Thursday, April 5, 2018

The World Of The Vivid Imagination

Today I have some murals, photographed in the latter part of March. This first one is at the eastern edge of Chinatown, on a building housing a cafe. I've shown you it before, and it's best visible before the trees leaf out for the spring.

This is one nearby that I hadn't noticed before, so I assume it's relatively new, likely painted last year.

Down in the Glebe, this large mural takes up a substantial amount of the wall on this building.

This one, in Centretown, features a young Bob Dylan. The establishment is a pub.

On a related note, this mural is on the outside of an Italian restaurant in Old Ottawa South. It precedes the current restaurant, and features folk singers. Bruce Cockburn is at the far left, with a young Joni Mitchell at the far right. I'm not too sure on the two in the center.

This otherworldly mural is on the side of a building nearby.


  1. Quite an eclectic collection! it took me a bit to figure out the first mural, then realized the town had gone to the birds ... or more specifically, to the pigeons? I like the murals honoring the musicians, but was a bit puzzled as to why Bob Dylan was included. He was not a Canadian so far as I know but born and raised in northern Minnesota. The last one is surreal and quite beautiful!

  2. Apparently murals are in fashion now, here in Brussels we have a sightseeing walk for murals only !

  3. It is nice to see these murals. The artists are so talented! Murals are also found here!

  4. Excelentes e belas fotografias, bom trabalho, gostei.
    Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  5. A great assortment of murals. The must be trending worldwide!


  6. ...wonderful color splashes.

  7. Hello awesome murals. The first and the last are gorgeous. But, they are all wonderful. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  8. @Lowell: I assume the owner's a Dylan fan. There is a song called Poor Boy by Bob, and it's possible when they chose the name, they chose to use a Dylan mural.

    @Gattina: it's a good way to avert street graffiti too.

    @Nancy: I think these ones are good.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Janis: we've got our share of them.

    @Tom: indeed!

    @Eileen: thanks!

  9. There is a Pour Boy here that has a mural of Hendrix on the wall. It looks like the same style as yours so I wonder if it is the same owner?

  10. Good photos
    Wall murals add charm to a community.

  11. These are beautiful! Some more painterly than others but how I love both the maple leaves and the birds! They make me feel happy.

  12. This is the age of murals. There are exceptional murals showing up in many places.

  13. What a nice assortment of artistic talent. That last one is almost magical.

  14. The one with the singers is impressive!

  15. @RedPat: I've looked up images of the Toronto establishment- I suspect you're right about them being owned by the same person.

    @Maywyn: they do.

    @Jeanie: thanks!

    @RedPat: we've got quite a few here.

    @Sharon: it is. I think it was painted last fall.

    @Marleen: yes, it is. I think the woman with the accordion is Anna McGarrigle, one half of a sister act of Canadian singers. I'm still stumped on the man, though.

  16. Gordon Lightfoot is in that mural and a guess, Buffy St. Marie.

  17. Joni! These a different for you and a wonderful departure, William!

  18. "If you could read my mind love, what a tale my thoughts would tell..." Brings back a time, and wintery places in my life!

  19. I do like murals and these are great

  20. Awesome murals! The folk singers are so well done!

  21. wish we had some cool murals around here ... most are in the bigger cities though. way neat!! awesome creative designs!! ( ;

  22. The murals are well done and add beauty to the area.

  23. Amazing murals.
    I love murals, is an art that makes streets and buildings often degraded, much more beautiful.
    Maria de
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  24. @Marie: Lightfoot! That's the one. I thought it might be Buffy, but she doesn't play the accordion, and some pics of Anna McGarrigle from younger days seem to match up to the woman.

    @Cloudia: I'd been trying to figure it out, but Gordon Lightfoot fits the bill.

    @MB: they're good ones.

    @Jenn: they certainly are.

    @Beth: we have a good number of them.

    @Bill: they do indeed.

    @Jan: I enjoy coming across them.

    @Maria: it does, yes.

  25. Lots of murals about and those are some nice ones. I especially like the last one.

  26. I love seeing these murals. I have a blog friend in Iowa and he and his wife painted a mural on their local train station, which is now the historical center. I have no talent with art and greatly admire these murals.

  27. Great looking murals. Of course, the other worldly is my favorite.

  28. That's a great selection of murals. I'm pretty confident that's Gordon Lightfoot but not sure who the woman is. I don't think Buffy St. Marie plays accordion.

  29. Interesting collection of fine murals !

  30. I like this collection. Murals make a building beautiful.

  31. I must live in the only city that doesn't have beautiful murals!

  32. Always nice to see murals, a very good collection of them here - nice to see.

    All the best Jan

  33. @Janey: so do I.

    @Anonymous: thanks!

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Kay: yes, it turned out to be Lightfoot. I'm pretty sure the woman is Anna McGarrigle.

    @Lady Fi: thank you!

    @Karl: that they are.

    @Jennifer: they do.

    @Norma: we have some.

    @Jan: thanks!

    @Klara: they do.