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)

 

 

 

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“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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Street Art

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I’ve been noticing all kinds of cool street art these days – notably lots of it in Iceland, which I just recently visited – hence, no new blog posts from me over the past several days.

It’s great fun to see the variety in subjects and different styles used; it adds another layer of interest to small towns and bigger cities.

Once I have organized my photos from my Iceland trip, I will be posting more of this eye-catching and enjoyable “wall” art.

This one of the young boy I noticed on my way from band practice on Sunday (in Arnprior; a town about a 35 min. drive from my home); it had been placed in behind various stores and the music school, where the larger parking lot is located.

What a pleasant surprise!

 

 

 

Cartoon Mom

Sonja's manga drawing of me; April 15, 2016

Wavy lines in blue,

From photo – add manga touch;

I have become….art!

 

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You may have noticed the change in my gravatar image.  I wanted something more recent, as the other photo was taken during the winter.  It is spring here now.

I was inspired to pick this particular portrait of me.  As it’s a cartoon drawing, it isn’t quite as noticeable as my other one (especially in the midst of other blogger gravatars), but I wanted to have some fun with it for a while!  It’s something new and different.

This drawing is a birthday present to me from my daughter, Sonja.  A manga-style drawing of me! So cool!  She’s been drawing since she was very young, and it was in her teen years that she developed an added interest and passion for animé and manga art.

She had done some similarly styled cartoon portraits of her brothers for their birthdays recently –  and so I asked her a while back if she’d do one of me.

I am thrilled with this drawing!

I love the swish of the hair and the smiling eyes!!

 

The Wizened Old Face in the Bread

(or Bread Machine Art?)

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So…..about two months ago, I finally hauled out the bread machine with the intention of using it again.  It had been stashed in the bottom cupboard after the move with the idea that at some point I would use it.  And then it just sat there…..waiting.

Well, when I pulled out a recipe I could try for making bread in my machine, that was the impetus to give it a whirl. I gathered all the ingredients, measured and put them together, and pushed the ON button. As the dough went through the various cycles of mixing and rising and kneading and rising and baking, I kept peeking into the side window, wondering if all would work out.  Would the machine still work after sitting for so long?  Would the yeast be still all right (as I had let that sit as well)?

Well, the rising bread in the window looked rather nice, so I felt hopeful.

And when the timer went off to signify that the bread was done, I pulled out the pan, let the bread cool briefly, and removed the loaf.  It was pale in colour – due to my having picked the “light” setting – and small in size, but it looked good and tasted…..yummy!  And well, it looked like a normal loaf.

It was actually the THIRD loaf I made after that one, where the final product had at one end what looked like an old face formed in the crust!

Sometimes art is revealed in the most unexpected ways.