Rudy Kistler at work yesterday.
Rudy Kistler at work yesterday. Emma Channon

Artist chalks up a triumph

WEARING his trademark hat, chalk artist Rudy Kistler spent all of yesterday turning the footpath outside the Warwick Art Gallery into a masterpiece.

What started as black and purple brushes turned into a three-dimensional painting of a leaping puppy by the time four-o’clock cast its shadow.

Mr Kistler said each chalk painting involved numerous steps.

“The first thing is to check where the light falls, so that means where the sun comes up and goes down,” he said.

“If you pay attention to the sun, it makes it more realistic; so when people stand next to it, the shadows fall in the same direction.”

After picking the perfect spot, the next step is to choose colours to match the pavement.

“This pavement is almost yellow so I’m working with purples,” he said.

“The whole idea is you want it to jump off the pavement and you really work with primary colours. If it was a dark bitumen, it’d be lighter colours.”

Then begins the sketching.

“In the initial sketching I can rub it out and change it, and when I become more confident I can use darker colours,” he said.

“The whole time I have to keep coming back to the viewing point to check the dimensions.”

Mr Kistler will lead a workshop on Monday for adults and children.



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