Monday, September 30, 2019

Monday Mural Part 1

I'm linking up at Monday Mural

September 2019 - Toronto ON

I can't believe I just watched Exit Through the Gift Shop (a Banksy film) yesterday! It tells the story of the beginning of street art. I totally enjoyed it and would watch again. It features Mr. Brainwash who just painted a mural in Yorkville here in Toronto a few weeks ago.

Part 1 - College St at Eulcid St.

In September we took a long walk along College St, 14,000 steps in fact.
More on our day on College St. and many more murals.
This is the first of the murals we found in the lane off Eulcid, a collaborative project in 2018 and 2019.

StreetART Toronto posted all of the amazing work done by KJ Bit Collective Sep 7-8 2019 weekend at The BIT Laneway Project just south of Palmerston & Euclid. They had also painted of some these in 2018.

KJ Bit is an emerging collective who want to brighten the streets of Toronto with artwork! Members Jieun June Kim and Erika James share a common interest in community-engaged arts and we want to invite local residents and emerging artists to paint garages in Euclid laneway to deter graffiti vandalism. Jieun recently moved to Canada from South Korea, and Erika has been working in community-engaged arts for two years. Since meeting at a Mural Arts Career Development program for emerging artists/program managers in April, we’ve worked collaboratively on several projects. Our name uses the Korean word “bit” which means “brightness, gleam, illumination, and radiance” and we want to bring this “beam of light” to our vibrant city!

Meaghan Claire Kehoe (aka MCK) is an emerging full-time artist local to Oshawa, Toronto and Waterloo.
Her murals can be enjoyed in over 50 Starbucks cafés across southern Ontario as well as in other commercial and private spaces like Food Basics and Brickworks Cider House, as well as public areas such as Toronto Underpass Park, London Convention Centre, and Kitchener City Hall.

Greta Thunberg (born January 2003) is a Swedish teenager who is credited with raising global awareness of the risks posed by global warming/climate change, and with holding politicians to account for their lack of action on the climate crisis.

And Drippin Soul painted the one on the left.

Emily May Rose's latest mural. Love it. I showed another new one at Dundas Square.

Too cute, but no name.

New to me.

Wenting Li is an illustrator and inveterate reader working out of Toronto. Her work is preoccupied with colour and movement, the relationship between shapes, and the subtleties of complementing story with picture.

Oriah Scott and Anya Mielniczek o halito means breath. We'll see more of in the coming weeks.

Ren Lonechild is a Plains Cree artist from White Bear Reservation in Saskatchewan. We will see more Lonechild after this in a restaurant.

Jieun June Kim


Pam Lostracco we've seen a lot of her work around town. I still have to post some of it.

MCK Studio is also Meaghan Kehoe. The owner kindly closed his garage door so we could see this mural.

I love this photo John took.


CTR - Christian

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

February 2015 - Singapore

Sunday, September 29, 2019

inSPIREd Sunday

Sally and Beth host inSPIREd Sunday!  

May 2019 - Lourdes France

Click here for the Underground Basilica located on the same grounds.

Say what I will about Lourdes, this was magnificent.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes or the Domain (as it is most commonly known) is an area of ground surrounding the Catholic shrine (Grotto) to Our Lady of Lourdes. The Sanctuary is a destination for pilgrimage; sick pilgrims are reputed to be miraculously healed by Lourdes water. This ground is owned and administered by the Roman Catholic Church, and has several functions, including devotional activities, offices, and accommodation for sick pilgrims and their helpers. The Domain includes the Grotto itself, the nearby taps which dispense the Lourdes water, and the offices of the Lourdes Medical Bureau, as well as several churches and basilicas. It comprises an area of 51 hectares, and includes 22 separate places of worship. There are six official languages of the Sanctuary: French, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German.

The open space in front of the Rosary Basilica is known as Rosary Square.

The entrances to the Crypt and the Upper Basilica, both of which are built on top of Massabielle, are far above ground level. To facilitate access, two enormous ramps were constructed, which curve down either side of Rosary Square. The image of the entrance of the Rosary Basilica, flanked by the two ramps and surmounted by the spires of the Upper Basilica, has become one of the iconic symbols of Lourdes, and a stylised form of this image has been adopted by the Domain itself as its logo.

The Statue of the Crowned Virgin, often known as the "Crowned Statue" (French: La Vierge Couronnée), stands across Rosary Square from the Rosary Basilica and faces the entrance. This prominent statue is a familiar landmark and a traditional meeting point. The statue is 2.5m high and cast in bronze, painted white and blue in the traditional colours. Her rosary is of the Birgittine style and incorporates six decades.

Behind the Crowned Statue is the Esplanade, a large open walkway which is used for the processions.

The Stations of the Cross are amazing. From the photos we obviously walked the wrong way.

Like any good attraction, there is always somewhere to spend your money on the way out, or as Banksy would say "exit through the gift shop".


One Word Sunday

Sometimes luck is not always good.

Branson Missouri

 Toronto ON

But can be a lucky Mazatlan Mexico

Toronto ON

Then there's the LUCK of the Irish at Blarney Castle Ireland as John kisses the Blarney Stone.

Featured on the host's blog, Travel With Intent.
Thanks to everyone who brought us some luck last week. Special thanks go to Robert who clearly worked hard to get his “lucky shots”; to Dawn who reminded us that luck is what we make of it; and to Jackie for a mix of good and bad luck.