Birdo Birds

Obviously I was thrilled to find this!

Fresh paint by Birdo, a fave of mine, and one of the very first street artists I ever met.

Timothy Price is the only person I know who has a parrot…2 parrots I believe.

How could I not think of him when I discovered this?

Pics taken by Resa – November 8, 2022

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

The Book

A bittersweet piece from one of my favourite poets. It’s a beautiful blue.

Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

The Book

“To Mark Let the poetic sound of moons and stars invade your night thoughts to give you sweet dreams always for in your dreams lies the happiness you truly want. hope you enjoy the book Michelle”
–Message written on the flyleaf of a book

I saw the book–
its dustcover the azure
of the Mediterranean—
beckoning as the clear water did us,
and amid packing—
books, your books, your things–
I opened it, and remembered
how we were, lithe in the limpid blue,
then later reading this book, a gift,
you as bright as Keats’ star,
aware your blaze would soon be extinguished.

I rose with creaking knees
from the sea of boxes,
set the tear-dampened book
aside to keep, sensing your presence
like a nightlight in the next room
leaving a glow under the door,
and I thought I heard you say,
sweet dreams always, my love…

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Cat on a Book

I saw this from across the street. I shouted, “it’s a cat! People stared.

I dedicate this post to some of the many cats  I’ve met on WordPress. If you click on their name, you will go to their mom or dad’s blog.

Emily & Bagheera

Spunkie Poo 💋, Sasha, Silver, Marble, Loki, Glenda & Gwendolyn

Ricky & Misty

Ava & Chloe (my niece Sherrie’s cats – no link)

Pretty Kitty & Nigel

Thought I’d show the part around the small corner.

Pics taken by Resa – November 7, 2022

Toronto, Canada

The artists:

Dudeman does the skulls. If these aren’t his skulls, he is being plagiarized.

The cat could be Bacon. He’ does beautiful cats, and he and Dudeman had a mural on this same fence. I think they painted over it.

OMG! There’s a spirit coming out of the mural!

Hallowe’en 22

I see you got the inbite, ….. erm  ….invite to my special Hallowe’en bash & birthday party for Resa’s niece Sherrie.

Say “hello” to Snarl, my co-host for the evening.  Snarl, say “hello”to our guests!

SNNAAAARRRLLLL

Some of the regular alley skulls have dropped in.

We usually eat the guests with flesh on their bones, but this year we’re serving skull cream cones, instead.

Big Daddy Devil has made an appearance.

He’s brought his rotten son, Little Boy Devil along.

For fun, they rode in on their giant pet, Mothy. Sweet thing!

Entertainment wise, two alley ghouls are performing incantations and spells. Line up on the left for special hex requests!

I hope you have enjoyed your evening of horror here in our Hallowe’en hell-hole! Meet King, our bouncer!

Everyone OUT! It’s over! Don’t linger or I’ll sick my Vudu cat on you!

MEW!

Pics taken by Resa – 2017 – 2022

Toronto, Canada

Some of the artists: Cruz, Mista Tour, Horus, Dudeman, N. Sweetman & C. Mazzula

HALLOWE’EN BONUS

I’ll be doing a review of all of Robbie and Michael’s books, down the road a bit. However, I couldn’t resist a mention of “Haunted Halloween Holiday”.

Even kids’ books can have spoilers, so I’ll be brief

Meet Count Sugular. He is one of the many characters in this and other of this series of kids’ books. Like all, he is an artwork made of fondant, an edible sugar clay…in a way. Edible glue is used & edible food colouring.

Kids can eat these characters. SO, all children must brush their teeth after eating one. Above is Skelly the Skeleton. Below is Jack Frost.

I’ll repost this link when I review the series. https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/fondant-art-how-to-make/

Green Owl Garage

This owl was found on the side of a garage. I immediately thought of  Timothy Price from Off Center Not Even.

I know his owls are different, but Tim is the only one I know with owls living on his property.

Someone hewed down the dead tree where the owls made their home.

Tim made another nest, in the same area, with many attributes of the old nest.

He went toa lot of effort. Will the owls find the new nest?

I sure hope so! Thank you, Tim!

Pics taken by Resa – October 1, 2022

Toronto, Canada

The Artist(s) – unsure

Broken Heart & Broken Toe

I worked as a Costume Designer in the film industry for 25 years. First as a stylist for commercials & rock videos, then eventually  designing costumes for  movies  and  TV  series.

Ten years ago my mom passed, and I took another look at my life. The decision was that I should try writing.  Skipping ahead, it seems that (usually humorous) anecdotes from my design life stand out. With encouragement from blog pals, I have been writing some out.

Broken Heart & Broken Toe

Just over a decade ago, I designed the costumes for a movie titled “Our Fathers”. It’s based on the book by David France “The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal”.

     In this true story, Cardinal Law was the Church’s piece of hierarchy that covered up the sexual abuses of children by certain priests. It was very heartbreaking to work on this show: recreating pedophile scenes, depicting the turned upside down lives of victims & the denials by the church. Even the scenes of Cardinal Law testifying on the stand were not satisfying moments. Reality is: he eventually went to live in Rome, as a Cardinal, sanctioned by the Pope.

      Actual adult victims, survivors came to set while we were shooting. It was all quite eerily unnerving.

     Prior to starting prep on the movie, I read the book. It is the biggest hard cover book I’ve ever read. Humongous, I could barely hold it on my lap. The part of the book we made into the movie was a fraction of the book. The rest of it delved deeply into the Church’s very old history of sexual sins. It was bleak, even at the most optimistic points.

      One day, the book leapt from my lap, and attacked my right foot. It landed on the toe next to my big toe.  The toe broke. It’s possible that I accidentally dropped  the book.

     I hobbled through the ensuing 4 month prep & shoot with the broken toe taped to the toes on each side of it. There was constant pain, swelling & 14 or more hours to a working day. I had to buy sneakers in 2 different sizes, the larger size for my right foot. The doctor was adamant. I needed to put my foot up for a few weeks! I did exactly that after we were wrapped, & it eventually healed.

      In retrospect, I realize that nothing was going to stop me from helping to bring this story into movie format, and into the light of the many who didn’t know about it. I believed I was doing something important & good.

      In retrospect, I also think …. the book did attack my toe, after all.

The pic from the top of the post was the header for my writing blog, which is where I had originally written up this anecdote. This was much prior to my thinking of writing out more.

Anecdote & Photos © Resa McConaghy