One quickly discovers walking around Venice Beach (I did nearly 8 miles of walking in one day!) that it is a city of many murals. Some can take up the entire side of a 3-story building, like in the above, and are very public and visible. That would seem to make the most sense to put a mural where many people can see it.
However, there are many murals that are on small side streets, off the beaten-path. This artist is finishing this huge Jim Morrison mural on the side of a nondescript building in a small street that can hardly fit one car down it. That really appealed to me that it did not matter how wide open of a view, or how out in the open a particular mural was, that art can and should be placed anywhere. This allowed for a lot of turning small corners and being treated to a striking mural.
Be sure and look up when seeking out Venice Beach's murals. Quite a few are of famous people, like Morrison as you saw and other musicians, and also scenes from movies like White Men Can't Jump in the photo above.
This classic Venice Beach street scene mural was particularly stunning in part because of how one comes upon it and the realistic depth of field the composition has that nearly pulls you into a time warp.
Much better than a plain brick side, why not add even more blue sky, more palm trees and more colorful beach scenes to the actual beach itself! Walking in a city so full of color is refreshing and inspiring.
Of course Venice Beach is also very famous for its boardwalk. Even early in the morning it is already crowded on a weekday with artists showing off their work and dogs. You can only walk your dog on the boardwalk on weekdays!
Venice Beach is a place to discover things. I discovered a city of murals. What did you discover there? Tell me in the comments below.