Frame Your Journey: Oregon Part II
She loved Oregon so much she stayed another week. And from the photos, we can't say we blame her! Rainy day sketching at a coffee shop, a walk on the beach with friends, and a reunion with her bestie, Camille (who just opened a vineyard). Oregon is treating our friend Carla well. We're excited to share this week's update, and an extra check-in on how the trip is feeding her creative spirit. So, get reading. Lots of great updates from Carla below!
This week in Oregon...
How would you describe this week in a word? Balanced! Beautiful coastal walks on empty beaches (we chose the right time of year!) balanced by a good dose of city living in Portland.
Most noteworthy thing that happened: A relaxing visit to Yahats, a tiny beach town on the central Oregon coast. Visiting off season was a great way to avoid crowds and spend a few days with good friends.
Most delicious thing you ate: Creamy clam chowder on the coast, and spicy Thai chicken wings at Pok Pok in Portland!
Most beautiful thing you saw: The Oregon coast line! Truly stunning rugged cliffs and massive waves that peppered you with ocean mist!
What item do you want to frame from this week: A photo booth strip taken at the Ace Hotel in Portland with one of my dearest friends, Camille.
Make any art this week? Some coastal watercolors and a quick line drawing at a coffee shop in Portland.
We've been following Carla on her whirlwind journey for a few weeks now. We thought we'd take her temperature on how her trip is inspiring her and informing her thoughts on the future of her work.
What’s inspiring you lately? The wild outdoors! Beautiful coastlines and landscapes have me seeing in watercolor!
Are you thinking about how you’ll apply your inspiration yet? (ex. in paintings, textiles, patterns.) Or, are you just going with the flow? I'm keeping track of print ideas in a little notebook, but trying not to restrict the possibilities. I'm letting myself sketch or paint what interests me along the way- whether it becomes a print eventually or not.
We’ve seen a lot of watercolors from you. What makes you choose that medium? I have a little Windsor & Newton travel watercolor set that I take everywhere- It's so easy! I love using watercolor to add personality and depth to a pencil drawing.
You said at the beginning of your journey that your favorite studio tool/supply was your industrial sewing machine… are you experiencing separation anxiety?! Ha! Good question. I'm actually really enjoying traveling light and getting back to basics with limited artistic tools. It's nice to pause and spend more time really looking at the subject, than thinking about the technicalities of process!
It's nice to pause and spend more time really looking at the subject, than thinking about the technicalities of process!
What is the first thing you want to make when you get home? I'd love to work on translating these places and experiences into prints that could possibly be used in textile work.
Stay tuned for another update from Carla next week. And, as always, follow her on Instagram for a daily does of adventure.