Leading up to the Chalk Urban Art Festival I took part in the week before last, the competing artists were given an extended exhibition at the Mars Hill Café exhibition space.
This was a very nice gesture indeed, as renting exhibition space in Australian galleries can often cost hundreds to thousands of dollars for a couple of weeks.
Here’s a peek at my work on the wall.
Another highlight of taking part in the festival was meeting and chatting to Sadami Konchi, a watercolour portrait artist.
Sadami was not technically one of the competing artists, but would come around and paint the artists at work.
Sadami is amazingly quick when she works, and manages to catch a unique likeness in all her subjects. I had fun flipping through her sketchpad identifying all the artists, not only by their appearance, but also by their body gestures and the way they were posed whilst working on their own artworks.
You can see I got into the spirit of my work, and came dressed up every day as a pirate myself. I was happy when Sadami agreed to sell me my little portrait; it will be a lovely memento of the festival.
You can see Sadami's watercolour impressions from this year's festival here: Chalk 2010
It gives a really good overview of her impressions of how we worked, I lvoed reading it as much as I love looking at the artworks themselves... a really touching and lively insight.
As an afterthought, if anyone is interested in acquiring a 2.2 m long canvas depicting a shipwrecked pirate, let me know – I’m willing to take any offers!! (I don’t have space for it in my tiny flat)
So long as you’re happy to pay for shipping in a long tube (or pick up personally in Sydney) I am willing to sell it for any price if anyone is interested.