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Welcome friend!  I have a long story to tell you.  I hope you’ll follow along.  I’ll be breaking it up into a series so it doesn’t get too overwhelming!

A few months ago I posted how I liked to spend my summer months outside doing some sidewalk chalk art while the kids play.  We had a great summer, and I got to create some really fun pieces.  I also started posting my chalkings to Instagram (#notyourmommaschalk), and then sifting through the #sidewalkchalk posts.  I came across a few from a chalk festival in St. Louis.  I was unaware that such things existed, and knew I had to attend one.  I commented on one of the photos, and received a reply telling me about an upcoming festival about 2 hours from home.  Long story short, I submitted an entry and was selected to be one of 32 artists at the festival!!

I’ve only ever done cartoon characters, and my subjects have to have a solid black outline.  You can imagine the panic attack I had when I got an email from the organizer letting me know that they preferred the artists didn’t do a licensed character. *audible gasp*  They didn’t say we couldn’t do one, just that they preferred we do something more original.  So, I stressed for a day or two.  Thought about enlisting the help of my tattoo artist to draw me something original that I could copy (in exchange for crocheted goods).  Thought about trying tweak an existing character (IE: Tinkerbell as a Buckeye cheerleader). Stressed some more, and continued searching Google Images for inspiration.

As the event date loomed over me, and I had about 2 weeks to decide on a subject, I searched everything that came to mind.  Out of genius or frustration, I’m not sure, I searched Wonder Woman.  After skimming the usual images that pop up of classic and trampy Wonder Woman I glimpsed a face that I knew very well, and it was not the super hero of my search.  This was a face that I have grown up seeing, a face that many recognize, a face to define a generation, an icon of American history and the women of this great country.  She was also a face that had a twin.  A twin that I have loved deeply since I was a child.  This twin is not as famous as the other.  She doesn’t have a punchy catchphrase.  She isn’t as made-up.  She isn’t as clean.  What she IS is a hardworking, all American girl who did her job, did it well, and loved her country.

Meet the Rosie Twins:

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If you don’t know, both of these images are a depiction of a World War II icon symbolizing the women of the time who had to pick up the factory slack when the men got shipped off to war.  She is known as Rosie the Riveter, and has quite an amazing history.  The Rosie on the left is the most well-known.  She was used on posters introduced by the United States Government in its propaganda campaign to entice women into war work.  The Rosie on the right is a painting done by the amazing Norman Rockwell.  It was used on the May 29th cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1943.  While I am fond of both Rosies, the Rockwell holds a special place in my heart.  I have loved her for as long as I have known her, and that is a long time.

I had been toying with the idea of chalking a Rockwell here a home for a while.  I have been a huge Norman Rockwell fan most of my life thanks to my grandparents whose home was filled with Rockwell objet d’art.  I had never been brave enough to tackle such an iconic and artistic genius.  A Rockwell would be way out of my comfort zone.  For some crazy reason I thought a huge public chalk festival would be the perfect venue to try it out!!  Momentary insanity???  Probably…  (to be continued)


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