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
Artist is unknown to me at this time.
115 thoughts on “Van Gogh”
That is one of the coolest pieces of art. It’s amazing how he keeps eye contact as you move from one side the the other. The detail is great. The outline of the dog looks like a Doberman.
The art is so very cool, and it’s in the street for all to see. That is more cool!
A Doberman… well, this is the second time I found Marina’s dog in street art, and someone told me it was a Doberman.
I thought Doberman’s had little ears?
Anyway, I will imagine this is Hera! Love ya! xx
Dobermans have floppy ears if they are not clipped. The size of the ears depends on how much they clip them. Hera would look similar in silhouette.
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THANK YOU! Still, I went to the link, but there is no blog for me to visit.
It is a page saying…soon! Love your visits!
It’s like it’s peering into your soul. Marvellous. Van Gogh was a genius.
Yes, he was!
I’m so happy you saw this post!
Wonderful, been Vincent van Gogh supporter since I was about 12 – and it’s many years ago. 😀
Perhaps many years ago, however I instantly thought “you’re still a young duck”, upon your comment. So, I had to listen to the song for the first time in many years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtE4V6YxKZ8x Adore you LDN!
😀 😀 😀
“You’re never older than you want to be” 😀
You are a very wise Drake! xoxoxo
Wish more said so. 😀 😀 😀
Thank you for this Resa. The VG was special for sure. The dog was good too. I liked the two videos. They gave us a good idea of what the piece looked like.
Thank you, John!
It was a fascinating experience. I love that there is art in the street!
Not everyone goes to art galleries. I believe there is good being done by exposing all to art. Streets and parks work well in this area.
It is my aim to present the art I love in the streets and alleys, in a way that gives you a feel of the experience, and a better view than one static shot.
You are doing a great job at that. I’m totally impressed with the Toronto street art scene.
I am so proud of the street art in Toronto!
Every time I go out walking, there is another art adventure. So glad you are here and enjoying!
Can we stop for a coffee too?
Oh good. A wee scone too.
Oh fer… yes we can have scones.LOLOL!!!! BIG ones! Although, I prefer banana bread!
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Resa, those haunted, piercing eyes. The videos & close up photos are fascinating. Yes, street art is awesome when you find it. Toronto seems to have more than most cities. Others have blocks of graffiti that couldn’t pass as true art. 📚🎶 Christine
Toronto is art mad! Yay!!!!!
Glad you caught this one, We have graffiti here too. That’s how street art got started. Street Art Toronto give artists free paint to do real art over graffiti. They also get paid for big mural jobs! (sides of buildings, underpasses, etc.)
Lucky you! Thanks for the street art history. Hopefully, there isn’t a problem where street art is defaced by graffiti. Is there some protection against that? 📚🎶Christine
Well… some does get defaced. There is an overcoating they use sometimes. Graffiti can be then removed without harming the mural.
Also, many artists touch up their work.
Then there’s street cred. Many of the artists started out tagging, then grew into beautifying with their art talents. Their art tends to be left alone. Also, the more mature artists try to educate the younger taggers. There’s also alternative schools like- There’s a Skateboard school. Here they get to skateboard, and learn art. Many artists will do community projects with school kids and youth groups.
Wow! Thanks for the detailed information. It’s impressive about the street creed and how artists take on community projects. Especially, those who started out as taggers and they become artists. I wonder if our big cities are as proactive? NYC, Chicago?
Being proactive can work!
LOVED this post, Resa! The striking art, the humor, the mentions of the ultra-talented Rebecca and Marina…
Thanks Dave! It was a great find, and a fun post to make!
Epoc. Espesh re the eyes xxxxxx
My next post will be the book review w/ gown drawings on Art Gowns.
I might have 1 more question. xoxoxoxo
Resa!!! It is ALWAYS a joy to visit your place! You remind me of those marvelous times in Paris when everyone gathered at Gertrude Stein’s art gallery. She recognized artists and supported their creative endeavours. I think of you on your long walks looking for “mural treasure” which you always seem to find, or perhaps it is the art that finds you. There is serendipity at work. You bring the world of art to our screens wherever we are. You introduce the artists that ignite our cities with vibrant colours. Many hugs come with a huge thank you!!
BIG HUGS back at you!
This was totally serendipitous!
I’m doing a review of one of Shey’s books on Art Gowns (I drew the gowns in the story), but I was so excited about this find, especially when I saw you had made a podcast with Marina that I put this first.
I found a lot of art last 2 walks!
It’s always a thrill. I feel like an urban explorer!
Pardon what did you say…you’ll have to say it in my other ear! I wonder if the Van Gogh in this sculpture mural is friends with Len Tickula (lenticular) cos this is almost like one of the old “3d flicker images” where you see one picture viewing it from one angle but a different picture if you look from an alternate angle. Either way I wondered how the portraits in the haunted mansions of Scooby Doo worked…now I know! Great find – I just hope you don’t find an example of a “Pepper’s Ghost” image …that would freak you out!
This is very cool, Sorceress! I love the texture.
And you’re right, the silhouette of that dog does look like Hera!
A great art day all in all!
This is the second time I found a Hera! ⚡️💥
You mean Woof? 😂 xo
What a fun post–serendipity indeed!
Yes! Amazing serendipity! Lots of fun. Thanks Liz!
You’re welcome, Resa!
What fun, Resa! LOL, the video is terrific. That would creep me out too. Hugs on the wing.
Yeah…fun and creeps! Wing Hugs back at you!
Had to shoot video of this one!
That is a cool sculpture/painting, though it bit creepy 😉 I could see the indented-ness in the second video, but perhaps because you had mentioned it…
I’m piqued by how many have said it’s a bit creepy. 🤔🧐
I suppose it’s a bit like – his body is dead, but his head is still alive.
Well, now that you mentioned it back to me, I saw the indent in the last video.
The 2 are both from different angles into the light, so that probably made a difference.
I think it is a little creepy because it “behaves” like a living person even though you can tell it isn’t.
Agree! Yet, fascinating.
How weird is that. He definitely follows you and even knowing why…it’s still weird. I absolutely love the dog shadow as well. Both wonderful finds. The video’s are so cool and you cut off his ear. Hahahahaha
Hahahaha! Yeah, I cut off his ear! It’s a busy sidewalk, so I was a bit rushed. Didn’t realize what I’d done until I got home and looked at the pics.
Well, it’s as though his head is alive when he’s long dead!
S, it is odd, but sort of unique!
Splendiferous, young Resa. I tried to ‘like’ on Vimeo but not too sure it worked. It should do as I have a few bits on Vimeo myself, hence no logging in etc. The world of technology is not my forte, methinks. Regards, TOF
Your Vimeo like worked!
I’ll check out your Vimeo…. later!
TOF, I’m happy you got to see this!
‘Vimeo’ sounds like it should really be a form of bleach to sterilize the loo or a drain. A strange name indeed. I’d almost forgotten I got ‘stuff’ there, so thanks for you posting your video, young Resa. Regards, TOF
My pleasure, TOF!
When I get back over to the sterilization platform, I’ll use your like to find your videos.
That is so cool, and a leetle bit creepy!
A neat find, for sure!
Seems like there’s been an odd eye them here in the last 2 posts!
Oh, my goodness!!!!!! What a find!!!! Those eyes really follow you around!!!! …and looks like Hera visited you without telling me!!!!
I agree with Rebecca, serendipity at work, for sure!!!!!!!!
So happy you thought of Rebecca and me with this!
Mouah!!!! Huge huge hug and endless kisses and love, Dahling!!!!!
Hera might not have an emoji of her own, but she sure gets around.
Its so cool I found this on the day of the podcast!
I just couldn’t wait to post it!
How could I not think of you and Rebecca! You an artist & musician, and Rebecca ardent lover of ALL arts and history and culture…
Well, it’s a natural.
Okay, I’m off to find the sponges!
Serendipity at work, as Rebecca says!
Sending more baskets of hugs and kisses!
Oh, and you’ll be needing heaps of sponges.
Hera is sending a vulgar amount of slobbery kisses!!!!!!
Ah… baskets hey!
Looks like I’ll be needing baskets of sponges!
oh yes…. lots of them!!!!!!!!!!
Resa, nicely done, even with the non-cropping toward the end. I must confess to singing Don McLean’s first verse “Starry, starry night,” to his lovely song “Vincent” as I looked through your post. Keith
Thank you, Keith! Lol, yes the ear was an interesting mistake!
“Vincent” … I’ll look it up on Youtube! Not sure I know it. Don McLean – did he write Bye Bye Miss American Pie?
Resa, he did, but he wrote so many more terrific songs, but not to the same level of acclaim. “Vincent” is exceptional, in my view, as he captures Van Gogh so well and laments his tortured life. Keith
Fascinating! And somehow weird too… Those eyes…
Stay safe, dear Resa!
It’s an interesting piece!
I’ll stay safe, if you stay safe! xx
Oh! Wow, shivers! He absolutely is following you with his eyes. This is a one of a kind serendipity for sure. It’s fascinating dahling. I’m glad I was browsing the reader, I’m late to party 🎉 but so glad I made. Hera can be wherever she wants to be. 🐺
There should be a Hera emoji!
Yeah, it is a very cool piece of art, and right out in the street where everyone can see it.
Although, it was fairly busy with pedestrians, it seemed like many didn’t see it. Weird!
Well, you made it to the party, dahling, fashionably late!
No sense being the first to arrive, and the last to leave!
You’re timing is perfect! xoxoxoxoxoxo
It’s an amazing wall art. Hera definitely needs an emoji. I’m missing out because posts are not showing up in my mail ergo I’m late ⏰ ( ergo, Lolol) xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Ergo, no sweat! No worries! We are just out here having fun.
I’ll make sure I notify you when AGM posts, RR, etc. go up! OR, if I don’t see you around for awhile..I’ll mention…whatever.
The Reader makes me nuts. Sometimes it’s just a few blogs over and over, like the Reader has hiccups!
I’m going to hit the follow button again sometimes that works for awhile. Henceforth and ergo. 😊xxoo
Yes, that has worked for me once in awhile!
Glitches of ergo. Henceforths of notifications!
I just read Rebecca’s post reading your poem! Fabulous. I left a big ol’ windy comment! LOL!! xoxoxo
Isn’t her reading delightful?! I just live her energy and perfect recital voice! xoxoxo
She reads beautifully!
I’m experiencing some WP weirdness.
Hopefully I can get this sorted SOON!
eek! ok. xoxoxoxo
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Oh, look, Hera found Van Gogh… or was it the other way round? Or is it that Resa found… well, you better visit to find out! 😉
To Resa: ❤️🤗❣️🤗❤️
Thank you, Marina!!!
Did you get the basket of hugs I sent?!!!!!
Yes, I did! I went out and got more sponges, baskets, too!
xoxo ❤️🐺❤️🐺❤️🐺❤️🐺 xoxo
🏀 of 😘 and 🏀 of 🤗 and 🏀 of ❤️ [sorry, that’s the only …basket I could find in emoji!!!! 😂😂🤣😂🤣]
LOLOL!!! Your comment has balls! 😂😂🤣😂🤣 xxoxoxoxoxo
…basket balls!!!! Thought they would do for …basket since I couldn’t find one!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
What a great portrait, Resa. And the eyes do seem to follow you. I loved Rebecca and Marina’s interview. What delightful talent!
The interview is wonderful!
Rebecca is doing a great job on TT&T!
VG’s body is dead, but his head lives on!
LOL. And his ART!
yeah… and his art!
Eerie! Vincent would probably love it!
You might be right!!!
I think Van Gogh’s self portraits might be a bit better. But nowhere near as spooky. Maybe if Van Gogh had a crop option like you had, he could have saved himself a lot of trouble.
He just had to stand a bit more to the left when looking in the mirror!
I hope it’s not too late to tell him.
The eyes! I like this portrait, doesn’t have the usual gaunt look.
True, he does look more well fed!
That is quite marvellous! Those concave/convex illusions are really fascinating.
Agree! I had to capture it! Also, it’s art and in the street which is a must for me.
✨🙏🕉🌱🌿🌳🌻💚🕊☯🐉✨ – Back at ya!
The 3D effect really shows in your video shorts, and is amazing how the piercing gaze of the Van Gogh subject follows you as you pan the camera, some might say rather eerie whilst others revel in the majestic skills of the artist. I think the latter is my choice.
Have a truly awesome Tuesday Resa 🙂 ❤
Andro x x