Wednesday, November 19, 2014

splotch monster masters both far and near

Last Sunday I received two emails from Splotch Monster fans/makers both local and international. The first included photos of four amazing Splotch Monsters made by some good folks who participated in a couple of the workshops I've held at Books and Other Found Things in Leesburg, Virginia. Debbie, and her son Ben made all of these at home, and now have them beautifully framed and hung on their walls. It always makes me so happy to witness parents actively encouraging their children's artistic and creative side, something every human being has but often neglects. It's such an incredibly important gift not to be wasted.

The second e-mail I received on Sunday was from "Martinou and his trope of budding artists" from "somewhere in the South of France". Here's Martinou's message, translated from French to English:


Just a quick note to say thank you! The meeting with your spots that come to life, was born our TRIBE MONSTERS!
We are not very large (3 and 4) but we used to work and create
through works of artists such as Christian Voltz, Miro, Natasha Wescoat, Karla Gerard, Brancusi,
Vasarely, Kandinsky, Braque, Dubuffet, Calder, Keith Haring, Matisse, Klimt, Niki de Saint Phalle, Laeti Flo Daniel Picon, Christine Barres ...
You are now part of our artistic repertoire! Here A little insight into our productions, inspired by your MONSTER JOBS!

kind regards
Martinou and his band of artists

Wow, what an honor to have my work as part of these young artists' curriculum! Dubuffet, Calder, Haring, Kandisnky and the like aren't bad company at all, either (and are personal favorites). Below are the pics Martinou sent me. 

Thank you so much Debbie, Ben, Martinou and friends for sharing your beautiful work and making me smile. You guys are amazing!