(Kling-klang image to engorge.)
You can tell that the temperature has gone higher than 18 degrees Celsius here in Vancouver when everyone starts to celebrate/run amok with fish-white feet on display, make constant exclamations about the crazy pleasant temperature, and express concern for all of the plant life that hasn't been rained on for a few days. It's a warm-wave!
I recently learned about the amazing glass art of Andy Paiko, a fellow Portland artist. He and I are both participating in the 2009 Portland Open Studios Tour this October. He's also having a show soon at the Portland Museum of Contemporary Crafts.
Most 'glass art' makes me soil my pants in boredom, but this stuff is awe inspiring. See for yourself. Don't miss the sewing machine.
OPB also did a pretty cool "Oregon Art Beat" about him here.
I spend a lot of time in the orchid house at work (it's a nice break from designing stuff and nagging people). Sure, the flowers are amazing, but I've come to really appreciate the wacky root systems of orchids. Here's something I started painting in the mist and finished in my warm dry studio (with hail falling outside).