Van Gogh

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

Toronto, Canada

Artist is unknown to me at this time.

What A Doll!

During a 3 hour drive to get our mail, we cut through Chinatown.

The corner of my right eye caught the splash of colour down a side street.

I knew it was a face, somehow.

There was no time to stop, but I knew I would return!

What a doll!

… and the sweet yellow bird….

Pics taken by Resa – July 19, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist(s)

Murmurings

No wonder I am smitten by Holly’s poetry! Love this!

House of Heart

The sweltering breath of a summer

squall rushes east to west weaving

through Spanish moss and tender

willows that brush the earth.

discreet voices drift through the

sultry night (Is that possible?).

The storm moves in from the

western horizon, it’s breeze

fresh and clean.

Across the way a single candle casts

shadows on a strangers wall.

In it’s ghostly light a girl dances like

a wild bird to subdued sounds.

Her slender arms take the shape of

starling wings, undulating murmurings,

a melody and she alone drives the night.

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art by Steve Goad

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She’s Not There

I saw a pic and had a rough idea where this was. Still, she wasn’t here, she wasn’t there! She was elusive. It was my last try. Ankle was giving out at hour 2.75.

Above: Taken from up on a fire escape. Below: Taken from the ground. This face is a wonderfully distorted beauty.

She’s guarding a parking lot for a Covid closed tavern. Around the corner is a lot of garbage and rat infested alley. (& I don’t mean rat art… hmm just noticed rat is an anagram of art)

She inspired me to go crazy, shoot her wildly.

Close-up on the ground.

On an angle, from the fire escape.

Fire escape

Ground

Fire escape

Fire escape

What a hectic presentation! Reminds me of my life right now, living through loud heavy construction. Timothy Price & I did a parody about it. Hopefully keeping a sense of humour about it all will help me get through it!

 

Pics taken by Resa – May 26, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

78 – Creativity *

Frank had me over as a guest collaborator for his Beach Walk Reflection on Creativity. It’s serious and fun all at once. What could be better, or more creative? Check t out!

Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking

Special thanks to Resa for providing the photos. Resa is in the Canada and I encourage readers to visit her at 1) Graffiti Lux Art & More, 2) Art Gowns, and 3) her professional site. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. Resa’s work is copyrighted by Resa McConaghy.



Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Creativity is a powerful word – so are related words create and creative. These words of similar meaning, but create is the verb, creativity the noun, and creative the adjective – but today I think of these words as a collective.

My first thought is about those creative with their hands – sewists, quilters, crafters, 3-dimensional artists as…

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Discombobulation

I went on a 4 hour street art walk yesterday.

My bum ankle kicked in at hour 2.5, so I donned my ankle tensor.

Wait ’til you see the Nick Sweetman rat I found at hour 2.25! I think it’s a rat.

Anyway, I was exhausted when I found this stunningly gorgeous planter at hour 3.25. It was so low to the ground, that I sat on a “low rider” step. This way I got a straight on shot.

All the hip people at the coffee window 2 doors down from  me, were quite amused. I wear a bottle of hand sanitizer around my neck, so I did a big deal hand sanitizer application for their eyes only.

Their eyes followed me to the opposite side of the planter. I had to capture it, despite oncoming traffic.

I squished myself uncomfortably, between 2 parked cars.

Couldn’t get a dead on, but did my best. Got home, ate and fell asleep. Woke up discombobulated for the day.

Pics taken by Resa – May 17, 2021

The Artist:

LOW RIDER (Tim, do a parody!)

 

Art by Marina Kanavaki

This small selection of Marina’s explosive talent is presented beautifully by Francina. Thank you, Francina! Head over to the original post to see more of Marina’s beauty!

Poetry and Art

The Woods I Pink ©Marina Kanavaki

It’s my honour and pleasure to introduce the Greek artist Marina Kanavaki and her fine art to you. Many years ago Marina and I got to know each other through WordPress. Marina is not only a talented painter but also a graphic designer and musician. I’m sure that some of you are already familiar with her beautiful art. Nevertheless I would like to give her a stage on my blog too. Marina was so kind to let me use her biography text and her photo’s. Please respect the copyright of her work. May you enjoy her art as much as I do.

Orange Sea Drop ©Marina Kanavaki

About Marina:

Painter, graphic designer and musician, in no particular order.

I suppose music was my first love. I would literally crawl up to the piano stool and put my ear on the keys to hear…

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