You want to see some great art, but you don't want to spend a beautiful summer day inside a museum? I hear that! And I might have the perfect solution for you.The Love Letter Train Tour in Philadelphia. I referenced it in "For What I Want, I Can Wait" last year, and I finally took the full tour last weekend.As I knew it would be, the tour was an incredibly unique experience.First, we hopped the El train at Market East Station and headed West. Once we hit 45th street, a whopping fifty murals by Stephen Powers (aka "ESPO") started popping up one by one, all within eighteen blocks. It was almost like a rapid-fire game of "I spy." And each mural was more creative and colorful than the next.Check out some of my favorites below: "Your everafter is all I'm after." (with the greatest view of Philly I've ever seen) "Miss you too often not to love you." (note how Powers was sure to never paint over any original building signage. Cool.) "Open your eyes I see the sunrise." "This heart is safe for valuables" (above Philadelphia Savings Fund)What a beautiful, upbeat and positive gift Stephen Powers gave to West Philadelphia. I highly recommend you check it out!
We are in it now! The prime of wedding season, that is. And I have designed about a dozen wedding invitations. In doing so, I was recently asked, "When you design these, do you get upset that you're not getting married?"The answer came rather quickly.... Nope!And it's true.Fact is, I haven't found what I want yet. Therefore, I will wait. It's cool!Then later, while writing my blog post "Resolution: Color", I came across the website for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. While browsing the site, I fell madly in love with one mural in particular. It read, "For what I want, I can wait."My thoughts exactly. I had to check it out.So this past weekend, I drove to West Philadelphia. And as I neared the corner of 48th and Market, the mural came into site. Though it sounds sappy, the biggest smile appeared on my face. It was gorgeous! I love the bright blue color against the bright blue sky, the simplicity and the strong message.The mural was designed by Stephen Powers. It is actually part of a 50 mural series entitled "Love Letter". The series adds amazing color and energy to West Philly. If you don't live in the area, you can see some examples at muralarts.org. And if you do live in the area, apparently there is a "Love Letter" train tour every Saturday and Sunday. Another thing to put on the "to do" list, for sure!So tell me, what is the big hurry?