Sunday, August 24, 2014

new splotch monster work scanned

I finally got some larger, 22" x 30" pieces scanned professionally at Alpha Graphics in Leesburg, VA. Their rates were the most reasonable and they came out fantastic, allowing me to eventually make prints, as well as simply have accurate visual documentation of my work. With less than three weeks until the show and only two weeks to deliver my work, I need to wrap up the rest of my big pieces and get those scanned as well, before they're framed and off to Off-Rhode Studio in DC. Posted here are just some low-res screen shots taken from the scans, since the photos I've been taking didn't really give an accurate example of the work. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Here's a recently completed 22" x 30" piece I call "Narcissus", an ancient mythical figure appropriate in the modern age of "selfies".  While the initial planned name for my upcoming show was going to be "New Mythologies", we decided to go with either "Return of the Splotch Monsters" or "Revenge of the Splotch Monsters" - not sure which one the good folks at the gallery decided on yet, but I like 'em, either way! Still, I'm rolling with a semi-mythological theme with most of the work (or all of it, depending on how you look at it). Expect more to come soon!

Monday, August 18, 2014

splotch monsters for baby

Former Art Enables/Off-Rhode Studio employee Stu Naranch purchased a piece I had for sale at the Amazing Marvels group show at Off-Rhode earlier in the year, and ended up hanging it in the nursery room of his and his wife's soon-to-be-born baby. I was more than thrilled to see this pic he had posted on Facebook (above), as it was such a pleasant surprise! I had not intended the piece (at the far right) called "Balancing Act" as decor for a young child, yet seeing it in the context of the room, it makes perfect sense. I had the pleasure of meeting Stu and his wife and her parents at a collaborative show I had with JJ Cromer at Off-Rhode in DC in February of 2013.  Stu was actually the first person to purchase one of my smaller works for sale at the show and brilliantly frame it with an existing frame right there at the gallery, on the spot. For me, Stu's purchase was a great way to kickoff an already beautifully displayed exhibit at Off-Rhode Studio, which I will always fondly remember. Best wishes to the Naranch family and their new little one!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

in balance (process, detail, and final shots)

Above is a pic I took of a new 22" x 30" piece I call "In Balance". It was a nice change of pace working in only black and white with this one. Below are some detail pics to give you a better idea of some of the characters involved in the image.

I like attempting to document some of my work when possible, to also give folks an idea of what went into it as well (below). Sometimes people assume that because you make art, you can simply whip something out of thin air, but there's a lot more to it than that. This one will also be in my upcoming exhibit at Off-Rhode Studio in DC next month.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

talking totems

Last night I finished a new Splotch Monster piece I call Talking Totems. Above is a shot of the finished piece and below is one of me getting started. I also included some detail shots below, looking a little too saturated thanks to a filter I used on Instagram. Again, as I mentioned in a previous post, I can't wait to actually get these properly scanned at a professional printer. From my experience, a larger piece like this one costs roughly three bucks to scan - not too bad. The I-phone shots just don't do the piece justice, but I'm definitely happy with the final results and look forward to getting to work on the next one, hopefully today.

Friday, August 8, 2014

coming soon to splotch monster island

I got some very limited edition pins and magnets made to sell soon, mainly for an arts and crafts event near DC called GRUMP. More details to come, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

a closer look at the "dance party"

I thought I'd give folks a closer look at some of the characters in one of my latest Splotch Monster pieces, called Dance Party (30" x 22", mixed media on wc paper). See anyone you might know?

In the meantime, a vid from waaaay back in 1991, featuring the legendary (then unknown) Autechre playing out to a club of British ravers a couple of years before they even released their first album, and many many years before their music morphed into the complex, abstract (and highly non-danceable) sound that is is today.  Fascinating, if not amusing stuff. Thanks to Gabe from Merck Fragments for the tip.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

altogether now (in no man's land)

 Above is a pretty rough shot of a piece I call Altogether Now (In No Man's Land). I look forward to taking these larger 22" x 30" watercolors/drawings to get professionally scanned, so I'll have a good copy of each image and will be able to make prints from them eventually. In the meantime, I also took some details of the piece, which seemed to have taken forever to complete - much longer than expected. The main challenge was trying to figure out how each and every single Splotch Monster (100 altogether) would be connected as one. So, lots of extended tails, tongues, hairs and limbs play a big role in this one. I leave the meaning up to the viewer, and it can be interpreted as mere creative play, or have a deeper meaning, a few of which come to mind. I get a lot of my titles from the music I like, this one being inspired by a song by a British band from the early nineties called the Farm, better known for their song Groovy Train. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

dance party, spiral tribe and more

Splotch Monster Island has been a very lively place as of late. Above are a couple of quick shots of two newly completed pieces I call Dance Party (30" x 22") and Spiral Tribe (22" x 30"). Below are some pics from last night's Splotch Monster-making workshop at Books and Other Found Things in Leesburg, VA, as well as from my Character Creation Station Class that I taught at ArtSquare in Leesburg. Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

splotch/asterisk art to grace the cover of the new the funk ark album!

Nearly two years ago I began participating in a mail art collaboration with my favorite living artist and all around cool guy, JJ Cromer. It was a dream come true, and we eventually had an excellent exhibit in February of 2013 at the Off-Rhode Gallery/ Art Enables in DC, called Splotch/Asterisk. Recently, a member from the DC band The Funk Ark picked up a copy of Magic Bullet - Washington, D.C.'s Comics Newspaper, issue #8, which featured my monster-themed art on the front cover. Long story short, this led the band to some of the collaborative works I did with JJ, which I posted online. Now, after talking on the phone with the band's manager, Nick Velleman, as well as with JJ to get his good graces, one of those pieces will adorn the front cover of their new album, titled Man is a Monster. To say I'm psyched about this is an understatement! Above is a teaser vid posted by the band for the new album. These guys are on fire, and if you watch until the very end, you get a peek at the cover art, with some nice close-ups. Below will be the featured album art, before the text gets added, formatted to square. I'll be posting more about this soon. Enjoy!