Joel Yau at the 2015 Via Colori in Houston

Joel Yau is a good friend of ours from the San Francisco bay area who likes to draw on sidewalks and roads with chalk. In fact he’s actually really good at it. There are all these street drawing festivals and events all over the place.  It’s a thing.  And he gets invited to do his own doodles there.  If you’ve never gone to one of these types of events, I recommend it.  It’s really interesting to see all the different artistic representations and interpretations there, and you can see a huge spectrum of artistic styles and talent.

A few weekends ago, Joel was drawing the streets in Houston at the 2015 Via Colori festival. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Austin, but we’d never been there before.  So we figured that’d be a great opportunity to see a good friend and visit our new neighbor city.  So off to Houston we went for a day trip with a 1 year old and a 3 year old.

Mr. Yau is an incredibly generous man. While still working hard to finish up his piece, he let Torino, my 3 year old son, “help” him on one corner of his piece for something like an hour. Torino absolutely loved it. And every few minutes he stopped, stood up and said, “Uncle Joel, can I have more colors?”

There were a lot of wonderful artists there, but I didn’t take a bunch of pictures of other people’s work.  Ah, but there’s a whole web-site for that festival here: Via Colori.  And swarms of pictures on a Flickr photostream here: Houston Via Colori.

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