Pot-pourri one and sixty


Dolores del Río, 1938, by Diego Rivera, at the artist’s house in Coyocán, Mexico city. Dolores del Río (1905-1983) was one of the major actresses of the Golden age of the Mexican cinema and a strong “player” in Hollywood too. There will be more soon on Diego Rivera.



Death by Evelia Evelia, Mexico, 2019. As the Day of the Dead approaches, though I know I will probably get good photos of the festivities, I must confess I am becoming a tad uncomfortable with a certain Mexican obsession for death. No offence. 🙂


The little Prince in Malay, Penang, Malaysia, 2017. A new “collection” of mine. Covers of that charming book in all languages I can come across. Do you have the Little Prince in a language other than French? Let’s share.


Behind bars. Tlalpan, 2019.


Loos of the world series. The men’s room at a local restaurant.


Les demoiselles d’Avignon. Mexico city, c.1972.


Street art Canada, 2019. In Toronto I believe. (c)ourtesy Alex.


My Lord Buddha. Thailand, c.15-16th century. A very well-put expo at the Musée Guimet, Paris, 2019.


Traveller 13. A Comanche or Sioux warrior on the Paris Metro? (Nerve-racking picture. The “subject” was sitting just across me.)


World beer store, Mexico city, 2019. Let’s have a cool one, Mate.


Gatlinburg, Tenne-see, 1978. Another restored slide. A gateway to the Smoky mountains, we drove there from Huntsville, “Alabamer”, via Chattanooga (choo, choo). The latter was a complete let-down. I guess the song had led me to expect more.


Mexico city, 2019. I sometimes wonder what my great-grandmother Wilhelmine would say of today’s women attire. 🙂 (Great, where do I get one of these?)


Good times, Mexico city, Loos of the world series.


Traveller 14, World of Banksy, Paris, 2019. No worry, I will post a clear shot of that Banksy mural. Just liked the tat. 🙂


Self-Portrait with monkey (and xoloitzcuintle), 1945, by Frida Kahlo. Dolores Olmedo museum. This is a great museum we just visited last week-end, with probably the greatest collection of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo paintings in the world. (More to come). Frida Kahlo is well know for her self portraits, many in a surrealistic style. I wanted to contrast the one above with this one:


Portrait of her friend Alicia Galant, by Frida Kahlo, 1927. Dolores Olmedo Museum. This is considered to be her first portrait. I like it better than later works. The style is also similar to another Surrealist artist, Leonor Fini. (More on her too later. I have gathered a bit too much material lately.) 🙂


Traveller 15, Pont Louis-Philippe, Paris, 2019. I think I have been made. Or not? Regardless, I am always fascinated by the elegance of many travellers to the city of lights.


Captain and Donald Duck, substituting for Spock and Scotty, wish to thank y’all for flying with us again, despite the many Time-Space bumps. Portrait by my mother, Renée, Karachi, Pakistan, 1954. (Another great find in the boxes at my brother’s)





113 thoughts on “Pot-pourri one and sixty

  1. Interesting how Frida painted herself with a moustasch and those eyebrows, though in photos she is actually quite attractive. And that last painting of you: what a treasure!! (Maybe I should paint my boys? Hahah, no way it would turn out that good!)

    • Sorry to rain on your parade, she did not pluck her eyebrows and she did have a moustache. Kinda weird. I’m sure she had her reasons.
      The painting is funny isn’t it? I actually remember the toys, the Donald Duck and the little mouse. Donald’s beak was all worn out, as I would chew it while toothing. 🙂
      Paint your boys? Maybe? I’ve had a mind of painting our grandson. 🙂 Someday. (Not with oil, my mother was much better at that) 🙂

  2. Hello Brian. Grand set. I see the Buddha figures some times skinny and other times with a huge belly, I wonder which is more true? Of course could be a young Buddha? Good Times on the bathroom door is a bit suggestive or weird. Hugs

    • Haha. The Buddha figure depends on the region. Indochina is generally slim. Chines BUddhas tend to have a fat belly as _ so I was told – it was a sign of prosperity. And yes, “good times” could be weird. But… such is my Loos of the world series. 😉
      Be good

  3. This is an amazing selection – just from these I have the sense you appreciate women in a positive sense. Dolores has me rapt. I am used to seeing images of Diego Rivera’s murals, but less so paintings such as this.

    • Haha! Guilty as charged. 🙂 Interesting how you put your finger on it. “Positive sense”. Yes, in many ways. Though we know there as many female idiots as male… 😉 But I like balanced societies. (I have lived in male-only social groups and no. Doesn’t cut it)
      And yes, there is much more to Rivera than just his (unique) murals. He was a great and varied artist. I will post soon on Diego and Frida from the Dolores Olmedo museum. Cheers Libre.

  4. Wow, another fascinating serie! I quite agree that the obsession with death gets a bit on my nerves. Life is already filled with enough horrors to cope with.
    That Sieux warrior could have clobbered you. He looks really dangerous.
    The portrait by your mother is my favourite.

    • My point entirely. This obsession is becoming a bit too much. What about a culture that celebrates Life? 🙂
      I don’t think he would have. Clobbered me. He looked… tired, as most people on the metro do. 🙂
      It is a lovely portrait, full of life and smile of a baby one. I was a bit concerned it had not survived the various floods and mishaps at my brother’s workshop. Now we need to find a way to bring it home on our next trip. (And I need to find the nerve to try my hand at a portrait of our grandson… 😉 How was your “trek”? You must be back already?

      • I am back already. We only go for a few days at a time, because we have dogs that go to kennel accomodation and it gets pretty expensive. We are going again in November to Sabi Sand,our most favourite spot in the wilderness.
        Start on that portrait!

      • Ah, yes. Kennels no matter how good are not good for dogs. They get disoriented. Look forward to November then.
        The portrait? I need to finish a few other drawings pending. Some day.

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  6. Never know who you’ll see on the Paris metro. That warrior is the coolest. That museum sounds magnificent! Sometimes I sure do miss the culture you can find in cities. Wishing you a fabulous rest of the week, mon ami.🙂

    • Definitely agree. That’s why I placed it first. 😉 (Always select a first image with impact, and Dolores del Río was quite beautiful). Thanks for the visit and comment.

  7. My favourites have to be the provocative Loos Of The World, the bread dress or rather the little urchins trying to eat it, the Sioux warrior who I had as a cross dresser initially if I’m honest. Lol you snapped him so close?!

    And yes you were made…at least on the other pic.

    I am beginning to think that every Parisian starlet / model looks like Beatrice Dalle.

    Why is the painting in jail? What has it done?

    And yes, what is the Mexican obsession with death?

    Is that you in your mom’s painting? And how cool!

    Yeah the bumps are not great I’m fed up of complaining. Spilt my tea twice and there was no cake available. Tsk!

    • Well, well. Los of the world is one of my favourites. And yes I was that close. Thing is you pretend to be texting on your phone with the camera on. Shutter sound off, and just shift the phone up a second while snapping. Only 4 travellers spotted me. Not too bad. But I may resort to other… tactics. Ask upfront? I’ve done it and it works. Mostly.
      Béatrice Dalle? Haha! A few years back.
      It’s actually a window of the workshop. With bars coz, it’s on the street. And they leave the print to dry with the window open.
      Death is a pre-Colombian ritual of the Aztecs. (A most blood-thirsty culture) mixed with the Catholic tradition of the Day of the Dead. Like I said: I’d like a culture that celebrates Life. 🙂
      Yep. That (was) me, Allastair.
      I’ll pass a word to Scotty about the bumps. And to Spock about the Cakes and scones. Problem with Vulcans: they don’t eat either, so they forget.
      Bon week-end.

  8. The last portrait is so heartwarming. Made with love 🙂
    I am surprised you dared to take a close up of the traveler 13 and lived…
    You probably have an English copy of the Little Prince? One of the best stories of all times – great idea to collect the books.
    Thank you for sharing your life.

    • Haha! Not sure whether I’m “sharing” my life. More bits and pieces really. 🙂 Or rather points of view. Which is what most bloggers I like do. What you show of “your life” in ireland is fascinating. People in Singapore share other stuff. Etc.
      No I don’t have it in English. Maybe we should start a “Challenge”?
      Traveller 13 and others. I use my phone. Camera on and shutter sound off. Pretend I’m texting. With the phone almost vertical. Then swing just a few degrees, snap, snap, and that’s it. One day I’ll get mugged. 😉
      And that portrait is cute. I have other drawings and paintings of my mother here. Not too sure how to bring this one back. Paint is kinda flaking so I can’t roll it. We’ll see.
      Thanks for your visits Inese. Always a pleasure.

      • Love you sneaky photography techniques and will try them in practice.
        You should speak to somebody in the local museum about preserving the drawings . They will sure give you some valuable tips.

      • The local museum is just an expo room. I don’t think they even have a curator. I might just put an oil painting varnish. Let it dry well then roll it carefully? I’ll make some tests next year. Or Google it. 😉

  9. Fascinating pictures! I laughed at the pictures in the men’s room, and had to return to the one with the girl wearing salad and breadsticks a few times just to make sure I didn’t imagine that. 😉

  10. The last portrait captures my imagination ~ what a talent, and I suppose holds great stories and memories. A perfectly diverse set, and I like the bookends the best. The first holding pieces of a culture that fascinates (and yes, look forward to seeing what the Day of the Dead festivities will bring to you), and the last being memories of home (even if not mine…). Wishing you a great week ahead ~

  11. OMFG, Dolores has alien eyes!!!
    Actually a few other paintings (painters?) have problems with proportions (check out the hands).
    The baguette girl is actually a poster, not graffiti – see the torn piece to the bottom-right.
    Frida Kahlo – ugh! Not even Salma Hayek managed to make her likeable in the “Frida” movie.
    OK, enough hatin’ for today. 🙂

    • Haha! Yes, there is enough hate in the world. 😉
      Agreed the baguette girl is a poster. I have seen it increasingly in some parts. Paris in particular. I think it allows the artist to avoid destruction.
      Dolores del Río had big eyes. 🙂 And it is one of Diego’s best portraits in my mind. 🙂
      Proprotions? Yes. It’s the artist’s style I guess.
      Be good.

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  13. Thanks Brian, you’re comment about Chattanooga reminded me of my 18 year-old self’s visit many moons ago. I left feeling completely bewildered by why I’d visited in the first place. Cold, rainy and with virtually nothing to see or do. Songs can be very misleading, I learned that a second time after visiting Albuquerque – from the song by Prefab Sprout. Love that Toronto street art pic, seems dangerous though!

    • Haha! So we have crossed paths many, many times. Chattanooga was a complete let-down. 🙂
      I’ll have to look up Prefab Sprout. Ne’er heard of’em.
      Raccoons are cute little devils but can have a nasty bite…
      (What on earth were you doing in Chattanooga – choo choo – at 18?)

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