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Remembering Muzski

Tue Aug 14, 2018, 9:13 AM



Yesterday I learned some really sad news. My long time friend Murray Groat also known to many as muzski  (Muz) passed away on Friday.

Muz always encouraged those around him to paint. I remember many late nights and early mornings in our study group struggling and Muz was always there providing some of the best feedback. He helped break some of my early bad habits and is a big reason why I continued to draw and paint today. Muz was never shy to tell you like it is, in his own cheeky way. His humor and sarcastic nature is unmatched to anyone I've ever met. Even with battling cancer and going through treatment (while having ups and downs) he still always found a way to make those around him laugh.

I included some of his work in here. Muz's artwork ranged from very top notch graphic design, exaggerated characters, to beautiful life like paintings. He loved Vincent Price and H.P Lovecraft horror fiction Novels. His claim to fame was a hp Lovecraft tin-tin cross over covers... which... apparently got so popular people apparently mistaken them for real TinTin comics. Eventually the TinTin police sent a cease and desist. But the internet will always remember...

Muz had a big impact on the online art community and those who worked with and around him. He frequented hangouts, livestreams and twitch often, he supported his friends when ever in need, and he was a role model/mentor to many. Not just with art, but with life. I will very much miss my friend... I'm feeling a great loss but truly thankful for having the honor to know him. I hope to continue and share his teachings... <3 Cheers Muzzy... I hope your battling a cthulhu some place.

If you want to see more of his work. He kept a always stocked DA gallery : www.deviantart.com/muzski/gall…


Kirk Douglas by muzski  Vincent Price by muzski  Steve McQueen by muzski  Oldlady01 by muzski  Oldman01 by muzski  La Cigale Master Study by muzski  Terry Pratchett RIP (colab) by muzski  Scottish landscapes - Rodel Saltmarsh by muzski




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Travel Shows June - Aug 2018

Wed Apr 11, 2018, 10:53 AM


Remember you can view more of my work, free resources and prints on my website www.CassWomack.com
Please give a follow on Instagram and/or Twitter

Travel shows of June - Aug 2018

Going out of Florida this summer!
Check to see if I'll be in a town near you. :) 


June 22-24
International Street Art Festival Oyonnax
Oyonnax, France

website

July 14 - 15
Sweet Chalk Festival
Lockport, NY
website

Aug 17-19th
Pacific Northwest Chalk Fest
Redmond, WA
website

September 8 - 9
Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival
Kansas City, MO
website


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Travel Shows of Jan - Feb 2018

Wed Jan 3, 2018, 1:19 PM


Remember you can view more of my work, free resources and prints on my website www.CassWomack.com
Please give a follow on Instagram and/or Twitter

Travel shows of Jan -  Feb 2018

​January 13th
Chalk - Lit
Fort Lauderdale, FL
website

January 21- 22
Suncoast ArtsFest SPF at Wiregrass
Wesley Chapel, FL
website

January 26 - 28
Celebration of ​​Harry Potter
Universal Studios - Orlando, FL
website

February  3 - 4
Chalk Block Experience
Fort Myers, FL
website

February  24 - 25
Street Painting Festival
Lake Worth, FL 
website


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Remaining travel shows of the 2017

Sat Oct 7, 2017, 5:25 AM


Remember you can view more of my work, free resources and prints on my website www.CassWomack.com
Please give a follow on Instagram and/or Twitter

Remaining travel shows of 2017

October 14 - 15
Marietta Chalktober Fest
Marietta, GA

October 20 - 22
Clearwater Chalk Art Festival
Clearwater Beach, FL

November 10 - 13
Chalk Festival
Venice, FL

December  2nd
Holiday Lights and Chalk Fest 
Central Park
Largo, FL
website

See you in 2018!


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Hi all,

Just got back from Arizona and southern California! Had an amazing time! Visited Phoenix, Prescott, Joshua Tree, did some light hiking and rock climbing. Finished off the trip to in Mission Viejo San Juan Capistrano. Saw LA for the first time... Hollywood walk of fame... got some baseball games in. Arting, sketching, chalking the whole time! It was great! I have pictures on my Instagram and twitter if you'd like to see.  

There is so much importance to traveling and doing art. In a age where many of us get most of our culture behind a screen of some sort, really being able to see the west coast mountains, desert, ( ROAD RUNNERS ARE AWESOME ) on my own in person, there is no substitute. Very fortunate my scheduled allows me to have time for travel this year.  I encourage everyone to take these trips, get out, stretch the creative legs and go on a journey.  

I say this because I recently had a poll going on a few sites " Have you ever taken a "Art-Cation"? ( its a vacation/retreat for artists ) "

An Art-Cation ( also known as artist retreat ) is a type of vacation just for artists. They can be taken solo or with a group. 
Reasons why someone would take a Art-Cation could be one or more of the following:

▪Time to work on new art
▪Learn a new skills
▪Explore a new region for inspiration 
▪See museums collections in person
▪Attend art relates events/galleries/workshops
▪Network with other artists
▪Fill a curiosity need

The results were overwhelming surprising to me.  Out of a small sample of DA users who participated, 136 votes, 68% never heard of a Art-Cation / or Artists Retreat. ( they art different from a meet ups )   On Art Amino same results, with 64% had no clue. I anticipated people maybe knowing but never gone... but not never knowing at all was shock. Now I'm questioning why? Why haven't online artists talked about this? I'd like to know your thoughts and start a conversation on it. Share stories if you have or reasons why you haven't.  I'd like to research this and do a video on it... if its helpful. 

Lucy Florida Panther Chalk Art by charfade
( Lucy Florida Panther, Chalk it up! - Prescott, AZ 2017 )

May is a time where I'm resting and spending it getting re-organized. Its the tail end of spring and Florida starts to wrap up! The chalk/public art season of the year ends due to heat/rains. However its prime time weather conditions everywhere else!  So I'll be spending this summer mostly out of state.  I updated my event listing.  If your near any of these areas come on out! See some awesome artists... bring your art supplies! Sketch party art... have fun! Hope to see you!  If not at any of these event  there are more. Check your local listings for chalk art. You'll be glad you went.

In the mean time I'll be thinking over ways to bridge the gap of digital artists and the mobile screen vs the gallery artists vs the public art artists... Maybe its not as bad? 

Upcoming Events /  Summer 2017

May 26th -28th
I Madonnari, Italian Street Painting Festival
Santa Barbra, CA

June 10 - 11
Arbor Lakes Chalkfest
Arbor Lakes , MN

June 23- 25
Cambridge Street Art Festival
Cambridge, Ontario Canada

July 15-16
Sweet Chalk Festival
Lockport, NY

August 4 - 6
Buffalo Chalk Fest
Buffalo, NY


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Toronto / Ontario Canada Artists - Join me, lets Art!


As you know this year Canada Canada is celebrating their 150th Birthday! Birthday Cake  YAY! Eat all the maple flavored cake!

(I'm from USA... please tell me maple flavored cake is a real thing... ) 
Download2 by charfade
I'm here to let you know there is particularly a special event happening June 24 - 25th 2017. Artists of all kinds are invited to participate in the creation of a 150' x 5' chalk art street mural. Young, old, student, adult, solo or with friends and family, doesn't matter your background or experience, its about getting out side and creating! Never did chalk art before? This is your opportunely to try it! Have a Family? GREAT! Kids love to eat... "ahem"... draw with chalk too!

I'd love met some of you as well! Along with the great awesome 150 ' chalk art street mural, myself and a few other chalk artists friends of mine will be completing original 12x12 squares right along side you. There are also some world famous graffiti artists attending... live street performers... needless to say its pretty cool. And I demand Maple Flavored Cake.

Interested? More information can be found at www.cambridgestreetartfestival…

You do need to sign up ahead of time if you plan to chalk the mural. Sign ups still open but end soon! 

Oh don't forget to share this information with other Toronto / Ontario Canada Artists ! Encourage them to get involved! Treat it as a art met up! It's fun... and a really great way to met other artists. Hope to see you there! Lets art!

Cant make it to Canada, I do travel! See my 2017 scheduled itinerary of cities I'll be visiting this year! And of course you can always follow my Twitter  and  Instagram of my chalk travels and art hugs! <3

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2017 Schedule - Upcoming Events!

Tue Feb 14, 2017, 11:36 AM


Yay! Happy to announce my upcoming event 2017 schedule! Going to be so much good arting! :D I was waiting back to hear from a few places I've applied, and seeing as how I got confirmation from most I'm confident I can post where I'll be this year! Hope to See you at the next event! 

Not able to make these events? Be sure to follow my Twitter  and  Instagram of my chalk travels and art hugs! <3

2017


January 21- 22
Suncoast ArtsFest SPF
Wesley Chapel, FL

February 6 - 7
Chalk Block Experience
Fort Myers, FL
website

February  25 - 26
Street Painting Festival
Lake Worth, FL 
website

March 4 - 5 
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
Sponsered by TBBCA
Tampa, FL
website

March 17 - 19
Bloom N Chalk Festival
Safety Harbor, FL
website

April 22 - 23
Chalk It Up Prescott
Prescott, AZ
website

April 29th -30th
​Arts Alive Festival 
Mission Viejo, CA
website

June 10 - 11
Arbor Lakes Chalkfest
Arbor Lakes , MN
website

June 23- 25
Cambridge Street Art Festival
Cambridge, Ontario Canada
website

August 4 - 6
Buffalo Chalk Fest
Buffalo, NY
website


September Date: TBA
SPF 16 - TBBCA Chalk Walk
St. Petersburg, FL
website

October 14 - 15
Marietta Chalktober Fest
Marietta, GA
website

October 24 - 25
Clearwater Chalk Art Festival
Clearwater Beach, FL
website

November 10 - 12
Chalk Festival
Venice, FL
website

December 2nd
Holiday Lights and Chalk Fest 
Central Park

Largo, FL
website


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Hello DA Journal doots! 


Hope you are easing into the holiday season, keeping warm, enjoying some hot coco. In Florida here we... well don't do much of the hot coco part... more like Sandals and Sangria! It's been a while since I updated here. Truth is social media age has got me hooked. While I still think of myself much a old school fan of DA, I am really enjoying the ease of uploading on Instagram, Twitter and Art Amino. When you consider all the traveling and stuff end up doing more "on the go" I'm able to see and share more.

But there is a catch! I'm still a new little baby bird and I'm looking to add/make friends from my DA family on those social sites. I do like to share what I'm doing, working on. Its more of a image Art / My Travels stuff. So if you find that kind of interesting add me and send a note! That way I can re-follow and see what your doing more! I'd appreciate! 


www.instagram.com/cass_womack




Also I'm on Art Amino as CassW, I'm sharing some of my pastel progress as well as reviews and tips! 

Coming soon...

Next year I'm setting up a few things, like a Twitch Channel! I've had many people ask and request it. I'm still going to be streaming on Picarto. Its going to be like I'm at 2 places at once! This should solve any of those issues people have had lag on Picarto. Going to set up a patreon, however I'm not going to use it as a "oh hey give me money" I'm more or less creating it as a hub to host and organize teaching and demo materials. Because currently I have stuff its all over. I'm forgetting where I'm hosting half of the content I share currently. So patreon is the platform with the tools I need to finally get organized. People seem to like it anyway. I looked into stuff like Skill Share, and Tip Jar, but they just didn't have the features. 

Next year's calendar for Travel is already tentatively planned out through June. I'm still finalizing some of those details with organizers, however you can expect me in more cities next year! I should be ready to post the schedule in early Jan 2017! woot woot doots! 

I'm still hoping to get one more digital painting out before the end of 2016. Liking the progress, just need the time to complete it! ....mmm time... you evil thing. 

Anywho, that's whats been going on... 
hope your end of year holidays go well, getting all those secret santas done! Cant wait to see! 

See you on Instagram! hopefully! :)
Cheers!


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2016 Artists Goals

Tue Feb 23, 2016, 11:52 AM


2016 Artists Goals

Hi there! So I've been really bad about keeping up with blogs and art journals of late. Mainly because I've been so busy I haven't been able to update regularly. I did want to take a moment however to post my 2016 artists goals for the year. I've been slowly transitioning into new forms of media and experimenting a lot lately. More so than ever I've been wanting to learn and absorb as much as I can from my environment and other artists. My latest endeavor was helping with a mural project for the Lake Worth street painting festival in Florida. Which was designed by Cyndi Kostylo.  Its a 20ft x 10ft mural wrapped around a shipping container. This container will travel around to various music and art festivals around the FL state. I was supper thankful for this opportunity and I learned a ton! Its a whole other way to approach to a project when it comes to paint than chalk. 


Neptune and Venus butterfly mural by charfade

This got me thinking more about what I wanted to achieve this year. I'd like to do more of a variety of subjects and do more test projects. This year is about learning as much as I can. So each project I take on will have to be something I've never tried or have done before. I'm still very much trying to find my artistic voice. So far its been more replicas or studies from masters. Which I will say have helped also, but I don't have that once piece I'm supper proud of yet, or feel like I should keep doing more of. Maybe eventually I'll get there. 

Diving into prints


The last few festivals I've gone too people have been asking for prints. I have a few images I'd like to finish off from last season and get those into the print shop. The original work that I do is usually referenced from photos I've taken from zoos or parks I have visited. I have several photos I want to paint , so I would like to fill my print store with 5 or so more prints for the year. On average it takes me 3-4 weeks to complete a artwork I deem print worthy. Though its because I only get to work on weekends for a few hours at a time and its between projects. Streaming them helps too, and having a few friends online to keep me focused on finishing them. I'm using fine art america for now to host my prints: fineartamerica.com/profiles/ca…

Wreathed Hornbills by charfade


Traveling

Alright, so I caught the travel bug. I did a little bit of it last year with the art festivals, but I've also taken up trail running. Looking into mixing the 2 if I can. Combining running with art has been a little bit of a challenge so far. The few running events in the spring here in FL are the same weekends as art events. I kinda feel like I want to do one camping/hiking someplace up north. I get my nomad soon, so I could take that along with and do some plein air painting and sketching. If anyone has any parks or camping trips that they have enjoyed which are for a moderate hiker, please let me know. I'd live to hear!



These are the remaining festivals of the year I'll be a featured artist in. 

March 3-4
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
Tampa, FL

March 18 - 20
Bloom N Chalk Festival
Safety Harbor, FL

May 28 - 30
i madonnart - Italian street painting festival
Santa Barbra, CA

June 11 - 12
Arbor Lakes Chalkfest
Arbor Lakes Maple Grove, MN

August 6 - 7
Buffalo Chalk Fest
Buffalo, NY

August 13 - 14
Cambridge Street Art Festival
Cambridge, Onterio Canada

October 7 - 9
Marietta Chalktober Fest
Marietta, GA

October 21 - 23
Clearwater Chalk Art Festival
Clearwater Beach, FL

Nov TBA
Chalk Festival
Venice, FL


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Kurt Wenner's Bacchus project

Fri Nov 27, 2015, 7:49 AM



I've always said "
Getting comfortable with discomfort is crucial to success!" And I can fully say that now I know that that means. 

I Just got back from 2.5 weeks working along side an international group of artists who made the attempt for worlds Largest anamorphic pavement art. (still pending if its going to make it ) For me it wasn't about getting the world record tho, but the experience gained from this project. In all honestly it was to big. We fraught extreme heat which was on average 38°C - 100°F  degrees during high sun. Worked from sun up to sun down 10 days strait with a brief pool break during hot hours to cool off. Our limits were pushed physically and mentally. We were behind even before we began and creative problem solving was the theme of making the best and working with what we had. We learned to work together despite language barriers and we became really close. I've made life long friends working along side everyone, gained a whole new perspective on the world and with art. I can't wait to share these experiences and lessons learned with my community, friends and family. 


It's taken me about week to get adjusted back to normal life again. Being indoors with lights, carpet and walls was not something I was very keen on. Typing sounds really bothered me and I could only manage to stay settled for maybe a hour or so before I'd get antsy. But feeling much better now, think my sleeping and voice has finally come back to normal. 

The crazy thing is... I would do it all over again.   I am missing everyone so much, that's been one of the more harder struggles. Thank goodness for FB messenger and stickers!

I have a photo gallery here full of in progress working on the project here: www.facebook.com/media/set/?se…

SMITHSONIAN did a write up too if you care to read: www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/…

and if you haven't guessed.... It took a lot of paint, buckets and rollers...



 I never knew picking up one small box of pastels and a weekend out of the house 6 years ago would have lead to this experience. Its been an execrable journey so far, on I am very humbled and honored to be apart of.  One only dreams of meeting Master artists of their era, but its something entirely different to also work along side them. Realizing everyone is just like you,  creatives all over the globe with the same struggles and feelings.  It really makes life a little less lonely. :)


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The arts community and the world are mourning the loss of of mural artist Antonio Ramos. Yesterday Sept 29th, Antonio Ramos who was 27 years old was shot down and killed while working Superhero Mural project in Oakland USA. Police have yet to find a suspect after interviewing several live witnesses. Investigation is still ongoing at this time. 

 

As a fellow public artist, we know there are risks involved with this kind of work, and Antonio Ramos took on those risks to improve his community. He wanted to make Oakland a better place. Listening to the news interviews from family, friends and colleagues I was really touched by what he was trying to achieve through his work.

I feel the world was robbed an incredible artist before his time. Which is why I wanted to post and share his story here. Everyone needs to know about him, everyone needs to know what he was doing. 

Please share his story, artists have the loudest voice! Lets not forget him. 

Worth a mention Oakland City had a crowdfunding campaign for the super hero project Antonio was working on before the tragedy, if you can share this too, it would be cool. www.indiegogo.com/projects/oak…

#RipAntonioRamos

Some words on FB from the Mural project: www.facebook.com/1997617901070…

News Source: kron4.com/2015/09/29/artist-sh…
Photo Source: instagram.com/p/8PDuSCxWZ9/
Photo Source: ww2.kqed.org/arts/2015/09/29/a…

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Bell Pepper Photoshop Painting Workshop 


Hi everyone! here are the paintings from the workshop! Thanks again for everyone who came!  You can see them in higher definition here on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/ArtofCassWoma…;

  
 

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Hi all, 

It has come to my attention that it's been awhile since I've done a photoshop painting workshop. Good news! I'm available this weekend! So I'll be doing a speed painting lesson of a pair of Bell Peppers, and your welcome to paint along with me.  Best way to learn is together after all ^^ 


When:
Saturday Aug 8th, at 8am EST  ( passed ) 
Where: www.picarto.tv/live/multistrea…
Skill level: beginning digital painters, but really anyone is welcomed to join. :) 
Cost: FREE or one digital hug

What do you need? Copy of Photoshop CS3 and/or up, or if you have another program such as Kitra, Paint tool Sai, they should work as well. I'll be using CS3 . Wacom Tablet and or something similar and the download files provided here.

Download: SpeedPaint_Peppers.psd from google drive

It is also recomended to have these brushes pre-installed on your computer and I will be using them in the demonstration. sta.sh/0m0bvm6tgz9

Workshop Details: Joining me will be Bahkana. This lesson is expected to run for 2-3 hours. I'll be explaining light and shadows of objects and breaking down a image for painting. Each artist will paint their own bell pepper painting and will be a live critique for those who want one afterwards. 

**Please make sure your photoshop and tablet hardware is in good working order before this workshop begins.

Feel free to invite or share this journal with any friends also wanting to learn more about photoshop painting like the masters! Just make sure they have all the files and what not set up prior to the event.  This workshop starts promptly at 8am EST. 

I look forward to seeing you there! 


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Chalk Fest Buffalo, NY Preview

Sat Jul 11, 2015, 9:38 AM


Hi all, I've been rather busy these past few weeks figuring out the back have of 2015 chalk event schedule.  I wanted to show off a preview for Chalk Fest Buffalo Hero's theme and let you know my schedule is indeed finalized.  Feeling very fortunate to travel again this year and being part of the featured artists group at several of these events. ^^

For Chalk Fest Buffalo this year we were presented with the hero's theme. I went with Starlord from Guardians of the Galaxy.  Ever since doing the Space Shuttle Endeavor and Space Owls I've been itching to do another space themed background. I'm also thinking of doing something space related for Marietta GA. What can I say, planets and star dust looks cool on the pavement! 

So this is the progress so far, I'll be adding in Groot and Rocket into the composition as well. First timer really planning for 3D environment. the others have been 3D ish. Here's to hoping I want screw up the perspective. 

If you are in the Buffalo, NY area hope to see you! The dates are Aug 1 - 2,  in a few weeks ^^

   

2015  Chalk Event Schedule 

As always feel free to send me a note or message if your able to attend any of these events! I love meeting new people! 

Summer 

Aug 1 - 2 
Chalkfest Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

Aug 15th
Ruth Eckerd Hall Hippy Fest 
Clearwater, FL 

Fall 

October 9 - 11
Marietta Chalk Festival
Marietta, GA

Oct 23-25
Clearwater Chalk Walk | Beach Walk
Clearwater, FL

Nov TBA
Sarasota Chalk Festival 
Venice, FL

Dec 5th
Holiday Chalk Fest
Largo, FL



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Good news! A Recovery Story

Thu Jun 11, 2015, 9:45 AM


Let's recap, shall we?

Some of you might remember a  journal where I wrote Getting Back to health the road to recovery posted in Jan 2014. In summary  of that journal I was dealing with debilitating hip pain from a sprained inguinal ligament and lovely bulging herniated disc in my lower lumbar area.  I see journals on issues and problems people are facing... but very rarely the recovery., which I think could be useful for anyone who is dealing with some kind of health or life strife. So I wanted to take the time to share my story on the recovery process with you.

So what happened?

First, I want to make it very clear that running is not my forte'. I've never considered myself as super athletic in school or as an adult. I'm an artist after all, sitting on my bum sketching and painting for most of the day. Before my injury and pregnancy I did keep a constant running time of about 14 mins for a mile jog/run just to not feel like a total slug. However after... well I was hard pressed to get anywhere near 25 mins. I couldn't run and walking was even a struggle. 

The recovery process.

My physical therapist gave me a series of stretches to do, twice a day, no skipping, which my husband would help with.  Taking the advice, we used the proper techniques learned and did them constantly, but the results were slow going.  3 months go by and I see minor improvements in my hip and walking, but back pain was still there.  So I go to my primary source of learning..."To the internet Jim!"

Okay there must have been something I've been missing in all of this. To my surprise, there is a rabbit hole of digital information on back pain and everyone has their own opinions on it. Much of what I read was most women going, "yep that's part of pregnancy. Back pain for life! " Uhhh..... ya no. Not going to happen for this 31 year old.  I did some common things people recommended like switching out my work chair for an Ergonomic office chair, improving posture. That seemed good and I did see improvements when I did this. 

By this time, it's now October, 1 year dealing with this pain. I'm not 100% but I'm able to get on with common daily tasks and I can at least travel again. Keep in mind I am still keeping up with going to the gym and walking throughout all of this. Running is still something out of the question.  It was on a chalk event trip to Marietta, GA where I had a real break through. Most of the artists get up before dawn, have their coffee and tea before heading out to the site. It was a nice morning so a few artists gathered for a yoga session. I joined them and I swear it was the most relaxed I had ever been in my recent memory.  We did this stretch where we rolled our back from a standing position to our feet and held it... that's when I felt a pop in my back. I didn't know if it was a good or bad thing at the time... I just went "Uh Oh".  Needless to say, I was careful with my next few moves, not sure if this was going to be an ouch or sigh of relief.  It was good though. I still had the pain, but it was as if it was more tolerable. 


Time to make some goals!

I come home from the trip and I tell my husband about my experience. We start working in more Yoga into our stretching and started to see a real improvement. Feeling spunky again I knew I needed something to work towards. I kept on seeing adverts for a "5k Color Run"  I'm an artist! I like color! Maybe that will offset the running part. So My husband and I sign up for December! I get serious and we keep a gym schedule going. 3 times a week and something physical on the weekend, doing a mix of yoga and physical therapy stretching before each workout. I try improving my running, but let's face it. I really suck at it and as the run drew closer I was getting nervous. 

 

The day of the 5k Color Run was perfect. Cool upper 60's with no humidity. The organizers of the event were very good about getting you "pumped up" and ready to run. There are a series of gates, each with a different color packed with powered chalk.  As you run under them, you get your white shirt painted. At least that's the idea anyway. It was fun, we take off running, and I do really well keeping pace for the first half. Having never ran a 5k before, I slowed down in the middle a lot. I'd have to say my husband is my true hero, championing me along all the way. We finished the 5k in 51 minutes. Our goal was under a hour.  This really gave me the extra boost I needed. Not worrying about the actual pain and issues I've had to deal with. Suddenly recovery was now about beating a personal record. 

Feeling the good vibes off of the color run, we sign up again for another run. This time a 5k mud run. A test of physical challenges fighting though the elements, terrain, mud, water, obstacles meant for the marines. This one was tough, probably a little more out of my league.  Again we trained, adding in more upper body weights to our routine because the course requires it. My goal was to just to complete it and survive, basically. Which we did! in 92 mins. It was crazy, but my shoes were done. After trudging though the water I received a pretty nasty blister on the back of my right heel.  I learned you should always wear good shoes when you do this stuff!



Victory!

Okay, so what really prompted this journal was today, while at the gym I beat my 1 mile (1.6k) in running record in 13 mins 42 seconds!  ( Bows and waves to a crowd clapping ) 

This beat my record since before the injury! I'm now healthier and fitter than before!

I'm getting better and stronger each and every day. Keeping up the stretching, yoga, gym workout, and implementing all the life lessons I've learned along the way. Back pain nearly completely gone. I still feel a twinge every now and again as a little reminder. My hip, no problems what-so-ever. Nearly a year and a half later, I can say I'm pretty much recovered. From time to time I'll have knee issues of which a new pair of shoes would fix. 

My final thoughts and words of advice

Healing takes time and it really sucks. I didn't know I'd be stuck with what I had for a year and a half and I was just hoping it would get better in time. There are no answers on best ways to recover. No scripted path and no magic pill for something like this. Worst of all there, wasn't a guarantee I'd ever get better. Some people have this injury and have to have a complete hip replacement or even back surgery. Even then they don't bounce back 100%, something I had a hard time swallowing. I knew one thing, I wasn't done living. I still had things to do and places to see. 

Don't settle for anything less. If you're hurting, do something about it. Every injury and situation will be different. Recovery time varies for everyone, but don't worry about when it's suggested you should be better by. So long as you do everything you can in your power to get better you recover on your own time.  Keep your friends and family who are positive influences close, there are several people who helped me though all of this. I wasn't alone, and my husband is the biggest hero of them all and never gave up. Celebrate those people with you and share your small victories with them, because they all add up! Most importantly stay positive and smile. 

I purposely left out my work out routine for a reason, but if anyone is curious on those details, let me know. I can work on another journal just on that. I wanted to really focus on the emotional side with this one. 

If your still reading Woot! Thanks for sticking with me.  Even though we see art and profiles online, we are all real people, with real lives, and real struggles. Be kind to one another, always. ^^




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MyTanTalk 1340 Radio debut

Thu Mar 19, 2015, 8:29 AM


TanTalk 1340 Radio 

Jorde' the Artist Presents... Safety Harbor Bloom n Art Chalk festival


 

Hey everyone, look! That's me! Had a great time on the tantalk1340.com radio show.  Super honored to be in the studio live w/ Ari and the Alibis Bobbie Wheeler, Stacy Schulstrom Roth, Show host Jordé TheArtist,  show assistant Ilona Fries and feature artist Shawn McCann  who is visiting Florida from Minnesota US. 

This show was about promoting chalk festivals in the state of Florida US which was sponsored by Safety Harbor Bloom N Art Chalk Fest www.bloomnchalkfest.com

The Huffington Post recently named Florida the place to be in the world when it comes to the chalk art medium and street painting. After all Florida holds the Guinness book of world record for largest street painting "The Megalodon shark"  designed by Kurt Wenner, lead by Julie Kirk Purcell with local artist Ilona fries a commercial artist in Tampa Bay FL who was on the show and participated in its creation. Read more here: "Chalk One Up for Sidewalk Art in Florida"

Jordé TheArtist is an incredible host, featuring artists from all walks of life. Giving a voice to the creative community. His show airs live every Wednesday night at 10pm EST.  If your not lucky enough to live in the Tampa Bay area you can always tune in on the live recording on  tantalk1340.com.

You can listen to the podcast here: internetradiopros.com/mp3

Or watch the recorded show live on youtube!


Interested in joining in on the chalk art fun? Check out these great links packed full of helpful resources!

International Street Painting Society
Florida Chalk Artists Association 

Credits and links

TanTalk Radio tantalk1340.com
With Jorde' the Artist www.facebook.com/KingOfMurals
Ilona Fries www.ilonamckinley.com/
Safety Harbor Bloom N Art Chalk Fest www.bloomnchalkfest.com/
Shawn McCann www.shawnmccann.com/
Ari and the Alibis www.ariandthealibis.com/
Rocktastic www.reverbnation.com/rocktasti…

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Android app testers needed!

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 5:13 AM


Simple Distractions Sky is now LIVE!   



Testing needed 

My husband and I are looking for app testers to try out latest android app Simple Distractions Sky which is a interactive application designed for 6mo+ and toddlers. We look for things like frame rate, lagging, sounds playing appropriately, visuals appear on the screen correctly. If you have small children we are curious how your young ones react and interact with he app.   

If you have Android phones or tablets we would also appreciate a share or a +1 vote. Or even better ( and if you have time ) a review of our app. This helps up rank higher in the google play store. So please send comments to the play store rather then here. ^^

 Click to go to Google play store : Simple Distractions Sky


About our Android Apps

My husband and I create these apps for our daughter to enjoy and figured we would share them with other parents who could use a simple distraction from time to time.

We're release our apps FREE of charge with NO ADVERTISEMENTS. We firmly believe your child’s play time should be truly free without being marketed to.  The worst that can happen is an accidental home-press. 

As parents who are also devoted gamers, it's always important to remember to play games and apps in moderation. Games are not a babysitter and not a replacement for a parent.

If you enjoy our apps for kids please share your thoughts with us. Leaving helpful feedback on your experience with these apps allows us to learn and do better the next time. Thank you for your interest and we hope your child has as much fun as ours.


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Chalk Art from 2014

Fri Nov 28, 2014, 10:00 AM


A look back at my chalk art collection for 2014

The chalk art season in Florida has officially come to a end.  It has been a year full of challenges, personal growth and oodles of new art work to show for it. I attended 11 street painting and chalk art festivals both in and out of Florida this year. Met a ton of really amazing people from all over, ate the most scrumptious foods, and learned so much in the process! 

I wanted to post a journal with a look back collection of work. I think its good for a artist to re-evaluate and critique where they are at the end of every year. As someone very wise once said... "What should I Keep doing, Stop doing and Start doing?" Wolkenfels

I think I touched on this a little in my last journal that I'm going shake up my creative process for next year. I'm going to keep doing more original works, I think this is something that is critical is I were to plan on selling work one day. I still feel like I need more practice. I've been approached a few times to sell in local shops and have my own gallery. The trouble is I don't have enough original content. I have about 5 right now I feel I could show... when you need something around the ball park of 20. So I'm going to stop doing as many studies as I did before. I've been using studies as sort of a crutch and excuse to paint. bejzar helped me point this out awhile ago and I've been stubborn to take him up on his advice. XD I'd wake up and feel like painting, and I would only they would be studies. Something I can quickly do in 2 hours with no real reason to doing them other then it was my painting time. The plan now is to only do a study if I need to for an original work. Bahkana is going to help me break my cute curse! lol He's already given me some examples in some study sessions. So you might see some creepy stuff in my gallery before long!  I will ask for crits on these for sure since its completely out of my comfort zone. I plan on having 3 - 5 creepy/ugly characters for next year as a target goal. Not something I plan to sell, but its something I've been battling my whole artistic career. 

That's the plan so far. I hope to look back on this journal this time next year and see where I'm at. I do highly recommend artists to starting doing these types of evaluation journals. If not publicly posting it online, make a list or a note next to your desk. You kinda owe it to yourself to do so. Other wise its just to easy to waste another year stuck in a rut. If after 3 years your not where you want to be, you have to be the one to shake things up.  I like the current direction I'm going on and with a few more adjustments to my plan I hope to just sell work and paint and work from home in the next few years. ^^  And I thank all of my followers and watchers who has helped support my efforts so far! 

As Muz would say - "CHEERYBYE!"
 

chalk art Collection 2014 


Endangered Iguanas Chalk Art 2 by charfade  North Atlantic Puffin Chalk Art by charfade  Hidden Gator Chalk2 by charfade
Blue Heron Chalk 1 by charfade  Marvin Gaye Street Painting by charfade  Chalk Art Italian Landscape with Bridge by charfade 
Humming Bird Chalk Art by charfade  Giraffe Sidewalk Chalk Art by charfade  ChalkFest Buffalo street art 2 by charfade   
Michonne Chalk Art Final by charfade  Spider Meme Chalk Art by charfade  The Eye of a Pirate Chalk Art by charfade 
   Dr. Seuss Storybook by charfade


Robin by luisbcThanks again for reading!



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New Look

First off I want to thank UJz for helping me design a new journal skin to use here on DA. I wanted something that was clean and simple to read and UJz definitely did just that. Especially with all the new mobile users my old design was really out dated. I just didn't have the time to create my own so I commissioned UJz. I asked that it reflected a similar design of my new website and he did just that! I'm very pleased with the results! Thank you UJz!

If you are looking for a new journal skin design, check out UJz. Reasonably priced and awesome to work with. 

New Avatar

Yep, after 7 years I finally changed my avatar! I've wanted a new one for awhile now, just didn't have a idea what I wanted to do and what I wanted it to be. After lots of thought simple is best.  The color version of the bird ( aka rib birdy for those who remember from my live stream ) has been on my business card for awhile now. One day I took the time to make a silhouette version and I liked it! So no more weird spinny wii u logo. Which btw wasn't Wii u logo, I created the old one in 2004, I guess the design was strong enough for Nintendo to put a brand behind it... and it just came out simular. Well, not any more Nintendo!  You can't steal my identity a 3rd time! or... can they... 

I haven't decided yet if I will be changing my name here on DA. The ones I would want are taken and of course not being used. Will see, for now its still staying charfade. 

New Direction

Over the past 3 years I've been really focusing on studying, and I'm continuing to do so. The combination of street painting and digital art has allowed me to see blending of colors in a whole new way. I don't think this will be changing. However I do plan on producing more polished finished works going forward from here.  Looking back I have a lot of great work, but most of them have been just studies. Partly because studies are fast and easy to do in a day, finished polished works take a week or more. I also want to try and break the cute curse! My friends have told me several times I can't draw ugly. Even my ugly turns out cute. This is one other thing I intend to work on. We will see if it is possible!  

New live stream channel on Picarto.TV

After the last debacle on live stream, with insane amounts of lag, chat freezing and over all poor experience,  I decided no more! I have moved, along with several other artists to Picarto.TV.  

I've been giving it a go for about a month now and I can say much better experience. The features seemed to be gears more around the artist. Artists go to the site, so your going to get a better crowd following.  If you like someone a lot you can follow it like you can on Twitch, you can give users mods, and if you pony up and get the paid version you can have 3 people on at the same time on the same channel. Something I new you could do in xsplit, but this just makes it a little bit more easier to follow. Going to try this feature out with Bahkana in December and see how it goes. So far I've liked the experience. The set up is a little tedious, but after that pretty simple to use. And I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys streaming. 

New Twitter

Well not really new, I've had it for while. but figured I'd promote it again. > twitter.com/CassChalk

Twitter Twitter is just really easy and simple to use with out all the fuss! Especially when I just want to put something up from an event real quick. I'm looking for more artists to follow on twitter!  If you got one send a note or leave a comment! 

Last 2 Events of the year

Heading into the last 2 events of the year. Which is Sarasota Chalk Festival and the Art Works Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival. Its been a great festival year so far and so happy with the work that came out of it. I feel a little more confident doing larger spaces, but still enjoy the smaller size. 10x10 is still my max for now. Still not getting around as well as I used to. Which btw the hip is doing much better so long as I stretch a be careful with it. ^^

November 10 - 17th
Sarasota Chalk Festival 
Sarasota, FL
(Assistant Artist) 

Nov 22 - 23 
Art Works Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival
Melbourne, FL



Robin by luisbcThanks again for reading!



Feature DA Chalk Art Artists


:thumb489270896: Justice ( Street Art Fest. Den Haag ) by Nikolaj-Arndt :thumb489285518:


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Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival

Thu Oct 23, 2014, 12:07 PM


► Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival


This weekend I'll be chalking at the Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival! Oct 24-26. Decided to finally recreate "Hidden Beauty in the lily's" painting I did in 2012. This time I decided I would try and make it pop out from the pavement. Will see how it works. Its a little experiment. If you are a Tampa area local I invite you to come out, eat some awesome foods, listen to live music and watch some awesome art being created! 

For more information please visit: www.clearwaterbeachchalkwalk.c…




My donations for this years Chalk Art Scholarship art Auction, a signed print of "Hidden Beauty in the lily's" and 2 hand painted chalkboards. This benefits Perkins Elementary, St. Petersburg Visual Arts Program and John Hopkins Middle School, St. Petersburg Visual Arts Program.  www.clearwaterbeachchalkwalk.c…




► How you can Save the vaquita porpoise from extinction


Clearwater Marine Aquarium known for the Dolphin Tail movies is spreading awareness of a dolphin species  the Vaquita Porpoise that could go extent by the end of 2015. Please watch the following video for ways you can help and spread awareness.  



 



► New Twitter Account


 :twitter:  Please follow @CassChalk on Twitter.  twitter.com/CassChalk ; I'll be using it when I stream art on weekends and update it with all of my current projects and events. ^^

Thanks again everyone! Best wishes and love to you and your loved ones! Happy painting!

Charfade

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Marietta chalk festival GA

Tue Sep 30, 2014, 8:26 AM


► Marietta chalk festival GA, USA Oct 10-12th


The past few weeks I've been planning and packing for the fall street painting season! First Event of the season is October 10-12 in Marietta GA for there annual chalk festival! This will be my first time chalking at this event. Supper exited and stoked! I'll be doing a 10x10  ft square of Scott Spillmans Michonne from the Walking Dead series. He's in the middle of completing the whole Walking Dead cast and just finished up Merle and Hershel. If you are a fan of the Walking Dead I invite you to check out his work.  www.facebook.com/Scott.Spillma…



Choosing what to pack for events is never easy. Studying colors, looking at what you have, if you need to order new. It takes time. The below photo is laying out all my colors figuring out what would work best. Keeping organized is key which is why I have my chalks already separated by color and type. I use 3 different chalks usually in my work. The Mountain vision pastels, Eternity chalks, and Koss soft pastels. Sometimes I'll add in crayola glitter chalk for an added sparkle effect. Kids tend to like it when I do too. :)


Now off to figure out the grid and how to space out the work. So if you want to follow my progress I'll be updating my twitter and FB page www.facebook.com/ArtofCassWoma… with new photos as they come in! 

For now I leave you with a video photographer Craig Houdeshell  created from last year! Lots of my dearest friends are in this video! They all rock!



ChalkFest is a weekend-long chalk art festival in Marietta, GA. ChalkFest takes place in and around Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art and historic Marietta Square. Marietta is located about 15 miles northwest of Atlanta. For more information about this event please visit www.mariettachalkfest.com/

► Fall Chalk Art Fall schedule 



October 10-12 
Marietta Chalk Festival
Marietta, GA

October 24-26
Clearwater Chalk Walk | Beach Walk
Clearwater, FL

Nov 1st
Center Place Chalk Walk & Arts Fest
Brandon, FL

November 10 - 17th
Sarasota Chalk Festival 
Sarasota, FL
(Assistant Artist) 


► New Twitter Account


 :twitter:  Please follow @CassChalk on Twitter.  twitter.com/CassChalk ; I'll be using it when I stream art on weekends and update it with all of my current projects and events. ^^

Thanks again everyone! Best wishes and love to you and your loved ones! Happy painting!

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