These days, we can probably all use a little pick-me-up to lighten the emotional load. Sometimes, we may find them in unexpected places. I’ve stumbled upon a few kindness rocks on some of my recent walks, and some kids in my neighborhood have written inspiring messages on the sidewalks with paint or chalk, which is always fun to find.
An artist in Florida has taken sidewalk chalk art to “A Whole New World,” thanks to her skills and her love of Disney, and she’s capturing so much of what we’re all feeling right now in these colorful temporary masterpieces.
Casey Drake lives in the Orlando area, and she’s sharing art in front of her home that’s bright, fun and full of Disney characters — and timely humor. Her recent sidewalk art series started while she and her 2-year-old were following recent stay-at-home orders.
“We were kind of cooped up in the house, so we came outside and I had some sidewalk chalk for my daughter. I drew a little Olaf for her on the sidewalk,” she told the Orlando Sentinel. “Other neighbors started commenting on it, then I started doing more and more, and then it became kind of a daily tradition.”
Here’s one of her pieces, posted to her Instagram:
Drake shares her drawings on her various social media channels so everyone can enjoy them and maybe even chuckle a bit at our unusual situation.
Tired of staying at home because of the quarantine? Drake shared a message from Rapunzel of Disney’s “Tangled”: “That’s cute.”
Missing your friends? Drake captured how the fish from “Finding Nemo” might be solving that problem in this chalk drawing:
Or maybe you’re just tired of dealing with the stay-at-home doldrums and want to sleep it off. Princess Aurora from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” can totally relate.
Drake came up with a series of drawings called “The 5 Stages of Quarantine” that features characters from Disney/Pixar’s “Inside Out.” Stage 1 is Fear:
Stage 2 is Sadness:
Stage 3 is Disgust:
Stage 4 is Anger:
And finally, Stage 5 is Joy — at a later date, Drake writes on the sidewalk:
How clever! Even if we haven’t exactly reached Stage 5, yet, Drake’s collection of artwork brings some joy into her neighbors’ and her online fans’ lives.