Category Archives: art

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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I HONK! Fest Environmental Encroachment 

This band is totally fun and dresses in wacky costumes. They played for us on the grass in skinner’s butte park. Check them out here. I enjoyed their originals about elephants and bunnies and their cover of Radiohead’s “national anthem.” I feel I really got loose for these drawings and drew them in a Jules Fieffer and or William Blake kind of style. Shaded with copics.

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Texture explorations with black ink

Though it’s often good to plan a drawing out with pencil before the process of inking, this assignment just has you ink right away. Make a grid on yor paper 5×6 is a fine way to do it. Fill in each square with a unique texture. If you are familiar with zentangles, it’s similar to that.

When each square has a unique texture they might look something like this: 

Then we put food coloring and water in spray bottles. We cut out stenciled and put them on photocopies of our original art and sprayed color on them.


Wowwwwwww so pretty!

Busted monks

This wild two piece blues band rocks the house!


Check out their recordings here.

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Candace

candace.gifPortland Witchpop/ stargaze dream pop band Candace shook the roots at Luckys in Eugene, on tour with The Shivas.

These are swirling huge pop songs with shimmering guitars and wavy variable tempos.

I asked how their sound is so huge, and Sarah Rose told me it was a secret. She also said their drummer moved from Minneapolis to Portland and the whole band for followed her. They have songs posted online but i liked nearly every one of their songs live and didnt like the recordings nearly as much.

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Mt. Eerie

Phil Elverum , aka Mt. Eerie, aka “the Microphones” played wow hall. This was an important show for me because I used to play microphones’ songs on KSUA back in the 90s and that’s how I discovered The Blow. Once Phil was playing in Anchorage and my friends and I tried to catch a ride down to see him play (must have been 2001 or 2002). We couldn’t fit in the car and we didn’t get to see him so 16 years later I see him play at the Wow hall.

This show was intense and really powerfully emotional. Phil played songs from his most recent album A crow looked at me” and they were all about the loss of his beloved wife. Each song seemed to have the same tempo and mood. Many lines in the songs echoed each other and seemed as if they could have been swapped with lines in different songs. Each had touching lines and sorrowful imagery. These are songs about surviving loss, seeing people who knew the deceased at the grocery store, trying to explain what happened to children, and being moved to tears by throwing away a toothbrush or some other intimate object. The whole crowd was silent. We were all on the edge of our seats.

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