Category Archives: art

Homage To Sovereign

Granite monument in Montreal's Dorchester Square park pays homage to former sovereign British Queen Victoria.

Granite monument in Montreal’s Dorchester Square park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign,
her majesty Queen Victoria, who once ruled the British Empire for 60 years.

=================================================================================================
A granite monument in a Montreal park pays homage to our revered and beloved sovereign, her majesty Queen Victoria, who ruled the British Empire for 60 years.

A male African lion symbolizing British royalty tops this monument situated across Metcalfe street from the stately, huge, old Sun Life building in Dorchester Square park.

The location and size of this monument seems to have obscured it from the general public view because of several other monuments that populate this park.

After researching it I found this historical monument which as mentioned earlier consists of a huge lion statue, contains a water fountain pedestal at its base, is a replica of Frédéric Bartholdi’s Lion of Belfort. It was installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee because she was Canada’s sovereign then.

Furthermore, the park originally once was a Catholic cemetery and most buried were moved to nearby Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery on Mount Royal however, some were left and are remembered by tiny crosses embedded in the walkways through this park.

When I last visited this park I noticed these small crosses and wondered what they were about considering that the province of Quebec has transmogrified into a secular state therefore, they seemed out-of-place, now it makes sense.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HOMAGE”

Magnetic Personality Bird

About ten inches tall this cute magnetic personality bird of sheet metal steel sticks together with birds of a feather.

This cute magnetic personality bird is after all, painted sheet metal steel , a regular party animal always ready for
some fun with birds of a feather since they do stick together.

=========================================================================================================
This cute magnetic personality bird is after all, painted sheet metal steel , always a regular party animal ready for some fun with birds of a feather since they do stick together.

For someone who is only about ten inches tall measured from the yellow-brown color stick-like feet to his thin purplish color swept back crown he certainly seems a very lively fellow with that avian smile.

The smile would be nothing if it weren’t for those big white orbs coupled with black irises and white pupils, eyes only a friend could have.

The scene is a ladies boutique shop in the mall at a small shopping center in Pte. Claire at intersection of Quebec Highway 20 and Saint Jean boulevard in the West Island.

After leaving one of the small stores in the shopping center while with a friend was visiting it we spotted this little fella and I took this picture.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MAGNETIC”.

Giant Spiders Inhabit Ottawa

Giant spiders inhabit Ottawa museum grounds attributed to "green house effect" from overabundance of Parliament hot air.

Giant spiders seem to inhabit Ottawa museum grounds exciting foreign visitors to Canada’s capital, scientists
attribute this strange phenomenon to climate change “green house effect” from overabundance of Parliament hot air.

=========================================================================================================
Giant spiders seem to inhabit Ottawa museum grounds exciting foreign visitors to Canada’s capital, this picture clearly shows one of those huge creatures halting momentarily to pose for photo-op.

Some scientists attribute this strange phenomenon to a sort of climate change “green house effect” because of the massive amounts of hot air normally produced in Ottawa’s Parliament during whole year except for a few vacation months in summer

This abnormal climate change happening seems to really pick up every time a certain federal party feels entitled to power with the most recent episode happening since the Fall of 2015 and it shows no let up for now.

A leading nature expert has likened the evolvement of these giant spiders to famed Hollywood’s “Jurassic Park” movie, where huge creatures evolve and roam around freely in an artificially induced tropical climate.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”INHABIT”.

 

 

Solitary Shopping Center Artist

Very artistically talented solitary shopping center mall artist creates charcoal portrait of black man.

Solitary shopping center mall artist creates charcoal portrait probably of a Hollywood African-American personality meanwhile, exposing her portfolio to interested passersby.

=========================================================================================================
Solitary shopping center artist busy creating a charcoal sketch of a black man probably, some African-American Hollywood personality meanwhile, exposing her portfolio to interested passersby in the mall.

Judging by her exhibited works she seems very artistically talented doing portraits of both people and animals, and charcoal is the medium she likes using for them.

The scene is the mall inside a small shopping center in Pte. Claire out in Montreal’s West Island which I infrequently visit, on a sunny, bright, Saturday afternoon.

This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SOLITARY”.

Colored Savage Culture Shock

Colored savage culture shock grips downtown Montreal as blue, green, red and yellow people suddenly appear on the street.

Colored savage culture shock grips downtown Montreal as blue, green, red and yellow skimpy dressed people appear amongst ordinary folks then freeze like statues on the street.

=========================================================================================================
Colored savage culture shock grips downtown Montreal when suddenly blue, green, red and yellow skimpy dressed people appear amongst them then momentarily freeze like statues on the street.

I had wandered down to the corner of Saint Catherine and Saint Laurence streets when in marched squads of vividly colored people mingling with locals and tourists in town for the Just For Laughs Festival starting on July 15th.

As I looked around ordinary people were in disbelief to see this extraordinary event happening in their midst heck, what exactly was going on, who dreamed this one up and for what reason?

Trying to come to some sort of understanding seemed so complicated to most people however, after some careful thinking the awful truth became crystal clear.

Canada elected the Trudeau Liberals in 2015 meanwhile earlier Montreal elected Denis Coderre a former federal Liberal cabinet minister as mayor add that to Canada celebrating 150 years while Montreal 375 years and its Liberal party time again on taxpayer’s dime.

Estimates of cost after the dust settles ranges in the hundreds of millions with a billion or more a definite being added to Canada’s debt but who cares because Justin Trudeau, Denis Coderre, and their rich international Liberal friends will not be paying for it however, some will certainly end up in their secret offshore accounts.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SAVAGE”.

Little Girl’s Collage

Little girl's collage uses multi-color self-adhesive squares to add color to her master piece marking Canada's 150th birthday.

Little girl’s collage uses multi-color self-adhesive squares to add some color to big white board showing drawing of flying Canada geese and islands or large boulders.

========================================================================================================
During the recent Canada Day celebrations this little girl’s collage used multi-color self-adhesive squares added some color to big white board showing a drawing of flying Canada geese and islands or large boulders.

Her creativity helped along a bit by her father who stood nearby giving her those color paper squares used in her master piece marking Canada’s 150th birthday.

She was not the only one doing this activity because nearby although not shown here two other slightly older girls were also busy decorating their space with those same type self-adhesive color paper squares.

Webster’s Dictionary defines a collage as “an artistic composition made of various materials (paper,cloth, or wood) on a picture surface”, I believe our little girl qualifies!

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”COLLAGE”

Tethered Plastic Droplets

Attractive tethered translucent plastic droplets adorn Complexe Desjardins center foyer dangling from above in two large ovals.

Attractive tethered translucent plastic droplets adorn Complexe Desjardins center foyer dangling from massive lattice style concrete floor-roof-deck above.

=========================================================================================================
Adorning Complexe Desjardins center foyer, an attractive multitude of tethered translucent plastic droplets dangle overhead on long thin wires reflecting daylight coming through structure’s huge windows.

Each droplet is part of two large ovals that crisscross suspended over a large round water fountain on foyer floor, they are all attached to the massive lattice style concrete floor-roof-deck above.

My picture taken yesterday, Thursday July 6, 2017 while enjoying music by a local Jazz band playing on a stage located on the foyer south-side floor space depicts part of this droplet display hanging overhead.

I had wandered in after having enjoying some other great free shows outside in Montreal’s Quartier-des-Spectacles during our annual Jazz Festival going on which ends Saturday July 8, 2017.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”TETHER”.

Focus of Interest

Their focus of interest, the water color painting of fruit hanging from branch with leaves with two more in dark background.

Their focus of interest, the water-color painting of solitary red-yellow fruit hanging from branch surrounded by many
tan and green shade leaves while in dark background lurk two more fruit.

=======================================================================================================
Their focus of interest, the water-color painting of solitary red-yellow fruit hanging from a branch in the foreground surrounded by many tan and green shade leaves while in the dark background on right lurk two more.

The venue was an art exhibition to inaugurate a new neighborhood art gallery called Atelier D’art Métèque I recently visited where some graduating students participating in a local YMCA sponsored art course using water colors as the medium showed off their session’s works.

I was checking things out meanwhile, taking photos of individual and groups of framed art works when fortunately my digital camera captured someone’s hand and their extended finger pointing at that fruit picture, allowing me material for this post.

Looking at my own digital image, I kinda like the focus of their interest because it does somehow stand out from the others on that wall although at least one other picture on the top right,  a winter scene, seems worthy challenger to me.

This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”FOCUS”.

Natty Baseball Mural

Natty baseball related mural decorates south side Saint Catherine building backwall east of Saint Laurence boulevard in Montreal.

Natty baseball related mural decorates building back-wall on Saint Catherine south side several blocks east of Saint Laurence boulevard one of three different ones on three buildings’ back-walls

=======================================================================================================
The natty baseball related mural decorates a back-wall of a building on south side of Saint Catherine several blocks east of Saint Laurence boulevard and is just one of several street art works enveloping a parking lot.

The fair size parking space surrounded on three sides with more very interesting street art work by three different “arteestas” each with their own design style depicting renderings of their own creative minds on three different buildings’ back-walls.

As my picture shows other less talented individuals have added their graffiti “tags” to a nearby metal post and its orange-colored cement base fortunately the mural was not touched.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”NATTY”.

Maze Ball

 Multi-colored maze ball of plastic tubes attached to yellow metal pole on grey metal stand near Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Multi-colored maze ball made of inch diameter plastic tubes attached to six-inch yellow vertical metal pole on grey metal stand in front Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

=======================================================================================================
The multi-colored maze ball composed of about an inch diameter tied off(narrowed and flat-ended) plastic tubes all collected and connected to  about  a six-inch diameter yellow colored vertical metal pole mounted on light grey metal stand in front of the main doors to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

This modern art work assembly rests on a square smooth grey-stone block sits in the middle and  wedged on two sides by the smooth grey-stone front steps and  surrounded by black-colored metal rectangular tube fence.

Furthermore, there appears to be a small metal plaque on the right hand side of the square smooth grey-stone block perhaps, some sort of dedication of the art work or maybe a simple description of it.

I took this picture last year, 2016, during the Montreal Grand Prix weekend after I left nearby Crescent Street, where all the pre-race activity takes place each year.

This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MAZE”.