30 Minutes in the Life: February 2015: Street Art

I have to confess, that I am a little envious of artists who can create beautiful images on a canvas.  I like to doodle.  I think I doodle well.  I know you can make out what I am doodling, but to take a picture in your mind or one that you are looking at it, and create something big out of it, that is a gift.  I did art at school, although I have to say pottery was my favorite part of the art class.

About 8 months ago I saw an image in a photography group and I had to ask where it had been taken.  Lake Worth Street Painting was the answer.  This weekend was the 2015 event, and I decided that we needed to go to it.  Weather permitting of course.  Friday was freezing. Saturday was overcast, but the promise of rain was only 25%.  We decided to head out around the middle of the day as we thought that may be the warmest.  And yes I know all the folk in the north are shaking their heads at me, but this African likes warm weather.

The roads were blocked off and after a short walk we arrived at the hustle and bustle of street artists, ranging from very young children up to the professionals.

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It was hard to decide where to start my 30 minutes and where to end it.  There was so much incredible work.  What a riot of color and noise.  This was a fun day, of artists, and music, and restaurants and take outs and beer.

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I love graffiti and so I really enjoyed seeing what folk had to offer.  This face caught my attention right off.  It was dark and brooding and intriguing.

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Fun, cartoonish and full of color.

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Quite often the artist would have the work she was creating on a sheet in front of her, and so where I saw that I tried to capture it as well.

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Work in progress was all over the place, and it was easy to see the designs taking shape.  Perhaps we had gone a little bit early but I think we still enjoyed what was being created.

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Knee pads graced knees, chalk dust graced butts.

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We arrived at the food and drink area.  On a podium in the park was live music.  Take out caravans lined the streets.  Food was in all varieties. Chinese take out, Philly Cheesesteaks, Gyros, cheese stuffed corn cakes, crab cakes.  I could go on.  And of course, there was beer.  This wall resonated with me.  I have seen this done before but never with the words “Before I die… I want to…” Makes you stop and think.  I have a bucket list of things I want to do before I die.

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Intensive concentration as they work to create their image.  I am sympathizing – this event goes all weekend.  To be on your knees and crouched in this position is going to be seriously painful by Sunday evening.

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Of all the work, this had to have been my favorite.  I am in a real black and white mode these days and this quickly grabbed my attention.

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These young guys were creating a piece of artwork in the depiction of Jesus.  They had outlined and were beginning to fill in.  I overheard a conversation a lady was having with them.  She asked them if they would like to be part of the event next year and they eagerly agreed that they would like to be a part of the 2016 event.

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Another piece that spoke to my soul was the face with tears.  I loved it.  I loved the simplicity and the vulnerability I found in this image.

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I am not sure how this woman can stand and work like that for the length of time she did.  I can only assume she practices that crouching position daily.  There ain’t no way my body would be able to do that. 🙂

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Last image of the event.  I am always impressed by the ability to create 3D artwork.  You often see work of artist that will have you falling into a hole.  This photo truly was like that.  What creativity this woman has.

I will confess that I probably went 4 minutes over the 30 minutes.  However, this is only half of the images that I saw today.  It was a fun event, and I for sure will head on back there next year.  It was time to head home, the sky was cloudy and dark and I kept thinking I hope it does not rain on their parade.  To have all this incredible artwork washed away in one down pour would be so disheartening.

Talking rain – it certainly rained on our parade driving home.  I hope that the rain stayed west and did not go east.

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“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

~ Vincent van Gogh

Thank you for joining me for this month’s 30 minutes.  This is a circle blog.  Please take time to visit my friend, Olivia Gatti :: Click Click Love and see what she has for you this month.  Keep following the circle to see what the other photographers have for you.

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P.S.  I have a busy month ahead.  Look out for the images from Gainesville coming up in this week.  The Renaissance Festival is running and I will be heading their next weekend.  The Theme for the weekend will be the Orient.  I wanted the Warlords and the theme from Mordor, but I am traveling to Georgia that weekend and then to Nashville the following weekend.  I guess I am going to have a lot of blogging coming up.

 

22 Comments on “30 Minutes in the Life: February 2015: Street Art

  1. Wow, Sharleen! These are so awesome!! What fun this must have been! I loved all your shots. That Jim Morrison one was my favorite. Sorry to see it rained afterward.

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    • Thanks Karen. I have to confess I believe that was mine as well. Sunday was a beautiful day so if they finished up there it would have been okay. Next year I will go on the closing day.

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  2. What a great event to document!! Great to see this. I love that 3D picture near the end and then the picture with the artist where you can get some perspective. Wonderful!

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  3. These are so so cool, Sharleen!!!! Love how you captured all the cool street art. Must’ve been really fun!

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    • Thank you Charlotte – it definitely was a riot of color, and lots of chalk dust floating in the air. It was a great event and I plan to go back.

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    • Thank you Megan – I had a great time but I will definitely go back on the last day – I have seen some of the images finished and they were stunning.

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