2013 Houston Via Colori

2013 Houston Via Colori

It was a cold weekend for Via Colori in downtown Houston. Saturday was wet, wet, wet, but Sunday morning we bundled up, loaded the Jeep, and hauled our stuff downtown. We finished our 10x10 square in just over 3 hours, record time! Many hands do make light work.

The Celtic design I chose was a cycle of life band around a 3D quaternary knot. Originally, the outer edges were more elaborate, but Mother Nature had different ideas for our street mural.

Over the years we figured out the basic needs for our style of street painting with chalk pastel. Here’s a boiled down list of must-haves:

  1. Erasers spread and mix chalk around, saving time and energy in large areas.
  2. Heavy duty gloves are better than regular latex gloves and worth the investment.
  3. A heavy weight straight edge, the one we used was hacked off an IKEA desk.
  4. Regular chalkboard chalk for outlining.
  5. Knee pads or a garden knee pad.
  6. Your sketch on graph paper.
  7. People that love your vision and want to help.
  8. For after: Manicure, massage and yoga session.

Side note: a young couple asked if we were making a cellular automaton. To me this sounds like a word used to describe someone that could not live without their phone, which I was not creating. The young man described it as an "art term" and I was perturbed that I had not heard of this "art term". So like the cellular automaton I am, I pulled out my phone and looked it up. It's a computer math game with lots of rules and strategies, but in short, it's like a fractal pattern or tessellation design.

Kids, please realize that there was once a time without computers. Designs like the one above are ancient, and were made thousands of years ago by hand, and have stood the test of time. However, this does look really cool. Thanks for the new angle.

2014 houston Via Colori

2014 houston Via Colori

2012 Houston Via Colori

2012 Houston Via Colori