Archive for January, 2015

City Paint Phoenix 5 – Morning Blessing

I found this “shed-sized” mural on the other side of the parking lot behind the Barrio Cafe at 2814 N 16th St.  This entire area contains houses, restaurants, sports shops, and alley walls that have been decorated with street art…some of it is easier to understand or conceptualize, and some of it is in abstract form that simply entertains in its presentation and demonstrates the skill of the artists.

Morning Blessing Mural whole

A closer look….

Morning Blessing Mural closer

…and credits…for the Medicine Paint Art Collective and Impact Project.  You can click on this link to be taken to the home page of the organization if you’d like to learn more about them….

Medicine Art Collective credits

 


a mysterious aggregation….

“We all…apprehend the land imperfectly, even when we go to the trouble to wander in it.  Our perceptions are colored by preconception and desire.  The physical landscape is an unstructured abode of space and time and is not entirely fathomable; but this does not necessarily put us at a disadvantage in seeking to know it….”

“…Believing them to be fundamentally mysterious in their form and color, in the varieties of life inherent in them, in the tactile qualities of their soils, the sound of the violent fall of rain upon them, the smell of their buds – believing landscapes to be mysterious aggregations, it becomes easier to approach them.  One simply accords them the standing that one grants the other mysteries, as distinguished from the puzzles, of life.”  **

**The above words are from Barry Lopez in Arctic Dreams….


City Paint Phoenix 4 – behind the Barrio Cafe

The images from this next installment of City Paint Phoenix are from my first tour of the city with the intent of documenting its street art.  I made them on August 10 of 2014…and if you notice that the angle and the lighting are a bit off, or awkward, or could simply be better, do note that I began shooting at 9:15 in the morning and, while the sun was clearly up and above the horizon, it had not yet made it up above this building, so I was not able to stand far enough away to make straight-on images, as the sun would have been shining directly into the camera.  At any rate, here’s what I found.  This mural is located on the back and west facing side of the Barrio Cafe, among other shops, at the address of 2814 N 16th Street.  The Barrio Cafe has its own bit of artwork, so I will feature all of that in another post.

The first three images are looking north along the building…and the gallery that follows includes photos taken while walking back toward the south.

Calle 16 mural complete

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Calle 16 mural center to left

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Called 16 mural left

Remember that you can click on any image in the gallery to be taken to the slide show that presents each image in a larger format.

If you’d like to see a photo series of the mural actually being composed, click on this link to Calle 16 Mural Project’s Facebook page and scroll down to entries dated 12/30/2012.  It’s rather fascinating seeing it all come together.  And…if you’d like to see more posts on street art and graffiti in both Phoenix and Salt Lake City, you can scroll to the bottom of this page and click on Street Art – Graffiti under the Categories widget.


hill-walking….

I had never planned on doing a post with these images of lone hikers, runners, or walkers doing their paces along the ridge-lines or crests of the hills that constitute the area north of Salt Lake City, Utah…but one of the images crossed the monitor as it was running through its screen-saver slide-show and the idea suddenly came to me.  I had snapped the photos on what was actually my last hike in the area and I had hoped that capturing the solitary figures would give at least a minimal representation of what the scale was like out there…how we humans were so small in our surroundings…

lone hiker on hills above City Creek Canyon

…and how we chose in our similar mindsets to be out there alone, or with a companion who shared our thoughts or relished being out there in that grandness…that awesomeness of the outdoors with the warm sun on our bodies and the chilled air filling our lungs…and calming our spirits.

single hiker approaching crest of hill to the east of City Creek Canyon

While the scenery was somewhat drab with its winter brown grass and bare trees along the way, the views were incredible and full of knowing how the hills would transform into an explosion of green in just a few months as Spring would be waking the wild grasses and scrub oak bushes…and wildflowers would be spotting the hills again and filling the breezes with their heady perfume…

single hiker atop northern-most  Avenues Twin Peak

That bit of blue at the top of the below photo is the southern end of The Great Salt Lake…

two hikers in hills north of Salt Lake City with Great Salt Lake in background

…and that chain of mountains to the right of the peak in the below photo are the Oquirrh Mountains, the western geographic boundary for the Salt Lake Valley.

two hikers atop Avenues Twin Peaks

I’m not certain, but I believe this next photo is of the drainage just east of City Creek Canyon…another grass and scrub covered bunch of hills and exposed sandy rock.

single hiker in blue in hills north of Salt Lake City

And lastly, there is a mountain-biker heading west on the trail that will take us back to the trail-head at the north end of City Creek Canyon.

single hiker going west on Bonneville Shoreline trail north of Salt Lake City

Ah…the stuff of memories…I can almost smell it up there…feel the trail under my feet…yep…almost….


delicate desert….

Images from the Maricopa Trail, from the Spear S Ranch trail-head to the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and back….  Here’s a link to an image of the map if you’re so inclined…and remember, you can click on any photo in the gallery to be taken to a slide-show that allows you to see the images in a larger format.


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a desert ridge

A desert ridge, New River, Arizona


City Paint Phoenix 3 – Flowers…with a Salt Lake City connection….

I’ve been traveling the streets of Phoenix for the past five months with a new eye that is open and welcoming of things that I had never noticed in my earlier years of living here.  If you’ve been following this blog for at least a little while, you might know or recall that I’ve recently returned to this desert home after living in the Salt Lake City area for about four years…after having lived here in Phoenix for over 20 years…and you might remember, too, that I started a City Paint series in Phoenix that was similar to a series that I had going in Salt Lake for a couple of years.  Well…this is the third post in my collection of graffiti and street art displays that I’ve discovered while driving about my new/old home.

Flowers mural 5th St and Roosevelt

This flower shop is located on the south-east corner of 5th Street and Roosevelt Street, just south of the center of town in an area that has become something of an art district over the last several years.  From all appearances, the flower shop has closed its doors for business…the rooms were empty as I looked in from the street…and as you can tell by looking at this second image, the plaster is cracking on the wall and the paint is beginning to peel…which is understandable, given that the mural is on the west-facing wall of the building and in near constant exposure to the desert sun.

Flowers mural closer

When I did a Google search of the artists (as provided by the names under the “E” in the first photo), I found that El Mac had created another image that I had seen in the past…which I had shared in another blog post almost three years ago.  I featured the below photograph in In the Heart of the City and in City Paint 4 – Tucked-Away Alley-Wayand provided a third glimpse of it in the first image from City Paint 17 – Gallenson’s Gun-shop Elk Mural.

heart-of-the-city 2

You can find these murals on El Mac’s web site at Ave Maria and Kofie and Mac…pages five and eight if you want to visit from going to his home-page.  After you get to his home-page, click on the “Spraypaint” subheading…and be prepared to be amazed at what you’ll find.  If you’d like to view more posts on  the street art, building murals, and related graffiti that I’ve discovered in both the Salt Lake and Phoenix areas, you can scroll to the bottom of this page and click on Street Art – Graffiti under the Categories widget to see the earlier other posts.