Archive for February, 2015

City Paint Phoenix 7 – Southwest Goddess

I’ve seen it referred to as “The Phoenix Goddess” in a few different locations, but the artist, El Mac, refers to it as Southwest Goddess on his website…click here if you’d like to check it out for yourself.

Phoenix Goddess mural by El Mac 1

The directions I found on-line on how to find the mural states simply that it’s in an alley south of McDowell Road between  3rd and 5th Avenues…another set of directions indicate that it’s on an essentially hidden wall of the Laird Apartments at 317 West McDowell Road.

Phoenix Goddess mural by El Mac 2

I happened to find it through the first directions, driving up and down alleyways….  There were two other murals close-by, one of which you can see in green paint on the left side of the first image above.  I may feature them in a later post.

Phoenix Goddess by El Mac close-up

The fact that the mural is on the east-facing wall of the apartments might have something to do with it remaining in such good condition after being there for 10 years.

Phoenix Goddess city skyline shadows by El Mac

This is the fourth mural by El Mac that I’ve featured in the City Paint series…two others in Phoenix and one in Salt Lake City.  I have already collected images of two of his other murals in the Phoenix area and know where a third one is, but haven’t gotten to it yet with my camera.

Phoenix Goddess mural by El Mac last

If you’ve enjoyed viewing this fine example of street art, spray-paint murals, building art, or whatever else you’d like to call it, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click Street Art – Graffiti under the Categories widget to see more posts containing this genre of art from both Phoenix and Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Indian Mesa Vista

Indian Mesa Vista, Arizona Sonora Desert


where Peter Pan lives….

Who knew…445 East 300 South in Salt Lake City, Utah…USA…or not….

Peter Pan's doorway


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mesa vista in sepia

mesa vista in sepia


City Paint Phoenix 6 – Indigenous Woman

What could very likely be the newest mural in Phoenix was created by El Mac and his collaborators.  You might remember that I featured some of his other work in an earlier post.  I’d like to thank a fellow-blogger and Phoenician, Candace from Glenrosa Journeys, for telling me about the mural.  She used to follow the local street-art scene, going from mural to mural, capturing images as they were constantly being painted and painted-over, but she now focuses her blogging and photography around “birds and other critters.”

El Mac indigenous woman mural complete at sunrise

Candace mentioned that the mural is located at Heavy Pedal…and when I Googled that name, I found that it’s located just down the road from my work-place, at 1309 East Van Buren Street.  When I checked further to learn anything I could about the mural, I found this article in the Phoenix New Times.

Indigenous woman mural closer at sunrise

I stopped by the shop on my way to work with the intention of capturing some images of the mural without any cars parked in front of it…but being on the east-facing side of the building, it was the recipient of the morning’s light from the rising sun…and the attendant shadows that ride along with it.  So, the first two images (taken from outside of the gated and locked parking lot) show the shadows and glow of the sunrise, and the photographs in the following gallery show what it looked like about three and a half hours later.  If you’d like to view the images in greater detail, just click on any photo in the gallery to be taken to a slide-show where they are displayed in a larger format.  It’s crazy and wonderful what these guys can do with spray paint….

And…if you’d like to see earlier posts on street and building art in Phoenix and Salt Lake City, you can scroll to the bottom of the page, find the Categories widget, and click on Street Art – Graffiti to be taken to a continuous scroll of the posts.


Union Station – Utah’s Railroad Museum

I’ve had this post sitting in the “drafts” folder for quite a while now…probably close to a year, I suppose.  I was a little disappointed with the museum and the quality of photos that I collected when my little one and I visited there, maybe because it was a perfectly bright, sunlit day that caused the photos to be a little washed-out, or maybe because many of the vehicles were not maintained as well as I thought they should/could have been…or that they were parked too close together under the protective awning to be able to get decent photos of them in their entirety.  At any rate, here are some highlights of the visit to Union Station in Ogden, Utah.  If you’re interested, you can click on the highlighted name to be taken to the homepage of the historic building and then navigate around to learn more about the railroad museum and Union Station’s other offerings.