Thursday, July 30, 2009

escape in an urban jungle

a polaroid style shot taken upon entering forest park. this nature preserve is downtown portland's backyard. i literally ride my bike there in 20 minutes and after about 5 minutes walk into its cool wooded groves i feel miles and miles away from urban life - i might as well be in the wilderness. this is one of many reasons why i love about this town.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

public transit = encounters with the odd

its fair to say that i've spent a good chunk of time on some form of public transit while traveling - which means i've been witness to some pretty interesting folk. there was the guy who "played" a toy flute the entirety of a train ride from santa barbara to orange county, or those characters who feel it is their destiny to relay the intricacies of their life story to you on late night greyhound rides, overly aggressive lesbian advances on seattle buses, sharing seats with livestock on the 'chicken buses' of central america... the list goes on. its rare i actually document such encounters because i am either trying to sleep, trying to read, or pretending i don't speak english. however, i have this little memento from an upstate ny to nyc amtrak. this man, quietly strumming a ukulele, seemed gentle, non-threatening and had a phenomenal overbite.

my writing is messy and a bit blurred, if curious it says:
"the peculiar looking man who strummed a ukulele throughout the train ride to nyc. i think other passengers were getting annoyed. after all, he wasn't very good - but i still found the disjointed strumming quaint. he had the look of an old poet/blues man. every now and then he rambles 'ohh yeah baby' from beneath his monumental jowls & intense overbite."

Monday, July 27, 2009


so friggin hot and humid here in portland that i want to barf. ommm trying to think cool thoughts. ommm...

Friday, July 24, 2009

dress quest

admittedly i haven't done much in terms of planning my wedding - its not for almost a year anyway. however, the one thing i've gotten on the ball with is the dress! i was lucky enough to have a family heirloom passed down to me. so here you have it: worn by my maternal grandmother in the 40's then altered and worn again by my mother in the 70's. and now its mine to alter as a wish!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

pelvic girdle

pelvis. say the word a couple times and you'll realize what a strange word it is after all. here is a sketch of the pelvic girdle area (i know - equally strange sounding). its the same sketch - just posted twice as a mirror image because i thought it looked nifty.
e.cobb, pelvic girdle sketch: 12x8" pencil on paper

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

from the land of many lakes.... & mosquitos

minnesota went well. the landscape was like nothing i've ever seen before: flat, very green, and yes, lakes - thousands. hence the 'land of 10,000 lakes' moniker. it was very peaceful there especially with incredible sunsets that last hours. park rapids, the nearest town, was adorably nostalgic - i don't think much has changed there in the last 50 years. will i ever return? ya sure, you betcha!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

from clemente & a left hand

i came across this page in a two year old sketchbook. i had a painting instructor who broke his right hand (his drawing hand) and thus was forced to use his left. he raved over the results and found creativity flowing in a different ways as new neural pathways where forming. i gave it a try by drawing my right hand with my left. the result is akin to drawing without looking at the paper or lifting your pen. (see "bill when i'm not looking" post). the whole experiment reminded me of life's fragility, hence the francesco clemente quote - one of my all time favorite artists. {click on the image for a close up}

Thursday, July 16, 2009

i heart trees

here are some polaroids i took of trees -to keep you entertained for the weekend.

i'm heading out of town for the next 4 days and i'm not taking my laptop with me. "what exciting local are you wandering off to?" -you ask. to minnesota lake country. "oh.. why!?" so that i can celebrate bill's grandmother's 80th and get eaten alive by mosquitos at the same time. it sure will be nice to chill by a lake and not have to work. see ya'll tuesday.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

exploring flutter's clutter

it is an understatement when i say 'there are some pretty sweet shops in portland'. one such place prime for exploration is flutter located on the hipster enclave that is north mississippi ave. i get lost in it's awesomeness for hours as i browse an assortment of vintage dresses in fanciful colors. collections of vintage postcards, stamps, keys, and all sorts of beautiful randomness create little still-life moments all over the place. typically a copious use of taxidermy gives me the heeby-jeebies but they totally pull it off with a comical air! i imagine that flutter would be the outcome if lolita and a disgruntled anthropologie employee decided to take an acid trip together in some theatrical, well-traveled old aunt's attic and perhaps teal paint was added for good pleasure... i mean measure. in other words: this place rocks!

these mannequin ladies are wearing creations by 'urchin'

so many possibilities !

Monday, July 13, 2009

hydrangea love

here's a fun fact: did you know that the color of a hydrangea's petals mirror the pH level of the soil? blue mean the soil is acidic; white or pale colors = neutral soil and akaline soils produce pink/purple petals. pretty crazy if you ask me. i took this picture in a market in nicaragua. coincidently hydrangeas are found in an array of colors everywhere i look here in portland.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

two for one

fortunately i've been able to draw at couple figure drawing workshops lately (when i haven't been modeling at them.) at one such class there was a married couple modeling. it was definitely a challenge to have so much more to draw, but the compositions those two created were pretty incredible. it was fascinating to witness the silent connection that can take place between couples. this is a 5 min sketch (hence the funky-looseness):

e.cobb, dave&becky in 5 min: 8x8" charcoal on paper

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

an old favorite

it's about time i posted another one of my paintings. i did a whole series of large scale figure paintings about 2 summers ago while living in santa barbara - wow time flies. this piece was shown at both muddy waters and elsie's - for you non-santa-barbarians those are two lounge/bars favored by locals.

e.cobb, shes (2007) 4x3' oil on masonite

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

snack time

want a snack that satisfies both that sweet and rich-salty craving? try black mission figs paired with a lavender & anise aged goat cheese. let me tell you - the flavor combo will seriously rock your world. this could even work as a dessert when drizzled with honey or maple syrup. mmmm. the cheese i have is by rollingstone chevre and these california figs are just coming in season (hooray) look for them at your farmer's market.

also, may i add, aren't figs little masterpieces in their own right? i mean they're almost too pretty to eat - almost. all those undulating shapes and bold colors are an absolute artists' dream.

Monday, July 6, 2009

greetings from lala land!

a pink peony arrangement from the farmer's market. i love the dark vs light hue contrast here. i'm not sure what the other flower is - but i totally dig its deep black cherry color against pale pink.

well as you can see my postings slowed down a bit last week. there are a couple contributing factors for this. 1. holiday = vacation, this means from computers too. 2. not only have i wished america a very happy birthday but, 3. i got ... engaged (!) and thus resulted in my prompt arrival to the happy state of lala land - a brain vacation destination. now that i have come back down to earth i will be carrying on with business as usual (if posting pretty pictures on the internet is, in fact 'business'.)

i've also realized the good news: i get to plan a wedding - the bad news? i get to plan a wedding - something that most surprisingly i haven't given much thought to before. however, the design element of a wedding could be an interesting avenue for creative expression. i am hoping to make the affair simple, handmade and unique to bill and me - not a materialistic explosion of tulle and overpriced flowers, we'll see how well that goes. i am officially entering the bewildering year of 'the nearly-wed'. looks like another category will soon be added to this blog. stay tuned - live long and prosper.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

eucalyptus leaves

in santa barbara eucalyptus trees are all over - lining beach cliffs, creating shade on state street, and other historical spots. interestingly they are not the least bit native to california, yet they thrive all over southern cali. their twisted trunks with streaks of colored bark have long been a source of inspiration for artists. i came across a collection of fallen eucalyptus leaves one day and loved how the long curved shapes overlapped creating a random and interesting composition.

e.cobb: eucalyptus leaves, 8x12" pencil on paper