Prescott AZ street art

Prescott AZ street art

This street art was done in the spring of 2017 in Prescott Arizona. I had 2, 8 hour days to work on it.

I completed it a couple hours earlier.

There was no theme to this event so I wanted to do something that was out of the ordinary for me. when I paint I enjoy the challenges of glass and water. After completing the larger whale, I felt like the piece seems to me “boring” so I jumped on Pinterest and looked up whale photos and found one of a baby that would fit. That little extra element helped bring some action to the piece. I made both whales break the border of the background to give it a little dimension.

Arizona Street Art

Arizona Street Art

This was the very first street art that I drew. I have been attending the Tempe Festival of the Arts event for many years. I use to walk by street art and think to myself that I could do that.

In 2016 The Tempe Festival of the art was having their first ever poster contest of the event. I entered that contest ( another blog article explaining the details) and end up winning the contest. Well, Durning the communication about me winning the contest I asked if there were any openings for the street art in December of 2016. They said that the street artist was already chosen and I could be on the standby list if someone drops out at the last minute. Being a little bummed, I still said yes.

About 2 weeks prior to the event I received an email asking if I was still interested in participating. I, of course, said yes. I was required to send a sketch of my idea. and the theme was based on the poster I designed for the festival. The theme was “all about Arizona.”

I do all my sketching on my iPad pro using the Procreate app. I have always wanted to do optical illusions so I drew up a star broken out of the concrete and you could see the grand canyon inside the star.

It was a huge undertaking for me because I have never done this before. When I got there I was not equipped for the task at hand. I have been painting with pastel chalk for many years and have sold most of them. So I thought chalk on the pavement was the same. Man was I wrong. For one thing, chalk does not blend with your finger on the pavement. So not knowing this I was panicking because I had no idea how the other artist were blending the chalk so it stayed on the ground and didn’t just disappear when rubbed.

Luckily the artist community is all about the art and it is a fun environment and another artist came up to me and herd that I won the poster contest for the event and we started talking and I ask ” how do you blend the chalk like that” and she handed me a microphone cover. and said this is the magic tool. and she said I could have it. AND, it was the magic tool.

Another thing I noticed is that other artists were rolling paint on the pavement. so I asked one of the artists what does that do and they said” it seals the pavement so the chalk has something to adhere to and the Tempra paint fills in some of the holes.

All the other artist were rolling on black. so I took that idea one step further and thought since my idea was very colorful I went out and bought colored tempura at  Hobby Lobby and a bucket for water and a couple 1 inch and a 3-inch brush and cam back and started to block in all the base colors. This idea worked as a mid-tone base where I could either darken or lighten the base block with pastel. It took me a while to do that but in the long run, it really paid off. I was able to save myself hours of work and get a very bright piece.

The results worked in my favor. I finished the piece a couple hours before the deadline and I ended up winning peoples choice award.

Local Joint Building Mural

Local Joint Building Mural

 

I had the pleasure to do the mural on the Local Joint building at the corner of 42nd St. and University in Phoneix.

The wall was 20 ft tall and 40 ft long.

I mocked it up on the iPad for approval one approved, I used photoshop and the building dimensions to create a grid in photoshop that would translate to 2 foot square on the building. I used the printout for my reference on the building. I gridded out the building at 2ft. using a chalk line I snapped the lines and then drew out the design with a sharpie. Once the design was drawn out I used black spray paint to outline and fill in the design of Jimmy.

For the company logo, I took a freer approach. I knew how big the logo was going to be so I blocked in all the red with red spray paint. I then used a bunch of different sized patterns for leaf edges and used them at random to create a faded effect on the edge of the red. For the logo I had a stencil cut out and used that to make the logo exact and to save time.

Super Heroes Street Art

Super Heroes Street Art

This was done in Spring of 2018. The theme was “Stronger together” I chose a superhero theme because I knew that it would be popular with the crowd with the Superman and Batman movie coming out a little bit earlier.

This was a 10-foot square piece. it took me about 23 hours. I took first place for staff pick for best professional mural.

Schmooze coffee shop art

Schmooze coffee shop art

 

This is some art I have done in the Schmooze Coffee Shop in old town Scottsdale. I have more to do once the summer is over. it’s too hot right now.

City Life

City Life

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Snapshot From Japan

Snapshot From Japan

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