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!

Fall Update

Hi all, how was your summer? Are you ready for the temps to fall? I sure am… and I can’t wait to dig out my long-sleeved clothes, boots and coats! Did I ever mention how much I love scarves?

Ok, here’s a quick update on some of the things I’ve been up to, film festival news and upcoming stuff:

As promised here’s the screening info for “I’m not a Dummy“, a sweet short film I was part of recently. I’ve already blogged about how fun it was to work with puppets here; and I just found out that it already got its imdb credit, so, yaay! :)

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The screening will be at Digital Gym, 2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, California 92104 on November 10th at 10am – for more info, please click on this link to the Facebook event page.

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The weekend of October 5th and 6th, I volunteered at the German Currents San Diego Film Festival again. This was my 3rd year in a row (since they started, actually) and, again, it was a blast! Some of us know each other from the very first year and it’s always fun to see familiar faces again. Plus I got to meet some new awesome people, including industry peeps. Can’t wait for next year!

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Goofing off with fellow volunteers between screenings

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A mystery/thriller short film I acted in earlier this year All Night, (which just got finished and already accepted to its first film festival) will be screened at the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival on Thursday, October 24th at 7.30pm. Location and ticket info is here, but I believe that it’s almost sold out already. Hurry!

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Great news! The unstoppable fantasy feature film The Immortal Edward Lumley was screened at Louisville International Festival of Film last weekend and it won best film in the category ‘On the Edge’! Congrats to director William Wall and cast & crew (which has become my family by now)! I got a feeling that this is just the beginning :)

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After filming a few final pick-up shots last weekend, I’m officially wrapped on The Slingers! (written and directed by David Ruiz)  I play investigative journalist Tina Monroe in this family-friendly sports feature film. I can’t believe it’s almost finished and I’m eager to see it myself. This was one of the most fleshed out and fun characters to play in a while. I loved her story arc so much! Check out their Facebook page, poster and screening coming up soon!

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Last, but not least – I just got cast as a tough-as-nails detective in Penance by Inferno Productionz – check out their website! They also made a nice bio page for each of their actors.

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That’s it for now – thanks for stopping by! Meanwhile, have

a creepy, crawly and fun Halloween!

I’m not a Dummy!

At least I think that’s the title of the short film in which I got to play a hard-working waitress and mom. It was a spontaneous and last minute casting for me. I saw a Facebook post by my friend Jodi Cilley, who is the lead instructor of the video and editing professional certificate at UC San Diego Extension. She has trained students for almost 10 years through the Teen Producers Project, a program from the Media Arts Center San Diego that teaches teenagers the art and technical side of film and journalism as they make original films about community issues. Those teens are working on a new project and they were looking for some actors. Her post mentioned something about working with puppets…and that’s all I needed to hear, err, read!

Puppets? Why yes, I’d love to work with puppets! My role was small and without dialogue, but I just couldn’t resist, plus I was helping a friend, which made me feel good on top of it. The puppet played my ‘son’ in the film; and it only took about an hour for him to turn into a bratty little diva. Tension on the set escalated quickly:

Working with puppets…and he's already a diva!

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However, we settled our differences and gave each other enough personal space to make things work. We even managed to pose for a family portrait which also included my film daughter.

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What a lovely family!

All in all, I would work with puppets again in a heartbeat, seriously! I never thought I would love it THAT much, it was just too much fun. Also, the kid who played and voiced the puppet, Zachary Crook, has some serious skills and puts on his own shows at the Mary Hitchcock Puppet Theater every year.

I can’t wait to see the finished film AND the outtakes (if they keep them, hopefully). Jodi and her students expect to have it ready for our enjoyment by end of September. Stay tuned!