Sunday, April 23, 2017

Monday Mural: foxy lady

This is pretty bizarre, wouldn't you agree?  Catching a glimpse of it,  I immediately pulled over to get a shot.   Actually she looks more like a hedgehog human hybrid but that didn't have the same ring to it.  Unfortunately, I didn't see a signature and it is not a style I recognize.  Found in West Oakland on the wall of a motorcycle club building.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

I'll be gone for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments on your posts.  The meme should go up weekly via auto-posting.  If there is a glitch, I won't be able to fix it from afar.  Begging your indulgence in advance.  Arigato.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Church of Tonga

The Church of Tonga is situated in the San Antonio district in East Oakland.  The brightly painted church rises above the neighborhood and calls people to it.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Monday Mural: Warriors mural

A new mural which faces the 880 freeway alludes to the electric performance of Steph Curry and his Warrior teammates.  Fittingly, Illuminaries has painted this one on a wall of an indooor basketball court.  Not surprisingly, Under Armor, a major client in Steph's endorsement empire, helped pay for the mural.  As of this week the Warriors have again won the Western division and the first seed position in the Conference playoffs.  Third year in a row.  Now starts the long march to the championship finals.  All of us in Dub Nation are rooting for the another NBA championship.  Waarrriors!!

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Monday Mural: mujer muralista

I love everything about this mural.  The composition, colors, technique--everything.  For some reason this one just makes me happy.  From this angle you can really feel the energy she's putting into grinding corn on the metate.  Close to the grilled window is a sweet hummingbird and heart shaped cactus.  Come to mention it, her braids are also linked hearts!  Found on a small restaurant on Foothill Blvd in East Oakland.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme is for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Monday Mural: family tree

This mural appears to be based on family photos.  It's a wrap-around mural that goes around the corner and shows more photos.  Notice that the mighty family tree has sweet birds in it.  Found on San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland.  In my haste to avoid impending rain, I failed to locate a signature.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme is for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Monday Mural: rabbit carp

Along the edge of Chinatown near the 880 freeway stands a running frieze of colorful murals.  This one caught my fancy because it blends two animals.  Wouldn't you love to see this in the wild?  It's also pretty cool that the artists did not cover over the old Ballantine's ad.  The sticks define a traffic lane for vehicles zooming onto a freeway on-ramp.   I had to look out for traffic from all directions to get a shot without cars.  Makes you wonder how the heck the Dragon School artists painted this wall since stepping back to look at your work would definitely be hazardous. 

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“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Monday Mural: eye full of dragons

Above the black and gold dragons, which are somewhat obscured by thoughtless tagging, is another dragon.  The style is way different and this dragon looks lean, angry, and hungry.  Pretty scary dude.  I did not see a signature but I don't think it's from the Dragon School.  This dragon gathering is found on the edge of Chinatown on a street that faces a freeway on-ramp.  Maybe the constant rumble of traffic has gotten on his nerves.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Monday Mural: Polly want a cracker?

This large parrot (or possibly a parakeet) head adorns a neighborhood market wall on the corner of 14th Avenue and E. 18th Street.  It is by Doty who has been featured many times on this meme.  His birds are always wonderfully detailed, seem self-aware, and always have a whiff of danger.  The bird seems to be speaking;  I wonder what it is saying?  I think the tiles are original to the building.  Many Deco-era buildings in Oakland have tiled facades that I believe came from local manufacturers.

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“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Monday Mural: mandrill afoot

Here's the mural accompanying last week's image.  Same building but on the other side of the door.  The mandrill appears in an imaginary landscape not related to its natural habitat.  I think Peskador was letting his imagination guide his spray can rather than kowtowing to reality.  Doesn't the mandrill look fierce and dignified?

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Theme Day: black and white

Welcome to CDP Theme Day.  At the beginning each month City Daily Photo participants post a photo related to a specific theme.  This month's theme is Black and White in color.  I took this picture because of the deco era lettering and the period wrought iron lamp.  Much to my surprise the color photo looks like a black and white.   Follow the link above to see more photos for this Theme Day.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Monday Mural: on safari

This recent mural is done by Peskador, a talented street artist who often changes his style to suit his intention.  It graces the right side of a doorway and has a companion piece on the left side of the door.  We'll save that for next week.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Monday Mural: ready for the sun to shine

With the steady onslaught of rain, this Girl Mobb mural represents our expectation the sun will eventually return.  I love Girl Mobb's comic book style.  This gal looks like someone who would fit in an Archie comic.  Found on the Oakland/Berkeley line.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Monday Mural: cuckoo bird

Max Kauffman got the nod to create murals on the downtown PG&E (gas and electricity) substation.  He clearly has a wild imagination and to my eye likes to blend species in his compositions.  Even his houses look a little anthropomorphic. Bright and entertaining if not a little confusing.  Created in 2014-15.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Monday Mural: lilies on the wall

A Jet Martinez mural was recently completed in downtown Oakland at the rear of the iconic I. Magnin Building.   I. Magnin was a chic fashion store on Broadway and 20th housed in a fantastic green terracotta tiled Deco building.  It now contains offices and still shines among the other Deco buildings that grace downtown.  This mural was arranged through Athen B Gallery and made possible through the building owners HP Investors and Lake Merritt/Uptown Association. Did anyone else think of Diego Rivera when they first looked at this?

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Monday Mural: Year of the Rooster

Happy Lunar New Year, you all.  I found this auspicious mural by Omael Macasa on a Chinatown utility box.  He's done a number of murals in Oakland; this one is in association with Dragon School.  I think the rooster is crowing "Gung Hay Fat Choy" or 新年快樂.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monday Mural: Robbie Burns is right

Yesterday was gray and dull but this mural fairly glowed.  I didn't see a signature, but then again this was a drive by and shoot operation.  The mural graces the Commonwealth Pub.  One has to appreciate the sentiments of the Robert Burns quote.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Monday Mural: spring is in the air

Even though winter officially started only 3 weeks ago, there are little hints of the spring to come.  We've had a few clear days lately, so it's feasible to go out and see blue skies.  This image caught my eye and seemed to radiate warmth in the late afternoon sun.  It is by Caroline Stern who has been in the area for more than 20 years.  This is the first mural of hers I've seen.  For me, it's a reminder of the charms of spring.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Monday Mural: lady of leisure

Here's a newly minted mural by Lena Gustafson.  It's on the side of a women's wear shop called Dande Lion.  I like the tropical vibe it offers during this very wet and cold (for us) winter.  It can be found in the Temescal district on Telegraph Avenue in North Oakland.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Monday Mural: Longfellow quote

While out and about in the Longfellow neighborhood of West Oakland I found this newish mural sponsored by the local community association.  It was done in 2015 by Jason Pyrzynski, who is originally from Chicago but now lives in Oakland.  The poem celebrates an openness to life with one's fellow man.  A good thought to begin the new year.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks. 

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays

Sorry, no Monday Mural today.  Meet you back here next week.  Happy Holidays to all.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Monday Mural: monkey shine

Another mural by Omael found in Chinatown.  I showed you this one in September.

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“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Monday Mural: peace of mind

If you've got a good plumber, you can indeed live in peace.  Spotted in North Oakland.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Monday Mural: mystery mask

This mural can be found off Park Blvd. near Lake Merritt.  It has an interesting mixture of elements from multiple cultures.  I like the dragon with the brush in his mouth.  It may be a reference to the crew that painted it.  If Desi reads this, he'll set me straight.  The figure to the right reminds me of Javanese iconography, especially with the kris in his hand.  The central face is a mash up of different cultural styles but especially makes me think Aztec meets Rorschach.  All in all, a composition that makes you pay attention.

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“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Friday, December 2, 2016

urban garden

This urban farm in on a busy intersection in the Temescal District.  Long ago a bank and movie theater stood on this lot.  They both remained empty for many years before they were finally torn down.  For a while it looked like condos were going to be built on the land, but they never appeared.  Now the lot is home to this urban farm which looks lusher and lusher each month.  Is it possible that the farm will be a permanent resident on the corner?  Don't bet the rent money.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

'tis the season

It's that time of year when we start looking for the perfect Christmas tree.  Apparently this guy found his at a nearby tree lot.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Monday Mural: Embracing the migration

I found this mural on the Oakland-Berkeley border next to the Ashby BART station.  It was only recently completed in October and as part of the Bay Area Mural Festival.  Twenty muralists or crews were invited to create murals along the border of the two towns.  There must be 19 other new murals, but I haven't found them yet.  Yet.  This mural goes by the above title and appears to be celebrating water or newcomers to our shores.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to this week's mural finds.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Monday Mural: floating among the stars

Many murals can be found downtown on parking lot walls.  This one is by Girl Mobb and features it's pink suited...what?  Astronaut?  Lucha libre fighter?  Pink Avenger?  I have no idea who he is, but I've seen him around town.  Here's an earlier post with the Masked One.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to this week's mural finds.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Monday Mural: samurai

Another mural from Dragon School.  To my eye this looks like Toshiro Mifune from one of his classic samurai movies directed by Akira Kurosawa.  I think Okazaki is the artist, although there is a well-known soccer player with that name as well.  But that top knot says samurai to me.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Monday Mural: Malcolm X

Dragon School creates more than dragon images.  This portrait of Malcolm X is particularly impressive even though constrained by the black and gold this street mural group typically uses.

Welcome to Monday Mural: if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below. You decide what constitutes a mural. Once you start looking, you find them everywhere. Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters. Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week. Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment. Thanks.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Rev. John Watson

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Monday Mural: fly like an eagle

Another dramatic mural on the edge of Chinatown.  And more trash bins obscuring the signature.  Not that I could read it anyway.  Again, the angle and composition create strong movement.

Welcome to Monday Mural: if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below. You decide what constitutes a mural. Once you start looking, you find them everywhere. Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters. Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week. Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment. Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Rev. John Watson

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Monday Mural: show me those pearly whites

I know, too bad about the dumpster, the phone on the wall, and the seeming tagging.  But check out the dynamism of the image.  The dragon is awesome and the beauty in his mouth is unconcerned.  She must have some serious powers.  This is another creation of Dragon School, whose name is what looks like a tag under the carp.  Below left are the artists who contributed to this composition in 2015.

Wait a minute, did I say phone on the wall?  When's the last time you've seen one of those?  I should have taken a photo of it just to document what now seems like a disappearing artifact of contemporary life.  Going the way of VCRs, dial phones, and transistor radios.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

"Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Monday Mural: owl vs. viper

Who do you think will win this face off?  This multi-artist effort can be found in Chinatown.  I recognize some of the names but don't see Nite Owl on the list.  I've always associated his name to this owl design.  So maybe I've gotten it wrong all these years.  Someone enlighten me, please.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

"Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Monday Mural: ARF

Meet Andrew, who I ran into while he was working on a new mural in Chinatown.  His initials are ARF, which he thinks may explain his fascination with dog images.  His vivid red dog is being painted with the permission of the restaurant on the other side of the wall.  I found him to be a warm and charming guy and it was fun talking with him as he worked.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Monday Mural: Doty bird

This bird by Doty adorns a corrugated roll-up window at The Layover, a bar/performance space/gallery.  The owner was about to roll up the window, but let me sneak in a shot before he did.  Doty has many styles but his animals are my favorite.  They always look angry and a little dangerous.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.  I'll be gone for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments on your posts.  The meme will still go up weekly via auto-posting.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Monday Mural: dragons everywhere

On a recent trip through Chinatown, I was startled to see dragon murals everywhere.  They are distinctive due to their predominate colors of gold and black.  All are signed Dragon School or Dragon School 99.  Google tells me this is a local organization dedicated to teaching art to youth and to beautifying the walls of Chinatown.  All murals are painted with permission of the buildings' owners.  They started out with the idea of painting 99 dragons and easily surpassed that goal.  Now they've started to add more colors to their compositions and are planning to take on additional subjects.  Walking the streets felt like falling into a treasure trove.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.  I'll be gone for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments on your posts.  The meme will still go up weekly via auto-posting.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Thursday, September 22, 2016

hair bundles

I'm assuming this is a shop for hair extensions.  But I was amused nonetheless.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monday Mural: cock fight

At first all I saw was a swirl of color.  It took me a while to see the composition of two cocks fighting.  The delicacy of the colors and lines is distinctly different from the surrounding murals.  Omael often works as part of a crew but this small piece is all his own.  Found on the edge of Chinatown.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you; just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.  I'll be gone for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments on your posts.  The meme will still go up weekly via auto-posting.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Thursday, September 15, 2016

chillin' in the park

You can tell it was a warm day.  Most people were clustering under the shade trees.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Monday Mural: steel and fire

Here's a new contribution to the mural scene by Bip, an anonymous street artist.  He's from the New Haven area but has done wall art around the world.  I think you could also call this mural Nostalgia or maybe Soundtracks of Life.  I wonder how many of us continue to prefer the music from our salad days?  Here's what this mural replaced.  P.S.  The confectionery tower in the background is the cupola of our city hall.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.  I'll be gone for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments on your posts.  The meme will still go up weekly via auto-posting.

“ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

charming building

Oakland is full of lovely old apartment buildings like this one.  Because housing has gotten so expensive, there is now a building boom going on here in town.  I doubt many of us could afford what the new apartments and condos will cost.  So the new construction will not offer much relief from exorbitant rents.  The long term outcomes of this cycle will not be pretty.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Monday Mural: what?!

I found this mural on the side of an art gallery on the edge of Chinatown.  I couldn't find a signature, but I'd lay down money that at least the wolf is by Cannon Dill.  The meaning is ambiguous especially with all those extra hands and eyes.  Had to laugh at the cassette tapes on the house.  Of course, one of the tapes is all messed up.  An example of technology that deserved to become obsolete.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

nice weather

As you can tell, the weather around here has been pretty nice.  Sunny and pleasantly warm but with evening fog to cool us down.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Chinatown park

A community building in a Chinatown park.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Monday Mural: Panda on the wall

This charming panda, by Crayone, was found on another Chinatown wall.  His website says he's a San Francisco artist, but his phone number is for the East Bay, so maybe he's moved to Oakland.  Either way, his composition is quite striking and puts a smile on your face.

Welcome to Monday Mural.  I apologize for being late in putting up today's meme; I just spaced out. If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Chinatown grocery

On Saturdays and Sundays Chinatown is really hopping.  You can find just about any vegetable known to man.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Monday Mural: fists of fury

While walking in Chinatown the other day, I came upon a trove of new (at least to me) murals.  Here's one of Bruce Lee on the second story of a building.  It's best seen from a distance hence the fencing, flagpole, and other junk in the photo.  Because it's on a one way street going the wrong way, you spot it out of the corner of your eye and it makes your head spin.  Couldn't find a signature.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Follow the Linky instructions below and be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Monday Mural: Yoda on a lotus

Here's another section of mural alley otherwise known as Solano Way.  Yoda sits on a lotus blossom just like the Buddha.  Are those light sabers forming his halo?  There are so many signatures on this part of the wall, that I don't know which belongs to the Yoda image.  Strange it is--or is not.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Follow the Linky instructions below and be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.  If the Linky works this week, it means the problem has been fixed.  Fingers crossed.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

shop on wheels

This enterprising fashion designer has her shop and dressing room on wheels and can be found at several summer fairs.  There's always activity around her truck as folks shop the latest designs.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Nate the Great

A great player and an even greater gentleman.  Rest in Peace, Nate the Great. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Monday Mural: Solano Way

Solano Way in East Oakland is chock full of street art, much of it changing over time.  I've previously shown you many compositions here from local artists.  This lovely gal looks like she comes from the cover of a 1950s detective novel.  She is surrounded by several "pieces" or signatures of artists.  The intention is to make them so stylized and ingenious that reading them is a challenge.  Or, in my case, impossible.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.  Thanks.  We're still trying to figure out why the Linky is not appearing, so please follow the links meme participants leave with their comments.

 “ Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Rev. John Watson