In my last blog post I wrote about going to Toronto where we met Miss Mustard Seed and attended a two day painting workshop. Us gals also managed to squeeze in a bit of time to go shopping and touring around.
One of my favourite places was the Kensington Market which is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. It’s an area where skinny Victorian row houses stand side-by-side. These houses have been turned into little shops, eclectic restaurants and cafes.
Kensington Market is well known for the street art murals that grace almost every building in the neighbourhood. The city of Toronto has created a program that teams up established street artists who create murals with the help of local youth.
Everywhere we looked there was something interesting to see.
I think I need to re-purpose my little green truck when her driving days are over. Hmm. I wonder if I could paint her up with milk paint and fill the box with flowers? Heck, my shop is "My Painted Door" so why couldn't I have "My Painted Truck" hanging out in the parking lot. No doubt I will read this at a later date and I realize how ridiculous that sounds. But for today, it seems like a wonderful idea!
Unbelievable! Entire walls are covered in art. I think every city would start up a program like this! Where I live, there are some privately owned buildings with wonderful graffiti art, but the majority of graffiti is not so wonderful and involves using a can of spray paint on street signs, mailboxes and fences.
This was one of my favourties. This portrait was breathtaking!
Most murals were so large that it was impossible to show the entire mural in a photo.
It was neat how the artists painted not only walls, but also any doors. At a glance I didn't even realize this was a doorway.
Near the end of our walkabout we came across this little restaurant and I knew it would be a perfect place for a few pictures of the ladies.
I love this shot of Sheila (redhead) because she looks so darn cute. Dawn (blonde) also looks cute, but somehow the word mischievous is coming to mind!
I asked the gals to move to the other bench for a fun shot under the "Fancy huh?" sign. If the girls could change the wording in the bubble I am sure it would read "Sue, you are a pain in the butt".
And then I booted them off the bench because I wanted this shot.
One laneway was filled with all these faces.
All the murals were truly amazing and it was difficult to choose which photos to share with you.
Although I don't know the names of any of the artists, I would like to thank them for the incredible artwork that makes the market so unique!