space mermaid

Elk Grove artist Clifton Gold on Sept. 4 crafted a portrait of a “space mermaid” at Sacramento’s 31st annual Chalk It Up Festival. His nieces Cameron and Jordan watched him sketch the mermaid before he invited them to add colors to his picture. Gold told photographer Jennifer Ayala that his idea of a “space mermaid” was inspired by Jordan’s enjoyment of space and Cameron’s admiration of mermaids.

This is Gold’s fourth time as a participant at the festival that invites chalk artists to beautify the sidewalks at Fremont Park in midtown Sacramento.