#NewBook, “Dead of Winter: Journey 14 the conclusion — & Armadillo Files Reminder

Congratulations to Teagan who has finished the 14 Journeys through her “Dead of Winter” serial. You may have already congratulated her, but if not head over to this post on her blog and do so.
Or if you have never been to her blog, go there and check out what it’s all about.
View the 14 sumptuous book covers she has designed for the 14 Journeys!
I’ve had the delight of reading the first three Journeys, 2 of her short books, and have followed several of her free serials. Teagan is an excellent +++ writer!

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Saturday, June 18, 2022 
 
The Journeys of “Dead of Winter” have reached the conclusion.  Next weekend The Armadillo Files will return.  So, if you need to refresh your memory before the next bit of zaniness with Fang and Dilly, go to the categories on the right side of the screen.  Click on Armadillo Files.
 
Since so many author friends are launching books this month, I didn’t give the conclusion to Dead of Winter the attention it deserves.  But you can help me by reblogging my announcement post (not this one you’re reading).
 
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Stone Roses

I found stone roses. I thought of  Holly – House of Heart

They are on the same wall where I found “A Long Stemmed Rose for Holly.

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The rose must have spilled seeds.

The seeds of love scattered,

and have grown on,

into a Stone Rose garden.

Like Holly’s poems, it’s lush and inviting.

It’s a beautiful happening!

The roses grow right out of the cement curb.

I wonder what will be here next time I pass by?

Pics taken by Resa – June 20, 2022

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

The Half Decent

 

Sculpted Mural

Definitely not the prettiest mural I’ve ever found,

… but the most interesting technique.

The image is chipped, sculpted out.

Upon close examination, I see the original old brick wall.

There appears to be a thick layer of grey plaster, covered by a smooth, thin layer of off white plaster.

Not sure if the bits of colour are old layers of paint over the old brick, added at the end for effect or a combination of the two.

Once the image was sculpted out, a yellow sepia paint was added.

Makes me think of when I was a kid at school. We filled in an entire page of paper with a wild array of crayon colours.

Then we covered the colours with a thick layer of black crayon.

Then we made an image by scraping off the black, and leaving a design.

Pics take by Resa – April 5, 2022

Toronto, Canada

Artist:

VHILS

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Dear John,

Did you know it’s Tweety’s 80th birthday?

I don’t take many shots of cartoon street or alley art.

However, having followed your blog – John Howell for some time, and reading many “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” posts, I could not resist grabbing these 2 mini murals.

Yes, they are a Looney Tunes promo, complete with Q codes to go check out the festivities.

I have blurred them out, as I am not an advertiser.

Then I got to remembering capturing other Looney Tunes characters, that are pure alley and street art.

I managed to find some, but don’t let them into your yard!!!!

I’m going to love you and hug you and kiss you and call you George!

Hey, bet you thought you’d never see Porky Pig en Graffe?

Here’s the heartbreak, I did shoot a Wylie & Roadrunner around 2015, but I can’t find them. I never posted it. So, it’s somewhere on one of my 30 memory sticks, which Foghorn has so eloquently reminded me.

Oh, he wants to say a quick hi, to you. “Hi John! I’m not gonna talk forever. I know when to shut up! So I’m going to stop now. You don’t have to tell me twice. Hey check out my bling! The bat? I live in an alley, you know! But hey, let me stop yakking. Like my bandana? You don’t have to tell me 3 times!”

Pics taken by Resa – 2013 – 2022

Toronto, Canada

Murales de Montréal – Merci JMR

A Big Thank You to Jean Marc Robert for sending in these pics from Montreal!

“The first one (Woman in purple, some yellow in the background is at the intersection of Hope and Sussex street, a bit north of René Lévesques and east of Atwater.”

“The second one, woman and child on a bench overlooked by business suit man with robot head is I think….on St-Mathieu street between Tupper and Ste Catherine.”

“The third one, is quite beautiful.  I was told by a delivery man from UPS that it is quite recent. He notices & likes murals, and told me of the Leonard Cohen mural just north of this one. This is on Crescent street between Ste Catherine and de Maisonneuve.”

“I was on the sidewalk, and it was difficult to photograph. I did not notice the perspective in the mural. When shot, so we don’t see the alley, it was almost as though it was just another building. Ok not quite like that, but I thought it integrated well with the surrounding, not the same style but seems to be part of it.”

All photos © Jean Marc Robert

💞THANK YOU JMR! 💞

Queen Amidala – Star Wars

Although I have never seen a Star Wars movie, I did recognize this fence mural as from the franchise.

So, I sent a pic to my main pal from this universe – Tyeth – For Tyeth Saber Site

Tyeth – “Oh wow! That is unreal! I think the artist has used the colour palette used on the Phantom Menace cover art for the Blu-Ray edition boxes (which is a blueish-purple). It gives this mural a real powerful feel to it, especially having Darth Vader on the left and Master Yoda opposite him.”

Tyeth – “That is Queen Amidala in the centre, during the time when she was presiding on the throne. This is her wearing one of her ceremonial outfits (based on real life Mongolian fashion) and headgear.”

Tyeth – “Her makeup is very symbolic and the mark on her lower lip (which when viewed in normal colours is red) represents the blood and people of Naboo that were lost in the planet’s first war many centuries before.”

Tyeth – “Queen Amidala was the youngest ever queen to be crowned at only 15 years of age – it was a Naboo tradition to coronate young rulers as they tended to be less jaded and cynical”.

Tyeth – “In the movie (Phantom Menace) Queen Amidala also known as Padme was played by two actresses: Natalie Portman and by Keira Knightley, who acted as a decoy in some scenes. In real life the two actresses looked so alike their own mothers mistook them for each other!”

Tyeth –Why can’t I find awesome art like this in my neighbourhood?”🤔

I don’t know. It’s paint on a fence, in an alley.

Pics taken by Resa – May 5, 2022

Toronto, Canada

Obviously, this post is dedicated to Tyeth

Also giving a shout out to Ford – The Vintage Toy Advertiser  He is the 2nd most Star Wars fan I know.

The art is unsigned, as far as I can see. Love to know who did this!

Leonard Cohen

Thank you to Jean Marc Robert – Art et Technique for sending me pics of this wonderful Leonard Cohen mural found in Montreal!

I have wanted this in my collection since the moment I laid eyes on a photo of it.

JMR also took pics of other art, which will be posted anon(ish).

JMR – “As for the one of Leonard Cohen, first I passed by without noticing it, being on the side of the street close to it, and it is up above surroundings. I guess if you look up you would see part of it. So I walked to de Maisonneuve street to see it and then come back to take pics on the other side, I did took also the Nick – Auf der Maur street sign, he was a long time city councillor. I think of the same area where lived Cohen, but not sure.”

I’m so thrilled, I just had to draw Boogapony Holly, as Suzanne. “She’s wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters”

Boogapony Holly character © Resa McConaghy & Holly Rene Hunter

Since January 16, 2018

THANK YOU – Jean Marc Robert