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Artists spread Disney magic with chalk drawings on sidewalks

Posted at 10:36 PM, Apr 21, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A Hillsborough County father is sharing his talent with the community.

Brian Morris drew for hours outside the Brentwood Senior Living Community in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.

"It's what I can offer right now and during these times if I can spread some smiles then I'm all for it," said Morris.

Morris drew Bambi and Thumper near the parking lot of the senior living community.

"They can look out their windows and see it. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to come here," he added.

A few weeks ago, ABC Action News first introduced you to Morris as he drew Disney characters outside his home.

"I'm going to keep drawing them as long as everyone keeps liking them," he said.

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He is a construction project manager and draws in his spare time.

"On the side and in my spare time, I draw. I paint. I do whatever art things I can find. It helps me unwind at the end of the day. It keeps me busy and keeps my mind active," said Morris.

In Winter Park near Orlando, ABC Action News found Casey Drake.

The former science teacher added humor to her drawings.

She drew Sleeping Beauty hugging a can of Lysol. The caption reads, "Wake me up when this is over."

She also drew Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. The caption reads, "There's no place like home. No, seriously, stay home."

"My go to is humor so being able to look at something that's not ideal with little bit of humor can help you get through it," said Drake.

She started drawing a few weeks ago after playing outside with her daughter.

"I was actually sitting outside with my daughter. We were getting a little stir crazy so we just sat outside. She had chalk out so I drew Olaf for her. She really liked it," said Drake.

Drake and Morris said they will continue to draw if it makes people happy.

"If they can just smile and laugh and kind of brighten someone's mood for a second, I think it's important and worth while," said Drake.

To view their work, visit Studio M Art on Facebook and Caseydrakemakes on Instagram.