I made my first "street painting" in Larimer Square in Denver during their first "Chalk Art" Festival (winning "Best in Show" and other awards). Turns out I loved the mix of performance and art that street painting offers. So I've taken it up at our weekly Downtown Farmers and Crafts Market (in Las Cruces, New Mexico) every Saturday morning.
UPDATE:My street painting "REX AWAKES" recently won Best of Show honors at the 2011 "Chalk the Block" festival in El Paso, Texas (see the image below).
I create my paintings in about 3 hours, and, if I have time, will continue to add details until the Market closes (scroll down to see my YouTube videos of two of these paintings being created). Although I love those "deep perspective" chalk paintings (and even did a modest version of one -- see images below), I prefer to stick to a shallower perspective so that people can enjoy the trompe l'oeil effect from a variety of angles. I generally start with my main idea in mind, but the "punchlines" come to me as I work (sometimes suggested by viewers reactions!).
Enjoy! (I do!)
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