Saturday, November 23, 2013

2013 quick recap!

Another Chalk season is over for me! I am ready for my two month break before I start back up in 2014.... But to recap:

2013 Festivals I attended (not including private events):

I had a great time at these and hope to attend even more in 2014, its going to be a busy beautiful year as I plan on chalking fantasy themed work all year - just to get back to focusing on what I enjoy, beautiful colorful art. My main goal for 2014 is to place at a festival with more than 50 artists so that I can become a Master. I would also like to do a 3D piece and set up my timelapse for each piece I do.... I will also be featured in a Daytona College production called "CreARTivity" (more info coming soon). Although before all of this happens I need to take inventory and restock on some colors!

I will be posting my  2014 schedule as I make it on the side bar - if you would like me to attend your event please get in contact ASAP,

Artworks Eau Gallie - 2013

Just finished Artwork's Eau Gallie Chalk Block, by very first event as a coordinator. I would like to think it was a success, although I have more idea's for next year :)

I would like to thank all of the artists who participated, especially my explosion of Westshore student's who showed up and did great work. I would also like to thank my judge, Sandy Johnson for volunteering on such short notice.

The Highland Mint, Waterline Marina, Eau Gallie Woodworking, Let the Girl's do it Cleaning, Eau Gallie Ace Hardware, and Premiere Oaks Theater.

My piece from today was a rendition of the Capricorn Zodiac by Kagaya, he does amazing work so I suggest you go check them out :)

Size: 4x4.5
Time: 5 hours (give or take, I was running around alot)

I also took alot of images throughout the day, feel free to check them out: 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Disney's Festival of the Masters 2013

Size: 5x5ft
Time: 6 hours
For this festival I decided to recreate a piece by Marina Dieul, who was nice enough to give me permission to do so! Super Excited, this will be my first time doing a piece from a living master!
"Le Rouge Gorge" by Marina Dieul (Please go check her out!) or

And a few in progress pictures!



I am officially a qualified artist! I received my designation at the annual FCAA meeting - now my goal for next year is to become a master!
Check out the FCAA Certification Program HERE

Monday, October 28, 2013

Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival

I had a great time at Clearwater this past weekend, Oct 25-27. Their surface is one of the best and they treat their artists great! This was my first time here, but it won't be my last. I decided to go with a smaller piece because I knew my time was limited (I was a last minute participant), but it worked out good because I was able to assist some of my art friends.

This is Charfade's beautiful original piece, she won best of show! Check out that beautiful sky/water, curtsy of yours truly, haha :)

Thank you to Michele and Ann with the Clearwater chamber of commerce, and sponsors for making it all possible, and Julie Graden for getting me to come this year! I wish the weather was always this good.

Disney's "Limited Time Magic"

My piece for the "Limited Time Magic" in Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL (October 4 - 6 2013). I finished just in time, I came down with the flu shortly after getting home, I could literally feel myself getting sicker as I drove home. Feeling better now though, and had a great time chalking with everyone.

Size: 4x6 ft
Time: about 7 hours
Materials: Koss Soft Pastels, Mount Vision Chalk

Pocahontas © Disney 1995 | All rights reserved

You can watch this great video showing all the pieces in the show here:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Marietta Chalk Festival

I had a great time at the Marietta Chalk festival on August 30-September 1st. There was a selection of featured artists who each did a  10x10 square and an additional street of beginning artists on another block. I went with the 150th Civil War Anniversary themed and did a compilation piece which took me about 10 hours split between Saturday and Sunday. "Our Banner in the Sky" painted by Frederic Edwin Church in 1861 and "Warrenton, Virginia. Lieutenant Colonel A.V. Colburn" created in 1862 by Gardner, Alexander.

About half an hour after I finished on Sunday the rain came, leaving a ghost like image.

Special thank you to Mobilzed Fuel's for sponsoring my spot! And a great video put together by Craig Houdeshell!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Call for Artists and Sponsors!

This year I am in charge of planning, organizing, and fundraising for the Street Painting portion of the Artworks Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival on Nov 23rd.



Additional Sponsor info:

What is the difference in becoming a chalk sponsor?
Well, nothing changes (you still pick a regular patron category) except that your donation will be set aside specifically for this part of the festival. As an added "thank you", your business will be paired with a professional artist and its name will be featured above their piece. This way, as views engage and photograph the artist at work, you receive additional recognition. So, when you send in the form please make a note that you are donating for the chalk portion.
What will these funds be used for?
I am raising money to help draw in the best Florida street artists. Because this is a performance art, nothing is sold. The artists travel and create simply for the love of the art form. So, to thank them (and help draw them in) I am fundraising for awards and art supply's. Also, ArtWorks is a 501 (c) 3 Federal Tax Exempt Public Charity. Contributions to ArtWorks are tax deductible.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me by phone or email, thank you!
321-961-9289 or

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Off Season

Summer time is a little too hot to just go running around Florida chalking in the heat all day – so I did a few “non-street art” chalk work to fill in the space.

My first test on hard board, framed and still looking for a home...

Then later I did this at First Friday and raffled it to raise money for Art Works...

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Freehand Method

As I continue my journey on getting my chalk certification, I wrote an article for the FCAA newsletter on the freehand technique, so now all I have to send in my application and bam! I am a Qualificato Madonnari! And only a few steps from being Meastro!

The freehand method

At almost any festival I get a freehand comment from another artist (I am looking at you Ron!) because I am one of the few that consistently chalks without pouncing or gridding. But why the freestyle? For me, math- not my thing. And sure, I could figure it out (my SAT math score were great, I was shocked too) but most day’s I have trouble remembering to print out my reference picture, let alone the set up time for other methods.

But all kidding aside, I feel that I learn and challenge myself more when I freehand something. Sure, not everything is perfect, but because I challenged myself I see an improvement each time, and not just in my chalk but other art as well. I have developed a better sense of composition over the years and have the ability to change/create things on the fly.

So how do I do it? Essentially, I am working from a grid (only its imaginary). Start by finding the center of the workspace and the center of your reference image. From there, quickly draw out the basic shapes that are in the piece. I like to do this with that obnoxious orange piece of chalk that come in the box that rarely gets used. Its bright and surprisingly easy to cover. Once the basics are done step back and observe. If something looks too big or small, adjust and redraw until you are satisfied. From there you can pretty much just pick a space and start. Now, for most techniques the ideal starting point is the top and you work down (less street yoga at the end) BUT if you are freehanding it, I suggest starting at the focal point. So, if I have a face in the center, I start there. Why? First, it gives the viewers something interesting look at after only a short time into the piece, but mostly it’s because if I misjudged my proportions when I get to the bottom, nothing important is changed and left off. Throughout the entire process it is important to get up and make sure you are still headed in the right direction, everything always looks different while standing. And it’s the standing angle that you want to look good, as that is where your audience’s viewpoint is.
So, I challenge everyone to give it a shot. If not at a festival then on your driveway. Whether you end up liking it or not, chances are you will discover something about how you currently work and ways you can improve. Plus, it’s nice to just create something laidback and embrace the “happy accidents” every once in awhile."

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Giovanni Rana Pasta Chalk Board

The beginning of the year chalk season may be over, but that doesn't mean I stop working! This is a chalkboard piece done for Giovanni Rana Pasta for a Trade show that took place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Florida.

Chalk board is interesting to work on, impossible to blend... I much prefer sidewalk! Still a great experience, and on can never complain about extra work.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

BCC Art Club Guest 2013

I visited BCC today as a guest demonstrator (and alumni) for the Art Club during Finals Fest! I chalked their logo while a handful of students did pieces of their own.
About 2 hours and 3x6? Its hard to determine the size of something when you just freehand it on the sidewalk. Hopefully we inspired more students to join and get involved in Artworks in November!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Casselberry Earth Fest 2013

Thank you to Casselberry for inviting me to be a part of your Earth Fest 2013!
I chalked their logo for the event, about 3 hours and 6x6

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Florida Air Academy Earthday 2013

unknown size, about 6x6 and 4 hours
Done on April 17th at Florida Air Academy to celebrate their Earth Day Festival. The festival was put together to educate the kids and it was an awesome day filled with all kinds of events.

Select groups of students participated in an "Amazing Race" where they went to each vender and learned about different things. Below were my objectives and what each group had to do.

A) Impact and Power of Art
Objective: Something like street art (considered a performance art) has a huge impact on those watching it get created as it allows them to interact and get involved. The message is learned faster and it sticks in your mind because of its size.
Activity: Get down and help! Fill in a fish scale with a color of your choice.

B) Social Media as a Public Tool
Objective: Street art encourages you to take pictures of it (since it is not doneon paper, once it rains it is gone), thus quickly spreading the information and getting people interested without paper waste
Activity: Take a picture and share it online (facebook, instagram, twitter, ect)

C) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Objective: Many things can be switched over to reusable form so that there is less waste, even in the creative aspects of your life. Examples for what I am currently using: cloth (recycled shirts) instead of wet wipes, garbage bags instead of gloves, ect
Activity: Write down a way you can reuse or recycle something wasteful in your life.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Winter Garen Spring Fever

6x6, 4.5 hours, reproduction of an image off the web (original artist unknown)
Thank you Winter Garden Art Association for photographing it for me!

The heat is murder, but I had a great time at Winter Garden Spring Fever and I hope to be back next year!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Paseo Pastel in St Augustine

Unfortunately this weekend was bit of a wash, literally. We got rained out before we could even begin.

But I am no quitter! After driving all the way to an event it is such a shame to just leave without having done anything, especially since I got a hotel and everything. So I went to my car and tested out chalk on various surfaces until I found something that held it ok, and wha-la!
So, while not street art, is is the only peice of chalk work from this weekend. Thank you FCAA for giving me an award, I will consider it an award of merit for my determination.

And thank you to all of the organizers/volunteers at Paseo Pastel. Your event was lovely and well organized, but sometimes weather happens and we have to make the best of it. See more pictures HERE.
Looking forward to next year!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Portrait art

This is just a quick post to say hi to everyone I meet at the church of Viera showcase! If you are here because of that you can find my portrait work at or my Facebook,
Thank you!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

March 2 - Cocoa Village

I chalked a quick demonstration piece is History Cocoa Village today! So hello to everyone visiting my site today who saw me downtown. Feel free to look around and send me an email if you have any questions, be it commission related or how you can get into street painting!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Uptown Art Expo 2013

My rendition of "A Ray of Sunlight (The Cellist)" by John White Alexander. It was 5x7 and took about 5 hours at the Uptown Art Expo in Altamonte Springs, FL (Feb 16th).

Monday, February 4, 2013

Ft Myers Chalk Fest

The weekend was a great success, I am very impressed with the skills of all of the High School students in Lee County! It was so hard to judge because everyone did such a great job!
For those students who talked to me over the weekend, please check out FCAA and ISPS for info about other festivals, they are a lot of fun and we would love to see you out there creating more art!

To start off the Chalk Block, 5 professionals (myself included, although I was asked if I was a student several times, ha) put down the Truly Nolan logo. They were great to work with and I love learning new things whenever I interact with other artists; Lee Jones, Dorthy Sabean, Michelle Hawkins, and Ron Hawkins.

And here is my scorpion piece from Saturday, about 6 hours 7x5 ft.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

ArtFest Ft Myers, Feb. 1-3 2013

I am looking forward to participating in this years ArtFest Chalk Block! Each year they choose a few professionals to instruct students from local Lee County high schools, who then compete in an art competition. SO I feel honored to kick off the new season by working with my peers and inspiring the next generation!