have to go drilling and cutting down every last natural resource. These ancient cedar trees were only protected in the 1990’s. What will people say 25 years from now if we let the arctic be ruined? We need to feel a connection with these places to protect them.  We need to spend time with them.

Joy drawing in the meadow Photo by Annamieka Hopps Davidson Oregon 2015

Go spend time in the wild places you have access to. Make art about them. Soak up their wholeness, their balanced ecosystems, their health. Bring that wildness back into your life. We are a part of these wild places. We belong in them and they belong to us. Let’s take care of them together, and let’s protect the places that we have left.

I am so grateful for the bravery and dedication of the activists who are currently fighting for the protection of the Arctic. The fight is playing out right now as I write these words. I am grateful to all the people who came before and protected the wild places that we are lucky enough to still have now.  ‪#‎shellno‬‪#‎youshellnotpass‬ #PDXrisingtide #greenpeace

Photo below taken by Oregon artist Yasmina Dedijer-Small.  Used with permission.

Greenpeace and Portland Rising Tide activists, hanging climbers marked by brilliant flags, and Kayaktivists in the river blockade Shell’s damaged arctic icebreaker in standoff to save the arctic from oil spilling and drilling. St John’s Bridge, Portland Oregon. July 30 2015. Stay strong, and stay safe, you guys. This is huge.

Photo by Yasmina Dedijer-Small. Greenpeace Protest Against Arctic Oil Drilling Portland Oregon St Johns Bridge.

Photo by Oregon artist Yasmina Dedijer-Small.

 

“Layers of the Forest” Painting Workshop – Example Paintings

I’m really looking forward to teaching my “Layers of the Forest” workshop out at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology this week, July 2nd and 3rd 2015. Here is a peek at the example painting that I’ve made. This example painting incorporates all of the techniques that I’ll be demonstrating in the workshop:

Layers of the Forest Demo Painting

 

And below is a sampling of a few of the techniques that I’ll be demonstrating. I made an example of each technique on a separate small canvas so that students can see it distinctly and learn each technique individually. I think of this like learning the alphabet – we need to learn the letters first, and each of these techniques is like one letter. Once we get the hang of each letter we can use them to form words, and then use those words to sing songs, tell stories, and in the case of this metaphor: to paint paintings!

The Sitka Center workshop is now sold out, but be sure to join my mailing list to find out about future versions of this workshop when I teach them! And if you have any youth ages 12-16, I think there are still a couple of spots left in the teen version of this workshop at the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center later in July!

Painting with Friends at Last Thursday on Alberta

Last Thursday on Alberta is a free, art-inspired street fair that has inspired and co-created Portland’s art culture for over a decade. My painter friend Jennifer Mercede and I decided to head down there to sell our wares and do some collaborative painting. It was energizing to paint out on the street with a crowd gathered around. I really enjoyed painting together – over and under each other’s marks, dripping and scraping and squiggling. Also I fell in love with Jennifer’s neon paints – yum. Our painter friend Nikki Cade joined us to paint as well – and these photos were taken by Nikki.

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Last Thursday is getting bigger and the City of Portland wants to regulate it now – the inevitable clash is now playing out. I hope that the spirit of this event as a free, artist-driven celebration can continue. I feel like the best thing we artists can do, if we want to see it continue, is go there and contribute our art to the event. This city has so much energy for art-making, I absolutely trust that we’ll come up with a way to keep the spirit of Last Thursday alive.

 

Indigo Workshop – Photos!

Today I helped facilitate an indigo workshop with my neighbor and master dyer+permaculture pioneer Connie Van Dyke of Tabor Tilth Farm. It was such a blast!

We started with fresh grown Japanese indigo leaves that Connie grows in her garden. We steeped them into a rich dye bath, and then we dip-dyed fabric and fibers! It was so amazing to be working with natural dyes again and to learn from a master dyer.  (For even more photos of this workshop, visit my FB artist page)

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Japanese Indigo growing in the garden. The leaves have a blue hue in the heat of Summer.

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Straining the rich pigmented liquid to use for dye after the indigo leaves have steeped for over an hour.

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Thank you to Rachel Dominguez-Benner for the photo♥

This is my favorite moment, my favorite part of the indigo dye process – the indigo dye is yellow until it hits the oxygen in the air so when the fabric is first pulled out, it is bright yellow. Then, within 30 seconds or so, the color appears to magically transform from yellow to blue as the indigo oxidizes and becomes the color-fast blue that I LOVE!

 

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Dip-dyed indigo cloth drying on the line – so lovely!

I will be teaching more natural dye workshops in the future – Connie and I are talking about digging up a bunch of madder root to dye with in the Fall. Madder is a beautiful ancient red dye plant and Connie is growing a whole crop of it.  If you would love to be the first to hear about new workshops when they are planned, please hop on my email list and I’ll keep you in the loop!

XO and much love for natural dye colors!

Annamieka

Layers of the Forest: A Mixed-Media Painting Workshop

Layers of the Forest: A Mixed-Media Painting Workshop 

Mixed-media painting is a fun and approachable technique that allows the artist to build up layers of imagery, much like the layers of foliage in the forest. In this workshop, we will learn many mixed-media painting techniques, as well as spend time making art directly outside, sketching the flora and fauna we find. Returning to the studio with sketchbooks full of inspiration, students will cut out their own drawings and use them to collage layers of imagery onto the canvas along with layers of acrylic paint. The mixed-media painting process lends itself well to experimentation and play, and is suitable for all skill levels.

Details:

Held in my studio in Portland, Oregon.

Sunday June 28, 2015
10:00am – 4:00pm
$60 Tuition

Limited to 6 participants.

Email me if interested!  hello (at ) annamieka (dot) com

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A visual language – for Charleston, with love

a visual language

I’m horrified when I read the news.

I’m horrified by the violence and the suffering in this world.

I scroll the news feed in stunned silence.

Words cannot convey the way I feel.

All the love and grief and bewilderment become

An expression

light

color

  movement, touch, a violent burst of marks –

 sharpness

softness

a visual language

becomes my voice

to convey this multi-layered mix

of tender love and heavy sadness

my fears and my deepest hopes

for our shared humanity.

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