Monday, September 19, 2016

workshops!


Had fun doing a Splotch Monster - making workshop at Books & Other Found Things, in Leesburg, VA Saturday. Thanks to all the kind folks who came by to check it out and participate! I'll be there again on Saturday, October 15, from 11am - 3pm. In the meantime, I'll also be doing a creativity workshop at the Roundhill Arts Center this coming Friday evening, from 5pm - 7pm. Hope you can join me! See HERE for more details. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

summer's end


Last week I was in Leesburg, Virginia for a little while, and decided to hit up some old stomping grounds. I always get a case of mixed feelings around this time of year, as I'll miss the free time, but not the heat - something I didn't seem to mind so much as a kid. In fact, we had a long, extended wet and rainy spell earlier in the spring this year, with temps in the mid-to-upper sixties. Everyone around me seemed to be complaining about it in one way or another, but I was loving it. Autumn is right up there with springtime for me, so I'm definitely looking forward to that crisp, cooler weather, where it's actually enjoyable to spend time out of doors. As a teacher, I always thought Autumn break would be a much better idea anyhow, with beautiful weather and festivals galore. It makes total sense. Still, I decided not to complain about the heat and embrace the season for what it is, and even take a walk and make the most of it. Last year was full of complaints, after getting a nearly month-long bout of nasty, unrelenting poison ivy. So far, Ive been spared, and have been extra-cautious. In the meantime, enjoy some of the pics I took, mostly along Harrison Street. 









Sunday, August 7, 2016

process post over at splotch monster island


I've always enjoyed seeing posts where artists show some behind-the-scenes process, to give viewers some insight into their work. As I've done in the past, in previous blog posts, I emphasize the word, work, because as enjoyable as it might be, it's still work. Sometimes people wonder how an artist "just whips something up like that", which despite being well meaning, can also be kind of insulting, as nothing was ever simply whipped up, but rather hours, days, weeks, months, years, even decades of work went on behind the scenes, beforehand, contributing to the present work at hand. It's all a gradual, developmental process. If neglected, you can get a little rusty. Anyhow, not to trail off too far, the point is to somewhat demystify the artistic process and give credit to the actual work that went into it. Not to say there wasn't a little bit of magic involved, or whatever you want to call it, but that's only a part of the equation. In the meantime, I made a little step-by-step process post, to show how I've been putting together my current Splotch Monster Island meets Endangered Kingdom series pieces, which you can see at the Splotch Monster Island blog.  I'm having fun with the merging of different concepts, taking one that I began posting about here at the Go Flying Turtle blog, and branching it out in a new and challenging direction. Stay tuned for more to come soon!