The deer

This fantastic band played at Oregon country fair. They are on tour from Austin Texas playing Portishead’s “dummy.”

Dungeons and dragons characters

While some friends played a campaign, I made drawings. I asked them what color and kind of cloak or armor they wanted. I based the poses on some ages I found in dungeons and dragons books and character images I found on the internet. The background is from my spray art style I’ve been playing with and using with my students lately.

Tennis and Wild Ones

Tennis is from Denver, Colorado. Alaina Moore sounds wise beyond her years and Patrick Riley always has his hair over his eyes. This band seems to be having a blast on stage. My favorite song is “100 lovers” which has a plodding baseline that reminds me of Beck. “Mean streets” is another highlight. Check out “Timothy” and “Bad Girls” if you like… I don’t know, good music! There are echoes of Blondie, the Cardigans, Madonna, The Beach Boys, Summer Twins, Belaire, Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley, etc…

Wild Ones from Portland play a darker version of pop, sometimes approaching Phantogram and electronica. They were also very good.

The space lady at moon rock records

The space lady used to busk on the street in San Fransisco or in subways. Now she’s playing to large crowds who love her weird unusual take on classic rock covers and her sweet original lyrics and stage persona. She plays Casio keyboards into a heavy phaser effect and uses the tinny drum machines that came with those old casios… then she sings, sometimes changing the melody of the original song wildly and manipulating a delay effect on her voice while she plays keys. It’s a unique show for sure! She also picked up the guitar for a few songs and led the crowd in singalongs, encouraging us to love each other and realize our best selves! Check her out at her Facebook page.

And her Wikipedia page is here.

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Animal silhouettes

To do this art project you’ll need a projector and spray bottles. The image of an animal is protected on to a page and traced. Then the artist sprays black paint and drips wet thick paint on the page, blocking some ink with stencils and objects. They can draw with markers or white colored pencil first if they want. The silhouette is then cut out and glued onto a new piece of paper for a stunning effect. Some students chose to color their backgrounds, others did not. Drawing in an eye or using a bit of tape where the eye would be as a mask can have a stunning effect!

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Hannah Paysinger at muse art

Hannah played us delightful piano ballads, some covers of Elton John, Joni Mitchell, and even Radiohead and Feist. Her original, “I saw a ghost on the Oregon coast” is so touching.

Muse art is every Monday at Whirled Pies in Eugene. One or more musicians play for 2 hours so artists can draw or paint them. This is a great, low pressure, all ages arts event that is donation based. They bring art supplies and even some play doh for younger kids to pass the time.

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