Happy Saturday to you and a little happy thought from me :) For more inspiration, check out my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.
This painting named Broken, which is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media was inspired by one of my favorite books called “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara . The book is about friendship and trauma and at parts are really hard read to go through as it is emotionally very upsetting, but at the same time it is beautiful. It is one of the books that grabbed me so much that I had to go and paint after reading it.
Broken is 9×12 on Canvas using acrylic paint, media and charcoal.
I am looking forward to be inspired like this again by another book. Have you read something lately that really really made you think about the story more than usual?
Have a wonderful day
Happy Sunday to you my friends! For more inspiring ideas, check out my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.
Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.
I know I have posted photos of this view from Liberty State Park several times- but for me it just doesn’t get old!
Here is a newly painted tower at the edge of the park by Mr Mustart.
Kind of in the hood – a little stroll on the Highline early in the morning – what a great time to be there – and seing a little glimpse of a mural by PixelPancho.
And on the walk to the subway a mural by Osgemeos – I love the pants- they are made off all kinds of different flags.
In the East Village this awesome door – love the patterns, the hair, the writing :)
Close by the former Adath Jeshurun of Jassy Synagogue, which I believe now has artist studios in it – I hope it is not just abandoned. What a great building.
In the Bowery a Shepard Fairey – I love how the wall is decaying and the purple paint underneath is crackling through again.
And in Jersey City this mural by Nychos
On a construction wall around the corner a paste up by Dylon Egon
And of course…as I am such a dork for elephants …and btw- this has been a block from my place for a long time – how did I miss it so far – by Mr. Prvrt
And last but not least my new fire red bike with which I am strolling through the hood a lot this summer. As you can see I found a piece of drift wood on the water side on that tour, so of course that had to come with me ;)
Hope you enjoyed this stroll and that you had a great time strolling around in your own hood for some inspiration as well.
My wonderful and talented friend Mystele Kirkeeng did an amazing 3part series of videos showing a piece of art she created inspired by my new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media. Here is the first part:
Thank you Mystele, for your review and super inspiring videos. I am blessed to have my artist friends <3
Subway – Billy Collins 1941
As you fly swiftly underground
with a song in your ears
or lost in the maze of a book,
remember the ones who descended here
into the mire of bedrock
to bore a hole through this granite,
to clear a passage for you
where there was only darkness and stone.
Remember as you come up into the light.
I created this art journal page based on two inspiration photos I took for the “Stroll Through The Hood Challenge” . You can see a free video on how I created the page and my thought process while doing it in the classroom accompanying the challenge if you haven’t yet. You can sign up here
I love the poem and I liked incorporating it into my art journal. All in all I am so grateful we have such an amazing public transportation system here- unless it is early in the morning and the train is full to the brim. Good think I work mostly from home ;)
Hope your days is awesome filled with easy transportation – no traffic jams- no packed trains :)
Some of you might remember my friend Mario A. Robinson who was part of Creative JumpStart in 2016.
This 10 min video of him by Jesse Brass is just beautiful:
“The real power of art, is the ability to galvanize and organize all those pigments and materials, and pour a soul into it.” Mario A. Robinson
What a wonderful human being and super talented person he is!
If you are into Watercolor – check out his great book “Realistic Watercolor”:
Hope this inspired you – have a gorgeous day!
Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something.
Still loving this mural by Pixel Pancho.
I never realized this old sign – probably some historic building marker. Love the patina and the form of it.
On the side of our supermarket- I rarely walk down this way- so I am not sure if I missed it so far or if it is new.
Tape art by Norman Kirby – love it!
Never showed it finished- the Shepard Fairey Mural at Grove in Jersey City. It feels as if it has a different meaning nowadays.
I love spring and the opportunity to get out of the house more and explore and stroll the hood :) Cannot wait to venture further in the coming weeks .
Valparaiso was definitely my favorite while in Chile. Big seaport city, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, colorful and fun to explore. Did you hear: Colorful?!
An amazing amount of street art and painted houses along the winded streets of the hills.
The cables are kind of as crazy as in the U.S. lol – – but I was smitten by the colorful stairs.
There was just so much to see and take in
Valparaiso was once called “Little San Francisco” and streets like these made me understand why :) As you stop every 2 seconds too look at something colorful and amazing you make your way way up there – good workout to walk off some of the delicious empanadas we had for lunch.
How fun is this lady?
and I so so so loved the colors and imagery and patterns here
And some fun mark making patterns
More beautiful flowers set next to a beautiful blue house – BAM like color explosion
I loved that the hydrants were yellow and not red.
Look at this row of houses all in different colors
and a door bell plate
and the mixture of corrogated metal, wooden door and graphity – I love the texture, the colors and the feel
Some interesting houses – loads of balconies
and it was so green too
but I did feel for the gas cartridge delivery guy – ouch!
And so slowly we made our way down – had some seafood close to the harbor and went back to Santiago.
This day in Valparaiso made me super happy – I am smiling writing the post and looking at those photos again. Hope you enjoyed the photos as much :)