Let’s view the world through the eyes of an artist.
We are excited to announce that we now have an Artist in Residence. For the next 12 months we’ll bring you the art and world view of visual artist and traveler, Marie Pottiez. On her blog, Miles of Happiness, Marie illustrates her journeys, inspiring people to travel beyond their comfort zone. Seems like a good fit to us. Here is Marie’s first post, featuring a series of images of Hong Kong. Marie’s illustrations are also available for purchase on her blog.
The neon signs flashing all over the streets mingle with the quirky tree branches. The noise of the taxi’s klaxons blend with the whistle of the birds. Natural and urban jungles seem to live in perfect harmony here. It’s my first day in Hong Kong, and two eyes are not enough to take in Asia’s world city. I am lost, in the most beautiful way.
I observe the crowds in endless movement, they all rush back and forth, and never stop. People walk watching their phones, a very old lady pushes a trolley full of garbage, a cat sleeps on the fruit stand of the grocery store, a young girl cries to get an ice cream, two young men costumed in a traditional dragon dance to celebrate Chinese New Year, and this old man who talks with his parrot, perched on his shoulder…
There is so much happening. I feel like a ghost. Invisible, I can observe every little story happening in that street. It fascinates me. I could stay for hours, people watching. This is dazzling.
Two years later, Hong Kong became my adopted home city, and I am still thrilled every time I enter in its bustle. But I’ve also discovered the 852 is far from what I had in mind when I first arrived. It’s not only that busy crowded city. From desert islands to wild jungle, steep mountains and hidden little temples, Hong Kong has it all and offers many possibilities to all kinds of travelers. I now have my secret spots to find some serenity. To get a perfect balance. And I’ve never been more inspired than I have been here. I love to sit by the window in my favorite cafes to observe people, reinvent their stories, watch their expressions, notice the tiny little details… I could go on and on drawing this city every day.