Luna Park Chalk Art Festival, September 2010
This was our third year in Luna Park (a neighborhood of San Jose). We decided to honor Mexico's bicentennial and the San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival concluding that weekend by painting a pair of Ballet Folklorico dancers. The previous weekend, we photographed a lot of dancers as part of a mariachi festival event at the Children's Discovery Museum, and this image emerged from that visit. The two dancers are members of Ballet Mexico Folklorico, a troupe from Milpitas. We skewed the image dramatically to get the dancers to "stand up" or look like they were real from the right perspective.
Side view of the sombrero (and a bit of the vaquero's face).
Wayne starts work on the vaquero's very small, very tall boots.
Wayne continues his long task of painting silver buttons on the vaquero's tight trousers.
Closeup view of the vaquero's face.
Cheryl got to use ALL the colors to make the sarape!
El Vaquero's ten-gallon hat.
By the end of Friday, we'd gotten all but a little bit of El Vaquero's serape finished.
On Saturday, Cheryl started with La Seņorita's hair ribbons (she looked all wrapped up for Christmas!).
Meanwhile, Wayne began to lay out yards and yards of skirt ribbons.
Cheryl finishes La Seņorita's head while Wayne plays "Guess Which Hand Holds The Chalk?" with a bystander. (answer: both hands)
Wayne and Cheryl hard at work on Saturday.
The poor seņorita had an unfortunate crease in her chin.
One way to make a 14-foot tall dancer look small is to pose with him.
Catie and Alex pose with Cheryl and the finished painting.
The completed painting from the top.
Wayne and Cheryl pose with the finished painting.
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