Power Rocks and Poetry

In February, 2014, a team of Canadian Women won Curling gold at the Sochi Olympics. In March of 2017 Christy Birmingham wrote “Wolf”, for Kids’ Month.

Artists: Mandy van Leuuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

They all inspire me.

Artists: Mandy van Leuuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

So, let me introduce you to everyone, starting with the winning curling team.

Jennifer Jones – Skip

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Kaitlyn Lawes – Third

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Jill Officer – Second

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Dawn McEwan – Lead

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Kristen Wall – Alternate

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Coach – Janet Arnott

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire
Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Pics taken by Resa – November 1, 2016

Winnipeg, Canada

⭐ For those of you not already familiar with Christy Birmingham, here’s Christy! ⭐

Thank you Christy for writing “Wolf” for Kids’ Month. It meant a lot to me!  I’ve always enjoyed your writing talent and your blog,  Poetic Parfait.

When you began your second blog, When Women Inspire, I discovered a place of sisterhood, that I love to this day!

Christy is busy penning her first novel. In the meantime, she has 2 books of poetry on the market.

Click on either cover and you will be taken to where you can buy a copy!

The Artists of the mural:

Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire
Artists: Mandy van Leeuwen & Michael St. Hilaire

Greek Myths & Graffiti Murals – Collaboration with Aquileana

Could this be  KHOLKIKOS, the serpent dragon? According to Aquileana from La Audacia de Aquiles, yes.

I agree, and this could be HELIOS aka APOLLO,

… with one of his 4 sun chariot horses.

Pic blows up beautifully

Thinking I’d struck myth gold with this mural found at the University of Toronto, I sent pics to Aquileana, who had found murals about myths, as well. So was born our Greek Mythology/ Graffiti Murals Collaboration.

He really does look like the sun! His sister Artemis aka Selene looks on.

I am presenting the mural from left to right.

Click on Pic to see the full glory of the mural

Next in the mural, there is a man behind a wolf.

I thought this would be the Olympic boxer Damarchus, who is also Lycanthropeis or the first werewolf.

It seems this couple is waving to us. I hope they don’t get fleeced by KHOLKIKOS. Hmm, did the ancients have high-rise cityscapes?

I’m not sure why the woman has 3 arms. Aquileana presented some insight. There is unity, divinity and the fact that 3 is both a lunar and solar number.

I see this in the artistic rendering that Aquileana did to a section of the mural. I see the woman’s third arm warming up the man’s inner soul. It’s very clever. Art begets art.

Behind the couple is MANTICORE. He is a lion’s body with a man’s head, and lion’s mane. Sounds a bit Sphynx-like  as well.

Although he looks like a sweetie in this mural, don’t be fooled. Manticore was known to be deadly vicious.

I’m really excited to read Aquileana’s post. She is much more detailed. I have learned a lot about Greek Mythology from reading her blog. Otherwise, I would have thought this mural was just another pretty picture!

Pics taken by Resa – March 17 & April 9, 2017

Toronto, Canada

As I am a mural glutton, I thought I would tease you all with a sneak peak of what Aquileana found at the The Galileo Galilei planetarium, aka Planetario in Buenos Aires. All photos are © Amalia Piedmont.

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Aquileana is an Uber Blogger hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She’s smart as a whip & I always have to read her posts 2 or 3 times. This is because I want to completely absorb all she has taken so much time to share with us. Follow Aquileana on Twitter. Click on the Bird & check out her page.

Click on this sentence and go to Aquileana’s post on our  collaboration on Greek Myths and Graffiti Murals.

NOTES ON THE MURAL

I tried very hard to find out who the artist is, and how old the mural is. I had no luck.

Three weeks later, I returned to the U of T tunnel  to scour the mural for a signature or date, to no avail.

I found an image on-line taken in 2008. It was showing a bit of wear back then. I’m estimating that from the wear I see in the pic I took below that it is 15 years old, maybe more.

Blows up nicely!

Although the ancient Greeks had sundials, this modern U of T model was of no help, as I have no idea how to read it.

Liberty Cat Mural

Thank you Georgiann! Your “Chicklets” and poems were a Kids’ Month highlight!

Artist: Jarus

OMG!  Emmanuel Jarus is absolutely one of my top 5 street artists, and this work is his.

Artist: Jarus

I read on Georgiann’s blog, Rethinking Life, that she liked snuggling up with a nice hot drink, a good book and a cat. I don’t see the book, but the sentiment remains.

Artist: Jarus

This mural, in Liberty Village Toronto, is seen best from about a block away. Please… click on the pic below to see how gorgeous it is!

Artist: Jarus

Some close-ups.

Artist: Jarus
Artist: Jarus

Thank you, Georgiann! Purrrrrrrrr! ⭐

Artist: Jarus

Pics taken by Resa – March 1, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

It is definitely Jarus. I couldn’t find a signature. It could be behind a car.

This blows up nice, too!

Bees – Their 11th Hour

Without bees, there may be no time left for life.

Artist: Nick Sweetman

Butterflies, hummingbirds & wind also pollinate, but bees do the lions’ share. Click on the next 2 images, & see bees working in all their glory.

Artist: Nick Sweetman

At first, when I saw this mural on Queen East, I thought “Gorgeous”!

Artist: Nick Sweetman 

Immediately thereupon, I wondered why the artist had a clock set at 11:00, & gears in the mural with the bees?

Artist: Nick Sweetman

Then it hit me!

Bees, & all pollinators are dying off due to pesticides & herbicides. It is their 11th hour. After discussing this with Marina Kanavaki, she made up her April’s clock read 11:00 for this post.

Artwork by: Marina Kanavaki

 On Art Towards A Happy Day Marina spreads the importance of all life on the planet. If you click on her clock, bees will fly you to its original “Diamond Four” artwork.

Artist: Nick Sweetman

So, let’s view this mural’s details from left to right.

Artist: Nick Sweetman

Hello! Don’t bee afraid of me! I’m pollinating for you!

Artist: Nick Sweetman
Artist: Nick Sweetman
Artist: Nick Sweetman
Artist: Nick Sweetman

There was a shadow growing across the smaller right side of the mural.

Artist: Nick Sweetman

I feel it is nature adding her own poetry. (blows up nicely)

Artist: Nick Sweetman

When I looked across the street, I saw that the clock & a bee were reflected in the windows of a library.

Artist: Nick Sweetman

I see time & the bee, melting …. fading away.

Artist: Nick Sweetman

I think that I shall never see, a mural pretty as a bee! (TY, Joyce Kilmer!)

Artist: Nick Sweetman

Pics taken by Resa – March 19, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

Click on the S6 Logo & the bees will fly you to Marina’s boutique. I’ve bought tights, a clock, travel mugs & make-up bags, all with Marina’s art on them. The quality is very good. Keep an eye out for discounts & free shipping!

More bee reflections.

Artist: Nick Sweetman
Artist: Nick Sweetman
Artist: Nick Sweetman
Artist: Nick Sweetman

Corktown

This baby’s hair is flying. We’re racing to thank Frank from A Frank Angle  before his blog break.

Artist: Gary Smith

Let me start at the beginning, in the past, as shown below in an olden days Corktown image.

Artist: Gary Smith

The car above is to the left of the streetcar mural, and part of the mural in its entirety. (Thank you sun for the interesting shadow).

Artist: Gary Smith

However, as I close in onto the elements within this impressionistic work of Street Art, I don’t care about the shadow, or the heavy traffic whipping by.

Artist: Gary Smith

It is an alluring piece of art, and perfect to thank Frank for his contributions to Kids’ Month.

Artist: Gary Smith

Aww, look at the cute kitty in a basket!

Artist: Gary Smith
Artist: Gary Smith

Look at these 2 cute doggies!

Artist: Gary Smith

In this mural, the child is a local Corktown kid. However, a kid that will steal your heart is found at the Cincinnati Zoo, in Frank’s post On A Special Local Kid.

Artist: Gary Smith

Thank you, Frank!

Artist: Gary Smith

Pics taken by Resa – March 19, 2017

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

 

It’s Kids’ Month!

Last year, at this time, I hosted Kids’ Month.

Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen North Point Douglas Children
Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen – North Point Douglas Children

When Sherrie & I found this mural at a Community Center in Winnipeg, I knew there would be a second Kids’ Month.

Photo © Sherrie Yager
Photo © Sherrie Yager

What I love about this mural is that kids helped to paint it.

Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen North Point Douglas Children
Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen – North Point Douglas Children

Take a sec to blow up the pic below, & really see the complete mural.

Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen North Point Douglas Children
Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen – North Point Douglas Children

This year Kids’ Month will be more inclusive than just street art.

Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen - North Point Douglas Children
Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen – North Point Douglas Children

There will be poetry in combo with street art & original artwork by fellow bloggers. I’ve got some educational posts planned, in conjunction with street art.

Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen - North Point Douglas Children
Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen – North Point Douglas Children

I’ll be reblogging some reviews of Kids’ books & a special reblog about Puffins.

Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen - North Point Douglas Children
Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen – North Point Douglas Children

Today I bought a picture book for Michele Eastman’s “Picture Book Pass It On” drive.

Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen - North Point Douglas Children
Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen – North Point Douglas Children

I’ll be sending it through ground mail. It will be a small investment, that I believe will do a big good.

Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen - North Point Douglas Children
Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen – North Point Douglas Children

This is going to be one fun month!

Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen - North Point Douglas Children
Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen – North Point Douglas Children

Pics taken by Resa – October, 2016

Winnipeg, Canada

The Murals of Winnipeg

Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen - North Point Douglas Children
Artist(s): Tim & Connie Friesen – North Point Douglas Children

THE FUTURE BELONGS TO CHILDREN

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Michele Eastman holds a “Picture Book Pass It On” drive every year. Click on the logo to go to her blog’s article explaining the charity, and where you can find the address to mail your picture book donation. OR:  Click on her name and go to her FaceBook page, where she is also working on the campaign.

Here is the book I bought!

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All Charities are not Created Equal! It’s easy enough to research & find the good guys. Here are a few I respect, after doing some research.

agencylogos_onewebheader_wrongpurple-152Canadian Big Brothers and Sisters scored 4 stars or an “A” rating from various groups.

usaid_lgl_hashtag_horizontal_blkPresident Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn.

logoA society free from sexual and other forms of exploitation against children and women. Anuradha Koirala, founder of Maiti Nepal was a CNN Hero in 2011. A visit to the site is only for the strong of heart.

worldvision-brandmasterHelps more than children, but they help a lot of children They have 4 star ratings, and one website gave World Vision Canada a “B”