Monday, January 16, 2017

of trees and beasts

Yesterday, Kris and I went to see the movie A Monster Calls in the theaters. Words can't really describe this sad and beautiful film, but I felt a real connection to it, as did Kris. It might have had to do with the monster and trees - two things I love, especially when combined, as well as the story, not to mention the strong emphasis on the power of art and imagination. The acting and the visuals were incredible as well, and I'm hoping for a Blu-Ray release of this gem, if not on DVD at least. I dug into my Splotch Monster archives for two (of many) Splotch Monster/tree mash-ups from recent years, that reminded of the wonderful giant tree beast in the movie. Below is a trailer for the film. A Monster Calls is one of those truly special works of cinematic art that only come around every once in a while, and I recommend seeing it to anyone who appreciates good film. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"get down"!

Last Thursday night I participated in the third official "Growroom Getdown" at the Songbyrd Music Cafe in Washington, DC, and started a new Splotch Monster piece. Organized by local DJ and musician Mylie Durham of the Growroom Productions music label, it was a great way to bring the local music and arts community together and expose folks to some fresh new sights and sounds. I ended up putting the final touches on the piece yesterday, which is a larger 30" x 22" drawing/painting I call "Get Down!", riffing off the theme and vibe of the night. 

My friend Eric Gordon, who with his wife Sara, of Vinyl Vagabonds/DC Creepers fame came by as well. Eric was the first artist to participate in the first official Getdown event, and suggested my work to Mylie. He also contributed to the piece as well, adding some work on a Splotch Monster on the lower left-hand corner. Love the crate full of records he's carrying (above photo)!

I also made about fifty post-card sized paint splotches for people to customize and take home. It was wonderful seeing so many folks come by to sit down and draw with me, and get genuinely excited about it! I'm so grateful to everyone who visited and made something and gave me some positive feedback. I also have to thank my wife Kris for helping me prepare these cards the night before the event. I don't know what I'd do without her sometimes. Unfortunately, my i-phone battery died on me right away, and nobody, including me had a charger for it. Luckily Mylie grabbed a shot for me of some of the Splotch Monsters visitors worked on (below pic).

While I wasn't able to stay as late as I would have liked, I'm so glad I was around to see and hear the sounds of an amazing local duo called Jr. Burdinski. This kind of stuff was right up my alley - instrumental, post-rock, math-rock, whatever you want to call it. Hope to see a full length album from this band drop soon. Below is a video I found featuring one of the band's earlier live performances. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

splotch monsters ready to invade songbyrd record cafe

This coming Thursday night, January 12, I'll be at the Songbyrd Record Cafe in Washington, DC as part of the Growroom Getdown - a celebration of music and art hosted by DC music label, Growroom Productions. The weather is looking good, thankfully, and you'll be able to find me there from about 8-11pm, making Splotch Monster art to the sounds of DJ Outlaw and Jr. Burdinsky. I'll also have some surprise Splotch Monster-art goodies in store to give away as well. Beeee theeerrrre!

Friday, December 30, 2016

a hedgehog visits splotch monster island!

Here's another fun pet-themed Splotch Monster/animal mashup (not part of the Endangered Kingdom series), this time for our friend Jen Crawford, who runs the very excellent JellyVision Show podcast with Tim Trueheart. Kris and I met Jen way back when she ran the Soundry, a great creative studio space, art gallery and coffee house that used to be located in Vienna, Virginia. Jen has moved on in a new direction, this time focusing on helping artists and creative entrepeneurs be successful at what they do. She also has a hedgehog, by the way! In the meantime, check out the podcast - there's obviously a lot of love put into it, as it's very inspiring, informative and funny (and has adult content) and you'll be sure to learn something new and interesting!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

endangered kingdom meets splotch monster island, 32: aye-aye

See the Endangered Kingdom version HERE

i've been nominated for best artist in the best of loudoun 2017 polls!

Last week, while laying in bed reading, getting ready to fall asleep, I suddenly heard a gleeful squeal from my wife Kris, who happened to be looking at her i-phone with eyes wide open. Barely able to get the words out of her mouth, she managed to inform me that I was nominated in the "best artist" category for the current 2017 Best of Loudoun poll. At first I thought she was being funny, but to my pleasant surprise, there was my name, among about fourteen others. In the past, Kris and I would fill in these polls, and I'd always give Kris my "write-in" vote, as she would also do with me, but this time I found myself on the actual list. I'm not sure what it means to be "best artist", as there is a plethora of great artists in this very large county known as Loudoun, however I am very grateful to whoever it was who nominated me, and found my work worthy enough to be in this poll. If you also find my artwork worthy, and if you've followed my artistic endeavors and adventures for a while, or if you've just found out about it and like what you see, then why not vote for me? A win is definitely a long shot, but it's always so nice to see there are folks who appreciate what you do, somewhere out there. By the way, the pic below is just a screen shot. HERE's the link to vote. It's simple and you can vote from anywhere. Thanks a ton, in the meantime!