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Pavement Chalk Artist by Julian Beever
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May 14, 2012

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bookshelves: non-fiction, yalsa-challenge-2012
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Why I picked it up: A patron at the library asked me for a book about Julian Beever. I looked him up on google to make sure I spelled his name right and saw some examples of his art. Two days later, I noticed this book on the list for a YALSA challenge I’m doing.

The book starts with a few pages of Julian Beever discussing his path in art and how he came to do what he does. The rest of the book is single-page illustrations of some of his pavement drawings with a brief summary of some of the elements or experiences of that particular painting on the preceding or following page. Some parts are technical, some are not. The photos of his art are incredible. I did get frustrated that they clearly weren’t in chronological order, and he would refer to a painting that happened before the one I was looking at, but in the book I hadn’t come to it yet. But it’s an enjoyable look at an unusual art form and his mastery of it. I can’t pick a favorite drawing; there are too many that are amazing

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