3 Reasons Why Cities Should Promote Street Art

Street art has been sweeping the world with festivals in almost every major cities, but why?

Wall murals is another name for street art and is usually done in acrylics or spray paint.

While murals may incorporate lettering like Graffiti writing, it is more geared to images that rooted realism. The popularity of this type of art is based on 3 essential values:

  1. Beauty. Beautification of our urban environments. Whether the piece is small or large, the beauty of these wall murals can be outstanding.  Like all art, the beauty of the work can be sole justification for its existence.
  2. Place. Creating an unique place in our often bland urban environments.  While many architects strive to create interesting and unique buildings, there are still many other buildings that have little to say about themselves.  Adding a mural to a blank wall makes an unremarkable place into a very remarkable place. Variety and diversity creates interest and attraction to a particular location.
  3. Pause. By drawing attention to a particular spot, you are encouraging people to pause and take notice; creating the opportunity to engage with the local geography of the place..  If the work is really successful, then people may Instagram photos of the wall and share them with friends, thereby making the place famous. In some cities like London (UK), groups have organized tours of the more important streets with outstanding murals.

As an artist, I feel strongly that street art should play a major role in our cities.  If handled properly, art councils and artist cooperatives can create a rich range of opportunities for community artists that will brighten our urban street-scapes.

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Rebel T3i Crashes

Who knew a Canon DSLR can fail on you?

Apparently, you can have a power failure on your DSLR camera.  The cause appears to be a broken sensor on either the battery door or the memory card door.

The cost of repairs out weighs the cost of getting a new camera.  It had been my plan to upgrade to a serious camera like the 7D, but now I will have to settle for a used 5D mark (8 years old) II or 5D Mark III (6 years old).

The one advantage of the 5D it is a full sensor camera, so there is no cropping of the image.  Essentially, a crop sensor acts like a magnifying glasses, giving you more of a zoom effect.  It can be a bit annoying when you are using 40 mm or smaller lens in order to get wide shots.

Fortunately, Henry’s has some used 5D’s in stock and I should be able to view them in a week or two.

I was also lucky to get the photographing of a piece for a submission to a local publication.  I literally got the final shot completed when the camera died.

I am looking forward to getting a better camera, but regret the unexpected cost.

camera T3i crashes
My Canon Rebel T3i crashes – who knew DSLRs can fail?

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Summer Project 2018

With the studio in chaos for most of the summer, I used my free time to research mural paintings and what approach I could take to the subject.

Most potential clients like cartoon or figure like compositions.  In commission work for the City, the compositions are usually rooted in the local community and historical themes.  So, the challenge I face is how to develop a style that works within these limitations.

The second challenge was technical, how to use spray on large walls.

To address both challenges, I decided to use a practice wall made of several large canvases.  By re-working the surface with different compositions, I could practice my technical skills while also trying out different images and compositional themes.

By the end of August, I had collected my supplies and prepared my canvases. The “Flying Pigs” composition (see below) is my first attempt.

Flying Pigs 2018
Practice Mural Using Spray Paint – Flying Pigs 2018 by Chris Erskine

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