Archives for the month of: February, 2014

City Lights

I wish I could say the lighting effects in this image were intentional, but they are purely a ‘happy accident’ and the result of low lighting, possibly too much coffee, and no tripod available. Shot from the vantage point of Portland City Grill—a restaurant on the 30th floor of the U.S. Bancorp Tower—this image looks out upon the center of downtown Portland and to the radio towers on the Southwest Hills in the distance.

Industrial Abstract #12

Industrial Abstract #12
Location: SE Madison Street at SE 9th Avenue, Portland

See also:
Industrial Abstract #7 (January 13, 2014)
Industrial Abstract #8 (January 20, 2014)
Industrial Abstract #9 (January 27, 2014)
Industrial Abstract #10 (February 9, 2014)
Industrial Abstract #11 (February 19, 2014)

Me

I get one day of the year when it’s all about ME (LOL!). Today is that day.

(Photographed in Manzanita, Oregon)

Mount Hood

A view of one of Portland’s great symbols— Mt. Hood—photographed in Autumn along the western banks of the Willamette River. Ever-changing weather patterns and constant fluctuations of light provide endlessly varied views of this beautiful Pacific Northwest landmark.

(For more information on Mount Hood, see this post)

Coffee Break Monday

Coffee Break Monday | February 24, 2014
Subject: Stumptown Coffee Roasters | Location: 3356 SE Belmont Street

Shadows & Light

The shadows and light of a beautifully minimal staircase leading to the lower level of the Belluschi Building at The Portland Art Museum.

A Roof With A View

Heading back to the coast for today’s post, and a sunny rooftop perch for these contented seagulls in Bay City, Oregon. These birds have good taste and know the right place to hang out—The Fish Peddler restaurant at The Pacific Oyster Company looks out onto the beautiful vistas of Tillamook Bay and serves up what many have called the best oysters to be found on the Oregon Coast.

Street Art PDX No. 1

Street Art PDX | No. 1
“Cyclops Bunny” | Location: Northeast Alberta Street

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

The Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, formerly the property of one of Portland’s 19th century mayors, William S. Ladd, is one of the jewels in Portland Parks’ crown. Originally developed as a rhododendron test garden, it offers a maze of short pathways on the slopes and inlets of Crystal Springs Lake’s east shore. The garden blooms in dazzling fashion in spring and summer, with a spectacular variety of rhododendrons and azaleas. Waterfowl, including many species of wild duck, are attracted to the lake. After you pass through the admission gate at the Rhododendron Garden, there’s a view over the landscaped slopes with a footbridge over a creek below, a pond, a large weeping willow to the right, and a multitude of blooming rhododendrons from mid-March into the summer.

(Source: portlandhikers.org)

Industrial Abstract #11

Industrial Abstract #11
Location: Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm | Woodburn, Oregon

See also:
Industrial Abstract #6 (December 26, 2013)
Industrial Abstract #7 (January 13, 2014)
Industrial Abstract #8 (January 20, 2014)
Industrial Abstract #9 (January 27, 2014)
Industrial Abstract #10 (February 9, 2014)

Beautiful Bodies

Photographed in October 2012 during the outstanding Portland Art Museum exhibit The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece, the juxtaposition of these two beautiful bodies illustrates how the human form continues to be celebrated in endless artistic variations throughout the ages. Aristide Maillol’s The River (completed in 1943) contrasts with the exhibit display banner featuring The Discobolus (Roman copy from 2nd Century A.D., original by Myron 450-440 B.C.)—two vastly different time periods, two artistic visions, two beautiful bodies…

Coffee Break Monday

Coffee Break Monday | February 17, 2014
Subject: The Red e Café | Location: Inside the Ecotrust building, 721 NW 9th Avenue (Pearl District)

Sign Language Volume 2

Sign Language | Volume 2
Subject: 6th Avenue Motel
Location: 2221 SW 6th Avenue

See also:
Sign Language | Volume 1 (February 7, 2014)

Art For Art's Sake [No. 8]

Art For Art’s Sake [No. 8]
Location: Near Sunnyside Piazza, SE 33rd & Yamhill Streets

See also:
Art For Art’s Sake [No. 3], December 29, 2013
Art For Art’s Sake [No. 4], January 16, 2014
Art For Art’s Sake [No. 5], January 23, 2014
Art For Art’s Sake [No. 6], January 30, 2014
Art For Art’s Sake [No. 7], February 5, 2014

Valentine

Portlanders are fortunate to have on view a unique expression of love created by the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1983. “Valentine” is on display at Portland Art Museum’s Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, a long term loan of Portland native and former girlfriend of Basquiat, Paige Powell. The energetic brushtrokes and loose, spontaneous line work form the shape of a heart and create the figures of two monkeys embracing against a soft pink background. A striking and vibrant expression of love, a lasting valentine created by a great artist that left us much too soon.

(This post is dedicated to my Valentine, Terri)

Dapper Dog

Are you in the market for that hard to find Engelbert Humperdinck or Tammy Wynette 8-track tape? Perhaps you are trying to track down the perfect piece of vintage clothing, a retro clock or an antique end table. Can I interest you in a snappy Dapper Dog tie for your pup? As the saying goes: “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure”, and these are just a few examples of the vast array of vintage treasures—or junk—to be discovered in the antique stores along North Lombard Street in the St. Johns area of North Portland. Whether these items are treasures or junk is all subjective and the eye of the beholder, but either way, it is fun to browse through the shops and see what surprises await.

A Beautiful Little Oasis

Tanner Springs Park is a quiet and naturalistic city park in Portland’s Pearl District that has been referred to as a ‘beautiful little oasis’. Designed by Atelier Dreiseitl and GreenWorks PC, the square is connected to the busy Jamison Square two blocks away by a wooden boardwalk made of ipê. Stormwater runoff from the park block is fed into a natural water feature with a spring and natural cleansing system. The east wall of the park is covered in an art installation primarily composed of vertically placed rail tracks—recovered from the area and donated by Portland Terminal Railroad—which represent the peeled back industrial landscape of the recent industrial past. Portland’s Bullseye Glass Company supplied 99 translucent blue pieces of glass, which were painted by Herbert Dreiseitl with scenes of indigenous animals, and are interspersed in the rails.

(Sources: Landezine.com; Wikipedia; Portland Parks & Recreation signage)

Love Is In The Air

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air this week, calling to mind Dans La Nuit (Lovers), a beautiful work by French sculptor Gaston Lachaise with an equally beautiful backstory. Photographed in June 2013 at the Portland Art Museum exhibit MAN/WOMAN: Gaston Lachaise, the following museum description accompanied the large bronze sculpture:

The motif of recumbent lovers first occupied Lachaise in 1905-08 when he created a series of small clay studies of couples. In the over life-sized Dans La Nuit (Lovers), a powerfully-modeled pair of entwined lovers recline tenderly in one another’s arms in a state of complete trust—an image of harmony and union, both physical and spiritual. Continuously seeking to embody the passion of his relationship with Isabel [Nagle, his muse], the artist ultimately succeeded with Dans La Nuit (Lovers) in creating a universal icon for the intimacy of love. It was the last work Lachaise finished in the summer of 1935 in his Maine studio before he died.

Coffee Break Monday

Coffee Break Monday | February 10, 2014
Subject: Stumptown Coffee Roasters | Location: 3356 SE Belmont Street

Industrial Abstract #10

Industrial Abstract #10
Location: NW Nicolai Street, Northwest Industrial District.

See also:
Industrial Abstract #5 (December 9, 2013)
Industrial Abstract #6 (December 26, 2013)
Industrial Abstract #7 (January 13, 2014)
Industrial Abstract #8 (January 20, 2014)
Industrial Abstract #9 (January 27, 2014)