Temporary Fine Art

We have a big festival downtown this week and one of the top things on my to-do list was to visit the chalk art contest.  I had heard about that contest before, but this was the first time I had actually sought it out.  I had become curious about it when friends told us that their son-in-law always competes in it and has won it several times.

Oh, my.  What fun it was on a sunny Saturday morning to wander around among people who were beginning to create art on marked-off squares of the street.  I was so impressed.  It just seems to me that it would be incredibly hard, even for a person with lots of artistic talent, to not only draw on a large, uneven, sometimes cracked surface under a hot sun, but also while bystanders watch and sometimes ask questions.  Not to mention the pressure of creating a piece of art that would be judged for the contest, but also, unofficially, by all the festival visitors/amateur art critics who saw it.  I could never do something like that, but it was lots of fun to observe the whole process and the resulting pieces of art from those brave souls who did do it!

It was very comfortable for the artists who had their sections on the shady side of the street, but not as great for those of us trying to get a picture of their art.  I thought this frog picture was interesting because of the way the artist worked around the big chip in the concrete in the lower right corner.

I thought this was really well done.  Too bad I didn’t notice that I was getting a shadow of a light post right under her nose so that it looks like she has it pierced with a chop stick!

Our friends’ SIL working on his copy of the painting, Two Sisters.

Near-by SIL’s daughter (our friends’ granddaughter) was showing that some of her father’s artistic talent has been handed down to her.

This one was called “Waiting for the mail.”

This was one of my favorites.  I loved the shading.

It looks like he has a filtered cigarette in his mouth backwards, but maybe he’s using a cigarette holder.  (Although the young girl doing this drawing certainly didn’t look old enough to remember what a cigarette holder looked like!)

As much as I liked some of these in the shade, I’m very disappointed that I didn’t get better pictures of them.  Maybe I could have used a flash?

At the bottom it says, “by Angela, age 10 and Mom”.  I love it that they did this together.  A great shared memory for both of them, I’m sure.

A perfectly normal-looking girl drawing a pink futuristic something with, I believe, horns!

Another view of the “pink something”.

Finished?  I have no idea.

Calvin and Hobbes was my all-time favorite comic strip, so this one especially made me smile.

I thought it was interesting that this girl aligned the pole that the vine is climbing with the crack in the concrete.

“When all you have are lemons, make lemonade.”  I think it was terribly clever of the person who found out that their assigned square had a huge crack in it and then (I assume) decided to go with that as a theme with the cracked face!

I enjoy this kind of art, where the super girl appears to be crashing up out of the pavement.

In this case, I thought the shadows cast by us by-standers worked perfectly with the drawing.  It looks to me like she is greeting us with the peace sign.

A very muscular-looking peacock who uses a curling iron?  I don’t know.  But I like it.

Poultry as art?  Hey, this is the Midwest.  We like our farm animals.

I thought this was clever.  In the white part of the heart there were handprints and in the orange edge there were footprints.

These clever girls had put an awning over their work, but what really caught my eye was all the chalk on their legs and feet.  These are girls who really get into their art!

When I went back on Monday, the street had been reopened and the art was already fading away.  Like sand castles … lots of love and sweat put into this art with the understanding that it’s only temporary.

I’m hooked.  I found this street art really fun and interesting.  I think I’ll be coming back every year from now on.

11 Responses to Temporary Fine Art

  1. Linda says:

    My goodness! Some of those were awesome. Who knew we had so much talent in our area? Thanks for posting these.

  2. Sandra says:

    Linda — It makes me wish I had started attending this years ago. I thought too that some of it was awesome. And there was some that was very simple, which I thought was great too — it would say “anyone who is so inclined can feel comfortable entering this”. In fact, maybe you and I should do one together next year!!! ;p (or I should talk DD into coming down and doing it with us — we might not win, but she would guarantee we would have a good time!)

  3. carlahoag says:

    What a great idea for a event! I think you should participate next year – you’d have lots of fun. What would your subject be?

    As I scrolled down, I’d think “Two Sisters” is my favorite, then I’d pick another favorite and another. Probably 10 of these were my favorites.

  4. C. Beth says:

    I would love to go to something like this! I’m going to Google it and find out if they have one in our area.

  5. Viki says:

    Wow, those are amazing. Who knew so much beautiful art could me made with chalk. Too bad it doesn’t stay too long though. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sandra says:

    Carla — I’m so glad I finally “discovered” this great event. If circumstances were right, I WOULD participate, but I have no idea what I would draw. I’ll have to think about it. Want to come up and do it with me? That would be fun. We could do a collage like you do in your altered books. Maybe of clothes or hats from the 40’s!

    Beth — I bet there is one close to you. I can’t hardly believe it’s a one of a kind event.

    Viki — I agree. Now we know — chalk CAN be beautiful! 🙂

  7. Hilary says:

    Wow.. there’s much talent to be found, and such an interesting way to display it. There were many wonderful designs there and I’d be hard-pressed to select a favourite. I love the colourful whimsy of some, the 3-D and shadowed effects of others and the pure artistic talent of most. Thanks for sharing these, Sandra.

  8. Donna says:

    WOW! those are awesome. Lots of talent. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Sandra says:

    Hilary — It was soooo much fun to look at all the variations, as you say — whimsy, 3-D, shadows — also colors and themes. It was just great. Thanks for enjoying it with me. 🙂

    Donna — I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  10. carlahoag says:

    Sandra, just had to look at them again and show them to Joe. It makes me feel good just looking at them.

    How fun it would be to participate! 40s hats and clothing… yes that would be great.

    Do you mind if I write a short post linked to your page?

  11. Sandra says:

    Carla — Sure … go ahead and link! 🙂 (Hi, Joe — hope to meet you sometime!)

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