Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Street Painting

Last week was United Arts Week in Hartford, sponsored by the Greater Hartford Arts Council.  There were events everywhere, every day, all day.  On Thursday, artist Tao LaBossiere marked an outline on the brick walkway of the Old State House.  People were invited to grab a paintbrush and have a go at painting it.  Or painting whatever else they wanted to paint.  I stopped by for a while.
At this time of year, there are so many things happening, it is hard to get to all of them.  That is a good thing.


25 comments:

Cindy said...

Looks like a fun day! Great, colorful shot. I love how you framed the second one.

EG Wow said...

I find street painting a fascinating idea! Imagine putting all that work into something that will eventually wash away. But wait! Maybe it's not so different from making a fantastic fancy meal only to have it consumed in less than half an hour. :)

Birdman said...

This is QUITE cool.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

It makes more sense to do street art with paint rather than chalk. At least more people will be able to admire the work before it fades away.

Jacob said...

Very interesting and I think a great project. So, what did you draw (paint) - oh, wait, you're good at painting the town! :-)

And you're right about people heading north. It's wonderful! Much less traffic everywhere!

Sharon said...

What fun! I love events like this.

Kate said...

Love public art sponsored for a community event. Brings to mind that eliminating fine arts in schools when there is a budget crunch is a poor decision and very short-sighted. Perhaps these occasions will influence school board members in a positive way to keep the fine arts as important curriculum subjects.

SRQ said...

Cool concept. I'm a little surprised, though, they did it on bricks. Btw, I can relate to what you're talking about with so many events taking place. Last Saturday there were three events here that I wanted to attend -- all occuring at the same time.

Sylvia K said...

What a great event! Love the street paintings! Nice to be able to focus on art and beauty rather than crappy politics for a change. Terrific post for the day, Jack!

Sylvia

Cezar and Léia said...

wow this is a huge project there!
The second composition is amazing, I like a lot the colors, the street artists are very talented!
Léia

RedPat said...

It sure makes life interesting with all the events! Love the colours in your pic.

youth_in_asia said...

It certainly is a good thing. Community events like this are so beneficial to our cities. Glad you were able to get there and photograph it. I love the mural.

Karl said...

very creative, beautiful documentation!

cieldequimper said...

So did you take up a paintbrush?

I like this a lot. Colour and art are so badly needed.

Lois said...

That is definitely a good thing and this looks like so much fun!

VP said...

I hope the paint is washable...

Regina K said...

I like this street painting. We have it happening in KC during the summer, but I have never been to see - the heat of summer has always kept me away. Guess I'll have to tolerate the heat and go see.

Gunn said...

I like it. Your smalest photo has also got a great composition/framing. Arty.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Love bringing art to the people! Two nice photos but of course that second one was perfect! Show us more, please...

Bises,
Genie

Mo said...

I do love all the summer activities like these that we will see over the next few months. Makes you feel so cheerful dont they.

zakton said...

The painting makes the place more cheerful.

Virginia said...

I would love to actually see a street artist at work. You did a great job!
V

Leif Hagen said...

Very cool to see so many people getting into art! This fellow was really into it and quite gifted in painting art compared to me, anyway.

JM said...

So cool! Do you know Julian Beever's work? He's the best! He was in Lisbon a couple of months ago but I didn't managed to go and watch him work...

Steffe said...

Some people are talented. I really like your second photo.