Friday, April 24, 2015

The Age of Adaline

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This mash-up of Adaline portraits over the years is a strong narrative poster.  I love how it showcases actual printed photographs through the decades; some faded, marked, aged and various borders. I wish I knew who the Designer/Artist was?  Do you know?

The world has changed in the last century. Adaline has not.

The Age of Adaline (also known as simply Adaline) is a 2015 American epic romance fantasy film directed by Lee Toland Krieger and written by J. Mills Goodloe andSalvador Paskowitz. The film stars Blake LivelyMichiel HuismanKathy BakerAmanda CrewHarrison Ford, and Ellen Burstyn. The film was released on April 24, 2015.

Adaline (Blake Lively) is a beautiful young woman who suffers an accident that changes her life forever. She lives her life running away, not letting anyone get too close to her or know her secret, not letting herself fall in love. But life has something different planned for her, and she must make a decision that will change the course of her life and expose the secret she has kept hidden for many years.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Magic of Mary Blair

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Deceased. MARY BLAIR (1911-1978) is revered in both the children's animation and illustration industries. For nearly four decades, she was involved with many important Disney projects. She created the concept paintings for the animated films Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland, and designed the 1964-65 New York World's Fair exhibit "It's a Small World." Mary Blair illustrated only a few picture books, but they include one of the best-loved classic Little Golden Books: I Can Fly.

“We are artists, dear, in love with art and each other. We must make these loves coincide and melt into a beautiful, happy and rich life --- that is our future….we’ll live to be happy and paint to express our happiness”. - Mary Blair 


"I'm Just Wild About Mary Blair"
 (A Short Biography by John Canemaker)

I have long admired the distinctive, dazzling artworks of Mary Blair (1911 – 1978).

Her vibrant colors and stylized designs pervade Disney animated films from 1943 to 1953 (such as THE THREE CABALLEROS, CINDERELLA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND PETER PAN). A prolific artist, during the 1950’s and 60’s she brought eye-appealing flair to children’s books (I CAN FLY), advertisements, theatrical set designs, and large-scale theme park murals and attractions (such as Disneyland’s IT’S A SMALL WORLD).

Mary Robinson Blair trained at the Chouinard Art Institute of Los Angeles during the Depression, and, with her husband Lee, was a member of the important California regionalist school of watercolor of the 1930s. Beneath her deceptively simple style, lies enormous visual sophistication and craftsmanship in everything from color choices to composition.

Though much of her art veers away from naturalism toward abstraction, she was one of Walt Disney’s favorite artists; he personally responded to her use of color, na├»ve graphics, and the storytelling aspect in her pictures, especially the underlying emotions palpable in much of her art.

It would be difficult for anyone not to enjoy the witty, utterly charming art of Mary Blair, a dazzling and prolific sorceress of color and form. She saw the world in a fresh, new way and brought a special childlike beauty and gaiety to the works of print, theme parks and movies.

I feel great pleasure merely gazing at a work by Mary Blair. It’s as delicious as feasting on rainbows.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ariana Papademetropoulos

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"Everyone in my family is an architect, so I was encouraged to be creative as a kid. Right now, I’m fortunate that I can be an artist full-time. At the moment, I’m focusing on this series of watermark paintings, where I pour water onto found images so it looks like a mistake—it turns into this recorded moment, instead of just a painting. It’s kind of psychedelic." 

Portrait of Ariana by Shae Detar 

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

All images via Ariana Papademetropoulos
Website and Press pages

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jim Hodges: Denim

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Seriously. Just. Whoah.
Watch that vid and come up with a better word.

I'm working on more paintings.
There are a few really good ones in my shop.
Go get em.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rebecca Rebouche: The Hustle

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From the interview in the impressive magazine The Great Discontent
"Hustle is the dark horse of creativity, the close cousin of Grit and Tenacity. Without the hustle, drive, and complete devotion to making things happen, you are average. And I don’t mean hustle as in a nasty, shallow, step on anyone on your way to the top. No, not at all. I mean the unwillingness to make excuses about why you can’t achieve your dreams.
I have this saying: “There’s no music playing when your dreams are coming true.” That is the hustle. The hustle is humbling and, at best, completely authentic and gracious. Everyone sees me at the gallery opening, but no one sees me changing my clothes in my car. I could almost cry thinking about all the ways I’ve hustled, sacrificed, and scorched the earth with my striving. But what you start to realize is that hustle isn’t just for the novices and underdogs—hustle is a mindset, a practice. These days when I work really hard, I go for a run in the evenings to combat stress. As I run, I repeat to myself, “I refuse to fail. I refuse to fail. I refuse to fail.” Maybe that sounds simple, or even negative, but it’s edgy enough to strengthen my tenacity, to help me visualize my goals in relationship to my true north, and to cultivate enough energy to make those goals real." - Rebecca Rebouche 

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Friday, April 17, 2015

Rebecca Rebouche: Build Your Ship First

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When asked what advice she would give a young person starting out, Artist Rebecca Rebouche said:
"My best advice comes in two parts: First, bold delusion. It all boils down to that. You have to believe in yourself in an almost crazy way. You have to be bold enough to make something from nothing over and over again. And you have to be delusional enough to think that your ideas are valuable, which is, of course, not delusional at all.
The second: You have to build the ship to sail on. In other words, you can’t tell people about the ship you are thinking about building and expect them to buy tickets for the first ride. Instead you must first put in the work. That often means heavy lifting, isolation, heaps of doubt, and epic failures and setbacks. It’s a lonely place to be when you are building your ship. But when you do it, and you set sail, people will see how beautiful and majestic it is, and there will be a line to buy tickets. This can be applied to any creative endeavor, especially when you consider that the better you build your ship, the longer you can sail before you have to make repairs and improvements." - Rebecca Rebouche
And speaking of all things 'shippy' and gutsy Pirate hustle,
How about my newest book?

For those dreaming of living the Pirate life; adventure, love, loot and rebellion. 
A photobook filled with photographs and poetry to take you there.


Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Time 100 2015: Marie Kondo Organizing To Change Your Life

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Read the entire Time 100 2015 list here.

Marie “KonMari” Kondo runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. 
With a three-month waiting list, her KonMari Method of decluttering and organizing has become an international phenomenon. 
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is a best seller in Japan, Germany, and the UK, with more than two million copies sold worldwide, and has been turned into a television drama for Japanese TV. 
She has been featured on more than thirty major Japanese television and radio programs as well as in The London Times, The Sunday Times, Red Magazine, The Wall Street Journal , The New York Times, and many more.

From the book

1. Do tackle everything all at once.
2. Don’t keep anything that doesn’t “spark joy.”
3. Do banish all paper clutter.
4. Don’t hang on to unread books. 
5. Do strive for simplicity in storage. 
6. Do organize clothes by color.
7. Don’t waste money on organizational solutions. 

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bourdain Market

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I knew this image would getcha

But let's discuss the meaty details
of Anthony Bourdain's new business venture

Bourdain Market

An international food market
 in the heart of New York City, 
which features “authentic” street food 
from around the globe
and a farmer's market

Here are the details:

Did you know he considers himself an 
Essayist rather than a Journalist?

(and he will be making a lot more books)

Anthony Bourdain is a 28-year veteran of professional kitchens, having worked as a dishwasher, line cook and chef in places good, bad and horrible – most of them in New York City. In 2000, he published a memoir of his experiences in the culinary underbelly. Kitchen Confidential became an unlikely, but enduring, international bestseller.

He has since milked that lucky break for everything it’s worth, following up with the gonzo-travel diary, A Cook’s Tour; a historical account of the notorious turn-of-the-century cook and disease carrier, “Typhoid Mary”; the crime novels “A Bone in the Throat,” “Gone Bamboo” and “The Bobby Gold Stories”; “The Les Halles Cookbook”; a collection of essays entitled “The Nasty Bits”; and the companion book to the Travel Channel series, “No Reservations”. He joined the writing staff of HBO’s “Treme” in 2011, contributing to the popular drama’s restaurant storylines. He recently launched his own publishing line with Ecco, “Anthony Bourdain Books”, an imprint of HarperCollins. 

Since embarking on a round-the-world trip for “A Cook’s Tour,” he has continued traveling for “No Reservations”, “The Layover”, for various publications, for public-speaking engagements and because he likes it. He currently hosts the Emmy Award-winning travel docu-series, “Parts Unknown”, on CNN and co-hosts “The Taste”, a cooking competition series with Nigella Lawson for ABC. He lives in New York City with his wife, Ottavia, and his daughter, Ariane.

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'

Frida Kahlo's Newly Discovered Love Letters Auction

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You know that spare $100,000.00 you have kicking around?
I know what you can buy today.

Bid Form Here

My Bartoli…I don’t know how to write love letters
But I wanted to tell you that my whole being opened for you. 
Since I fell in love with you everything is transformed and is full of beauty…. 
love is like an aroma, like a current, like rain. 
You know, my sky, you rain on me and I, like the earth, receive you.

An important unpublished archive of approximately twenty-five autograph letters to Jose Bartoli, with photographs and various enclosures

Mostly Coyoacan, Mexico: 1946-49. The archive comprising approximately twenty-five autograph letters in Spanish from Kahlo to Bartoli ranging from 2 to 12 pages in length, variously written in colored inks and in pencil, many on a very thin paper, with various enclosures including an original drawing of a sleeping cat, pressed flowers, pieces of ribbon, beads, a few enclosed with drafts of letters in Bartoli's hand with numerous cross-outs, edits and one drawing, each letter with its original or early envelope, most stamped and postmarked. Also included are a fine group of vintage photographs and color slides depicting Kahlo (several by Nickolas Muray) including one with an important inscription by Kahlo relating to her 1946 painting Tree of Hope. Finally, a 1958 letter from Ella Wolf to Bartoli is also present which encloses several photographs of Bartoli.

The letters in an excellent state of preservation, usual folds, the letters and envelopes handled and with occasional creases, short tears, or misfolding, a few stamps excised from the envelopes, the photographs lightly handled and creased
Jose Bartoli, by descent within the family to the current owner 

A rare unpublished archive from one of the 20th century's most important artists. Poetically composed with a touch of Kahlo's characteristic surrealism, the letters contain illuminating content on important paintings including her 1946 Tree of Hope, an unknown pregnancy, her post-surgery relationship with Diego Rivera, personal and professional struggles, and her unwavering love for Bartoli. For a synopsis of each letter in the lot, please contact the Book Department. 

Estimate $80,000-120,000 

Patti Friday, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'
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