Art for Healing

The Art Show at San Diego Comic Con 2016 is right around the corner and this will be my 5th year displaying my creations under the Sails Pavilion. In the past, I’ve always brought my lighter paintings, the more ‘cartoony’ and cheerful art, instead of my dark pieces. This time the style will still be on the whimsical side, but with a serious undertone. I’m dedicating this year’s series, titled ‘Warriors‘, to Anxiety and Depression Awareness.

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“Scrapper” – watercolor/ink, Pia Thrasher 2016

 

Recently, I found out about a non-profit organization called “To Write Love On Her Arms” aka TWLOHA, thanks to the wonderful #AKF (or #AlwaysKeepFighting) campaign started by “Supernatural” star Jared Padalecki. The TWLOHA website states: “To Write Love on Her Arms is a movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.”

So, I decided to donate 10% of each original painting’s final bid/sale at the SDCC Art Show’s silent auction to TWLOHA. :)

Why? Because I’ve lost family and friends to suicide and I have personally experienced the devastating effects anxiety and depression can have on you. This is my way of reaching out and paying it forward. If there’s any way I can help and contribute, even just a little, then why not through my art?

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Another sneak peek..

For those who can’t attend the Art Show, I will have prints of all the original paintings available to purchase through Deviant Art, sometime after SDCC 2016. If you can make it to the Art Show, bid on my paintings, GO BIG, buy the original art and help fight anxiety & depression at the same time!

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Fighters, all of them!

If you’re not interested in buying a painting; or you’re not able to (getting those SDCC badges is a whole other story) and would like to simply donate directly to TWLOHA, please click on the link here.  Incidentally, TWLOHA is also currently raising funds for people affected by the horrible shooting in Florida with their  Hope and Help for Orlando campaign.

Ok, I think I covered it all …

 

Have a great day, hug somebody, hope to see you at San Diego Comic-Con, and feel free to share this post with your fellow Con-goers!

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Update 9/12/2016: Thank you all for sharing the love and thank you for stopping by the Art Show and especially THANK YOU for buying my art! As promised, I made the 10% donation to TWLOHA! #AlwaysKeepFighting!

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Love and big hugs,

Pia

Update 11/17/2016: You can still buy original paintings from the ‘Warrior‘ series from my Etsy store! Same pledge as above (10% going to TWLOHA) applies! Click here to view/buy! Thank you!

“Uncle Reesie” feature film premiere

 

My long-time director friend David Ruiz made another movie and it’s about to premiere!

I got to play the role of a doctor and it’s my 4th time working with David! It’s always such a treat being on his set and I’m grateful he keeps asking me back!

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Tickets are  on sale now! (San Diego) Join the cast and crew for the premiere Friday, May 13th at 6pm (the theater accidentally put 5:30pm but they said they would change that) and 8:30pm.

Red carpet event from 5pm to 6pm. Please come out and support!

Buy now cause tickets will be sold out for the premiere times.

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Uncle Reesie is a dramedy about a long time single man, who finally, at the age of 48 meets the woman of his dreams, but must choose between her and the two children who need him.

Hope to see you there!

Whoa!

WE DID IT! We really friggin did it! And no, it’s not an April Fools joke! I had an angel investor (who would like to remain anonymous for now) swoop in at the last minute and help us make our Indigiegogo goal! I’m still pinching myself!

We reached our fundraising goal of $7000 thanks to YOU and your many contributions, big and small, your shares and posts on social media and support!!!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Because we reached the goal, Indiegogo just put us in the ‘InDemand‘ status! This is a big deal! What does it mean?

Well, for one, bragging rights! Indiegogo likes us and might even promote us from time to time. Most importantly, it also means people can still contribute and claim perks at their leisure, without any deadlines, until we decide to de-activate the Indiegogo campaign page! Basically, everything that is contributed to “Things We Dig” from now on will go towards post production costs such as film festival entry fees, marketing, etc.

I will keep the page updated as we move into all phases of film production and let you know how our little film progresses! We might even add new perks as they become available! If we do, I’ll let you know in our updates and in this blog as well.

In the meantime, you can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram(this one’s gonna be fun, cause it’s from the perspective of one of the film’s characters)!

So stay tuned and thanks again!

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Yours darkly,

Pia Thrasher