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COLORFUL COMMENTARY

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Exactly what this EVENT was designed for. Empowerment through Self~Expressions! Chalking out artful visions and colorful dreams is simply cathartic! Putting your intentions and your vibrational energy back into the earth should be experienced by ALL, at least once a year! It is a wonderfully grounding experience that our past participants and anyone chalking at a festival will tell you is exhilarating. We highly recommend it! I have been chalking now for over a decade and eagerly await each new event and the possibilities they uniquely hold. Creating new temporary imagery of my own acceptance designs,  re-creating another Artist’s work, collaborating with spectrum artist’s… meeting new friends and connecting with old.

Here were my 2015 chalking opportunities after last April’s FUN!

The Pasadena Chalk Festival (the largest on our planet!) is traditionally Father’s Day weekend. Our friend 2014 participant & 2015 Carpe Inspirus Award recipient Eileen Sobora and her family joined me for the second day of this (record breaking heat) 2~day event. Eileen chalking her crowd favorite Panda to add to my Giraffe and Ladybug.  This was my 3rd year as a participant and definitely the hardest. Thanks to my partners or it may have gone incomplete. Whew. Cheers to teamwork on BIG squares!! Here are a few pictures of our Design: “Acceptance For All: Great and Small”…

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In September we traveled north to Ventura Harbor for their Annual Street Art Festival. This was my 2nd yr. chalking at this beautiful venue, art show and sale. Keeping in my new tradition I chalked a spectrum Artist’s design at this seaside event. Tashi’s “Bird of Paradise” design…

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Later in November I chalked the Pomona Chalk Festival for my first time. What a wonderful and casual event! I had been wanting a chance to chalk~up the cover of the groundbreaking  and award winning book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman and to my amazement this event had a “Book Cover Theme.” Divinity!

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What WILL BE chalked up next?….Well, the possibilities are ENORMOUS. The skies the limit…. SEE YOU SOON!

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SATURDAY, April 9th to be EXACT!! JOIN US!

 

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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the creator of the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

www.autismhwy.com

 

 

Bj Lane and the Temple of HeArt-the Grand Finale

And the final pictures…a portrait of Temple Grandin, “Bj Lane and the Temple of Heart” 4/18/2015.

Thank you again for allowing me to be involved in this years Virtual Autism Chalk Festival.  I hope all attending this special event have enjoyed the day, enjoyed the art, and have found their own special way to participate.  Sharing, loving and acceptance is creating a new path straight from the heart!

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Bj Lane and the Temple of HeArt-working working1:00pm

Capturing the colors
Capturing the colors

I don’t know why, but I “see” colors in everything.  In my chalk portrait of Temple Grandin,  I’ve gone and created a purple cow!  A memory surfaces…I recall my dad saying this poem, “I’ve never seen a purple cow, I never hope to see one…but this I know for certain…I’d rather see than be one.”  Perhaps our bovine friends can teach us acceptance too…even when they are blue and purple, they color our world.

Bj Lane and the Temple of HeArt-Getting Into it-11:00am

Whew!  It is beginning to feel a little like work!  Sunglasses, hat and shade cover, cool breeze, hard surface, apron, knee pads, chalk, water, sponges, gloves and a labor of love!  Piece by piece, shape by shape, color by color I am formulating a vision for the final piece…still lots of work to do! Stay tuned…

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Bending and squatting
Work, work, work!
Work, work, work!

 

Bj Lane and the Temple of HeArt-Beginning the Under-Sketch-10:00am

After marking off my chalk space with tape, adding the shade cover, and printing off my reference material, I put down my first marks on the concrete.  I divided up the 9′ square into thirds to help me keep aware of my space confines.  I first used black chalk to define the face, and other compositional elements, then dove right into color.

Black and grey under-sketch
Black and grey under-sketch
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Adding color

Bj Lane and the Temple of HeArt-Preparing for the portrait 9:00am

This is my first post of the day.  Keep tuned on the hour to see the progression of   “A Portrait of the Temple of HeArt” by BJlane…

Preparing the Design
Preparing the Design

This black and white digital rendition is what I plan to chalk. It will eventually be in color; however, I like to start the composition in black and white to help me define the shapes.   This particular image was created with the use of my IPad and Sketchbook Pro.  I often collect several reference photos (see below) to help me understand my subject more in depth.  See if you can see what elements I’ve added and which ones I eliminated.  Yep…and I have a few surprises up my sleeve…

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More reference photos
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Photo reference-Temple Grandin’s choice photo
A close-up of Temple Grandin
A close-up of Temple Grandin

 

My portrait of Temple–by Bjlane

imageWhat an honor it is to once again participate and support the AutismHighway’s Autism Chalk Festival this year.  In the past four years I’ve seen the Festival  bring the community together, thread by thread, family by family, and artist by artist.

Expressing myself through art has been a long personal journey, and my art is the life thread of my existence.  It calms me, focuses me and gives me energy to face daily challenges.  I crave the time to create from my heart, and continue to take advantage of any moment offering me a chance to create something exceptional.

This year, Kelly Green asked that I create a portrait of Temple Grandin.  Most of us with children and adults on the Autism spectrum know of this iconic woman…who despite the odds, has created a life around her abilities and interest, and has shared her journey through books, seminars and documentaries.  This is not an easy feat in today’s society.  With unemployment rates high, and instability in the job market, it is difficult for anyone to find work they truly enjoy.  Now, enter the world of Autism, and suddenly unemployment is the norm.  ve have “transition programs”, “day programs” and “work study programs” , and for those individuals identified as “high functioning” there is a scattering of jobs and job programs. Temple Grandin is showing us different possibilities. She brings us hope for our children, offering ideas of acceptance and helping us to focus on our loved ones skills. She models her ideals as she  surrounds herself with what she loves, and in so doing has found a place in the job market.  What a joy it is for me to create portrait of Temple Grandin in her element.

Stay tuned tomorrow as I show hour by hour the progress on this virtual Chalk Portrait. Beginning time…9am

Bj Lane and the Temple of HeART : Portrait of a Virtual Chalking!

In the first half of this wonderful story I told of my fortuitous meeting with iconic Southern California Artist Bj Lane. I also mentioned that there was an interesting surprise ahead!

Chalking a square under the sun is an amazing and addictive experience. To lovingly place your Art on the pavement while feeling the vibrations of the earth is an exhilarating experience. Also a very taxing and hard on your body experience. I liken it to being an artistic athlete! It can be very grueling designing and executing a square all by yourself. That is why it is very smart to employ family and friends to “color in” for you. That becomes much of the fun in chalking, friends coloring together. It becomes a very communal and collaborative expression. Beautiful, hard work.

Carissa P's 2014 Award winner in the works.
Carissa P’s 2014 Award winner in the works.

Bj has had a very strenuous year. She relocated her families home and has been busy re-establishing new connections in a brand new community! We all must follow our instincts and honor ourselves by not over doing it. So we respect, that it will be too much for Bj Lane to travel to Heritage Plaza Park, Covina this year. Instead, she will chalk her 9’x9′ square at her Fallbrook, California home driveway!

This is where the story takes a very fun turn! We have always wanted to have every one “Chalk Where They Stand!” Chalk up something in Acceptance solidarity on the very day of our event each year; wherever you live, however you can. In a driveway, on a patio or even on a small indoor chalkboard! Flood the internet with global Artistic free spontaneous expression, Autistic Pride and JOY!Autistic pride

I asked Bj if she would create a chalk image of Temple Grandin. This is what I love about our event. It is graphic proof of the many amazing people on the spectrum contributing to humanity. In this instance Bj will be chalking up a legend. Currently, Temple enjoys the notoriety of being the only adult Autistic the world seems to recognize. Her work in the cattle industry is legendary. I have had the pleasure of being her acquaintance since 2011 and she makes a person feel as if they have always known her. Very humble and polite.  We look for a day when many other Autistic adults are recognized for the great things accomplished. Past, present and future!  Bj suggested we ask Temple which image of her she may like to see worked in chalk. Temple told me personally that she would choose this image.

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Not hard to see why. I am very excited to see the VIRTUAL CHALKING of Bj Lane’s interpretation of this, Temple’s choice!

ON Saturday April 18th  Bj will post her pictures HERE showing the progression of her 2015 AutismHWY.com Chalk Festival ‘satellite’ square. You can check in here to see the photos at 9:00 a.m., 11:00a.m., 1:00 p.m. and finally view her fantastic finished product at 3:00 p.m.

Bj never disappoints!! So STAY TUNED…….for the LOVE of COWS!

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Kelly Green writes as admin for the Autism Chalk Art website.

Kelly is the mother to a very vocal, non-speaking teenaged Autistic son. The founder of AutismHWY and the creator of the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their significance past, present and future.

www.autismhwy.com

 

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