Tag Archives: Paintings

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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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

Vroom vroom!

14 Jan
Barcelona Cute Suite

Carrer Martínez de la Rosa

Vroom vroom! Are you ready for a new week? I am, and yes, I’m back! Have a good one everyone!

Barcelona Cute Suite

Carrer Doctor Dou

Barcelona Cute Suite

Carrer Carders

2 gorgeous birds and 1 diamond

9 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Caravelle’s blinds

Funny how you can walk past things and not see them, and then suddenly ‘discover’ them, right? Well that happened to me, when I recently discovered 2 gorgeous birds and 1 diamond. Total stroke of luck. And having my eyes wide open, of course!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Steve did a great job

The 2 gorgeous birds can be found on the blinds of Caravelle (when it isn’t open, naturally – so that means during the night and on Mondays) and were created by Steve Cross.

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Music for your eyes

16 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

A tooting horn and a drink on ice – Carrer de la Mercé

From dusty blinds and a rusty door, I bring you music for your eyes. Drink it in and let is soothe your soul while you imagine the tunes to go with the images…

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Soulful recordings – Carrer d’Ataulf

Is it working? If not quite yet, there’s more…

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Murals and such

26 Jun copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Martians and mountains – Carrer Perill

Murals and such are not very abundant in Barcelona, but I have managed to find a few for you. In Gràcia, a  facility owned by the council sports a delightful mural that depicts martians and mountains…

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Multicultural – Carrer Sant Pacià

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Painted for best effect

20 Jun copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Flassaders

By now you know how very richly decorated Barcelona’s old buildings can be (and often are), but I hadn’t shown you any that have been painted for best effect. About time, don’t you think? OK, well here are a few which I hope will tickle your fancy…

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Avinguda Francesc Cambò

… some are trompe l’oeil (above), some appear to tell a story,  like the one on Carrer Flassaders, and yet others were painted purely for decorative reasons.

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Rusty was here…

17 Apr copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Ersame Janer

If you look carefully around Barcelona, you’ll be able to see evidence that Rusty was here… for he has left his mark on various buildings in many ways, but always in the marked colour scheme that is so obviously his. Here, let me show you…

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Blind beauty

13 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Canvis Nous

That the humble blind can be a thing of beauty is a fact, here in Barcelona, and today I am going to show you a few examples of blind beauty.

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