Sunday, July 17, 2016

Monday Mural: public portraits

Frank Rowicki did these oil portraits of iconic Oakland scenes around Lake Merritt.  He donated them to what I assume is the Grand Avenue business district association.  They are mounted on the side of a building on Grand Avenue at the entrance of a public parking lot.  They can easily be seen as you drive up Grand.  Frank now lives in Spokane, having moved there in 2005.  It looks like the beating sun is taking its toll on these pieces.

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.

Dear mural enthusiasts--I apologize for the Linky problems.  I'm working to straighten them out, hopefully by next Sunday.  Apparently it's related to the new Google feature of sending all visits to our blogs to an encrypted https format.  I say that like I know what it means.  Ha!  The recommended fix is not doing the trick regarding Linky.  If you have any ideas about what to do, please contact me.

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

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Monday Mural: greetings earthlings

This alien tried to camouflage himself as a clown, but we won't be fooled.  The mural is done by Colombo and can be found on the Oakland-Emeryville border.

 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.  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, July 3, 2016

Monday Mural: the eyes have it

I love this mural.  It's like she's channeling cosmic energy through her eyes.  She doesn't need that razor wire crown to make you think twice about climbing over the wall.  True to form, I failed to look for a signature.

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.  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, June 26, 2016

Monday Mural: Yosemite Sam and Co.

Facing the parking lot of this convenience store is this cartoon mural of Yosemite Sam and Wylie Coyote.  I can read Pow and Boom but not the signature.  The name doesn't compute but the humor shines through.

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 for 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, June 23, 2016

reality setting in

Pretty much how Dub Nation is feeling about the Warriors losing the NBA Finals.  Nooooo!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

job requirement?

It looks like lots of tattoos are a requirement for employment at the Avenue.  Spotted at the annual Temescal Street Fair.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monday Mural: alley art

This series of faces can be found in a driveway just off Grand Avenue.  I don't know the artist, but I've seen his work before.  Very distinctive.  Am I the only one who thinks of President Obama when I look 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 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, June 12, 2016

Monday Mural: more from the scientist's and engineer's union

This is the other side of the Engineers and Scientist union mural I showed you a couple of weeks ago.  I really like the reference to the double helix and the image of the optometry equipment.  So science-y.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Monday Mural: under the deep blue sea

This fantastic mural covers the side of the Steele Dive Shop.  It's a new addition to a long lived business.

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.

Apologies for being late in putting up the post.  I got lost in the Warriors game, which we won 110-77.  On to Cleveland for game 3.

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

Saturday, June 4, 2016

waiting for fish

Has fishing season started yet?

Friday, June 3, 2016

Dubs reach the NBA Finals---again!

This is déjà vu all over again.  For the second year in a row the Golden State Warriors have battled their way to the NBA championship finals.  Their opponents are the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Again.  Can lightening strike twice?  Dub Nation fervently hopes so.  Last night was a good start with the Warriors winning Game 1 104-89.  The noise in the arena was deafening as the team locked in and definitively pulled away from the Cavs.  Waaaariors!!

This photo is a grab shot from television during last year's Finals.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Theme day: shadow and highlight

This month's theme is shadow and light.  Here is a late afternoon scene on the estuary near Jack London Square.  Linked to City Daily Photo where you will find world wide submissions on this theme.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Monday Mural: scientist union

This colorful mural is on the front of the building that houses Local 20 of the Engineers and Scientists of California.  It's found downtown and brightens the block it's on.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Monday Mural: paint life

This seems like a pretty gentle image of life, especially for a street artist.  Unless there's an irony here that I'm missing.  Found on the Oakland-Emeryville border.  The artist is named No 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 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, May 17, 2016

S is for stele

She came all the way from Paris and now lays at rest in Oakland's Mt. View Cemetery.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Monday Mural: more gargoyles

This composition is next to the gargoyles shown you a few weeks ago which must have inspired another street artist.  It seems like it would be very difficult to paint on corrugated metal.

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

R is for robot

Found outside a metal recycling business.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Monday Mural: um, there's a bear in your garage

Loved the image of the bear growling over this guy's shoulder.  He offered to move out of the picture, but without him you wouldn't know how big this piece really is.  It's a crummy photo, but you get the idea.  Found on the Oakland-Emeryville border.

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.  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, May 3, 2016

Q is for quay

Another small marina near Jack London Square with a small quay leading to the boats.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Monday Mural: what's on your mind?

Another new mural by Doty, this time partnered with Sworne.  Stylistically it is very much like one I showed you a few months ago.  It feels kind of nihilistic to me.  I'm assuming that the Lords and CBS are the crews these two artists belong to.  Found near the Oakland-Emeryville border on Adeline Street.

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.  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

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Theme day: smell

 
This month's City Daily Photo theme is Smell.  Saw these at a local farmer's market.  Not only did they smell good; they tasted good, too.  Linked to City Daily Photo.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

P is for porch

A quirky porch in the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Monday Mural: seeking Quasimodo

This mural is found on the Oakland-Emeryville border just off San Pablo Avenue.  I'm sure the grafitti font spells out the artist's name.  Can anyone read it?  The gargoyles are an interesting visual element.

Update:  The artist's name is Saze.  Even with a mainframe I would never have figured this out.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Monday Mural: noodles and chopsticks

Don't ask me who this is supposed to be.  I have no idea.  Maybe a slacker Homer Simpson with the munchies?  Found on a warehouse wall in West Oakland.  Alas, I did not 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.  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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Monday Mural: Homage to the Warriors

Found this in West Oakland on the front of a small market.  At first I didn't understand why some of the Cleveland Cavaliers were in the mural.  Then I realized Kingi57 painted this last year after the Warriors won the NBA championship.

Why am I posting this today?  Because less than a minute ago the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs on the Spurs' home court, thus equaling the best season win record in NBA history.  They also set a new record for road wins.  And they gave the Spurs their first home loss of the season.  Wow!  If the Warriors win the last game of the season on Wednesday, they set a new NBA season win record.  They're definitely going to the playoffs and we're all hoping they'll win another championship.  Pretty radical.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Monday Mural: in the eye of the tiger

I found this leaping tiger on a fence behind a West Oakland convenience store.  I thought it was well rendered and had a definite personality.  Finding random pieces like this is always a delight.  Sorry, but I did not see a signature.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Monday Mural: the short arc between life and death

Found this massive mural while walking around downtown.  Zio Ziegler has been previously featured here.  He is an incredibly prolific artist with, what seems to me, a feverish mind.  I could not find an official name for the mural.  What would you call it?

The content of this mural is so complex, it's hard to take it in.  And the sheer scale of his murals is quite impressive.  This one is on a wall of the Howden building, previously shown here.  I think the pattern behind the figures is a nod to the building's original tile business.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Monday Mural: California poppy

Our state flower, the California Poppy, is proudly displayed on a downtown building.  It's painted by Pancho Peskador who frequently paints with the Community Rejuvenation Project, which is responsible for many of the murals in Oakland.  I appreciate the mural's strong graphic qualities with its bold lines and colors.  This mural captures the silky, glowing texture of our poppy.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Monday Mural: good vs. evil

I totally get the idea of good vs. evil.  I'm just not sure what a flying VW bus has to do with it.  Spotted in Uptown.  The artist is No One.

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

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Monday mural: ninja girlz

These Ninja troops are an extension of last week's posted mural.  But they seem so different in tenor, that they feel like separate works.  Again, I couldn't discern an artist's signature, although the writing on the nearest weapon strap may be a big clue.  Found on International Blvd. in East 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 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 28, 2016

Monday Mural: singing like a bird

This mural is relatively new and replaces this one posted a year ago.  The tone in this one seems a little less tranquil than the previous one.  I don't know what it means, but intuitively it feels like it has its roots in mythology.  Found on International Blvd. in East Oakland.  Could not find a name for the artist although I suspect it's right in front of me if only I could read the font.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Monday Mural: then we will wear

Jayne Cortez was a jazz poet who died at the end of 2013.  You can feel the rhythm in her words.  This mural was found on International Blvd. in East Oakland, a beleaguered part of town.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Monday Mural: Valentine's Day

A local carpet store creates these mini murals for various holidays or special events.  I thought this one was pretty funny.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Monday Mural: Happy Lunar New Year

Yeh, I know it's the year of the Monkey.  But I couldn't find one.  Besides, dragons are always found at the Lunar New Year parade.  Right?  Anyway, thought this window decoration was pretty fierce and fun to look at.  Happy Year of the Monkey 猴年吉祥  Hóunián jíxiáng.

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.”  Rev. John Watson

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Monday Mural: the dreamer or the dream?

This mural adds charm to a less than charming block.  I can't tell you who did it or what it means, but it has a dreamy, mystical quality to me.  Also love the stylized henna hands floating on either side of the doorway.

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.

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

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Monday Mural: whose a good boy?

The Wag Hotel boards your canine friend when you're out of town.  They've wrapped their building in great photographic portraits that are charming to view.  A great way to advertise, especially when you face a freeway as this building does.

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.

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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

when it's too cold to row

When it gets too cold to go out on the water, the stacked boats make an interesting sculpture.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Monday Mural: serene beauty

I love this woman's blue veiled serenity.  She reminds me of a young Coretta Scott King, hence my thought to post her image on ML King Day.  Found in West 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 your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.

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

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Monday Mural: Fields of Dreams

It took me a while to grok this image and then it came to me.  It's an aerial view of the eastern estuary! The circle in the upper right corner is the A's ballpark minus the Oracle arena next door.  The upper left represents the island city of Alameda.  The peninsula in the lower portion is the airport.  All the bright yellow lines represent the freeway, bridges, and main streets in the area.  The blue water is the estuary which runs in from the Bay.  The mural, done this year by Alan Leon, is formally named Fields of Dreams: the fabric of the city.  His work graces the freeway support piers in the Temescal District and was featured 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 your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.

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

Thursday, January 7, 2016

picnic table at the shore

There are lots of picnic tables along the estuary shore.  This one offers shade but no shelter from the rain.  It looks like the El Niño has arrived.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

training tower

I usually see this training tower from the freeway that you see in the background of the photo.   This angle is new to me and happily adds a lot of color from the fire trucks.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Monday Mural: mystical communion


This new mural faces onto a freeway on ramp in downtown Oakland.  Ryan Montoya is a Mescalero Apache from southern New Mexico while Ernest Doty is a local artist who grew up in Albuquerque.  I look at the mural and think of curanderas, the tales of Don Juan, magic mushrooms, Salvador Dali, and science fiction.  And you?

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.

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

Thursday, December 31, 2015

some days

Some days it seems that everyone is walking the lake.  Ever since the city renovated Lake Merritt's landscaping and and traffic flow, it has become even more popular to the citizenry.  Where people, boats, and birds come together. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

along the estuary inner harbor

Near the Jack London Aquatic Park on the Inner Harbor.  The Alameda marina can be spied across the estuary.  Alameda is an island city in the middle of the estuary.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Monday Mural: Oakland's very own


This mural is hot off the presses, so to speak, and was made by Hector "Hex" Rios, a street artist with roots in LA.  It's gone up in the last week or so, which means a lot of the work was done during successive days of rain.  The composition highlights famous people associated with Oakland.  Perfect for a business called Oakland's Very Own.  Can you identify them all?

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.

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

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas lights

Some people go all out with their holiday displays.  Here is one example on Picardy Dr. where all the houses on the street light up.   I'm told it's part of a neighborhood covenant that requires participation.  The display brings lines of visitors from all over the area who love to show their children the festive scene.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Monday Mural: when the sun was shining in Oakland

It's pouring rain right now and we hope this is only the beginning of significant rainfall this winter.  After four years of drought, we're ready for snow in the Sierra and rain filling our reservoirs.  And yet here I am digging into the archives to resurrect a sunny day and two colorful murals in the Laurel District that celebrate the diversity of our city.  These framed pieces decorate a wall of a local store on a stretch of MacArthur Blvd. in East 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 your mural finds posted this week.  Google+ users, please configure your post so we all can leave a comment.

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

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Chinatown restaurant

This very distinctive building is a restaurant in Chinatown.  It appears to have new owners who have spruced it up.  It used to have excess furniture stored on the balcony and had a run down feel to it. Now it shines and I hope they are doing well.

Monday, December 14, 2015

busking on the street

Buskers are a common sight this time of year.  Brian looks like he's a one man band.  I should have stayed around to hear him play the dobro.