Thursday, November 12, 2009

PARKing Day

Here's an oldie....back in September I painted with another watercolor artist during a Park(ing) Day event held in downtown Sausalito.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.

Here we have 3 additional tables and 18 chairs spilling into what usually is a 15 minute parking zone.

Anyone can participate in PARK(ing) Day, though it is strictly a non-commercial project, intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play.

For more info on the origin of Park(ing) Day: Click here

I wish we could have been out here all day, but Park(ing) day was only approved for a max of 2-hours. Mostly spent my time meeting and chatting with passerby's. I'd have to say I spend just under an hour blocking in shapes and colors.

Not very happy with the results I decided to try and save the painting by reworking it at home whenever the opportunity arose. It's one of those things where I might have been better off starting from scratch again. But I'll be sure to scan the updated painting and share in the next post.


Shirley said...

Cool work, Gerald! Thanks for popping by so that I can see your work! Wonderful that you are capturing places in and around our beautiful part of California. can you beat that?! I will now add the follow gadget. Wonderful gouache paintings you create!

Suzanne McDermott said...

So glad you shared this. What a great idea. As for reworking paintings (especially those done in the hubbub of a public event), well, it's a challenge and sometimes it's best to leave it as a reminder of the process. Love seeing the process so I'm happy you had someone to document!

theartofpuro said...

Thank you very much for your comment,I saw your blog and your paintings are amazing!You are a great artist!

Amy C said...

what a cool painting and I loved hearing about park(ing) day - I never knew!
What a great idea!

yoon see said...

Wow! I really adore of all that you have done. I read all entries, really feel so happy to be back here.
By the way, your address is still the same right Gerald.
I can send some Christmas gifts to you!
I will write to you OK.

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