Outdoor Wall Murals #3

 

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In our world we can all use a little more light, right?

And how handy!  At the flick of a large switch.

Such a warmly tinged 3-dimensional painting!

I wonder how visible this wall mural is at night, as I only saw it during the late afternoon a couple of days ago.  There might be some street lighting or next-door building lighting shining on it.  And what if the artist incorporated some kind of luminescent lighting effect in this painting?

Maybe I will get to see for myself some night.

(taken while walking along Bank Street in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

 

 

 

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Outdoor Wall Murals #2

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Now THAT’s a busy looking wall mural!

And on a multi-storied building, too!   So HUGE!  And also colourful.  The construction at the left distracts a little bit.  What can you do?  Editing would only let me do so much.  Oh well.  🙂

I like this one, because you see the main images, but then it keeps drawing you in to look for those smaller details.  Fascinating creatures in all kinds of strange activities.

It seems I have accumulated quite the nice collection of outdoor wall mural art, which is becoming more apparent each time I look through my folders of photos for writing ideas.   A good thing, I realize, as I will pull out more of them for future blog posts.

I love discovering and looking at these artsy wall murals when I go on my walks….and it can be a good challenge for photography, too!

Well, I suppose it has a lot to do with the fun and diversity of this art form, plus, on building walls the art is public and free to look at as often as you wish.  To enjoy the ideas that all those creative and ingenious artists conceptualize and then bring into a physical vision.

(Photo taken while on a walk through some of downtown Reykjavik, Iceland, in May 2016)

 

 

 

Six Word Story #18

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Steam Train Churning Through the Archway.

 

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About two weeks ago while driving through a neighbouring town, I noticed this life-size, 3-D looking painting on the side of a century old red-brick building that now is home to a cleaning business although at some point, it housed a grocery store (as you can see at the top of the photo).

I love such wall paintings!  Artists who envision their pieces and bring them to life in actual or larger size…and sometimes 3-D so that it has you giving it a second glance, when you first think it’s something else….something real and not a painting.

And then I try to imagine what tools they used – scaffolding? – to accomplish their painting vision.  Dealing with the weather for one thing.  Different requirements compared to working in a studio.

It never ceases to amaze me!

 

 

 

 

 

“The Letter P”

This week’s photography assignment – one which I picked! – focuses on objects, animals, and places that begin with the letter P.

The following are my four submissions:

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Letter P #1 – (Archived, Nov. 2017) Starting off with these massive rock formations known as the Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand.

Interesting effect created by the thin seams of mudstone between the layers of limestone…..along with erosion.

 

Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki, West Coast, South Island (other camera) Nov. 2017

 

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Letter P #2 – Petals and Pistil – (Archived; August 2016). A huge, deep red mallow flower in my parents’ garden. My Dad’s joy is gardening, so when I go visiting, especially when the garden is aburst with colours, I go photo crazy! ^_^

 

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Letter P #3 – (Archived; Nov. 2017) Painted Bench in the town of Paihia, North Island, New Zealand. On a walkabout the town….taking in craft shows and the harbour…..and the stores. Cool things to see!

 

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Letter P #4 – (Archived; Nov 2017) – A flower on a Pohutukawa tree – also known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

When this tree is covered – and I mean, COVERED – in these lush red flowers, and with the green leaves, it looks SO Christmassy!

So pretty! Such a burst of red colour!!

 

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Six Word Story #17

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Boldly colourful painting welcomes store visitors.

 

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Outside of a quick, casual glance at the ground as I hurried into the store yesterday – it was raining at the time! – I didn’t pay THAT close attention to the painting.

However, as I was leaving the store with my two purchases from The Granary, which sells bulk items and vitamins and various natural soaps among other things, I couldn’t help but then properly notice the pretty sidewalk painting at my feet.

Naturally, I had to go back inside.  I paid my compliments to Christa who was then working in the store.  She told me it was another employee, Jane, who had done that painting, as well as all the other like creatively drawn smaller signs dotted in and around the store.  I asked her to please pass along my compliments to her for such a beautiful and cheerful greeting!

 

 

 

Auto Mechanics Recreate Renaissance Paintings

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery….” as it’s been said, and I agree, particularly if it’s well done and with a fresh, new twist to it –  as these ones are, using photography and some good-natured models.  😀

Like this one, for example….

 

Mechanics Classics.1 from article, Aug. 12, 2017

 

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Check out the link below to see more of these creatively inspired paintings-photos.

via Auto Mechanics Recreate Renaissance Paintings

Outdoor Wall Murals #1

 

When someone imagines what it looks like when a lightbulb bursts apart – frozen in a moment of time.  Perhaps even filmed it and then simplified it into one frame.

And THEN….the major task of painting all those details onto a large wall.

Including the thin stream denoting the flash of orange light – what an effect!

 

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Note:  I saw this on the side of a red brick building in a section of old Montréal, Québec,  last week.

 

A Photo Turned Into A Painting

Painting Style of a Photo of Me; April 2017

 

Before I ventured into the world of blogging, I was busily honing my writing skills and enthusiastic postings in the world of Facebook….starting out with one and two liners and eventually working up to story anecdotes.  And lots of photos!

All part of the writing process, right?

Occasionally, there are other activities that pop up in Facebook, such as quizzes, games, and other things….often shared among friends.  A few days ago I saw a friend’s post in which his profile picture had been rendered into a painting.  His looked so snazzy that I decided to see what that Facebook-connected site would create for my profile photo.  As it turned out, I was given the option to pick from my collection of profile pics.  It didn’t HAVE to be the most recent.

Always good to have options!  😀

So, I browsed through my photos, until I spotted this one.  I liked this one the best, because of the pose and the flowers – a girlfriend had taken it for me with my phone.

I was pleased how that site managed to turn the photo into a painting – with the warm colours and how it was rendered.  And I took a photo of it, so I’d have a way of keeping a copy of it, otherwise, it ends up tucked deep into Facebook-related archives.

And below is the original photo…..as a fun comparison!

 

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(original photo taken Sept. 20, 2014)

 

 

Face Within a Face

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Somewhat familiar,

A blending of art with fun.

Would Van Gogh approve?

 

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I took this photo four years ago, when my uncle and his girlfriend came over from Germany to visit with my parents in Toronto and also squeeze in a visit with my crew.

When all four of them came up to Ottawa, we all got together to spend the day…..and played tourists in Ottawa as well.

It was a gorgeous day in September, as we walked about in the downtown area, visiting the parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal locks, among other sights.

When we were walking past a school of fine arts along one of the streets in the market area, on an easel standing outside there was this over-sized framed “painting” with a hole where the face would normally be.  It was an invitation to passing tourists to have some fun with this famous image of Van Gogh’s self portrait.

So, my uncle decided to have some fun – in my family we enjoy being silly! – by making one of his faces, and I went along with it.  Haha!

 

 

470. West Street (1)

I love murals, especially ones painted on the sides of buildings – they are large and thus eye-catching, reflect a lot of artistry and skill, and are visible and accessible for everyone to see. And some have layers of intricacy, like this one by Andy Council……..various points of urban interest blended into an animal form. So COOL!

I am re-blogging this from Scooj’s blog, here

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I have been aware of this wonderful Andy Council horse for some time now, but was never quite sure where it was. I actually found it when taking pictures of some other works from Upfest that were a bit of a trek away from the main drag.

Andy Council, West Street, Bristol, September 2016 Andy Council, West Street, Bristol, September 2016 Andy Council is a favourite son of Bristol, and has produced countless murals around the city, many of which remain in place after several years. The distinctive style of blending architectural and urban features (such as the Clifton suspension bridge) with biological form to create his animals is unmistakable and really interesting. One can spend a long time studying all the little details that make up the whole.

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