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!

13 Days till Halloween

As you probably have figured out by now, Halloween season is my favorite time of the year. Since there are only 13 days left, I decided to compile a list of movies for each day counting down to the 31st of October. I could pick obscure and rare flicks, but decided to list movies that are fairly easy to find for everybody. Some of them I picked because they don’t often get mentioned or are overlooked. Obviously most of them deal with the supernatural or paranormal, but I snuck in a few exceptions, cause they’re also my personal must-see flicks every year. So here you go, in no particular order:

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‘What we do in the Shadows’ (2014 by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi) Not a ghost story, but a great way to start your Halloween countdown with some levity at first. The vampires in this horror comedy are to die for! (see what I did there?)

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‘Horns’ (2013 with Daniel Radcliffe). It has everything, it’s original and odd and kinda fascinating. People either love it or hate it. I, for one, love it. Great for a night when you can’t decide between horror and dark humor or when you’re having a cynical, people-hating day.

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‘The Crow’ (1994 with Brandon Lee) Well, duh, that one is obvious. I watch it every October 30th, aka Devil’s Night. RIP Brandon. If you’ve never seen it…I’m not sure I wanna know you, lol!

‘The Entity’ (1982 with Barbara Hershey) You really wanna freak out over the ‘unseen’? This one still scares the crap out of me! I think what makes it so scary is because it’s based partially on a true story. I still can’t get he musical score during the attacks out of my head. You’ll leave the lights on at night, not that it would help!

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‘The Others’ (2001 with Nicole Kidman) Great ghost story and brilliant acting, especially by the two kids. You can’t keep your eyes off them!

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‘The Descent’ (2005 by Neil Marshall) Not a ghost story and one of the odd ones out on this list, but I usually savor watching it during this time of year. If you like super high tension, holding your breath kind of movies – this is one for you. Especially if you’re claustrophobic. Oh, lots of blood and gore, too. I could write about this one forever..but don’t want to spoil it for anybody.

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‘The Orphanage’ (2007 by J.A. Bayone). It was marketed more as a horror movie, but I was surprised when it turned out to be more of a creepy yet moving ghost/thriller/drama. Haunting story and remarkable acting.

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‘Black Death’ (2010 with Eddie Redmayne) Not so much of a ghost story, but kind of…it is pagan/christianity themed horror during the days of the bubonic plague in England. When Eddie Redmayne got his Oscar for ’The Theory of Everything’, nobody in Hollywood ever seemed to mention him being in a ‘horror’ (gasp!) movie before, even though he does a great job in this underrated flick. Not for the squeamish. And Sean Bean is in it. Guess what happens to him…

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‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ (1993 by Tim Burton). I don’t think it needs any description. I like playing it before going out, while dressing up. How can you not get in the mood when the ‘This is Halloween!’ song comes on! Then I play it again around Christmas to cheer myself up during the madness of THOSE holidays.

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’The Ring’ (2002 by Gore Verbinski). Yes, I know, everybody says ‘Ringu’ is better, but this remake still creeps me the hell out and the visuals are forever ingrained in my head. So much creepiness without a single drop of blood shown! I’ll never forget the first time I saw it.

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‘Housebound’ (2014 by Gerard Johnstone). A weird horror comedy that I found by accident on Netflix. It’s a great mix of scares, laughs, jumps and silly fun. I love the lead actress, Morgana O’Reilly and really dug her energy.

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‘The Babadook’ (2014 by Jennifer Kent) Probably my favorite horror thriller of 2014. Smart, unnerving, creepy and superbly acted. It’s in my ‘go-to’ Netflix queue and I don’t just wait for Halloween to watch it.

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‘Trick ‘r Treat’ (2007 by Michael Dougherty) My ‘must-watch’ ever since I first saw it. PLAY IT ON HALLOWEEN OR TERRIBLE THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU! Nuff said!

Honorable mentions: Hocus Pocus, Sleepy Hollow, Mama, Haunter, Oculus, The Woman in Black and of course Poltergeist (I should have started my list earlier than 13 days til, heh…)

There you go – happy watching and have a creeptastic time!

Intermission

Kinda unrelated to acting, but I thought it was noteworthy for a blog anyway.

So, San Diego Comic-Con happened and I sold a painting in the Art Show, yay! But that’s not the news I’m most excited about…

The best part of this year’s con for me personally? It was finding out that an art piece I submitted to SDCC months ago for the 75th Anniversary of Catwoman was accepted and published as a full page in their Souvenir Book! Page 90, baby! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it, right there…in print, with my credits next to it!

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As visual artist and photographer, you enter many competitions and similar projects like this and you deal with a lot of rejection (like I needed to add more challenges to my life as an actor..but artists gotta do what they gotta do). It just makes little victories like this so much sweeter! Thank you SDCC people for including my art! Needless to say, I collected a few books so I can send them to my mom and pop overseas!

Here’s a better view in my DeviantArt Gallery.

 

That’s all for today, folks. Next week: 48hr Film Project in San Diego! #TeamBadMF all the way, woot!