Saturday, June 9, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Bikes and more

Steve and Rich early on
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back - and we have been on the look for shadowy art, and most of the time we need not look to hard on our hunt.

The tools of the painters
Last Sunday Patti and I attended the Pierre Lallement Festival of Bikes in downtown Ansonia, in its second year.

Besides vendors along the Main Street, there were bicyclists riding up steep hills from New Haven who arrived with a police escort to the finish line - see Patti's blog post with video. A fun time for riders and spectator alike. 
Joel and Rich continue
Valley Arts Council members were painting a mural prior to the arrival of the bikes. In the second, colors were mediums were mixed in a variety of shades. I think outdoor wood stains were mixed with outdoor paint for durability.

Lallement was a Frenchman who lived in Ansonia for a time where he received a patent for the pedal bicycle in 1865. He did not get rich for his discovery, a fate that often befalls the inventor whose invention would be very common after their lifetimes.

Although there are no natural shadows in this view (but check the mural), the picture was taken 2 hours later as the artists continued. The weather was brilliant until the rain that appeared later in the afternoon and the mural taken down, with work to continue. A great day full of action, art and shadow!

23 comments:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I'm impressed with that mural. It seems to go on and on and on...

Dawn Shadows

Sylvia K said...

What a fun day, Ralph! I, too, am impressed with the mural! I always enjoy events like this! Thanks for sharing the fun! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Paula Scott said...

Tres cool, Ralph!
I wish I could've seen the finished product, but isn't it fun to watch artists at work like that?

frayedattheedge said...

I love the mural!!

Kelly said...

I love the mural AND all the shadows you captured in their tools of the trade!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Loved Patti's video....what a fun festival, what a great excuse for an event! Loved the mural ~ what a cool thing to pair the festival with the arts council ~ bet everyone enjoyed watching it come to life before their eyes!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend Ralph!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

..and I didn't know there was a bike festival going on!
I bet they don't have time to do what mine are doing!
Good coverage, Ralph....

Ms. Becky said...

what a delightful mural that is - the perspective is wonderful. I like the colors. And I like that you show the process, with the paint cans sitting on the work bench. excellent shots Ralph. And you had excellent weather for the festival too. happy weekend to you.

colleen said...

They better move or get run over! Nice shots!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Well, to be honest, I don't think the rules state it has to be a 'natural' shadow....I think your idea and what it has conveyed to us...a perfect post.

My SHADOW SHOT link.

Hope you're having a glorious, wonderful weekend so far.

Quasi Serendipita said...

A bike festival sounds fun! And that mural looks great :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

A Festival of Bikes sounds like an invitation to celebrate the joy of two wheel freedom in any way. Love the sharp depth in the mural highlighted by the almost geometric shapes!

Chubby Chieque said...

What a lucky man you are,watching artist on the go, huh?

You captured cool shots in action. Crispy in a sunny day.

Hope you have a great day.
/CC

Jewaicious said...

What wonderful slices of life you bring us. Each photo is lovely. I love the one of the mural in progress.

chubskulit said...

Oh that mural is looking lovely! Thanks for the greetings.

bj said...

I love this post, Ralph. Your shadows are great and that mural...it is awesome.

BLOGitse said...

The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.
Michelangelo
Have a good week ahead!

Catherine said...

that mural looks great - super event

Crafty Green Poet said...

Looks like it will be a great mural when it's finished!

robin. said...

what a cool happening. celebrating the ordinary...I love it!!!

Beverley Baird said...

Wonderful spot to visit - watching a mural being created is magical!

toby said...

That is really cool!

EG CameraGirl said...

AH! What fun to see a mural in progress!