Sunday, August 10, 2008

Lily turns 4!

Lily turned four last month, so I did this one to commemorate the event. Lily requested a flamingo and Carol asked for the cat.
For the first time I sketched the piece first to give me a head start. Even so, it took some time and tried the girls' patience.
I worked on the flamingo and candles first and obviously ran out of steam when it came to the cat and cake. I fully intended to revisit it, but a downpour paid a visit first.

Another Bear

This was a nice one from last month. The girls were in a good mood too, which is always nice.

More Old Stuff

I did the bird in early April and the giraffe later that month.

I always try to get a shot of the girls with the final art, at least to give a sense of scale. Sometimes the sun is too intense, and the kids just can't muster the photo-op.

Ancient Art

I'm finally getting around to posting some old driveway art. Hopefully I'll learn to keep on top of it. We'll see.

This Polar Bear was a request for Lily —her favorite animal. We did this way back in March. I didn't go way out on a limb here, but I think the lettering is kind of appealing.

Colored Chalk on Black Ground

We don't own a lot of camping equipment, so when the weather is nice, I take the girls outside and we put colored chalk to our blacktop driveway. With all due respect to its weather-proofing properties, there is no better reason than chalk-art to keep the drive well dressed in Brewer-Cote. Seventy bucks worth of black slurry will get you a sprawling velvety substrate —black enough for a matador and rich enough for the King himself. Within a half-hour, the three of us will get the drive pretty-well covered with drawings, typography and colorful hopscotch designs.
Here is an example or two of instances when I got a bit carried away:

Please take special note of the white marks directly below the Mazda's tailpipe. This is Lily's "bear" and she's quite proud of it.

I habitually take requests from the girls. This is safe because I know Carol will always ask for King Kong. This particular version lasted a day before a thunderstorm censored me. The name is already fading.