Collab: Phase 1/3 done! by Amarett Jans

Today I hand the collab piece off to April. It was a creative experience doing the first part of the painting. From the beginning, I was thinking about April and Christine. I didn't want to block their space, or put so much on the canvas that they felt inhibited. I thought, am I giving them enough? What tone am I setting? This was the cool effect of collaboration. You have to think down the line. I have no idea what how their art will affect what I did, but that really is the exciting part.

Because the charity I chose is Helping Hands, I wanted hands helping hands out of a bad situation. A black sink hole and drips represent the bad situation. The hands and arms are made of rope, that form a knot that indicates the rope is used for climbing, up, in this case. The soft trippy 'walls' hopefully alter your perception a little bit. I wanted it to look like a snapshot from inside a room, but not necessary the canvas' 3D room, but a portion of an unidentifiable room, and we don't see the whole thing. The pastel sky is light and has movement.

I really look forward to April adds her magic and message.

Stay tuned!

Collabrative art piece to benefit 3 different charities by Amarett Jans

Three artists are going to work on the same piece. This sounds like the Ego's nightmare, but since the goal is to bring awareness to 3 charities, that focus has purpose beyond just making art that looks good. This creative outlet is meant to actively practice collaboration and community. The artists are April Donovan Partner/Creative Director for Blue Collar Agency (Hood River, Or.) Along with Christine Fisher Partner/Creative Director of Blue Marble Creative (White Salmon, Wa.) and myself.

Each artist selected a charity that they were passionate about. April's love for the outdoors led her to choose the restoration project for Mt. Hood's Tilly-Jane cabin. Christine's passion for all things fish, local and water quality, chose Columbia Riverkeeper. I chose Helping Hands Against Domestic Violence because I'm aware of the help they have given to ones in the community, and I would like to support this kind of work and outreach.

The piece will start with myself, and I'll have it for one week. Beginning today. I'll then be passing the piece onto April, and after a week or so she will pass it onto Christine.

When completed, the piece will show at various locations in the Hood River area with a ongoing auction sheet posted next to it. It will be on show for a couple weeks, the winner on the auction sheet will take home the piece. And the proceeds will go to each of the 3 charities.

Let's do this!

Is it Halloween yet? by Amarett Jans

It's never too early for Halloween in Portland. The long running, and all time favorite party is HOWL. I've been working with one of the coordinators, Eric Steindler for the past few years on the artwork for the event. This year we got an early start. The arts theme was inspired by Dias de los Muertos. Photography was the chosen method and it was a particularly fun shoot. Thanks to Alyicia Reeves for modeling!

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