Vintage Meets Modern
The Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show in Philadelphia is finally here again and Blair has the honor of showing her work with so many amazing artists from all over the country. Blair has new works alongside her collages that are inspired by the children's book she illustrated coming out this fall. Come visit us in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, June 6 - 8, and picnic or fine dine around the square. Visit Blair in Booth 66 and find out more information at:
Happy New Year!!!
The Bill Murray Collection
It's the season that reminds us to give more of ourselves. This collection is inspired by the Chivers and their mission to keep calm and chive on. 50% of all proceeds from this collection will be donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Fighting the war is only half the battle. Returning home is the next. This organization focuses on wounds inside and out, helping these brave men and women return to their families and homes with less trauma. They specialize in brain injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Please learn more about this organization HERE and help us bring our brothers and sister back to us. Each piece is an original mixed media collage/watercolor/drawing inspired by Bill Murray's characters and awesomeness. You can find these for sale in the online store!
THE NAUTICAL COLLECTION
Never let go of the sea.
Find these new works for sale in the online store.
I recently got to have fun, playing myself, in a commercial for Wade's Comic Madness VIP Club. I'll get to say I played Jon Tomlinson's leading lady one day when he is super famous!
Last weekend I had the chance to climb inside a dark tank, naked, full of 10 inches of warm water and 2,000 lbs of Epson salt. I closed the lid, cutting off all sights and sounds....and floated around for an hour.
This is the ultimate meditation experience. The 2000 lbs of Epson salts make the water extremely buoyant allowing anyone, at any weight, to float effortlessly. It is essentially a bathtub with a lid. Originally called a Sensory Deprivation Tank, used for experimenting the brain when all stimuli are removed, the float tank is now used for relaxation, meditation and alternative therapies. Because you are floating with ease - and the air and water are the same temperature as your body, there is no pressure anywhere. And as Joe Rogan puts it, you become...gone.
Will you freak out? No. There are two big buttons right next to your hand, one to open the tank and one for the light. If for some unknown reason you forgot how to push a button, you could stand up and open the tank with your hands.
So after 5 minutes of wondering why you are floating in a dark tank naked - your mind and body relax. Your mind begins to wander and starts to annoy you but eventually it stops bugging you...and soon enough, you fade away. Everything fades away, effortlessly. These tanks are being used for veterans and treating PTSD and other stress disorders. You feel very safe inside of the float tank and, from what I can remember, it is very similar to being in the womb.
As weirded out as I was at first, you soon come to realize that an hour is not enough time to be in this tank. These tanks are popping up all over America and soon floating will be as common as getting a massage. Here is a video of Joe Rorgan, the inspiration for our float experience, explaining his mind-melt in the float tank.
If you want to feel amazing.
Steal Like an Artist, by Austin Kleon, is currently on The New York Times Best Seller list and is a quick, inspiring push in the right direction. Working in a creative field can either leave you stuck - or leave you with so many ideas that you are flustered and can't accomplish anything. Either way, you sometimes need a kick in the pants and a new perspective. Artists get bad reps for being disorganized, poor, and a bit crazy. Now, stereotypes are made for a reason and I certainly have dealt with my fair share of modern day Van Goghs - but there are just as many crazy, disorganized, broke Computer Analysts out there as there are Artists in this world - And just as many successful ones.
I got this book as a gift and I couldn't put it down. It was a fun, quick read with many insightful.....insights and tactics to utilize. I'd like to highlight some really great and simple things to organize your life, change your perspective and accomplish your dreams. Kleon's techniques are simple and organized.....Makes you wonder why you aren't doing these things already.
I can't believe how simple and powerful this one simple technique is: Make a calendar. Like Kleon says above, "Amassing a body of work or building a career is the slow accumulation of little bits of effort over time." Above, he gives you a sample of his notebook and credits that this concept was inspired by Jerry Seinfeld's system for writing jokes. You take a page in your notebook, box out 365 squares is a row and apply it to what you need to get done creatively. For example, write a page of your novel each day - 1page - and X out the box. Essentially, at the end of a year you have a novel. Link the chain of your boxes for that year and keep them linked and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. I've been using this system and it is incredibly annoying when you can't fill a box in.
Self explanatory. Just go. Get out of here!
I stumbled across this little art store named Telegraph on a recent trip downtown in Charlottesville VA and I've never had so much fun in a gallery before. It has a clean New York feel with a pop art edge. They have interactive workshops where you can watch the artists pull some prints and have them screenprint their images onto a tote or t-shirt. Free if you bring your own! Plus they have First Friday events every.....First Friday.
David and Kate, a married couple in Charlottesville, opened Telegraph and you can read their blog to learn more about events, artists and their fabulous life.
The current exhibition is called JURASSIC. Featuring artists:
Well, you get to wave at lots of Amish people. I don't think Amish people are allowed to ride scooters...But I'm not an Amish expert yet so you can't quote me on that. Strasburg Scooters in Lancaster, PA is only about an hour and a half outside of Philly. It doesn't take long to find green rolling hills and people that make you feel like you went back in time. You can find great deals on their scooter tours. My friends and I did the covered bridge scooter tour. Not only is it crazy fun, but it turned out to be quite meditative too.
Every single Amish person we passed waved at us with a welcoming hello as we rode through their countryside. Small children came running out to try to get us to beep beep....and we would beep beep. John, our tour guide taught us a lot of amazing history about the old covered bridges...I'll keep it suspenseful and let him tell you.
An Amish Farm
John took us to an Amish farm where we got to meet many Amish animals. There were clothes hanging out to dry, dogs playing in the yard and a kid plowing a field with 4 horses and huge iron plow. Takes way more skill than a video game...
You can pre-order your 2014 calendar on the website! Click HERE
It's Official! The 2014 Pinups for Pitbulls Calendar has gone to press! I am lucky enough to be a part of the calendar this year! The pup I got to pose with is named Romeo and he needs a home!
CBS Philly came to one of the photoshoots for the 2014 calendar so you can get a sneak peek here!
You can also check out an article about the organization by Betty Confidential: http://bettyconfidential.com/2013-5-17-fashion-pinups-for-pitbulls-fighting-for-change-giving-furry-friends-a-chance/
Check out Pinups for Pitbulls on Animal Planet's PIT BOSS
Voted 1st Place: Voice To Stop Illegal Dog Fighting by the people for American Dog Magazine's 2010 Humanitarian Awards:
You can pre-order your 2014 calendar on the website! Click HERE