New things!

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I am so excited to share with you all some recent commissions I have been working on! I have had a lot of requests for paintings of family pets recently. As a crazy dog lover, I am relishing in the opportunity to capture the eccentric and unique traits of all types of dogs in my work. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in commissioning a piece, dog-themed or otherwise, don't hesitate to contact me! I've done paintings ranging in size, from 4"x4" mini canvases to 12' outdoor murals. My painting have been used for all types of occasions, including weddings, birthday surprises, anniversary gifts and more. My prices are negotiable and I am comfortable working in all sizes and mediums. Feel free to browse some of my recent work on my website

( http://www.aubriephillips.com/commissioned-work)

Aubrie Phillips

aubriedphillips@gmail.com | (919)604-4024 

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Hey Guys! Here is a quick assignment I did for my cooking class, that I thought I could share. We had to write a bit about new things we had learned so far about Czech food and cooking. I added a few illustrations to make it more fun to read, but this is most definitely not a design project! Hope you enjoy. 

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Going to school in Prague

So here I am getting a bit better at blogging! Yahoo. Here is my obligatory school post (because that's what I'm here to do after all)

I wasn't sure if my honeymoon phase with my classes would wear off, but after almost three weeks I am still loving them every bit as much as I was at the beginning. I may just have to describe my typical day at the Prague Institute, to get across just how incredible the courses are. Yesterday (I actually wrote this two days ago, but it still works) I started the morning off with Illustration, which we are currently working on illustrating posters based off a specific aspect of Czech culture or history. I have been researching Franz Kafka, a famous Czech author most well know for "The Metamorphosis" and a few others. If you weren't required to read him at some point in school, I'm sure you have at least heard of him. Anyways, yesterday was different because our teacher wanted to take us to an Art/Design school called UMPRUM where she teaches that had an exhibition of student work. I think we were all assuming student work would mean a small exhibit of some work in progress or some things hung on walls, but wow were we wrong. The school had basically shut down for this exhibition and each of the maybe 25-30 studios was filled with the most incredible pieces of art, ceramics, paintings, physical art, fashion, murals, you name it, all arranged in the most intricate and unique exhibits. Each room was an entirely different environment and experience and you almost had no idea each time you were walking into.  Maybe it was the fact that the design and art world is a little different every place you go, but there were things I saw yesterday that were entirely unique and completely unknown to me. I felt so inspired leaving that place. It made me think about continuing my studies in some way, especially if I could go to a place like that and get a chance to develop and push my creativity in a new way. Later our professor told us that the application process takes days and has physical 'creativity' exams, as well as being incredibly selective. Still, a girl can dream. 

I had a bit of a break until my next class (ok a few hours) so Sarah and I did a bit of light shopping to prepare for Morgan's birthday (she's 21!) 

We then headed to Culinary, our next class where our teacher was already preparing dough in the Institute kitchen. The course so far has consisted of our teacher choosing a menu for dinner and then giving us a little bit of history about the dishes while we cook. We always prepare some sort of bun or bread which has been super interesting for me to watch the process of making dough and watching the yeast rise. Baking has never been something my family does a lot so the idea that a perfect loaf of bread can just appear before your eyes is a bit of black magic to me. I love how imprecise you can be when you are more experienced. Our teacher uses a scale with weights that goes back many generations in her family. You basically pour until the scale tips and that should be enough. She also uses measurements such as pour the oil from now.....................until now. A little bit hard to replicate, but somehow everything turns out perfectly in the end.

 Here is our teacher in the green and you can see the scale on the counter. 

Here is our teacher in the green and you can see the scale on the counter. 

Yesterday we made the most delicious soup with potatoes, re-hydrated mushrooms and a poached egg. We also learned how to braid buns and create classic Czech bread shapes. We learned about how you make sourdough and all the intricacies with using a starter and getting the classic sourdough flavor. We also made the most adorable little desserts with pear and plum preserves in them.  

 We use a brush made from feathers to brush egg onto our breads and desserts. The place that makes them employs and trains special needs and handicap people to make them and sell them to the public. 

We use a brush made from feathers to brush egg onto our breads and desserts. The place that makes them employs and trains special needs and handicap people to make them and sell them to the public. 

 Dessert! 

Dessert! 

 We let the dough rise in this basket which gave it the beautiful pattern on top! 

We let the dough rise in this basket which gave it the beautiful pattern on top! 

 The final meal! 

The final meal! 

Writing about this makes me hungry all over again. Also, no promises I will be able to replicate any of this! So that's a quick rundown of what school has been like so far. Sounds tough, right? I have two other classes that I am also in love with, but I will save that for another post! Tomorrow we head to Berlin with the school and I am sure I will have many adventures to document so stay tuned! 

Česky Krumlov Excursion!

It has only been a week since my last post but it truly has felt much longer. (ok so it really has been a bit longer, this post has taken me a bit on account of how busy we have been recently. But don't worry I'll catch you all up soon!)

In that time we have traveled almost across the Czech Republic and back, tromped around most of the city and seen, eaten, and experienced an incredible amount! Right as we were getting settled in our accommodations in Prague we were whisked away on a greyhound for a three-day excursion. After sort of a tumultuous (literally) bus ride through the snowy countryside and a few stomach turning bus doughnuts in the parking lot, we arrived at the Karlštejn Castle. Although the Castle grounds are normally closed for the winter season, they opened the castle for a special tour just for us. The gothic castle, founded in 1348 for King Charles IV was pretty incredible but also ridiculously cold on the inside. We were greeted by these adorable castle guards on our way in.

We then headed off to the Pilsner Brewing Factory. We were served a traditional lunch of beef goulash, dumplings (which are basically little towers of bread) and of course a cold glass of Pilsner! We then got a chance to tour the brewing and bottling facilities. Our tour guide took us through the history of the town of Pilsen, how each family in the town used to use their own technique to brew beer and how they finally came together and decided upon one method. We walked through the underground tunnels that they built for brewing and got a chance to taste unfiltered beer straight from the barrel. According to our chaperones, Hanna and Alan, Pilsner has some healing powers and can cure everything from stomach aches to the common cold. This has yet to be proven, but they swear by it. After our tour we hoped back on the bus for our final destination, the world famous Sport Motel. Just kidding, our adorable motel with its own special...charm, was just minutes away from the town of Česky Krumlov, a famous landmark in Czech Republic. 

Tasting unfiltered beer from the Pilsner Brewing Factory in Pilsen, Czech Republic

We woke up at the sport motel to a breakfast of rolls, cheese and deli meat with coffee and juice served by the most adorable Czech Grandmother. We then set off to the ski slopes, not to ski but to view the beautiful snowy landscape from atop the Lipno treetop walkway. We rounded its many levels of walkways until we reached the top which had the most beautiful 360 degree view of the countryside. We took the view in for a while and of course took a few selfies with the backdrop before making our way back down. We had a few hours to kill so our bus suggested we hike up the ski slope a bit to ride the bobsled track. We purchased our tickets and boarded the sled, completely unaware of what we were in for. My good friend Sarah and I shared a tiny sled and held on to each other as we were slowly pulled up the hill on the lift. By the time we reached the top we were sufficiently scared but only had seconds before we were launched full speed down the metal  track. I think generally the sleds are meant for single riders or adults and tiny kids to go together because our combined weight made our sled pretty agile and we swung up on the sides, almost hitting the snow with each turn. I have a GoPro video of the whole thing which I won't share because there may be a few expletives... I don't think we realized how much we were screaming until we re-watched it all. Regardless it was a pretty incredible ride and I ended up squeezing in another run before we had to head back. 

 Look at this incredible view!!!! ( Photo Credit goes to Morgan here) None of my photos were able to capture how beautiful this view was in person.  

Look at this incredible view!!!! ( Photo Credit goes to Morgan here) None of my photos were able to capture how beautiful this view was in person.  

 

We had the rest of the day to roam around Česky Krumlov, which is quite a picturesque and unique town. The town itself is surrounded by a huge castle wall which you can climb up for the most incredible view. We went just as the sun was setting and the tiny lamps on the buildings lit up as the sky turned different shades of purple and pink. It was an incredible way to end the day.

 The town looking down from the castle wall. Doesn't it look like something out of a fairytale? 

The town looking down from the castle wall. Doesn't it look like something out of a fairytale? 


There were many other adventures on this trip, such as our incredible dining experience at a Medieval restaurant, a bit of clubbing with our teachers and a bizarre trip to a marzipan and chocolate museum but I will spare you the pain of reading too much of a novel and just post pictures. I promise from now on I will be much more prompt, ok at least a little more prompt with my postings. Thanks for hanging in there with me!   

 Here we are eating at the Medieval Restaurant. The meal basically consisted of every type of meat, roasted over an open fire and it was absolutely delicious. 

Here we are eating at the Medieval Restaurant. The meal basically consisted of every type of meat, roasted over an open fire and it was absolutely delicious. 


First Days in Praha

The entrance to the Prague Institute!

As my Great Grandma would say..."My eyes are full" 

I will keep it brief because I'm already half asleep at the moment. We have already seen and experienced so many new and exciting aspects of Czech culture so far and it has only been one day! We started bright and early taking the metro into the city and met at the Prague Institute where we will be spending most of our days and taking classes. We got an intro class on Czech history and major events and figures who have influenced the country through time. We also got a rundown of Czech language; how to pronounce things (it will take some getting used to, but I think I can get the hang of it) and basic phrases we will need. I can't wait to study up and use some of what we learned! We also took a walking tour of the city to get orientated. I don't know if I will ever get used to how breathtakingly gorgeous this city is (or how cold it can get). Tomorrow we venture off for a three day trip to another part of the Czech Republic. I'll keep you updated! 

Na shledanou for now, 

Aubrie