Thursday, July 29, 2010

Girl with a Pearl Earring

I watched as artist Gabrielle Abbott created a chalk painting interpretation of Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" in Westlake Park yesterday afternoon. An internationally recognized "Madonnara" or street painter, Gabrielle has been hired by the Seattle Parks Department's "Street Busker Program" to create her chalk art on the pavement of Westlake Park throughout the summer of 2010. Gabrielle will be creating new chalk art pieces in the park every weekend (weather permitting) until the end of September 2010.

If you're in Seattle this summer, grab a friend by the hand and stop by to see her exquisite work. However, if you're not able to make a personal visit you can see some of her other pieces here.

12 comments:

Gunn said...

Great streetlife and composition X 2.

Steffe said...

You have to promise to show us more of Gabrielle's work.

Jilly said...

She does this SO well. I've always loved this painting and it's good to see it as part of street art. Really good to know she is hired by the Parks Dept. we have something similar in Menton where buskers, artists and the like are hired to entertain during the summer months.

MrCachet said...

What Steffe said! I think it is fantastic that Seattle would support such a program for the Summer.

B SQUARED said...

I really wish these were more permanent.

SRQ said...

Wonderful captures. What a terrific artist.

Luis Gomez said...

This is really wonderful. Great shots Chuck!

Sharon said...

She is a remarkable talent. This must be great to watch.

Virginia said...

Must be back breaking work. Does she add water or paint to the chalk? Looks like it. This is a gorgeous piece. I'll check the link to see more.
V

Stacey Dawn said...

Oh my - what talent. Thanks for sharing!

irondad said...

I admire her art. I wonder how she deals with the discouragement of watching people eventually walk on it. That would be a bummer for me.

Bibi said...

Beautiful. Always wished I had such artistic talent.

Your second photo is especially good!!

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