2020 Street Painting Festival

The I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival in Santa Barbara was cancelled this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic…then it was announced that the festival would be held after all – ONLINE! Artists were invited to participate by creating chalk paintings in their driveways and posting photos of the paintings as they progressed each day throughout Memorial Day weekend – May 23, 24, and 25. The fist-ever online street painting festival was a success! Many beautiful paintings were created in SB and elsewhere, and were enjoyed online and also in person by those strolling by in the neighborhoods where they were created. Social-distance viewing was allowed. 🙂 We all missed seeing each other at the festival, along everything else (food, music, dancing, etc.), but having a virtual festival was better than not having one at all. Check out photos of all the paintings online.

My painting of Matilija poppies with an ocean background and a hummingbird is based on a photo I took a couple weeks prior on a bike ride in Santa Barbara. The hummingbird is from a photo by a friend (thank you, Wayne!).

Our cat Dusty checking out the scene in the driveway. Street painting with cats, yay!

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