I often wonder how time gets so crushed and stretched as we meander along. Next week will be a great week of art and arting. Tuesday – Friday, I will have open gallery and studio hours at Without Borders, 18 Glenwood Ave, from 11am to 3pm. I will be working on a commissioned triptych, re-imagined blue piece and finalizing the sidewalk chalk work Tarrah Huff and I will do on Friday at SPARKcon. It should be an exciting and busy place full of great works by Susan, Tunde, Allen and me, complete and in progress :-).
On Friday, Tarrah and I will be on Fayetteville street chalking it up! This is always a fun time where we are working on the street with music and art all around us created by groups of all ages: middle-schoolers, high-schoolers, college students and adults. It is so inspiring and fun. I cannot wait!
The process of creating a sidewalk chalk work begins with the search for a suitable idea and afterwards to create a visual. Tarrah and I work from our experiences and photos creating a line drawing of the work. We then play with color, the brighter the better with chalk. Using a scaled grid, the drawing is transferred to the street, line drawing first. The chalking really begins after that. Color is applied first as a basic base color layer that is ground in with fingers, socks, gloves, or whatever you have around to keep your finger tips with prints. We used to use hairspray to “set” the layer, but that is not necessary. It just helps immensely if there is wind, or an inconsiderate soul who rides over your work on a bicycle after dark. After the base layer is down, you add the texture and variations of color that create a work of art and Voila!, Street Art :-). I hope you can come by September 16-17 on the Fayetteville Street and join the fun. See you there!