What does it look like inside the mind of someone whose career is inextricably linked to his or her creativity? This is a question whose answer I hoped to discover in a recent interview with NYC-based artist Brian Josselyn, who throughout the course of his artistic career has produced an impressive oeuvre of paintings, such as the one featured at left, Flatiron Building. Josselyn uses the term “luscious realism” to describe his style of painting, characterized by thick brush strokes and vivid […]
Last night, Bob Mould (Minnesota native and former member of the bands Hüsker Dü and Sugar) played a show at the Union Transfer in Philadelphia. I had called the venue ahead of time to inquire as to whether I could bring my camera, and was told “No SLR’s or DSLR’s allowed unless you have prior approval by the band.” In other words, the Nikon (which I like to think of as my new superpower) would have to stay home and […]
It seems to be a rite of passage for a Philadelphian to take the 60-plus mile trek to the New Jersey coastline. This was my second visit (the first having been to New Jersey’s only dog-friendly beach in Manasquan). This most recent visit was to Ocean City. Here, one finds miles of beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, plus a boardwalk with restaurants, arcades, and tons of shopping. From June through August, Ocean City hosts countless beachgoers on any given day. […]
As far as American East Coast cities go, Philadelphia sometimes gets a bad rap. But the longer I live here, the more I realize how much beauty surrounds me everywhere. Sure there is poverty, violence, and urban decay . . . but these things co-exist with murals, music, and vibrant urban markets. For those who might otherwise refuse to give Philly a second glance, take a closer look and you may find that this city is definitely worth a visit.
The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program was founded in 1986 as a way to beautify Philadelphia and discourage graffiti. In the past three decades, hundreds of murals have gone up all over the city. The caption in the mural above reads “If your heart is open, love will find its way in.” And yes, you read that correctly: Jane Seymour, the woman who once portrayed Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, helped create the mural in question (along with artist Cathleen Hughes). And, […]