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(continued from Part 2)

After taking a few minutes to have a minor nervous breakdown over the fact that I would be creating a piece on the dark street I pulled myself together.  I still had plenty of time to practice and I knew I could successfully draw Rosie; the goal now was drawing her on the road and practicing with chalk pastels.  Luckily, we live on a cul-de-sac in a rural neighborhood.  The street that runs in front of my house is similar to the surface at Easton Town Center.  During the day we don’t get much traffic, so I was able to park my car on the street and draw on the road behind the car.  I went to a local art supply store and picked up a box of black chalk pastel sticks and a box of colored chalk pastels.  Again, my inexperience go the better of me!

If you’ve never used a chalk pastel, or you’re not really familiar with them, they are basically a stick of pressed pigment.  They are very densely colored, easy to draw with, and easy to blend.  Also a little goes a long LONG way.  And, when I say they are easy to blend, you should also read this as “easy to smear all over the place even when you aren’t trying to blend!”  On my first attempt on our back patio I tried to outline Rosie using the sticks of black pastel.  Before I had finished her shoulders the top of her head had started to smear from me moving around.  I was just doing a quick sketch so I could learn the properties of the pastels so I hadn’t intended to draw the full figure.  She looked AWFUL!!!  I then attempted to color her in and she went from bad to worse!  The chalk pastels don’t really come in a “flesh” tone.  Since they are used by trained artists, they are meant to be blended.  You’re supposed to know how to mix 2 (or more) of the colors available to make the new color you desire.  Well, I’m not a trained artist, and I’ve been very happy with my Crayola peach colored chalk!!  I attempted to color Rosie’s face with the pastels, but all of her black outline smeared, her face looked like a zombie corpse thing, and she was bad bad bad.  Her hair did turn out great though, so there was a glimmer of hope.  I gave up on this attempt and vowed that I would NOT be coloring Rosie’s face with the chalk pastels.  I would just take my Crayolas with me for her face.  I wasn’t going to botch the face of my piece just because my experience in color blending is limited to none.

My next hurdle was the road.  Now that I knew chalk pastels were out for doing my outline I went old school.  I dug around in my kitchen junk drawer and came up with about 2.5 sticks of regular old white school chalk.  I knew this would work.  It really had to because my homemade chalk would not show up on the road and the chalk pastels would not stay put once laid down.  With my black outline and school chalk in hand I got to work on another practice piece.  This time on the road.  I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of it, and happy with the white school chalk on the dark surface.  I breathed a huge sigh of relief, and focused on getting to know all about Rosie as the person and not just the girl in the painting (to be continued…)


Street practice using basic white school chalk.


A few weeks ago my family showed me their appreciation for being the Mother around here.  The kids and I headed to Pittsburgh to spend the day with my mom, and when we got back from the trip I found a brand new box of SIDEWALK CHALK!!!  Yes, I know, amazing, right!  It’s one of the new Crayola boxes with 48 different colors.  It really is a thing of beauty, and I was surprised and excited to get this and a nice hefty Jo~Ann’s gift card.


I hadn’t had much of a chance to chalk since Mother’s Day, so I was excited when my day opened up and the weather cooperated on Friday.  Here’s who came to visit:

One of the neighborhood kids asked me a few weeks ago if I’d done Scooby Doo.  I hadn’t, and he seemed like a good way to start the day.


After Scooby I was feeling like I needed to chalk a little something for myself.  I do love to do them for the kids, but I also like things that aren’t kiddie related, so I thought this image for my FAVORITE musical would be fun and different.  These ladies were actually a little more difficult than I anticipated since Elphaba’s face is smack dab in the middle of a huge black ‘blob’.  Since I use the lines as my guide when I draw it was tricky to get her just right.  But, I think it worked out well in the end, Wicked little minx!


After Elphie and Glinda I thought I was done, but then I saw a picture on Instagram that a friend had posted of Stitch.  I was struck with inspiration and had to get him down on the drive!  I think this guy is my favorite so far.  I just love the blue!!


While I was chalking Stitch, the kids had gathered around the driveway like usual.  K’s bestie lives across the street, and her birthday was the next day.  I asked her if she wanted me to chalk something for her on her driveway, and she requested Ariel.  I thought it would be fun to see the before and after color, so I’ve posted that next.


That was a busy day of chalking, and I paid for it the next day, but it was totally worth it!  I do love to have all the kids gather around and talk to me about what I’m chalking.  I think it’s a great way for them to express their creativity on a huge scale.  I’ve been on walks recently and seen a lot more chalking than normal.  I’m not completely convinced that it’s my doing, but I like to think it has something to do with them seeing what else can be done with sidewalk chalk.  I also heard that people were driving by the house yesterday while we were out and taking pictures!  That is really exciting to me since I do the chalking to make everyone smile.

It rained last night, so most of the chalks have washed away.  It’s one of the downsides of working in chalk outside.  But, I think of it like a cake artist.  The pieces are made to be enjoyed for a short time, and then cleared away…although chalk isn’t nearly as tasty as cake!

After I posted my photos to my personal Facebook a friend suggested I try out a website called Fiverr and offer to draw stuff for people.  I’ve had some people request characters in the past, and thought it might be a good idea since I don’t always have ideas for characters, and chalk isn’t free 😀  So, I set up the Fiverr account, and posted my first Gig over there.  If you’ve got something you’d like to see in chalk, and $5 you wouldn’t mind sending my way, then check it out!!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I’ve been up to.  I love to share these chalkings with you, and if it’s inspired you to get out and chalk something let me know!!  I’d love to see it.  Stay tuned, I’m sure there will be lots more to come.

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