Tag Archives: Art

Blinds with personality

27 Sep
Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Llibertad

Happy Friday, everyone! The weekend is here, and I am in the mood for some fun. So how about I leave you with some blinds with personality? Some show cartoon characters, while others feature those well-known from real life or fiction…

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Junta de Comerç

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Plegamans

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Grunyi

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Martinez de la Rosa

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Bailen

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Floridablanca

… and some are just made up for the occasion. In any case, I hope you like them! Have a great weekend!

Cartoons and other characters on blinds in Barcelona

Carrer Paloma

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Paula Bonet

19 Sep

Wonderful illustrations by Paula Bonet

Paula Bonet is an artist I have recently ‘discovered’ and since followed avidly. I am in absolute awe of her drawing and colouring skills as well as the range of emotions that she is able to project through her work, which is at times melancholy and at others quite humorous.

Wonderful illustrations by Paula Bonet

I am also impressed with the fact, that her work is frequently used to decorate public spaces, such as this shop (above) in Bergamo, Italy, or (below) at a restaurant in Valencia.

Wonderful illustrations by Paula Bonet

Paula Bonet is not afraid to show her innermost feelings in her illustrations, and with gorgeous results, as you can see in this series (below) in which water features so very prominently (and beautifully).

Wonderful illustrations by Paula Bonet

Check out this video of Paula at work:

If you would like to get your hands on one of Paula’s pretty illustrations, you can either head to this online shop  or this one to buy them online. For more information on Paula’s background, works and the link to her blog (her illustrated diary), check out her website, and to keep up to date on her latest, head to her Facebook page here.

Wonderful illustrations by Paula Bonet

All images are courtesy of Paula Bonet.

Slate beauties

16 Sep

Portraits etched in slate by JB Ravello

Some time ago, I spotted some incredibly gorgeous portraits on Facebook and was blown away by their incredible detail and artistry. They had been made by Jean-Briac Ravello (the stone mason I featured last year in this blogpost) on slate! Yes, that’s right, they have been carved into slate, and this particular portrait, of rapper Xzibit, looks like this:

Portraits etched in slate by JB Ravello

Quite stunning, isn’t it?

Portraits etched in slate by JB Ravello

After a while, I saw images of more portraits, of this old man and of the very handsome ram, below. Asking Jean-Briac why he had chosen to do these portraits, he replied (with his usual off-hand humility) that they were just studies in light and shadows.

Portraits etched in slate by JB Ravello

Apart from feeling quite green with envy at this level of artistry, I am also delighted that these slate beauties exist and will last, for they have been set in stone (well, in slate in this case) to do just that.

Jean-Briac Ravello will be exhibiting other pieces in Barcelona shortly. Meanwhile, check out his beautiful dishes and also an abstract sculpture at Siesta (Carrer Ferlandina 18, Barcelona) and his Facebook page and blog to keep up to date with his latest news.

Art at the entrance

10 Sep

Street artists Kram & Owen paint building entrance in Barcelona

It’s quite common to spot painted cars at the entrance of residential buildings, in Barcelona, indicating where the entry to the car park is. But none are quite like the ones I am sharing with you today.

At a building on Carrer Manso, the walls at the entrance have been given a generous dose of marvelousness by street artists Kram & Owen.  Delightful colours, a multitude of circles and spheres, all with generous pops of red, a postman and a swanky vintage car… not a bad thing to come home to art at the entrance every day, right?

Street artists Kram & Owen paint building entrance in Barcelona

Five hundred!

25 Jun
Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Beautiful child

Yep. Five hundred. Blogposts. Almost unbelievable, but very true! This calls for a little celebration, and so I thought we’d have a little street art fest today. To celebrate this 500th post and the fact that Barcelona’s street art is so very much alive with excellent artists, both local and visiting.

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

El Pez and his friends

These shots are from the park at Les Tres Xemeneies, at the bottom end of Avinguda del Paral.lel, where skaters and bikers hang out, do their tricks and where a few walls are actually permitted to be covered in tags, smiley fish and other works of spray art.

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

A pile of chestnuts

The walls were recently re-done, and so I am delighted to share these new works with you.

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Angela davis

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Anybody know who this is?

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Black Panthers

There are 3 blocks of concrete which are covered on all sides, and artists like KRAM, El Pez and others (if you know who they are please let me know) have added their colourful touches to them, each in their own distinctive styles…

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Sweet Dreams

… some romantic…

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Chick on the side

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Bunny with many faces

… or cute…

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Having a whale of a time

… others hilarious or a little scary. But all, gorgeous, don’t you agree? In any case, I hope you like them!

Fabulous street art at 3 chimeneas, Barcelona

Freddy?

Dear (blog) friends, I’m going to take a break from blogging for a bit. Not because I’m fed up with it, but to enjoy a little holiday and to take the time to regroup and focus on a new project, which I would also like to see reflected in the blog. But don’t worry, I’ll be back! With more beautiful and exciting stuff from around Barcelona. Have a wonderful Summer, and see you again soon!

B/W portraits

21 Jun
Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Cyclists – Carrer Petritxol

Another week has flown by and the weekend is on our doorstep. Before I go off to rest and relax, I wanted to share these 4 B/W portraits with you. I hope you like them. The cyclists, found on a doorway in Carrer Petritxol, is a homage to the famous painting by Ramon Casas that hangs in the 4 Gats restaurant. If you’ve been, you’ll recognise it.

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Girl – Carrer Mirallers

The other three are all found on the same little street, Carrer Mirallers, tucked away in the Born. A pretty girl with a piercing look…

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Embrace – Carrer Mirallers

A smoking embrace on one of the shop blinds, and that genius of surrealism, Dalí himself, with his pointy whiskers, by street artist Balu (who also did the pretty girl – anyone know who she is? – above).

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Black and white portraits on Barcelona's streets

Dalí – Carrer Mirallers

Street art in Amsterdam

7 Jun
Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Rainbow brother

To wrap up this week of holiday snapshots I have some very beautiful examples of street art for you, found in Amsterdam, on Reguliers Dwarsstraat, on just one wall. They are a series of wonderful portraits, done with stencils, both in black and white and in color… (note the attention that has been paid to the background!)

Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Yearning child

Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Kid at play

Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Lady in Blue

Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

The DJ

Lats but not least, the full view. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

Amsterdam street art Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Reguliers Dwarsstraat

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Museum snaps

6 Jun
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

The new courtyard

While in Amsterdam last week, I made it a point to revisit the recently reopened Rijksmuseum and have a look at the collections as well as the way the building has been refurbished. I was not disappointed. Here are some details I wanted to share with you: museum snaps. Enjoy!

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Step windows

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Courtyard vista

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Ladies in the window

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Stained sponsors

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Vaulted ceiling

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

The Night Watch

Mosaic spheres

3 Jun
Mosaic spheres on Museum plein in Amsterdam

Mirrors

Happy Monday, everyone! I have been away on a short trip, and in the next days I will share some impressions with you. Starting today, with some mosaic spheres which I found on a very famous square… can you guess where I was these days?

Mosaic spheres on Museum plein in Amsterdam

Eye see you!

As far as eyes go, brown has always been my favourite color, so it’s not surprising that this one caught my eye!

Mosaic spheres on Museum plein in Amsterdam

Canal houses

With this housey sphere, I think you can pretty much guess where I have been. And if not, the one below will leave no doubt whatsoever! ;)

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Mosaic spheres on Museum plein in Amsterdam

I amsterdam

PS: the square is Museum plein in Amsterdam, behind the recently reopened Rijksmuseum. Check out their virtual tour by clicking on this link – you’ll love it!

Messages in crochet

29 May
Manodesanta a crochet art exhibit at Miscelanea, Barcelona

Manodesanta @ Miscelanea

Last Sunday, while out on a stroll, I popped in to Miscelanea and found a delightful exhibit. Messages in crochet by Marial Soy, showcasing technique, irony and things to say.

I loved seeing such and old school craft form in a completely new guise, and just had to share it with you.

Manodesanta a crochet art exhibit at Miscelanea, Barcelona

Old school, new art

The messages on each piece made me chuckle, and some pieces I thought were really cool. But more than anything, I was delighted to see the humble crochet taking centre stage in one of Barcelona’s hip and happening art galleries.

Manodesanta a crochet art exhibit at Miscelanea, Barcelona

Fly Return

If you’re in town, then head over to Miscelanea on the double, for it is on until this Sunday. If you’re not, too bad! Maybe there is something along these lines happening where you are? If so, please let me know – I’ll happily share it with all of you, my dear blog friends.

Miscelanea is on Carrer de la Guardia 10, 08001 Barcelona. I’m going to keep an eye out for more work by Marial Soy, for I really like the stuff she creates. Check out her website to see what I mean…

Manodesanta a crochet art exhibit at Miscelanea, Barcelona

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