Tuesday, August 15, 2017

splotch monster commission fun!


Here are some commissioned Splotch Monster pieces I recently completed. Each one is 7" x 5" and together they can work as a triptych. I normally don't do commissions, unless they're name Splotch Monsters, or Splotch Monsters with a pet/requested animal, however, I really enjoyed this so far and should keep myself open to more work of this type, as it was a nice challenge. I'll post each one individually this week, along with it's original Splotch Form, scanned before I began drawing on them!

Monday, August 14, 2017

fish and the sea, now showing at the franklin park arts center


A big thanks goes out to the Franklin Park Arts Center for doing a fantastic job with the Fish and the Sea exhibit and opening reception last night. If you're in the Western Loudoun County area, make sure to stop by to see the art (and find the Splotch Monsters)!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

endangered kingdom meets splotch monster island recap


Last year, a few months into an artistic challenge I gave myself, to create a portrait of one endangered animal species a week( see HERE), I decided to tack on an extra element to the challenge by doing an endangered animal in a Splotch Monster piece each week, as well. I started the Splotch Monster part of the project one year ago, and completed them last month. In hindsight, I ended up preferring working on the Splotch Monster pieces more, as well as liking the end results more than the portraits. The challenge also had me taking my Splotch Monster work in a whole new direction, forcing me to make my imaginary beasts somehow interact with real beasts, in a way that was compositionally dynamic, and made sense. As with the portrait series, I felt I learned so much in just a year, and created a whole new body of work that will find its way into some upcoming exhibits, books and prints. I find that to be an artist, you have to be a willing, life-long learner, and such learning doesn't necessarily require a degree, but rather an eagerness to know more about the world we inhabit. In the meantime, I'll be taking a little bit of downtime, as I allow my mind to rest and wander, until the creative engines fire up once again. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

the (splotch) freaks come out at night


Been up to making some new Splotch Monster pieces tonight, and I love using my little ceramic pot from Lollipop Pottery for holding my salt, used to create texture on my work!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

hello (neon) august!


Splotch Monster Island's chief monster-maker has been on a brief little hiatus, working on other things, but will be back in the saddle very soon. In the meantime, Neon Splotch sends you hugs. See you soon!

Friday, July 28, 2017