Monday, February 19, 2018

New Whales Replacing the Old Whales

Remember that "Find Your Direction" mural that I posted last August?  It's been painted over with a bright new set of whales.  The artists are Isaac Caruso and Leter91.   This one looks so bright and fresh, it's hard to miss when you are driving north on Central Ave.  When I was researching the artists, I found this short little video of the mural being painted.  The video was shot with areal views so not only does it show the artists at work, but it shows great views up and down Central Avenue.  Have a look!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bloom'n Pretty

It's that time of year again!  The flowering pear trees are in full bloom and looking gorgeous as usual. I really do love it when these trees bloom like this.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  Seen any buskers lately?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Random Shots

I have another selection of random shots today.  First up is the exit ramp to the garage where I work.  Don't ask me why I took this.  It just appealed to me that day.

The back to back dressing (or undressing) rooms at an Xray facility.  I took this one while I was sitting there waiting for my name to be called.

A few colorful leaves on the ground where I live.  We only have about two weeks to enjoy the leaves changing so when I was this group on the ground, I snapped a shot.

I've been called an Anglophile by many of my friends because I really do love visiting England but, I'm NOT so big of one to purchase this ottoman.  I just took a photo instead.

There you have it, another random assortment of photos that I've collected over time.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Upside Down, Inside Out

I discovered last Friday that the Phoenix Art Museum had moved this huge sculpture called "Upside Down, Inside Out" by Anish Kapoor to a new location so I decided to try again to get a good photo of it.  I've taken many photos of this sculpture with very little luck but, this one is the best I've gotten.  Kapoor is the same artist who created "Cloudgate" the big stainless steel sculpture in Chicago that everyone lovingly calls "The Bean".

This is the type of photo I usually get.  All washed out because the automatic setting is seeing all that black so it opens up wide.  If I manually set the camera, the sculpture turns out a black blob and you can't see the shape of it.  So I'm thrilled!  I finally got a decent shot of it.

By the way, wouldn't you just love to see how the museum staff moves these huge sculptures from place to place?  I'd really enjoy seeing that.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

More Ikebana

I have three more ikebana arrangements to show you from the event at the Phoenix Art Museum that I featured on Tuesday.  This one is by Wanda Laloggia.  I love the sweeping look of this one.

See that gentleman to the far right in the photo above?  He was studying this arrangement by Bev Tall.  This was another favorite of mine.  It's just so simple looking but I'm sure it took a lot of work and imagination to create.

One last arrangement that caught my eye was this pretty one by Jeanne Sours.  So simple and yet so elegant.

This is not the same exhibit as the "Arts & Flowers" I've featured in the past.  I'm not sure when that one will take place.  

This exhibit was a joy to view so I'm glad I got to see it.  Oh how I wish I could make arrangements like this.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It's Valentines Day

It's Valentine's Day and you don't have to look hard to see signs of it in every store.  How is this for the ultimate "utilitarian" Valentines gift?  A set of heart-shaped bowls.  Just what everyone needs.  Well, maybe not.  Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Art of Ikebana

I visited the Phoenix Art Museum last Friday to see a selection of Ikebana flower arrangements that were set up for the weekend in the Asian Art Gallery.  I think this one was my favorite of them all but, really it was very hard to choose just one.

They were all done by individuals who are students of different Ikebana classes.  This one was created by Beth Cullison.

This beauty with the exotic red blooms was created by Terry Jones.

This one in the turtle vase was created by Maya Rosenblatt.

I love the large pine branch combined with the stargazer lily in this one by Susan Allen.

These look so simple to create but, I've tried.  It is not as easy as it looks.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Two Bears in Downtown Phoenix

There is a brand new mural in downtown Phoenix located on Central Avenue on the side of the historic Heard Building.  It depicts two bears but there is something a little different about these bears.  They appear to have parts of them covered with some type of black form.

The mural was painted by the Swiss team called Nevercrew. The artists are Christian Rebecchi and Pablo Togni.

The bears are 100 feet high and it took the artists 5 days to complete the mural, just finishing on February 9th.

The artists say the bears represent the Mexican brown bear which has become extinct and the black forms on them represent forms of communication that are no longer used or extinct in their own way.

Below the bears and partially hidden by the building next door, are a row of rather strange looking machines.  These appear to also have something to do with communication.  I read that there is another mural inside the lobby of the building.  I'll have to make my way back there to see it sometime soon.

Nevercrew have been painting murals together for 20 years but, they only have a couple in the United States and this is their first in Arizona.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Entertaining the Crowds

There was quite a large crowd of people waiting for the the Pony Express riders (see yesterday's post) to arrive so there was entertainment on hand to keep the crowds happy.

This couple even got up and danced. It was an added bonus that they were decked out in period clothing.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Arrival of the Pony Express

I went to Scottsdale yesterday see the arrival of the pony express riders on their annual 200 mile run from Holbrook Arizona to Scottsdale.

This was the 60th anniversary for the group who have been staging the express ride and delivering real mail once a year for the past 60 years.  (I loved this horse with the white face.)

They stop in several towns along the way and drop off and pick up sacks of mail that has been hand postmarked for this special run.  The riders are part of the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse.

The actual pony express only operated for 19 months moving mail from the east coast to the west coast until the telegraph was established.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Makeshift Armor

I was up on the overhead crosswalk in downtown Phoenix when I spotted this fellow below at street level in this rather unusual outfit made of the pull tabs that open cans of soda, beer and other drinks.  His costume was completely covered in them from head to toe.

As I was looking down from above, I heard a guy walk by him and say "Hey man, cool armor".

Cool armor, indeed!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

More Art & Some Canine Cuteness

The home of the art collecting lady I've been telling about also contained some canine cuteness that couldn't be over looked.  This is Riley.

And this is Cody who wasn't as keen to have his photo taken.

And, one more art shot. Another beautiful Dan Namingha painting on the wall and more wonderful baskets on the table.

Visiting her home was a lot like visiting a museum with the added benefit of two cute dogs to follow you from room to room.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lots and Lots of Kachinas

I mentioned yesterday that I visited the home of a new member of my theatre group and that she is quite the collector of Native American art.  This has got to be one of the biggest collections of Kachinas that I've ever seen.  It rivals the famous Goldwater collection that is now on view at the Heard Museum.

This one was one of my favorites.  It's just so unusual.  I had never seen one like it.

And, I always love the antics of the clown Kachinas and these two were wonderful examples of the humor they represent.

This was another unusual one.  I don't recall his name but, he looks like the keeper of a game of some sort.

This lady has one very amazing collection of these wonderful wood carvings.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Serious Southwestern Art Collector

My "theatre" group met before the show last Sunday night at the home of a new member to the group and she happens to be quite a collector of southwestern and Native American art.  Behind the sofa is a wonderful painting by Dan Namingha, one of my favorite Native American artists.  I love that painting.

Across the room and over the fireplace was another Namingha painting and two beautiful Kachinas.

In another room was this wonderful painting along with some beautiful woven baskets.  The house was full of fabulous art.  After getting permission, I took lots of pictures and I'll share some more over the week.

A few words about "Hamilton".....fabulous, brilliant, inspiring!  I wasn't really sure I'd enjoy it because I'm not a fan of most rap music.  However, this was so exquisitely done that I loved every minute of it.  In fact, I'm about to purchase the music!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Play That Horn

Remember when I told you about visiting the bar in downtown Phoenix called Melinda's Alley?  That's the one with the red lights inside and the entrance is in an alley through the mural of Melinda.

Well there is a new mural in that same alley and it's by the same artist, Hugo Medina.  You might remember that I introduced you to Hugo when I visited an art exhibit that featured his work.

I love this new one with a musical theme.  It's kind of a tribute to the horn player.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Super What????

Super bowl did you say?  Here's a super bowl!  Oh you were referring to something else entirely.  Sorry, I don't have any photos for that kind of super bowl.  The fact is, I won't be watching the television this evening.  I'll be headed to Gammage Auditorium in Tempe to see "Hamilton".  That's much more my speed.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm looking behind some rustic doors.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Playing Among the Dangos

Yesterday I introduced you to the Dangos, sculptures on Display at the Desert Botanical Garden by the artist Jan Kaneko.  Today I have a different perspective.

You know how I love patterns so I played around with the positions of the sculptures and focused in to eliminate the background.

I quite like them!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Cute "Dumplings"

Back in October I posted some photos of a few of the Jun Kaneko sculptures that are currently scattered all around the Desert Botanical Garden. I only posted the Heads and the Raccoon Dogs (Tanuki).  I didn't show you this group of colorful shapes..  The name for these shapes is "Dango" which in Japanese means "dumpling".  I like the whimsical way they are painted, especially those with the stripes and dots.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Theme Day: Tired

Every year the Desert Botanical Garden has an event called Dog's Day in the Garden and this year's event was held mid-January.  I like to go when I can to see all the dogs enjoying a walk around the garden with their humans.  Most of the time, the dogs are pretty excited about the long walk and seeing all those other dogs but, this guy was just too tired to care.  It was nap time for him!

On the first of the month, City Daily Photo Bloggers post photos based on a theme and the February theme is "Tired".  To see other blogger posts, click here.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Out of Business

This broken window with the drink cup inside caught my eye.

I took two shots, one close and one further away and I'm not sure which I like best.

I spotted the broken window on the side of the Paris Laundry and Dry Cleaners which has gone out of business.

When I lived on the other side of town, I would pass this place and it's sort of mid-century modern exterior quite often.  Even though I didn't do business here, I was sort of sad to see it go.  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Rustic Doors

I was sort of surprised to find these doors on the back side of a local restaurant, because the parking area is at the back of the restaurant and I'd never noticed them before.  It makes me wonder if they recently repainted them and that's why they stood out this time.

They are on the back side of Ajo Al's Mexican Restaurant on 16th Street in Phoenix.  They have a rustic look but, there is something about them that almost looks like they exist in a painting rather than real life.  Do you know what I mean?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Modern Medusa

This mural is painted on the roll-up door for a place called Cobra Arcade Bar.  It's called La Medusa and it was painted by El Mac (Miles MacGregor) with help from L.A. artist David Choe.  It's located on the edge of downtown Phoenix.  I've never been to that bar.  In fact, I've never seen it open but, I'm sure it does open.  I just haven't been around there in the evening.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

My Dream Car

A cherry red Tesla!  Oh how I wish it was mine.  I'm not much of an auto enthusiast but if I wanted to dream about a new car, this is what I'd dream about.  It's good for the environment and it's gorgeous too!

I spotted my dream car at the Kierland shopping center yesterday where there was an actual line outside the Tesla dealership of people waitting to get inside and see one of the new lower-priced models that were just released.  I saw the red one above parked on the street outside.  I didn't wait in the line.

Just down the street from the red Tesla was this baby blue Harley-Davidson.  That's a pretty nice looking vehicle too.  But, I'll stick with the cherry-red Tesla.

I have a new post on Sharon's Sojourns today.  I'm looking at the art that can be found in a train station.