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Spend An Entire Day Creating a Sidewalk Chalk Masterpiece

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Creating chalk art at a festival is something I've always pictured myself doing! I love to draw and sketch, and this goal would allow me to do a large format piece, in a community setting, for a fun cause (supporting my neighborhood!)

The Luna Park Chalk Festival was held on September 20, 2014. I requested a large square for chalking, and took the day off from work on Friday so that I could set up my space and get started. I also did a talk at Eleanor's new school that afternoon during their Teacher In Service Day, to discuss the importance of sketching, doodling, and art in learning.

For my piece, I was inspired by the book, Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson. I've always loved the message of this book - that your imagination, and your expression, can lead you where you want to go. Even if you just want to go home and crawl back into bed!

As the Chalk Art Festival came to a close on Saturday, it was taking me a lot of time to fill in all the parts of my piece. My family came by after lunch and helped me with the remaining details. Friends from work also came by to admire the piece, and enjoy the community event in our neighborhood. 

This was a wonderful experience in so many ways. I was able to practice large scale drawing and art, and do so in a way that was part of my community. It felt like I was able to give a gift to myself, my family, and my neighborhood - all at the same time!


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