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

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102 thoughts on “What A Doll!

  1. Timothy Price

    She’s beautiful and so is the yellow bird. A 3 hour drive to get your Mail? That seems a little excessive. But you did find this gorgeous mural.

    1. A 3 hour mail drive is stupid!
      We had 0 deliveries for almost a month due to the construction.
      The sorting centre for undelivered mail is at the complete opposite side of the city from us. Toronto is apparently the 4th largest city in N.A. with the traffic that goes with it! Also, there were detours aplenty due to construction. 1.5 there and 1.5 back!!!
      You know what the cab drivers say about Toronto? There’s 2 seasons; winter and construction.
      Norm’s dad was a director and producer for stage and early television. Peter Ustinov was a pal of his. He told Leo, Toronto is going to be a beautiful city, when you finish building it!
      Still working on it!
      However, yes! I did spot this piece of beauty. I also found several other worthy works!
      T’was a very thrilling walking day!

      1. Timothy Price

        As Marvin, the Robot in Hitchhickers Guide to the Galaxy, said: “Sounds awful!” Not the murals of course. The problem with cities is once they are finished they die, and the death is just as bad, probably worse, than all the ills that stem from growth.

        1. Interesting statement!
          Well, I guess Toronto will be okay for awhile, as we are still building it!

          You’ll love this, maybe. They have told us that our intersection will not be opened in the planned time.
          Work is stalled due to a thing… we know not what…. between the construction company, engineering co, the city and Toronto Hydro. It’s something to do with telephone poles or street lights.

          I’m heading across the city to pick up more mail tomorrow! I plan on looking for street art!

    1. It is a fab mural, John!
      Yeah… the mail…I’m heading back there tomorrow to pick up mail. I hope to compensate by finding some cool art!

        1. No can pack nothing!
          No washrooms!
          However, if I need help, there will appear to be a faint meep on your computer. It will only appear to be there as it won’t meep in reality… but you will hear it!
          I should be close to the docks at Cherry St.

            1. I copped out!
              I saw a report on the Delta variant this morning. Then I realized I was going to be on a street car 1 hour each way with strangers.
              I panicked. 1/3 of all people are not vaccinated!
              I still have lots of art from the other day, and will just have to travel where my feet can take me in the great outdoors, once the smoke advisory from the northern forest fires is lifted!

      1. Yeah… taking the streetcar tomorrow to get the mail. It’s probably faster, and it will be the last time. We have a new sidewalk. Could be some new art on the way!

    1. No, the phone thing is to get inside the shop, which sells pot.
      You punch in whatever, and a big ol’ security guard comes out. If you pass the test, you get in.
      It might be legal here, but … this was in Chinatown. It’s a bit rough there. There’s 4 pot shops on my block. No security guards here!

      1. Oh dear. When I first saw the mural I thought the girl was taking a selfie and the flash was so strong it burned out her eyes! I guess I have kind of a warped imagination! (also I haven’t figured out how to take a selfie without blinding myself)

  2. I’m having trouble getting my comment to post on your site, but I’ll try through the Reader, which almost always works:

    Glad I read the comments as the mail drive left me shaking my head. I love the mural but I find the eyes without pupils rather creepy or soulless. I’m looking forward to seeing what other art you found. We haven’t been to Toronto in years but went a few times when we lived in the Cleveland area. Loved the city and got some beautiful handmade paper there as well as had some wonderful meals.

    And I like the power box too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m heading out for what I hope is the last of the mail tomorrow.
      I’m going to do the streetcar. I think it will be faster than driving. I’m fully vaccinated and will wear 2 masks and a shield.
      What a world!
      Yeah…the power box is very pretty!

    1. Whaaaa??? It’s the stupid ongoing construction. We were 1 month without sidewalks here. We had plank drawbridges. No one told anyone in our hood that union rules prevent mail carriers from crossing drawbridges. It all went to a sorting station on the other side of the city.
      Gaaaaa! So happy I found her! I definitely got that thrill and rush when shooting her.
      All thrills were heightened when a big Security Guard came out to see what I was up to. Turns out the art is on the side of a pot dispensary in Chinatown. We have 4 dispensaries on my street, no guards. Makes me wonder what’s going on in Chinatown?

      1. How were y’all supposed to know the mail carriers couldn’t cross drawbridges? That is so nuts!

        I’m GAGA that you met up with this Gaaaa and got some amazing captures. And yes, what IS going on down there?

  3. I’m all about the lemonade. While it is an atrocity that they have caused you such grief to get your mail, it did give you the chance to discover this beauty. And she is definitely a doll! Wonderful, Sorceress! ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ

                1. Emojis are way behind! Marina and I are always running into emoji lackings.
                  ๐Ÿ•ณ I guess a bunch of useful emoji fell into the hole emoji! xx

  4. This one is a wow!! (Although I have to agree with others about the creepiness factor wtih the whited-out eyes.) My grandmother trained as a librarian in Toronto in 1919. I don’t expect she would have experienced anything in the way of street art. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Ohh, how neat about your grandmother! TPL is one of the world’s busiest urban public library systems.
      I think street art began with graffiti and writing in the 1970’s here. By 2000 it had become most plentiful, then the real art started to surface. Love it, and maybe your grandmother would, too! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. I was able to find quite a lot of information about the TPL’s history online. Internet Archive has their annual reports digitized, so I was able to find my grandmother’s department and the training that she undertook. Pretty amazing, what historical records are available now.

  5. Have you ever considered coming back to Vancouver! Just a thought Resa. You know that Vancouver has never been the same since you left. The Vancouver Mural Festival is coming in August – wouldnโ€™t it be fun to roam all over Vancouver to find murals. (P.S. Vancouver misses you.) She is beautiful and the yellow bird has a marvelous symbolism of joyful happiness.

    1. Yes, I have considered retiring in Vancouver, or Victoria.
      Also am considering Stratford, or Niagra on the Lake.
      Still, Toronto is high on our list.

        1. I’m so behind in comments!
          I have thought of moving back to Vancouver.
          N & I had just started talking about where we want to live… maybe a move, then the pandemic hit. So, we are still where we were.

  6. 3 hour drive for mail?!!!! At least you (and us) were rewarded with this mural! The artist may be a Modigliani fan!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Great find!!! Love the colors!

    1. It’s a fab piece!
      I was going to take the streetcar to pick up what’s left of our mail at the sorting station.
      However, I saw a report on the Delta variant this morning, so opted out.
      It said if you are exposed, it takes only 3 minutes. Yes, I am fully vaccinated, and continue to wear masks, but it would be a 1 hour ride, with strangers.
      I found several wonderful pieces though!
      Wait ’til you see the Van Gogh head I found!!!

      1. Oh, I can’t wait for that one!!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ–Œ

            1. Was just working on some of the VG pics to Oannes heavy metal.
              I finished drawing Shey’s heroine in her gowns last night, so now I can do a post on the book.. “His Judas Bride”
              Did 3 more pencil sketches of the AGMs to go with the one I did of you. 1 more and I can do an AGM fashion show. YAY!!

              1. Oh wow!!!! Now that is exciting!!!!!!!
                Can’t wait!!!!!

    1. It is awesome graf… for sure! I adore this piece.
      Actually, the box is an old phone box, but now it has a key pad inside it.
      Turns out the art and key pad are on the side of a pot dispensary in Chinatown.
      You punch in a number, and a big ol’ security guard emerges, and lets you in….if.
      There must also be a camera, as he came out to see what I was up to.
      We have 4 pot shops on my block, but no security guards. Chinatown is rougher than my hood.
      Of course there are NO Marmite dispensaries in Toronto.

  7. This is a beauty, she is surely a doll face but the yellow bird is stealing this show! โ€œYellow bird up high imbanns tree โ€œ๐ŸŽถ! Iโ€™m thus Cade up high in the sweet hand if doll face! Love it dear one!
    3 miles to get mailโ€ฆ.thatโ€™s so wrong. xoxoxo
    Banana! Stoopid auto correct. โค๏ธ

    1. Agree about the yellow bird! That’s why I gave him/her its own close ups.
      Auto correct…. you mean auto mistakes.
      Found several amazing pieces this day! โค
      I'm so drawing tonight. I just know the music will be as passionate as last week.
      Hopefully I will get a Frida done tonight!
      The vet says nothing to worry about, for the time being. WHEW!!

            1. Right on!
              The players were in a different mood last night. Lots of Dylan kinda stuff. They jammed quite awhile on “Like a Rolling Stone”. Loved it! Got drawings done! Will send an RR later!
              Quite COOL about the speakers!

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  9. Gray Dawster

    I agree with you for she is a doll, a doll holding a pretty yellow bird, a pretty yellow bird holding what seems to be a part of her hair and her eyes do not detract from the beauty of the art. Yes I like this new find, and although your trip for mail was long I figure it was a very worthwhile journey.

    Happy Tuesday my dear Resa โค

    Andro x x

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