With November comes the 2009 Via Colori event for this year on the 21st and 22nd. I hope the weather is dry and mild. Painting on the street is a very physical activity. It is fun to work among over 120 other artists who are painting a space of street of their own. This year I’ll be painting another 6 x 6 foot square with a classical piece I hope you recognize.
In this picture I am beginning to block in my image. In the square behind me you can see the grid they used to transfer their sketch. My chalk lines weren’t working well for me because I was doing all the prep myself and you actually need two people to hold and drop the lines so I free-handed a lot of the outline.
Some squares are painted by groups or pairs of artists and teachers and their students. Some artists even have helpers. Two of my friends said they’d come and help. Either way, I am training to get in shape for this grueling project. I prefer to get the painting done on Saturday so you’ll see me very focused on my work that day. On Sunday I just do final touch ups to freshen the color as we cover the work with plastic on Saturday night. It’s a great festival with music, food and many square feet of temporary art that gets hosed down at the end of the day on Sunday.
Via Colori is in downtown Houston, at Bagby and Allen Parkway, all day Saturday and Sunday.
Come to visit: Via Colori
See some of my past artwork for Via Colori 2007 and 2008.