Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chalk It Up...a collaborative piece of artwork

Chalk It Up
48" x 48" Collaborative Mixed Media on Gallery Wrap Canvas

This is stretching the theme of "Back In School".....but a new box of Crayolas always brings back memories of going out and getting school supplies. This piece was a fun and interesting project for was originally exhibited at the McKinney Aveue Contemporary for the membership show. The theme was "Fifteen". The artists are Charles William (Faciall) and myself. I met Charles through the Stewpot Art Program where I volunteer, and we thought it would be fun to work on a piece together...from start to finish. We discussed several different ideas, and one day Charles found a plastic bucket of fifteen colorful chalks. We took them outside on blistering day, and had a photograph session and played with the chalk on the hot concrete in the 105 degree Texas heat. So we had our inspiration and a reference photograph to work from.

We wanted to create something that was fun and exciting. Charles is a very talented artist who works in acrylics...and I needed to adapt to the acrylics since it had been years since I painted in acrylics. I love my oils. Anyway, we got a 48" x 48" canvas and started painting...we had to talk about it all...usually Charles and I sit down in front of the canvas and the art just pours out. We really don't discuss it...but we both needed to make sure that what we were dong was alright with the other. Soon the piece became mixed media and we added chalk and pastels to the paint to give it a chalky effect.

This collaboration was a great experience for both of us. I think we learned alot about art and about ourselves. We exchanged our views on painting methods and techniques, and exchanged conversation about our daily lives. Charles is a an extremely gifted artist, and unique individual. It was an honor to paint with Charles on this canvas. I would encourage you to visit the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas Stewpot website: The Open Art Studio is a community outreach serving the at-risk populations of Dallas. It is open to all people looking for an environment to express and create through the medium of art. Currently, this piece is hanging at Royal Lane Baptist Church.


  1. Such a great painting and story to go alone with it.

  2. Love this painting and the story! I learned about The Stewpot through a man that I get to see every morning on my drive through downtown Dallas. He's quite the character, always has a smile for me and encouraging words. I look forward to stopping at "his" red light, he really brightens my day with his stories and his great big smile.

  3. Wonderful painting and story, too!! Well done!