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Medieval Village: Pals

We went to see two medieval villages while we were in Spain.  The first was Pals, which I'm sharing photos of today.  We don't have any architecture this old in the U.S.  It just blew my mind that we were touching walls and stairs and stones from the 15th century.  Does anyone else think that's like the coolest thing ever?!

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Medieval Village: Pals
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Medieval Village: Pals
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Medieval Village: Pals

I love the layers of color and texture and unexpected art moments!

From the Balzer Designs Blog: Medieval Village: Pals
From the Balzer Designs Blog: Medieval Village: Pals
I was thinking about how to verbalize the things I liked so much about this ancient village.  Believe it or not, I think they're the same things that I often like about art:

  • Grand Scale
  • Hard + Soft against each other
  • Lots of visual texture
  • Lots of layers
  • Sense of story
  • Distressed or "Messy" feeling
  • Surprising spikes of color

Then again, is it surprising that I like the same things whether I'm looking at art or architecture or the world around me?!

Knowing what you like and what you don't is the beginning of discovering your personal artistic style.  We all have gut reactions to art, to clothes, to places.  If you can take a moment to analyze why you feel that way, you'll very quickly discover that you have a consistent point-of-view.  Once you can verbalize it, I believe that you can refine and shape it.

Try it right now with stuff around you.  I think you'll discover that there are some intriguing patterns.

I'll share our other medieval village trek next week!

Thanks for stopping by!

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