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Manuel’s Chalk Venture…a!!

Doing IT ALL. Chalking dragons into the earth and seeking crabs in the rocks! - Manuel Briceno Ventura 2016
Doing IT ALL. Chalking creatures into the earth and seeking crabs in the rocks! – Manuel Briceno Ventura 2016

Our interview with Artist Manuel Briceno…

*Manuel first joined us at our 3rd Chalk Festival event . We were so happy that he and his family found our event and now attend annually! The Briceno family look for rich ways to experience life and give back to the community. It’s a pleasure  to see all of the Art activities and fun adventures the Briceno’s create for each other and FRENZ! They truly understand the power of connection!


AutismHWY: First off we want to thank you Manuel, for chalking at the AutismHWY Chalk Festival over the last 4 years! Your cool artistic contributions each and every year have been important in helping us build and promote the event. THANKS!!manuel bricenomanuel
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We were so happy to be chalking together at the Ventura Harbor last weekend at the Ventura Art and Street Painting festival ! I love being a street artist and would like to interview you about your emerging career as a street artist! Is that okay with you?

Manuel: Yes, I think so.

AutismHWY:  What do you think about winning the $100.00 prize money/award for Best Color at the 6th annual AutismHWY Chalk Festival this year?

Manuel: That was the best thing that ever happened to me in my life!cf6 manuel1
The “feathered Snake” that brought in the win for Manuel was located near the Kids craft zone where they were gluing feathers and jewels on masks designed for them by Autistic superpower Maryellen Szper. After awhile the feathers were blowing in the wind. Manuel pointed the feathers out “See, I told you the Feathered Snake was real!cf6 manuel3
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Absolutely Manuel! ALL THINGS are POSSIBLE!

AutismHWY:  Chalk art on concrete is really different than traditional ART. The surfaces are very unique and need different techniques. Please, tell me your thoughts on that.

Manuel: It is not very smooth. But I plan to make some gloves thing to use to maybe smooth help to blend. Sometimes drawing on cement is risky and rough so maybe people should scrape the chalk to wet it and paint it on.

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Manuel’s Mom Christie notes that once Manuel was so displeased with surface texture he erased, and started over! I’ve done that!

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AutismHWY:  An important factor in chalk-art is that the audience witnesses your creation coming to life, LIVE. What do you think about that? Do you enjoy chalking with an audience around you?

Manuel: Well… it’s kind of embarrassing a little bit, but I like to talk about my picture sometimes but I just like to talk a little bit- a lot because I am busy thinking.

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Very distracting indeed and time consuming…I know what you mean! I chalk 60% of the time and talk 40% !! lol…

AutismHWY: This time you were a featured artist and were given, chalk, free food and hotel accommodations for your time and talent! How did that feel?

Manuel: That was nice. It was the nicest thing for them to do. The best part was the hotel room because it had cable and so I got to watch it and we also had a new tiny refrigerator my dad put soda in it!

*Manuel doesn’t have cable at home. WooHoo…next yr. bring the popcorn to go with that cold soda Mom and Dad!!

AutismHWY: Finally, we would like to know if you are glad that you traveled to Ventura and chalked at the 2016 Ventura Art and Street Painting festival?

Manuel: Yeah. I think it’s been great becoming a chalk artist.

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We  have to agree Manuel! It’s been a pleasure for us to witness your Artistic growth and creative expression over the years. Your passion for creating and storytelling about your characters connects you to your culture! Making you an excellent street artist. Your sense of adventure while expanding your experiential horizon is your super power. Thank you for sharing that!

Manuel out in Los Angeles drawing in the city!!
Manuel out and about in downtown Los Angeles drawing in the city!!

We are proud to be connected to you and will be nominating you for a  Naturally Autistic People Award~ for the 2017 Western Regional to be held in conjunction with our 2017 Chalk Festival weekend!


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 significance past, present and future.


Paving An Emergent Cultural Canvas

There is truly something glorious about the explosive combination of people, colorful chalk and blank canvas pavement. This simple formula creates MAGIC. Just try it and experience the intense equation of personal power, love for this colorful life and the unveiling of one’s spirit. I see this each and every time I am in the vortex of this 1-2-3 equation. It is such fun when people spontaneously connect through chalk, time and self expression. It’s so moving to see; that more and more people, are feeling the chalky LOVE!


Last night at Covina Park, the Covina Parks and Recreation summer program…presented the last Movie Night of the summer featuring  Disney’s Zootopia! IMG_2608The Covina Police Department  was in full community connection engaging with the crowd while providing  fun trivia and prizes for audience participants. IMG_2638Before  the film began kids were encouraged to test their PD skills and given fun opportunity to get crafty by creating animal necklaces and trying out CHALK~ART!

Possibility now on the table!
Possibility now on the table!

So fun to see emerging artists with very definite passion, ideas and techniques. I was so impressed to see youngsters using their phones for image reference and color matching! WOW. A 6 yr. old at the chalk table looking for that perfect pinky/peach for an inner rabbit ear!

This young spirit was inspired by my rendition of the Zootopia logo and it’s pleasingly cool color palette. So fun to see this work emerge…

Another young artist after my own HeART!
Another young artist after my own HeART!

IMG_2632We LOVE Art too…with a big fat A! The ambitious young artist below really went for it! Check out this 3D Orca image he re-created from an image he dialed up on his phone! Way to go Carter!IMG_2637

So many stories of determination and complete connection to source! Isabel is becoming a veteran chalker! Look for her in 2017 at our April 1st AutismHWY Chalk Festival event.


Isabel and her masterpiece!
Isabel and her masterpiece!

I loved these twin brothers with Monsters Inc. on their dual minds…


Another fantastic thing you will see at chalking events, are tributes. Tributes that reflect the collective feelings and vibes of the generation, of what is felt currently. When iconic figures fall those people and concepts are often contemporaneously immortalized… lovingly in chalk. So timeless and timely ALL at ONCE.

IMG_2620But, OF COURSE!! Pokeman GO! Leave it to the pulse of children to ride the wave of the NOW collective. Picking right up soO intuitively on the times…that are 2016!



The young artist pictured below was excited to have created a Pokeman ball and Pikachoo to capture withOUT the cellphone!



IMG_2616Patterning in life is how we learn and build… idea after idea. We are scaffolding for each other from the GROUND up! This young artist really blows me away…


I am inspired too Ashley. Inspired to leave the E out of important concepts where EGO  gets in the way of love and joy. Foregoing an E every now and then would do us all a world of good. Thank YOU!

IMG_2633We all need to take advantage of the opportunity to create in spontaneous experience like this. It is at the HeART of our human nature and it feeds our souls. We were born to it and can all do it beautifully no matter who we are or how we are in time and space!

Be the creative amazing human beings we were ALL born to BE.



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 significance past, present and future.





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”…



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!


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


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



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.




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