The weather could not have been better this year in Denver. Boy did we all deserve it after last year!
I challenged myself and created an original composition and then drew it in a stretched perspective.
I was really happy with how this one turned out!
Thank you "micaelaa12" for the awesome Instagram video!
I had the privilege of visiting Chapman University as an invited chalk artist for their annual family open house and arts day. I was so happy when they wanted me to recreate one of my favorite pieces. The Angel detail from DaVinci's "Virgin of the Rocks, II".
I will never tire of this beautiful angel! (completed image, 6'x6')
The stars aligned and I was finally able to make my first appearance at the Sarasota chalk festival, with the theme "Eat, Drink and Be Merry"
I chose to recreate a pinup in a stretched perspective. It was a fun festival with the opportunity to meet some incredible artists from around the world.
For Provo's festival at the Shoppes at Riverwoods, the theme for 2015 was "From Sea to Shining Sea". I used photoshop and put together a composition representing "America the Beatutiful" in the center figure, and then depictions of our east and west coast with girls sitting on either side each with a paper boat (far apart, yet still the same). All under the protection of a strong and beautiful bald eagle. It was fun coming up with an original piece using the symbolism from the theme.
I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of two very unique events in 2014.
The first was to demonstrate works by Leonardo da Vinci for the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana. They were hosting a traveling exhibit on the artist, and I created one of his Angels (detail from the "Virgin of the Rocks, II") in their parking lot for the exhibit's opening night, and a reproduction of his "Lady with an Ermine" in their back courtyard during the exhibit.
I was also asked to be part of a fantastic team chalking Disney themed art at Downtown Disney in Anaheim! I did a 1 day 4'x6' piece inspired by Keira Knightly's character in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie series. This fun event was held simultaneously at Disneyland in Anaheim, and Disney World in Orlando! The multi-site event was coordinated by the incredibly talented Julie Kirk Purcell.
In 2014 I joined a fantastic group of talented artists both based in Denver, and from around the country... in chalking separate canvases inspired by the Harley Davidson Motorcycle brand for their anniversary celebration. We started our work inside an air conditioned studio (WOW!)
And then our canvases were rolled up and transferred to the event site.
It was my first time chalking on canvas and I absolutely loved it! I will never forget being part of this fun and unique experience.
In 2015 I was honored to be asked to do a chalk piece at the Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center! Thank you Engredea and Capsugel for the opportunity to show how consumers are reaching for clear label! Such a fun and informative event, and a brilliant use of the live camera airing video feed of the street painting at the booth inside the convention center!
Dawn created her first street painting back in 1988 at the I Madonnari festival in Santa Barbara, CA, and immediately fell in love with the classic art form. She has since been featured at festivals around the country, won many awards, and her chalk art has been used in commercial and promotional work. Dawn’s street art has evolved from specializing in classic reproductions, such as pieces that honor the art form’s Italian origins as well as her ancestry, to contemporary perspective pieces that utilize the 3-dimensional relationship between the viewer and the pavement. Like many of her Renaissance idols, Dawn has spent her life combining Art and Science. She completed an Art Minor while pursuing her Physics and Engineering degrees, and continued to travel to festivals while working in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Dawn enjoys sharing her love of the medium with other artists through chalk art workshops, and with the audience that comes to watch her pieces emerge from the pavement.
Please contact me if you are interested in live chalk art at your next event! (Do not reproduce photos without permission)