Posted on June 01 2017
Portland artist Ursula Barton captures the "Bridge City" in a refreshing and uninhibited way. Inspired by her rainy bike commutes over the many bridges of Portland and a bottle of spilt ink.
Ursula's current technique stemmed from a bottle of expensive ink knocked over on a piece of watercolor paper. The water she used to try and salvage her canvas smeared the ink in an intriguing way leading her to let go of her regimented artistic style and embrace happy accidents.
Tapping into her love affair with architecture, Ursula began painting the many skyline images she had photographed on her daily commutes on top of the spilled ink. As she worked more on these paintings, she found herself captivated with the beautiful bridges that connect two worlds and focused on highlighting these incredible structures.
Today, Ursula's spilled ink has inspired some of her favorite work and can be found on murals, walls and odd spaces all over Portland. One of my favorite pieces came from a couple that commissioned Ursula to create a scene that represents the two coming together from separate places, Seattle and San Francisco, where they met in the middle to start their new life together with a fresh slate. A scene I'm sure most would deeply connect to.
You can visit Ursula's work on display until Aug 2017 at:
Tiffany Anne Studios
311 Oak St. in downtown Hood River, OR