Austin Coloring at Hope Outdoor Gallery

Austin Coloring Book Becca Borrelli Hope Outdoor Gallery


How do you feel about murals colored by the community rather than an artist? Cool? Cop out? Both? Jason and I just took a staycation in Austin, and one of the things I got around to doing: Interactive Coloring at Hope Outdoor Gallery. 

Over the years Hope has become less and less a forum for serious street artists, moving more towards interested tourists tagging their names. One artist I ran into told me (with a noted tone of disdain), I could expect my work to be painted on within the hour. 

I will say when I left, I watched people out of the corner of my eye hone in for pictures (flattering) but also many had paint cans. Who knows. I admittedly had to get over the feeling that maybe I didn't deserve to be there. I'm a COLORING BOOK ILLUSTRATOR. Would legit street artists be annoyed at my presence? If so, I didn't notice, and had an absolute blast. 

I showed up on July 4th in the thick of the lunch time heat with my paint markers. After priming some real estate at the top of the park with blue, I drew a quick 20 minute doodle of the skyline. 

Passersby's of all ages and backgrounds colored a portion. I don't remember names but I can tell you all kinds of details:

A musician from Denton, a designer from NY, lots of Dallas and Houstonites in town for holiday, a couple from Chicago visiting their newly transplanted son, and KIDS. The kids were honestly the hardest workers. One 7 year old braved the scorching cement to get the large dark blue chunks of sky done. 

We used purples because: Violet Crown! It got too hot, and I abandoned it early, but it was a great first attempt! Check out the photos and let me know what you think. I hope to get back soon (when it's cooler!) One hundred degree coloring ain't no joke y'all. 








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