Monday, June 1, 2015

Downtown Disney and the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana!

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.

Promotional work - Harley Davidson and Natural Products Expo West

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!

Chalk the Block in Provo, Utah!

I would love to share my street paintings from my last 3 visits to the fabulous Chalk The Block festival at the Shops at Riverwoods in Provo, UT!

In 2012, I was still deeply in my Alphonse Mucha phase, and couldn't decide which of his pieces to do - so I chose to incorporate 3 into one piece!  I did a collaboration of his "Music", "Dance" and "Poetry" images and was so happy with how it turned out.

A detail of "Poetry" in progress...

Working on "Poetry" with "Music" in the background...
 Mucha's lovely "Music"...

 All 3 ladies together! (and me!)

In 2013, I researched pinup artists and discovered the work of Rolf Armstrong.  He had so many lovely portraits!  Again, I couldn't choose just one, so I found 3 of my favorites, and joined them together with some framework.  The rainstorms that weekend were a challenge...but thankfully our last day was sunny and I just love my finished piece!

This was a biggie!  About 15'x11'

In 2014 I discovered the breathtaking illustrations of German artist Eve Ventrue.  With her most generous permission, I chose to combine parts of 2 of her illustrations into 1 image... and attempted my 2nd piece utilizing a stretched perspective.  This should help with how photos of the piece turn out from the standing viewer's perspective.  The overall rectangular dimensions are 13'x10' to start, and the finished inner trapezoid is 13' at the top and ~5' at the bottom (yup!)

 The starting sketch...

It's fun to see how stretched out she really is!

Can't wait for next time, Utah!  Thanks for having me!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ok - this blog is in need of some serious updating.  New photos coming soon from Denver, Provo, Downtown Dieney, Anaheim's Discovery Science Center, The Plush Show and more.  I've also started playing with stretched perspective pieces and LOVE how they are turning out.  More to share soon!

In the meantime...
Feel free to check out this youtube link from a 2008 interview at one of my favorite festivals:
Denver Chalk Art Festival, 2008 "Piazza Del'Arte"