High On Birdo

I’ve been a big fan of Birdo for 4 years.

Artist: Birdo

I’ve got at least 10 garage doors and other pieces I haven’t posted, yet.

Artist: Birdo

However, this mural is really something special, as it is 5 stories high.

Artist: Birdo

It is in a parking lot in the business area, so the only day for capturing it was Sunday. I don’t like getting up early on Sunday, but I did for this.

Artist: Birdo
Artist: Birdo
Artist: Birdo

Pics taken by Resa – August 20, 2017

Toronto, Canada

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The Artist:

Artist: Birdo
Artist: Birdo

Ukulele Lady

On a minimal find graf hunt day, I came across this mural.

Artists: Tikay & Aner

It was in the process of being painted.

Artists: Tikay & Aner

I met the artists.They spoke broken English. I spoke broken Spanish.

Artists: Tikay & Aner

Despite the language differences, I learned that the artists were working with youths who had lost one or both parents to drug addiction.

Artists: Tikay & Aner

I went back 6 days later to photograph the result.

Artists: Tikay & Aner

The ukulele originated in Hawaii. It is related to several Portuguese instruments, in particular the machete and the rajão.

Artists: Tikay & Aner

Pics taken by Resa – June 14, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artists:

Below is a pic from the day I met the artists, when the kids were helping.

Artists: Tikay & Aner – taken June 8, 2017
Artists: Tikay & Aner
Artists: Tikay & Aner

 

Just Chilling

I saw this going by on a street car. It was very high up.

Artist: Jarus

Definitely a large billboard size, I wondered if it was maybe going to be a beer ad, but something felt different than advertising.

Artist: Jarus

I returned 3 weeks later, and no, no ad. It’s art, by one of my absolute faves, Jarus.

Artist: Jarus

Extremely difficult to capture with my camera phone.

Artist: Jarus

I adore the sky blue background, the blue shirt several shades a darker sky blue, the blue grey of the painted cement he sits on, and the green trees in the distance darkened by blue. The painting seems part of the sky and of earth, all at the same time.

Artist: Jarus

Pics taken by Resa – July 11, 2017

Toronto, Canada

Artist: Jarus

Piliriqatigiingniq

“Piliriqatigiingniq is a pillar of Inuit traditional knowledge”

It means to work together towards a common goal.

This mural is a collaboration of Nunavit youth artists and graduates of the Toronto’s Oasis Skateboard Factory.

The walrus’ body

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Pics taken by Resa – June 26, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The artists: Blow up the pic of the plaque to read all.

Overcoming Adversity: Vietnamese Refugees Mural

Winnipeg’s Mural Of The Year – 2015

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe – This pic blows up, nicely.

Risking sounding insensitive; I respect the mural, however, it is not my fave from 2015. I feel it was politically judged, rather than artistically judged. I have felt this, or sometimes that the art and politics are both a recipe for winning MOY. If that is the criterion, then why did the Nellie McClung Mural not win MOY 2016? I adore the mural that won, but it has nothing on Nellie and her gals getting women the vote.

Photo © Sherrie Yager

Moving on: A truck blocked part of the left side of the mural.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Here are some close-ups.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe
Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe
Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Pics taken by Resa – October 27, 2017

Winnipeg, Manitoba

I had to go around to shoot what the truck blocked on the left of the mural.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

I shot the above Mountie & below, Tam Nguyen who owns the building the mural is painted on.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Tam Nguyen receives his Canadian citizenship.

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations), Manny Wiebe

Going My Jay?

These have got to be Blue Jays.

I found this in a skinny lane, across Harbord Street from where I found the garages.

I did my best to capture this 3 story mural.

However, due to the narrowness of the lane, and that a fab full shot could have been taken if I had stood in the middle of constant traffic, I went with this.

This is the second mural I have found with painted cut-outs on top of a painted background.

My heart beat faster than a bird’s wings when I found it.

Pics taken by Resa – May 28, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: