During our trip to England, we spent a weekend in Bristol, the wickedly cool city where Mike’s brother and sister-in-law live. Every summer, Bristol hosts Upfest, the largest street art and graffiti festival in Europe. This year, 400 artists from 70 countries were selected to fill the streets of Bristol with their beautiful creations.

Bristol Upfest 2018

Tens of thousands of people come to see the artists in action each year, and this year we finally got to go, too.

 

Bristol Upfest painting by Bex Glover

This is the second year that our incredibly talented sister-in-law, Bex Glover, was chosen to be one of the festival artists. Bex is painter, illustrator, and mural artist with a whimsical style influenced by nature. I’ve always loved her work, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen her in action. It was fascinating to watch.

 

Bristol Upfest painting by Bex Glover

I love seeing an artist’s creative process!

 

Bristol Upfest painting by Bex Glover

Way to go, Bex. You’re a rock star.

While Bex was painting, we took the kids around the rest of the festival to see the other artists’ creations. The artwork was brilliant, and I loved the impact of hundreds of paintings filling the streets with color. But in my typical way, my favorite part was all the people-watching. Bristol has a funky, gritty, artistic vibe that makes for fascinating street scenes.

 

Bristol Upfest Simpsons painting

Bristol Upfest 2018

Bristol Upfest 2018

Bristol Upfest 2018

Bristol Upfest 2018

Bristol Upfest 2018

Bristol Upfest 2018

Bristol Upfest 2018

Bristol Upfest 2018


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