A View from Sierra County

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I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


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Tuesday, July 12, 2005


On Sunday, my son Cody, daughter Nikki, and I attended the 9th Annual Italian Street Painting event sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Arts Festival. This year's venue was the parking lot at CalNeva, located right on the state line between California and Nevada. The artists generally had sponsors, who paid for their squares, and had three days to complete their chalk masterpieces. I have been strongly attracted to this art form for many years, after first viewing a program showing people producing such art on the sidewalks in Italy. It's the process.... but the art is fabulous, too, as you will see. Posted by Picasa


A nice, simple graphic design Posted by Picasa


A winter mountain scene, that shows some of the blending techniques used to create many of the chalk paintings. Jake's is a famous eatery that offers a bar and seating area on the shore, open only during the summer months. Cody worked there several years ago while in college, and they would jump in and take a dip during the afternoon lull between lunch and dinner crowds. Posted by Picasa


Artists had a variety of working styles, but umbrellas for shade at 6200 feet were favored, as were skateboards for low stools. Works that echoed the Great Masters were popular creations. Posted by Picasa


A close up of Madonna and Child Posted by Picasa


We took this photo for grandma Diana, who loves lighthouses and lives on the coast in Fort Bragg. Posted by Picasa


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This painting of Yoda was one of our favorites. Posted by Picasa


We thought this was a cute theme Posted by Picasa


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As you can see, many styles of painting turn up in these works. Posted by Picasa


"Work in progress" must have a totally different meaning to these artists than what we knitters bring to mind. Posted by Picasa

There was also a great art fair and live music. I found a cute pair of earrings featuring a work of knitting on one and ball of yarn on the other! I also picked up a copy of the fall issue of Interweave Knits, although I don't want to think about giving up summer any time soon. There are a few things in there I might want to make in October.... check it out and tell me what your favorites are. I am sure someone is starting up a knit-along someplace already :)

Carolyn and others have commented recently on what a lucky life I have... I truly felt it spending the day with two of my wonderful adult children, in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. While it is true that I am not rich or worldly, I have been fortunate to live in the Sierras all these years, touched by the energy of the mountains, and to be surrounded with good, creative people. I am also fortunate enough to realize my good fortune!

I hope everyone else is enjoying summer as much as I am.

5 Comments:

Blogger FaeryCrafty said...

Wow thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!

10:24 AM  
Anonymous margene said...

What fun to see all that beautiful art work...too bad it will be gone. I especially like the first picture.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Colette said...

Terrific photos. While the work on the pavement is fleeting, the memories of the time spent with your children will linger for years. Thank you for taking and sharing your photos with us. I couldn't pick a favorite although I was drawn to the chicks, the children doing their own chalk drawings and Jake's.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I loved the photos and i wondered if you've ever seen this.... http://gprime.net/images/sidewalkchalkguy/
He's a very clever isn't he?Btw could i pick your brains please?how do you post pictures through Picasa without getting individual post times etc...i read somewhere that if you place // after the caption and then press publish that all photos are saved and published at once,however i've never got this to work any tips? i'd be really grateful ..Thanks :)

12:48 PM  
Blogger Cody said...

Mom, I used to work at Sunsets, a similar place but it was in Tahoe Vista and Jakes is in Tahoe City. I still love you, and I am still the favorite, bye.

3:36 PM  

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