Inspired by San Francisco – Part II

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in The Traveling Artist


DISCLAIMER: This Blog Post contains quotes or art with political meaning. I might strongly agree with it or I  might not… – some might think of it as totally inappropriate to post. If you have a problem with this, you might be better off looking at something else . Don’t email me to complain, don’t visit my blog anymore because I might post things like this again and that might get you in a grumpy mood..

This is part II of my San Francisco trip full of inspirations- you can find part I here. This part is dedicated to the amazing murals and street art I found while walking around.



I was just blown away by this one- the details and colors, shadows- awesome. This was on a side street of Height.


The hair….so fluffy – you can almost touch it- seriously cool and I love the colors again. This was in the Mission – where I found the most during my trip.


It is creepy cool and i love the collage feel to it.


“Bending over Backwards” – amazing and beautiful painted wood piece mounted on this wood wall- but with so much more meaning, it is about political prisoners and gentrification – you can read a bit about it here. I think it is interesting to see something just as is and like it but then if you hear more of the intention you see the piece with different and new eyes.


This was just gorgeous – around Castro – I loved the colors and the mosaic pieces and dimension…I just wish…it had a tree hair top coming from the background.


loving this – just a little corner of the house – boom – makes you stop and smile and look at the environment a bit more.


This is The Women’s Building – fascinating and strong!


This little alley in the mission is a gem for finding street art. Clarion Alley, between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets. If you like street art and planning a visit to San Francisco, put it on your list. A bit smelly in the summer…like…you don’t wanna know smelly- but hey…


you see a wooden shingle wall like this -gosh- I love this!


cool …color combo


love the statement, love the flowers, the colors and the font – pretty cool


I love the quote- it is taken out of the context- but as it is – I love it. And I do love the lettering – so cool.


This make me gasp…and want to go back to my studio – the color combination and the marks -AWESOME – I mean…swoon.



I love this painted door and the figure- it reminds me of cubism – if I write cool again – I bet my friend J.K. will write me an email to learn more adjectives 😉 …so how about …amazing 😉


And last…FUN, a modern funky version of Catrina (it is Catrina, right?).

I hope these pictures inspired you as much as me – I had a great time and I hope I will be back in S.F. soon again.

Have a gorgeous day




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Comments (10)

  • Jackie P Neal


    One of the Coolest posts I have seen in a long time- thanks for sharing Nat!!
    We are heading out to California late Aug to stay with my sons- hope to get to the Mission District to check out for myself! xo


  • Carolyn S


    That is some seriously cool art. The Women’s Building is stunning.


  • Sue Clarke


    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!
    The third pic from the bottom looks like it could have been created using some of your stencils.


  • Kimmie Hogan


    When my hubby and I first got married, which almost seems like another lifetime, we lived in the San Fran area. I LOVED LOVED LOVED living there. We were there 3 yrs. There is always something to do that will please any of your 5 senses. And though you can’t beat the weather, the hills will definitely give you a work out. One of my favorite places to go and hang out was the piers. Great food, lots of great shops, and never a lack of something to do.Thanks for sharing the pics and for the trip back into the past. Hope you had a great weekend!! (((HUGS)))


  • Michelle


    I am highly offended by that “believe” graffitti. How dare people be inspirational and positive in their street art? 🙂 love these posts,


  • Kathy P


    AWESOME! Makes me want to go back to SF and look at it in a different light! Awesome street art—thanks for sharing it with us, Nat!


  • Laura Strack


    This Post makes me want to book a trip to San Fran right away! I would love getting a dose of inspiration every day, just by walking down the street! Glad I get a dose reading your Blog 🙂 Thanks, Nat.


  • Heidi


    Love this post! Thank you for sharing this street art – very inspirational.


  • Diana Trout


    Amazing ! You did a great job of getting the street art vibe of San Fran. I love that city !


  • stephanie


    i did not see any political statements, just some fab street art. Nice!


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