Short but sweet….

Brief video of the chalking in Indio today.

http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/local/indio/2016/02/26/artists-chalk-sidewalks-up-into-beauty-indio/80472608/

 

Back on the street….

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Chalk skyscape at Indio Chalk Festival, 2013

For several years I ‘chalked’ at the Indio Chalk Festival.  Grubbing away on the floor and removing all traces of fingerprints.  The last couple of years there was a date conflict so I was unable to fold myself up in an abnormal posture for many long hours, however this year there is no escape from the reminder of the distance of youthful flexibility or why I don’t paint in pastels.

If you’re in the area on Friday, come and see me bringing the sky to earth, or come and join in yourself on either day. (Wear clothes that you won’t cry when they get wrecked…)

5 steps to thunder clouds

Plain blue sky.

Plain blue sky.

Here are five progress steps for the painting I created at the 6th Indio Chalk Festival yesterday.  I understand my painting is being washed away by rain as I write.  That is the destiny of ephemeral art.  It took about 5 hours.

Tops of clouds, early stages

Tops of clouds, early stages

Lower clouds taking shape

Lower clouds taking shape

Golden reflection added.

Golden reflection added.

Finished.

Finished.

California needs rain. I need rain scheduled conveniently.

"August afternoon".  Sunset off my back porch - a reason to live here in the summer.

“August afternoon”. Sunset off my back porch – a reason to live here in the summer.

This Thursday and Friday I am scheduled to be working at the 6th Annual Indio Chalk Festival.  I say scheduled, because on Friday, raining is also scheduled, according to noaa.gov and accuweather.com.  We need the rain so badly.  I intend to chalk my fingerprints off on Thursday!  Unless I find a better photo between now and then, I will repeat ‘August Afternoon’ (above) in homage to the rain gods and will be content that my offering would be washed away on Friday.   Also, hopefully the downpour will be completed by Saturday morning as this weekend I will also be at Frances Stevens’ Park for the Desert Arts Festival.  For this show my work “Palm Springs Sunset” is featured on the event postcard.

A good day to commit a crime…

6'x6' chalk painting outside Indio City Hall.

6’x6′ chalk painting outside Indio City Hall.

…is always the day after the Indio Chalk Festival.  After painting a 6’x6′ chalk painting on concrete on Wednesday, and rubbing the chalk thoroughly into the grain of the concrete, I have no fingerprints.  I also have sore knees, and I didn’t think I did a lot of kneeling!

This is the third time that I have been invited to participate in this festival as a professional artist creating a showcase piece the day before the festival officially opens.  I was also present on Thursday and worked with John Weidenhamer on some of the logos for local tv stations and newspapers and encouraged some passers-by to join in.

Here are some more images  MyDesert.com put on their website.  Mamun and Bijan’s work is quite outstanding.