Friday, January 30, 2015

Skywatch Friday: another clear day

Another clear day without rain.  Sometimes there are clouds in the morning but they tend to dissipate by noon.  December's rain seemed to say the drought is over; January seems to say "not yet."  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

canine companion

It was a nice day and I think they were taking each other for a walk.  Linking to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

vertical bicycles

For some reason, bicycles are mounted on several poles around Jack London Square.  Don't know why.  Biking culture is big in Oakland and every year bike lanes are added to our roadways.  JLS also hosts the annual Pedalfest.  So, I'm assuming a connection.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Monday Mural: Queen of the Deep

This beauty by Mark Bode graces a metal recycling center in West Oakland.  He also painted this one I showed you four years ago.  This new one is on the opposite side of the same building as the mermaid.

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 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.”  Plato

Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekend Reflection: dusk at the Lake

Clear skies and calm air provides nice flat water for reflections.  The conical building is the recently constructed Cathedral of Christ the Light for the local Catholic diocese.  Linked to Weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

veiled view

I don't know who was more surprised---them at being photographed or me never expecting to see veiled women in West Oakland.  Cultural diversity in Oakland is something we're proud of; seeing these women walking on Mandela Parkway taught me that our diversity is greater than I realized.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

sculpture detail

This detail of a sculpture by Karen Cusolito gives you an idea of how massive it is.  Her creations often appear at Burning Man.  Spotted at American Steel Studios in West Oakland.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Monday Mural: asana bees

Bees by Ernest Doty cover a new yoga studio in West Oakland.  He has a fondness for the creatures in nature when he is not painting imaginary beings with four or five eyes as featured two weeks ago.

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 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.”  Plato

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekend Reflections: Lady of the Lake

Docked near the Lake Chalet restaurant on Lake Merritt.  Linked to Weekend Reflections

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Skywatch Friday: lights around Lake Merritt

Our weather pattern is the same these days:  overcast mornings, intermittent sunshine by 11AM, blue skies from the afternoon into the evening.  The high fog returns again late at night.  So here is a typical sky shot at dusk.  Meanwhile our graceful Necklace of Lights creates a pretty light around Lake Merritt.  Rain predicted for this weekend.  Fingers crossed.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

the Superior Court at dusk

This is the Superior Court building at dusk.  Built in the 1930s, it is a well-recognized profile around Lake Merritt.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Mural: Lady in the alley

Another example of the murals in Solano Way that I introduced last week.  This one is by Granillo.

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 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.”  Plato

Saturday, January 10, 2015

outdoor living even in winter

There's a new place down at Jack London Square called plank (yeah, a lower case "p").  It replaces a Barnes & Noble bookstore that closed without warning.  Besides food, it offers billiards, bocce ball, bowling, a children's play area, and of course, an outdoor sports bar.  What can I say, it's California.

Friday, January 9, 2015

embarcadero

This is one of a number of the former boat launching points around the lake.  They have a stately feel and are often now used for gathering, talking, and just viewing the Lake.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Z is for zheng


I'm going out on a limb here, but I think this is a traditional Chinese instrument called a zheng.  The guy playing it was engaged in a decidedly untraditional performance with his jazz quartet!  They sounded great at this summer's Chinatown street fair.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

walking at Jack London Square

After a rainy December, we're in a period of cold, clear weather.  (Assuming you think 59 degrees is cold).  Even though we're freezing, it doesn't stop us from walking out in the sunshine.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Mural: Solano Way

I do my best to keep up with street art in Oakland, but it took the National Geographic website to turn me on to Solano Way.  Check out the article for a nice explanation of the difference between tagging, throw-ups, and pieces.  Not far from the Lake, this four block alley is full of works, many by well-known artists.  This wall is by Doty who you've seen several times on this meme.  When I came upon it I couldn't tell what it was.  Only when I took the picture did the composition become clear.  Aha!

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 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.”  Plato

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Monday Mural: storefront design

Walking around Uptown, I spotted this rolling door mural.  Sort of mandala-ish looking with lots of eyes and faces staring  back at you.  As other CDP photogs have shown us, roll up doors are great canvases.

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 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.”  Plato

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

night view of the Lake

A recent night view of Lake Merritt looking east.  The Necklace of Lights adds magic to the scene.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Monday Mural: rise above

Rise Above is a newish used book shop and record store.  Additionally, they also provide free food to local residents in need.  The floating building in the recently completed mural is an accurate representation of the store's location and seems to have been done by a multi-person crew.  Apparently they are planning a move a couple of blocks down the street.  Already?

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 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.”  Plato

Saturday, December 20, 2014

'tis the season

You know it's the holidays when Ken dolls and GI Joes climb onto the Christmas tree.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Monday Mural: Venice up the alley

This one is from the archives.  This Venice scene adorns the side of an apartment building along the driveway and then around to the back.  Way back when, I showed you the back parking area.  This view can be spotted from the street.  I guess the building's owner is an aficionado of La Serenissima.

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 your mural finds posted this week.  I apologize for not commenting last week; time just got away from me.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Monday Mural: blue bird

This lovely bird is on an Uptown wall of a restaurant terrace.  Since the restaurant was closed, I couldn't get an unobstructed shot.  I'm guessing it's by Doty but can't be sure.  If I'm wrong, someone will set me straight.

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 your mural finds posted this week.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Paris in Oakland

Spotted this vignette while walking along College Avenue.  Oakland rouge?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Mural: bird in a cloud

This wonderful avian portrait is found in the Uptown area just off Telegraph Avenue.  If it were a real bird I'd worry about the paint job on the Ford.

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 your mural finds posted this week.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Monday Mural: more of the Alice Street mural

Here's one more corner of the Alice Street mural by the Community Rejuvenation Project which was featured in October.  The mural is located on the edge of Chinatown and this section celebrates facets of local culture including the election of Jean Quan, Oakland's first Asian-American mayor. 

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.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

S is for selfie

Spotted at this summer's Art and Soul festival.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Monday Mural: paste-ups in East Oakland

These dramatic murals are on two sides of the building at the corner of E. 12th Street and 11th Avenue in East Oakland.  They are paste ups but have been put up with some kind of super glue to help them last longer than usual.  They look like blown up photo murals, but I really couldn't tell.  And I didn't see any signatures.  I'm sure someone will tell us who did them.  It's a pleasure to drive up the street and see them with their purple-ish red background.

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 the mural finds posted this week.

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I'll be out of town for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments but the meme will go up every Sunday 7PM PST.  Hasta luego.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Monday Mural: and more Love Oakland

Here's one more mural in the Love Oakland series in the downtown area.  Other murals from this organization were posted here and here.

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 the mural finds posted this week.

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I'll be out of town for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments but the meme will go up every Sunday 7PM PST.  Hasta luego.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Monday Mural: dragon and panda

This fierce dragon and his furry buddy in the background adorn a wall in Chinatown. Sorry, but I have no idea who the artist is.

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 the mural finds posted this week.

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I'll be out of town for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments but the meme will go up every Sunday 7PM PST.  Hasta luego.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Theme Day: Landmark

The Tribune Tower is one our most iconic buildings.  Even though the Tribune no longer resides in their 1923 tower, downtown Oakland still seems to revolve around it.  On this day it was flying the Pride flag for the local Gay Pride parade.  Sometimes it flies a flag that says There.  Today is the first of the month and the City Daily Photo theme is Landmark.  Click here to see contributions from around a world.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

 These shots are from the annual Piedmont Avenue Halloween Parade.  The street is closed off for several blocks, there's a costume parade in the middle of the street, and local businesses become trick or treat stations that give away candy.
Even the adults get into the spirit.

I'll be out of town for a few weeks and won't be able to leave comments.  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is a big deal in Oakland.  There's a big street festival in the Fruitvale District and the  Oakland Museum sponsors an annual exhibit usually featuring altars created by local artists.  This small wood assemblage was in the Museum gift shop.
But you can find nods to the day everywhere around town.  Like at this summer street fair.
There's a similar logo for the Giants too.  But that's the other side of the Bay.

I'll be out of town for a few weeks, so I won't be able to leave comments.  Sorry.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Monday Mural: Dewey Tucker in memorium

 Dewey Tucker was a jazz guitarist who died in 2010, a victim of mistaken identity by gang members.  This mural was done by the Community Rejuvenation Project.  His killers were tried and convicted earlier this 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 the mural finds posted this week.

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I will be gone for three weeks or so, but the meme will continue to go up on Sundays at 7PM PST.   Sorry, but I'll unlikely be able to leave comments.

Friday, October 24, 2014

remember them

There are four massive bronze sculptures by Mario Chiodo in this Uptown park that highlight moral and social leaders of the world.  It's really hard to take a picture of them to capture size, color, and detail.  These are the best of a bad lot.  Interestingly, there are images 360 degrees around each piece.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday Mural: more of the Alice Street mural

Here's another section from the Alice Street mural, first shown last week.  More of Oakland's diversity is celebrated.

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 the mural finds posted this week.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

another restaurant has opened

The Tribune Tavern is in the old Tribune Tower, former home of the local newspaper.  It is one of many new restaurants that have opened up in the downtown and Uptown areas.  Oakland has become quite the restaurant scene, with even San Francisco chefs coming across the Bay to open a new venture.  I like that in good weather, the windows slide back and voila! you're dining al fresco.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mandela Parkway memorial

On October 17, 1989 a 7.0 earthquake struck the Bay Area.  While most of the country remembers how it disrupted the World Series and closed the Bay Bridge, locals remember the destruction of the Cypress Structure.  The Cypress was a double deck freeway section running through West Oakland physically dividing the community and bringing incessant noise and chemical pollution.  It was a poor and industrial neighborhood that got little attention or support.  The earthquake caused the freeway to collapse, ultimately killing 42 people.  This simple sculpture, standing on the parkway that replaced the freeway, memorializes that event.

The first responders were neighbors who ran out with every manner of ladder cobbling together scaffolds trying to reach people trapped in their cars.  The air was thick with concrete dust that impeded both light and breathing.  Their bravery and selflessness were incredible.
After much debate and community resistance to a new freeway, it was decided to replace the freeway with a parkway.  So many years later the Mandela Parkway seems a graceful stretch of open sky, sun, and green.  The park that runs down the center of the street goes for several blocks covering the distance of the old freeway.  The day I was there people were driving, walking, biking, and skateboarding down the street and the pathway had runners and bench sitters enjoying the sunny weather.  The community is still poor but now it feels like it's on the upswing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

N is for nap time

It was a hot day and the shade looked so inviting.  Nothing like a little nap to recharge the batteries.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday Mural: Alice Street mural

This vast mural on Alice Street is across from the Malonga Center for the Arts.  Part of the city Parks and Recreation Department, the center offers classes and a performance stage for performing and visual arts.  While I was snapping this mural an African drumming class was practicing and filled the surrounding streets with an exciting beat.  The mural is by Desi and Peskador of the Community Rejuvenation Project.

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 the mural finds posted this week.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Monday Mural: inside and outside the rabbit

This new mural in the downtown area was completed by Lord Nychos the Weird, a street art group from Vienna.  As near as I can tell Nychos is the primary artist and Lord and the Weird are crews that work with him.  He's done walls all over Europe, South America, and several places in the USA.  It's hard to know what to say about a gigantic dissected rabbit.  There are things about this work I admire, but the creepiness factor is a little too high for my taste.

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 the mural finds posted this week.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

coming attractions

This wall of advertising announces a new business coming to Broadway.  It's going to be a square block of shopping, living, social gathering, and art spaces all in one complex to be called Hive.  Sounds like the perfect name.