Happy 2009 and we hope everyone had a wonderful and special Holiday Season, with that said, we are thinking positively and with our unique thoughts and predictions for the year in street painting art for 2009. Of course, these are our some of our thoughts based on what we have seen and done with street painting art from last year and through our experiences before that. Your constructive thoughts are always welcome.
It is pleasantly amazing to get involved with the myriad of new technologies emerging every day. From the mainstream applications such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, to the new concepts and start ups enhancing the online and technology experiences at all levels in our lives. Through Innovative Street Painting Group (the company that Blog Now on Streetpainting.tv is a part of), we have been intently involved with new technologies as we find them to help bring the street painting art form to a new generation of street painting artists, festivals, and fans. And of course, we are not stopping anytime soon; it is our belief that the best thing that can happen to the street painting (chalk art, pavement art, sidewalk art, screeving, etc.) art form is the continual, positive, evolution and development of the art form through new and exciting art styles and the means to convey them to viewers using any and all technologies and methods to reach everyone.
We are very aware of the growth of social media and expect it to become interwoven with all aspects of life, and street painting promotion and expression will not be immune. The benefit of course will be the ability for all street painting artists, festivals, and fans to be connect immediately as well as longer term from tweeting to static websites and everything in between. Blog Now on Streetpainting.tv has Twitter Accounts ‘Blog_Now', ‘chalk_art’, and ‘street_painting’ on the public timeline in which all street painting artists, festivals, and their fans can follow and we can follow them to keep street painting art conversations where they are occurring live, informative, and interesting.
Street Painting in the Middle East and South Asia:
Street painting is picking up in interest in this area of the world for events and corporate product launches with many of the international street painters making their appearances.
A growing force in the international art world from the galleries to the streets, although not created in chalk, has interesting works by many creative talents and we at Blog Now on Streetpainting.tv respect their unique and thoughtful works.
Keeping it Human:
Despite all the discussion and developments on the technology side, all of the new technologies, social media, videos, wikis, tagging, and new developments on the way – what needs to be at the forefront for all creative artists, festivals, and fans is that all of this is just one more way to convey the presence of a traditional art form begun in the 16th Century by hardworking, humble people who wished to express themselves to onlookers and make a simple living every day. The street painting art form almost faded away in the 20th century as a result of the Second World War but was brought back by the fine effort of the International Street Painting Festival at Grazie Di Curtatone in 1972, brought to the USA in the street painting festival format by Kathy Koury with the I Madonnari Festival in 1987 and expanded further with the work and dedication of Sue and Joe Carlomagno with the Italian Street Painting Festival by Youth in Arts celebrating its 16th year of showcasing this wonderful, positive art form.
In the new century, street painting artists and fans can look forward to great things from the Festival Bella Via Street Painting Festivals in Monterrey, Garcia, and Durango, Mexico founded by Rosy Loyola, Maria Elena Quiroga, with the coordination of Rosa Maria Leal Dominquez and their team of hardworking, dedicated people bringing the beauty and camaraderie of the street painting experience to artists and viewers alike since 2004. As Sue and Joe have passed the torch to Laurie Vermont, the Italian Street Painting Festival is continuing its tradition of presenting street painting at its fine level to the tens of thousands of people who stop to see and marvel at the artists from the area, the region, from around the USA, and some from around the world. The majority of street painting festivals make an effort to give back to their communities through arts education in the schools and striving to present art in its most supportive and positive interpretations. We at Blog Now on Streetpainting.tv are proud to annually participate in street painting festivals (Youth in Arts and Festival Bella Via) in which we can street paint and be part of the arts solution, making people feel good, think, and recall their experiences to others to come back again to the festivals every year.
We know we have not mentioned many fine festivals in the USA and internationally, and we not only salute them all, but welcome all to talk to us about their events, share their videos, their tweets, and above all the human interaction that comes from designing and/or reproducing a work of art, on your hands and knees, for hours or even days on end, with a finished product though temporal in physicality but living on in the memory of artists and viewers alike. Nor have we mentioned the many friends that we have made and the interesting street painters we have interviewed on Blog Now on Streetpainting.tv that have provided depth and candor about street painting transcending just silent pictures in cyberspace. We are happy and grateful that we can be friends and enjoy their company on our street painting experiences.
We at Blog Now on Streetpainting.tv, our Streetpainting.tv website, our video channels on YouTube, Facebook, and now throughout Web 2.0 offer our user generated videos one on one with hardworking, creative artists expressing their pride in the work that they create as well as being able to be a conduit for festival directors who strive to bring the message of their festivals to the public on or offline. We are proud and grateful to be a part of the street painting art experience.