The Harvester

I never know where I’m going, ’til I get there.

I never know if I’m going ’til I’m gone.

Walked into an alley in Chinatown

…and found

…this beauty!

A few years old, and a bit chipped up, she is nonetheless a beacon amid the hoi polloi of alley art.

Pics taken by Resa – July 19, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

 

Van Gogh

This portrait of Van Gogh is stationed across the street from the AGO. I immediately thought of Rebecca Budd – Lady Budd.

EEK! It kept staring at me, following me. I walked back and forth, thinking the head was being automatically turned. NOT!!!

Check it out! The video is only 18 seconds.

I also shot stills. I thought Rebecca will love this! She is such an arts aficionado, and I mean ALL arts and artists.

Then I thought of Marina from Art Towards a Happy Day, who is an artist, musician and does wonderful posts about classic artists.

Then serendipity happened! Rebecca interviewed Marina about art in a podcast on Tea Toast and Trivia, on July 19. I found Van Gogh on July 19.

I know you’ll love the podcast. Click on the pic of VG above, and go there!

I started at the other side in the 20 second video below.

Fascinated, I went up close.

Turns out the part of the face that follows is an indented sculpture, with some paint on it.

This is the only shot I have of this size close up, in an attempt to show you what I mean of an innie sculpture. LOL, I accidentally cut off most of VG’s left ear. Honest, I did not crop!

B O N U S  ST R E E T  A R T

On my way home yesterday, from another successful Street Art adventure, I looked down at the sidewalk, and there was a spirit of Hera. I think it looks like Hera! Hera is Marina’s sweet puppy dog.

Pics taken by Resa July 19 & 23 – 2021

Toronto, Canada

Artist is unknown to me at this time.

What A Doll!

During a 3 hour drive to get our mail, we cut through Chinatown.

The corner of my right eye caught the splash of colour down a side street.

I knew it was a face, somehow.

There was no time to stop, but I knew I would return!

What a doll!

… and the sweet yellow bird….

Pics taken by Resa – July 19, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist(s)

Squirrel & Girl

This sweet squirrel was at the top of an alley branching off another alley.

What side of the fence is he/she on?

Anyway, it made the alley look promising.

NOT!

The alley deteriorated into trash and throw ups on all the garage doors.

However I found a face I like. Looks like it’s been there a quite few years.

Pics taken by Resa – November 9, 2020

Toronto, Canada

Squirrel Artist:

Face Artist: Unknown

Murmurings

No wonder I am smitten by Holly’s poetry! Love this!

House of Heart

The sweltering breath of a summer

squall rushes east to west weaving

through Spanish moss and tender

willows that brush the earth.

discreet voices drift through the

sultry night (Is that possible?).

The storm moves in from the

western horizon, it’s breeze

fresh and clean.

Across the way a single candle casts

shadows on a strangers wall.

In it’s ghostly light a girl dances like

a wild bird to subdued sounds.

Her slender arms take the shape of

starling wings, undulating murmurings,

a melody and she alone drives the night.

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art by Steve Goad

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A Long Stemmed Rose for Holly

“The rose, a poem of nature” – Aunt Rose Comfort in Baby Doll by: Tennessee Williams

If the rose is a poem of nature, then Holly – House of Heart poems are naturally roses.

One day I found a single long stemmed rose taped to a wall.

I got excited, because I know giving someone a single rose holds meaning. I thought of Holly right away, because of her poetry, and all the fun we’ve had together.

Velvet Tango is an Art Gown I dedicated to Holly. The image of lovers doing the Tango, one with a rose in their mouth, was part of the inspiration for this Art Gown.

I made the gown black for its drama, and decorated it with red lace roses. Here’s a slideshow with more pics of this romantic & dynamic Art Gown!

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Then came drawing the characters based on Holly, that we made up together.

It began with Boogapony Holly, a GoGo Dancer who “Ponies on down” in front of alley art. Then Princess Blue Holly, Rene Rosso & AGM Holly.

Above is RR in a net and roses gown. Below is a slideshow with a mere smattering of all the drawings of Holly characters I’ve had so much fun with.

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I spent good time scouring books and internet for songs, poems, sayings or anything about/or with roses. Everything was so dramatic! Hey, we’re having FUN here with all our Holly characters! Then it came to me. The Hollies!

Cool enough, all this drawing has lead to more characters and more drawing. I’ve even made some $$$ with my new found ability.

Thanks Holly!

Pics of the rose taken by Resa – June 22, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: