Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Arbor Lakes Chalkfest - 2016

This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to be part of Minnesota's first ever Chalk Festival, Arbor Lakes Chalkfest! I was one of 21 artists able to come and it was an amazing experience. I had never been to Minnesota before and this festival went above and beyong to make sure we had a great time, even more so since it was my 7 year wedding anniversary.

Back in 2014 I got permission from one of my lifelong favorite artists, Brian Froud. As you know, I haven't been to to many festivals over the past year so I jumped at the opportunity to finally have a large important festival to bring a piece of his work to the street. With the help of the festival, I decided on "Queen of the Bad Faeries", a little spooky but so visually striking and still a little playful.

And we begin...
For the first time I laid out a tempera base, it made the chalk go on so smooth and it really helped the material's go farther and just on the pavement... something that is important when you are doing a 10x10ft piece.

Do you know I freehand? All of this was freehanded onto the street. My proportions arn't always spot on, but it works and I always feel just that extra bit of accomplishment. On this piece I started at the eyes and worked outward.

ALL DONE! I got to work around 7:30 Saturday, of course there was alot of prep work with the paint, ect. Then around 12-1pm it got so hot I took a very long break. This is Minnesota, I didn't sign up for Florida Weather! I clocked in a few evening hours as well, I had no idea it stayed light till 9pm... Sunday I was determined to be done early so from 5am-11pm I finished up my second half and enjoyed the rest of the day.

And for the grand finally.... "Art and all beauty is for the moment - ten seconds or ten centuries. The expressions of the moment are ever present because we can live only in the ever present."

This video has gotten alot of strong reactions, but it really was awesome to watch. To quote another artist, Willie Zin, "...the thought of seeing it washed away in front of me was unimaginable until I physically saw mine being pressured washed off. It was actually quite amazing. I didn't feel sad but an excitement because it means we will come again and giving me another reason to redo.. reborn and relive... a sense of a life cycle in a positive way of thinking. And I like that.. I thought I would feel terrible inside but it didn't. .. I do understand about the fading part. But, it's taking me to a new level of thinking. Life itself is not permanent. In this case, short lived and we do our best to preserve that moment in the process and accepting it as it goes away in front of us... a bittersweet emotion to me... yet gives me hope to come back..."

Friday, April 29, 2016

Hold Your Horses - Art Gallery of Viera 2016

I don't know if you know this, but I am a director at Art Gallery of Viera. Each month we host a different themed show, as well as have a different artist who does a demo. Well, in January we had a horse themed show and I created a piece for in front of our gallery.

I would guess it took about 2-3 hours, that is how long our opening receptions are. And maybe 3x5 in size? I'm not to sure on that part.

Below is me with it to help judge size and my original sketch.

Artfest Ft Myers 2016

Back at it again!
I was one of the professional chalk artists at ArtFest Ft Myer's for the fourth year in a row! We instructed and judged 32 teams of high school student's while completing a sponsor piece (thank you Truy Nolen) and our own. The student work is spectacular. This year my co-professional artists were Cass Womack Nate Barronowski, BK Lyons, and Matt McAllister.

The above is my finished piece, it's a combination of Saturday and Sunday's work. We had some rain that flooded out the work so I put together a piece that could be done at separate times.

And some of my original sketches that I did to make this piece

Eau Gallie Artworks 2015

Hi! I am trying to catch up with all of my blog posts, I’ve been a bit behind. Despite not doing many festivals it was a busy year.
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For the past few years I have coordinator the chalk portion of this festival. It is always a busy time, this year especially due to the rain. We didn't have alot of time, but a friend of mine (Amanda Shaw) and I teamed up to do an in memory piece for Link Johnston, the director of ArtWorks who passed away earlier in the year. He was a great guy and the festival would exist without his hard work.

Dunnellon Chalk Art Festival 2015

Chalk Art Festival - Dunnellon, FL | Oct 17, 2015

Hi! I am trying to catch up with all of my blog posts, I’ve been a bit behind. Despite not doing many festivals it was a busy year.

I was the featured artist for Dunnellon, so I decided to do a mermaid with the famous rainbow falls in the background. Like I said, it has been a while, so I don’t remember all of my details on this unfortunately, but it was probably 6x6 and 4 hours. I did use a reference photo for the mermaid, you can see it HERE credit to astrals-stock

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Upcoming Chalk Festival I will be in... 2015

  • Dunnellon Chalk Art Festival - Dunnellon, FL | Oct 17 | INFO
  • ArtWorks Eau Gallie - Melbourne, FL | Nov 21 | INFO
  • Chalk Block – Fort Myers, FL | Feb 5th – 7th | INFO

Friday, June 26, 2015

Florida Hospital in Kissimmee Grand Opening

These past few weekends I have had the pleasure of working for Glickman Productions to create some art during the opening of the new Tower at the Florida Hospital in Kissimmee.

The first week I was asked to chalk their new tower... 4ftx4ft on hardboard in 2-3 hours

The next week I collaged some other images for a Florida wildlife picture. 4ftx4ft on hardboard in 2-3 hours