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!
Here I am…close to the finish line. I feel small compared to these larger than life creatures. Now for the countdown…one more bovine friend! the last bits of color, highlights, details and soon a finishing signature.
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
What 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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.