Why You Should Know Erik Greenawalt

The professional chalk artist from North Huntingdon started drawing chalk art in 2007 when his daughters asked him to draw portraits of favorite characters such as Cinderella and Dora the Explorer in their driveway.




photo by CRAIG HOUDESHELL

 

About: Greenawalt, also known by his social media persona “The Chalking Dad,” is a professional chalk artist from North Huntingdon (although his day job is working as a CPA for Giant Eagle). His numerous portraits, including those of Mario Lemieux, Prince and Disney’s Moana, can be found on his Facebook and Instagram (@TheChalkingDad). He also can be spotted performing at various art festivals around the country.
 

  • Greenawalt started drawing chalk art in 2007 when his daughters Jaycie and Jenna asked him to draw portraits of favorite characters such as Cinderella and Dora the Explorer in their driveway. His neighbors began to recognize him as “that dad who chalks,” which evolved into “The Chalking Dad.”
     
  • Greenawalt has no formal artistic training; he last took an art class in junior high school. 
     
  • One technique that helped him early in his career was the “grid method,” which frames the pictures he’s chalking in small squares that he then can recreate one-by-one to form the larger image.
     
  • Although he’s experimented with more traditional artistic mediums, Greenawalt says he prefers to draw outside. The performative side of talking to spectators and meeting other Pittsburghers at chalking festivals is as big of a part of chalk art as crafting the piece, he says.
     
  • The ephemeral nature of chalk art is one of the medium’s advantages, says Greenawalt: “If I screw up, Mother Nature washes it away.” 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Food Truck Park Coming To Millvale

Food Truck Park Coming To Millvale

The venue will feature food truck stalls, beer vendors and entertainment.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Feast Series Returns to Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland This September

Feast Series Returns to Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland This September

The third iteration of the series will feature chef J.J. Johnson, formerly of The Cecil and Minton's Supper Club in Harlem.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Best Places for Kids on Rainy Days in Pittsburgh

Best Places for Kids on Rainy Days in Pittsburgh

Read on for some under-the-radar ideas on how you and the kids can survive a rainy day this summer.

Comments


Tres Rios Has Potential, But Hasn't Distinguished Itself Just Yet

Tres Rios Has Potential, But Hasn't Distinguished Itself Just Yet

The tacos-and-tequila bar and restaurant on the South Side doesn't do anything wrong, exactly, but has room to grow.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Who Belongs on a Pittsburgh Steelers Mount Rushmore?

Who Belongs on a Pittsburgh Steelers Mount Rushmore?

As the team prepares the inaugural class of its Hall of Honor, Mike Prisuta selects the four members of the Steelers family most deserving of inclusion.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Make a Trendy Transition into Fall Style

Make a Trendy Transition into Fall Style

No. 14 Boutique in Lawrenceville put together this chic outfit for the tricky period when summer cools into autumn.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
A Hitman and His Bodyguard Get Into Trouble (No Need to Overcomplicate Things)

A Hitman and His Bodyguard Get Into Trouble (No Need to Overcomplicate Things)

Reviews of "The Hitman's Bodyguard" and "Wind River," plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Delicious Design: Our Cookie Table Contest Winner & Runners-Up

Delicious Design: Our Cookie Table Contest Winner & Runners-Up

These Pittsburgh couples certainly know how to bring the cookie table tradition to life.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Produced in Pittsburgh: MONMade Takes Local Crafters National

Produced in Pittsburgh: MONMade Takes Local Crafters National

Close to a half dozen local businesses, among them Savannah Hayes and Stak Ceramics, will make their debut next week at the mega interior design and home goods-focused show in New York City.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

School trustees voted this week to increase tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Comments

Edit Module

Edit Module