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…

Where can you make a street painting?

In the US, street paintings are relegated to public festivals or private events. Unfortunately the US typically does not promote or allow ‘in situ’ street painting – spontaneously created on any city street or public space. Many cities will fine you for working on their streets since they often refer to it as graffiti! (My…

How did you become a street painter?

I had seen street painting in Europe when I was studying art there as a student but later rediscovered it at the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival in Santa Barbara, California. I just stumbled upon that event in 1997 and immediately knew I had to try it. I participated the following year and became…

Where did street painting originate?

Originating in Italy and practiced by European artisans dating from the 16th century, street painting began as a means of communication most often associated with traditional religious celebrations and folk festivals. The artists, know as ‘madonnari’ or ‘Madonna painters’ because they reproduced icons of the Madonna, created works so well executed that they resembled complete…