Tuesday, May 19, 2015

splotch monster intro and process videos for the 2015 western loudoun artists studio tour

To help promote the upcoming 2015 Western Loudoun Artists Studio tour, myself and a couple of other local artists agreed to be filmed working on our art. Agreeing to something like this is totally unlike me, or so I thought, and even though hearing myself say more than enough "ums" and "sort ofs" made me want to cringe at times, I'm mostly pleased with the results. This is in no small part thanks to local videographer Joanne McAlpine, who made the process easy to complete in one short take, a couple of weeks ago. I like that the weather cooperated that evening, after work, and that it took place at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, VA - where I proposed to, as well as married my wife Kris! I'm hoping to invest in a Go Pro to make more videos of this nature soon, as well. In the meantime, enjoy the vids and subscribe to Joanne's Broadcasting Sunny You Tube channel!

Monday, May 18, 2015

illustrative interview splotch monster

Here's a fairly new one made in a more illustrative style, with a background landscape of sorts. Most of this was made during the recording of a little two-part interview I did to help promote the upcoming 2015 Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour. I'll try to post one, if not both interviews via You Tube tomorrow, if time permits. So, stay tuned!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

two for june!

 June will be a jam-packed month for Splotch Monster Island. First off, at Art Enables, in Washington, DC, I'll be selling Splotch Monster art prints, books and more at the first annual Another Damn Craft Show event. It will take place on Saturday, June 13, from 11am to 4pm. Art Enables is a wonderful space in the DC region, and I've exhibited in a handful of shows at their Off-Rhode Studio in recent years, so this will be a lot of fun, and the vendor line up looks pretty awesome.

The following weekend, on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday June 21, from 10am until 5pm (both days) I'll have original Splotch Monster art and more available for sale at The Round Hill Arts Center, in Round Hill, Virginia. This will be part of the tenth annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, which is an incredible showcase of local talent throughout the LOCO, VA region. 

Both events were juried and I'm beyond delighted to be a part of them. Please mark your calendars and hopefully I'll see you in June!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

in case you missed the show

I almost forgot to post the pics I took after setting up at the Griffin. I didn't want to post them until the show ended. So, just in case you missed it, I posted a sort of virtual photo tour. You can click on the photos to see a larger, clearer image. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

a parting shot

Last Sunday I took down my work for the Splotch Monster Island exhibit at The Griffin Art Center in Frederick, Maryland. It was sad seeing the pieces no longer hanging on the walls of this beautiful center, but I feel fortunate and grateful to have had the opportunity to exhibit at such a beautiful space for folks to see my work in person. Some pieces have returned home with me, while others have found new homes, such as the one pictured above, that was part of my popular "Conversation Piece" series, and is now going home with Mr. Marty (The Face Zone) Graff's dad, who has become a big supporter of my work. In addition to getting this Splotch Monster stuff out there, it was good to meet some new people and make some new friends during this process. By nature, I'm a bit of an introvert, but I also like people, especially people who like and/or make art. While the show at the Griffin is done and over, there will be more adventures in the very near future for the art of Splotch Monster Island, of which I'll announce here at the blog soon, so stay tuned friends!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

one more week for the splotch monster island show at the griffin!

Thank you to the good folks who dropped by the Griffin Art Center today - I met some really nice people on this fine spring day. The Splotch Monster Island exhibit will be up for only one more week at the center's main gallery, then it all comes down on Sunday, April, 26.  Those who purchased my work (thank you!) may pick it up from me at the Griffin on Sunday, or I can hold it for you and you may get it from me on a later day. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

make some splotch monsters at the griffin

Hey all, tomorrow (4/18) I'll be doing a Splotch Monster-making workshop from 3-5pm at The Griffin Art Center​ in downtown, Frederick, MD. It's free and open to the public, and it'll be a pretty laid-back, casual event. I'll also be staying by the gallery a couple extra hours, for anyone who missed the big show, which will be up for one more week, as of tomorrow. Saturday's going to be a beautiful day, and there's lots to see and do in Frederick, in addition to the show. Hope to see folks there!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

i'll be on tour!

This year, being the tenth anniversary of the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, I was selected to participate on the tour this summer! It was the first time I tried out, and I'm glad some kind folks and respected colleagues urged me on to give it a shot. I'll be at stop #20, at The Round Hill Arts Center on June 20-21, 2015, selling Splotch Monster art. I'll post more about it soon. In the meantime, check out the webpage HERE!

Monday, April 13, 2015

some pics from the opening reception

It's hard to believe that my Splotch Monster Island opening reception has come and gone already - something of which both makes me a bit sad, yet relieved. There's a certain sense of pressure you feel, I find, especially on the day of an event like this. On one hand, you want people to see your work, especially in person. As an artist, you want the public to appreciate what you do, and heck, even sell something once in a while. Yet, I find it's not in our nature, as hard as we try, to toot one's own horn. Yet, as good friends, new friends and kind strangers rolled in and out of the Griffin Art Center last Saturday night, I finally began to realize that there was nothing to worry about - it was all going to be OK. And it most definitely was, as I couldn't have been happier with everything. Luckily, I managed to get some shots earlier in the evening, but neglected to get more as folks dropped in later in the night. 

One thing I love to do is talk art, with anyone willing to discuss it with me. It's something I don't get to do often enough, and events like this can satisfy that need, if not for a little while. It was great having conversations with all types of people Saturday night. There was a wonderful family who came all the way out from West Virginia to see the show. I finally met an amazing local photographer for the first time, after years of being Blogger and Flickr (and now Facebook) friends with him. I even met someone who graduated from the same college as me, only about ten years later, who ended up purchasing a piece. I also heard a lot of cool stories and experiences from folks that night. Perhaps the best compliment I got was from someone who said that my Splotch Monster art looks even more amazing in person, after he had only seen it for years online. 

Sometimes it's easy to get down about the world, and about people and some of the things they do, but nights like this always reaffirm my faith in human beings, as exhausting as these events can be. I could not be more grateful to my awesome friends who came by, many of whom traveled pretty far, and to the good folks at The Griffin Art Center who helped make my show become a reality. I'm also so grateful to the people who came in off the street to have a look, the resident artists who gave me positive feedback, the people who made the trek out to see what this Splotch Monster Island stuff is all about, and to the folks who support my work, in whatever way they possibly can. Lastly, I'm grateful for my wife Kris, who has such a good eye for setting up art, and for putting up with my crazy, current obsessions and projects. I honestly don't know what I'd do without her sometime. 

*From left-to-right, David R. Modler, Eric M. Scott, Brian Kirk, and me, the smiley schmuck with the bald head

In the meantime, I will be doing a little talk/Splotch Monster-making workshop on Saturday, at The Griffin, from 3-5pm, and I'll be staying around the gallery for a couple more additional hours for anyone who had missed the opening last weekend and would like to stop by to check it out.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

splotch monster island art exhibit, now in panavision!

After adding the final touches to the Splotch Monster Island art exhibit at The Griffin Art Center yesterday, I thought I'd take a couple panoramic shots of the set-up in both the right-hand room, where people will first enter the gallery (above), and the left-hand room gallery (below), both at the front of the building. For a much better look, click on the photographs.

I also took a shot of the building after setting up, but I should have left the display lights on before taking the photo. Still, it gives you an idea of what the gallery looks like and where the show will be taking place. I'm so proud of this exhibit - I can't wait until Saturday!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

splotch monster island art exhibit at the griffin art center, sneak peek

Going back to The Griffin Art Center in Frederick, MD for the fourth and (hopefully) final time this week for some final tweaking. Here's a sneak peek at some of the Splotch Monster Island exhibit, which is now 99.9% done with being hung. I couldn't be more happy with the results so far. Hope to see folks there a week from today, Saturday, 4/11, from 5-8pm. It's going to be awesome!

Above is my artist statement for the show as well. Click on the image for a better view.