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.
I saw the movie “A Face In The Crowd” when I was in my mid 30’s. It’s a fab movie. I was thrilled and mesmerized by the baton twirling competition scenes. Obviously Lee Remick could twirl!
So, I decided I was going to be a champion twirler in 2-3 months. I bought 2 batons, eschewed any lessons and arrogantly twirled. Yeah, right! What was I thinking? Honestly, I thought I would be better than the guy below!
Anyway, I would practice twirling and tossing in the middle of our street. Never did catch a baton. I’d run out of the way when they came down out of the sky, only to bounce on the road. One day a family, mom, dad & 2 kids came out their door when I was doing my thing. They took one look and hustled the kids back inside.
Whatever happened to baton twirling? I think it is athletic and creative, like figure skating. I’m down with both men and women twirling. Perhaps it should be an Olympic competition?
Here’s the trailer from “A Face In The Crowd”!
It’s a movie worth seeing! Hmm, wherever did I put those batons?
A year and a half ago, I went out searching for this mural.
It’s in the area between Queen & King Streets, but I couldn’t find it. There was construction everywhere: demolishment, cranes, scaffolding and I figured, it’s gone!
A couple of weeks ago, I was in in the same area. Construction had evolved. I look down an alley and see this splash of colour.
As I got closer, I thought it’s like Holly. It’s not just that it’s as pretty as Holly, but it’s the 2 personas, and the blonde and red hair. I draw Holly in 4 characters: Rene Rosso & Princess Blue Holly (both red heads), Art Gowns Model Holly & Boogapony Holly (both shades of blondes).
Then, when I stepped back and looked the entire mural, I realized it was the one I had tried to find, a year & half ago.
There are a lot of elements to this mural, all depicting the rich cultural tapestry, that defines the area.
At the bottom left, as we look at it, there is this neat fairy fiction person. Unfortunately it was tagged. I cleaned it up as much as I could for this presentation.
To the left of the Queen of Hearts are 4 creative types. I have put them in a slideshow, below.
To celebrate these minor players in the mural, and finding the Queen of Hearts, I chose a song by Queen!
To the right of the Queen of Hearts, are 4 more alternative/creatives. Find them in the slideshow, below.
To celebrate those characters, I choose a song by Heart. Now we have a complete musical, Finding the Queen of Hearts.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the Queen of Hearts, as much as I have!