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 kinds 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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

for greg

Spent the last couple of days getting works hung for the big Splotch Monster Island exhibit at The Griffin Arts Center in downtown Frederick, Maryland (artist reception Saturday, April 11, 2015, 5-8pm). Tomorrow I'll add a few final touches, mainly posting up an artist statement and price/title tags. After several hours of work, and with lots of help from my wife Kris yesterday, things are finally coming together, and it's both exciting and bittersweet. Bittersweet because I found out, while driving back from Pennsylvania earlier in the week, that my cousin Greg had passed away while in his sleep. Being Greg was only a few years older than me, the news came as a shock to all of us, and I'm still trying to comprehend it all. He was such a wonderful person for so many reasons, but I remember Greg most for turning me on to a lot of cool music when I'd visit him and his younger brother Doug at their home in Johnstown, PA. I made a piece yesterday, specifically with Greg in mind, which will be in the show. I call it simply "For Greg". Will be back soon with more updates.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

splotch monster island art exhibit in frederick, md, april, 2015!

I'm very pleased to announce I will have another Splotch Monster solo art exhibit, this time at The Griffin Art Center in beautiful downtown Frederick, Maryland. The exhibit will start April 1st, however, my opening reception will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 5-8pm. The following Saturday I will be holding an artists' talk and workshop from 3-5pm, same location. Contrary to what the flyer says, the exhibit will actually take place in the large, front gallery. Hope to see folks there!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

more splotch monster minis and standard-sized artist trading cards ready for smudge expo!

Just another visual sampling of some of the mini and regular-size ATCs/ACEOs to be available for sale at this week's second annual SMUDGE Comics Arts Expo at the Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia, taking place on Saturday, March 14, from noon to 6pm. The event programming looks fantastic, and in addition to lots of excellent vendors, there will be workshops and film screenings and lots more! Be there!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

splotch monster minis!

In addition to making some Splotch Monster ATCs/ACEOs, I've been working with something I call Splotch Monster Minis, which measure in at 2.5 x 1.5 inches. For these and the standard-sized ATCs, I've used a mix of Prang glitter and metallic watercolors. I've found they are surprisingly lightfast, however, you want to avoid too much, if any contact on the painted surface, as they may smear a bit, even after they have officially dried to the paper surface. My advice to any serious collectors of any kind of watercolor piece, is to get it framed professionally, using glass that is UVB-proof. I've had lots of luck with AC Moore's professional framing services, as they offer some insanely good discounts throughout the year and do an all around great job in helping to determine the frame and style that best suits your work. The best way to go, if you're willing to spend a few extra bucks, is their museum quality glass, which looks almost nonexistent. If the serious framing of small, low-brow works of art seems absurd, keeping them stored in acid-free credit card holders (available at most good office supply stores) can be a more practical option. Of course, keeping the work out of a space that is too warm is a good idea as well. In the meantime, I'll be making more of these to sell at the upcoming SMUDGE Comics-arts Expo at Artisphere in March. See HERE for more information.