Monday, February 4, 2013

a quick blogger "hello" and update

Hello and a belated happy 2013! For anyone who still cares, I thought I'd do a brief Blogger update here to let folks know what's up with me, at least on the art front.  Anyhow, first off I've got some work in a couple of shows coming up this weekend. Above is the postcard image for "Splotch/Asterisk", which is a collaborative show I'm having with JJ Cromer, who is simply an amazing artist and a way cool, nice guy. The collab with JJ was a dream come true, and getting a show (at the Off-Rhode Studio in DC) is the icing on the cake! We're going to raise money for the wonderful Art Enables, as all sales from our collaboration show go to the space. Hope to see you there this Saturday afternoon for the opening. More details HERE.

Also, I've got some pieces at the excellent Art Square in Leesburg, VA as part of the upcoming "Petite Perspectives" exhibit. The opening reception is this Friday evening and it's going to be a great show. More details HERE.

I also want to put a big THANKS out there to all those who voted for my "Splotch Monster Tea Party" piece for the Viewer's Choice Award at the recent "Laughs" exhibit at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA.  I got the news today and couldn't be happier! A sample of the show from the Purcellville Gazette is above (thanks Melissa!), and it was a very cool show, which ended this week. 

In the meantime, there are a couple of other exhibits I might have some art in in a couple of months, which I might try and update about here soon. Plus, I've got some work in a few books to be released in the coming year, as well as another collab with another one of my favorite artist people, which is very exciting.

So, while I haven't been blogging or spending nearly as much time online, I'm still doing art. I've found I've got more time to dedicate to my job as well, and I feel like it's been my best year teaching art so far, in the twelve years I've been at it. Of course I'm finding more quality time with Kris, my wife, which has been a joy, and have been reading a lot more books too lately (in physical form), one of which I'm almost done with called "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle, which I cannot recommend enough. In fact I can thank Kris for turning me on to this guy - he's simply an incredible, intelligent human being. Another new fave is "Traveling Light" by artist/poet Brian Andreas. I have to give credit to my friend Allen, who runs Books and Other Found Things in Leesburg, VA, for turning me on to this guy's stuff and selling me the book, which is a true gem to hold and explore over and over again.

Alright then, that's all for now. If you don't find me in this part of the cyberverse anytime soon, I still consistently post at my Flickr site, if you're interested.  In the meantime, I leave you with some Cylob. Enjoy!