Robin & I lived in San Marcos for many years- it was the birthplace of Dirty Car Art- and Robin still works at the Public Library there. The city hired me to create some Dirty Car Art for this event, which was great fun. The wine was excellent, but between trying to finish the very challenging piece (from Renior's Luncheon Of The Boating Party) and catching up with dozens of San Marcos friends, I really couldn't tell you what I was drinking. This piece was completed in about three hours. I had a lot of fun attempting to capture the spirit of Renoir in dust. As always, trying to pay homage the work of a master on a dirty car window is a humbling and educational process. It inevitably leads to a greater appreciation of their genius. And hopefully it makes me a better artist.
Robin and I traveled to a snowy, cold Galesburg, Illinois to present and teach Dirty Car Art to grade school kids from the Abingdon-Avon School District. Their dedicated and inspired art teacher, Dian Clark, brings recognized artists to this small town in rural Illinois to expose her grade school art students to the larger world of art.
The two-day project consisted the first day of a demonstration and talk at the Nissan Dealership in Galesburg, with all grade levels bussed in from Abingdon and Avon for three 45-minute sessions with about 75-100 kids per group. Galesburg is known for 2 things; the birthplace of Carl Sandburg, and trains. So that is what I chose to depict on the Nissan Cube provided by the dealership- way fun to work on, with the wrap-around glass! The kids would troop in while I worked on the piece, then I'd give a talk about my art and impermanent art in general, followed by a Q & A session. The kids were really engaged and asked some great questions.
The second day I taught 3rd and 4th graders some DCA technique and gave a short presentation to the 1st graders at Hedding Elementary in Abingdon, using dust on acrylic panels. Dian, Robin and I prepped the panels before each class. I gave a quick discussion and slideshow, then the kids had a blast creating their own "dirty art." It's hard to express how cool it was to see kids grasp the possibilities of this medium. Some of their work was very impressive, and I can't but hope a new generation of Dirty Car Artists will emerge from that little town in Illinois Hat's off to Dian Clark, who worked tirelessly getting grants and cajoling local businesses and negotiating with the school officials to make this happen. It was a real privilege for me to get to share my art with these children.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.— Alan Wilson Watts
Robin & I were down in Houston for my second Via Colori, a wonderful street art festival benefitting the Speech and Hearing Center. The MINI dealers of Houston co-sponsored me. It was pretty darn cold, and a bit rainy the first day, so I only got three of the four pieces I had planned done. As always, Lisa Benitez and the guys at BSSP were terrific to work with. Despite the less than perfect weather, the artists did some fantastic work, and the music and crowds were great.