Tuesday, May 19, 2015

kris loya art love

Above is a photo I took recently of a detail of one of my wife Kris' many gorgeous watercolor paintings. Her work never ceases to amaze me, both literal and abstract at the same time, drawn from reality and pure imagination - it makes me happy beyond words. You can view more of her work at her new blog as well. So go on and check it out!

Monday, May 18, 2015

delaware beach scene

Kris and I hit up a couple of beaches in Delaware for our sixth wedding anniversary, over the weekend, including Rehoboth and Bethany Beach. Without much explanation, I chose a handful of photos I took while there, originally uploaded via Instagram, to post here. We love this little part of the world, and it makes us happy to know it's only a short, three-hour drive away from our home in VA. Enjoy. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

two for june!

 June will be a jam-packed month for Splotch Monster Island. First off, at Art Enables, in Washington, DC, I'll be selling Splotch Monster art prints, books and more at the first annual Another Damn Craft Show event. It will take place on Saturday, June 13, from 11am to 4pm. Art Enables is a wonderful space in the DC region, and I've exhibited in a handful of shows at their Off-Rhode Studio in recent years, so this will be a lot of fun, and the vendor line up looks pretty awesome.

The following weekend, on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday June 21, from 10am until 5pm (both days) I'll have original Splotch Monster art and more available for sale at The Round Hill Arts Center, in Round Hill, Virginia. This will be part of the tenth annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, which is an incredible showcase of local talent throughout the LOCO, VA region. 

Both events were juried and I'm beyond delighted to be a part of them. Please mark your calendars and hopefully I'll see you in June!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

my "peaceful survivor" is a winner!

I found out today that the piece I entered into the World Animal Protection art contest won the 18 and over category, chosen by Harry Potter actress, Evanna Lynch! How cool is that? World Animal Protection is one of my all time favorite charity organizations, and I've been donating to them for a few years now. My wife Kris loves the Harry Potter films, so she's pretty thrilled about the news as well. This isn't the first time my "Peaceful Survivor" piece has been mistaken for a sea turtle however, but it makes total sense, judging by the background color and the angle of the turtle's foot, making it look somewhat like a fin. I made the drawing based off of a photo I took at a local animal park, of a giant tortoise. He seemed to be well taken care of, but I felt kind of bad for the big guy, who was visited by little kids who would go and pet, and basically bother the big fella, at certain times of the day. I got the feeling that he would have much rather have been left alone, to graze peacefully with his own kind, far far away. Anyhow, as a result of the win, I'll be getting a new book about animals by J.K. Rowling, signed by Evanna. You can learn more about the contest below!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

alchemical vessel benefit at the joan hisaoka healing arts gallery friday, may 1st

Last Saturday I dropped by the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery to get a closer look at the current Alchemical Vessel exhibit. I have to admit, on opening night I honestly did not comprehend a whole lot, with the sheer amount of people present in the space. On Saturday however, I was able to take in every single piece thoroughly, getting a closer look, and even getting some nice photos, some of which I posted here. I always had so much respect and admiration for both this place and the exhibit, and to have been nominated to be a part of it this year, makes me happy beyond belief. This coming Friday, May 1, from 7-9pm, the gallery will be holding their benefit event, where folks can pay to take home one of the many amazing, customized ceramic vessels from the show. Click HERE to learn more about this annual fundraiser to help people with cancer, and hopefully you too can be a part of it.

above piece by Jeff Herrity

above piece by Akemi Maegawa

above piece by Dan Treado

above piece by Yaroslav Koporulin

above piece by Susan Finsen and Michael Holt

above piece by Steve Loya

above piece by Kyujin Lee

above piece by Nate Lewis

above piece by F. Lennox Campello

above piece by Jeff Huntington

Monday, April 20, 2015

more shots from the 2015 alchemical vessel show

I already posted my vessel, made for the 2015 Alchemical Vessel exhibit and benefit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, but never got a chance to post some of the other photos I took on opening night. The pics here only cover a fraction of what is on display at the gallery, and I strongly urge dropping by before it's all over by the end of May, 2015. In fact, you might just want to attend and contribute to the upcoming benefit, which will be happening on Friday, May 1st at 7:00pm, at the Smith Center/Joan Hisaoka Gallery. It's for a very good cause, and you'll get to take home a wonderful work of art!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ellyn weiss exhibit at the montpelier arts center

A couple of weekends ago I attended the opening reception for DC artist Ellyn Weiss at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. The show, called "I Can't Make Up My Mind" covers a wide range of Ellyn's recent works, from mono prints, to sculpture to gigantic mixed-media drawings/paintings, and is truly a feast for the eyes. You can see just how busy Ellyn has been over the past few years, and her sense of play, experimentation, color and composition is pretty impressive, especially when seeing it all together in one big, beautiful space. I was fortunate enough to meet Ellyn, and later learn of her work when she attended an art workshop I held at Art Enables a few years back, and I had been meaning to attend one of a number of her open studio and art exhibits since. I'm so glad I finally made it out to one, and this one in particular, at such an amazing center, where a couple more extraordinary art openings were also going on that day. The show runs through May 31, 2015. 

On a small side note, being this was my first time visiting the center, I was intrigued by the charming little art library set up in the center's silo. I posted some pics below for your enjoyment.

Friday, April 17, 2015

make some splotch monsters at the griffin

Hey all, tomorrow (4/18) I'll be doing a Splotch Monster-making workshop from 3-5pm at The Griffin Art Center​ in downtown, Frederick, MD. It's free and open to the public, and it'll be a pretty laid-back, casual event. I'll also be staying by the gallery a couple extra hours, for anyone who missed the big show, which will be up for one more week, as of tomorrow. Saturday's going to be a beautiful day, and there's lots to see and do in Frederick, in addition to the show. Hope to see folks there!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

i'll be on tour!

This year, being the tenth anniversary of the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, I was selected to participate on the tour this summer! It was the first time I tried out, and I'm glad some kind folks and respected colleagues urged me on to give it a shot. I'll be at stop #20, at The Round Hill Arts Center on June 20-21, 2015. I'll post more about it soon. In the meantime, check out the webpage HERE!