Stroll Through The Hood

Stroll Through The Hood

Disclaimer: This post makes a bit fun of “The Lions of Michigan” – if you are a Lion of Michigan and weren’t in this crowd – I am sorry, I do not mean to make fun of all Lions of Michigan, nor all Lions nor the Lions Club nor all people of Michigan! If you are on that photo…sorry- if you hadn’t shouted out so loud..I would have not even noticed you in the crowd- you were almost invisible! ;)

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A lot of times I get asked what inspires me. And one of my key answers is always “a stroll through the hood”. It might be street art, it might be thoughts or feelings connected with certain sights, it might be stuff I find to buy…in one way or the other you might find the photos, the thoughts, the feelings, the colors or anything from those strolls in my art journal, a mixed media project or a scrapbooking layout.

I would love to show you once a month what inspired me while strolling through my neighborhood. I hope you like the little insights into my daily life where I live (at the moment Hamburg, Germany). This is also a wonderful way for me to remind myself on the inspiring things in the hood. Maybe you get inspired by those posts and even invite ME to a stroll in YOUR hood – feel free to grab the logo and leave a comment for me on the post and share!

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You gotta love a neighbor hood where an artist works on the street – this guy is working on a canvas and is a friend of the hair dresser – the canvas will be hanging there soon. I hope I will see it finished. It is pretty cool!

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Our Central Park- LOL – it is a piece of land …prominent right smack at best building location – which is now for several years rented out for a “beach-club” – yup right…in the middle of the city, at the train tracks going above you have a piece of beach with nice chairs and you can hang out there if you want. Totally forgot to take Julie for a break there…oh well…we did so much ;)

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The usual saturday flea market from a different angle – it was so hot that day and soo crowded. But fun. Apparently this flea market made it to some travel guides for Hamburg

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The Lions of Michigan…we did almost not know they were here…almost ;) ROAAARRRR

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One Saturday morning I met my friend Sandra for a breakfast at one of the many portuguese cafe’s in this particular street. It is even called Galao (portuguese expresso with hot foamed milk) Strip . Great place for people watching and catching up before heading out to do the weekend grocery shopping.

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Well…gotta say I love Hamburg ;) Only one more Stroll from the hood is going to be from Hamburg. I think I might continue though once I moved to Jersey City- might be a good way to keep me going checking out my new hood. What do you think?

Have a wonderful day!

Nat

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  • Michelle

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    Oh my goodness Hamburg looks so cool. Jersey City has it’s cool spots- it’s changing so fast due to the increasing rents you’ll be a welcome addition to the artist community there.

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  • Enikö

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    I hope you continue the tradition…I love your stroll through the hood posts!

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  • petyvic@gmail.com

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    I know you will find many hoods, and many new ideas around in NJ…waiting to see your strolls in America!.. The best for you!..

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  • Donna

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    Oh yes, I’d enjoy seeing your new neighborhood adventures!

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  • Corrine

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    Nice stroll. Yes do keep it up from Jersey City…xox

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  • Chrisd

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    You will enjoy visiting all over Nj and check out the Lower east side of manhattan. Just a train ride away a d so many different ethnic groups in a Small area of land with sights and sounds to match.

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  • Kathy P

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    Wish we had visited Hamburg while in Fermany…oh, we’ll, a good reason to go back, right? I think strolling is a wonderful way to get to learn about a new area!

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  • Michelle Guest

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    I will miss seeing Germany (as I’m sure you will too!), but it will be fun to see NJ too! I enjoy your tours!

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Wasserturm or…today is the day

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Today is the day of my exhibition – hahaha- you are probably as excited as I am just because you cannot hear the word anymore ;) Well – bah…don’t be too happy I will still post about it ;)
So this is the last canvas in a trilogy I created – I showed you the other two before here and here. The water tower is a very prominent landmark of my hood. It is set in a park and I can see it from our deck and our sleeping room window. I love this old building. They turned it into a 5Star hotel – which caused lot’s of protests …building wise I have to say though they did a really good job inside keeping lot of the old architecture. Otherwise it would have been awesome if this was turned into public space since it is in a public park…but Oh well ;)

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Wish me luck !

Nat

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  • nadine

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    so beautiful and original and poetic work

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  • Nancy

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    gorgeous. love the colors.

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  • Maura

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    Lovely! Ah, wasserturm, one of the few words I remember from a trip to Germany many years ago – love that word!

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  • Helen

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    love this TFS

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  • cheryl donohew

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    Truly amazing artwork! Best of luck and enjoy!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    This is my favorite of the three for the exhibit. I’m sure that it went well.

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  • petyvic@gmail.com

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    This is bright! Love the color contrast… Wishing the best!

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  • Jeanne Kelly

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    Good luck Nathalie! This canvas is really cool !

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  • Kathy P

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    This is AWESOME, Nat! Sending great vibes your way for a very happy and successful show for you!

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A Stroll Through the Hood

Wait and see ;)

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This one is so very detailed – amazing!

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The dove is one of my favorites

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This sculpture in front of the building makes me happy

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this is so simple and yet so effective

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best satellite dish design ever!

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lots of individual I’s

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does that necessary mean We?

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and I just want to have this on my studio wall

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Hope you had fun strolling around in my neighborhoods ;)

nat

 

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Where young people go to retire or…Sternschanzia

Portlandia

A couple months ago Dina and I had a fun conversation and she introduced me to Portlandia. She mentioned she had put a bird on something and just called it art. She explained to me that this is from Portlandia. Portlandia is a satirical sketch TV Series in the US playing in Portland, Oregon. It shows in a of course over-pointed way the life in some pockets that each city has – up and coming neighborhoods. places that no-one before wanted to live, and then kind of get artsy and fun….then popular.

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Portlandia can be everywhere – it is actually right here, where I live in the Sternschanze in Hamburg- LOL. That is probably why I laugh so much about this series – It is hilarious. I love my neighborhood-I do …but I also love to make fun of myself and us the people who live here. It is colorful, different, provoking and inspiring…sometimes stupid, sometimes nerve wracking…sometimes just plain funny

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When I watch this video about the “Dream of the 1890s” and I think of all my friends and people around here that have beards right now, wear suspenders, ride weird bicycles and …

Or when I walk somewhere to run errands in the morning and see some people “working” on their laptops out-side in front of a cafe, and when I go home later in the evening- they would be still there. EVERY day! We have more cafes when you can imagine. I guess this is “where young people go to retire”.

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Or in Portlandia you see this video about the “2 Girls 2 Shirts” Store- and when my husband and I saw it we yelled out loud “1 Girl 1 Sweater” because that is pretty much the store right across of your house.

Point of this? No point…just showing you a little peek into my neighborhood and if you sometimes think I am weird – LOL- I am just the product of my environment – ;)

Have a gorgeous day

hugs

Nat

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