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#tbt to the Museé d’Orsay in Paris. If you swipe through:
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Manet: I love the direct gaze in his portraiture.
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Toulouse-Lautrec: a master of capturing simple moments with bold lines
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Cezanne: I know him for his still lifes (I looked it up — the plural of still life is still lifes, not still lives) but I loooove the impasto work on this portrait
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Bouguereau: it’s all about the flesh — look at the grip of those fingers!
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Chauveau: I adore his grotesque monster sculptures. They’re quite petite in real life.
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van Gogh x3: This was the biggest collection of van Gogh’s I’ve ever seen in person. I was gobsmacked!
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One of the giant clocks at the museum — it used to be a train station!
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And last but not least, a Monet portrait. I love his figures. I know it’s all about the waterlillies and haystacks, but for me, it’s his portraits.
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Lots more photos on my blog if you’re interested! #julielovesart
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#manet #monet #toulouselautrec #vangogh #cezanne #dorsay #museedorsay #chauveau #bouguereau #artmuseum #portraiture #travelsofjulie #ihavethisthingwithmuseumpics #fineart #painting #oilpainting #famousartist

It turns out that Paris *is* the city of romance. 💍❤️🎉

Paris is such a beautiful city to walk around. I’m clocking about 15k steps a day and it doesn’t seem to be enough. There’s always another alley to wander down, an intriguing storefront to check out, or a boulangerie calling my name! Lots of street art too — big and small. #parisisalwaysagoodidea
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#parisfrance #walkingparis #lemarais #parisstreetart #streetart #parisienne #streetphotography #travelsofjulie #ispywithmylittleeye #touristinparis #touristlife #artistinparis #francophile #alleyways

#tbt Take me back to The Cape and this cuter than cute cottage. From inside the house it looked like you were sleeping in a tree house -- every window surrounded by leaves and only the sounds of the birds.
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PS: I'm answering art questions in my Instagram Stories today. If you've got a question you want me to answer, head to my story!
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#capecod #vacation #vacationhouse #bluehouse #shinglehouse #treehouse
#capecodinsta #capecodinstagram #capecodimages #cabin #wickedcapecod #tinyhouse #cabinlife #tinyhousemovement #tinyhome #travelblog #travelsofjulie #throwbackthursday #throwback

The view from my airplane window. It reminds me of that F. Scott Fitzgerald quote: “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” NYC always fills me with anticipation. So many possibilities seem to linger in every corner.
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It has been almost three years since I moved away. And even though Boston is where I grew up and where I happily live now, every single time I come to New York, it feels like coming home. I spent most of my 20s and 30s living in Manhattan. I got married and divorced. I met some of my best friends. I changed careers and discovered my current passion. I think that the places we live become a part of who we are. I spent almost 16 years as a New Yorker. The City will always be a part of me.
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Are there places you've left behind that will always be a part of you?
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#ilovenewyork #ilovenyc
#iloveny #bigapple #newyorkstateofmind #empirestateofmind #thisisnewyorkcity #newyorknewyork #newyork_instagram #newyorklife #instagramnyc #igersofnyc #made_in_ny #topnewyorkphoto #skyline #cityskyline #flyingintonyc #travelsofjulie #newyork_ig #nylife #seeyourcity #newyorklike #loves_nyc #nycvacay #icapture_nyc #ig_nycity #wildnewyork #nyloveyou #city_of_newyork #lowermanhattan

When I'm in a new place, I always yelp my way to good eats. I'm happy to say, yelp didn't let me down. The food was delicious at @munchcle but I also loved the decor -- in particular, this Basquiat-esque painting had me enthralled from the moment I walked in. I love it when restaurants make bold art choices. I realize that this painting may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I think it's super fab. In my opinion, it's so much nicer when public art has a point-of-view. Love it or hate it, it makes you feel something instead of just glancing over its blandness. I think the point-of-art is to communicate. And this piece talks to me! Do you agree or disagree?
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#art #painting #basquiat #yelp #restaurantinterior #modernart #contemporaryart #painter #ohio #cleveland #abstract #fineart #abstractart #abstractpainting #abstractexpressionism #crown #abstractartist #interiordesign #yellow #artoftheday #paintingart #abstracts #julielovesart #travelsofjulie

I have to confess that even though I live in New England, I’m a weather wimp. And every single time I go to San Francisco, I forget how cold it is and I pack incorrectly. 🤦🏽‍♀️ #tbt to last week when I layered up and wore almost everything in my suitcase in order to survive the wind. It kind of worked...🤷🏻‍♀️ But it wasn’t as bad as the outdoor lunch I had with @myhbalzer the day we arrived. He wrapped his napkin around his neck to make it through! 😂😂😂 #survivaltips 😜
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#sanfrancisco #travelsofjulie #goldengatebridge #family #siblings #siblingselfie #wearefamily #selfie #sunglasses #biracial #mixedfamily #throwbackthursday #touristphoto #beach #cloudyday #sanfranciscofog #fogstagram #foggyday

Spent the evening being tourists at Niagara Falls! Got soaking wet on the boat tour and lived to tell the tale! 💪 Here it is: When we first boarded the ship, everyone was crowded on the top deck, multiple rows deep. We were among the last passengers to board and so we had not much of a view — mostly a sea of people’s heads. ☹️ However, as soon as we started to get the spray from the waterfalls 💦 people started heading to the safety of the lower deck. Really, it’s more than spray. You are getting blasted in the face and your feet and legs are soaked by the end. Arms too! 🚿💨 (You can see a video of me mid-face blast in my Instagram stories.) The good news is, by the end of the trip, we had a great view from the almost empty top deck! 📷 👍 Perseverance pays off! 😉 #travelsofjulie #niagarafalls #itsjustwater
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#niagarafallscanada #niagara #maidofthemist #hornblowercruise #hornblowercruises #behindthefalls #canada #ontario #tourists #tourism #waterfall

There are a lot of new faces around here & so I wanted to take a moment to say, “Hello!” & introduce myself.  My name is Julie Fei-Fan (pronounced faye fan) Balzer.  Fei-Fan is my middle name & it’s Chinese (like my Mother). I’ve been told that it means “unique.”
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I never thought that I would be an artist.  Growing up, I loved art class & making things, but I figured that since I couldn’t naturally sit down and draw realistically, I clearly didn’t have the talent.  If only someone had explained to me what I know now: drawing is a skill to be practiced & learned AND it isn’t the only hallmark of being an artist!
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I lived in New York City for sixteen years, where I put my college degree in theatre to good use as a theatrical director.  While I don’t direct plays anymore, you can catch me singing show tunes most days of the week.
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Around 2013, I decided to take the leap & make art my full-time career!  I was in the midst of getting divorced & it was a truly frightening time.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to support myself in this career.  But, I worked hard & got lucky, & thank goodness, it worked out!
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About 2 years ago I moved back to my hometown outside of Boston and met a sweet man who agreed to live in an apartment filled with weird colorful faces, random giant eyes, & a lot of art supplies.
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My Instagram feed is filled with art & craft & travel & more. I use a few hashtags to help keep things organized:
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#julielovesart = museum/gallery pics
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#balzerdesigns = items made with my licensed products (stamps, stencils, & more!)
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#makeitartsytv = the TV show I host on PBS
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#artjournaleveryday = hashtag I started years ago to encourage folks to share daily art journal pages
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Plus: #whatjuliemade #julieinthestudio #whatjulietaught #julielikeseyes #travelsofjulie #balzervideo
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I wrote a book: #carvestampplay & host #carvedecember — carve a stamp/day in Dec
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If you want to connect with me in other places, I blog M-F, you can watch my daily adventures in my weekly vlog on YouTube.  My Mom & I host a sporadic podcast called Adventures in Arting (find it on iTunes). I’m balzerdesigns across social media. And I teach classes online & in-person.
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Spent my morning stitching my way from Boston to Tampa! Third time I’ve taken this early morning Delta flight this month. #thirdtimesthecharm 🍀 My traveling stitch kit includes a clip on book light with a rechargeable battery. It’s part of what makes stitching easy and possible while in transit. 💡👍 As you can see, I keep all of my threads, my scissors (yes, scissors with blades under 4” are allowed to fly ✂️❤️ ✈️), plus a pencil ✏️ in a box. #travelsofjulie
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#whatjuliemade #embroidery #embroideryart #stitch #stitchart #art #contemporaryart #artonthego #contemporaryartist #wip #threadart #sewing #airplaneart #makingprogress #slowandsteady

Stitched my way to Phoenix today for #creativation2018! I listened to a whole bunch of podcasts: two #TEDtalks, some #PlanetMoney — including a fascinating peek at lost bitcoin, an episode of #popculturehappyhour, an episode of #thingsyoumissedinhistoryclass (one of my favorite podcasts), and an outstandingly inspirational episode of #creativepeptalk where host #andyjpizza interviewed #lisacongdon. I am a *huge* fan of podcasts. Especially for long flights or while creating. Unlike TV or movies, podcasts leave your eyes free to make things with your full attention. And for me, they don’t set a mood the way music does. I also love that after listening to a podcast (or 7) I feel smarter and creatively refreshed. 🙌 #ilovepodcasts #podcastsaremyjam #embroidery #art

Book Club meets at the pool, y’all! ☀️👙📖 Trying to keep cool on this sunny sunny Saturday! Hope you’re having a happy day! #booklife #christmasinmexico #travelsofjulie #reading

Bueños Dias, Mexico! What a way to ring in the day. Sand. Sun. Surf. 🙌 #travelsofjulie #mexico #playadelcarmen #mayanriviera

Got my 10k steps flat footing it through #Coba (Mayan ruins) today. My reward: lunch with a killer view of that blue blue water! #gulfofmexico #travelsofjulie #mexico Check our my Instagram story (click on my face in my profile) for lots of photos and videos from our adventures!

This is apparently how we do #Christmas. 😴📚☀️👙 Not too shabby if you ask me! 🎄 Hope your celebrations are bright and merry! #travelsofjulie

This was a really long stop light. Really long. At first, I was annoyed. 😡 Then I realized that I was being given the opportunity of a moment's meditation with a most perfect orangey green sky. What a gorgeous sight. 🙌 #practicegratitude #attitudeadjustment #itsallhowyoulookatit

Stitching my way to Tampa today! #wip #embroidery #julielikeseyes

My sweet friend @natkalbach reminded me of our Germany adventure back in 2011. This photo is from the East Side Gallery in Berlin. #tbt #travelsofjulie

The Fire Festival in La Bisbal was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. These photos and videos (swipe left) can't even begin to capture the fear, the chaos, the adrenaline rush, the insanity, the joy, the noise, or the heat of this experience. Sparks flying from large whirling sticks, sparks erupting from hand held torches aimed at your legs, sparks showering down from lines strung between buildings, firecrackers erupting and spraying debris at you mortar-style...laying on the ground in the square looking up at the fireworks at the end almost felt like nothing after a two-hour odyssey of jumping, dodging, screaming, being doused with fire and water, singing, crouching, cowering, running, clapping, celebrating, and dancing. What a gauntlet. What a memory. 🔥 One I will carry with me always. Especially since I have the burns to prove I was there. 😜 Many thanks to my Father and Stepmother @rjbalzer & @trurochick for treating us to so much magic. And thank you to @myhbalzer and @sleights_ for the photos I stole for this post! 😁 #travelsofjulie

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