Thursday, February 23, 2017

art for wildlife s.o.s.

Here's a piece I did for the upcoming Wildlife S.O.S. art auction called "Moon Bear, Sun Bear, Sloth Bear". While none of these bears are on the Endangered Species list, they are indeed threatened due to habitat destruction, as well as archaic medicinal and entertainment practices. These animals are particularly close to my heart and my hopes are that this piece, along with many others will raise money and awareness for this wonderful organization. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

alchemical vessel work in progress, 2017

For the time being, the Endangered Kingdom series has been on a brief hiatus as I focus on working on and completing a piece for the upcoming Alchemical Vessel exhibit and benefit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, this March. This is the third year in a row that I was invited to participate in this wonderful event, and it's always and honor and a pleasure. Here's a sneak peek at my work in progress, and I think I'm a little over half of the way there. More to come soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

splotch monster island featured on the jellyvision show podcast!

My wife Kris and I were so happy to get interviewed by the amazing Jen Crawford and Tim Trueheart, on their long-running Jellyvision Show Podcast, recently! We talk art, comedy, Splotch Monsters, Twisted Sister, flotation tanks and more, so check it out HERE! Just a small disclaimer: there is some adult language used in the show, as this podcast is geared towards an adult audience. In the meantime, enjoy! 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

new splotch monster love

Recently, a good friend of mine purchased one of my Splotch Monster LOVE greeting cards. Unfortunately, I had sold the last one before I could mark them as SOLD OUT, and I didn't have the time or means to quickly produce another. So, I gladly did a custom-made card, much in a similar vein as the original card design. I was surprised at how close to the original I got, but also surprised at how much more I like the new design. Below are some reverse chronological order shots of the process. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

splotch monsters invade facebook, and contest!

For a little while I've only posted some of my Splotch Monster art on my personal Facebook page, but It's due time these lil' beasties found a home of their own on FB. So at the urging of some friends and my wife, the Splotch Monsters finally have their own island in Facebook-land. Please make sure to "like and follow" the Splotch Monster Island page on Facebook HERE, and I'll be selecting two winners from all the names of folks who liked and followed by 12:00 noon, Saturday, February 4. Winning names will be randomly pulled out of a box on Sunday, February 5, and announced at 8pm that evening. Both winners will receive a customized Splotch Monster-meets-animal piece (valued at $150 a piece), featuring the animal of their choice (can send photographs of a personal pet as well!). 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

endangered kingdom meets splotch monster island series, 38: saola

The image above is the finished version of the most recent piece in the Endangered Kingdom Meets Splotch Monster Island series, this one including the rare and elusive Saola. I decided to document the process a little, and post the drawing's progress in reverse chronological order. One of these days I'll start posting some filmed process footage. In the meantime, you can see the Endangered Kingdom version HERE

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!