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Chalking in Follina | Chalk art, madonnari

We were invited to participate in a madonnari festival in Follina, Italy.

Follina is an amazing village north of Venice. We were housed in a 13th Century building turned into a hostel that contained remnants of ancient frescoes, a courtyard and great views of the mountains.

We picked a challenging piece, Caravaggio’s “Paul on the Road to Damascus”. The night before the festival there was a hail storm, leaving about 2 inches of hail on the road.

Luckily, it was gone by Saturday but Sounds it rained all day. Most of worked late into Saturday night to complete our pieces.

The town, the people and the experience was a once in a lifetime.

Fresco at our hostel
Chalking late into the night
Our chalk piece. Not the best photo as the street light was bright

Salon in Chamonix France

We are on a tour of Europe that encompasses decorative art and chalk art.

We started this journey in Chamonix France to attend Salon, an annual meeting of decorative artists from over 30 countries.

For my exhibition panel, I created a trompe l’oeil piece uses objects of the area but painted in a 19th century American style.

Chamonix is beautiful, and we had an opportunity to visit the top of Mont Blanc, a glacier and the town of Gruyère, Switzerland. It was a great week before moving on to Italy.

My exhibition panel
Visiting a glacier
Chamonix

Naples Florida – Muralist – Mural Artist | Muralist, Naples, Mural artist

Naples Florida Mural detail

Living in SWL, Ive done alot of work as a mural artist in Naples, FL. Naples has a variety of art, with muralist of many styles finding their work in demand. I love the variety of mural projects I have done in Naples, from private homes to businesses.

One of my favorite mural projects was Naples Beach Brewery, in which we did a 10 x 30 mural that depicted the backwater areas of SWFL. As a muralist, I love these types of projects, as we were trying to create a scene that placed the viewer in something familiar, but different than a beach scene,

We had an opportunity to add many beer related elements, including water, yeast, hops and barley, which were hidden throughout the mural.

 

 

Naples Beach Muralist
Naples beach Mural

 

 

Mural artist, Muralist, Naples Florida

Another mural project  we did was a patio store. We used the immense space to create scenes of Florida throughout the store.  This was a great fit for a mural in Naples, FL.

Mural
Naples Mural

Naples muralist
Naples mural

 

Naples patio store mural

 

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Europe – Part 3 – Madonnari Festival

Im doing these posts a bit out of order, I havent posted Part 2, which was our visit to Rome.

We were invited to participate in Concorso Internazionale dei Madonnari, a church festival in Nocera Superiore, south of Naples. It was a real honor to be invited along with a handful of other artists from the US, as well as artists from Mexico, Netherlands and elsewhere.

This wasnt a street art or chalk painting festival, but a church festival in which the chalk art was one part of a larger festival that included concerts, a light show, fireworks, parades and more. The theme this year was a Bible verse, based on John 15: 13-16 and was interpreted as “A great love, share it with the others”

 

 

 

Our piece was a recreation of “The Visitation” and measured 6’x 6′. For this festival we began work about 4pm and worked until midnight and then began the next day at 6am.

 

Nocera Superiore is a beautiful town with a great view of Mount Vesuvius. On top of every mountain were the remnants of old churches.

We stayed in town for two days after we chalked and had an opportunity to enjoy the festival and the people.