Art: Chalk and Steel

Every year the city of Pasadena sponsors a competition, where artists are invited to render in chalk on the local sidewalks an original or facsimilie of a known work. In conjunction with this event, people are invited to show off their antique or classic automobiles on the adjacent street. Since the price is right (free admission) and it was a nice day, we decided to avail ourselves of the opportunity. As in many similar spectacles, the audience is often more entertaining than the exhibit. This year, I would have to call it a toss up. However, since I have a policy of not posting photos in public venues without the permission of the subject, you’ll have to be satisfied with the following photos of chalk and steel.
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15 Responses to Art: Chalk and Steel

  1. linda says:

    HI, JORGE,  What a perfect day and event to go too.  I wish I had been there looks so interesting.  I love old cars, used to own a four and loved how people turned their heads as I drove down the road all happy. I find that blogging has slowed down, I think because of nice weather…. hmm everyone is out having a nice time on weekends. 
    The chalk drawing must of be wonderful ……
    Well, just making a drive by on the computer lane… there are no speed limits here so I can do as I please… hehehe making illegal turns or not stopping at any stop lights hmm have not hit any bystanders yet My vehical uses no gas so is very ecconomical and it can look anyway my imagination desires.  I am in a white limo
    with a lap top in the back that is how I am corresponding with you now.
    Poof……………..I am gone.

  2. Cheryl says:

    I lovedthe cars and the chalk drawings were good also.  Sounds like a fun time.  i would have been temptd to sit in the drivers seats of the cars so it is good I was not there.  LOl

  3. PJ says:

    Good Evening Jorge,
    These cars are awesome. May I have one of each please??
     Seriously, what a fantastic photographer you are. I am trying so hard to improve , however, I believe a new camera is in order. LOL.
    So glad you had the opportunity to get out in the awesome weather. I as well, have been doing the same. Am trying to take photos of some of the beautiful fountains the area has to offer. I am outside and enjoying the task at hand. Today was the PERFECT day in my opinion…Low 80\’s and less humid. Yeas indeed. Incredible, and I was fortunate enough to have the day off also.
    Take care and Keep Smiling.

  4. Jill says:

    Dear Jorge,
    Speaking of antique cars, I have a 1954 Willys that I\’m interested in selling. It has been in my garage for the past ten years and I took it out to go around the block about once or twice in that period of time. I called the "Old Car Association" here and they might be interested but now I have to figure out how to get out of a tax that the government is trying to charge me. Every year in Costa Rica you must pay a fee called "derechos de circulación". It corresponds to your right to use the streets. They say that I was supposed to hand in my license plates in order to avoid this yearly tax and even though the car was not used, supposedly I have to pay. I love these "rules". They want to charge me $450.00. I\’m going to put up a fight.
    You certainly are a very good photographer besides being a very good writer and I imagine a very good doctor. I enjoyed the story about the circumcision!

  5. Gracia says:

    HI Jorge,
    Thanks for dropping in – I appreciate that. 
    The chalk drawings and automobiles pics are great. Sounds like you guys had a great time….:)
    I collect 1:24 size cars – my toddler has been trying to get to them, but fortunately they are high up out of harms way!
    Keep well!

  6. Cordelia says:

    I love that sidewalk/chalk art…especially that make it look like you\’re walking into a hole–or peering through the roof of a building. It\’s funny to see people\’s reactions!

  7. Aafrica says:

    that\’s some incredible drawings!

  8. Gelati Farms says:

    The steel was fine, but the chalk was amazing!  What talent.  If that was me creating those masterpieces, I would cry when it was finally washed away by the rain.  Of course, if I had that talent, I suppose I could create magic like that whenever I wanted!  Let me rephrase then…if I was standing on the corner, admiring the art, I would cry when the rain finally came and washed it away.

  9. Gelati Farms says:

    Sorry Jorge…
    Just had to unlock the door…
    Come on in!

  10. Unknown says:

    Gosh, I didn\’t realize how nearby you must be!  Wish I could have seen that show, but I imagine it was pretty darned hot, right?  Car show, too?  Lots of my school chums do those cars and I have TONS of photos of them.

  11. Betty says:

    Hi Jorge,
    Sounds like a delightful day.  Sidewalk artists intrigue me.  How do you decide to create in a medium that will be washed away.  As a watercolorist who spends a lot of effort attempting better ways to preserve the colors in my paintings, I shudder at the prediction of rain for those chalk artisits!

  12. K says:

    Jorge… I love these kinds of shows and fairs… and from the pictures – this one would not have disappointed me!  Great artwork!  It would seem as though you guys had a beautiful day to enjoy it as well!
    Hope all is well — take care!

  13. the1stephzen says:

    What a great idea for a city (town).  Thanks for commenting on my lines.  I must be in a writing frenzy.  I\’ve written another one and "feel another one coming on"!

  14. Marge says:

    Mornin\’ Jorge!
    Although I am not a car enthusiast, per se, I can appreciate the creativity which goes into the restoration and maintenence of classic and vintage automobiles (years ago I helped a little in the restoration of a Model T Ford…). Once in awhile my beloved and I attend gatherings of classic cars and hot rods. There\’s always something for everybody.
    Of all the photos you shared with us, I particularly enjoyed the fire truck. My ex is a firefighter and I\’ve never lost my admiration for the tools, gear, and equipment of the job. The kid in me loves fire trucks just because they\’re big, red, and can make lots of NOISE.
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time; thanks for sharing some of the day with your readers!
    I\’ll be back!
    Peace and love, always…

  15. Charlotte says:

    Amazing!!!  hugs, lottiemae

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