Timelapse Painting of Sacre Couer

When you visit the Sacre Couer basilica in Paris, you are struck by the bright white travertine contrasting against the blue, cloudless sky of the Montmartre neighborhood. 

I wanted to exaggerate that beautiful contest in this painting, using a denim canvas to recreate the bright blue Parisian sky.

Click below to watch my painting process: 

This painting will be on display along with a large body of my work for my solo exhibition this month at MoonAge Gallery in Tempe! If you are local, I would love to see you at the opening reception this Friday October 30th, from 6 to 9 PM. 

Thanks for watching!

Copenhagen in Panoramas!

I've been using the recent panorama camera feature for the iPhone update non-stop lately. In my travels, I've found that a single frame can't capture something within it's context entirely. I love that I can now easily photograph a big view, without having to a fuss with any extra apps. I hope you enjoy these shots from different places around København! Click each one to enlarge for the full effect!

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// Taken from within a courtyard near my school. I love this space because it's easy to miss, but is really special!

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// A summery shot from the running path behind my apartment in Amager. The fields are filled with cute animals, and the building in the distance is Figure 8 by Bjarke Ingels Group!

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// This is the view out of the window I sit by in studio, which is located right in the city center. I love the mixture of red tile and green copper roofs that characterize the medieval buildings.

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// This bridge leads from a bike path to Slusholmen, an interesting housing project in Copenhagen. In the daytime, you can find lots of people fishing in the water!

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// Another cool housing project to check out is Tietgen Kollegiet in Islands Brygge. It's a really nice round structure, and the surrounding areas have cool graffiti art.

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// Taken in my Urban Theories class, this one is also in Islands Brygge. We were studying the public space along the waterfront, that is a really popular hang out spot.

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// Finally, Skateparken is an awesome skatepark within Fælledparken. It has a huge half-pipe and is used by all ages, not just kids.

I have a few more panoramas from other countries that I will share in the future. Have you used this feature lately? x. Paige

Architecture Tour to Switzerland, Austria + more!

As promised, I am here to share photos from my recent architecture study tour with you today! We traveled to 5 countries: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, and a quick stop in Lichtenstein. Besides getting to see so many designs that I have only learned about from photos and websites, the landscapes were absolutely gorgeous and made the trip so perfect. I also enjoyed comparing all of the different city layouts and cultures. It made returning to Copenhagen at the end of the week feel great too because I felt like Copenhagen was still my favorite city I have ever visited and it was nice to be home! I hope you like all of these photos! I think I will also take some time this week to share some of my sketches from the trip with you because I have been practicing a ton! Enjoy!

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Kunsthaus Bregenz // Peter Zumthor

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Voralberg Museum

After flying in to Zurich, we started out the tour in Bregenz, Austria. This was our first Zumthor stop of the trip (which we fondly named the "zumTour" by the end of the week) to see Kunsthaus Bregenz. This building didn't dissapoint and the lighting inside was soft and bright. I also liked the next door Voralberg Museum. I didn't go inside, but the plaster facade was spotted with bumps made from molds of plastic water bottles, which I found very unique.

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Next we stayed in the hill town of Dornbirn in Austria. One morning, we woke up early and hiked for 3 hours in the Alps. It was quite the feat (very vertical let me tell you) but the scenery was worth it. At the top, we had lunch inside the Panorama Restaurant. We were literally in the clouds at that point so we couldn't see the view while we ate, but luckily we rode a gondola down the mountain later and got to sneak a peek.

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Therme Vals // Peter Zumthor

We then made our way over to Vals, Switzerland to stay at Hotel Therme Vals and experience the thermal baths firsthand. I honestly don't even have words to describe what Vals was like. The combination of the scenery and getting to be relax in the water was so relaxing and amazing. I think it's my new favorite destination and I would recommend that everyone visit there. It's like heaven honestly.

P.S. I've posted more pictures from Vals and what I wore here.

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Before heading out of the Austria/Switzerland area we made a stop at the third Zumthor site, Church San Benedteg in Sumtvig, Switzerland. After our bus driver maneuvered us up the mountain in a death-defying manner, we arrived at this picturesque town where the chapel was seamlessly situated into the rock. All of Zumthor's buildings have great details, but the joinery of this one was particularly beautiful. The unique shape of the building is also meant to prevent a build up of snow in the winter time to protect it, because the rectangular church that was previously on the site was swept away by an avalanche.

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The stop I was most excited for on the trip was Herzog + de Mueron's Vitra Haus in Whilm am Rhein, Germany. The architecture was everything I expected than more. The way that the spaces intersected created a lot of interesting moments, and while I thought this would result in confusing navigation through the building, it was actually very easy to locate yourself. Another highlight is all of the Vitra furnishings displayed inside, which complemented the white walls and wood floors so well. Although it's a museum, I wish it was my home. So chic!

P.P.S. Don't miss my outfit from Vitra Haus, here! vitra 14

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Another building on the Vitra Campus (it's full of famous works by big architects) was Zaha Hadid's Fire House. This was the first Zaha building I had ever seen in person and I was so pleasantly surprise. My friends are probably sick of hearing me say that, but after years of people critiquing her work and a recent article I read that bashed it, my expectations weren't very high. I ended up really loving the spaces she had created, and although people said the shifted perspectives made them feel sick, I didn't have that reaction and totally enjoyed it. It ended up being a highlight of my trip because it was so unexpected.

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A final stop of the tour before flying out, was a quick border-cross into France to see the legendary La Chapelle de Ronchamp by the man AKA Le Corbusier. The entire footprint of the chapel was much bigger than I expected, but the inside is still small and intimate, which I had read about it before. It was so cool to hang out here even if it was only for hour. Afterwards, we drove back into Switzerland (I seriously lost track of how many borders we crossed) and flew home to CPH!

This was such a great trip and I say it a lot, but I feel so lucky to get to visit, experience, and sketch all of these places that I have only dreamed about seeing before. I recommend going to any of the sites we went to, even if you aren't too interested in architecture! If you would like to see any more shots from these buildings or are curious about other places on our itinerary (I didn't include quite a few buildings) just let me know! Thank you so much for reading!

Until next time, x. Paige

Urban Journaling // Mental Mapping

intro Happy friday everyone! Today I am sharing another look into my "urban journal" with you. You may remember the first entry from last week, and this one is even more fun! While this is a class I am taking at school, I have also been getting better at journaling + diagramming on my own and find that it helps me get to know København and the surrounding cities so much more. For now, let's talk about mental mapping!

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Here is a full look at my journal spread from the day. I know there's a lot going on, but don't get overwhelmed just yet! On this day, we headed out of the class room to a popular street known as Købmagergade. After observation, we were to sketch based on what we could derive from our sight and physical surroundings.

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Here is a closer look at the plan, located in the center of the 2 page sketchbook spread. In the middle, you can spot Rundetaarn, meaning round tower, located in central Københaven. Beginning at street level, we were to walk around the base of the tower + surrounding buildings to begin to understand the spaces.

Another part of this exploration was to analyze how the space was working. In the sketch, I have used symbols of my choice to represent parked bikes, trees, and nodes. Confused about what a node is? Well, this activity was inspired by urban planner Kevin Lynch. He believed in mapping places with notes on their pedestrian flow, landmarks, edges, nodes, etc. A node can be thought of as a hub. An active place perhaps used by a lot of people or the location of something occurring.

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At the top this historical structure [it was built during Christian IV's reign] there is an amazing 360 degree view of the city from which you can point out all of the major landmarks. Without working in too much detail, I began drawing the skyline to work out it's general shape.

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As you can see, the skyline works around the entire page. My goal was to depict that this view is from the round tower, which is why I used the dashed line in the middle of the page to show which direction you get this view from.

I was quite happy with how these drawings and layout turned out. After a few weeks of refreshing my sketching skills [we sketched a ton on our trip in Aarhus] it was on this day that I felt like I was pretty satisfied with my drawing style.

What have you sketched lately? I'd love to know! I think it helps you get such a good understanding of your surroundings. x. Paige

P.S. I am going to Malmö, Sweden for the day tomorrow with a group of friends! Hopefully I will get a chance to get a little sketching in. Keep up with me throughout the day on Instagram @punkrockparti and hopefully I will have an outfit post up tomorrow from the trip! xx. Paige