Saturday, July 7, 2012
Our neighbourhood was built after World War 2. Many of the buildings were built in the 1950's and 1960's and they have had their best time.
Last week they started demolishing a big area close to our house and it looks amazing. Large appartment buildings torn down to the ground. Hosed down with water constantly to keep the asbestic close to the ground.
I guess this must be what my city looked like after the great bombings in World War 2. Only this time it's not Ze Germans tearing down the city.
... she's coming. Or actually she will probably already be here. Tonight Madonna will do her first of two concerts in The Netherlands. We're heading there tomorrow, since the the first concert was sold out before I stopped hesitating to go or not to go.
Last Thursday I got inspired to do another Madonna gif. Placed it on my Tumblr and wow, the next morning it had over 300 likes and reblogs! That happened a few times before when I posted some illustrations by Quentin Blake, but never with my own work. I feel flattered and hope you like this very simple typographic animation as well!
Summer might be tame here in The Netherlands, but we sure had some really hot days last week. Cloudy and humid during the day, clear and sunny in the evenings.
So we spent some lovely nights outside, in the sun, cracking open a bottle of champagne which was in our crisper since Peter's birthday. We don't really care for champagne, but hey, it had alcohol in it and bubbles. Bubbles always look cool in the evening light. Almost as beautiful as the succulants in full blossom!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Today I was a hero. While whatsapping with Peter who sat in the train, a giant moth flew into our living room. But when it nested itself on the curtains, I discovered it wasn't a moth, but a young, tiny sparrow. Cute! That's what I thought. Food! That's what the boys thought.
So I walked up there, grabbed the little guy with one hand, took pictures with my other hand and escorted him outside. When I released him, he instantly flew back to the tree across our appartment and there he had a loud discussion with his parents about flying into other people's homes.
La Muralla Roja (The Red Wall) is an appartment building designed by Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill and built in 1973. It's located in the Spanish town Calpe and faces the Mediterranean Sea.
The outside promises what the name suggests. A red wall. Looks stunning in that landscape, but the surprise is inside. Blue walls and staircases that could have been designed by M.C. Escher. Stunning building!
Monday, July 2, 2012
Unbelievable that it takes less than a week before Madonna performs her MDNA Tour in Amsterdam. Gonna see the show next Sunday and for the first time in years I'm really excited. And creative. Made this animated gif of her Motel Room scene and I'm actually quite proud of the result. Then again, Gang Bang is still one of my favourite tracks on the MDNA album!
Today, 19 years ago, Peter and I hooked up. After weeks of writing letters, phonecalls and coffee dates, Peter kissed me when I got on the train and right after that, the doors closed and the train took off. No cell-phones back then so I had a very exciting train ride jumping up and down in my seat and in the evening I hurried back to his house and we kissed. And kissed some more. And maybe even some more.
It's been some years that I shared this day with you guys, normally we're in France around this time. So I'm happy to dedicate this post to the best man in the world! Peter, let's add another 19 years. Or even more!