Category Archives: art

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”.

Pink Ladies Gold Frame

Pink ladies in gold frame twin sisters portrait is composed of pink variants and other colors.

Pink ladies in gold frame are not entirely that red shade instead color variants  are everywhere qualifying it for post.

Pink ladies in a gold frame are not, as my picture depicts, entirely that shade of red instead color variants of it are everywhere qualifying it for this post.

I took this interesting digital image a few years ago when visiting an indoor flea market, where the portrait of these two ladies, who look like twin sisters, hung on a wall in the rented floor space of one of the market dealers.

It was sort of hidden away obscured by other “art” work and piled up stuff gathering dust away from visiting public view not easily seen until I spotted it.

Going to the Saint Michel Flea Market is always exciting because you never know what new things will turn up during the tour of  numerous dealer kiosks inside the building selling all sorts of interesting junk.

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

Lied Only Once Award

"He Lied Only Once" award medal newly introduced and given to its first ever worthy recipient, Minister of Defense Harjit Singh Sajjan.

“He Lied Only Once” award medal introduced by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and awarded to first ever worthy recipient, Minister of Defense Harjitt Singh Sajjan.

The “He Lied Only Once” medal to be introduced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau awarded to its first ever worthy recipient, Canada’s Minister of Defense Harjit Singh Sajjan.

Canada’s Parliament anxiously awaits announcement by the Prime Minister on the new award to be awarded today then again, maybe tomorrow when the outside weather is sunny.

It is an exclusive award given only to a select very few, honorable, politicians deemed meritorious enough in distinguishing themselves publicly skillfully bending the truth..hmm then again, maybe not skillfully, and doing it only once, just that one time!

Commended with coolly maintaining a calm voice and composure when first asked about the breaking news story by reporters and maintaining it until overwhelming evidence and mass media fueled public anger forces him to admit the real truth about his bragging that he was the architect of famous “Operation Medusa” in Afghanistan.

The new Trudeau Liberal government since assuming political power, has taken great efforts to distinguish itself from other previous, past, Canadian governments during the country’s long 175 year history, trying or at least claiming to try to fulfill their hurriedly made up pre-election promises to be different in running the economy, social programs, international relations and trade, and maintaining Canada’s defense commitments at home and abroad.

Since their first days after being elected, the Justin Trudeau Liberals have also showed Canadians their complete disregard spending our hard-earned tax money quickly even before they tabled their first government budget or had Parliament’s approval to emptying the Canada’s treasury of CDN$2.25 Billions to feed the international Climate Change fund signing the money over during the famous Paris Agreement to allegedly save our planet.

This was accomplished despite Trudeau’s and his finance minister Bill Morneau’s pre-election promise to run a “small” deficit of only CDN$10 Billions during their first mandate as government but only after tabling their first ever budget moreover, the Liberal’s also promised complete “transparency” once they assumed power.

The new re-minted Liberals also showed us they were just the same old corrupt Liberals keeping a straight face flying to Paris on large gas guzzling Airbus aircraft piloted by the Canadian Military afterwards, being transported from Charles deGaule Airport to their luxury 5 star hotels on large expensive limos.

While attending the Climate Change Conference they enjoyed without any hesitation or second thought for financially strapped and struggling taxpayers, first class, expensive, extravagant meals, fine wines, special cute deserts and entertainment at exclusive Chez Maurice on Canadian taxpayers’ dime.

According to press reports, the Trudeau Liberal government has however, been very sensitive to policy leaks about their PMO(Prime Minister’s Office) and the Party’s plans in sharing Canada’s national wealth and resources with their backroom international financiers, close friends, and other cronies.

Take for example, Canada’s national defense and the very recent story about the ongoing RCMP investigation of alleged leak originating with Vice-Admiral Norman regarding a badly needed long-delayed replacement of a navy supply ship reluctantly awarded to Davey Shipyards in Levy, Quebec because of the extensive news exposure this story got regarding the mega-rich Irving family’s behind the scenes influence with the Liberals through Treasury Board President Minister Scott Brison and others trying to scuttle the already agreed upon and signed Davey deal.

The previous Harper Conservative government after much consultation, debate, and delay coupled with budgetary foresight already decided that Davey was the best deal for Canada meanwhile, rejecting a similar unsatisfactory bid from the other competitor, the Irvings.

This important scandal follows the scrapping of the F-35 aircraft order, instead buying cheaper, near obsolete, Boeing Super Hornets after former Liberal PM Chretien initiated participation in the development program and Canadian taxpayers sent millions on it as future replacement for the now obsolete F-18 warplanes Canada is still flying.

The Liberal government buying the F-18 Super Hornets saying these will do to save Canadians money reminds us when Jean Chretien also tried to save money buying those six famed, derelict, ex-British Navy diesel submarines mothballed in some Scottish port for a “bargain price”.

These “bijouxs” ended up costing taxpayers ‘mucho dinero’, being a very expensive problem from day one and claimed at least one Canadian sailor’s life even before getting to Canada.

The latest info says that just one still functions after millions and much time spent post the famous deal however, this albatross operates just barely with very limited ability while another is just a simulator, the rest have probably been rendered for the smelters.

That written about here does not include multi-millions or billions spent on the new immigration saga, fancy Trudeau family vacation trips, cabinet minister junkets, flip-flops on economy and finances, second thoughts on pipelines, and miscellaneous things or even that other famous skeleton in closet, Jean Chretien’s scrapping of the EH-101 military helicopter deal costing hundreds of millions..hmm did I miss something else, oh well that was long ago!

Today’s Liberals follow the fine traditions set by past previous Liberal governments in bending the truth and saving Canadian taxpayers money meanwhile, helping themselves, their backroom boys, bagmen, cronies, and international financiers to Canada’s treasury.

Everybody has fulfilled their wildest financial dreams while in power feeding at the public trough to their heart’s content while real control of Canada’s economy and right to print its own money ceded over to international banks by the first Trudeau Liberal regime in the 1970’s.

Once again Canadians acknowledge and praise our great, new, fearless leader Justin Trudeau for his good looks, social grace, sacrifice, humility, just thinking, and sheer fortitude in fending off mounting public criticism to award recipient Minister Sajjan this new medal symbolizing the minister’s outstanding ability to lie just once afterwards, tearfully and contritely admit the error of his judgement, his mistake, to Canadians.

Knackered Toy Horse

 Little knackered toy horse rests against steel wire fence amid bulldozed remains of burnt old corner store.

Little knackered toy horse bathed by afternoon sunshine rests against steel wire fence amid bulldozed remains of old burned down corner general store.

The little, old, knackered children’s toy rocking horse rests amid the bulldozed debris of the old corner “depanneur”(general store) that had burned down a few years ago remaining a vacant, fire and smoke blackened eyesore.

A bulldozer rested in the background on top of a hill(not shown) created by remains of the main part of the torn down burnt structure bathed in late afternoon sunshine on that Good Friday.

I had just left the local metro station(subway) walking about two blocks heading northward when I came across that familiar corner and noticed the metal fence behind which was destruction, piles of splintered and charred burnt wood, bricks, steel beams, twisted sheet metal, and an assortment of miscellaneous debris.

After viewing the scene for a bit I decided to record what I saw when I spotted this old children’s rocking horse and two orbs, one clear glass(shown) and the other composed of many tiny reflecting mirrors.

These were resting against a metal security fence surrounding the demolished old, burnt, two-story combination depanneur-apartment house.

Easter Sunday was just two days away and I was in Montreal to attend Good Friday services about to happen nearby in less than half an hour when I found this very interesting scene and spent a few minutes taking pictures.

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

Gold and Gray

Top of gold statue of Our Lady of Lourdes reflects and shines under gray sky over Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes chapel.

Bright light beam reflects off gold statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and enveloped by gray overcast sky over Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes chapel.

A bright beam of light reflects off top of gold statue of Our Lady of Lourdes and shines while being enveloped by gray overcast sky over the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes chapel on Saint Catherine east in downtown Montreal.

This little known church designed by famous Quebec architect Napoléon Bourassa was built in 1904, that year represented fifty years since the concept of the Immaculate Conception was finally decided on, formally announced, and established as an article of faith by the Roman Catholic Church in Rome.

Viewed from across the street I saw a simple, modest yet beautifully designed church with a large bright golden statue of Mother Mary resting on a world globe one of her feet crushing a serpent representing the devil.

The whole scene crowned the crest of the chapel’s front facade, something that first caught my immediate attention persuading me to checking it out.

Although I have yet to visit this French Canadian church to see its interior I have however, done some research over the Internet that has fascinated me about this “chapel”, which incidentally it shares this sector of Saint Catherine with another what looks like larger church (Saint Jacques) across the street from it.

Both these churches apparently being incorporated into the downtown campus of UQAM (University of Quebec in Montreal) and are in the process of being renovated and/or upgraded according to some plan.

According to my simple Internet research, the Our Lady of Lourdes chapel is considered one of the finest works by Mr. Bourassa, who apparently was well-known and respected architect in his time and has an extensive list of works in Quebec and even one in Fall River, Massachusetts USA.

Napoléon Bourassa was also consulted for the Quebec Legislature construction project, helped found the National Art Gallery of Canada with fellow artists because he also was an accomplished artist, taught art, sculpture, and architecture, directed a publication, and dabbled in Quebec politics as V/P of the notorious Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society just to name a few of his accomplishments.

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