With the beginning of the school year, I've now entered the season of good, (but unfulfilled) intentions. This is the time of year when I set goals for myself that seem reasonable after two cups of coffee at 6:00 AM and are laughable twelve hours later. Although I desperately want to visit this space with the frequency I sustained during the summer months, I'm finding it difficult to do so.
My annual back to school cold caught up to me this week and forced me to slow down. On Saturday, when I was starting to feel like myself again, I was up for having fun with friends, but in a low-key way. The Chalk Festival at The Cleveland Museum of Art fit the bill.
The Chalk Festival is a family-friendly fundraiser for the museum. Professional chalk artists create large masterpieces, but anyone can make a small donation to the museum, receive a box of chalk and be assigned a concrete square in The Fine Arts Garden to use as a canvas.
We arrived and got started.
Our friend The Amazing Miss A had plans for a castle. With her mama's help, it turned out to be a true work of art, complete with a friendly dragon and a garden of beautiful pink flowers. Although we were there on the first day of the two day festival, some work was already completed when we arrived. This little equestrian was sitting right next to our square.
It inspired Little Tiger to create a horse of her own.
Here is Little Tiger with her finished picture. After drawing the horse, she decided it was hungry, so she gave it a snack.
Not to be outdone, The Milk Belly Princess set to work on her own creation. She really enjoyed using the sponges to smudge.
Chalking and smudging resulted in VERY dirty hands. While taller people found a nearby fountain a good place to rinse off, navigating the slippery marble and fountain mist proved difficult for The Milk Belly Princess.
When we needed a break from chalking, we walked around to see what everyone else was making. Here are a couple of my favorites. I think this first one was a recreation of an illustration from a children's book, but I'm not sure which one.
Then this cat/Pop Tart/rainbow composition struck me as sweet and absurd at the same time. I hope this came out of someone's imagination. I will be sad if I find out later that CatTart is some sort of syndicated cartoon character a la Spongebob and I'm just old and out of it.