Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sidewalk Art

It's the height of summer and the neighborhood comes to life with children's irrepressible desire to make art.   They are confident and uninhibited; there is an admirable assurance in every single stroke.  For this special time in their life, they exhibit the urgency of creativity without constraints.  It is, being in the moment of their very core. I like that these little girls are floating or flying in space.  They are as free as they will ever be!

I'm impressed with the drafting deftness; the lines are beautifully lyrical.  This budding artist even tackled the challenging hands.  Perhaps the child is already developing a sense of artistic perfectionism in crossing out the figure and drawing another.  

I don't remember where I found this photo of a chalk artist all grown up and still creating magic on the sidewalk.  Do you ever imagine what might be under the sidewalk?  Would you believe exotic palaces,   elephants, and palm trees?


  1. Hi Renee! I remember the chalk sidewalk in 'Mary Poppins' but this image is so clever! No, never thought what might be under our noses. After viewing David McC...'s book on urban underground I remember ants, water -,electric-, subway- sewer- lines, but nothing as neat as this! How about yourself? Arturo

  2. wowser — that is one incredible image!! looks like you could tumble down into the underworld on that sidewalk!!