Monday, January 12, 2015

a brief look at the black & white art exhibit at the franklin park arts center gallery

Last night I attended the opening artist reception for the Black & White exhibit at the Franklin Park Arts Center Gallery. This was the first time the gallery hosted a show with such a theme, and judging by both the big turnout as well as the number of pieces submitted, the Black & White show was quite a success. The exhibit featured media ranging from painting to print-making, drawing to ceramics, collage to photography, as well as some knitted and crochet-based works. Featuring art from both well-established local artists to folks who are just getting started showing their work, a wide range of styles and approaches to the theme were represented, showcasing the depth of high-quality arts and crafts produced in the Loudoun County, Virginia region. Above is a photo from the opening reception, and I managed to get some photos of folks' work as well, half of which did not turn out blurry, which are shown below. The exhibit runs through February 2nd, 2015, so if you're in the Purcellville, Virginia area, drop by and take a look around. All work is for sale!

*paintings by Leanne Fink and Penny Hauffe

*pen and ink drawing by Sally Summerall

*prints by Linda Bowman and Jill Evans-Kavaldjian

*mixed-media piece by Steve Loya

*ceramic piece by Bruce Bucklin

*cut paper collage by Kathleen Ganaille

*photograph by J. Riley Stuart

*photograph by Mary Louise Ravese

*mixed media sculpture by Hope Hanes

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"black & white" art exhibit at franklin park arts center gallery

Tomorrow, Sunday, January 11, is the artist reception for the Black & White exhibit at the Franklin Park Arts Center. It will be the first show I'll be participating in this year, and it's happening from 3-5pm in Purcellville, VA. Stop in, see lots of excellent art by local artists and have some drink and refreshments. You may even get to meet a couple of Splotch Monsters!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Have a very happy new year everybody! 2014 was an excellent year for Splotch Monster island, and 2015 promises even more. Stay tuned and peace to all! In the meantime, you can now follow the Splotch Monsters HERE on Tumblr as well!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

splotch monster artist trading cards

Had some fun working on Splotch Monster Artist Trading Cards (ATCs or ACEOs) and mini-ATCs recently. Unfortunately the scans didn't properly capture the shiny metallic/glitter watercolor paint effect, so I also took a photo. True ATCs measure at 2.5" x 3.5" and the minis are 1.5" x 2.5". It has been a long time since I've worked on individual Splotch Monsters, and at such a small scale. What I love about ATCs is that you can trade them with other folks who make them, or sell them at a price virtually anybody can afford. About ten years ago I was big into making and trading ATCs all over the world, and have a decent collection now, some of which I should eventually post at my other (Go Flying Turtle) blog someday.  You can read more about ATCs and ACEOs HERE.

Monday, December 15, 2014

post grump photo dump

Actually, I only have a couple of photos to share, but I'm glad I got some at least. So, Kris and I participated in our first GRUMP holiday arts and crafts fair in Arlington, VA yesterday, and we survived! Founded by the unstoppable Tina Henry (aka Tina Seamonster), the fair serves as a sort of alternative arts and crafts shopping venue for unique and original handmade items. This year the fair was "Supersized" and offered an even wider array of work throughout every floor of the wonderful venue that is the Artisphere. It was almost overwhelming, but in a good way, and I barely got a chance to scratch the surface with regards to seeing and purchasing what other folks had to offer. We were able to explore and buy a little bit however, and from what we did see, it was all pretty amazing. I'm happy to say that Kris and I were able to sell a lot of our work (she even sold a big original piece!) and I practically ran out of prints, to my surprise. The people who came by and said hi and/or bought my Splotch Monster work were the nicest around. These events can sometimes, if not always be a bit exhausting, for a multitude of reasons, and we both still feel like we could use a day to recover (i.e. sleep all day), but they're always worth it, as it forces you to get yourself and your creations out there in the world, as well as meet new folks and old friends alike. I'll be the first to admit, I'm not the most social individual on the planet, but I do generally like people and enjoy a conversation, however deep or mundane, long or short. That said, GRUMP had a ton of foot traffic and it turned out to be a gorgeous mid-December day. What more could one ask for? Until next year!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

getting ready for grump!

Just finished printing, folding and packaging a couple of new additions to the Splotch Monster Island family, in time for tomorrow's annual GRUMP arts and crafts fair at Artisphere, in Arlington, VA (see above photo)! Honestly, I've got to give much of the credit to my wife Kris, who meticulously set everything up on the computer, cleaning up all the rough edges and aligning things just right. She also gives me the best advice with regards to design and color choices, and presentation in general. I've also been cranking out a ton of individual Splotch Monster ATCs and mini-ATCs to sale tomorrow at GRUMP as well. It's been some time since I've done some small, individual Splotch Monsters (this time using metallic and glitter paint), and I've forgotten just how much fun it is. If you're in the NOVA/DC area tomorrow, stop by GRUMP at Artisphere, which will take place from 11am - 5pm. There will be a ton of awesome handmade items from a vast array of artists and crafters. Kris will also have her beautiful work for sale there as well, so hope you can make it!

Monday, November 24, 2014

the splotch monsters invade the river valley journal of art, volume 2, issue 1!

The fine folks who run The River Valley Journal of Art were kind enough to dedicate eight pages to my Splotch Monster art work, in their latest issue. It's a great read, featuring an array of fantastic artists and writers working today. Grab yourself a copy HERE!