Virginia Tieman

Posts Tagged ‘murals’

Once upon a time….

In Purpose on December 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Once upon a time the walls and walkways of the world were plain, dreary and untouched. As the days flew by turning into months then years illustrations began to form. Cavemen drew stick figures, Egyptians created  hieroglyphics, and from those days on, people have been known to tell stories through images and produce humble to massive sized artwork.

Murals have been around since word of mouth started its climb into the common. Starting this blog was a way to get more coverage on what seems to be the “unordinary” and instill this message that art is always around and trying to flourish — especially in San Francisco. I have enjoyed roaming the city and uncovering stories and hope that I have inspired some of you to do the same.

Take a stroll, walk, or jog, and when you find something put up on a wall, stop and give it some attention. Artists, most of the time, paint or imagine something for a reason and it is put up on a wall or walkway with passion, enthusiasm and love for the work they do. If you find yourself wondering what the artist was trying to accomplish, how they obtained the space, or simply want to know more about their personal life I suggest seeking out the information. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone when the answer is not too far away. One thing I can take away from this is knowing that people are willing to talk to you when they have put so much time into accomplishing something and they’d love to share a little bit about themselves.

You could end up learning about a tattoo artist, someone who does murals as they travel, you could get a private tour of a famous building or even surprise yourself by learning something you wouldn’t have believed before. Not to mention, murals have a way of appearing in historical buildings that have a message of their own.

I hope to continue this blog when I return from my study abroad adventure in Amsterdam and will take my curiosity for the background behind art and see what Europe has in store for me. One of my main suggestions, which I hope you have picked up by now, is to stay hungry for knowledge and let yourself get an eyeful when walking about San Francisco — you never know what you might discover with a little attention to detail.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who was willing to let me interview them, take photos of their work, take photos of them, and also do some video. I would also like to thank my professor and classmates — we’ve all been spreading our own message one way or the other this semester. I hope you enjoyed my blog because I sure did enjoy exploring the sights this city has to offer.

Best wishes,

Virginia M. Tieman


Get the feel of Chinatown murals

In Public on December 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Just like I did with the murals in Balmy Alley, I went around Chinatown and highlighted a few pieces that caught my eye.

The murals featured have work done by Banksy and Darryl Mar, while others remain unclaimed.

Their locations are 720 Grant Ave. and between Stockton St. and Pacific Ave. Enjoy.

A Few Gems in the Mission

In Public on November 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

As I start gearing up for the much anticipated photo story on Balmy Alley’s murals, I thought it would be a nice little treat to get a sense of some of the Mission District’s vibe and also get a quick glimpse of some murals that make up this prominent alley. Enjoy!


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What’s the difference between my blog….

In Purpose on August 31, 2011 at 10:33 am

…and other websites related you ask?

  • SF Mural Arts does an amazing job in locating the murals in San Francisco and even has an interactive map where you can click on a neighborhood to explore the murals it has to offer. However, background information on the artwork and artists is lacking and my goal is to highlight the stories from the artist’s thought process to the mural’s meaning.
  • If you find yourself captured by a certain mural’s beauty or simply want to add an essence to a restaurant, visit Mural Arts Studio’s website and purchase a mural for yourself. This website is ran by San Francisco mural artists Les Seymour and Brenda Cole Seymour and has information about their work and history. One thing that I appreciate about this website is they offer a page that illustrates the different techniques an artist can use to put together a masterpiece. However I plan to cover a broad spectrum of San Francisco and highlight a mural that peaks a wide spectrum of peoples’ interest.
  • Another way a website goes about covering murals is offering tours and taking pictures of the pieces from start to finish. Precita Eyes Mural Arts Association’s focus is the murals in the Mission and offers tours that start from $2 to $15 (prices range based on age). This website is chalk full of the association’s message and history and does a fine job in showing pictures of murals. One thing is that information is lacking about the murals, partly due to tours offered, and I’ll provide information that is easily accessible.

The main difference is I will be supplying my readers with added information on murals and artists to not only allow San Francisco to show why it is one of the most visited cities, but also capture history still amongst us today.