A new friend (actually a somewhat random guest at my supposed-to-be-low-key New Year’s Eve get-together, which was all the more fun with random guests…) drew my attention to the band/singer Paper Bird. Indeed, her songs are beautiful, and she has this little part of her website where she just posts images. I have a postcard of one of them (the woman posed with her dog, shown above — Lucian Freud — I think I got it in London, maybe Manchester or Leeds, but it certainly hung on my wall when I lived in England). I think we’d get along, this Paper Bird girl and I. I like her music, I like her taste.
Also, if you’ve never seen a Lucian Freud painting in person, it’s worth going out of your way to see one… His sense of color is incredible. The way he depicts flesh makes me question who I am and what “beauty” is. It’s clear that every one of his models has a story, a life outside this artist/model session. I don’t know much at all about Lucian Freud, but I think it’s worth noting that his grandfather was Sigmund Freud — I feel like he captures humanity, emotion, perhaps, in everything he paints — people, skin, animals, upholstery. Up close it’s even more apparent. Gorgeous.