Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The nurse's connection...

Here's a unique, heart-felt mural that was finished in May:

A nurse is giving pieces of herself to people and to a mother. Let's look closer, from right to left:

I found a photo toward the end of the July 10th Arizona Daily Star article Arizona coronavirus cases top 116,800; 11,172 in Tucson area. You might be able to see the photo by clicking there. In case it's gone by the time you see it, here's the photo caption:
Pen Macias, artist, works on part 2 of a mural for a client on E. Broadway Rd., between S. Columbus Blvd. and S. Alvernon Way, in Tucson, Ariz. on May 25, 2020. Macias, known as The Desert Pen, has been working on her clients mural for the past three months. "It's the one thing I love, I have a passion for and the only thing I could be happy doing," said Macias. The mural represents her client, a single mother of four who works in the health care field. One half of the mural is dedicated to the connection between mothers and their children. The other half is dedicated to the connection between nurses and patients. The client wanted some positivity in the mural to show how nurses give a piece of themselves to their patients hence the puzzle pieces in the nurse and the patients, said Macias.
The address below is just a guess that I plugged into Google Maps. It's actually on the wall to the west of 4222 E. Broadway, on the north side of Broadway. I took the photos on May 29th — which seems to be just a few days after she finished it.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Mobile Mural

Danny Martin has painted three murals on a delivery truck.  I found it at the Sonoran Brunch Co.

Here are the four photos I took on Feb. 24, 2020.

Click on any photo for a slideshow of larger and sharper images.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Can they squeeze in more murals?

Driving through the Menlo Park neighborhood in July, 2016, you might have noticed this home on Fresno Street with a few bits of art:

When Mark Fleming drove by less than a year later, the home had sprouted portraits of (people I think are all) entertainers: Music murals around the house. (Click there to see the blog entry, use your “Back’ button to return.)

I was in the neighborhood May 9th of this year… and wow!

I'm guessing that the homeowner is still an artist. The guitar next to the front door in Mark's photos is gone. Here are the east (first) and west sides of the front of the house:

I forgot to check the driveway side (to the right of the second photo above). I'll have to go back, anyway, to see what's changed in the future! Stay tuned.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Life in the Desert

These three mosaic murals were found outside the Visitor Center of the Saguaro National Park East.  They were created by Gail Roberts and Colleen Conlin.  Photographed on April 9, 2020.

For those of you who may not know, the Pipevine Swallowtail is a butterfly.  They are common in Tucson during the warmer parts of the year.  If you're interested, here's a link for photos and more information:  Pipevine Swallowtail

Click on any photo for a slideshow of larger and sharper images.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

La Chaiteria, Part II

Last time, David Aber posted photos of murals on the east side of La Chaiteria, a vegan restaurant west of downtown. The south side has four rolling steel shutters, and two of them have murals:

Here are the two:

I took these photos early on May 9th. I'll try to check back to see if they've painted the other shutters.

Friday, July 17, 2020

La Chaiteria, Part I

La Chaiteria is a vegan restaurant at 1002 W. Congress St.

Photographed the four murals on its east wall on Mar. 23, 2020.

A fifth mural was added later and photographed by Jerry Peek on July 7, 2020.

"Desert Love Mural"
Incorporates many of the things the artist loves about Tucson.
Painted by Alejandra Trujillo

Symbolizes majesty, strength and courage.
Painted by Alejandra Trujillo

Hindu Goddess of good fortune, wealth, fertility and prosperity.
Painted by Alejandra Trujillo

"Respect for the Right of Others is Peace"
Benito Juarez

Painted by Alejandra Trujillo

 Mexican Free-tailed Bats
Getting nectar from the flowers of a Saguaro cactus.
Artist Not Known
Hint - find the baby bat.

Click on any photo for a slideshow of larger and sharper images.

Next time: the south wall.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Two-faced mural

This mural is on the south wall of the office of Chris Mooney and Britta Van Vranken.

The artist was Sean John Cannon:

Friday, July 10, 2020

Graffiti Mural, Part II

A residence at 7102 E. 34th St. has what I call a Graffiti Mural on its west and south walls.  The west wall was posted on July 7, 2020 as Part I.  This will be the south wall.  The south wall photos were taken on March 15, 2020.

 South Wall Complete
 1st Panel
 2nd Panel
3rd Panel
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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Graffiti Mural, Part I

A residence at 7102 E. 34th St. has what I call a Graffiti Mural on its west and south walls.  This will be the west wall.  The south wall will be posted next week.  Photos of both walls were taken on March 15, 2020.  However, the west wall had an addition to its mural which required a re-shoot on June 9.
West Wall Complete
1st Panel
2nd Panel
3rd Panel
4th Panel between the 2 walls on the squared-off corner
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Monday, July 06, 2020

Murals of Tucson video by TucsonAerial.com

Here's a link to the video, which you can see much larger than the version above. It has an intro from Brad Holt and comments from people who've watched it:


I added a comment with links for each of the murals to the photos on this blog. This copy of that list might be easier to use… each link opens into a new window or tab:
  1. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2017/04/greetings.html
  2. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2016/11/murals-being-made-part-41-cyfi-d-de-los.html
  3. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2017/11/much-better-photos-of-joe-pagacs.html
  4. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2016/06/downtown-murals-being-made-part-34-rock.html
  5. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2017/04/old-hotel-lewis-mural-updated-lot.html
  6. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2015/04/joe-pagacs-borderlands-brewing-mural.html
  7. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2017/06/murals-being-made-part-46c-tucsons.html,
  8. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2012/08/chavez-gandhi-tolstoy-and-tonan.html
  9. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2019/10/mocas-wall-on-fire.html
  10. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2008/09/drive-by-dinosaurs.html
  11. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2009/10/parking-by-ocean.html
  12. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2009/10/you-cant-miss-this-mural.html
  13. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2017/11/parking-lot-morphs-into-cracked-earth.html
  14. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2017/11/former-access-tucson-mural-fading.html
  15. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2019/05/rock-replaces-rock.html
  16. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2016/06/skateboarding-danger.html
  17. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2016/06/downtown-murals-being-made-part-35.html
  18. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2016/06/downtown-murals-being-made-part-32.html
  19. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2016/06/downtown-murals-being-made-part-36.html
  20. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2008/04/out-of-this-world.html
  21. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2015/01/tucson.html
  22. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2018/08/southwest-scenes.html
  23. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2013/01/murals-being-made-part-12-tasteful.html
  24. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2019/04/sonora.html
  25. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2020/04/closeups-of-cyfis-sky-bar-mural.html
  26. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2010/06/mighty-mural-at-6th-perry.html
  27. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2011/05/murals-being-made-part-5-la-pilita-talk.html
  28. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-talking-mural-murals-being-made.html
  29. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2017/07/serape-sunrise.html
  30. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-thinkers-un-tagged.html
  31. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2019/12/why-i-love-where-i-live-on-6th-st.html
  32. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2016/07/downtown-murals-being-made-part-37-luis.html
  33. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2009/05/country-in-city.html
  34. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2011/12/parque-de-san-cosme.html
  35. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2008/07/tucson-murals-projects-50th-posting.html,
  36. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2015/11/maybe-mural-part-65-citizens-warehouse.html
  37. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2008/05/dunbar-springs-monster-mural.html
  38. https://tucsonmurals.blogspot.com/2017/04/greetings.html

Friday, July 03, 2020

Chicago Bar closes

The Chicago Bar (not the Chicago Store downtown) has bright murals that may soon be no more. The Arizona Daily Star wrote on June 22nd: Chicago Bar closes for good in Tucson citing pandemic's financial strain. Here are closeups of the murals:

As you can see from the shadows on the mural above, the figures are cut out and anchored over the wall.

I was there on May 10th.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

"Poison Ivy"

She's a supervillain appearing in the Batman comics and movies.  She's now on the west wall of Wooden Tooth Records.

Photographed on Jan. 30, 2020
By Danny Martin
Click for a larger and sharper image.

Friday, June 26, 2020


On April 22, 2019, David Aber visited 79th Floor, where (among other things) you can get CBD oil. He posted photos on August 30, 2019. When I stopped by on April 10 of this year, the mural on the north wall of the building had changed:

(As always, you can click for a larger view.)

I also spotted a mural on the east wall, which is a narrow driveway:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Youth on their Own

Near the southeast corner of Pima and Alvernon is a complex of two buildings with a parking lot between. It's called Youth on their Own. On the south side is their mini-mall, at 1642-B North Alvernon; an Isaac Caruso mural graces the north wall of that building with a young woman graduate and saguaro blossoms:

The north side has another building, at 1660 North Alvernon; a long wall stretches from it toward Alvernon. On the wall is a mural with the theme of blowing a seed off of a dandelion. It's hard to see the whole thing from a distance:

The right-hand end looks to me like a stylized flower. Next to it is a dandelion, with seeds floating toward the left end of the mural. Here's the view from the left:

Next, the seed and the dandelion:

Nice, isn't it? It was painted by Porter McDonald; he calls it “Flight.”

I was there on April 10th.