Chalk: The Accidental Chalk Artist, Part One

Remember when I participated in a Sidewalk Chalk Festival in Macon? I can't believe it's been almost a year and a half since then! 

Well, I didn't work on any chalk art during all of 2015, but it seems as though 2016 is the year of the CHALK. I recently re-connected with the artist that worked next to me in Macon (Jessi Queen) and she has introduced me to the awesomeness that is the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild. Jessi, her husband, and a fellow guild member came to my town to chalk during the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Sidewalk Chalk Festival, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to rain. But thanks to some quick thinking, the artists knocked out some amazing pieces under the pavilion. Check out the blog post here. 

Now, this blog post is called The Accidental Chalk Artist for a reason: I didn't think that being a chalk artist was a thing that I'd do. I mean, I just did that one festival in Macon and that was it. But I did help plan the Sidewalk Chalk Festival in town for two years in a row, so that counts for something, right? Right. 

I've since become an official member of the GCA Guild and recently took part in a small chalk fest alongside the McDonough Spring Arts Festival on April 30th. I had a 5' x 5' square to work with and I thought it would be cool to do a big hummingbird. Everyone loves hummingbirds!

Also, I have learned that it's best to keep the chalk pieces large and simple. At least, until I get faster with the chalking.

My original plan started with gridding the entire square and then carefully sketching out the bird, making sure it was correctly proportional. I got about ten minutes into it and decided to just wing it.

Wing it, I say! Puns for days!

The finished piece. About 6 hours of work.

Details on the face.

This hummingbird was based off a photograph taken by a local photographer, King Davis. He gave me permission to use his photo as a reference. Thanks King!

Just this past weekend I participated in the first chalk festival in Fayetteville, Georgia. Details on that will be in Part Two.