Picturing England on hiatus…

Hello you lovely people. You may have noticed that Picturing England has been pretty quiet recently. A lot of things have been vying for my time, and Picturing England has unfortunately lost out. However, it’s not over, and I am still taking lots of pictures to share with you!

First of all, I will be back in January with more regular posts. Promise.

Christmas Steps, Bristol

Christmas Steps, Bristol

Secondly, if you need a fix in the meantime, follow me on Instagram (ali_haikugirl). I post there quite a bit, and it’s not all food.

#Autumn #London

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And finally, if you’re interested in all the other things I’m doing between now and Christmas (namely, exploring the hell out of Japan), follow me over at Haikugirl’s Japan.

Oh, and one more things, I finally got around to uploading my photos from Upfest back in July. Here they are…

Upfest, Bristol, 25th - 27th July 2015

Upfest, Bristol, 25th – 27th July 2015 (click for the whole album)

See you in the New Year! (*^_^)v


Colourful Camden

I was in Camden at the weekend and spotted this fantastic, colourful wall by my favourite street artist, Dan Kitchener and Amara Por Dios. Isn’t it great?

Camden street art - DANK & Amara Por Dios


Upfest: The Spirit of Tokyo

One of my all-time favourite street artists is Dan Kitchener (DANK), and I am absolutely in love with the Japan-inspired work he does. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I heard he would be painting an epic wall really close to where I live in Bristol. When I went along at the beginning of Upfest the work had barely begun (well, the wall had been painted entirely black, but there was only an outline of what was to come).

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

A little later some colour had been filled in, but there was still a long way to go.

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Finally this week I noticed it had been finished – and it was worth the wait!

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Wow. Just wow.

Incidentally, limited edition hand finished prints of ‘The Queen of Neon’ are currently available from the Upfest Gallery and online here. They are a very reasonable price… I just wish I could justify it to myself!


DANK on the Southbank

I went to London last weekend and spotted this piece of street art by my favourite artist, Dan Kitchener (DANK) on the Southbank:

Dan Kitchener (DANK) - Southbank, London

Dan Kitchener (DANK) - Southbank, London


DANK lights up Bristol

Back in June, my favourite street artist Dan Kitchener (DANK) visited Bristol and painted this masterpiece right near my house…

Dan Kitchener (DANK) in Bristol

Dan Kitchener (DANK) in Bristol

Dan Kitchener (DANK) in Bristol


Electric Rain

Electric Rain by Dan Kitchener on Curtain Road in Shoreditch…

Dank Kitchener (DANK) on Curtain Road

Dank Kitchener (DANK) on Curtain Road

Dank Kitchener (DANK) on Curtain Road


Dan Kitchener at Upfest

It was a real pleasure to see one of my all-time favourite street artists painting at Upfest last weekend – Dan Kitchener (also known as DANK):

Dan Kitchener

Dan Kitchener (with Airborne Mark on the left)

Dan Kitchener

Upfest 2013 - Dan Kitchener

Upfest 2013 - Dan Kitchener

Dan Kitchener

Much to my surprise and delight, another piece appeared really close to where I live! I feel like it’s my very own piece and I’m so happy I can see it every day!

Dan Kitchener

Upfest 2013 - Dan Kitchener