Psychedelic Honey made it's first presence in the community of Santa Barbara at the California Queen Mission as a mural sponsor at the 2015 iMadonnari Annual Chalk Painting Festival benefitting the Children’s Creative Project.
This was my 10th mural at the gorgeous Santa Barbara Mission & as always a favorite event of the year.
No artist is paid. Alldonate hundreds of dollars. And each one of us are down on our hands and knees for 3 straight days. The result is a giant tapestry of 150 murals at the foot of the Queen Mission- that will all wash away within days.
For Psychedelic Honey, I created an original 7x7ft mural on the spot. I start with a gritty collage, sketch out the piece without tracing or projection, and choose my color palette as I go. These are all rare practices at this usually traditional event.
What brings me back is the physical nature of the event. Holding precarious positions above the hot pavement all Memorial Day weekend, your headphones in blasting out the thousands of spectators, and you can’t stop hustling despite the heat, the aches, sunburns, the visitor’s or presses questions, or your own frustration in working with chalk. Because once you stand up, you realize there are hundreds of other artists still drawing through the pain or excuses, so many of them are so much better than you, and you all must be finished Monday.
Prints are available at Trim Shop in Santa Barbara:)