Wednesday, April 29, 2020

CHALK ART: "Postcard 4"

I finished up another chalk "postcard"...#4 so far. The sun was about ready to go behind the tree line, so the photo is not as well lit as usual. I tried something different...chalk spray in a can...was NOT happy with it. I had gone to the trouble of taping off the shape of the unicorn. The spray chalk goes on very wet, and starts to "droop". It was meant for the sidewalk, not a vertical surface. I had also tried some sprays that were supposed to be bright colors...they weren't. So...I went back to drawing with chalk, which does not allow for thick coverage of's just chalk. Anyway...enjoy!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

CHALK ART: "Postcard 3"

Here is my latest "postcard". I've had about 20 people stop and chat for a while as I was drawing...super nice folks that have been most gracious in saying "Thanks". If you are faint-of-heart, don't look at the one photo of me erasing the previous chalk-art with a rag and a bucket of water. I decided to show my rough sketch so you can see how things change as I'm drawing. Happy Spring, Everybody!

Friday, April 17, 2020

CHALK ART: "A few more"

As I was posting my latest "Postcards to the Neighborhood" tonight, I realized that I had forgotten to share several other murals that I'd done on my driveway. So here's a little gallery of a few more.
Sometimes, I will come up with a theme, and then invite kids to add their drawings to the driveway. 

CHALK ART: "Postcard 2"

I finished another "Postcard" for my neighbors. I'll post new ones as I finish them.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

CHALK ART: "Postcards"

After a few years of creating chalk murals in my driveway, I had to face the sad fact that I'm not as young as I used to be (turned 63 on April 1st). Typically, after spending hours and hours crawling around on the pavement, my back would hurt for a couple of days afterward. My knees are also giving me trouble. Because I enjoy doing the sidewalk art...necessity became the mother of invention. SO....
I made my own "old school chalkboard"! The drawing surface is 6 feet by 4 feet. I gave it some wheels so I can roll it around. I can put it into my garage at night, and when there is nasty weather outside. This means that I can draw more images throughout the year without having to worry about how many days I have before it rains again.
I decided to call this little project my "Postcards to the Neighborhood" (as the sign says). I have really enjoyed talking with passers-by and kids that live nearby while I draw. So that will continue.
Just yesterday, I was told by a good buddy that he saw my artwork one of the local news channels. He was kind enough to snap a photo and send it to me. Thanks, Dave Ellis!! So I was very pleasantly surprised to be the focus of a featurette about people doing good things, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a few more days, I'll erase the chalkboard, and sketch up another idea. I'll try to update this post with a few more images as I finish them.