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

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chalk T-shirts

Sometimes I design chalk-humor t-shirts based on my experiences as an artist... I hope you enjoy them...

Master Certification

I have technically been a Master Street Artist since about September last year, however I had to wait till the President of the Florida Chalk Artist Association was at the same festival as me to officially get my certification... so YAY!

What exactly does being a certified Maestro mean?

For many years, street painters have demonstrated their skills and talents. A certification system has been established in Italy to recognize the three levels of skill and proficiency. Likewise, the FCAA has established a certification-recognition system with three levels for its members:

SEMPLICE (APPRENTICE) - Student – entry level
• Beginning street painter, chalk artists
• Participate in 5 street painting festivals or events as part of a group or solo.
• Attend street painting demonstrations or classes.
• Produce artworks of people or nature (landscape, animals, seascape, plants)

• Participate in a total of 10 street painting festivals or events; 7 as a solo artist.
• Provide a program or demonstration on the art of street painting.
• Write an article or column for an art publication or newsletter covering street painting techniques, events, or observations about the art form.
• Demonstrate an understanding of gridding, pouncing, and/or freestyle street painting techniques.
• Produce artworks from an original composition and a portrait (facial image)

• Qualify as an apprentice and qualified artist (meet those requirements).
• Participate in 15 street painting festivals or events, 12 or more as a solo artist.
• Participate in at least one Large Festival similar or equal to Disney Masters of the Arts Street Painting Festival. (Lake Worth Street Painting Festival / Sarasota Chalk Festival)
• Provide educational programs, instruction, or demonstrations of street painting.
• Receive an award in a festival of 30 or more street painting artists.
• Produce street paintings in 3 of 5 categories such as a master reproduction, portrait, landscape, still life, abstract, impressionistic, black and white, or pop art as part of your entries to demonstrate your skills and proficiency.

So needless to say I feel pretty accomplished having completed everything above. It is something I have been working on for a few years, meeting most of the qualifications but just needing to participate in certain festivals to achieve it. I guess now I will have to pick a new goal…

Friday, April 10, 2015

Winter Garden - Spring Fever in the Garden April 2015

This weekend I had the pleasure of recreating a piece by Jasmine Bkecet-Griffith in Winter Garden, FL. It was 6x6ft and took about 7 and a half hours... I am beyond happy with how this came out, it is beautiful and my proportions are pretty spot on, something that is always a challenge when you freehand...
 Here is the original piece just for reference and to credit the original artist...
Please visit her website at http://www.strangeling.com/

Some more in progress pictures...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Toho Water Authority - April is Water Conservation Month!

I was commissioned by the Toho Water Authority to create a piece promoting Water Conservation Month, the slogan being "There are a number of ways to save water and they all start with you".

It shows three different images where water is being wasted and the water is spilling down the entryway to the building. It took about 6 hours and was about 8x15ft.

They were a pleasure to work with, I couldn't believe how beautiful the building was! Check out their facebook.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Art at the Avenue's with the Art Gallery of Viera

If you didn't know, I am a new director for the Art Gallery of Viera, so I of course had a part in our first Art at the Avenues festival. It was a crazy hot day so this 3D piece was a little hard to compete (especially on concrete) but I got it done! About 8x8 ft

Monday, February 9, 2015

Artfest Ft Myers 2015

Each year this gets bigger and better! I was one of the professional chalk artists at ArtFest Ft Myer's for the third year! We instructed and judged 30 teams of high school student's while completing a sponsor piece (thank you Truy Nolen) and our own. The student work is just so amazing. This year my co-professional artists were Charfade, Nate Barronowski, BK Lyons, and Ron Hawkins.

My finished piece, following the theme of "Bugs on Vacation" features an Ant with a camera and a trail of bugs following him out of a suitcase. It was around 7x7.

As always, the next day I came back and was challenged to do another 3D bug like I did my spider last year.

Here are a few pictures from that weekend:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

P!nk has me on her page!

So this was pretty exciting for me, as P!nk is my all time favorite singer! It definitely made my day when my sister shared it and tagged me - then watching all of the numbers grow over the next few weeks.

Who is that guy? My Dad. It made for some hilarious comments though - is that guy Chelsey? Is this P1nk or Chelsey? WHAT IS GOING ON! - haha.

If you want to check it out here is a direct link. This piece won best in show at the Uptown Art Expo in 2014.