Monday, June 29, 2015

camp dogwood visit, 2015!

I did a Splotch Monster-making workshop at Camp Dogwood today with an awesome bunch of kids. This is my second visit to this beautiful place since last summer, and we had so much fun painting, drawing, writing and telling stories. Hope they have me back again someday soon! You can find more pics at my Flickr page HERE.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

wlast2015 roundup

It's hard to believe the tenth annual Western Loudoun Studio Tour has come and gone, and instead of being a visiting patron, this year I was one of the featured artists. I'm honored to have been included along with so many great local artists, and it's good to see the variety of styles and types of art represented in this year's tour. I also lucked out big time, being able to sell and share my Splotch Monster art in a well-lit, air conditioned room at the Round Hill Arts Center. I was also in the company of several other amazing artists, including local painter and sculptor Penny Hauffe, who has been a longtime favorite of mine. 

It was fun, being able to demonstrate my Splotch Monster-making techniques and ideas, and I filled at least twenty sheets worth of new material to finish in the near future. So many people from so many age-levels and walks of life came by to see my work, talk about it and inquire about it, and even buy some of it - it's a good feeling to know you're appreciated and that what you do means something to people. It can be difficult for us artist types to put ourselves out there and talk about ourselves and our work, and such an experience, over the span of two days and fourteen hours is both energizing and exhausting. Still, it is so well worth the effort, especially when you see there are folks who have a genuine interest. It's funny, 'cause I don't think a lot of people expected to see the type of art I do, on display at the tour, and there were so many times when someone's initially bemused, and even slightly confused facial expressions quickly turned into smiles, followed by comments pertaining to being pleasantly surprised, or noting how nice it is to see something so unique on the tour. 

While Saturday went off without a hitch, we experienced a major storm in the area, that took out power in many parts. Thankfully, after only an hour of no light or AC on Sunday morning at Round Hill, it all came back just in time for the arriving visitors. Apparently, the same thing happened, around the same time last year at the RHAC! I was also very glad to have my wife Kris by my side both days, keeping my head on straight, helping me with sales transactions and getting folks to sign up for my mailing list, and generally keeping the mood light. I'm trying to imagine what it would have been like without her around, and it makes me cringe a little. The good thing is, I met a lot of wonderful people, made and sold a lot of art (including the piece above, which I call "Sea Trio") and felt like it was an overall positive experience and productive weekend. Would I sign up in hopes of being selected again? Definitely! In the meantime, I'll be posting a bunch of scanned Splotch Forms for folks to download and draw on themselves, here at the blog, in the very near future, so keep on the lookout!

Friday, June 19, 2015

ready for wlast2015!

Just finished setting up for the 2015 Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour at The Round Hill Arts Center (stop 20). Even made a few sales during set up today! The tour officially starts tomorrow, Saturday, June 20, and runs through Sunday June 21, from 10am - 5pm. I’ll be selling Splotch Monster art, along with many more excellent artists at the RHAC. Hope to see folks there this weekend! #WLAST2015 #WesternLoudounArtistsStudoTour #art #watercolor #drawing #SplotchMonsters #SplotchMonsterIsland #RoundHillArtsCenter

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

splotch monsters invade round hill arts center this weekend!

Last Saturday the Splotch Monsters set up camp at Art Enables, for Another Damn Craft Show. A good time was had by all, but now they're getting ready to spend a couple of days out west, at the Round Hill Arts Center, as part of the 10th annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour! There will be quite a few new original works for sale, as well as prints, etc. So, plan to drop by, say "hi" and also check out some of the many other amazing artists featured on the tour this year!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

splotch monster insta-prints & more at another damn craft show!

I made some new Splotch Monster "Insta-prints" for the upcoming, first ever Another Damn Craft Show event at Art Enables in DC. The event happens one week from today, on Saturday, July 13, from 11am - 4pm. There will be lots of other area vendors selling their handmade creative items as well, including my wife Kris, who will have prints and original works available. So, mark your calendars and don't hesitate to drop on by!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

splotch monster intro and process videos for the 2015 western loudoun artists studio tour

To help promote the upcoming 2015 Western Loudoun Artists Studio tour, myself and a couple of other local artists agreed to be filmed working on our art. Agreeing to something like this is totally unlike me, or so I thought, and even though hearing myself say more than enough "ums" and "sort ofs" made me want to cringe at times, I'm mostly pleased with the results. This is in no small part thanks to local videographer Joanne McAlpine, who made the process easy to complete in one short take, a couple of weeks ago. I like that the weather cooperated that evening, after work, and that it took place at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, VA - where I proposed to, as well as married my wife Kris! I'm hoping to invest in a Go Pro to make more videos of this nature soon, as well. In the meantime, enjoy the vids and subscribe to Joanne's Broadcasting Sunny You Tube channel!

Monday, May 18, 2015

illustrative interview splotch monster

Here's a fairly new one made in a more illustrative style, with a background landscape of sorts. Most of this was made during the recording of a little two-part interview I did to help promote the upcoming 2015 Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour. I'll try to post one, if not both interviews via You Tube tomorrow, if time permits. So, stay tuned!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

two for june!

 June will be a jam-packed month for Splotch Monster Island. First off, at Art Enables, in Washington, DC, I'll be selling Splotch Monster art prints, books and more at the first annual Another Damn Craft Show event. It will take place on Saturday, June 13, from 11am to 4pm. Art Enables is a wonderful space in the DC region, and I've exhibited in a handful of shows at their Off-Rhode Studio in recent years, so this will be a lot of fun, and the vendor line up looks pretty awesome.

The following weekend, on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday June 21, from 10am until 5pm (both days) I'll have original Splotch Monster art and more available for sale at The Round Hill Arts Center, in Round Hill, Virginia. This will be part of the tenth annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, which is an incredible showcase of local talent throughout the LOCO, VA region. 

Both events were juried and I'm beyond delighted to be a part of them. Please mark your calendars and hopefully I'll see you in June!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

in case you missed the show

I almost forgot to post the pics I took after setting up at the Griffin. I didn't want to post them until the show ended. So, just in case you missed it, I posted a sort of virtual photo tour. You can click on the photos to see a larger, clearer image. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

a parting shot

Last Sunday I took down my work for the Splotch Monster Island exhibit at The Griffin Art Center in Frederick, Maryland. It was sad seeing the pieces no longer hanging on the walls of this beautiful center, but I feel fortunate and grateful to have had the opportunity to exhibit at such a beautiful space for folks to see my work in person. Some pieces have returned home with me, while others have found new homes, such as the one pictured above, that was part of my popular "Conversation Piece" series, and is now going home with Mr. Marty (The Face Zone) Graff's dad, who has become a big supporter of my work. In addition to getting this Splotch Monster stuff out there, it was good to meet some new people and make some new friends during this process. By nature, I'm a bit of an introvert, but I also like people, especially people who like and/or make art. While the show at the Griffin is done and over, there will be more adventures in the very near future for the art of Splotch Monster Island, of which I'll announce here at the blog soon, so stay tuned friends!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

one more week for the splotch monster island show at the griffin!

Thank you to the good folks who dropped by the Griffin Art Center today - I met some really nice people on this fine spring day. The Splotch Monster Island exhibit will be up for only one more week at the center's main gallery, then it all comes down on Sunday, April, 26.  Those who purchased my work (thank you!) may pick it up from me at the Griffin on Sunday, or I can hold it for you and you may get it from me on a later day. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

make some splotch monsters at the griffin

Hey all, tomorrow (4/18) I'll be doing a Splotch Monster-making workshop from 3-5pm at The Griffin Art Center​ in downtown, Frederick, MD. It's free and open to the public, and it'll be a pretty laid-back, casual event. I'll also be staying by the gallery a couple extra hours, for anyone who missed the big show, which will be up for one more week, as of tomorrow. Saturday's going to be a beautiful day, and there's lots to see and do in Frederick, in addition to the show. Hope to see folks there!