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Is it time you decided to put away that old film camera and go all digital? If so, good for you. It will open up a whole world of new and exciting possibilities. As a silly little article that might help to ease in this switch.

5 things do do with those old film roll cases.

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  1. Use them as a pill keeper.
  2. Make them work as a stand for toothpicks.
  3. Cut the top and bottom off and make a napkin ring.
  4. Keep them in your pocket for something to fidget with.
  5. Store your change.

Unless you’ve been living off the gird or under a rock for the last half decade or so, you have undoubtedly heard of the blogging platform Tumblr. After all, it is one of the most used sites in the world.

And in the last year or so, the idea of virtual reality has really been taking off with the introduction of wearable headgear for games and applications.

What if I told you that you can now combine the two, with virtually no tech skills, to promote your artworks? Here’s how:

Step 1

If you don’t already have a Tumblr account, sign up and get started on a blog to show off your creative efforts.

Step 2

Once you have one in place, use your Tumblr page address after this in an address bar – http://tbaloo.com/tumbvr/. So, if your site is http://pittsburgh-portraits.tumblr.com/ (little plug, lol) the address will be http://tbaloo.com/tumbvr/pittsburgh-portraits.tumblr.com

Step 3

Click the VR google link in the bottom right corner and you’re all set to view your blog in full virtual reality!

No only is this really interesting but also a good promotional feature for any artsy person.

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As a photographic artist, one of the things that might appeal to you is shooting stunning shots of some of nature’s wonderful scenes and animals. But, depending upon your location and ability to do some traveling, this may or may not be something that you can easily do. 

In cases in which you can’t get out to the wide open spaces in the American Western states, take a trip to Australia or the Arctic, or even check out the hot, dry African wilderness, there are still some “cheats” you can do  order to get some incredible shots of majestic beasts and landscapes.

1. Head to the nearest zoo  

If you hit these facilities at the right time, you can get some great shots on animals and the man-made scenes that are set up for them to stay. Sure, you might have to deal with crowds and fences but there are sections that you can work around such problematic elements. You might also come across some aqua exhibits that you can explore through glass.

Here are a few samples of my own  wildlife and nature photography at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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2. Find a local park or hiking tail

Some of these will feature beautiful vegetation and waterways and you might occasionally get a photo of anything from a small animal to something as large as a deer or bear. Of course, in these cases you have to be a little more careful as that there is nothing to come between you and the animal if it decided to get a little daring.

These are a few of the pictures I have taken on trails.

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A new poetic style

As a person who loves to be inventive in my own way, it was a while back that having been inspired by the likes of the Sonnet, Limerick and Haiku, I thought about trying to develop my own poetic format. This is what I ended up developing. Who knows, maybe it will catch on.

I call it Singular Linearism.

The name is a result of the fact that it is made up only lines of a single word or single small phrase of less that 5 words. The full piece can be either 16 or 20 lines. And the structure is as follows:

If 16 lines –

Lines 1 – 3 – One word

Line 4 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words

Lines 5 – 7 – One word

Line 8 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words

Lines 9 – 11 – One word

Line 12 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words

Lines 13 – 15 – One word

Line 16 – One phrase of 3 to 4 words

If using 20 lines the phase should be at lines 5, 10, 15 and 20.

Sample:

The Seasons

Heat

Vibrancy

Exhilaration

Golden Rays

Earth

Trees

Breeze

Falling leaves

Cold

White

Ice

Glistening snow

Rebirth

Uprising

Sun

New life

 

 

If you are a poetry fan and from the Pittsburgh area, chances are you might know Ann Curran for her work. She’s been writing for publications and putting out poems in the region for several years. This is the first book of her’s that I have had the pleasure to read and thus I wanted to take the time to give credit where it is due.

The book includes more than 100 poems with a variety of themes and styles. Some are very intense while others come off as whimsical or even a bit comedic in nature. All are penned in a literary form that showcases simplicity but still somehow manages to present readers with a lot of description and and keep them engaged.

The author moves between formats as that in some cases she uses rhyme while in others it’s more of a free verse style.

All in all, I enjoyed it and would say it’s well worth checking out for any fan of the poetic arts.

You can find this book on Amazon or get it though your favorite bookseller.

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Art comes in many forms and it’s always a fun experience to learn about a new artist that you have not heard of before. This was the case when I came across the vivid and detailed creations of one Micaela Buantello Enriquez.

While this young lady does a lot of work in the horror genre (you can check out her Facebook here), she is rather diverse in her designs and certainly offers an intriguing style for her fans.

Below you can take a peek at a few samples of some of her pieces.

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Following sold-out runs at The Triad NYC, The Bijou Theatre, United Solo Festival, Barrington Stage Company (Tony-Award winning William Finn’s Cabaret Series) and a nationwide tour from Washington D.C. to Hawaii, the captivating Amy Oestreicher will bring her hit one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful back to NYC at the internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Room on February 5th and 25th, 2017.  Through interwoven song and dialogue, performer Amy Oestreicher shares a primal piece of live-storytelling – weaving her near death experience and inspiring perspective with an eclectic set of songs, hilariously highlighting struggles, triumphs and “beautiful detours” in her life.

“Gutless & Grateful is not a story about a victim, but one of a survivor. Amy has channeled the pain of her experiences into something far greater.” – Michelle Alerte (Woman Around Town)

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Nominated for “Best Theatre Debut” in 2012 (Broadway World), and Bistro Awards Top Pick, and featured in Huffington Post, Gutless & Grateful, takes audiences on a musical journey of determination, grit and “guts” as Oestreicher shares her humor, her strength, and her soaring vocals with the world. Oestreicher’s script was inspired by the thousands of journal entries she kept over the six years she endured unable to eat a morsel of food or drink a drop of liquid.  Co-conceived by Oestreicher and musical director David Brunetti, the show is directed by Broadway-veteran Jerold Goldstein, also on piano.  “Gutless” also features the song “Still Alive” which was written for Amy by acclaimed composer David Friedman with lyrics by TV personality and lyricist Kathie Lee Gifford, after she appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show in 2011.

“One part moving testament to human indomitability, the other a thoroughly satisfying evening of song. While each element is strong enough to stand on its own, combined they illuminate and enhance each other. Rarely have I seen narration and song so artfully meshed, and Oestreicher’s likeability, good humor, interpretive skill, and manifest commitment to what she is saying and singing make us not only understand her story, but also feel it on a very deep level.”
-Roy Sander (critic for BistroAwards.com)

Amy had ambitious plans for Broadway, until she abruptly developed a blood clot the week before her high school senior prom. After being rushed to the hospital, her stomach exploded in the operating room, and after both her lungs collapsed, she nearly died. After waking up from a coma several months later, she was told she no longer had a stomach, and it was unknown whether she would ever be able to eat or drink again . After 27 surgeries and six of the past ten years unable to drink a drop of fluid, Amy’s digestive system was miraculously reconstructed and she learned that the human spirit heals through “gutsiness”, gratitude, and an overabundance of humor.
Amy Oestreicher is an artist, author, speaker for RAINN and TEDx, writer for The Huffington Post, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright, eagerly sharing the lessons learned from a decade of trauma through her writing, performance, art and speaking.  Amy’s story and show have appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS, WNBC Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, Unmistakable Creative, Good Housekeeping, among others, and her writings have appeared in over 70 notable lifestyle, wellness, and arts publications.  Amy’s “beautiful detour” inspired her to create the #LoveMyDetour movement, a campaign inspiring people to flourish because of, rather than in spite of challenges- also the subject of her ’16 TEDx Talk and upcoming book, My Beautiful Detour. Oestreicher will also be giving another TEDx Talk this February in Virginia.

Oestreicher’s story is always inspirational and surprisingly funny.” – Paulanne Simmons (Times Square Chronicles)

Come for a moving night of song, stories and possibilities, all in a 70-minute musical comedy. Gutless & Grateful is no ordinary one-woman show, but a powerhouse production that leaves the audience in tears, laughing hysterically, and savoring every last bite as though it were their very first.

Amy Oestreicher in Gutless & Grateful plays the Metropolitan Room on 34 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010, on February 5th at 7pm and March 26th  at7pm.  Doors open 30 minutes beforehand.

Tickets start at $24 and there is a two drink minimum.. Tickets and information are available at http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?id=239500 and by calling (212) 206-0440

For more information on Oestreicher’s unique story and highly esteemed show, visit www.amyoes.com  and follow her on Twitter @amyoes or Facebook @amyoestr

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