Sculpted Mural

Definitely not the prettiest mural I’ve ever found,

… but the most interesting technique.

The image is chipped, sculpted out.

Upon close examination, I see the original old brick wall.

There appears to be a thick layer of grey plaster, covered by a smooth, thin layer of off white plaster.

Not sure if the bits of colour are old layers of paint over the old brick, added at the end for effect or a combination of the two.

Once the image was sculpted out, a yellow sepia paint was added.

Makes me think of when I was a kid at school. We filled in an entire page of paper with a wild array of crayon colours.

Then we covered the colours with a thick layer of black crayon.

Then we made an image by scraping off the black, and leaving a design.

Pics take by Resa – April 5, 2022

Toronto, Canada

Artist:

VHILS

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Murales de Montréal – Merci JMR

A Big Thank You to Jean Marc Robert for sending in these pics from Montreal!

“The first one (Woman in purple, some yellow in the background is at the intersection of Hope and Sussex street, a bit north of René Lévesques and east of Atwater.”

“The second one, woman and child on a bench overlooked by business suit man with robot head is I think….on St-Mathieu street between Tupper and Ste Catherine.”

“The third one, is quite beautiful.  I was told by a delivery man from UPS that it is quite recent. He notices & likes murals, and told me of the Leonard Cohen mural just north of this one. This is on Crescent street between Ste Catherine and de Maisonneuve.”

“I was on the sidewalk, and it was difficult to photograph. I did not notice the perspective in the mural. When shot, so we don’t see the alley, it was almost as though it was just another building. Ok not quite like that, but I thought it integrated well with the surrounding, not the same style but seems to be part of it.”

All photos © Jean Marc Robert

💞THANK YOU JMR! 💞

Leonard Cohen

Thank you to Jean Marc Robert – Art et Technique for sending me pics of this wonderful Leonard Cohen mural found in Montreal!

I have wanted this in my collection since the moment I laid eyes on a photo of it.

JMR also took pics of other art, which will be posted anon(ish).

JMR – “As for the one of Leonard Cohen, first I passed by without noticing it, being on the side of the street close to it, and it is up above surroundings. I guess if you look up you would see part of it. So I walked to de Maisonneuve street to see it and then come back to take pics on the other side, I did took also the Nick – Auf der Maur street sign, he was a long time city councillor. I think of the same area where lived Cohen, but not sure.”

I’m so thrilled, I just had to draw Boogapony Holly, as Suzanne. “She’s wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters”

Boogapony Holly character © Resa McConaghy & Holly Rene Hunter

Since January 16, 2018

THANK YOU – Jean Marc Robert

The Poetess

First mural hunt of the season, & I found this beauty. She has Holly’s soft brown eyes.

Whew! She is high up in the narrowest lane, although a compact drove through, very carefully.

Yeah, I stood on someone’s steps.  Also, there were a couple of discarded mattresses taking up space. Sprayed my NEW sneaks with bleach when I got home, just in case of bed bugs.

So, she has very long dark red hair, burgundy almost. Holly has lighter red hair. Still, I kept thinking of Holly.

She wears a beret. Makes me think of Beat poets and the Left Bank in Paris known for: jazz, the Latin quarter, and a long and historic string of writers, artists, and philosophers.

Then all these gorgeous flowers come in.

I see these as Holly’s luscious poems.

Poem after beautiful poem, just like Holly’s.

Pics taken by Resa – April 5, 2022

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

 Haley Alcott

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

A Wall of a Party

On the drive home from Dog Fountain, the corner of an eye caught colour.

I returned on a rainy Sunday to find it.

A huge mural awaited me, and a massive party.

A club had taken over at least 2 monster parking lots. They painted the cement floor in colourful swirls and had a mural painted on the club’s building’s wall.

The wall is a cross block long. I had only 1 vantage point. The far end of the mural is barely discernible.

Okay, back to specific pieces, like the sweet deer.

IMO, the closest part was painted by Shalak. The further away part is painted by her husband, Smoky.

The bird intros the Smoky part.

Anyway, the entire time I was shooting, there was a loud happy party going on. The space was caged in. To sit on this uber patio, you had to go through the club, and pay a cover, or show an invitation to the function.

An at least 6 foot fence wrapped the entire (Smoky) back area.

You can see I was standing on the street outside of low railing.

There were about 200 hundred young people partying in the centre of the patio. They had a wild female DJ. It was uproarious. If it hadn’t been raining, I’m sure there would be party goers rail side.

I bet on a nice night, the patio could hold up to 1,000 people.I thought of taking a pic of the partiers, but that felt voyeuristic. I’m about capturing the art.

Pics taken by Resa – October3, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The artists: (Shalak & Smoky aka)

The Queen of Fado

Amália Rodrigues

She is known as the Queen of Fado.

Before I found this mural, I’d never heard of Fado.

Who knew? There is a musician up the street, and he is a Fado Singer.

He says Fado is the Portuguese Blues. He says, as everyone knows, Amália Rodrigues is the undisputed Queen of Fado!

Pics taken by Resa – July 19, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist: