ArtSplash, Part I

This past weekend we went to something called ArtSplash in Carlsbad. We’d never been before, so didn’t know what to expect. I was happy to see sidewalk artists creating really beautiful chalk “paintings” on the bare asphalt. It always amazes me to see someone produce such beauty, only to have it washed away. In Little Italy they have a similar art walk, but many of the artists work on removable paper. I understand that–it would be pretty hard to see your masterpiece obliterated after all that work. Enjoy. . . .

queen + artist

It wasn’t hot the day we were here (80 F.) but the sun is so intense in San Diego County, I don’t know how this guy could stand working in all black clothing. Love his work.

chalk queen

A closer look.

queen close-up

Just one more. I like how the texture of the asphalt almost makes the art look like a fresco.


Knee pads are kind of a must.


That blue in the distance is the Pacific Ocean. I had no idea this place had ocean views.

frank rock

Love the colors and details in this one.

The show was on Saturday and Sunday. We went on Sunday, so some of the pieces were completed, but a lot of artists were still working when we got there.

chalk celestial

Isn’t this beautiful?

Here’s a shot with the original painting too. . . .

chalk celestial horiz

There was one mishap, and it happened seconds before we got there! You can see what it was supposed to look like in the photo in the center: Marilyn Monroe in plastic water bottles. At least they had a sense of humor about it.


I took a lot of photos, so will divide this into three parts. Part II on Friday.


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13 Responses to ArtSplash, Part I

  1. Great looking street art. Looking forward to the others.

  2. TBM says:

    Beautiful. Artists amaze me, they simply amaze me.

  3. Stunning! There is a kind of bittersweet poignancy to the fact that their creations are fleeting.
    You mentioned how difficult this work is for the artists — not only their knees, but their backs and necks too! I imagine they ache all over.

  4. Caroline says:

    This is amazing. I find it admirable that they can just let go of their creations like that.

  5. Cheryl says:

    Stunning, isn’t it! I’ve seen sidewalk art in Toronto but these images are masters!

  6. Couldn’t they have just removed the bottles, or would that have destroyed the painting?

  7. The detail accomplished by simply using chalk on a sidewalk is amazing. And to think it will all be washed away…. Great captures of their work! I especially love the details in Frank Rock’s work.

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