Boldly colourful painting welcomes store visitors.
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!
“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….
Check out the link below to see more of these creatively inspired paintings-photos.
via Auto Mechanics Recreate Renaissance Paintings
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!
Note: I saw this on the side of a red brick building in a section of old Montréal, Québec, last week.
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!
(original photo taken Sept. 20, 2014)
A blending of art with fun.
Would Van Gogh approve?
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!
Mostly green, and yet…
Tinges of red here and there;
The magic unfolds.
These days as I drive along the country roads, I see more and more green trees looking as if painted with yellow, orange, or red dabs at the edges.
It’ll be fun to watch over the next couple of weeks how the trees slowly change from green to more yellow, orange, or red until there is no more green to be seen.
Then, outside of the evergreens, all the other trees are consumed by colour, and such a vibrant display it becomes.
It’s a magic trick that nature plays on us!
I don’t know about you, but this kind of scene always catches my eye.
There is this dramatic feeling. Created simply by the timing of dark stormy clouds passing over, immediately followed by the bright afternoon sun shining through!
The sky in the background looks like it’s been painted – so dark and ominous-looking; all one cloud cover. And everything in the foreground is brightly lit up by the sun. Such a contrast. All the objects seem to jump out more.
I happened to exit off of the highway this past Tuesday when I reached the town of Arnprior, feeling relief that the rainstorm had passed me by, and I was struck by this dramatic-looking scene. Just the usual main street and traffic lights, but with the dark clouds in the back and the sun shining just so, it looks different from most other days.
Red light fills the sky;
The usual blue water
Is painted red, too.
When I was driving along this road into town this evening, the redness of the sunset sky caught my attention…..as it often does.
This time though I also noticed the water from the pond in the background was reflecting the same shade of red. The red from the sky seemed to flow into everything on earth.
Such a lovely painting with yellow, blue, and purple hues as well…..and black tree silhouettes let the colours jump out even more!