Description The Boulder Creek Festival is the biggest event of the year in Boulder. Thousands of people gather to celebrate the beginning of summer along the creek. What is normally a peaceful creek-side path great for walking the dog or just chillin out becomes an all-out circus for three full days over Memorial Day Weekend...with hundreds of artists, vendors, dancers, musicians, carnival rides, turkey legs, and beer tents, it's a spectacle not to be missed. The culmination of the festival is it's main attraction... The Great Duck Race. I have always thought this was a ridiculous, but awesome idea. We are talking about thousands of rubber ducks dumped off the 9th St. bridge, which are then cheered on by their respective (sponsor) parents as they float down the creek. The whole event is for charity with the proceeds being donated to the Boulder EXPAND Program. They have race course officials and finish line judges to monitor the whole shebang.. it's kind of a big deal.So I thought, what better way to celebrate my first year contributing to the festival than a crazy drawing of the rubber ducks?... 'Over the Falls' is my tribute to the Boulder Creek Festival, The Great Duck Race, and the amazing summers in Boulder.
Phil Lewis, Boulder, CO Member Since October 2007 Artist Statement Throughout my life I have always felt a special connection to nature, and being outdoors inspires me to create. The amazing scenery in Colorado has certainly fueled this inspiration, and the surrounding landscapes appear frequently in my work. In addition to drawing the things I see around me, I also like to draw the things I come up with on my own. To imagine is the most fun.
Lately I have been developing a style of artwork that combines pen drawings and digital design. I will start out with black line drawings and then color them in with Sharpie and Prismacolor markers. I then scan my drawings into Photoshop and re-brush some of the sections, add shading, effects, and adjust the colors until they “pop” as much as possible. I then print the images digitally on fine-art canvas. The resulting media is a hybrid pen-drawing / digital-canvas, which ends up looking like a giant piece of candy stuck to the wall.
I am truly humbled and grateful for the ability to create this art, and through it, I hope to bring as much color and light into the world as I can.