Eau Claire (WQOW) - Drawing
on the sidewalk with chalk may seem like an activity designed for kids. But Saturday
afternoon, more than 100 artists of all ages did their best work on the
sidewalks of Eau Claire's
"You can draw
anything, and you can see all the artists, its a nice varied show," said
Peter Davidson of Rice
There's really no
telling what you'll find on the grounds of Chalkfest, because the ground is the
canvas; a really big one.
"I don't have a
shop big enough to do an eight foot by eight foot design, and I take advantage
of that for this being a perspective piece. For the viewers, they can stand
back and look at this piece and say "Hey, it's like I'm actually looking
out of this hole," said Nathan Roesler of Menomonie.
It's a cat, chasing a
bird, into a tree; and its all on the sidewalk.
"You've got to
build the pigment up in the little grooves, so it actually takes more chalk to
make more vibrant color," Roesler explained.
But the surface itself
can cause problems.
"Yeah I've got the
kneepads and the gloves. These also help rubbing in like those last bits of
chalk that are hard to use because your finger tips can take quite a beating.
Just (makes motion with hand) I'm not used to rubbing my fingers on the sidewalk
all day," added Davidson.
Sometimes, the biggest
challenge is having too much space.
"Trying to get the
proportions right, like when you have a small drawing you need to make it
bigger, and if you have something small in there it won't look right," said
Autumn Tio of Eau Claire
But these are sidewalks
after all, so you may end up having to sit or step on your masterpiece in order
to get everything they way you want it.
"You accept walking
on it, you know you just have to have a nice footfall, and pick up straight.
You don't want to just run out there and slide all over it and skid, because
that'll just mess it up. You know, you sneeze on it that could mess it up
depending on how high the dust is," Davidson said.
The dust will settle on
the competition tonight at 7 p.m. but you still have time to see the completed
works. Weather permitting; the pieces will be on display Sunday for Chalkfest Gallery
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