Some people insist that size does matter! Well if that’s the case, street painters in south Florida should be pretty darn happy. Big asphalt, big crowds, big fun. That about sums up last weekends events in lovely Lake Worth, Florida, where I participated as a featured artist in the 19th edition of the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival.
It was hot, sunny and only rained briefly (sudden rain is typical in Florida this time of year) – perfect conditions for a chalk festival. I decided on a 3D image of Machu Picchu, which I had the good fortune of visiting in 2012. I had these terrific photos on my iPad that I had taken at the site so I used those on a free-hand design that seemed perfect for my piece of asphalt. Easy, no stress, pure flow – just the way I like it!
This festival combines art, food, music and entertainment for the entire Palm Beach county and southern Florida. Crowds upwards of 100,000 show up annually to check out the hundreds of drawings created by some of the countries most gifted street painters.
Many of my California peers were here this year which made for a lot of fun. I met some local artists, several young and new to the art form, a few veterans and all talented beyond belief! The synergy and commaraderie at this event just keeps growing and growing, with the art somehow exceeding expectations. Next year is the big 20 for Lake Worth and I, for one, plan on celebrating on Lucerne Street with my artistic friends. Congrats to all the participants who came out to draw this year – the work was really terrific!
Big thanks as always to Maryanne & Bruce Webber for their unending, loving support of this event and it’s artists; the entire Lake Worth Festival committee; and special thanks to Jane Portoluppi Durand for being a great chalk sistah by lending her wonderful talent to the effort!