Thursday, October 29, 2009

cover ups...

...  hiding a construction site by Amsterdam station centraal


I guess some may see these as samples of what it's considered street art(?), a "cheep" effort to cover an ugly site with a forced cheerful collage of images. Well, these amazing illustrations are presently covering a construction hiding wall by the entrance to Amsterdam's Central Station. They are so incredibly effective not only in camouflaging an eye sore, but also in causing a disappearing effect to the noisy and amorphous surroundings by pulling you into a world of red mystic beauty and exotic fairy tale. At least that's how I felt and that's how I will always remember the spot where this wall stood for a while...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

on display...




Since yesterday I am back in Holland. Despite today's dreary weather I did go for the usual walk that always results in amazing finds!!! In this morning's misty rain, holding my camera and an umbrella I ended up walking around the wet, cold  and buzzing street markets and then stopping at this small and full of early 20th century books. I LOVED looking at them, photographing them, and on the wet and miserably cold walk back to the hotel smiling at the thought of my dear book loving friends Suzanne, Erica, and  David sharing on this discovery through this blog. Thinking of you all with love.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Suminagashi


Always wanted to try and learn the ancient Japanese art of paper marbling: suminagashi. I finally did! These are examples from a pile of different types of paper I experimented with...
It is such simple principle: accepting the nature of water, the behavior of the floating ink, the receiving qualities of paper and then allowing the water movement resulting from blowing air on its surface, to mark that moment permanently...

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