I had an amazing time spreading color and inspiration throughout the halls of Durfee Elementary School in Pico Rivera yesterday, one mural at a time. Thank you to my awesome assistant Jamie for her help and the Operation Project Hope volunteers. Happy Earth Day and School Beautification!
One of the most iconic and beautiful work of art is the old Panther Lady painting that once hung inside Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Sometime between 2003-2004, the painting was removed and replaced. I miss the Panther Lady! Inspired by this spectral masterpiece, I embarked to recreate my own version of the Panther Lady in chalk at this year’s Pasadena Chalk Festival.
Yesterday I chalked at the Latino Comics Expo’s 10th Anniversary, which took place at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA. I collaborated with three artists, and we chalked a square which was 11′ x 17′. The original art in our chalk square was designed by illustrator Rhode Montijo. We had a blast!
Have you ever heard of the Port Hueneme Beach Festival? This year they decided to add a chalk festival and it was AWESOME! After being in quarantine for so long and missing the beautiful ocean for so long, I was very happy to have been invited to participate.
The Reno Chalk Art & Music Festival, presented by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa was a blast! We chalked in the Atlantis’ West Parking Lot all weekend. This was my first time chalking here, it was awesome! My square was 10′ x 12′.
On June 19 & 20, I got to chalk at the Paseo Colorado Mall in Pasadena, CA. It was a 12-artist chalk collaboration of Norman Rockwell’s “Golden Rule”, a gathering of men, women, and children of different races, religions, and ethnicities. It was a precursor of the socially conscious subjects that he would soon illustrate. “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You” was a simple but universal phrase that reflected the artist’s personal philosophy.
Last weekend I had the honor of participating in a chalk collaboration that honored our friend Edwin Aguilar, who passed away recently. We miss him very much but we know he is now without pain or illness. My condolences to all of his family and friends.
For our second chalk collaboration, we chose to chalk the Headless Horseman for Halloween. The figure is traditionally depicted as a man upon horseback who is missing his head. Since the pandemic lock down, the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena has remained closed to the public and they gave us permission to chalk in their parking lot. That was super nice of them!