The 2011 Sarasota Chalk Festival was home to many amazing artists
The weather was great on Sunday Nov 7th–with no rain in sight! The crowds were phenomenal–perfect for the artists who were trying to win Peoples Choice. The crowds made it a little difficult to move around the festival, but the energy in the crowd really pumped up the event. The artwork was very detailed and colorful and the topics varied from religious, to pop culture, to fantasy. Some of the artists had even made specific viewing points for their work, many using special lenses for the 3D and perspective.
Below are some pictures I snapped. I wish I could have taken pictures of everything, but it was hard to maneuver in to get good shots of all the work. I also don’t know the names of the artists who created such lovely work or I would post along with the pictures. If you do know, please alert me via a comment and I’ll add their names in.
To take a trip to the beach is to experience the expanse of it all – the wide blue sky that meets the rolling water where you can see the curve of the horizon.
But really, without the sand beneath your feet, the salt in the air, the warmth of the sun against the chill of the February breeze, and the sound of the water…the photos are, well, a little flat in comparison. Beautifully blue though.
There is one other spectacle at the beach, in addition to the beautiful vista. Walking along the water’s edge there is a trail of artifacts deposited by the Gulf tides.
There are bits of white-on-white where shells have washed up, some delicate, some ragged.
Feathers, pen shells, cockles, sand dollars.
Shreds of seaweed half-buried in the sand by the tide.
And there are crazy birds standing face-on into the crisp wind or wading in the water (that was too cold for me to venture into, even just up to my toes).
And this is for y’all up north where it’s still (actually) cold…here’s a glimpse of Florida’s version of snow. Powdery white sand, drifted up to form the hills of Florida.
Krystyna Sznurkowski, Pen and Paperie
I am an [intern] architect-by-day/ink-painter-and-card-maker-by-night. Being a native Floridian I have to admit, I take the proximity of the beach for granted sometimes. But the shore is a source of inspiration for me and so I do go wander along it as often as I can. You should too! I have a little online shop at www.penandpaperie.etsy.com and also sell my arts and cards at Wanderlust KW in Key West, Florida.