The possibilities of art never cease to amaze me. And amazed is probably the word that best describes my reaction to the art created at the annual Italian Street Painting Event in San Rafael last weekend.
Watching artists squatting on the ground creating master-pieces out of sidewalk chalk made me think, “Wow, that looks like fun. Maybe I could try that next year.” But when I really thought about being hunched over on hot asphalt for two long days, I decided to forego that creative experience. I’ll be returning to the festival next year—as a spectator.
As the day progressed, gawkers like myself could revisit artists’ sites over time and observe the progress as sections of sidewalk turned into works of art. It’s a two day event so if you want to see the process from start to finish, you have to attend both days. My friends and I were only there on Saturday so the images I’m showing are still in progress, although Jimi Hendrix looks pretty complete.
Here are just a few of my favorites from the event…
Celebrating the year of the rooster.
The most beautiful girl at the festival.
This year the event’s theme was the Summer of Love. There had to be a Jimi Hendrix!
I love painting zebras so I had to capture this guy. Look who’s having the last laugh.
After seeing so much great sidewalk art, I went on-line to learn more about it. It’s an authentic genre with a number of famous practitioners, including some who specialize in 3-D art. The most famous of these are: Edgar Mueller, Julian Beever, Kurt Wenner, Manfred Stader, and Eduardo Rolero. They have crafted an amazing ability to trick the eyes of passersby into seeing 3 dimensional sceneries and objects on a completely flat asphalt. To learn more about them, go to http://www.boredpanda.com/5-most-talented-3d-sidewalk-chalk-artists/
Ice Age by Edgar Muellar. Pretty amazing!
Tune in to my next blog where I’ll let you know how my battle with procrastination is going. I’m still using the Ivy Lee method.
Recently someone told me, “If you’re busy with something else, you’re not procrastinating.” Well, that depends. Watching TV for hours—procrastinating. Stopping to write the great American novel—maybe not. But if you use novel writing to avoid paying your bills, you just might find yourself living on the street. Stick to your to-do-list.