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Sweet Chalk Dreams 2018

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As we gear up for our 8th AutismHWY Chalk Festival event we must pay gratitude and acknowledge that dreams DO come true!
AutismHWY had an action plan: to set aside ~One day every year for: Autistic people to connect with each other while making art and having FUN also connecting ourselves to community in that process. Taking our free expression DIVERSITY to the streets.
A glorious DAY of art, info, sunshine and chalk! It’s really been a blast of LOVE and COLOR from our very first community canvas; seen above to our original event signage seen below!

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OUR BIGGEST DREAM to have an iconic event every year centered around Autistic people is now a REALITY! This will be our 5th year in partnership with the beautiful City of Covina and our 8th yr. overall. Our now permanent location of Heritage Plaza Park 400 N. Citrus Ave. Covina California has also been a dream come true.
It’s the right space at the right time for us to spread our wings and fly our free expressions as we move ahead toward 2020 visions.
To pay tribute to our successful “dreamed up” reality we are introducing a DREAM THEME this year in addition to our usual diversity celebratory theme.

Luxuriating in a wonderful pillow sadieloug brings restful SLEEP which in turn brings wellness, productivity and sweet DREAMS transmitting creativity to us while at rest. Let’s create imagery that honors the IMPORTANCE and magical knowledge dreams can deliver to us. Incredible LOVE, insights and knowledge that can help make sense of and fulfill our wakeful lives.
Let’s chalk up some SWEET CHALK DREAMS 2018…and beyond!

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 AutismHWY Chalk Festival she also creates the Making Friends with Autism Coloring Book Series. She seeks to amplify the voice of Autistic people helping the world to realize their great significance past, present and future.


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…

Bending and squatting
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
Adding color
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…

More reference photos
More reference photos
Photo reference
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

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Photo credits LANT ART


I grew up in Southern California with a father that was a man-hole contractor, he drove around the streets of L.A. making sure all of the new track home’s pipes were built and plugged into existing systems so all would flow. His concrete work is all over the state of California. In the 60’s and 70’s GPS was for airplanes and satellite’s not everyone and their brother and or sister…or non-specific sibling (you get my idea.)! I was a girl on the HWY with her dad in his truck. He never got lost that I can remember. When I became a young adult he was my go-to guy for directions if I had misplaced my old-school Thomas guide map book. Turns out my job was on the HWY. too. I loved that about he and I. Our HWY connection . I always feel close to him there.

The L.A. co. Fair always featured amazing local artist’s work and each year I was strangely drawn to a particular artist’s annual display. Bj Lane. Full of color and warm familiarity, cars, trucks and HWY’s. The San Gabriel Valley sights and sounds ablaze in color. My life growing up, I felt it gazing at the work. Every yr. my favorite display.

Fast forward to Fall of 2010. My annual trip to my beloved L.A. Co. fair Art building. For the first time ever Bj Lane was there! Oh my. Fan girl rushing to the easel with beautiful boy in tow, “Hello, hello Bj  Lane…I have admired—- oops.” Beautiful boy had plopped himself down comfortably on iconic Artist’s chair at current masterpiece with paint akimbo? OH MY!! I was terrified this could go very wrong, heart pumping…and all of a sudden strangely and awesomely, heart expands. As I recognize, Bj recognize beautiful boy’s Autism long after beautiful boy recognized Bj’s ease…el.

What a beautiful connection it was Bj told me about her beautiful girl. Two artist’s, two mom’s, two heart’s and a beautiful boy drinking in the ART at the L.A. Co. fair talking about Autism. At the time AutismHWY.com was under construction and it would not be live until a few months after that destined chance meeting.

In April of 2011 I contacted my beautiful new iconic friend, artist Bj Lane and recruited her and her talent to help me build this little Festival we would grow, nurture and LOVE.cf 1st-PosterHere is the very first poster for our event. (Yes, still using 2 exclamation points!!) Just look at what Bj Lane has  brought to each and every festival….This year we have a SPECIAL SURPRISE….

coming in part 2 of this Chalk festival Historical, ” Bj Lane and the Temple of HeART” by Kelly Green…stay tuned!

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