Friday, December 26, 2014

The Warming of 2015 A 5 Step Plan

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It begins in mid December.
Every year.
I start to reflect on the past year
and plan the coming year

But! 
This year with a freak of nature around me
No snow!

I've made a large board
For the last 2 weeks 
I've written columns of 'ideas'
writing them in teacher printing with black sharpie
onto recipe cards
sticking them with duct tape onto the board

Then after starring at this 'life' planning board
I edit it.
Peeling off or re-sticking the cards.
The ones I want
The ones I don't want

As always I've learned things about
myself, life and my creative career in 2014
and who I want to align myself with

I did make some mistakes (again)
I say yes to people, plans and things
that deep down I really don't want to do
but for whatever reason I feel the (guilt) urge to agree
then, ultimately I let them and myself down
because clearly it is not something
that is moving me closer to the vision of my life
it moves me further away
or consumes my valuable time

and about time
damn
it moves quick 
and life is short
after all

some business ventures were just plain dumb.
when your gut tells you that some people
only truly care about their own success
you have to believe it

when someone shows you who they are
you have to believe them (the first time)
(Thank you Maya)

The truth is 
one must 

REMEMBER WHO THEY WANTED TO BE

and then go for it with all their might

So this is what I will continue to do

I think 2015 is going to be incredible!


A few decisions you may want to know about:

1. 
I am only selling originals now.
(Abstracts/Gouache/Ink/Drawings)

If you want to purchase any prints/apparel/home goods
now is the time to do so
Here is the link
After Dec 31st you may buy my originals
It's a worthy investment my friend!

EXCEPTION: Embassy of Ideas branded items will be still be available

NOTE:  I am now accepting commissions!
and
I am always open to discussing 
design collaborations with wonderful brands


2. 
My photography will be sorted in a few categories
(Painted/Unpainted)

a) Only 10 of each will be painstakingly printed
Sold only in Limited Edition of 5
(with 5 Artist Proofs for myself to keep as a personal archive)

b) My photo shoots will strictly be for my
fine art endeavours

c) Private and select shoots may be booked
You can view my fees here.

d) My stock photographs continue to be available
from
as always


3. 
Couture Textile Art
This is a new category for me this year.
All original items for sale.
Stay tuned! Yay!

4. 
Collector's Dinner
At the end of 2015 
I will be hosting an
Appreciation
Collector's Dinner
(for Collector's ONLY wink wink nudge nudge)
Want to join us?

5.  
My Books
Five is still my favorite number
and the name of my humble
book publishing imprint
I have some books to complete and publish 
You will be the first to know!

*****

So there you have it!
My 5 Step Plan for 2015

What plans do you have?

PFXO










Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Holiday Thank You

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I wanted to pop in to say a ho ho hello and thank all of you who have come here often to read my blog, those who have invested in my artwork, purchased my products, read my books, hired me for photoshoots and many who have been a positive, encouraging force in my life.

I love all of you. No. Wait. I adore you!

Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas!

Love Patti

Peace Love Create Art



Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Wonderful World of Bubbyland

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I am so very lucky to have 7 incredible citizens of Bubbyland.
Love is oozing!
Oh yes it is!
PFXO


Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cinnamon Honey Butter

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Oh. Let it drip off your fingers 
and down your chin.
It is wonderland.

1 cup butter
1 cup honey
1 cup icing sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Whip well.
Store in adorable vintage pottery pot or jar.
Will be perfect for 
4 weeks in the fridge
or the weekend on your counter.

Gluten-Free + Vegetarian 

You're welcome.
PFXO



Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Suzanne Lacy “Between the Door and the Street” Creative Time

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flocked to Park Place in Brooklyn 
to hear 400 women (and a few men) 
engage in unscripted conversations 
about gender politics, 
as part of 
“Between the Door and the Street.” 


Suzanne Lacy is a visual artist whose prolific career includes performances, video and photographic installation, critical writing and public practices in communities. She is best known as one of the Los Angeles performance artists who began active in the Seventies and shaped and emergent art of social engagement. Her work ranges from intimate, graphic body explorations to large-scale public performances involving literally hundreds of performers and thousands of audience members. Her work has been reviewed in The Village Voice, Artforum,L.A. Times, the New York TimesArt in America, and in numerous books and periodicals. She lectures widely, has published over 70 texts of critical commentary, and has exhibited in The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The New Museum and P.S. 1 in New York, and The Bilbao Museum in Spain. Her scores of fellowships include the Guggenheim Foundation, The Henry Moore Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Her book, Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art (1995), now in its third printing and available in both English and Chinese languages, was responsible for coining the term and articulating the practice. Leaving Art: Performances, Politics and Publics, the collected essays of Suzanne Lacy, was published in 2010 by Duke University Press; a monograph “Suzanne Lacy: Space Between”, by Sharon Irish, was published in 2010 by University of Minnesota Press. Lacy is founding chair of the MFA in Public Practice at the Otis College of Art and Design.

Watch the video below.
PFXO




























Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday


You can order Suzanne's book here or by clicking on the cover.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Warm up the winter with almond-inspired hot chocolate

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(NC) Nothing comforts us on a cold day like a cup of hot chocolate. From a skating trip with the family or getting cozy in front of the fire, hot chocolate warms from the inside out. This version, made with almond beverage, is also a delicious option for those who are lactose-intolerant.
The Ultimate Hot Chocolate
Ingredients
2 cups (500 mL) Almond Breeze Original
1/3 cup (75 mL) bittersweet or milk chocolate chips2 tbsp (30 mL) miniature marshmallows
Directions
Heat almond beverage, chocolate chips and 1 tbsp of miniature marshmallows in a small saucepan over medium heat until chocolate and marshmallows are melted, stirring frequently. Pour mixture into large mugs for serving and top with remaining miniature marshmallows.
Variations:
Chocolate Mocha: Stir in 1 tsp instant espresso powder.
Mexican Mocha: Prepare Chocolate Mocha, adding a generous pinch of cinnamon.
Chocolate Caramel: Omit marshmallows and stir in 4 caramel candies.
Yield: 2 servings
Nutritional Analysis: Per serving: 210 calories, 9 g sugar, 10 g fat (4.5 saturated fat), 30 g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 1 g fibre, 0 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium. % RDI: 20% calcium, 10% vitamin A, 6% iron.More information and cooking inspiration is available at www.almondbreeze.ca.


Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

It's Friday Everywhere

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FRIDAY EVERYWHERE


(Where you can find me or my work)



Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Five Flawless Jeans Choices for Every Winter Occasion

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(NC) Did you know that 30 per cent of Canadian men have a pair of jeans their partner thinks they should only wear at home? This holiday season, let's combine the comfort of home denim with sleek holiday style that can be worn out of the house. For shopping inspiration, here are five different kinds of jeans that will take you from weekday to weekend, morning to night, no matter what the occasion!
Holiday dinner and parties
Whether you're heading to a holiday party or a family dinner, you always want to “dress to impress.” The Levi's Slim Fit dark wash jeans do just that. This jean can transition from work right into night. Paired with a denim button-up shirt and a white tee, this look will definitely score you a party invite.
Working nine-to-five
When the weekend comes to an end, there's no reason you have to put away the jeans. More than ever jeans are a workday staple. Whether you are owning the boardroom or attending the office holiday party, the DH3 Jake Straight Fit Core jean provides you with a relaxed fit for those long work hours. When accompanied by a classic white button-up shirt, you can head to work confident and comfortable.
Guys' night out
When you're heading out for wing night with the boys, the dress code is “polished yet effortless.” Jeans like the Denver Hayes DH Bootcut Stretch provide a stretch waist that's perfect when you've had a few too many wings. A simple knit sweater – a great basic that provides casual, warm comfort – completes the look with ease.
Working for the weekend
Weekends are the ideal time to tackle your week-long to-do list. When you're Christmas shopping, you want to look good but, most importantly comfortable, in order to take on those bustling malls. The Levi's Straight Fit Button Fly jean defines casual comfort. Throw on a leather jacket and a graphic t-shirt and you are ready to take on the weekend.
Game Time
Whether you and the boys are watching the game from the stadium or the couch, you want clothing that's comfortable and allows you to move. The Silver Zac jeans provide a laid-back fit and relaxed cut. Pair them with a crewneck sweater and whether your team wins or loses, you'll look good watching.
For more information on these looks visit www.marks.com


Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Serve this tantalizing guacamole dip to guarantee rave reviews

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(NC) Holiday entertaining is all about the appetizers and some of the most delicious recipes are often the most simple. Celebrity chef Lynn Crawford shares her secret recipe for guacamole, a must-have menu item which she says will guarantee your 'nice' spot on Santa's list. .
Spicy Guacamole Dip
Makes: 2 Cups
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Ingredients
• 2 ripe avocados
• 2 tbsp lime, juiced
• 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped (remove stems)
• 4 tbsp Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
Directions1. Halve and pit the avocados. Scoop out the flesh of the avocados into a bowl and gently mash with a fork, leaving them somewhat chunky.2. Add the remaining ingredients, and fold everything together to gently mix.
Tip: For some heat, add in 1 pickled jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped.
Complete nutrition information is available at www.hellmanns.ca.


Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas POP UP Portrait Studio Wasaga Beach

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LISTEN to our radio ad here.

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Things I Like Things I Dislike: Susan Sontag

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Things I like: fires, Venice, tequila, sunsets, babies, silent films, heights, coarse salt, top hats, large long-haired dogs, ship models, cinnamon, goose down quilts, pocket watches, the smell of newly mown grass, linen, Bach, Louis XIII furniture, sushi, microscopes, large rooms, ups, boots, drinking water, maple sugar candy.
Things I dislike: sleeping in an apartment alone, cold weather, couples, football games, swimming, anchovies, mustaches, cats, umbrellas, being photographed, the taste of licorice, washing my hair (or having it washed), wearing a wristwatch, giving a lecture, cigars, writing letters, taking showers, Robert Frost, German food.
Things I like: ivory, sweaters, architectural drawings, urinating, pizza (the Roman bread), staying in hotels, paper clips, the color blue, leather belts, making lists, Wagon-Lits, paying bills, caves, watching ice-skating, asking questions, taking taxis, Benin art, green apples, office furniture, Jews, eucalyptus trees, pen knives, aphorisms, hands.
Things I dislike: Television, baked beans, hirsute men, paperback books, standing, card games, dirty or disorderly apartments, flat pillows, being in the sun, Ezra Pound, freckles, violence in movies, having drops put in my eyes, meatloaf, painted nails, suicide, licking envelopes, ketchup, traversins [“bolsters”], nose drops, Coca-Cola, alcoholics, taking photographs.
Things I like: drums, carnations, socks, raw peas, chewing on sugar cane, bridges, Dürer, escalators, hot weather, sturgeon, tall people, deserts, white walls, horses, electric typewriters, cherries, wicker / rattan furniture, sitting cross-legged, stripes, large windows, fresh dill, reading aloud, going to bookstores, under-furnished rooms, dancing, Ariadne auf Naxos.
Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Friday, November 28, 2014

100 Year Old Shortbread Cookie Recipe

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I did not get the knitting gene.  I got the baking gene.  So lucky to have been taught by my Nanny Nicholls to make delicious baked goods.  Some of you have been asking me to share this recipe with you. I baked 3 dozen today for my Mother (the one who is a master knitter) and about an hour ago she said to me, 'If you happen to wake up in the middle of the night please feel free to bake some more.' 

Enjoy!

Ungreased pan. 325 degrees until slightly golden on edges.
The more you mix this, the shorter and better the cookies will be.

Olmstead Nicholls Shortbread (100+ year old recipe)

1/2 lb. soft butter
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
2 cups flour

Roll out. Cut in shape of choice.

Dunk Dunk Repeat. xo




Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Art World of Lisa Congdon

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I am inspired by:
Artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings and collages. Since 2007, she has been illustrating for clients including The Museum of Modern Art, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, The Obama Campaign and Simon & Schuster, among others. Lisa is also known for her intricate line drawings and pattern design and has licensed her work for fabric, kitchen linens, wallpaper and bedding. In addition to illustrating full time, Lisa maintains a thriving Etsy shop and writes a popular daily blog of her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and Art, Inc (Chronicle Books, 2014). Lisa periodically shows her work in galleries around the country. In 2011, she had her first major solo show at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco and was in her first museum show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, also in San Francisco. She’s an avid cyclist and swimmer. She lives and works in Oakland, California.
More about Lisa Congdon
www.lisacongdon.com

Lisa's 22 segment online workshop is here.







Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Pirate Christmas: Get the LOOT!

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Ho Ho Ho Pirates!
Just click on each photo to shop!
Love Captain Friday

P.S. There are hundreds of products
and art created by Patti Friday (Me)
in all the shops....and book shop.....not just Pirate Loot.
xo















Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'. Reading. Listening. Learning. Improving. Hanging out with successful people. Photographer. Pirate. Bubby. CANADA @pattifriday
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