Femina Centurio et Noctua

I fell in love with this. It added an hour to my walk.

I was in a mostly empty streetcar, when I saw it pass by.

What were my chances of getting another empty streetcar, when early rush hour was impending?

Two stops later, I got off, walked back and spent a half hour shooting. I then walked the rest of the way home.

I’ve been hoarding it, ever since.

Even the darn dumpster doesn’t ruin it.

Pics taken by Resa – June 22, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist(s)

It’s hard to see an owl, and not think of Tim – Off Center Not Even

98 thoughts on “Femina Centurio et Noctua

  1. Timothy Price

    This is a wonderful find. The white eyes are a bit creepy, but it is really a great mural. The dumpster fits right in. So you have WM way up in your hood? They are managing waste all over the place.

    1. I adore this. Many people say the white eyes are creepy. I’ve had other street art with white eyes.
      I actually like the white eyes. It makes me think of old Roman statues. I always thought Venus De Milo has blank eyes.
      Anyway… yes WM is here, taking over more and more. Even garbage is a corporate venture.
      Did you like the owl? πŸ¦‰

      1. Resa, I thought the mural was fascinating. Especially the blank, white eyes on both the owl and the figure. Looked up the meaning and found white eyes mean NO EMOTION. It came from Dark’s Eye Color Meanings. Darknessd35Wolf on DeviantART. You could have fun with the different eye colors in abstract art. πŸ“š Christine

        1. Christine,

          So happy you like this mural!
          Yes, the eye colour meanings sound like a lot of creative fun.
          Thank you for sharing that with me!
          Hope you are doing well!

    1. Shey!
      Adore you! Adore this mural!
      I couldn’t find the latest drawing of AGM Shey. It was making me crazy. Found it today. Whew! Talk about an epic drawing.
      Of course it’s dark here, for days. Sunny days yield the best pics of art.
      So, I bide my time for sunshine. I still have 3 drawings to finish….so there’s time.
      Even in Toronto we get sun, occasionally. xoxoxo

        1. Next tale! PBH & the AGMs are thrown into peril in ancient Rome.

          PBH a Centurion, the AGMs draped in romanticism.

          Anyway, working away on the current adventure. I’m drawing the bad guys (DracGoth and Evilomlap Etagloc.) Not as much fun as gowns… but once it’s done, Yahoo!
          I get a kick out of Evilomlap!

  2. No wonder you fell in love with it! It looks like Athena the goddess of wisdom accompanied by Athene noctua, an owl. I also love the sunflower and leaves. You’re right about Tim and owls! πŸ˜‰ Huge hugs and xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  3. Hi Resa, fabulous find yet again. That helmet and dress reminds me of Britannia (but then I am a Brit). The Owl however…I am not familiar with Tim – Off Centre Not Even but this owl reminds me of the wise bird out of the classic Winnie the Pooh animations.

    1. Lol! Winnie the Pooh. Who knows, you could be right!
      Many are equating this to the goddess Athena who had an owl.
      Tim has owls on his property. Every spring they have eggs, then babies. He records it all for us to see. It’s quite wonderful!

      1. Hi Resa, I think your other readers are correct on this being Athena, it’s just that in the past the UK had a coin (50pence) that had a portrait of Britannia on it and she wore a plumed helmet just like Athena’s.
        And regards Owls, you may recall me mention I live in a high rise bordered by some woodland and I regularly hear owls from my balcony. .and on the odd good night I get to see them gliding through the darkness!

          1. I’d like to do some photography but I only have a smartphone and an old 2008 Fujifilm S1000 camera. The Fujifilm has a 12X zoom but trying to pick anything out at night or low light levels with zoom would be nigh-on impossible. I know, I tried photographing aircraft when I attended airshows and the photos weren’t brilliant and that was in daylight.
            And you know I can’t go out in a full moon….with my werewolf heritage 🐺

    1. Thanks Dave!
      This is one of my fave styles of street art. It’s classic. It went out of favour for awhile, and now, it has made a comeback with a vengeance.
      It is 100% fabulous.

  4. Wow that is gorgeous! I’m with Tim though on the creepy white eyes…
    So glad you were able to get off and capture it so wonderfully. Plus, exercise on your way home!

    1. Ohh yes, exercise! ⚑️πŸ’₯
      I don’t mind the white eyes. It makes me think of an ancient Roman style of sculpture.
      I did get a thrill as I watched it go by. It’s quite gorgeous in real life!

      1. Exercise is always good πŸ™‚
        And it’s funny. After I wrote that, I relooked at it and felt the owl and the Centurion seemed to have a shared power so I changed my mind πŸ™‚
        I bet it is!

  5. Well worth the extra walk! πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈπŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ


  6. It’s good that you returned to capture these great shots, Resa. She is a beautiful warrior and I love the owl too. The white eyes kind of creeped me out at first until I read some of the other comments. I like them now and what they represent. πŸ™‚ I also love the sunflower which reminds me of my daughter. Lovely murals! ❀️🌻

    1. Lauren!
      As I have read your book of poetry, the idea you changed your mind from creepy to an idea beyond seems just like you!
      Sunflower; apologies if I missed this/don’t remember it in a post, or in your book!
      Why does the sunflower remind you of your daughter?

      1. Well, occasionally, it takes hearing someone else’s perspective to see things differently. It’s good to broaden our way of thinking. πŸ™‚ And no, I don’t think I did a sunflower post, so please don’t worry, Resa. My daughter is 30 and loves sunflowers, but she exudes their sunny disposition, smiles all the time, loves to laugh, and practices optimism more than pessimism. All this even after being diagnosed with a rare disease ten years ago that could leave her needing a transplant. I recently wrote about this. Anyway, am I biased? Of course, but truthfully, others know this is just how she is. πŸ™‚ Sorry for the essay answer and thanks for asking. Hugs 🌻πŸ₯°

        1. Lol!
          Nothing like a good essay!
          Being thought of as being represented by a sunflower is a beautiful thing.
          I hope she never needs a transplant! Give her my best, please! xoxoxo

  7. This is an extraordinary mural, Resa (third time around, which gave me time to think about the symbolism). This mural artist knows his/her mythology, which demonstrates the power of mythology to endure, to transition and to become heroes for our age. (Think Marvel). The little owl (Athene noctua) not only accompanies Athena (aka Minerva), the virgin goddess of wisdom but actually represents her. There is much speculation as to how Athena and the Owl came to be together. Some say it goes back to a Minoan palace goddess. I am glad that you walked the extra hour to find this treasure.

    1. I should have known that, about mythology, when I found this mural!
      After all, I did an Art Gown “Athena” and learned all that. I even painted an owl. I could do a better owl, now.
      How soon I forget. Or, is it that when I find these art wonders, nothing exists buy my excitement and a fab painting?
      I do think Marvel and DC Comics… and superheroes. This is how Holly and I came up with “Princess Blue Holly”. LOL… I went to a thing on Comic Book Day (May 7 – 2022 is the next one).
      Then I went for a walk and serendipitously found a comic book mural.
      Holly and I riffed on that, and PBH was born.
      “a Minoan palace goddess” sounds amazing. I might find one out there. Today I found the most amazing elephant! {{{hugs}}}

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