A Piece of San Francisco

I recently paid a trip to San Francisco for the first time, and was blown away at the vibe of the city. Unfortunately I didn’t get to stay out there for long, but I was able to capture some of the beautiful murals that decorate the Mission District. Most of the pictures I was able to get were taken of The Women’s Building, where their mission is to help all women with the many things that they need to live happy, enriched lives.

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I’m standing in the picture to show the scale. It’s huge!

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This is all a part of The Women’s Building

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Artist: Andre Karpov. This was a part of a different building, so beautiful!

San Francisco is brimming with creative energy! I’ll definitely make another trip there for a longer stay so I can see more of what’s going on out there. For a few more pictures check out the album here! Have you been to San Francisco? What was your experience?

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But Is It Art? Fair in DC

On Friday I checked out a DIY art show at Wonderbox in DC (near NY and FL Ave, NW). It’s called But Is It Art? Fair and they showcased over a dozen local artists and their efforts in the contemporary art scene. I didn’t get to take any pictures inside because I felt weird taking pictures of the artwork without permission, but I got a couple of shots of some cool things outside of the building. It was raining though so I couldn’t get everything I wanted. 😦 Might have to make another trip to that area again someday.

This dude shows you the way.
A mural leading up to Wonderbox.

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Found Art: Animal Portraits at Gentle Barn!

Also while I was away on vacation, my friends and I visited The Gentle Barn in Santa Clarita. The Gentle Barn is a farm sanctuary for abused animals. The kind folks there spend countless hours dedicated to rehabilitating the animals, restoring their spirits and their trust in humans. It was a really nice experience because it really did feel very peaceful there. The animals were really hot because the weather was scorching that day, haha, but they looked happy. I was surprised at how at ease they were around so many people. Even chickens and turkeys allowed people to pet them! I’d never seen that before. I also had never been Continue reading

Found Art: Downtown LA

Shakespeare?? Is it thou?

I went walking around downtown LA recently on a “food crawl” (delicious, by the way), and came across this intriguing piece of work on one of the buildings. Please forgive the image quality, I had to use my camera phone haha. In case you can’t tell, those are birds coming out of the guy’s arm and on his chest is a heart kind of combined with an engine.

As a typical introvert, I appreciated the introspective expression of the face and posture. Overall I think it’s one of those “weird, in a good way” kind of paintings. It looks like Shakespeare to me, though obviously not an exact interpretation of the poet we’re used to seeing throughout the years. I’m thinking it might be a portrait of the artist as Shakespeare + The Thinker? I don’t know, I’m definitely taking wild guesses! But that’s part of the fun when looking at some pieces – trying to pull some sort of meaning out of what you’re seeing, be it your own or what the artist wants you to see. Either way, whoever did it is certainly a talented person and really had something to say. It wasn’t necessarily part of our tour, but it made us all stop and talk about it at least for a few minutes. I thought it was worth sharing!

If anyone knows who did this, please let me know!!