I love this state…the State of California. Politics, crime, drugs, homelessness, high cost of living, traffic, fires, and a lot of other things make it hard some days. But, there is no denying this state is full of amazing people surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside anywhere. This sweet mural from the Wide Open Walls 916 is a good reminder of that…
This mural is large and in charge. The alley may not smell good but the mural is impressive and commands the space. I saw a great photo of the actual saxophonist playing his instrument in front of the mural which is pretty awesome. And its interesting the artist chose to use red and orange poppies since the California Poppy is king in these parts. I can’t help but wonder just how much paint was used to paint this wall black before they even got started on the rest…
Thursday Doors with Norm 2.0 gave me inspiration to include some photos from the Folsom Power house in downtown Folsom, California. The powerhouse is a state park and nestles up against one of the most beautiful stretches of the American River and the American River Bike Trail. It never grows old walking over the rainbow bridge even when the air is smoky from fires and unclear. Take a walk/ride down the bike trail and stop for some coffee when you are done at any number of lovely places to eat…
The Wide Open Walls 916 festival has come and gone for 2020 and I have a lot of great murals to share. Mr. Hunka-hunka burnin’ love here is probably one of my favorites for the year. Tattoos adorn his stellar face making this large mural interesting and eye catching from any angle.
The Wide Open Walls 916 mural festival in Sacramento was back in mid-September, 2020. This wall off Blumenthal drive hosted a Graffiti-off. (Like a dance off with paint and scaffolding!) Three separate artists hit the wall at the same time. Which one is your favorite? It’s certainly not my favorite art or favorite walls of the festival but it is certainly much better than anything I could do!
Three or four trips to Sacramento State later I finally found this mural with the help of some sweet stranger on Instagram who drew me a map. I was drawn to the bright colors and the pattern. It was a bit surreal though walking through a completely empty campus where most students are studying remote. I used to attend Sac State and it was always covered in people and bikes and noise and chickens/squirrels. This morning it was quiet and cool and isolating. Strange times these are! I love though that Sac State is supporting the Wide Open Walls 916 festival. The energy brought by these walls fits right in with the University environment. I look forward to new walls popping up here in the future.
Old Soul Coffee in downtown Sacramento is participating in the Wide Open Walls 916 festival along with many downtown businesses. Lots of cars and signs were obscuring the wall so I took a few closeups of dragonflies which were my three year old son’s favorites. (He loves bugs right now much to his mother’s chagrin.) Put down your fly swatters these dragonflies are here to stay.
Nothing is more iconic to California than the Poppy. This cheerful spring icon is plastered on a local hotel and I love it. Many of the murals which are part of the Wide Open Walls 916 festival are dark, funny, political, unusual, etc. But, sometimes just a cheerful bright and iconic mural is just what the doctor ordered.
I’ve been on the hunt for this mural as part of Sacramento’s Wide Open Walls 916 festival for a while and it has eluded me until now. After driving down a few alleyways I at last found this cheerful little gem. Simple and lovely! What a joy it must be to drive by and see this every day for those who live in the area! Who else is humming to the Beatles?