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“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell


Wall Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls… Kaikai Kiki, Takashi Murakami, 2001

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.Maya Angelou

Wall Art, aka Graffitti or my term, VandArt, has been around since the days of the Egyptian Hieroglyphics; even earlier. People like Keith Haring,  Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lee Quinones, King Robbo, Banksy, Kenny Scharf, John Fekner, Pixnit, CrashLady Pink,  Alexander Brener, Dondi, Zephyr,Heathcote Williams,  Blek le Rat, and a host of other artists elevated the form by going beyond defacing subway trains and public spaces. Wall art was not just about the external form but about the greater internal message; the inner stance of the artist. As Aristotle explains: The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. What do you remember about any of this?  Above and Below are some of my favorite examples. Come back later for more and explanations.

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton


Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls... Keith Haring’s wall art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls… Keith Haring’s wall art

We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore. What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls ride over the river, we know not. Ah, well! we may conjecture many things. John Wesley Powell



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“The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.”Jim Rohn


Weekly Phot Challenge: Walls... hangingmansleepingmanrobertgober1989

Weekly Phot Challenge: Walls… hangingmansleepingmanrobertgober1989

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Walls  Share an image of a wall that reveals something about a place, people, or you. From the interior walls of our home, to our book club’s Facebook wall, to the community bulletin board at the local market, walls are the canvases of our lives: where stories are read, voices are heard, ideas are shared. Much can be revealed from the items on a wall, from old postcards to long-forgotten flyers.

Positive Motivation Tip:  Orange is a color that wakes me up and puts a smile on my face.  Find your cheerful colors and have them around you.  Go do it!

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

56 Comments leave one →
  1. 1heart1family permalink
    13/03/2015 5:26 pm

    Those are crazy walls. I don’t know if I love them or am getting a headache from them. They are beautiful shots!

  2. 13/03/2015 5:32 pm

    I absolutely love that quote by Maya Angelou…it’s so very true!

  3. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    13/03/2015 7:21 pm

    Colors really do effect mood!!! Bright colors always make me so happy!!! My daughters room if filled with obnoxiously bright colors that you can’t help but walk out of that room happy 😉

  4. ctcarra permalink
    13/03/2015 11:39 pm

    I really like Keith Haring’s wall art, I like how the words become a design

  5. 14/03/2015 12:31 am

    Wow, I love the first photo haha looks so fun and my kids would love it.

  6. 14/03/2015 1:29 am

    What extremes Eliz, from cutesy to hanging man!

  7. JamericanSpice permalink
    14/03/2015 3:59 am

    Those are pretty cool art.
    It’s interesting to know how long it’s been around.
    I will have to check out the photo challenge.

  8. terri permalink
    14/03/2015 6:06 am

    Very cool and colorful photos. We;ve got a couple of painted walls in neighboring towns and I love to take photos of them.

  9. Ask Coach Donna permalink
    14/03/2015 6:30 am

    Great wall photos and the challenge would be especially fun – I so enjoyed this post images and quotes! Great work

  10. LinkedMoms permalink
    14/03/2015 7:14 pm

    I like Keith Haring’s wall art best of all. It’s very colourful. I am a fan of public art too. This is a great roundup of wall art.

  11. 14/03/2015 7:19 pm

    What an awesome photo challenge!

  12. 15/03/2015 12:13 am

    “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” That is true…even with the ones we love most sometimes. Seems silly from a distance, doesn’t it?

  13. Natalie permalink
    15/03/2015 1:42 am

    These are great art pieces, I love looking at all the different styles. Graffitti has to be one of my favorites, because it’s so creative and you can really see a story in graffitti.

  14. Debbie Denny permalink
    15/03/2015 7:28 am

    Pretty awesome pictures. I love the challenge.

  15. Masshole Mommy permalink
    15/03/2015 2:59 pm

    Orange is one of those colors that cheers me up, too! It reminds me of sunshine and the beach 🙂

  16. Ben Butler permalink
    15/03/2015 3:13 pm

    Those are awesome. The first one is my favorite. I’ve always loved art with a Japanese flair.

  17. Beth Williams permalink
    15/03/2015 3:35 pm

    Wow, those are some pretty crazy walls! Looks like a lot of fun!

  18. Jeanine permalink
    15/03/2015 3:45 pm

    I love the orange quote. I need to find my colors and fill every room. I swear colors always change my mood and keep me happy!

  19. Audrey (trihardmom) permalink
    15/03/2015 4:21 pm

    I like the quote that says love knows no boundaries. It makes me think of the 1 Corinthians 13 verse talking about all the qualities of love.

  20. Michelle Varga (@dustbunniesblog) permalink
    15/03/2015 6:10 pm

    Wow – some of those are very powerful images. I’m an art lover and always enjoy seeing new pieces. Thanks for sharing this.

  21. Chene Atkins- Whittington permalink
    15/03/2015 6:16 pm

    This a great challenge. These are beautiful pictures.

  22. Aisha Kristine Chong permalink
    15/03/2015 7:46 pm

    Lovely. I just love how… simple stuff like these can actually say so much and appreciate the art along with it as well. Wonderful.

  23. Christina Aliperti permalink
    16/03/2015 12:01 am

    This is a really cool challenge. I love the thought and creativity that went into each and every one of them.

  24. The Pinterested Parent permalink
    16/03/2015 4:48 am

    I actually love graffiti art. Some of it is amazingly beautiful, such as your words.

  25. lynndeeee permalink
    16/03/2015 8:54 am

    That wall art by Keith Haring is awesome! Very artistic and very creative. What a talent!

  26. roselynn787 permalink
    16/03/2015 11:03 am

    The first photo reminds me of the crazy looking wallpaper I have in the attic. Very retro lol. I need to participate in photo challenges like this, it’s so much fun.

  27. 16/03/2015 12:03 pm

    I really like the graffiti image. I am one of those people who thinks graffiti can be really beautiful.

  28. lifebycynthia permalink
    18/03/2015 4:15 pm

    My workspace is so drab. I really need to look into adding cheerful colors to my surroundings!

  29. Liz Mays permalink
    18/03/2015 5:09 pm

    Those are such interesting looks. I think I tend to go for quiet backgrounds but use accessories for pops of color and pattern.

    • 19/03/2015 11:52 am

      Yes, I go for solid walls too. All the pictures are representations of works of art. So they are not meant for home walls unless someone is really into chintz! Haha! 🙂

  30. Masshole Mommy permalink
    18/03/2015 8:08 pm

    That is awesome artwork! I need something like that in my house.

  31. upliftingfam permalink
    18/03/2015 8:39 pm

    These are beautiful pieces of art. Thank you for sharing. Some of them are wild. I always like the beautiful murals.

  32. marly_ms (@mgmhar) permalink
    18/03/2015 11:35 pm

    I love the flowery wall. It’s so happy and colorful.

    Mhar Sefcik

  33. Rebel Sweetheart permalink
    19/03/2015 3:19 am

    Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing these inspirational quotes, too. 🙂

  34. bismah2010 permalink
    19/03/2015 3:52 am

    These walls are really amazing! We definitely could use more color on the walls in our home. I too love orange!

  35. Everything Home Life permalink
    19/03/2015 7:37 am

    Wow! Those walls really come out at you! Thanks for sharing! great choices!

  36. 19/03/2015 12:09 pm

    You found some interesting graffiti! I love when there is good art on city walls- I wish there was more well done!

  37. 19/03/2015 3:41 pm

    These are interesting for sure. I LOVE the first one.

  38. carmyy permalink
    19/03/2015 4:31 pm

    I love the “we build too many walls” quote. it’s so true.

  39. 19/03/2015 6:44 pm

    Great Maya Angelou quote, I’m going to have to copy and paste that one. So sad that I just typed that instead of say ‘write it down.’

  40. 19/03/2015 8:36 pm

    I like Keith Haring’s wall art so much. And, these are absolutely beautiful wall photos and I love this challenge as well. Thanks for sharing this.

  41. maggiesblog2 permalink
    20/03/2015 6:16 am

    These are so unique! Beautiful pictures!

  42. tweenselmom permalink
    20/03/2015 3:51 pm

    Very interesting patterns and designs. thanks so much for sharing!

  43. rocky permalink
    22/03/2015 11:11 am

    beautiful photos you have here … thanks for sharing

  44. Debi permalink
    22/03/2015 6:08 pm

    My son would go nuts over the graffiti. It is perfect for his sense of style.

  45. Julie Searle permalink
    23/03/2015 12:45 pm

    Those are vibrant masterpieces 🙂


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