Let’s Chalk It Up

Hello and welcome to Artist’s Corner. Regular readers will know that, of late, this has been the bit of my blog on which I have been posting the various artistic endeavours of my two-year-old daughter. And while she continues to enjoy putting washable felt-tip pen to paper, I’m not currently at home as much as I have been, what with the re-opening proper of schools in the UK. Even in the likely event that there is another spike in the infection rate and further school closures in the future, I’m still going to be pretty busy with school-related stuff for the foreseeable, which means that I’ll be seeing less of my daughter. Because I don’t really want to spend any of that time trying to get her to make ‘art’ for my blog (particularly as she would rather use that time to jump up and down on my back. And sometimes my head) I feared this might be the last Artist’s Corner for a while.

However, Little Proclaims wanted to continue. I mean her actual motivation is questionable given that she has no idea what a blog is, but she elected to be unwell this weekend just gone and because of the current climate, even though it was clearly just a common cold that ailed her, I felt it unwise to take her out in public. Trapped indoors on Sunday morning, she proved quite productive in her artistic endeavours, so much so that I have no end of pieces to share with the blogosphere. I’ll be dubbing them ‘The September Sessions’ and hopefully I’ll be posting the first of those next week. However, due to technical difficulties I’ve been unable to scan any of them for this week so instead I’ll share a different project from August when Little Proclaims was working in a new medium thanks to some oversized chalks she had for her birthday.

As ever, I’ll leave it to the regular art critics who frequent the comments section to interpret the meaning behind these pieces:

  24 comments for “Let’s Chalk It Up

  1. September 10, 2020 at 5:21 am

    I’ve given up scanning since I found a photo with my cell phone works just as well. I look forward to seeing the little artist’s work.

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    • September 13, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      Well it will be brought to you by phone because the scanner has completely given up, but you’re right, the phone is more than sufficient.

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  2. September 10, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Further concrete evidence of a soaring yet somehow well grounded talent.

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    • September 13, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Stone-cold talent some might say

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  3. September 10, 2020 at 5:45 am

    The boldness of the artist, even in a photo of the original piece, leaps off the page and into the mind’s eye like a toddler leaping on her father’s back, shouting, “Again, daddy! Again!”

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    • September 13, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      That brought back some painful (but very recent) memories

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  4. September 10, 2020 at 7:33 am

    She was obviously a cave painter in a previous life.

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  5. September 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

    (i) two people going into a house,
    (ii) an owl
    (iii) a witch
    Aren’t they obvious?

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  6. September 10, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Inspired, Banksy meets Miro.
    I chalk it up to good parenting.

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    • September 13, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      I dust do what I can


  7. September 10, 2020 at 8:34 am

    That first one is R2D2 isn’t it? Has her Jedi training already started?

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    • September 13, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      It started some time ago and the Force is strong with her

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  8. September 10, 2020 at 11:32 am

    The wonder of these chalk drawings is that they can transform a familiar, ordinary medium into something fantastical and out of this world. A portal is opened and the imagination is unfurled. Possibilities abound… but beneath that lies a more visceral need to comfort and connect with one another. This artist practices a self-consciously mannerist form of abstraction, enamored of incongruities and paradoxes, full of references to both the abstract paintings of the recent past and the more diffuse visual cultures of present day.

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    • September 13, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Incongruities and paradoxes do seem to crop up a lot


  9. September 10, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    As the stones, which represent the decay of time, present us with the brutal reality of a downtrodden existence, we are forced to realized our immortal supplication to the whims of those universal powers outside of our control or direction. The subtle application of chalk on this wearied medium presents us with a momentarily uplifting sentiment that the decay of time can be reversed. Alas, the chalk will soon disappear, and what is left be the same as before. I commend the artist for this bold venture into the realm of conceptual art, and for her visionary understanding of the fact that the medium is the message.

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    • September 13, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      She does present me with quite a downtrodden existence at times.

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  10. September 10, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    I think it all means that you’ll have to wash the patio down…

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    • September 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      I like that you think I have standards at all. But the rain takes care of it most days.

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  11. September 10, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    I asked the young artist what her inspiration had been for these bold ventures into the netherworld. Without hesitation (or deviation, or repetition) she chalked it up to early disappointment at her father’s poo pooing her early artistic works in her nappies!

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    • September 13, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Au contraire, like many new parents it took a while for the novelty of the poo to wear off. It keeps changing colour in the first few weeks. It is rather less exciting now though.

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  12. September 13, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Actually, the pictures of her work are quite cool! I’m really looking forward to “The September Sessions”. There’s always something to look forward to, even during a bloody depressing pandemic.

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    • September 13, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      I hope they live up to your expectations. But they are definitely better than a pandemic.

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