Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Life of B July Squares Challenge

Sedona AZ

Couldn't pass this up...once in a blue moon.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Tuesday Treasures

Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.
Travel Tuesday
Our World Tuesday
My Corner of the World

October 2015 - Palm Springs CA

Click here for more photos from our visit to the garden.

This sculpture garden is tucked away behind the palm trees that line highway 111 beside the Art Museum.

Set in a lushly landscaped desert oasis of water features, native plants and winding walkways dotted with natural rock benches, the sculpture garden houses the art of modern masters, including works by Donald Judd, Betty Gold, Yehiel Shemi , Felipe Castaneda, Jesús Bautista Moroles, Dan Namingha, Gio Pomodoro, and Dave McGary.

The 250,000 square feet of sculpted, rolling landscape is covered with native plantings, winding pathways, and water features.

I thought I recognized this young lady!! I believe we had seen it in Sante Fe NM years ago.

The title is Walks Among The Stars by Dave Mc Gary. It is the second bronze in the Native American Women series. It depicts a late 18th century Lakota woman displaying her beautiful heirloom star quilt. As the Indian Wars ended and the North Plains tribes faced relocation to reservations, the Sioux women began making patchwork, quilts as replacements for traditional buffalo robes. Today, the star quilt is a symbol of prestige, sentiment, belonging and status within the contemporary Lakota culture.

Palm Springs

I knew it! I looked through my Santa Fe photos and there she is! I swear it's the same maiden in 2006.

And I had posted it back in 2013.

Santa Fe


Life of B July Squares Challenge

Vancouver BC

Monday, July 15, 2019

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

Close Up of Flowers

From my archives, in  a folder titled "macros", so I have no idea where I took the photos.
White flowers are my favourites.


Life of B July Squares Challenge

Toronto ON

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

June 2019 - Toronto ON

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural

June 2019 - Toronto ON

Graffiti Alley is always changing. Click on "Graffiti Alley" in the labels section below this post for lots more murals in the alley.

I couldn't find names of artists on these.

This reminds me of Emily May Rose.

Uber5000 on a corner fence.


Tony Tuan Luong - looks very new.

I also learned some new street art terms this week.

Wheatpaste is a homemade concoction used for putting up posters. It's relatively cheap and easy to make—a simple combination of flour, sugar, and water—and can be created in large quantities. Posters which have been put up with wheatpaste are referred to as wheatpastes.

Sticker tags and sticker art have been around for a long time but they’re so ubiquitous that people stop noticing them. They’re often on newspaper boxes, the backs of street signs, light poles, utility boxes, bar and club bathrooms, toll plazas, bus shelters– anywhere you can stick something and have it seen. Sticker tags are a form of graffiti, street art, and sometimes commercial advertising.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Paris in July

Thyme for Tea is hosting "Paris in July"

This is a repost from our daily recaps of our trip. Additional photos have been added.

April 2019 - Paris France

I had spotted this museum, for want of a better word, on Facebook in March and immediately booked our tickets. It is considered to be Paris' first digital art center featuring 120 video-projectors and a spatial discrete audio (50 Nexo speakers with controlled directivity) for immersive exhibitions.

Our tickets were for 10 AM opening time. It was too far to walk so we took a cab, 30 euros but worth the drive through crazy Paris traffic, plus it gave us our directions back to the hotel.

38 Rue Saint-Maur

l’Atelier des Lumières hardly seems to stand out when we arrive, it is closed up.

We found a local cafe and ordered coffee and croissants. OOPS coffee meant a tiny cup of espresso.

When we headed back to the museum the line was growing. Eventually they split the group into ticket holders so we were the second couple in line and another line for those who were buying tickets.

Lots of rules.

l’Atelier des Lumières is definitely going to become to become one of Paris’s newest "must-see" spots.

Situated  on the right bank between Bastille, République and Le Marais it is set in a former smelting plant from the 19th century.  The former iron foundry created in 1835 by the PLICHON family was given a makeover.

We walk into the foundry and are surrounded by towers, bare walls and an illuminated water tank

We get our bearings in the darkness Then music blasts around the room and sets thousands of images in motion. We’re mesmerized as 360-degree views of artworks flash around the room.

Using state-of-the-art visuals and audio, artists’ works are transformed as images of their paintings are projected (using 140 laser video projectors) on to (and across) 10-metre-high walls over the vast 3,300 square metre surface area of the renovated 19th-century building. These images provide an immersive and panoramic show throughout the space, to a sound track of music by Wagner, Chopin, Beethoven and others, using an innovative “motion design” sound system, with 50 speakers programmed to complement the 3D visual experience.

Vincent van Gogh’s life is the focus of an immersive experience with hundreds of the Dutchman’s paintings transformed using art and music technology.

For 35 minutes, visitors roam around his work, from the dreamy Sunflowers (1888) to the tormented spires of Starry Night (1889).


Large blobs of paint – purple, pink, green, yellow, orange – are scattered on the walls, floor and ceiling. His paintbrush is hurriedly introduced: deep, decisive brush strokes turning the bareness of the foundry into a colourful space.

One of the most striking elements of the exhibition is the use of contemporary music. Nina Simone’s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood plays as we view some of the famous works, including The Siesta which Van Gogh painted while living in an asylum; the words of the song mirror a cry for understanding in his time of darkness.

Finally we hear heavy rain getting louder as a stormy sky emerges overhead. Wheat rustles in the breeze and the golden hues of Wheat Field with Crows brighten up the floor. 

As the crows take flight overhead, you can no longer see the sky. In its place are Van Gogh’s self-portraits.

A short program shown between screenings explains the influence of Japanese art on Van Gogh’s work. A specially commissioned piece, Dreamed Japan: Images of the Floating World, depicts the simple beauty of cherry blossoms, geishas, samurai warriors and spirits. 

Waves crash around us to the sound of Claude Debussy’s The Sea and to the fast beat of the Japanese drums.