The Italian tradition of sidewalk chalk drawing comes to Santa Barbara each Memorial Day weekend.
Artists show their talent on the blacktop pavement in front of Mission Santa Barbara
for an appreciative audience.
It is a real festival, with music, food and good relaxation. Enjoy!
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The event always draws a good crowd, generally in excellent weather.
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Now remember, all these drawings are on pavement! And with chalk!
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All drawings are done in no more than three days...
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Many are very three-dimensional...
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That's an old 50's vinyl album of romantic music. Bob has the album, as it happens...!
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The Santa Barbara Mission was founded in the late 1700s on El Camino Real by Padre Junipero Serra, whose statue stands watch today.
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The Mission arches frame the crowd.
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These are genuine artists; many are working from great paintings, but show their own talent nonetheless.
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It's fun to look at the details close up.
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Working on the shading -- a small part...
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...of a LARGE picture!
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Interesting...
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Working the finishing touches - Michangelo in reverse -- or inverted?
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One butterfly escapes...
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This couple is in the Memorial Day spirit.
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Another detail bit...
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It's not all chalk drawing -- a sculptor works the Mission and the I Madonnari scene in clay.
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...with some nice details
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What's down there in the Mission fountain?
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Nothing really works well in Santa Barbara without food!
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A variety of entertainment, all day. This band sounded good, playing Mexican tunes.
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The Mission's rose garden is tended carefully and successfully.
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The flutist was playing "Amazing Grace" when we approached. Appropriate for Memorial Day, and always emotional music.
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Plenty of space for Mission, roses and picnics, croquet, and a real town festival!
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Ellen enjoys sun and roses. A nice day.
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