Monday, January 9, 2023

Monday Murals

Joining in with Sami for Monday Mural. 

Murals taken from a moving tram. Not so bad really, given the conditions and without expectations.. 




37 comments:

  1. You did well. I find taking photos from a moving vehicle incredibly challenging. And usually fail.

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    1. Thanks EC. It was of course a tram and not a train. I've corrected that.

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  2. These are fabulous murals! Good spotting

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    1. Thanks Roentare. You have to be quick with your phone sometimes.

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  3. They are great murals. Do you recall what suburb the gum nut babies mural is in, I’d love to see that one.

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    1. May Gibbs was clever, wasn't she? And so was the more recent Gumnut Babies artist!

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    2. I've worked it roughly out now Anon. I was on a 58 tram travelling towards the city and the mural was on the left hand side possibly Coburg, more likely West Brunswick.

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    3. She was Hels, not that I know a lot about her.

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    4. Further Anon, it was taken before the boxing mural, so I say it is in Melville Road.

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  4. Alex Sugar - creator of the first mural - needs to work a little harder on perspective and anatomical accuracy. Too loose at present. My favourite is the last one - it is very much in synch with its location.

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    1. Give it a go and see what you could come up with.

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    2. YP, the opinion of a respected art critic is very welcome.

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    3. That does work at times Cathy.

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    4. Why should I "give it a go" as I am not a street artist. However, I have noted several muralists whose ability to depict animals and birds is far superior to Alex Sugar's work. If I criticise a restaurant meal does that mean I should "give it a go" in the kitchen or if I dislike a particular novel does that mean I should "give it a go" on the typewriter?

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    5. I was a little puzzled by Cathy's comment and I concluded she meant even if conditions for taking a photograph are not ideal, snap away regardless and see what you come up with. I may well be wrong.

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  5. The sugar glider is very well done but May Gibbs wins the prize.

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  6. I just love these murals. They are such a popular and respected art form there. I really do love that.

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    1. Debby, these are pretty well tag free too. I think as they age, they are more likely to be tagged. Even graffiti vandals must have some respect for art.

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  7. I’m another hoping you can remember what suburb the Gumnut Babies were in.

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    1. It took some brain work and a little search but I've narrowed it down to Melville Road, Coburg or Brunswick West. More info in a comment above.

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  8. Andrew
    English-born May Gibbs (1877–1969) migrated to Australia at 4, to Perth. At 23 she returned to England to study art, then returned to Perth to write articles and do illustrations for a W.A newspaper. Back in Britain, she continued her art studies, wrote articles and drew illustrations for a women’s publication. Her first children’s book came out in 1912.
    May returned to Australia in 1913, to Sydney. She did illustrations for the State Government, and designed the Sydney Mail's covers. She wrote, illustrated and published Gumnut Babies in 1916, the first of this series. She designed postcards for deployed soldiers and released Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (1918) which we all read!.
    Post-war May married Bert Kelly and moved into a Neutral Bay house Sydney, completed in 1925. That same year, the Bib and Bub comic strip was published in the Sydney Sunday News, continuing for 40 years. Then her 2nd comic strip Tiggy Touchwood, was published in the Sunday Sun.
    But the Great Depression was tough, disrupting negotiations for selling her work in UK and U.S, and for screen rights. After her husband died in 1939, she lived on at Nutcote with dogs. Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (1940), with its gumnut babies, continued as our most successful children’s book.
    Gibbs died in 1969. https://www.maygibbs.com.au/the-story-of-may-gibbs

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    1. Thank you Hels. That is wonderful information. I did wonder if I searched your blog, perhaps you had written about her. Maybe for the future if you haven't?

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  9. The windows must have been clean, taking photos from moving transit is always a challenge.

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    1. TP, and without translucent advertising on the windows too.

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  10. I love the gumnut babies :) and I like the colour in the first mural. Teal, my favourite.

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    1. Thanks River. It is odd that they were all quick snaps that turned out ok.

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  11. That's very well taken from a moving train. And the mural is lovely too!

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    1. Thanks Pradeep. I realised later it was tram and not a train.

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  12. That middle one is very Dr. Seuss. I'm going to have to look up the Gumnut Babies and get the background on that one! I think I like the first one the most, even though the sugar glider looks a little possessed.

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    1. Sorry Steve. I can't see the Dr Seuss picture at all. Ah, you know the first is a sugar glider.

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