Today, this piece, aptly called "Family Reunion" went home with a lucky art collector and enthusiast named Dani. I don't always post when works sell, but I think it's good to celebrate these things, especially when you know they go home with such wonderful, kind and encouraging individuals like Dani. I asked her what she liked about the piece, and she said it simply made her smile. It's a response I hear often, pertaining to the Splotch Monster art, and in turn, it makes me happy as well. In the brief time I got to speak with Dani, it was obvious she had a knowledge of art and recently had become interested in supporting work by lesser known artists, or those who she believed could get bigger. What a nice compliment! Anyhow, now that the "Family Reunion" has found a new loving home, tomorrow I'll drop by GWU to replace the piece with another. In the meantime, thank you Dani! :)
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
As of this week, my Splotch Monster art is now hanging at the George Washington University Science and Technology campus, at Innovation Hall, in Ashburn, Virginia. It's an excellent space to see the art work, with lots of natural light.
While hanging my work, I got to meet one of my former students named Andrew, from way back when I first started teaching out this way about fifteen years ago. It was so good to see him again, and to see he was still making amazing art work! Andrew, who said I was a major influence on his work, as well as Banksy (wow, sweet!) even gave me a beautiful drawing he made for me (see below), since he works at GWU and knew I was coming by to hang work. That definitely made my day, despite feeling pretty under the weather. I joked and told him that incredibly drawn, broken-down robot really captured how teachers feel right about this time of year, before summer break begins. Almost there!
In the meantime, the show will be hanging throughout the month of June, and possibly longer. A big thanks goes out to Dova Wilson for setting up this exhibit. Hope you can stop by to check it out!
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Here are some details and pics of a new piece I completed today called "Join The Cloud", which will go up tomorrow evening at George Washington University's Innovation Hall, at the Science and Technology campus in Ashburn, VA. Unfortunately, the Old Ox Brewery exhibit ends tomorrow as well, but the good news is my friend and fellow artist/educator Brian Kirk will have his amazing rust prints hanging there soon. In the meantime, I'll post more details and pics of the exhibit soon!
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
I actually made the painted splotches about two summers ago, while at the annual Feed Your Soul artist/art educator retreat in Portland, Maine, but I never really knew what to do with this cloud-inspired piece until recently. In fact, I didn't even know what to do with it, or how to approach it until I left it on my studio table for a couple of days, looked at it, slept on it, and started working. The first thing I saw were two big, orange eyes, and a place for a mouth and nostrils (at least when things finally began to "click" for me), then I took it from there, adding multiple faces within a cloud-shaped face. I've added a little bit every night over the past few days, and by this weekend it should be done. We'll see where it takes me in the end. Sometimes, however, in order to get started with something, you simply have to get started.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
The image above was made by Tim Koch, who is an exceptional electronic musician from Australia, whose music I've been listening to over the past decade or so. Who knew you could make a portrait of someone using Splotch Monsters? Speaking of, the Creatures of Imagination exhibit at Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia is still going on through Sunday, June 5th, then it all comes down, however, that's not where it ends my friends. Down the road, a few miles, all that crazy colorful Splotch Monster art will once again be hanging, this time at the George Washington Science and Technology campus, at Innovation Hall. What an honor it is to be invited to hang my work at this beautiful space. Stay tuned for more details!
Sunday, May 22, 2016
So nice to see my work grace the walls of collector’s homes! Draco now lives with Aislin and Joe on a very special place on their wall. #Draco #dragon #art #drawing #triptych #IndiaInk #SplotchMonster #splotchmonsterisland #creaturesofimagination
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The Creatures of Imagination exhibit continues at Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia until June 6, 2016. After the first month of the show, some changes have occurred. In place of the big Draco triptych and the Altogether Now piece , both of which have sold and went home to their rightful owners, hang seven new works, a series called Balancing Act (1-7), newly matted and framed and on display to the public for the first time, ever. If you’re in the area, hope you can drop by Old Ox, check out some crazy colorful Splotch Monster art, and grab a nice cold beverage as the temperatures begin to rise!
#SplotchMonsters #splotchmonsterisland #art #artexhibit #LoudounArtsCouncil #NorthernVirginia
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Doing the occasional workshop leaves me with forgotten artistic goodies that turn up from time to time in my backpack, messenger bag, etc. Here are a couple fast ones I made when doing a little demo at Leesburg, VA's Books & Other Found Things a couple of months back. While my Splotch Monsters have gotten more complex over time, these remind me of when I first started making these about seven years ago, as a means of creative experimentiation.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
The Creatures of Imagination exhibit continues at Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia, for a few more weeks. If you haven't been there yet, I highly recommend dropping by. If you've already been to Old Ox, then drop by again, and don't forget to say hello to Mr. Mount Splotchmore!
Sunday, April 3, 2016
I just want to thank everyone for coming by Old Ox Brewing for my art reception Friday night! It was so good to see good friends again and make some new ones as well, on such a beautiful warm evening. It was a lot of fun and there was so much positive energy. Also a big thanks goes out to the Loudoun Arts Council and Jill Evans-Kavaldjian for making this happen and for supporting local art! In the meantime, my good friend Eric Scott, came by the show as well and wrote a wonderful blog post about it HERE. Check it out!
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Finished a recent commission for a grandmother-to-be who saw me doing a Splotch Monster-making demo at Books and Other Found Things in Leesburg, VA last Thursday. For this one, she requested cute, not scary monsters, navy blue, gray and white as prominent colors, and mustaches. This was definitely a fun one to make, and thankfully she’s very happy with the final results! #splotchmonsterisland #SplotchMonsters #watercolor #drawing #drawings #artwork #illustration