ANJL does a workshop with Danielle Macdonald

Anjl gave a graffiti workshop to Danielle Macdonald in December 2018.

It was an awesome experience that the Bird Box and Dumplin’ actress enjoyed as well. The New York Times wrote an article all about it.

Danielle Macdonald ties on a plastic apron before her graffiti class in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. CreditCreditAndrew White for The New York Times

“I feel like I’m doing something illegal, and I like it,” Danielle Macdonald said.

It was a shivery Monday morning, and Ms. Macdonald shook a spray can and hissed an arc of orange paint.

After starring in the recent Netflix movies “Dumplin’” and “Bird Box,” Ms. Macdonald, 27, was receiving a master class in graffiti writing from an artist who calls herself Anjl. The classroom was a semi-vacant lot in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, ringed by a chain-link fence and barbed wire. Even though the class broke no laws, it still felt just a little criminal.

For Ms. Macdonald, learning to write graffiti is a yearslong dream (she once tried to find every Banksy in London). Knowing the dream was a messy one, she had dressed down, wearing a black puffer jacket, bright bluejeans and old sneakers.

A version of this article appears in print on Jan. 13, 2019, on Page ST6 of the New York edition with the headline: What’s Life Without a Healthy Blast of Color?


“I feel like I’m doing something illegal, and I like it,”

Danielle Mc Donald Workshop

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