Little Happy Somethings: Trish Grantham

8 Mar

Some days my happy mood gets kicked in the gut first thing in the morning.  This usually results from something I’ve read online that a) infuriates me, b) disgusts me, c) leaves me sick to my stomach and shaking my head in dismay, or d) all of the above, as was the case this morning.  So it is only fitting that the work of today’s artist, Portland’s Trish Grantham, is the perfect antidote for what ails me!

The Creators, mixed media, 54x24

Unapologetically sweet, Trish’s work is filled with joy-inducing imagery.  Masked-bandit-like birds, happily wise woodland creatures, smiling toast (!).. they all speak to me, saying “Hello! We’re here to remind you that the world is really a happy place filled with kind beings!”  Many of the world’s inhabitants have simply forgotten how to be truly grateful, gracious and happy.

The Creators Gather, mixed media, 24x12

Just as it is impossible to look into the face of a smiling child and not smile back, as I was looking through Trish’s portfolio, my pursed mouth and heavy heart where replaced by a light-hearted grin.

The Flight Instructor, mixed media, 30x36

This world can be an ugly place and for some reason, it seems, many of the people in it are striving to make it even more hostile, all for the sake of their fear of someone taking away something that never truly belonged to them.  We don’t own this world.  It owes us nothing.  Oh what a happier place it would be if the world were ruled by the creatures in Grantham’s work!  Instead of devouring the innocent, the wolf instead sets the baby birds free to live as they please.  Sure his belly may not be as full, but his heart will be bursting.

Free to Fly, mixed media

Sympathetic Sea, mixed media, 72x60

Trish’s work spoke to my weary heart this morning. I hope it speaks to yours and perhaps, instead of choosing bitterness and hate, you will instead choose joy.  I have.

To see more of Trish Grantham’s work, please check out her website.  If you happen to be in Portland, OR ( And if you are, how about sharing a little housing advice?  What areas are affordable but still nice & safe?  Hubby and I are looking to the future.. ), sorry for the sidetrack– you can see Trish’s work in Portland at Augen Gallery, a delightful contemporary gallery downtown.

Featured image is The Futurist, mixed media, 24×12. All images are via the artist’s website.

11 Responses to “Little Happy Somethings: Trish Grantham”

  1. colemaninkartworks March 8, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I apsolutly love! this style of artwork. I have been playing around with it, and have yet to post any of them, However i love your site! and i love what your doing! It’s a great way for simple unknown artist’s such as myself to get out into the world!
    Thank you so much for what you do!

    -britt<3

    • Lesley March 8, 2012 at 10:15 am #

      Glad you enjoyed Trish’s work, Britt! Thanks for stopping by!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  2. Robby Cowell March 8, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    These are beautiful works, thanks for introducing me. And indeed, if only the world was a peaceful as this!

    • Lesley March 8, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Glad you liked them, Robby! Yes, if only.🙂

  3. Heather March 8, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    I hear you!! The work is beautiful. I hate that sometimes lately I’ve been struggling to see the happiness that is truly all around. Thank you🙂

    • Lesley March 8, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      You’re welcome. Happy to spread the joy!🙂

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  4. Not Just A Mummy March 8, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    beautiful artwork, the birds are my fave

  5. Drew Kail March 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Nice Post. Housing wise, My wife and I bought a house in the Montavilla neighborhood in SE Portland for the past five years and love it. Still very affordable. Great shops and things to do on Stark st. Still up and coming and very safe. Good luck!

    • Lesley March 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Thanks so much for the advice, Drew! I am making a note for us to check out Montavilla the next time we’re in Portland. Hubby is leaning more towards condo-living in Seattle, but I’m currently more inclined toward a neighborhood living.. he hasn’t convinced me yet!😉

  6. C.A. Crutchfield March 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Love this artwork! Thanks for all the inspiring posts.

    I’m currently living in N.E. Portland near the Alberta Arts District and it’s so arty and comfy. Many families moving in this area but artists, too.

    I also lived on Belmont Street near Hawthorne in the S.E. and that that is wonderful as well. So much to do, see and eat!

    The Montavilla area is very nice as well. Like the homes there.

    • Lesley March 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      Thanks for the recommendations, C.A.! We did visit the NE Alberta area while on one of several visits to Portland last summer and definitely liked its feel. Will add the SE area to our list, as well.

      Cheers!
      Lesley

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