Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Flying backwards.

I have been taking steps to rebrand myself as an illustrator. First and foremost, I would like to present to you my new logo:

    My new logo is taken from the above I have created:  a nonsense bird, born decades ago from the mind of my grandfather Robert, or “Bob” to almost everyone. Bob, who was born here in Oregon, and my grandmother, Mary, who hailed from Wisconsin, met in Washington, D.C. in their twenties. Each lived in their own respective apartments with several roommates, just across the hallway from one another.
    When they were dating and Mary was about to visit the West coast for the first time in her life to meet Bob’s family,  he told her tall tales about the strange and fantastic wildlife that lives exclusively out West. The Filamaloo bird, which I have drawn to use as my logo, was one of these animals. The Filamaloo bird, explained Bob, flies backwards, “Because it doesn’t care where it’s going - only where it’s been.”
    In retrospect, as I write this, the bird would seem like a strange sort of foreshadowing. Since midway through last year, my grandfather has lived in a memory care facility because of his severe dementia from Alzheimer’s and needs help and supervision to be safe and to get through his day successfully. He sleeps a great deal and is often exhausted, confused, and mentally cloudy. He doesn’t know where he is going, but can remember bits and pieces from years ago of where he has been, so much like the bird, he is immersed in the past. He remembers he was born in Eugene, that he used to go hunting with his brothers, that he had a beautiful wife named Mary. He vaguely remembers me as a wide-eyed small child and not the mid-twenty-something who comes to visit. He clings to what he knows when he remembers how, and most of the time, happily obliges with suggestions as to where he is going.
    I chose to illustrate the Filamaloo bird not only to honor my Grandfather’s uniquely inventive mind when it was at its best, but to serve as a beautiful image and a self-reminder. I don’t want to live blissfully uninterested with the future. Instead I want to to live always keeping the past in mind as a tool for perspective and self-reflection. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Drag Portraits #8 - #10

Hello, lovely followers. I have obviously not been updating this blog as often as I should be, but my latest work and lots of progress shots can be found on my facebook fan page (link on the right sidebar). However, I've just finished drag portrait #10, and realize I should have all the others on here! So, here they are!
"Ashley Jo'Elle," 6"x8". Gouache on 300 lb. coldpress arches. 2013. 

 "Ecstacy Inferno." 6"x 8". Gouache on 300 lb. coldpress arches. 2013.

"Bendelacreme." 6"x8". Gouache on 300 lb. coldpress arches. 2014.

All images © Amanda Russel, 2013 and 2014. All rights reserved.

In the meantime, stickers of all three of these plus Hoakx Monsoon are coming out soon and will be available in my etsy shop.  
I want 2014 to be a year of more getting myself and my name and artwork out there into the world, and this blog is going to continue to be a place to find up-to-date information. 

Thanks for following!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Post on Q Center Portland's Blog

I apologize for failing to regularly update this blog as of late.

Latest news: I was fortunate to be a part of the Queer Artists and Allies Spring Showcase at the Q Center in Portland last month, and received this very nice write-up in the organization's blog, written by Dave Mosier, who also curated the show: Click to Read!

I have been continuing the drag portraits, and now have six different stickers available for purchase in my etsy store.

I am in the process of organizing prints of the drag portraits to sell on my etsy store. They will be available in postcard and 11x18 sizes.

Thank you for reading!


Drag Portrait #7: Melody Awesomazing™

("Melody Awesomazing™," 6"x8", gouache on 300 lb coldpress arches, 2013.)
(All Rights Reserved, © Amanda Russel

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A New Year!

I haven't been keeping this blog as up-to-date as I should be!

2013 has rolled around, and I'm still working on the drag portraits and stickers, which I've been more regularly posting progress shots of over on my facebook art page.

I have otherwise been occupying my time working on the illustrations for a children's book, which will be published first in e-book format once it is completed.

The book is about bunnies and the first draft of the text and illustrations together should be done around mid-March!

 Amanda Russel © 2012 - 2013

Keep checking my etsy store for new stickers as they are made, and in the near future, prints will also be available! Three designs of stickers are currently available. Here is the fourth design, the next batch that will be available:
 Amanda Russel © 2012

I was also a vendor in early February at Wild Hearts, a collection of local craftspeople and artists held at Crush (more info on the venue: here). 

There will be another gathering of vendors at the same place on Sunday, March the 3rd from 1-7 PM

 Details to come shortly: 

-Showing my thesis paintings and book, "Wake Up," in Chicago, through an awesome organization called Backbones (check 'em out here on their official website). The organization is currently in the works of organizing a show, featuring the art of a small handful of folks from all over the world who are living with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). 

-Prints: sizes, pricing, availability. 

Stay tuned!