Quai Branly // NYE

The last day of last year I spent in Paris. Leaving with a bus in the middle of the night, around 9am the grey suburbs of the city loomed. The sun was shining when we stepped on parisian ground, on the banks of the Seine, a little later. It felt good that the first thing we had to do was looking for a place to have breakfast, having just arrived. Eventually we only had a cup of coffee, in a too expensive cafe in the gardens of Musée du Quai Branly, whose building has green plants growing against its walls. The museum calls itself a meeting ground for cultures of the world. Perfect place for me, wasn’t it? Very inspirational place indeed. So I’d still like to share some art pictures.

Oceania/Aboriginal

Asia

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Africa

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Tattoo Exhibition

Americas

A while before midnight we took off from the restaurant in Montmartre and with many, many other people we got (/tried to get) on a metro, which were free these last hours of the year, on our way to the Champs-Élysées. Apparently the French don’t really do fireworks with New Year’s Eve, so the new year does not start as spectacular as expected in Paris. But thousands of people gathered on the whole Champs-Élysées avenue gives you a pretty festive feeling anyway, especially when they all start moving after midnight. Walking around Paris in the middle of the night with a dear friend, a bottle of champagne in our hands, so many elated people around – the beginning of 2015 is something I will not forget.

A Sprinkle of Dream Powder

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Only this year I discovered how amazing pastels are. I found myself wanting to work with them a lot lately. It’s not just the result, your fingers turn into delicate artwork as well. I’m in love! It was on my bucketlist before, but now I’m sure I want to experience Holi at least once in my life…

In the last picture you can see the work of Yellena James. I came across this artist in a magazine last week. Her paintings are happy, yet subtile, and the colors she uses are beautiful. She says: “My latest works further explore the intricate and delicate forms of an imaginary ecosystem, twisting and floating together in an alluring environment. I attempt to create an ethereal place which is hypnotically familiar and yet hauntingly exotic, adding tiny little details in a sort of compulsive meditation, until a perfect balance is created. The intricacy and high detail, along with hints of existing organic shapes lend to the intimacy and believability of each new world.”

Laura Veirs Artwork

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This lovely artwork is hanging on my wall since yesterday. I got the album ‘Warp & Weft’ by Laura Veirs and it has this image on the front. I have been wanting a nice illustration to perk up my bedroom walls for a while now and I was just thinking how nice it would be to have this one framed, when I found the print in the CD case. Lucky me!