Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Event Pics: 2014 Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival

I finally got around to editing my pics from this weekend, so get ready!

My gal pals and I had decided to all draw Thomas Hart Benton paintings, in keeping with the "What Makes KC Great?" theme - one of three the festival had this year. And, like I said before, I chose "Romance," which I kind of regret ONLY because there was a lot of brown in the image that was nearly the same color as the bricks! It was hard to make it POP like I wanted it to.

Henry came with me Saturday, and stayed from 9 AM-4:30 PM with barely a fuss. It was awesome! At first he enjoyed "helping" Mama draw...

...but then he decided to hop around and enjoy the wide open space. He spent the rest of the day either playing with Angry Birds on my tablet, Pre-K apps on my phone, or running and hopping about being adorable.

Despite the gorgeous weather and Henry's cuteness, I was not really into drawing on Saturday. Maybe because 2 of my girlfriends who are usually there were out of town. Or maybe because I started off coloring the brown parts which didn't look at all exciting. Either way, I perked up when my Older Brother #2 showed up and helped me start laying down the sky colors. I felt much cheerier about my piece after that.

This is what I had at the end of the day, plus dirty knees, and a very tired toddler.

Sunday was another beautiful day. I got started adding more shading and color over what I'd done the previous day, before moving on to finish drawing the figures, etc. My friend Darcy came by to help and hang out, but I somehow managed not to get any pictures of her! :O

Sooner than I expected, I was all finished up!

I was pretty happy with the results, but everyone else liked it better than me, I think.

After I finished, I got to see my friend Stacey making balloon animals for kids, and visit the Typewriter Oracle who'd write you a poem after you asked her a question.

 And, of course, I went around looking at all the other chalk drawings. I didn't get a lot of good pictures of other people's drawings, because by then it was that magic hour where the shade and sun were competing and lots of my pictures turned out just plain BAD. But here are the ones I managed to get (the first 3 are the Benton pieces my friends made).

Below are the featured 3D artists. I was jelly that they got to work on concrete instead of brick. It's so much easier to get vibrant color on concrete!

Oh, and I got a mention in the KC Star.

Did you make it out this weekend? If so, what did you think?

Related posts:
2013 Plaza Art Fair (Event Pics)
2013 KC Chalk & Walk Festival (Event Pics)
Event Pics: KC Chalk & Walk Festival (2012)
Event Pics: Chalk Walk in the Historic Northeast (2012)
Event Pics: SlutWalk / Chalk Drawing Demo
Event Pics: 2011 Chalk & Walk Festival

Friday, September 5, 2014

Don't Miss the 2014 Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival!

Tomorrow (9/6/14) and Sunday are the Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival at Crown Center! You won't want to miss it! I'll be re-creating "Romance," a painting by Thomas Hart Benton (and I hear there will be 7 other Bentons this year), which you can see below.

Lotti, the festival organizer, emailed me this great info on the painting:

A simple, yet charming, painting of a young couple in love. Be aware that when Benton painted this in the early 1930’s, public displays of affection between African-Americans were often illegal because of Jim Crow Laws. It was considered disgusting and shocking. But two people holding hands while walking in the moonlight has always occurred, and Benton recognized this. The original painting was owned by the author James Michener, who later donated it to the University of Texas Art Museum. 
Hope to see you there!

Related posts:
2013 KC Chalk & Walk Festival (Event Pics)
Event Pics: KC Chalk & Walk Festival (2012)
Event Pics: 6th Annual Chalk Walk in the Historic Northeast