Big Lake, August 2019

This week we took a last minute trip to Big Lake, to hang out with good friends. It was a short trip, Sunday through Tuesday, but we lucked out with weather. I’d never been to Big Lake before. It was amazing! Next time I’ll bring our kayaks. Big Lake is between Detroit Lake and Bend, in Southern Oregon.

This was Brandy’s first trip! Brandy is a 1975 Bradywine trailer. She’s sweet as apple pie.

We made some friends on the trip. We had the nerf guns and lazer tag, and they had the kayaks. It worked out pretty well for both sides.

WordPress custom post type template not rendering

I’m working on a site for a client and ran into an issue with getting the permalink to render the template I’d created. So I search the web and found this gem: When you’re messing with custom post types and change something structural like the slug, you may need to paste <?php flush_rewrite_rules(); ?> into the body of a template file. I added it to my header.php file in order to well… flush things out. Remember to REMOVE IT IMMEDIATELY after. It’s expensive.

Thank you WordPress Stack Exchange Community!

Sou’Wester March 2019

J and I went to Sou’wester Lodge for Spring break. We spend a fair amount of time at Cape Disappointment. Waikiki beach in Cape Disappointment may be my new favorite place. We made new friends, got in fights with old friends (that part sucked), got rained on, sunned on, and sanded on. The dog only puked once and the kid never puked (amazing!). There was bike riding, scootering, and lots of walking. A tiny amount of art was made. Some writing happened. It was an awesome trip and I’m even more in love with the Sou’Wester now. Pics!

GitHub Forking and Pull Requests

How to Fork a GitHub Repository, clone it, branch it, make edits, and do a Pull Request

Hurray! I finally started recording short tutorials on useful web development things. I’m tired of listening to men’s voices in tutorials all the time. It’s time for some women’s voices.

I’ll start adding short videos to my playlist on a semi regular basis.

Laura Wheeler Waring

More About Laura Wheeler Waring

Born in 1887 in Hartford Connecticut, Laura Wheeler Waring was a teacher and artist. She taught art and music at Cheyney University  for more than 30 years. She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She’s most known for her portraits and many of them are part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery.

Sou’Wester Residency 2019

This here is a post about my residency at the Sou’Wester in Seaview Washington in January 2019.

I just spend two and a half years busting my ass with VergePDX. I was curating art at the Red Fox, Akemi Salon, Flickerbox, Inc., and both of the Joinery locations in SE and SW Portland, Oregon. It was a fantastic experience and I loved it, but last summer I ran into health issues and the stress that Verge was putting me under at the time was too much. So I decided to put Verge on hold and found new peeps to take over curation at each location. The kingdom was divided and I decided to hang onto Verge for future tricks up my sleeve. That was hard to split things up. It was like giving my pets away. It still stings sometimes.

Anyhow, around the holidays, I was finally feeling better and was able to take some deep breathes and look around. Turns out I was pouring so much of myself into Verge and my day job, that I had pretty much stopped making art. This is a very bad thing, art has been very important to me. So I thought, I’ve always wanted to do the Sou’Wester artist residency, let’s apply. I can get some solid jump start art making time. Lo and behold, they accepted my application and I packed up my art supplies, my guitar, and my dog, and headed to Seaview Washington for six fruitful days of art making, beach walks, and napping. I also drank a fair bit of vodka.

Many years ago I started a series about chairs. I love chairs. They have so much personality. I feel like our energy rubs off on them and we leave a piece of ourselves embedded in our favorite chairs for all times. That’s why when I see a chair on the side of the road, I feel both sad for the abandonment of what must have been a special chair, and a sense of possibility. That energy has a chance to go somewhere else in the universe and stir things up. Maybe it will get to be someone else’s favorite chair for a while, or maybe it’ll get ground up into bits and each tiny bit of energy stored will get released back into the world.

It all started with this messy little watercolor sketch from August 2005:

This is my husband’s old chair. We struggled with getting rid of this damn thing for years. We loved it but honestly it was really uncomfortable and one of the wheels was broken and unfixable. We finally let it go into the universe by leaving it on the San Francisco sidewalk but I felt like I needed to capture it’s essence. Here’s my attempt:

I quite like it. I did a series in 2005, all in pastel. Here are some of them:

I’ve missed working on that series, and since living in Portland, I’ve taken maybe hundreds of photos of chairs that have been left out on the sidewalk. Some of them really awesome. I guess it’s my way of capturing something I love and want, but don’t actually want to take into my home, because, stuff. Am I right? Too much of it.

Anyhow. I revived that series and you can see it here.

More later. I’m tired.

Web fonts

In my PSU class I’ve got several students who want to use licensed fonts. They are students, so purchasing licenses just isn’t an option. So I’ve found some handy resources for finding close replacements for fonts as well as some handy links for font pairing recommendations.

Futura recommended web font replacements

The website: What is the closest Google Font? has several font recommendations for Avenir, Gil Sans, Cambria, Rockwell and a few more.

Panama Live Fruit Feeders Cam

My new favorite thing

The Panama Fruit Feeder Cam is located on the grounds of the Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Antón, Panama. This site is just over 2,000 ft above sea level in the low mountains of Cerro Gaital, with a mild springtime climate year-round. A small stream called Rio Guayabo runs past the feeders in the background, and the lush landscaping of the Canopy Lodge grounds grade into the forested slopes around them. The feeding table is around 40 feet from the main lodge, and is one of several feeders provisioned throughout the day so that guests to the lodge are greeted to spectacular views of many of the common birds found in this ecosystem.

Symlink for Sublime or Atom on a Mac

Did you know there’s an easy way to set up your terminal app to open things in atom or sublime? You just have to create a symlink.

I keep needing this for my students so I’m keeping it here so I can find it!

For Sublime, In a terminal window type:

ln -s /Applications/Sublime\ /usr/local/bin/subl

For Atom, In a terminal window type:

ln -s /Applications/ /usr/local/bin/atom

Then you can open a whole directory from the terminal by typing either

subl .


atom .

or a specific file by typing either

subl yourfilename.js


atom yourfilename.js

Bootstrap example sites

AW Awards

bootstrap Expo

Bootstrap Bay

Color Lib – Bootstrap portfolios

Handy Bootstrap pieces and parts on tutorialize

Flex Order in bootstrap

Big 500 Art Show interviews

Jason Berlin and I, along with loads more artists were interviewed for the 2017 Big 500 Aty Show. Going on until December 24th at Pioneer Place Mall, Second floor. Three shops, thousands of pieces of art, all $40 each.