Amaia was here…

With what happened in Barcelona yesterday I thought it would be good to take my mind away from all the troubles in the world and think/write about something that makes me happy… Art! Art and music always help take my mind away from whatever is going on out there or even in my own mind and help me drift away into a happier more peaceful place.

So with that in mind here’s another blog post whooooo hoooooo, well I imagine you are all making that noise with such good news! That’s three in a week after three months of procrastinating and making excuses, I’m becoming almost prolific! Almost.

For today I am focussing on the Barcelona residing Basque born illustrator Amaia Arrazola. Amaia has been creating in the streets of Barcelona since 2011 and isn’t the type of artist to get bogged down in doing the same piece over and over again. In the artists own words she “loves art, drawing, typography, screen printing, pottery, sewing and embroidery” so definitely an artist who is always looking to progress and improve and not one for stagnation.

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Amaia was recently amongst a group of local artists chosen to paint a large mural as part of the city’s world famous Primavera sound music festival. The festival which attracts around 190,000 visitors each year commissioned these artists to create murals on a large wall right at the entrance point to the festival. This was, for me, was one of my highlights of the festival, seeing artists that I really admire working to create something that not only would be seen by so many thousands of people but also those music fans getting the chance to see art created from a blank wall to the finished piece in just a matter of days. Like a real life time-lapse if you will.

In my opinion there is something really soft and sympathetic about the characters that Amaia creates, cartoonish humans and animals comforting each other and sharing food. It’s one big love fest and with what has happened here in the last 24 hours that’s exactly what I need right now.

Peace and love to all…

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