It has been a while since my last post. I took a little break from blogging. I wonder, did anyone miss it?
I'm picking up where I left off, at Monte Carlo Deli and Pinocchio Restaurant at 3103 W. Magnolia Blvd. The back room of the restaurant boasts a multitude of murals. On one wall, including the patio, there are arched niches theatrically displaying scenes from the story of Pinocchio. I'll show you the other walls another time!
The artist, Heather Rasmussen, painted the lively and detailed scenes shown below in 2006.
I have linked to a website for Heather Rasmussen, but since I don't see any paintings on her website, I'm not sure I have the right artist. Cool work though!
There is a beautiful fairy tale scene on the side of Monte Carlo Deli and Pinocchio Restaurant located at 3103 W. Magnolia Blvd. It looks as though Pinocchio has made a yummy pizza for Geppetto. It is a touching little scene, and the landscape through the arch is lovely. I like the use of shadows, particularly Pinocchio's. It is interesting that Pinocchio looks a little cartoonish compared to everything else that looks more realistic. He is obviously not a real boy yet.
I can't quite make out the artist's name but I know there are several other scenes inside and I believe it was the same artist, so hopefully the signature will be clearer on those. I'll show the interior murals another day.
( Update--the interior paintings were not done by the same artist)
Fireworks at night and flags flying during the day were the celebratory symbols of freedom and independence for the United States yesterday.
If you happened to travel down the street on which I live, you would have seen this piece of artwork proudly on display. Yours truly, Lisa P H Caddel, painted this piece in 1991 during the first Gulf War. It is called "Another American Patriot" and I feel it is still timely today.
Although I do not always approve the choices made by some Americans and leaders in positions of power, I am proud to live in a country that declared unanimously on July 4, 1776:
"...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes: and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security..."
The small and humble bust of the founder of our fair city, Dr. David Burbank, is located beside the Downtown Public Library, at 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., facing Olive Avenue. It was created by artist, Rick Doray and has been on display since 1978. It sits atop 4 time capsules placed there on July 4th, 1977. Each to be opened on Independence day of 2001 (already opened), 2026, 2051, 2076.