"This isn't a watercolor, it's a mural." - Erich Segal

The banner mural of ships and fishing supplies decorates the fence of a parking lot just off Marine Drive in White Rock B.C.
(Artist unknown)

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Eatery scenery

Water and sky brighten the walls of this Vancouver eatery.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

All that jazz

This fabulous mural is on the wall of a coffee shop just down the street from me. I just love it!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Beach tapas

This mural gives even those guests seated by the wall a view on the patio of a little tapas restaurant - in White Rock.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Ethnic ambience

If you do any amount of eating out, you're sure to find restaurants where murals are part of the decor. This beautiful 3-D mural graced the wall of a Chinese restaurant we visited last December.


Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Christmas mural extravaganza!

(The post below was first published here in December 2006. See the update below the original article for working links to Mr. Hetland's murals.)

You have never seen Christmas murals like those David J. Hetland of Concordia College (Moorhead Minnesota)! Each mural was the backdrop of the annual Christmas concert at the college and reflected that year’s theme. Designed by Mr. Hetland, the murals were painted by volunteers under his supervision and were later recycled.

Some themes and related murals:
"Let Heaven and Nature Sing"

(More here. When you click on the link under the thumbnail of each mural, you get a sense of scale – of how large and grand these paintings are when viewed with the choir and orchestra.)

David J. Hetland was a nationally-recognized designer known for his liturgical works in mosaic and stained glass. He died in April this year (2006).


11-20-09 Update
It seems that the David Hetland website is no longer working, thus the many stale links above. There are other places online that have thumbnails of Mr. Hetland's murals. Here is a short video of him, talking about his role in the mural projects along with a mural slide show. 


One of David J. Hetland's last projects was the creation of a set of stained glass windows for St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota. See the stunning images here.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Pizza crown?

Not sure what this means - but it is good looking!

Friday, November 13, 2009


Soccer is a favored sport amongst the Drive's ethnic shopkeepers and their customers.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Folksy and muted

I love the folksy theme and muted colors of this mural which, judging by the machine at the site, was still in progress when I took these shots.

Monday, November 09, 2009


Swimmers on the Drive

Thursday, October 08, 2009


... and very pretty

Monday, October 05, 2009

Welcome to Penelope's

A surreal welcome to Penelope's - a Commercial Drive store that promises the shopper imported treats like alpaca ponchos and sweaters from Peru, and vivid silk/cotton scarves from India, Thailand, and Laos.


Thursday, October 01, 2009

Mystic moonscene

These two panels make up one moon-struck mural. The front says: "Whose idea was this to have the lover visible and the Beloved invisible?" - Rumi

Monday, September 28, 2009

Commercial Drive's Mardi Gras

The party is definitely Mardi on the mural that runs the length of this Commercial Drive establishment.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

WaaZuBee mountain

Not sure about the significance of this snowy mountaintop mural - another one in the Commercial Drive collection.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Style montage

This Commercial Drive storefront mural is a mixed bag of styles - from the First Nations poles and longhouse on the upper left, to grade-school figures in the foreground. Could be a joint effort?

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Thursday, September 17, 2009


This mural above the Pasta Bar & Grill on Commercial Drive is easy to miss. The beach-going bovine quartet look like they're all set for a day at Kits.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

The Drive

This Commercial Drive mural by Ben T. Senetchko shows people enjoying the variety of activities one observes all the time on this funky street.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Vivid and mouth-watering

Is this gorgeous or what? Love the colors, love the location. It makes me want to get out there and buy potatoes and green onions, for crying out loud!

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Monday, September 07, 2009

Native style

This mural is drawn in the style of Native art. Too bad it's tucked away in a back lane and easy to miss.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Oriental symbols

This dream-inspired mural (on Commercial Drive in Vancouver) is no doubt loaded with significance given the tiger, panda, lion and the palm trees that look a lot like Chinese characters.

Here it is, first stitched together with close-ups below.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Bold and colorful

I've taken a bit of a break from the mural blog, but am ready to dive in again. This summer hasn't been as good for mural sightings as some others. But I have managed to gather a few goodies.

In the days ahead, I'll be posting my latest finds - mural photos collected along Commercial Drive in Vancouver. (Sorry, no street coordinates, but they were all sighted along Commercial Drive between East 1st Avenue and Venables.)

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Take a look at this beauty, painted on the side of a produce market. The rich colors and energetic figures make you want to move those piles of flats and boxes to get a better look!

(If anyone has more information about this or any mural you find posted here, please let me know and I'll gladly update with titles, artist names etc.)

New murals added Mondays and Thursdays.



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