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Welcome to my blog. This is where you will be able to find dialogue and information concerning all things related to my work and the art forms I work within, including street painting chalk art, painting and drawing, mural and decorative painting work and other art related subjects. I’ll be posting articles related to specific…

World’s First Sistine Chapel Street Painting

Back in 2003 I got a call from then director of the Youth In Arts Italian Street Painting Festival, Sue Carlomagno, about a crazy idea she was dying to share with me. ‘How would you like to tackle the Sistine Chapel ceiling?’

I knew she & her husband Joe were planning something big for the 10th Anniversary event but I didn’t realize how big! Talk about ambitious – over 300 figures and yards of architecture, this masterpiece would surely be a show stopper if created. A feat never before undertaken at any festival in the world this was going to be a dream project for many folks involved.

Sue asked me to spearhead the project as I had extensive experience in art directing / painting large mural projects and was used to managing teams of artists. I had recently finished off several large Vegas casino mural projects which involved creating over 11,000 sq. ft. of images. I was game and eagerly jumped into the project planning. Additionally, Sue honored me with a request to create the original art for the event poster: a portrait of Michelangelo’s Delphic Sibyl. I used chalk pastels on paper and the original art was framed and then auctioned off as part of the festival fundraising.

How long does a street painting last?

Depending on location, weather and traffic, a street painting can be visible for many months after it has been completed – not clearly but faintly. Rain, moisture, wind and traffic will diminish its beauty very quickly, but typically it can be seen in a fairly good condition for a few weeks after its completion, if…

Can you make them permanent?

Chalk pastel is not a highly stable medium that does not bond, like paint, with the surface it is applied to. There really is no sealer or preservative you can apply to it without creating some damage.  I have created many ‘street paintings’ on artificial surfaces with intentions to preserve them and have been somewhat…

How do you make your own chalk?

Here is a recipe that many street painters I know use. It does take some practice to get the recipe exactly the way you want it. I use powder pigments from Daniel Smith, Sinopia and Kremer. This recipe can yield a few hundred chalks, especially if you double the emulsion recipe. If you don’t use…