Springtime in Spokane is one of my favorite seasons. Right now the lilacs are in bloom, but a couple weeks ago was prime time for the arrowleaf balsamroot, my very favorite PNW wildflower. They are so cheery and remind me of sunflowers and I love how they pop up all over town in early spring. Dishman Hills Natural Area out in the Spokane Valley is one of the best places in town to enjoy their beauty. Two weeks ago I hiked out there, looking for some painting subjects and spent a highly pleasant evening sitting among the flowers.
We spent some time in the South Park Street Cemetary, a historic walled cemetery that housed many British citizens from the colonial era. It was extremely sobering to see the ages listed on many of the large monuments. It was rare to see an age over 40. According to a booklet we got at the office, British citizens who traveled to India lasted about two monsoon seasons before succumbing to tropical diseases.
Our trip to India was remarkable-a land of many contrasts and incredible energy, but I have to admit that it is good to be home!
Hi Guys! Long time no talk! My husband and I spent the first half of March in India, visiting a dear friend of his. It was quite the experience-hot, beautiful, alarming, smelly (both good and bad), fascinating and very, very different from my ordinary life in America.
At the end of last year I made a foray over to Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute out on the west side of town and was delighted what I found-tall trees lining a long and misty path, surprise public art, a delicately decorated historic church moved from GU’s campus decades ago, rows of brick buildings, formerly barracks and fort offices, now repurposed for the college, a fabulous brick path and more. Thank you to Akihiro Nakahara for the fabulous tour...I was really inspired!
My goodness, January just flew by, probably because I came down sick for about half of it, so I was only conscious for the other half! February is here and will be gone before we blink as well! It’s been a while since we’ve talked to I thought I’d get up a blog post and reconnect with you all!
So, I don’t know if you guys know this, but I also paint in oil paint as well as watercolors. I love the thick texture you can get with oil paint and the JOY of being able to put a juicy highlight right over a dark section of paint. Here are some paintings from several sessions last spring.
It’s hard to believe it but 2019 is here. 2018 went by in a blur of painting, planes, and book printing! Thank you to all of you who have liked, shared, bought, and supported me on my art adventure. This is has been my best year so far! Let’s look back a bit on what I got up to!
I got my first book proof back last Friday! It was such a thrill to hold it in my hands for the first time after so long dreaming about it. I might have squealed with excitement. :)
Here’s a quick video of me flipping through the first part of the book. I can’t wait to get the book out into the world and share my love of Spokane with everyone!
As promised, here is the last of my sketching adventures in the UK, mostly of things I brought back and a little bit of sketching on the way home.
WOO! It is so exciting to announce that my Artist’s Eye on Spokane Kickstarter has officially fully funded! I’m so happy to be able to make this book and get it into people’s hands. Thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far, whether that has been by pledging to the Kickstarter directly, sharing or telling someone about the campaign, or just sending me good vibes. It’s all appreciated!
And if you’d like to get a book or a print, its not too late! The campaign ends on the 30th! Books will be available after December 15th at Pottery Place Plus, but this is your last chance to get your name listed in the back of the book as a supporter AND to get a custom Artist’s Eye on Spokane design stamped inside your book!
Lots of exciting news here in my studio!
The Artist’s Eye on Spokane Kickstarter is 71% funded as I write this and I have 12 days to go! Thank you to everyone who has supported the project whether that has been with money or sharing the campaign. I’m so excited, after a year and half of work, to put this book into people’s hands!
If you haven’t gotten a book yet and want one, CLICK HERE! I hope I can help out with the Christmas gift list for people this year. Know a friend or family member who loves Spokane? They’d love this book!
My work will be at the Urban Art Coop Holiday Bazaar November 30th-December 2. November 30th is an evening party with all the artists attending with delicious appetizers (I heard that there will be smoked salmon!) for a $5 donation and both Saturday and Sunday are free.
Here is the second to last blog post about my sketching adventures in the U.K. this past August! If you’re getting this on my email newsletter, feel free to click through to the blog to see my previous sketches in Ireland! Updates about my Artist’s Eye on Spokane Book Kickstarter and the shows I’ll be at this holiday season.
Exciting news everyone! After a year of paintings Spokane scenes, months of writing, emailing, and coordinating, I have finally launched my Kickstarter to fund the print run of my Artist’s Eye on Spokane book!
It is going to be 8” x 10” and over 120 pages of color illustrations designed by Thom Caraway, a local Whitworth professor and a former poet laureate of Spokane, so it will be a solid coffee table book. I’m printing it locally here in town with Russ at Gray Dog Press and if you are willing to pick it up at one of the book events I will host in December, you’ll be able to get the book in time for Christmas! For $28 you’ll get a copy of the book with your name in the back, which is a special Kickstarter deal.
Click here to check out the Kickstarter campaign and get yourself some books for yourself and friends for the holiday! There’s also a video where you can see me painting at Huntington Park, Riverfront Park, and the Garland neighborhood as I make my pitch about the Kickstarter. Keith at Pioneer Productions made me look pretty awesome, not going to lie, so take a look.
Please feel free to share the Kickstarter with anyone you think would enjoy it or anyone who needs help finding Christmas presents this year! (I’m just starting my Christmas shopping, oh god.) Thank you all for your support.
We spent several days roaming about Ireland. I know that the UK experienced a severe drought this summer, but it rained several times while we were there and, as a Spokanite, I hadn’t seen rain in months. It was excellent but confusing.
It is the summer of international travel for me! I jaunted off to the UK with my family-Ireland, the UK and Scotland this time!
Sorry for dropping off the radar recently! I’ve been in the UK, came down with a cold, and working away like mad. My painting on the cover of the Inlander was part of all that work! I was surprised to find that they published the Fall Arts Issue two weeks before October (Fall Arts month in Spokane), but it was a delight to see my work on the cover of the magazine. I always look forward to the Fall Arts Issue and am super honored to have been asked!
Other exciting news: If you are going to be out and about for October’s First Friday (which I highly recommend!), I have four paintings in Terrain at the Jenson-Byrd Building (It’ll be like a scavenger hunt to find them in the hundreds of pieces of art showing!) and my painting of the Gaiser Conservatory all lit up with holiday lights will be hanging at the Chase Gallery All-Media Show in City Hall. If you want to attend Terrain, I highly recommend going early before the crowds get too bad or buying tickets to the Preview Night on Thursday.
If you’d like to keep up with me more regularly and you do the social media thing you can follow me at Artist’s Eye on Spokane on Facebook (as well as Megan Perkins Art) and as @artistseyeonspokane and @perkins_megan on Instagram.
I've been out and about on many adventures that you will all hear about soon, so forgive me this little blast from the past as I talk about the sketchcrawl class I taught earlier this month:
August 12th on a 107 degree day, I had a sketch crawl class with the Spokane Art School. Luckily we were able to find some shade and eventually cooled off to around 97 degrees! Kali and Rowan didn't have watercolors so we all stuck with pen or pencil, though I loaned them my watercolor set to play with for the last sketch. We had a lovely evening!
Priest Lake is one of my favorite places in all the world. I've been coming here, to a cabin my aunt has, for pretty much my whole life. It is beautiful and peaceful and driving up there, I always feel is a bit like coming home.
We walked, kayaked, paddleboarded and ate a lot. A perfect long weekend. Do you have any favorite summer places?
At the end of June, I went off to a weekend in Leavenworth with a group of my college friends to celebrate our 30th birthdays. We stayed in a house twenty minutes out of Leavenworth with a hot tub and a killer view of the mountains.
This is the last of my blog posts about my trip to Japan. We spent the last part of our trip in Kyoto and then Osaka. I'd love to go back. Perhaps I can connect up with Spokane's sister city Nishinomiya!