I mentioned in my post last week that when my husband and I visited Kerrville, TX recently, I was able to attend the Kerrville Chalk Festival 2019. The festival was October 12th and 13th. I stopped by early on Sunday morning and missed the crowds. The pictures I'll share below have a lot of the artists in them and I also got to visit with a few of those talented individuals. I was fascinated that such diverse and beautiful art could be created from chalk on a sidewalk. I'll have a few comments below, but I encourage you to also take a look at the Festival website. Lots more to see there.
As you can see, the artists have to kneel, crouch or sit on the ground to create their art. Hard on the knees - most had foam kneelers or something like that to assist.
If you make the photos larger, you can see the drawings or photos the artists were working from in several. Some of them had grids to help them with perspective I suppose. One painting had been completed halfway and the artist still had the whole second half to draw. The completed part was on the right and the 'yet to come' part was the left. I didn't get a shot of that one.
I spoke with this artist for a few minutes. She told me that it was her first time to be part of the festival and she also said she had done her drawing freehand, while pointing out that many of the others had used that grid system that I mentioned above. She lives in Kerrville and works as a commercial artist.
I also enjoyed a conversation with this artist. I was interested to see the glove on her right hand as she smoothed the colors. The sponsor above the chalk painting is James Avery Artisan Jewelry I don't know how many are familiar with James Avery and his jewelry and stores. He has been very popular in Central Texas for decades and there are stores in several states. Mr. Avery started his business in Kerrville over 60 years ago. The golf tournament that my husband was playing in was the James Avery Invitational.
I wanted to point out this chalk art especially. It was created by Ever Galvez and if you look closely you can see that it is a bit 3-D. Fascinating, right? I'm so glad I was able to attend this most interesting event.