Father’s Day 2017: Bad Ass Gift For That Special Guy 

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Don’t Forget Dad This Father’s Day!

Father’s Day 2017 is around the corner, and the clock is ticking.  If you want to give dad, or the guy in your life a unique gift, get him a breaking dad vinyl record wall clock. It’s been a big hit for the die-hard Breaking Bad fans out there so far. That special guy in your life can never be replaced, nor can the award-winning series.

Breaking Bad, The Series

Breaking Bad was undoubtedly the best television series that aired beginning with the premier in 2008, through 2013. It closed with a record-breaking viewer count of over ten million, excluding post series viewers like my ex and I.

“It Was The Best of Times.” “It was the Worst Best of Times.”

My significant other and I were post-series Netflix viewers. Our eyes remained glued to the TV and our butts, stitched to the sofa. My boyfriend was the designated remote clicker , ready to take immediate action, for bathroom breaks. If there was the remote possibility that we missed one syllable of dialog, armed with that clicker, he’d take swift action. I fondly remember our Breaking Bad ritual; we’d cuddle while we intently watched the screen. It was the best show ever, and the best time ever.

When it Began

The premier of Breaking Bad, a creation of Vince Gilligan, aired in 2008 and ran through 2013. Bryan Cranston, the unforgettable Walter White,  code name, Heisenberg, was remarkable, as was the hilarious Bob Odenkird, who played the role of Saul Goodman, Esq. The show ended with over 10.3 million viewers , and won the Top Emmy Drama Prize.

Walter White’s Tightey Whiteys

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Father’s Day Tightey Whiteys

Walter’s memorable meth-cooking tightey whiteys were up for auction at Sony Pictures and Screened with a starting bid of $250. They sold for $9,900. The underwear was on exhibit at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image before they sold. Sure leaves a question mark in your mind;  who would spend $9,900 for a pair of men’s undies?

If you haven’t caught this cult series, it still available on Netflix. Binge watch with friends, or plaster yourself to the sofa with that special guy in your life; you’ll be glad you did.  Memories are irreplaceable, so if you haven’t made any lately, Break Out of your routine and get on it![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE BLACK CAT TAVERN ON 12TH – Juried Art Opening

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DETAILS

Date: Sunday, April  2nd

Time:  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Place:  The Black Cat Tavern on 12th

2654 S. 12TH STREET .. SOUTH PHILLY, PA 19148 ..

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Will The Real Artist Please Stand Up

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The Art Of Music

Some of the best-known musical talents can’t read or write a note of music. These musicians are just as talented, and in some cases, more talented than their formally trained counterparts.

Some art critics, and professionally trained peers have a generalized and elitist view about those who are self-taught. A degree in any field is a major accomplishment in life, but that alone does not determine the talent and skill of the artist. This biased belief may cause exclusion from avenues that can lead to career success, but many have succeeded, in spite of any classification placed upon them.

I Love Music

There are a few musicians you may know who beat the odds and achieved incredible success without formal training, in fact, they couldn’t read or write a note of music. Here’s just a shortlist of musicians who beat the odds and soared to the top of the Billboard list.

  • The Beatles
    Eric Clapton
    Elvis Presley
    Eddie Van Halen
    Jimi Hendrix
    The Beach Boys
    Frank Sinatra
    The Mamas & the Papas

According to Music. Mic, some eminently respected music educators think that learning music as a series of symbols merely distracts students from what is really important about music – sound.

Here’s an addition to this post. There is online musical training that is not formal, who’s mission is to help anyone with a musical “ear” to play an instrument. https://www.musical-u.com

Self-Taught Visual Artists

As a self-taught artist, graphic and web designer, and writer, I see the prevalence of exclusion in the Philadelphia visual arts community. The music industry is not the only creative community that shuns creatively talented people. Art Snobs and critics alike subscribe to the same limited school of thought.

Artists, just like musicians, reached a plateau of success despite the critics’ branding.

The Short List Of Highly Uneducated Artists

  • Paul Gaughan – Sailor to Stockbroker to Artist
    Henri Rousseau – Soldier to Customs Officer to retirement painter
    Anna Mary – (Grandma Moses) – 1600 works of art – No Training
    Modern Day Artist, London’s Helen Downie began painting after traumatic life experiences in 2013 and rose to fame in two years flat.

Passion And Creativity

Creative talent is synonymous with passion. One does not exist without the other. 

Did you ever meet a corporate employee who is truly passionate about their nine to five?

Did you ever watch the transformation occur when an artist discusses his/her work? Passion stimulates the mind and soul; it’s clearly visible when a face begins to glow, or a smile grows larger than life.

A degree in the arts does not define a person, nor does it determine creative ability; what makes an artist is true passion. Innermost feelings on a canvas, metal and stone sculpted to reveal a masterpiece of raw emotion, and words and music, a conduit for soul-bearing.

Credit belongs to all artists, in any genre – the self-taught and the professionally trained, from the historical masters to their present day contemporaries. Respecting the passion that lies behind the work should be most important, not the educational prerequisite.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Lola at the Copa: An Intuitive Piece of Art

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“LOLA”

Who is Lola at the Copa?

Most people like listening to music from their past, oldies. I grew up in the 70s but  not a fan of music from that decade recorded on vinyl or 8-track tapes. The other day, Barry Manilow’s song, “Copacabana” popped into my head and played over and over again. Yes, Lola at the Copa began to  perform loud and clear. Buy why? At first, I thought it was a message from the Universe telling me to take a trip to Rio or Cuba (places I’ve always wanted to visit). The next thought, how to eject the torturous 8-track from my mind.

The only feasible remedy that came to mind was to create a piece of art around the song in the hopes it would  bring relief; My “Lola” was the result.

About the Song

Manilow says that the song was written in just fifteen minutes. Something interesting I discovered was that the song was a rather downer. The music appears to be upbeat on the surface, however, the words are dark. They describe a woman, Lola, the showgirl, who went stark-raving made after her bartender boyfriend was shot and killed.  Thirty years later, the showgirl remains insane. Barry won his first and only Grammy and the song was an international success. 

Meet Lola, my interpretation of a stark-raving mad Rio showgirl.

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Easter at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s International Pop Art Exhibit

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A SPLASH OF HISTORY

The Pop Art movement began in Britain during the mid-1950s and late 50s in America.  The noted pioneers include Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg from the United States, and Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi from Britain. The 50s and 60s, like most historical periods, were a time of global change in art, industry, politics, and many other areas that affect society.[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Cartographic Art – Not Just the art of making maps

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”1089″ link_type=”no-link”][vc_column_text]Dating back 2000 years, the Phoenicians used cartographic art to record their travels. In the second century AD, an Alexandrian astronomer, Claudius Prolemy used this art form to record studies of the earth and world beyond. Subsequently, he created a well-known masterpiece, Geographia.

Cartography is known as a form of map-making, which became famous during the Post Renaissance period – the time of discovery and exploration – a period of astounding advances in science and technology.

The definition of this art form has changed throughout the years from the United Nations’ definition  – “science” in 1949 to “an art” science in 1973. Today it is defined as neither art nor science. I became intrigued which led my research to a very interesting Belgian artist, Pierre Alechinsky, born October 19, 1927.The piece in this post is one of Pierre’s works. His works can be seen at the MoMa in NYC and some listed on ArtNet.

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