Thursday, February 26, 2015

splotch monster minis!

In addition to making some Splotch Monster ATCs/ACEOs, I've been working with something I call Splotch Monster Minis, which measure in at 2.5 x 1.5 inches. For these and the standard-sized ATCs, I've used a mix of Prang glitter and metallic watercolors. I've found they are surprisingly lightfast, however, you want to avoid too much, if any contact on the painted surface, as they may smear a bit, even after they have officially dried to the paper surface. My advice to any serious collectors of any kind of watercolor piece, is to get it framed professionally, using glass that is UVB-proof. I've had lots of luck with AC Moore's professional framing services, as they offer some insanely good discounts throughout the year and do an all around great job in helping to determine the frame and style that best suits your work. The best way to go, if you're willing to spend a few extra bucks, is their museum quality glass, which looks almost nonexistent. If the serious framing of small, low-brow works of art seems absurd, keeping them stored in acid-free credit card holders (available at most good office supply stores) can be a more practical option. Of course, keeping the work out of a space that is too warm is a good idea as well. In the meantime, I'll be making more of these to sell at the upcoming SMUDGE Comics-arts Expo at Artisphere in March. See HERE for more information.

Friday, February 20, 2015

splotch monster adventures from grade one!

Yesterday my first graders worked on a lesson I call Splotch Monster Adventures. Last week, we began by applying some random watercolor paint splotches to paper and letting them dry. I demonstrated the process first, and stressed the importance of allowing for some space throughout the paper. This week, my students drew onto the paint splotches, bringing them to life by adding faces, limbs, etc., as well as creating some type of adventure scene on their paper. I find this age level is perfect for such a lesson, as they're natural story-tellers. I also stressed the importance of using some pattern and texture in their Splotch Monsters - something we've covered earlier in the year in art class.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

been making atcs/aceo's again!

So, here at Splotch Monster Island, new Artist Trading Cards are starting to surface. It's been a while since I've worked with the 3.5" x 2.5" format, and it feels like I'm returning back to my Splotch Monster roots again. Still, that doesn't mean new ideas for more complex, larger-scale S.M.-themed compositions aren't in the works. For now, however, it's nice to keep it small and simple. Here's 1-8. Stay tuned for more to come. You can also follow S.M.I. at Tumblr and Pinterest as well!

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