Jan Riggins and her 13-year-old daughter Olivia have always loved chalk art. Before the pandemic, they used to partake in sidewalk art competitions whenever the opportunity arose, but now they're dazzling their neighbors in one Fort Worth neighborhood in Texas. "When all of the festivals started getting canceled or postponed, I was really disappointed," Jen, who also paints in watercolor and oils, told Bored Panda. "That’s when I decided to just start using my sidewalk and driveway."

The duo started off by drawing koi fish and it quickly grew from there. Jan told us that the neighbors "really, really liked it," so the two just kept going. They've now been drawing since late March and have already shared artworks of a butterfly, sea turtle, and even a baby Yoda. Scroll down below to see the stunning artwork for yourself and vote for the ones you liked the most!

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"I’ve been thinking about how we could chalk this little fella out for the last couple of days. I busted out some good pastels to get the fuzzy details right."

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Maggie Simpson
Community Member
4 months ago

amazing

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"I became interested in chalk art about 5 years ago. Fort Worth (where I live), started a chalk art festival and I saw a posting on FB asking if anyone wanted to try something new. They had an amateur division with no cost to enter. I signed up and went and met one of the professional chalk artists. He told me to get ready, it is very addictive...and it is!" Jan told Bored Panda.

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MARY ANN Hannah
Community Member
4 months ago

beautiful

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"After I won in the amateur division, I was invited to the professional division. Last year I participated in three festivals, and my goal was to participate in 6 festivals this year, and in March I was accepted to another festival. But when all of the festivals started getting cancelled or postponed, I was really disappointed," Jen told us. "That’s when I decided to just start using my sidewalk and driveway."

#3

"I’ve wanted to do this sea turtle for a while, but we honestly thought it would take too long to do after work. But, we started right at 5:30 and finished at 8, right before sunset!"

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm so glad artist have more ways to display.

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"One Sunday I drew two little pieces, and then my daughter said she wanted to help," the artist told Bored Panda. "I was actually a little tired by that pint, but she found a reference photo she really liked and got everything set up outside, so I sketched everything out and she chalked out half and I did the other half. Then she became as addicted as me."

#4

"My 13 year old daughter completed the jellyfish by herself today"

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Lulu the ©ʟɪᴄᴇɴsᴇᴅ ᴘᴏᴛᴛᴇʀʜᴇᴀᴅ®
4 months ago

only 13!!??!??!!?!?!??

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"I was working from home, and she started going outside a couple of hours before I got off work to get started and began sketching out her own pieces and chalking them, some of those I helped her finish. Now we usually work together by starting out with a sketch that I usually do, and then we divide up what parts of the piece that we will each work on. She definitely pulls her weight and does about half of the piece," Jen explained.

#5

"I did some solo chalking today. I missed my partner in crime...but I did have fun doing this as a photo op for a local church. I love all the winged creatures!"

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Lulu the ©ʟɪᴄᴇɴsᴇᴅ ᴘᴏᴛᴛᴇʀʜᴇᴀᴅ®
4 months ago

Imagine driving, and seeing this??!!!?!!?!?!

Lulu the ©ʟɪᴄᴇɴsᴇᴅ ᴘᴏᴛᴛᴇʀʜᴇᴀᴅ®
4 months ago

it would either scare you, or amaze u

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Roselyn Schweizer
Community Member
4 months ago

A Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly, Beautiful! I actually raised one from an egg that I saw the mother lay on a pussywillow leaf. I picked the leaf and a few others, put them in a jar. When it hatched it would eat the leaves. When I picked new leaves, I would rinse them, put them in the jar and the catapiller would drink the drops of water. It finally went into a cocoon. It took all winter before it hatched out. I had taken it out of the jar and taped the stick it was on to the wall. We went to the beach in late spring, and when we came home we had a Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly flying around in our house! We opened the windows and doors and shoo'd it out. I would love to do that again, so fun.

Ginny Weasley
Community Member
4 months ago

Are you 💯 percent sure that’s not a real butterfly?

Micah Meehan
Community Member
4 months ago

emagine posting on this stupid webstie

Sheryl Thompson
Community Member
4 months ago

My absolute favourite 😍

Maureen Peters
Community Member
4 months ago

Magnificent!

Triple A
Community Member
4 months ago

WOW

Khloe Ness
Community Member
4 months ago

wow. these are the most amazing chalk paintings i have ever seen!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

If it is a crime the Lords is very forgiving.

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"Neighbors really love our work," Jen told Bored Panda. "We have requests all the time, sometimes I get messages asking what is out there now so that people can walk down and look, and even our FedEx delivery driver said that he looks forward to driving down our street to take photos of what is new. Many neighbors have asked to pay us, but we aren’t doing this for money, just to give back. Some have been insistent that they help, and we have received several gifts of pastels to replace our diminishing stock."

#6

"Decided we needed an early Easter present for our neighborhood"

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MARY ANN Hannah
Community Member
4 months ago

beautiful

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"We definitely want to continue this in the future...but probably not quite as often after all of this ends," the artist told us. "I think it will definitely be for holidays and special occasions. My family has often commented that we are more connected with our neighborhood and community now, with social distancing, more than we ever were before.This has also been an experience with my daughter that I will forever be grateful for."

#7

"We had another birthday in the neighborhood today, so I headed over after work to leave a little present! It was cold, so I didn’t do anything complicated. I love my neighborhood!!!"

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

I still carry one of my son's pictures in my billfold. If you do need money you could easily sell the the birthday card idea to a greeting card company.

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#8

"This time we went to my mother-in-law’s house to chalk out her favorite animal, an elephant!"

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

Mine too. Thank you.

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Maggie Simpson
Community Member
4 months ago

hahaha cute

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#10

"Waving goodbye to the sea life theme! We wanted to get in one more little creature...now we need to think of what to do for Earth Day!"

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katie beachler
Community Member
4 months ago

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww <3

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#11

"We did a little mini Baby Yoda tonight. It sure was hot when we started, but was a perfect evening when we finished."

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MARY ANN Hannah
Community Member
4 months ago

beautiful

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#12

"My driveway was particularly warm and toasty as I was working on this...but as always, it was so relaxing and the perfect way to spend the evening. I really have about run out of room at this point."

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MARY ANN Hannah
Community Member
4 months ago

beautiful

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#13

"Who knows if anyone else in my neighborhood will like this, but I do!"

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KittyComics
Community Member
4 months ago

i do!

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#14

"A little boy down the street was sad about not having a party for his birthday, so Olivia and I headed over early this morning to chalk out Mr Potato Head! It’s going to rain later, so we opted for the porch."

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MARY ANN Hannah
Community Member
4 months ago

beautiful

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TUBLOVER3
Community Member
4 months ago

Nicely done!

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Maggie Simpson
Community Member
4 months ago

cute

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#17

"I love anything shiny!"

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

The first one we saw, workers washed it away because it was against some rule. We were so disgusted and disappointed NOW: Take that you dummies!

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#18

"Come at me, bro! Sometimes you just need to chalk out a defiant crawfish. I felt better after I finished this...not sure what that says about my mood tonight."

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TUBLOVER3
Community Member
4 months ago

Terrific !!

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#19

"Remember the good ol’ days (last year) when we could do things like a spoon-and-egg race? I guess we can always pretend..."

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

The magic of art and imagination. LOVE IT!

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#20

"Thought I would show some of the pretty old pastels I’ve been using. I inherited them from my grandmother. They had been in a box for years. I love using them to share these pieces with my neighborhood!"

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
4 months ago

The shading is perfect.

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