Clark County Open Studios

The 2nd Annual Clark County Open Studios Tour is almost upon us!!!
I hope if you’re local you’ll put this on your calendar and come out to see the incredible artists that are in our community. And it’s FREE! Visit the website to get directions and more information.

Preview Night is Nov. 1, 5-8PM
Open Studios Tour is Nov. 8 & 9, 10AM-5PM

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artist michelle allen art studio
Here are some pictures from what my studio looked like last year.

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A year later, it looks a bit more loved and used than in these photos.

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One of my favorite artists, new to the tour this year, the FABULOUS Gretchen Gammell!

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Her work is absolutely incredible. Her simple line, color usage, subject matter and creativity slay me!
She’s insanely talented.

Black & Blue Painting

this was a painting i did a while back as part of VOCA’s Art Lab exhibit.
when i started this painting, my whole goal was to work in a very limited color palette.
it was challenging. but fun.

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i can see the influence of my years spent as a youngster in Alaska coming out in this piece.

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The Artist’s Garden

as some of you may already know, cause you follow me on instagram (allendesignsstudio), i was asked to paint a violin for a charity event put on by the Vancouver Symphony & Orchestra.
i had told myself earlier this year that i wasn’t going to say “yes” to any additional charity pieces through the rest of the year. but, when the violin came up, i just couldn’t say no.
i LOVE music. and who wouldn’t want to paint on such a beautiful instrument!

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here she is as she came to me.

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some of the progression.

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i played the flute in 6th grade and i sucked. i really wanted to be good at it.
i practiced. and practiced. a lot. (my mom may disagree, but it felt like it was A LOT)
i had no rhythm. nor patience. so i quit.

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if you look closely, there’s a string missing. that would be due to my lack of stringing-an-instrument-skills!

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i was determined to paint a rose. i’ve wanted to for a long time and i just decided i was going to work at it until i got it.
roses are HARD! in the end, i’m pleased with how it turned out. happy with myself that i pushed through the good hour of frustration that it took to paint and repaint till it actually looked like a rose.

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i love how this turned out. it’s playful yet serious. free yet organized.
Playing it Forward auction Nov. 1st.

allen designs studio space

over the past several years our business has evolved & changed.
to the point that we have a fairly large space upstairs that doesn’t get much use.
and it has been killing me. the light is amazing up there!

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but no longer, we’re taking action!

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we’ve replaced the ugly brown carpet with salvaged shiplap. and it’s BEAUTIFUL!

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flooring makes all the difference. (as it should since it is so crazy expensive! ugh.)

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we had gorgeous tables custom-made from salvaged wood.
i’ve been scouring garage sales for random chairs… not sure how this part is going to turn out, right now it’s looking a bit disastrous. :(

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now we’re down to the details. the fun stuff!

at this point i still don’t have a definitive plan for the space.
i’ve got lots of ideas swirling around in my head.
i do know, that i’m TOTALLY EXCITED about the possibilities!
so stay tuned :)

Camp Create – part 2

wow! two blog posts in a weeks time. i’m out of control!
to be completely honest, i came home from Camp Create with a new perspective on who i am.
i can tell you, and if you’ve read my blog at all you already know, i’m not the best writer. and truth be told, i’ve been super INSECURE about it!

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i really want to let that go.
if you can’t handle my poor writing skills and bad grammar then maybe my blog isn’t for you.
and another thing you really need to know about me… i’m pretty much all about the pictures anyways!  :)

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above and below are samples of what the gals made in the block printing/pillow making workshop i taught.
i was beyond thrilled, they did SUCH A GREAT JOB!

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thank you again Meg & Kimberlee for inviting me and for offering this experience to others.
i’ve come home inspired and encouraged.
and it feels good.

UPDATE: check out Meg’s blog post that has a lot more details and fun pictures!

 

 

Whatever Camp Create – part 1

i don’t know if you remember, but a few years back i went down to Newton, KS to Meg Duerksen’s  Whatever Craft Weekend? it was a blast! so, when Meg asked me if i wanted to come down and teach at her newest endeavor  Camp Create, i was ALL OVER IT!

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i mean really, who wouldn’t want to go to a place stocked so beautifully & creatively with arts & crafts supplies?


and where beds with vintage quilts like this welcomed you!

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like last time, i had to get my hands on her giant chalkboard!

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pretty sure this took me half the day. at some point i would love to take a hand-lettering workshop to learn tricks to make it look better and go quicker. i’m thinking i’ll give this one by mary kate mcdevitt  a go. many people have said great things about it. and she is crazy good!

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we had mini devotional/thought provoking times working on our “god sized dream“,  led by the lovely, wise & oh-so-kind author holley gerth.

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we went to a gigantic sunflower field. it was B E A U T I F U L !!! #duh (as stephanie ackerman would say)

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sunflowers for days!

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the sweet lady herself. her heart is so big. her intentions pure.

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many special moments. friendships made. dreams shared.

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and lots and LOTS of laughter!!! and i’m talking gut-hurting, face-cramping, eyes-watering laughter!

really, all this to say… i didn’t have much fun. ;)

 

 

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