Art

I’ll be chalking a square on Oct. 17 at the Riverside Plaza. Riverside Plaza and chalk artists will follow all state and local COVID regulations, and chalk artists will be socially distant from one another and from the public. Attendees are also asked to observe COVID safety precautions outlined by state and local health officials.

Halloween Chalk Festival at Riverside Plaza.

Release The Kraken!

During the covid-19 pandemic, many artists have not had the chance to attend any art events around the country. During one of our online zoom hangout meetings, we came up with the idea that we could create a collaborative chalk piece at home. That’s how the idea of chalking our kraken came about. We came up with “kraken” because around the time that we chalked it, we would have been chalking at the Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival which is held each year at Harbor Village in September. We started with our sketch and divided it into six panels, which were assigned to the six artist collaborators, with the instructions that they could each add whatever whey wanted to their kraken panel. The participating artists are myself, Lori Antointte W, Mri Scott ElBey, Marcella Swett, Keith Dubois, and Monica Orozco Thaller.

Lori Antoinette W, getting started on her corner.
Lori Antointte W, getting started on her corner.
Marcella Swett, her kraken tentacle is halfway done.
Marcella Swett, her kraken tentacle is halfway done.
This is my corner, I decided to add an ice cream to my kraken tentacle because it had been scorching hot the weekend before.
This is my corner, I decided to add an ice cream to my kraken tentacle because it had been scorching hot the weekend before.
Lori Antointte's corner is coming along, with an outer space battle scene.
Lori Antointte’s corner is coming along, with an outer space battle scene.
Progress! Mri Scott & Marcella Swett are getting down (literally, we played the funk jams on her blue tooth speaker).
Progress! Mri Scott & Marcella Swett are getting down (literally, we played the funk jams on her blue tooth speaker).
The bottom right tentacle was chalked by Monica Orozco Thaller, you can see her little Poseidon taking form in the kraken's tentacle.
The bottom right tentacle was chalked by Monica Orozco Thaller, you can see her little Poseidon taking form in the kraken’s tentacle.
This is at the half-way point. The kraken is starting to come together, you can see Mri working on some of the green tentacles.
This is at the half-way point. The kraken is starting to come together, you can see Mri working on some of the green tentacles.
Detail of our Kraken collaboration.
Detail of our Kraken collaboration.
It took two days, but we finished! Final collaboration measures 16' x 24'.
It took two days, but we finished! Final collaboration measures 16′ x 24′.
The artist team from L-R/top row: Monica Orozco Thaller, Keith Dubois, Marcella Swett, L-R/bottom row: Lori Antoinette W, Grasiela Rodriguez, and Mri Scott ElBey.
The artist team from L-R/top row: Monica Orozco Thaller, Keith Dubois, Marcella Swett, L-R/bottom row: Lori Antoinette W, Grasiela Rodriguez, and Mri Scott ElBey.

Check out our time-lapse here:

2020 Census

Behold my 2020 Census campaign below! I had so much fun chalking this square for the Census Bureau, in the City of El Monte. Hey everyone, the deadline to complete your 2020 Census has been extended to the end of September! Get the word out, Everybody Counts! For more information visit Los Angeles County Office of Education.

2020 Census
LA County 2020 Census Chalkathon, Everybody Counts!
2020 Census
LA County 2020 Census Chalkathon, Everybody Counts!
2020 Census
LA County 2020 Census Chalkathon, Everybody Counts!
2020 Census
LA County 2020 Census Chalkathon, Everybody Counts!

Check out my time-lapse below.

2020 LA County Census Chalkathon

I am excited to participate in the 2020 LA County Census Chalkathon. From August 17 – September 7, there will be weekly giveaways on Facebook live. Everyone counts in the 2020 Census and Los Angeles County has many more households to count! Results from the 2020 Census will support our community for the next 10 years. In addition to funding for healthcare, public safety, roads and schools, the Census is important because nonprofits depend on Census data to determine funding for the arts, Pell Grants and much more. So get your chalks out, chalk your heart out and post using the hashtags #LACcensuschalkathon #CaStudentsCount, and most important, fill out your Census form. Everyone Counts! ¡Todos Contamos! 2020Census.Gov.

2020 Census English Chalkathon flyer

 

2020 Census Spanish Chalkathon flyer

 

 

2020 Chalk Mafia Epic Virtual Chalk Fest

It’s the middle of summer and Covid-19 still has all outdoor gatherings cancelled! That still doesn’t stop us from making art at home. This year I participated in Chalk Mafia’s first annual Epic Virtual Chalk Fest for the Fourth of July weekend. I challenged myself by creating a flag with lots of folds in it.

Starting to chalk the US flag
And so it begins! My 8′ x 8′ chalk square, which is right next to the last square I chalked last month.
US flag art, almost finished
Almost there! This is about half-way through, it was really hot too. I really love how all of the folds are coming out. I should try this type of art more often.
Picture of the finished art
Finished! My house is ready for the Fourth of July now.
View of my chalk square from the sky
View of my chalk square from the sky.

Check out my time-lapse below.


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2020 Pasadena Chalk Festival-Chalk At Home!

Covid-19 did not stop the festival chalkers from chalking at this year’s 2020 Pasadena Chalk Festival. The event was cancelled, but we all chalked at home! This year, my chalk square was about hope. I hope all is well with everyone, and I hope this pandemic ends well for all of us.

Inspire Hope by Grasiela Rodriguez
And the 2020 Pasadena Chalk Festival starts now… Chalk where you’re quarantined!
Inspire Hope by Grasiela Rodriguez
Almost done!
Inspire Hope by Grasiela Rodriguez
Inspire Hope it’s all in the details.
Inspire Hope by Grasiela Rodriguez
Finished!

Check out my time-lapse here:

2020 San Diego Comic Fest

Before the COVID-19  Safe At Home executive order, I was lucky to attend the 2020 San Diego Comic Fest. I was happy to debut my new branding, including my new banners for my table. I had so much fun seeing all of my San Diego friends, I can hardly wait for next year’s comic fest!

My table with new branding.
My new banner with some of the art in my comic books.
This year’s theme celebrated the science-fiction master Ray Bradbury, and stop-motion animation legend, Ray Harryhausen! These are some of the props created by Robert Maya for “Jason and The Argonauts”. Their eyes even lit up!
oh-oh! I’ve messed with the wrong skeleton army!
Even the Mandalorian with Baby Yoda made an appearance!

San Diego Comic Fest

I am excited to table at the San Diego Comic Fest, the comic convention with a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. It’s the place where you can indulge your love of comics, science fiction, films, and meet professional creators without high-priced tickets, crowds, or long lines. I hope to see some of you there, I will be tabling on March 6th, 7th, & 8th!

2020 San Diego Comic Fest
Enjoy this art by Scott Shaw!

2020 San Gabriel Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday in Asia with many large festivals and events held around the world. The San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival is a unique festival that consists of a Street Food Fair, Marketplace, Kids Zone, and Chalk Art! The 2020 Lunar New Year is the Year of the Rat, so our squares this year consisted of cute little scoundrels, coincidently, the Old World rat or “true rat” originated in Asia.

Lunar New Year 1
And so the chalking begins…
Finished! The Chinese writing in the bottom corner says “Good Luck”.

Check out my chalk time-lapse here:

And don’t forget to check out the other chalk squares here: https://girlwithchalk.blogspot.com/2020/02/2020-san-gabriel-lunar-new-year.html