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The ZehnKatzen Times

http://zehnkatzen.blogspot.com/

Located in Happy Valley

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By Samuel John Klein of Portland, Oregon - Graphic Designer without Portfolio, aspiring artist who dawdled too long.

3607I've been on a deep dive through more than 20 years of collected paper ... maps, many of which I've collected, a great deal of which I've drawn myself, because city maps were always a passion for me.I'm proud to call myself a Portlander, but my birthplace, along w

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3606Last evening we saw an oral history presentation at the Midland Library called "A Place Called Home: Vanport to Albina", presented by the Vanport Mosaic project.It was quite an experience.I expected an informative Portland h

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3605Today, Olivia returned to us.Seven months ago, more or less, this was the scene in front of Chez ZehnKatzen:

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3604The access point to homeward-boundedness, during the interregnum.

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3603During the past several months I've been Olivia-less, I've been using TriMet to get to and fro in my workaday travels. I do like to collect the pins for the lapels (I'm becoming one of that sort of olding) and one of the bus drivers asked if I'd like a pin and, of cour

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3602Also in the last couple of days there was some dramatic cloud cover serving as a very dramatic backdrop to the Parkrose/Sumner Transit Center.

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3601This year, 2019-2020, is the fiftieth anniversary of the creation of the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon, or, as we've called it, TriMet; Portland's very own, trendsetting, multi-modal wonder.TriMet has tied the three counties of the Port

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3600Times change and some of my painting habits have changed with it. I'm using bigger and more brushes as I explore the joy of painting acrylic. Washing these brushes in the old jar got a bit messier and soggier than before because they're larger and require a bit more vigorous of a

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3599Checking in with my current PBN project, PaintWorks' Beach Chair Trio, we find things going quite quickly actually, but since I'm splitting my time between three projects, it goes about as quickly as the big one.The painting in warm colors is the fun part, reall

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3598The next painting is an exploration in a simple gradation. In its simplicity it suggests looking out to a placid, sunlit sea.The first step was to sketch in the shoreline and horizon with a mixture of unbleached titanium and yellow ochre. It was then a rather simple ma

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3597After falling sloppy in love with the first three of 50 Small Paintings I've let the "Eggplant with Peppers" still life stay on the shelf. I took it down and did a little something.Here's the painting, now:

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3596I'd always thought it was a European thing. Turns out I was right, not quite in the way I'd thought, but right sure enough.

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3595The second of the series of 50 Small Paintings is "Simple Sunset". It shan't take long to see why.

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3594My Brown Eyed Girl is always on the lookout for compelling things that make me want to create. This is credit that must be stated. And, in her (so far) tireless quest to do so (much gratitude) she located, at the Mighty MultCoLib, a book by Mark Daniel Nelson, titled Lea

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3593Here's how the work on the "Eggplant With Peppers" painting is proceeding.EWP, as will be recalled is the first project out of John Barber's The Acrylic Color Wheel Book, and is a project that acquaints (or re-acquaints) one with the basic ideas of arranging sub

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3592Just your average day in the average coffee shop out in the Foster-Powell nabe, and you want to use the restroom but you've got to wait for the mind-controlling spider to finish what it started with the guy who went in there first.

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3591And here's the first moves on "Beach Chair Trio", the PaintWorks PBN by Darrell Bush.

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3590There's not much to see here, but it's the foundation to "Eggplant and Peppers".The author suggests I block in the veggie outlines with black chalk. I went with a 2B Lyra Graphite crayon because it'll work just as well for my purposes and I don't have any black chalk a

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Two Paintings: One With Numbers, One Without

3589A preview of the next two things I want to attempt, painting-wise. Number one is another PaintWorks PBN. Number two is the real challenge.

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3588Very recently I completed yet another PaintWorks PBN project, Darrel Bush's "Echo Bay" (#73-91474). I generated an armful of progress photos and want to share them all here, but 24 graphics is a bit much, so here, hopefully thoughtfully curated, is a reduced selection of that.

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3587After two months of stress, worrying, deprivation and hope, we've finally gotten the ball rolling.Olivia, Our lil' yellow VeeDubya, went to the hospital today to have her heart torn down and rebuilt.

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3586Oregon has many covered bridges, but up until historically recently, none of them were in Multnomah County.In 1982, though, the county deemed that we deserved to join the party. So a secluded spot was selected where a back road that connected the SE 134th and Foster ne

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3585The Oregon grape, Mahonia aquifolium, is the state flower of Oregon. It's not a grape at all, of course, but a berry. This is how they grow them out in Happy Valley:

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3584I adore the Oregon state highway shield, as those who know me know, and as those who only read me now know.I've spent a great deal of my life watching Oregon highway shields go past. The current day design may seem odd ... like a chicken's egg on its point t

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3583One of the novels that I have loved since I started reading SF is that classic of American SF literature, When Worlds Collide. It is an odd bird, this book. It is, arguably and as far as I know, the first mass-market work of prose or lite

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3582Art on the chalkboards at Powell's City of Books is always splendid. This I enjoyed Imperially.

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3581Pepino's is a tidy little Mexican joint down at Hawthorne and 38th. it's been under a couple of names during its long life (it's been there about twenty years) and the food is always simple and good. Street-taco-style tacos and a chipotle and potato burrito that's swell just the w

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Ukulele Player On Woodstock Blvd

3589On Thrursday late last week, My Brown-Eyed Girl was down in the hidden southeast part of Portland, taking the car in for a bit of necessary, and while waiting out that process, spotted this genuine human on SE Woodstock Blvd ...

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3579These are all times of extreme dexterity and chaos for many of us, and just because one has learnt to live with chaos doesn't mean that chaos is welcome.And that's as may be. Comes the time, more than often, when what one sees bearing down on one beco

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3578The scene: the Winco 122nd And Halsey store. Me and The Wife™ leave the Mighty Multnomah County Library midland branch after enjoying a recharging day amongst the books complete with Dutch Bros Coffee because that's the way you Library Day, and w

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