I Waited 10 Years!

On my first visit to Graffiti Alley, this beauty was one of the first works of art I laid eyes on.

As you can see, she was in a frost fence prison. Not only is the fence 6′ high, there is a locked gate keeping all out.

This is the main reason she has lasted 10 years, without being tagged.

I always check when I go to the alley. For 10 years the gate has been locked. I never tried climbing the fence. There’s always people behind a big glass window.

On my latest trip to Graffiti Alley, there was something going on in the alley, like some kind of surveying. 

THE GATE WAS OPEN! To allow the surveyors room to do their thing.

I could see people behind the window, but this was my big break! I entered and shot like a maniac, fast, furious then fled.

I could feel the eyes upon me. I never shot so fast in my graffiti daze.

Pics taken by Resa – November 8, 2022 & prior.

Toronto, Canada

The artist:

 

Another Pretty Face

Starting with the eyes would be more logical, but I love these lips.

Found her in an alley in Kensington Market.

Was all giddy and happy when I did.

Amazing how a pretty piece of wall art can make my day.

Fortunately, the tagger didn’t annihilate the beauty.

Pics taken by Resa May 5, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

A Long Stemmed Rose for Holly

“The rose, a poem of nature” – Aunt Rose Comfort in Baby Doll by: Tennessee Williams

If the rose is a poem of nature, then Holly – House of Heart poems are naturally roses.

One day I found a single long stemmed rose taped to a wall.

I got excited, because I know giving someone a single rose holds meaning. I thought of Holly right away, because of her poetry, and all the fun we’ve had together.

Velvet Tango is an Art Gown I dedicated to Holly. The image of lovers doing the Tango, one with a rose in their mouth, was part of the inspiration for this Art Gown.

I made the gown black for its drama, and decorated it with red lace roses. Here’s a slideshow with more pics of this romantic & dynamic Art Gown!

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Then came drawing the characters based on Holly, that we made up together.

It began with Boogapony Holly, a GoGo Dancer who “Ponies on down” in front of alley art. Then Princess Blue Holly, Rene Rosso & AGM Holly.

Above is RR in a net and roses gown. Below is a slideshow with a mere smattering of all the drawings of Holly characters I’ve had so much fun with.

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I spent good time scouring books and internet for songs, poems, sayings or anything about/or with roses. Everything was so dramatic! Hey, we’re having FUN here with all our Holly characters! Then it came to me. The Hollies!

Cool enough, all this drawing has lead to more characters and more drawing. I’ve even made some $$$ with my new found ability.

Thanks Holly!

Pics of the rose taken by Resa – June 22, 2021

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

Love, sweet love

Dear Holly from House of Heart made a sweet and beautiful post after she saw this photo of me and my guitar player love! She even wrote a poem. I’m so honoured!!!

There’s more words in her post, and a couple of videos.  Find it at https://houseofheartweb.wordpress.com/2020/10/29/love-sweet-love/

Love is What is Needed

by Holly Rene Hunter

Here in paradise

the sun goes down on the

crescent shore of an empty beach

she found herself with a guitar man

and A life time of memories

It seemed so clear then and now

love is what is needed

 

🌹 Stay Strong 🌹

I was out looking for a different mural, that I’d heard about.

The rose caught the corner of my eye.

It was on a side street, and “le gasp” when I saw the entire piece.

Needless to say I was sidetracked, and forgot about the other mural.

Interesting… one of the artists, I would say the face artist, is the same artist who painted Scheheraholly.

Strength to all!

Pics taken by Resa – August 5, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The Artists:

Sergeant Tommy Prince

Born in 1915, a citizen of Brokenhead First Nation, N. of Winnipeg…

Artist: Fred Thomas
Artists: Nereo Eugenio & Fred Thomas

… great, great grandson of Chief Peguis….

Artist: Fred Thomas
Artists: Nereo Eugenio & Fred Thomas

…. He is a Canadian hero. Sergeant Prince served in WW II and The Korean War.

Artist: Fred Thomas
Artists: Nereo Eugenio & Fred Thomas

He was awarded many medals by the Canadian Military, as well as medals from Korea, The United Nations & an American Silver Star.

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Artists: Nereo Eugenio & Fred Thomas

He is an outstanding role model from the Aboriginal Community.

Artist: Fred Thomas
Artists: Nereo Eugenio & Fred Thomas

Read more about Sergeant Tommy Prince!

Artist: Fred Thomas
Artists: Nereo Eugenio & Fred Thomas

A sobering Remembrance Day to all!

Pics taken by: Resa – October 27, 2014

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Murals of Winnipeg

The Artists:

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