About 15 years ago I walked into our neighborhood grocery store. On the automatic door hung a hand lettered sign advertising for a new chalk board artist. To make a long story short I got the job. It was the perfect compliment to teaching school. My hours were completely flexible and my store manager was completely hands-off (and a great guy!).
It was truly great fun. I spent hours studying signs and lettering. I adapted th elatest techniques from the air brush and vinyl sign industries.
Folks loved my signs and would often stop to talk to me about art and hand lettering. It was in my earliest days of the internet. I developed a website and spent hours communicating with sign artists across the globe. The best chalk artists in the world were in Australia and we traded technique and and discussed fantasy trips where we could visit and share a dinner face-to-face.
Eventually it was no longer worth my time to continue. I had hit the cap on part-time pay (which wasn’t much) and was producing work faster and faster.
I photographed every sign I hung. I have way too many photos to sort through, but I came across a few tonight. Good times.