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The Art of Illusion

Flat street image

This past weekend our Florida family enjoyed a day of illusion at the 4th annual Sarasota Chalk Festival. Circus City, USA was the chosen theme celebrating the Sarasota/Venice circus heritage. The Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus had their winter quarters here. This weekend two hundred and fifty renowned 3D and 2D street painting artists got to use the downtown streets of Sarasota, Florida as their canvases.  The artists had 7 days to complete their project with finished viewings the following two days.  Each 3D work of art had a photo opportunity set up to get the full impact of the work with a camera.  Views from any other position was very flat looking and out of proportion.  I had seen photos on the internet of this kind of work prior to our visit but it was truly inspiring to see it in person.  I “get” it now as to how it is done and I plan to try my hand with a couple of projects in the next few weeks.

Vantage point image

The month of November is really packed with fun artsy things to do in our area.  This coming weekend, November 8-12, Siesta Key is hosting The Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition.  Admission is $5.00 from 9-5 Thursday-Monday. There are 25 competitors sculpting their hearts out for cash and for the love of it.  Besides the Masters doing their sculpting, events include a Quicksand competition where two master sculptors have a 10 minute speed sculpting contest, demonstrations by Amazin’ Walter sharing the tricks of the trade using only sand and water and other fun events.  If you get the chance, bring a hat and some sunscreen and join in the fun!

 

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About janecrickpaintinginparadise

I am an artist, author, instructor, laser pattern designer and blogger living in sunny Florida.

5 responses »

  1. Thanks for your great comment on my artwork. I would have enjoyed seeing this Chalk Festival; it’s a mystery to me how they do it!

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  2. I’ve always wanted to try chalk drawings like these, they’ve been a mystery to me on how you’d actually go about making one! Must be a great experience to see one in person though!

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  3. Sorry Jane, it’s me Debbie Adams Luiz in Hawaii. Forgot to fill in my email and name.

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  4. I truly enjoy your blod Jane. It’s great seeing your art and seeing all the FUN things going on there. Sounds like never a dull moment. Keep up the GREAT work.

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