❤️ Queen of Hearts ❤️

Holly – House of Heart, this is for you!

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.

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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.

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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!

Pics taken by Resa – September 14, 2020

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

Best mural car reflection I ever took!

🌹 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:

Make Art Not War

More art from Toronto’s Graffiti Alley’s artists’ peaceful protest.

The straw that broke the camel’s back.

I believe this black panther is by Nick Sweetman.

There is LOTS of writing in the alley. I couldn’t capture it all. Sometimes the lane was too, narrow. Also, there was a portrait of MLK JR. coming up & I was running out of battery.

James Baldwin – “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

Smaller bits from the alley.

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Pics taken by Resa – June 15, 2020

Toronto, Canada

Some of the artists:

I can’t breathe

Echo Beach

Martha and The Muffins are a Canadian band.

Their main hit was “Echo Beach”, in the 80’s.

In 2014, Vogue Magazine pronounced Queen Street West the second  hippest street in the world.

Martha and the Muffins were part of the cultural evolution that made Queen St. so awesome.

It was music and all of the arts that flourished. Eventually graffiti & Street Art found its way here. I’m so thrilled to live on this street.

It’s amazing what I find painted on power boxes in the streets of Toronto.

Here’s Martha and the Muffins!

Pics taken by Resa – December 22, 2019

Toronto, Canada

The artist:

The Snail Lady

It’s a whole new appreciation for snails!

I would NEVER eat one.

Although they seem to make cute pets.

They are possibly good for your skin, but I haven’t googled that.

Pics taken by Resa – August 25, 2019

Toronto, Canada

The Artist:

Eye had an epic failure trying to make a Snail Lady of my own.

Still, Eye got to try 3 new colours in a new brand of water colour pencils. What was Eye thinking? A Snail Lady with blue eyes?

Skating with Uber 5000

The Toronto Maple Leafs are 2nd in their division. YAY!

Uber’s Chicks are getting in on the action.

This mural was on a south facing wall in Graffiti Alley.

Anyway, turn the corner of the building to the east side, and there is a full out skating mural, with all of Uber’s pals.

I originally viewed the unfinished mural and met Uber 5000. I did a meantime post titled ⭐️I Met Uber 5000 and He Took Me Up in His Scissor Lift ⭐️

Above is the lift on the day I went in it, massive thrill! There are black lights installed over the mural, which come on at night.

I still haven’t been back to that part of the city at night to see the mural in all of its glory. I’m there often in the daytime.

All in all, a very fun and wonderful work by Uber 5000.

Below: Uber 5000 at work.

There’s even a Zamboni Chick keeping the ice smooth.

The colours in the word “Toronto” must look amazing at night under the black lights.

🌟Many Thank you’s to Uber 5000 for this marvellous mural, and for making me feel like $1,000,000! 🌟

Pics taken by Resa – January 15 & Feb 25, 2018

Toronto, Canada

Artist: Uber 5000