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My Home Art Studio Tour

in case you didn’t make it out to the Clark County Open Studios this past weekend i thought i’d give you a little “virtual tour” of my home art studio.

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i will admit, i like organization and places for everything to go.
hence, the abundance of dressers and containers.

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this is where i spend most of my time… unfortunately.
i’m thankful to have a nice window that looks out over the street and a pair of beautiful Ginkgo trees.

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i really need to pare down my paints. i can’t resist a pretty color.
but then it almost overwhelms me when i go to paint.

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i love this old library cart i got at a garage sale years ago.

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thank you for visiting.

 

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Studio Sale, China Travel and Open Studios

there’s a lot going on!
first off, many people are a bit confused as to the difference between the Clark County Open Studios and our own Allen Designs Studio Sale.

i’ll start with the 14th Annual Allen Designs Studio Sale which is at our business location off Minnehaha Rd. this is where we sell close-outs, samples and slightly blemished products, along with everything else. you can seriously find some great deals here! the dates and times are in the image below. i’ll be posting more info on this later and also sending out some specials via our newsletter soon. so be sure to get on that list!

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oh, and i’m in China right now, working on our newest line debuting in Jan. 2015. a little sneak peek above.

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and then we have the Clark County Open Studios. this is where myself along with 49 other artists open their art studios (mine will be my HOME studio in downtown Vancouver) for two days- Nov. 8 & 9, 10AM-5PM, enabling the public to get a glimpse into what it looks like to be a working artist.
(p.s. i won’t have any clocks at this event)

and then there’s Preview Night, (where one piece of work from each artist will be on display) Saturday Nov. 1, 5-8PM.

if you’re a Portland/Vancouver local, i hope you can make it out to one of these fun art events! :)

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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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.