Artist's Eye on Spokane: The Book!
Hi, I am Megan Perkins, also know as @artistseyeonspokane on Instagram and Facebook. I am a painter living in Spokane, WA. I love to paint my daily life and adventures while traveling and at home. I moved to Spokane eight years ago, got married, worked multiple jobs, and bought a house in the countryside, all the while becoming acquainted with my new home. For the past four years or so, I felt the urge to explore Spokane in depth, to celebrate its traditions, watering holes, and unique landscape, to document what is great about my city. I got tired of driving by the same landmarks on my way to somewhere else and thinking for the fourth or fifth time, "Oh, I want to draw that!", but then never getting around to it. Finally a trip to Costa Rica in the spring of 2017 during which I filled a sketchbook with the beautiful natural wonders and noteworthy sites of this new country pushed me over the edge. I returned to Spokane determined to paint all the cool places and awesome events that had been on my "To Draw" list for far too long. This was the origin of my Artist's Eye on Spokane series; fifty-two weeks making paintings and sketches, a new topic each week.
I painted at Huntington Park, the Spokane Interstate Fair, Bloomsday, a Spokane Indians game, Auntie's Bookstore, the Fox Theater and many more places. I took suggestions on where to sketch from the public whenever I participated in a show or festival and was delighted that so many people were excited to share their favorite Spokane place/event with me. I painted in the blazing hot sun during Hoopfest and in the cold of November in my car parked on Monroe Street capturing the Spokane Public Radio building with its Harold Balazs sculpture out front.
At the end of the fifty-two week project, I had over two hundred sketches and paintings of Spokane. Looking through them I saw the bones of book exploring the various neighborhoods and regions of our city from Hillyard to Downtown to Kendall Yards, down the Monroe Street Corridor and north to Greenbluff, I mapped the city in images, documenting what made each particular area special. Several paintings included were made after the fifty-two week project officially ended, but I wasn't ready to stop painting Spokane! In fact, I will probably be painting Spokane many years to come.
I am working with Thom Caraway to design and lay out my book. As the founder and editor of Sage Hill Press and the editor in chief of Rock & Sling (as well as one of Spokane's former Poet Laureates!), Thom has extensive experience putting together a book and getting it to press. Recent projects include, the award-winningWA 129 with Tod Marshall during his time as Washington State's Poet Laureate. Working together, Thom and I will create a beautiful book that inspires people to get out and explore their home town and inject some creativity into their daily life. My book will be published by Russ Davis of Gray Dog Press here in Spokane who publishes many wonderful literary journals and books by and on local people, such as a monograph on the sculptures of Sister Paula Turnbull. I wanted a book celebrating Spokane to be designed and printed in Spokane and support our local creative community.
My book will be 8" x 10" and over one hundred pages with color illustrations. Rather than doing a standard coffee table art book, we are designing an artist's book-splatters and raw edge sketches alongside more polished paintings. I want to give the impression that the reader is holding one of my sketchbooks and is privy to my creative process and journey through the city. The book will be organized by neighborhood/region: for example, Downtown, Hillyard, Kendall Yards, Browne's Addition, the Monroe St. Corridor, Sprague, Garland, South Hill, Valley, Peaceful Valley, and the Spokane River.
With Artist's Eye on Spokane, I examined my familiar home, wrote a love letter to the city I've been in a committed relationship with for so long. I celebrate the community and the quirks of Spokane with my art. Sharing this love is an essential part of my proposed project because I want everyone who lives here to see the value of what we have-delicious food, beautiful landscape, successful sports teams, creative people. I want to expose people to new and exciting activities, events, and places here in Spokane as well as to affirm those who believe in our city and our community and are working to make Spokane a wonderful place to live and work. This city has great wells to plumb in terms of inspiration for art and living the good life; Bloomsday, ghost signs on old brick buildings, our many breweries, farmers markets, and food truck rallies, the railroad shipping history, our newly renovated park, the river thundering through downtown and more. I hope that by publishing this book about all the places and things that make up life in Spokane, more people will realize just how wonderful this place is and support the local businesses, communities, and people that make this city great. I want people to see Spokane as I see it because I know that they, like me, will fall in love.
You will get a beautiful book of my Spokane paintings and sketches with over 120 pages of color illustrations! Printed locally here in Spokane by Russ at Gray Dog Press and designed by the delightful, former poet laureate of Spokane, Thom Caraway!
Here are some examples of spreads that Thom has worked up to show what the Artist's Eye on Spokane book will be like.
- When the Kickstarter campaign ends, Russ at Gray Dog Press will begin printing the books, so that rewards can begin shipping as soon as possible. It should take around a week after the campaign closes for the book to be printed.
- I will have three pick up events in December at local libraries and Pottery Place Plus here in Spokane.
- Pick from a selection of three 8" x 10" prints on watercolor paper featuring local Spokane scenes. Printed in locally here in Spokane!
- #1 Riverfront Pair
- #2 Sunset Hill
- #3 Spokane City River View
- Buy one of the three 9" x 12" watercolor paintings done during the filming of the Kickstarter video.
- Limited to just a few!
- Receive a book, an art print, and commission me to paint the subject of your choice (11" x 14").
- You will receive your commissioned painting within the 2019 year.
Get Your Rewards:
- If you live in the Spokane area, you will be able to pick up your rewards in person at several events starting after the first week of December. The events will be hosted at the North Spokane Library, the South Hill Library, and at Pottery Place Place Plus in downtown Spokane.
- If you are unable to make any of the organized meet ups, you will be able to pick up your rewards at Pottery Place Plus during their normal business hours throughout the month of January 2019. Please email me to arrange this.
- Shipping will begin once books are in hand in early December. I will be using USPS and flat rate shipping boxes. I cannot promise delivery in time for Christmas. Most rewards will probably arrive in January, depending on postal backlog and holiday weather. Thank you for understanding. If your rewards are lost in transit, I will send replacements for all rewards that are not original paintings or you can get a refund.
Risks and challenges
This is my first time self publishing, but I am working with seasoned printer (Russ of Gray Dog Press) and designer (Thom Caraway) and drawing on their experience. By printing in Spokane, I'm not only supporting local people, but it removes the risks involved in having to get the books shipped to me and makes for a very short turn around time between the project funding and having the books in my hands. I expect that the majority of people who order the book will be local or within the region and I am planning to host multiple gatherings for people to come pick up their backer rewards. I do not expect to be able to ship the rewards to out of town backers in time for the holidays, but will try my best and ask for your understanding. Thank you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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