Thursday 2nd December 2021

Murals, Walls, Silos & Art. #SundayStills. 108/2021.

Murals, Walls, Silos & Art. #SundayStills. 108/2021.

Terri here has shared the prompts for August 2021 and beyond when Natalie from here hosts for 3 weeks. This week is the final. Thank you Natalie, and welcome back Terri next week.

Come and read to see what I did for this post!

When I saw “colourful murals” as a prompt for this week’s Sunday Stills, I thought I don’t know that I have any images of these nor would I know where to find any where I live.

But wait, it only takes some noticing doesn’t it?

Then I began to remember where I knew there were  some near us, on the New South Wales Central Coast of Australia…..

The side wall of my favourite cafe in Toukley. Sadly closed until lockdown ends.


Set in a seaside area, this theme of seas and waves is about “no bad days at BluJs”


Next to the library at Toukley is this mural reminding us of the Canton Beach activities in Summer.


And, from the wall of the amenties block at Soldiers Beach is this testament to the whales who pass by on their way north each winter, and back south each spring after calving.


Information about Whale Migration next to the mural.


And again, on an amenities block in Toukley Village close to where I go grocery shopping is this visual portrayal of the area near where we live.


Now these may not be traditional  walls but they sure are walls. Of wheat silos. In Australia this has become quite a phenomenon. This photo from our trip in October 2020 to Barraba where I was teaching in my first year. It was from Barraba that I went to a function in Tamworth and met the man who became my husband over 50 years ago.

The farmer here portrayed with a ‘water diviner’ stick, looking for underground water.


There is no rule a mural cannot be from nature is there?

I love seeing this wall come to life each Spring. Sadly it’s at our local big shopping centre which for us has been ‘out of bounds’ since late June 2021.

This creeping flower was one my Mum loved.

When I go to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (my cancer hospital) in Sydney, I always stand next to the mural outside…signs more like it…but they mean a great deal to me. I also shot this image of my husband inside the large corridor within COBLH which has extensive images and more to share the cancer care that is patient centred and research driven.


And finally, I reckon some of my art might look good as a mural…








Do you have colourful murals in your local area?




  1. These are great examples Denyse! I love your circles, so colourful and dotty! I haven’t seen any of the silo artworks yet but will get out there one day to see them all.

    • Thanks so much. I enjoyed finding some murals and even if it meant another trip to Soldier’s Beach why not! I taught K-1 in Barraba in 1970 so those student are in the mid 50s now! Time..a very weird concept. I think the person portrayed on the silos looked like Prince Harry!!

      Those dot circles were both a good thing and a tiring thing to make. They are amongst others which I laminated and made into placemats and sometimes I have one on my bedside table. I find it interesting to view my work too.

      Have a good week…with a drive in the new vehicle on the cards too I hope.


  2. I haven’t seen the mural at the Toukley cafe but then again, I don’t think I went to cafes there. I do remember the one near the beach though. I absolutely love finding wall art and murals!

    • I really didn’t notice the side wall either for a while Sanch. It’s hidden to a certain extent. You would have enjoyed their coffee and their food. I cannot wait for them to be opening up again!!

      So much wall art these days and particularly in inner Sydney. That wall with Adam Goodes looks spectacular in photos!


  3. I love all of those, but the cowboy one is pretty cool and unique.

    • Thank you Kirstin. The cowboy one, an example of a wheat & sheep farmer here in Australia was very striking in its size and detail too.


  4. Denyse, You’ve got a very nice collection of murals. I like all of them. Your art work is beautiful. I like the sailboats and the one right below the sailboat photo. Thank you for sharing these with #SundayStills.

    • Thanks so much Natalie. I was pleased to have found some of these drawings and paintings again to include for this prompt.


  5. Are these examples of your art from the index card challenge? They are just gorgeous, Denyse. The colors are so vibrant. Love all the patterns. Beautiful work.

    And look at the murals!! My favorites are the one with the lighthouse that you said is the area around where you live and the 3 silos. I have come to really appreciate wall art. In some ways, it is the people’s art because it is free and out ‘there’ for everyone to enjoy.

    • Thanks so much Leslie, for your kind words.

      Those art works of mine are all large: A3 size mostly, and I did them a lot to help me through anxious times as they helped me focus mindfully on “just one thing as a time”. I did many and have laminated them and some became placemats too.

      Yes we live near a Lighthouse and I never tire of going over nearby to take photos. The silos were a sight alright. Glad to have seen them because up close they are HUGE works of art.

      It is good to have art in public spaces and more & more schools are having murals added to their former blank/brick walls.

      Thanks for your kindness and care!