|The Marketplace in Bakersfield Fountain|
|The kids sections. Lots of very nice work here! Good job, kids!|
I took so many pictures of all the artwork I can't begin to share them all here, but I would like to start with some of those that won. It must have been tough being the judge for this competition, there were a lot of very nice pieces. There were several that I thought should have won something, but it seems there just weren't enough categories to go around. :-) I'll share some of those here a little further down! Later in the day, the shadows from the trees and the umbrellas the artists were using to try to keep from baking in the heat fell across portions of the artwork, making them a bit difficult to photograph and see, so I apologize for some of these that are a bit hard to see. (The copyright notice is, of course, only for the photo, not for the artwork itself!)
One gentleman had brought a step stool with him to get a better shot of the work. I must keep that in mind for the next time! I tried to hold my camera up as high as I could and still try to get a good shot, but unfortunately, it was very difficult, if not impossible at times, to see exactly what I was getting in the frame.
At one point a couple of ladies crouched down to walk in front of me and then turned around and apologized, they said they didn't know I was trying to get a picture, they just though I was standing there with my arms held above my head. What? ? ? Really? ? ? I know this is So. Cal. and people think we are pretty strange out here sometimes, but really? Really you just thought someone would stand around with their arms held up over their head to view artwork on the sidewalk in front of them? ? ? Yeah, I always find I can see better with both of my arms held high in the air . . . Anyway, many of the pics got a bit of the artwork cut off here and there, but I'm hoping you'll be able to get a good idea of the stuff that was there!
|I believe this is Judith beheading Holofernes by Artemisi Gentiles. |
A little gruesome, but I thought very well executed! No pun intended!
|I loved the way they made the pavement look like a lake. The blue was so beautiful!|
|M.C. Escher's Water Drop|
|I tried to get a photo of the entire work, but it came out |
better when I just tried to isolate parts of it.
But, I am very happy I made this trip! It was definitely worth it! Next year, I would love to spend more time there. Apparently, some of the artists get started Friday night and are still finishing up when the awards are announced. I would love to be there from the beginning to see how they get their work set up. It looks like most of them have a team to work on the painting and they start with a grid overlaid on the picture they are working from. Then they put a grid on the pavement to keep things proportioned correctly. Sometimes I saw three or more people working on one painting at the same time. I heard a few of them mention it was very grueling, hot work and hard on the old back!
Well, that's enough for now! Maybe I'll see you at the Kinetic Sculpture Race in a couple of weeks! Unless, of course, we meet up at the Festa Italiana in Riverside next weekend first!
Arrivederci! For now, anyway!