neon grounds

you are now on grounds where staring is accepted, listening is easy, inspiration occurs and pondering is encouraged. these are grounds where you will find my photography, design, sketches, and words. here you will find other makers/thinkers who have illuminated the ground beneath my feet.

— @tangireen on Twitter.

Ariele Alasko. Californian turned New Yorker. One unique fish in the sea of city dwellers who dreams and generates beautiful things in the small spaces the city life allots her. Whenever I get the creative itch to dirty my hands, I wander over to Ariele’s blog, Brooklyn to West, for inspiration—or scroll through her instagram. I am so impressed and inspired by the tangible beauty she creates.

Feb 10

Tumblr has informed me that neongrounds made it successfully through its terrible (post-devoid) 2’s and was birthed 3 years ago today! Figured to celebrate I would throw a little post in here incase any bored soul is still following this “inspiration” blog.

With last year being my solo venture to Europe, this season has felt a bit lack-luster inspirationally; though some quick, magical weekend trips have been peppered into 2013, and this was my favorite. For my birthday, two friends and I headed a few hours north, hopped the Anacortes Ferry to Orcas Island to stay on an organic farm and to pretend we were Pacific NW islanders for a few days. 

With the scarcity of cell service, we contentedly stowed our mobile devices away in the car and explored in the way we did when we were kids - untangled from technology, on summer vacation. Gently scolded by a local for locking my car doors outside her shop, I quickly learned to drop my city-instilled paranoia and to relax. Needless to say, being on the island was a minor culture shock. There was an obvious outweighing of women over men, and many of the women working in the local shops came off strong and self-sufficient. Through chatting with them we found out many of them were just that - entrepreneurs / independent business owners, single mom’s striving to live healthier lives and to provide a simple more organic upbringing for their children. One woman described living on the island as a “safe environment to cultivate the lives we’ve always wanted to live”. Part of that made me sad, to see these women striking out on their own for whatever reason, but I was also comforted by the fact that they’ve found a place in this country to grow this subculture that is seemingly uninfluenced by mass media, free of uptight social standards, and non-engulfed by the rapid advancements in technology. 

I wanted to tuck my camera away with my cellphone, but Im sure I would have regretted not capturing the beauty of this place to share with you. I also was coincidentally commissioned to take some photos to be printed, large format, for display at East Sound’s only grocery store, the Island Market, and above are a few that will be on permanent display.

If you are a Portlander, and you get a chance to take a long weekend, this place is a no-brainer vacation spot. It is unreal to me how many amazing and diverse places there are to discover in the proximity of this city. 

Jun 20

Song of the day 

Babe » by Evenings

A layering of my mothers youth over my own.  

The juxtaposition of visual era with audial culture here is just so perfect. 

Nov 20

And to balance out the nature, here’s a little tech. 

Song of the day » Aldgate Patterns by Little People

First single off of the newest full length album We Are But Hunks Of Wood

Sep 17

In the spirit of September being the month of murmuration around Portland… 

Sep 17

song of the day » of monsters and men » little talks

You may have heard of them, Of Monsters and Men? Rockstar newbies comprising a cluster of Icelandic young bucks. “Their music is as fantastical as it is pretty” says their tumblr, and its true. Keep your ears on these guys for the future, for now, feast your eyes on this imaginative video.

Mar 25

What I wouldn’t give to see this phenomenon in person

Mar 20

3D Goldfish Paintings Embedded in Layers of Resin - by Riusuke Fakahori 

Feb 11

goodbye 2011, you were quite lovely.

Jan 04

How this commercial slipped passed me in 2008, I don’t know! 3 years later the internet has blessed my surfing with this stumble-upon. Bruno Aveillian directed the breath-taking piece for Louis Vuitton — a 90 second spot, rather than your typical 30 seconds. Why so long? “The choice of the exceptional 90 second format enables Louis Vuitton to take the time to convey the the true and enriching essence of travel as a process of both discovery and self-discovery,’ said Antoine Arnault, head of communications at LV.
Time is the ultimate luxury.”

Commercial soundtrack by the great Gustavo Santaolalla

More on the commercial here.

Dec 07

"I have done some work like this before, it’s nothing particularly special to the eye but more to the mind I guess

when I was a kid I loved horses to death, when I visited my family in the summers I would spend hours in the stables visiting with the animals, feeding them and brushing them

I went through a really intense horse phase, I was saving up money for my own horse, every gift I was given was horse themed, riding was all I wanted to do

I grew out of the horse phase, and the surfing phase, and the scene phase and now I am just trying to grow into all of this skin that I have that seems so worn out for someone so young

all the horses have died, from accidents or old age, and I am still here

stomping around their stalls like a wild one, making a mess because they can’t anymore

I am made of so many spare parts”

alexis mire

alexismire.com

Dec 05

"I have done some work like this before, it’s nothing particularly special to the eye but more to the mind I guess
when I was a kid I loved horses to death, when I visited my family in the summers I would spend hours in the stables visiting with the animals, feeding them and brushing them
I went through a really intense horse phase, I was saving up money for my own horse, every gift I was given was horse themed, riding was all I wanted to do
I grew out of the horse phase, and the surfing phase, and the scene phase and now I am just trying to grow into all of this skin that I have that seems so worn out for someone so young
all the horses have died, from accidents or old age, and I am still here
stomping around their stalls like a wild one, making a mess because they can’t anymore
I am made of so many spare parts”

alexis mire
alexismire.com

love this vanessa bruno collection. love kate bosworth. love the cinematography.

Oct 19

List making is inspiring in itself, so I’ve decided to put together a little something to keep me and my creative kin out of what we know as the winter-induced slump. If you have points to contribute, please do. 

01. Visit somewhere you know nothing about
02. Never be caught without a book
03. Do not leave home without a camera 
04. Tell stories to yourself about lost objects you come across
05. Note something you learned every day
06. Spend time with children
07. Create something every day, even if it is something tiny
08. Talk to a stranger
09. Cook a meal you’ve never cooked before 
10. Get away from the computer
11. Take a different route home
12. Live a day without making plans, go outside, start walking, see what happens
13. Sketch people
14. Make a list of short term goals, pursue them
15. Paint every one of your nails a different color
16. Turn your trash into treasure
17. Do something kind for someone you do not know
18. Surround yourself with plants
19. Go to antique stores
20. Garden, forage, eat fresh food

Oct 17

neon grounds

Posted on Monday February 10th 2014 at 04:42pm. Its tags are listed below.

Ariele Alasko. Californian turned New Yorker. One unique fish in the sea of city dwellers who dreams and generates beautiful things in the small spaces the city life allots her. Whenever I get the creative itch to dirty my hands, I wander over to Ariele’s blog, Brooklyn to West, for inspiration—or scroll through her instagram. I am so impressed and inspired by the tangible beauty she creates.

Charlie Chaplin
—  The Great Dictator Speech

Tumblr has informed me that neongrounds made it successfully through its terrible (post-devoid) 2’s and was birthed 3 years ago today! Figured to celebrate I would throw a little post in here incase any bored soul is still following this “inspiration” blog.

With last year being my solo venture to Europe, this season has felt a bit lack-luster inspirationally; though some quick, magical weekend trips have been peppered into 2013, and this was my favorite. For my birthday, two friends and I headed a few hours north, hopped the Anacortes Ferry to Orcas Island to stay on an organic farm and to pretend we were Pacific NW islanders for a few days. 

With the scarcity of cell service, we contentedly stowed our mobile devices away in the car and explored in the way we did when we were kids - untangled from technology, on summer vacation. Gently scolded by a local for locking my car doors outside her shop, I quickly learned to drop my city-instilled paranoia and to relax. Needless to say, being on the island was a minor culture shock. There was an obvious outweighing of women over men, and many of the women working in the local shops came off strong and self-sufficient. Through chatting with them we found out many of them were just that - entrepreneurs / independent business owners, single mom’s striving to live healthier lives and to provide a simple more organic upbringing for their children. One woman described living on the island as a “safe environment to cultivate the lives we’ve always wanted to live”. Part of that made me sad, to see these women striking out on their own for whatever reason, but I was also comforted by the fact that they’ve found a place in this country to grow this subculture that is seemingly uninfluenced by mass media, free of uptight social standards, and non-engulfed by the rapid advancements in technology. 

I wanted to tuck my camera away with my cellphone, but Im sure I would have regretted not capturing the beauty of this place to share with you. I also was coincidentally commissioned to take some photos to be printed, large format, for display at East Sound’s only grocery store, the Island Market, and above are a few that will be on permanent display.

If you are a Portlander, and you get a chance to take a long weekend, this place is a no-brainer vacation spot. It is unreal to me how many amazing and diverse places there are to discover in the proximity of this city. 

Song of the day 

Babe » by Evenings

A layering of my mothers youth over my own.  

The juxtaposition of visual era with audial culture here is just so perfect. 

And to balance out the nature, here’s a little tech. 

Song of the day » Aldgate Patterns by Little People

First single off of the newest full length album We Are But Hunks Of Wood

In the spirit of September being the month of murmuration around Portland… 

song of the day » of monsters and men » little talks

You may have heard of them, Of Monsters and Men? Rockstar newbies comprising a cluster of Icelandic young bucks. “Their music is as fantastical as it is pretty” says their tumblr, and its true. Keep your ears on these guys for the future, for now, feast your eyes on this imaginative video.

What I wouldn’t give to see this phenomenon in person

3D Goldfish Paintings Embedded in Layers of Resin - by Riusuke Fakahori 

goodbye 2011, you were quite lovely.

How this commercial slipped passed me in 2008, I don’t know! 3 years later the internet has blessed my surfing with this stumble-upon. Bruno Aveillian directed the breath-taking piece for Louis Vuitton — a 90 second spot, rather than your typical 30 seconds. Why so long? “The choice of the exceptional 90 second format enables Louis Vuitton to take the time to convey the the true and enriching essence of travel as a process of both discovery and self-discovery,’ said Antoine Arnault, head of communications at LV.
Time is the ultimate luxury.”

Commercial soundtrack by the great Gustavo Santaolalla

More on the commercial here.


"I have done some work like this before, it’s nothing particularly special to the eye but more to the mind I guess
when I was a kid I loved horses to death, when I visited my family in the summers I would spend hours in the stables visiting with the animals, feeding them and brushing them
I went through a really intense horse phase, I was saving up money for my own horse, every gift I was given was horse themed, riding was all I wanted to do
I grew out of the horse phase, and the surfing phase, and the scene phase and now I am just trying to grow into all of this skin that I have that seems so worn out for someone so young
all the horses have died, from accidents or old age, and I am still here
stomping around their stalls like a wild one, making a mess because they can’t anymore
I am made of so many spare parts”

alexis mire
alexismire.com

"I have done some work like this before, it’s nothing particularly special to the eye but more to the mind I guess
when I was a kid I loved horses to death, when I visited my family in the summers I would spend hours in the stables visiting with the animals, feeding them and brushing them
I went through a really intense horse phase, I was saving up money for my own horse, every gift I was given was horse themed, riding was all I wanted to do
I grew out of the horse phase, and the surfing phase, and the scene phase and now I am just trying to grow into all of this skin that I have that seems so worn out for someone so young
all the horses have died, from accidents or old age, and I am still here
stomping around their stalls like a wild one, making a mess because they can’t anymore
I am made of so many spare parts”

alexis mire
alexismire.com

"I have done some work like this before, it’s nothing particularly special to the eye but more to the mind I guess

when I was a kid I loved horses to death, when I visited my family in the summers I would spend hours in the stables visiting with the animals, feeding them and brushing them

I went through a really intense horse phase, I was saving up money for my own horse, every gift I was given was horse themed, riding was all I wanted to do

I grew out of the horse phase, and the surfing phase, and the scene phase and now I am just trying to grow into all of this skin that I have that seems so worn out for someone so young

all the horses have died, from accidents or old age, and I am still here

stomping around their stalls like a wild one, making a mess because they can’t anymore

I am made of so many spare parts”

alexis mire

alexismire.com

love this vanessa bruno collection. love kate bosworth. love the cinematography.

how to stay inspired

List making is inspiring in itself, so I’ve decided to put together a little something to keep me and my creative kin out of what we know as the winter-induced slump. If you have points to contribute, please do. 

01. Visit somewhere you know nothing about
02. Never be caught without a book
03. Do not leave home without a camera 
04. Tell stories to yourself about lost objects you come across
05. Note something you learned every day
06. Spend time with children
07. Create something every day, even if it is something tiny
08. Talk to a stranger
09. Cook a meal you’ve never cooked before 
10. Get away from the computer
11. Take a different route home
12. Live a day without making plans, go outside, start walking, see what happens
13. Sketch people
14. Make a list of short term goals, pursue them
15. Paint every one of your nails a different color
16. Turn your trash into treasure
17. Do something kind for someone you do not know
18. Surround yourself with plants
19. Go to antique stores
20. Garden, forage, eat fresh food

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain