American Center Street Painting Tour, Part 2 – India 2009

New Delhi

As some of you may know, I’ve recently returned from a rather exhilarating and adventurous trip to India where I participated at Antaragni Festival, IIT Kanpur as a guest featured artist. As part two of my India blog entries, this article focuses on the second phase of my trip, which was a 3D street painting workshop tour of prominent art colleges and universities throughout the country, sponsored generously by the American Center through the US Consulate in New Delhi.

Having worked with the US Consulate office in Mumbai last year in a similar capacity, I was invited by Aruna Dasgupta and her team to develop and demonstrate a 3D street painting workshop for local high school, college level and professional artists in New Delhi at the Habitat Center. The workshop was held over 3 days with morning and afternoon sessions which provided students with the opportunity to learn how to make street paintings and to delve into the mechanics behind basic 3D techniques. more…

India Street Painting Tour, Part 1 – IIT Kanpur

I recently had the tremendous pleasure of traveling back to India as a guest visiting artist to teach street painting, specifically 3d street painting techniques, to high school & college level students as well as professional artists in 5 major cities. Initially my tour began in Kanpur, India, where I would be arriving at IIT Kanpur as a participating artist in their annual cultural festival, Antaragni (meaning ‘The Fire Within.’) I’d been to India last year to participate in this capacity at Mood Indigo, IIT Bombay’s culture and arts fest. The response there had been so great that the organizing body at IIT Kanpur decided to add the street painting component to their roster this year as well.

3D Chalk Art and the Olympic Hall of Fame

3D Chalk Art Used to Recognize Olympic Hall of Fame Inductees I recently worked an interesting PR event using 3D chalk art for the announcement and inauguration of the 2009 Olympic Hall of Fame inductees.  Held at Millenium Park in downtown Chicago, I was commissioned by Allstate Insurance, who sponsors the OHF, to create a large 3D…

3D street painting at Lincoln City, Oregon

Chinook Salmon 3D street paintingI’ve recently had an opportunity to participate as a guest street painter in the Lincoln City Visitors Bureau sponsored Lincoln City Art Festival, held in the Taft area of town, near the beach. It was a small festival geared mostly for children, with loads of hands on free projects for them to partake of – tessellation projects, a magic castle made from recycled cardboard, street painting (of course), face painting and a variety of other art related activities. Local artisans came out in the questionable weather to ply their goods – jewelry, pottery and glass, which Lincoln City is most known for.

Church Ceiling Dome Mural project; Part 1

PietrodaCortonaI often wonder how our ideas of the divine play into our lives – how we think about it, how we reflect upon it and how we uniquely manifest it. Well, I have recently had an opportunity to indulge in all three of these musings, each thought resounding loud and clear in my experience for the past 5 months. This is all due to the latest mural project I have just (about) completed – a Baroque ceiling mural titled ‘The Trinity in Glory & Prophets’ for a church in Houston, Texas.

The mural was loosely based on an existing Baroque mural by Pietro da Cortona, painted between 1648 – 1651, at Santa Maria in Vallicella (Our Lady in the Little Valley), otherwise known as Chiesa Nuova, Rome. I used the basic framework and layering approach to the figures as seen in the original, keeping the same prophets, angels and cherub, while adjusting some of the compositional elements of the painting to accommodate the modified size of the dome. The focal point of the painting are three adjoining figurative groupings representing the Cross uplifted, Jesus resurrected and God the Father, respectively. These scenes are the first that a viewer would notice upon entrance to the church. Following the images upward, one would see a chorus of angels and cherubs receding into the distance, completed with a pronounced ring of garland and cherubs encircling the cupola edge at the very top. An image of the Holy Spirit in the shape of a dove crowns the mural at the very center of the dome.

I Madonnari Festival 2009 – Santa Barbara, California

El Flechador del SolAnother year has come and gone and I find myself with a little case of post festival blues after completing my 12th year at the Santa Barbara I Madonnari Street Painting Festival. The festival celebrated 23 years this past weekend and the public support could not have been better. In the wake of the terrible fires that have decimated much of the local community, Santa Barbara came out in force to support this unique event.