Category Archives: art

Forlorn Emily

Forlorn famous Group of Seven contemporary Emily Carr appears dazed, staring into distance, once experienced poverty.

Forlorn famous Canadian Emily Carr appears dazed, just standing, staring into distance, this famous Group of Seven contemporary experienced poverty, was forced being a potter, janitor, landlady, and subsistence urban farmer to survive.

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Forlorn famous Canadian Emily Carr appears dazed,just standing staring into the distance her two animal friends keep careful watch while standing behind her.

This statue by Joe Fafard located in or near the Golden Square Mile district on Sherbrooke Street west seems to capture Emily covered on forehead, hat, and her right hand with a shade of light blue house paint, a medium she would have used because of her limited financial resources during one period of her life.

Emily Carr was a west coast artist, writer, and a contemporary of the famous Group of Seven, who once was forced to become a potter, janitor, landlady, and a subsistence urban farmer to survive.

Joseph Fafard, OC, SOM is a distinguished Canadian sculptor, whose main mediums originally were plaster and ceramics however, bronze is his primary now.

Montreal’s Golden Square Mile was the nostalgic name given to west-central section of downtown Montreal neighborhood developed during 1850 to 1930 at foot of Mount Royal.

Populated by owners of Canadian rail, shipping, timber, mining, fur, and banking industries consisting of group of about fifty men, who had more than twice more loot than their counterparts on the New York Stock Exchange heck, wealthy Montreal then was the “center of the universe”!

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

Almost Cat Food

Fluttering bird is almost cat food evading classy brown striped cat's swift paw with sharp, deadly nails.

Sparrow is almost cat food while evading brown striped tabby with blue eyes and blue butterfly necktie that flashes
 swift paw and claw armed with deadly, sharp, needle-like, nails.

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Sparrow is almost cat food as it evades tabby with blue butterfly necktie armed with swift paw and claw full of sharp, deadly, needle-like nails.

The huge street art mural adoring a Western Union store’s outer wall depicts the action that also includes giant flowers and petal pieces, a young boy whistling something , a man’s face, and large oriental perhaps, Chinese alphabet characters.

This financial establishment is on a 90 degree corner,  half on Saint Catherine running east-west while the other half  is a small street running north-south where the art work is.

About February 2015, when I was heading west walking towards Atwater Avenue along Saint Catherine street  I spotted this very interesting mural and took this picture.

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

Brown Tan Black

Brown, tan, and black colors on plaster bust found in Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral depicting perhaps Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist.

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Brown, tan, and black are colors obvious on plaster bust found in Montreal’s Christ Church Cathedral depicting religious figure perhaps that of Jesus Christ or Saint John the Baptist.

Several years ago after admiring the striking Anglican Gothic Revival architecture of this landmark church located next door to what used to be the old Eaton’s department store on Saint Catherine street I decided to visit it.

The interior of this church as its exterior, is fascinating and historical with all sorts of very interesting artifacts from Montreal’s glorious past moreover, this structure is still functions as active place of worship.

Today the Cathedral is melded with a modern multi-story glass and steel office skyscraper joined at its back-end compared to when it was first erected by wealthy Protestant Montrealers almost 200 years ago.

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

Rail Nail Circle

Old used discarded black colored CNR or CPR iron road fasteners made into rail nail circle.

Stuart Hall exhibit featuring Rail nail circle made from old used discarded black colored CNR or CPR iron road spike fasteners.

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Rail nail circle made from old used discarded black colored CNR or CPR iron road spike fasteners assembled wheel shape style.

The scene is in Stuart Hall in Pte. Claire, where several Quebec artists exhibited their works marking Canada’s 150th Anniversary this past summer.

Exhibits were displayed both inside the Stuart Hall building as well as outside on the grounds of this famous old former mansion now a community center.

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

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”