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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shirley's Inspired by Friedensreich Hundertwasser - Take Three

It's me again. And it's that man again! Today I'm inspired by Hundertwasser's application of his art into architecture. In his Mouldiness Manifesto (!) he claimed the "Window Right":

"A person in a rented apartment must be able to lean out of his window and scrape off the masonry within arm's reach. And he must be allowed to take a long brush and paint everything outside within arm's reach. So that it will be visible from afar to everyone in the street that someone lives there who is different from the imprisoned, enslaved, standardised man who lives next door." [Source: Wikipedia]

I haven't dared read his Nude Speech...

I built a little street of houses using The Bee's Knees: Houses set and I took a long brush and painted some of the masonry around the windows in the style of the Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna. I can't get enough of the Hashtag Authentic set, and I thought the words were quite appropriate.

Here's a view of the genuine article:

One of the many other buildings created by Hundertwasser that caught my eye was the Ronald McDonaldhuis in Valkenburg, The Netherlands. The building is swathed in broad stripes of bold colour separated by black and white stripes:

And here's my take on it. After stamping the houses, I drew some wavy stripy lines then coloured alternate stripes with Distress Markers. Again I've teamed it up with the Hashtag Authentic set.

Have I inspired you to take the long brush to your house?? No? You'll be sad (or pleased) to know that that's the end of my relationship with Hundertwasser for now, although I could make hunderts of cards based on his art. Next week, I've got somebody else lined up for you.

Stamps Shirley used in today's projects:


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  1. These look fabulous Shirley...would love to paint the house like that!

  2. Love, love ,love these - they are such vibrant cards!

  3. Oh WOW! Gorgeous cards and interesting post (never heard about Hundertwasser). :-D

  4. You've more than done Hundertwasser proud with your series of cards and posts based on his artistry! You've infused the inspiration drawn from his works with amazing style, flair and panache! Huge round of applause and cheers of appreciation for introducing us (well, me for sure!) to someone 'new' and novel! Excited to see who's next on your agenda!

  5. Wow! This is such a cool take on the Apartment and the Ronald McDonaldhuis building! Amazing Shirley ! :) ~~
    Hugs, Suchi xx

  6. a wonderful and imaginative journey through Hundertwasser art, you have perfectly implemented. I like the way you use the stamps for your purposes and configures!!! Big respect from me
    CU hellerlittle

  7. Your creativity is just so beautiful, Shirley! I would love to paint my STUDIO in these broad swaths of color - wouldn't that raise some eyebrows!!!

    Thanks for sharing the photos and your cards with us!

  8. Fun, fun, fun!!! Colorful, bursting with vibrant hues and just super well done!!!

  9. What a fun take on the art that inspired you. So sorry to hear Hundertwasser art is on the back burner but I am sure you will do marvelous work with the next artist!!

  10. Whoa! I do believe you've replicated your inspiration magnificently.

  11. You have beautifully captured the essence of Hundertwasser's designs.

  12. Thanks for the art lesson today Shirley! and what wonderful inspired creations using your pretty house stamps!

  13. Cool pictures, and what amazing cards inspired by them! TFS!

  14. Such cute and colorful cards.

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  15. Love how you painted your town houses Shirley and your shared description. Hugs, Nancy

  16. Brilliantly colourful cards Shirley, love how you'ved CASED Hundertwasser again


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