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In between a weekend trip to Texas, countless nights out, gallery visits, a dozen cocktails and many miles covered in and around Manhattan (on foot, of course, just like everyone else in this city), the following events have taken place:
♥ 1) I have finally uncovered the secret why the average New Yorker loves walking so much: they have truly perfected the Art of Walking. See bellow for photographic evidence.
Aren’t they adorable? It’s such a fun and sweet idea in such a unique little spot, it never fails to make me smile and think: “Damn, I wish I had come up with that!”
♥ 3) Meanwhile, in my studio, a.k.a. The Kitchen, I have successfully completed my first children’s illustration assignment: a page of the oriental fairytale “The broken pot”.
I have decided not to use any kind of digital effect and do everything by hand. (Yes, the old-fashioned way.) I used black pencil and watercolors. Here is the end result:
Considering that this was my second time using watercolors, I am rather proud of the final piece. The wet on wet technique is definitely a challenge though. There is no way to predict what’s going to happen. The paint goes where it pleases. It’s insane!
If you’re a relaxed artist who thrives on “happy accidents”, this is fantastic news! If you’re a stressed out little control freak and a Cmd+Z addict, then this is your worst nightmare. At the moment I find myself somewhere between the two. Not for long, I hope.
That’s it for today, my darlings. Stay tuned for more New York updates and for some bonus Texas posts too! (After all, I didn’t drink all those margaritas for nothing! :)
Lots of love from the Lower East Side.
♥ My discovery of the week: Belgium photographer Frieke Janssens portrays children as smokers in an stunning new collection of images titled “The beauty of an ugly addiction”.
I am not an advocate of smoking. I pretty much loath cigarettes (those who know me personally have all been witness to my moaning and winning about smokers at some point or another), but I just adore these photographs. I’m not sure I find them specially shocking but I love the Bugsy Malone aesthetics and the characters these children are portraying.
The bloggers at I Love Belgium say:
“… So why kids? By portraying adults as children all the attention went to the smoking. An adult would draw too much attention to the portrayed person. Thus these portraits evoke questions such as: is the smoking ban the right way to get rid of an absurd addiction and are smokers treated like little kids who can’t make the difference between good and bad? While Frieke doesn’t give answers, the portraits are strong enough to start your thinking process…”
Either way, regardless of the photographer’s intentions, I am always in favor of art that’s not just pleasant to look at, but also makes you think.
Check out the complete series here.
It’s so warm and sunny here in Lisbon, I wish I had a puppy I could take out for a walk and play with.
Back in Brazil, my brother had a beagle when we were kids. Her name was Wendy and she was the cutest dog in the world. So beautiful, I can’t even begin to describe her. She had these huge ears and she was white with light brown and black patches all over. Something like this:
Having said that, however, she was also naughty, disobedient and completely impossible to train. A perfect nightmare! I guess we were too young to realize how much work goes into taking care of a puppy and she was a handful!
At some point I would love to have a dog again. Maybe not as mischievous as a beagle (unless I live in a house with a big backyard), but maybe a smaller breed like a pug or a dachshund. I think cats are gorgeous, but I’m definitely a dog person! :)