Art & Travel: Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

2017 is going to be the year that I travel as much as I can. January was quiet, but I did get away for a weekend with my best friend Amber in Huntsville to celebrate her birthday. Then the third weekend in February found me in Lake Worth, Florida for the annual Street Painting Festival, which claims to be the largest in the country.

And I would have to agree! There are SO MANY artists involved. It was all quite overwhelming, really. After a quick flight from Atlanta, I settled into my hotel room (which is a whole different story, I'll never stay in that hotel again, sheesh.) then made my way downtown to prepare for the two day festival. Thank goodness I was able to locate some friends who helped me tape off my square and paint it with tempera. 

The next morning I was able to quickly layout my design and get to work. 

Unfortunately, due to my own ignorance, I ended up accidentally overlapping my space into my neighbor's space (sorry Tim!), but everyone quickly figured out a compromise and we all got busy putting chalk down. 

My street painting is a replication of a Sylvia Ji Dia de los Muertos woman. 

The first day started at around 8 a.m. and I worked until 6 p.m. I got most of the face and background done, and saved the flowers for Sunday. 

Day Two was intense. I mean, if you're incredibly shy and unable to work on something while HUNDREDS of people walk by, then street painting is not for you. I remember looking up and thinking I felt like I was in a fish bowl. Just tons and tons of people lined up around the work. Cameras are going off and people are asking questions. Luckily, I was able to maintain my composure and finish my piece.

Thank goodness my spot was in the shadow of a large building for most of the day. Otherwise, I would have been disgusting looking. 

This amazing shot was on the Lake Worth Street Painting festival website. I snagged it without seeing who the photographer was. 

& the completed piece and photo with the artist by photographer Craig Houdeshell. Thanks so much Craig! 

Even though I had the worst hotel room ever and came back home completely exhausted from sitting on concrete for 16 hours, I would sign up to do this festival again in a heart beat! I can't wait for 2018's fest!