Friday, April 28, 2017

get out! get art!


With the weather warming up and the sun shining this weekend, it might be a good idea to get out of the house and out of your head, and into some art. A couple excellent art exhibits currently on view include the 2017 Alchemical Vessel exhibit at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, in Washington, DC (above pic), as well as the "As You Like It " 8" x 8" show at the Tryst Gallery (below pic), in Leesburg, Virginia. I've got work in both shows, and my wife Kris has a nice space displaying her elegant, floral "paintbrush meditations" at Tryst. I can't even begin to explain just how good, and varied (and extremely affordable) the work at both exhibits is, by the way. So, what are you waiting for?


Thursday, April 13, 2017

spring break at dewey and rehoboth, delaware

When I think of "Spring Break", I think of taking a break - a rest and a departure from the usual hustle and bustle of daily life. Kris and I enjoy visiting the Dewey, and Rehoboth Beaches in the off season, either earlier during the spring or the fall, when the weather is cooler and there aren't so many people around. For this blog post, I'll keep the emphasis on the photos and not so much the words, and show things in reverse chronological order. Enjoy!

There's a reason why they call this place Sunset Park, which presented a scenic view of Rehoboth Bay, and was located a short walk across the road from our hotel. The photo above was taken around 7:30 pm, and seeing this was a nice way to cap off our stay in Dewey, Delaware. 



The weather was ideal during our visit, and despite being mid-April, it almost felt like summer at times. Lots of sun created lots of nice shadow play and textures along Dewey and Rehoboth Beaches.



After a good breakfast in Rehoboth, we drove around the area and stumbled upon a wonderful place called the Rehoboth Art League. All along the grounds grew a variety of trees, as interesting and as sculptural as the art on display. 

No visit to the area is complete without dropping by the Fractured Prune for some doughnuts. They happened to be closed when we rolled into town on Monday, but thankfully we only had to wait until Tuesday to get our sweet fix.

The only local vineyard, and one of our favorites from anywhere, Nassau Valley Vineyards, made for some good watercolor painting while sipping wine for Kris.

Nassau Valley Vineyards has been around for nearly a quarter of a century and has a fascinating history, not to mention a great indoor museum about the history of wine-making itself!


Kris and I enjoyed a glass of peach wine while relaxing and making art.


We had the good fortune of meeting young Tilley, the new resident pup at Nassau Valley Vineyards. 

On our first day in Dewey, we tried a couple flights from the fairly new Dewey Beer Company, just a few blocks down from our hotel. Talk about tasty!

For the first time, we stayed at the newly renovated Beach House Dewey. For the price, it was a great three-night stay, located right off Dewey Beach and within walking distance to all kinds of great local places and businesses. 

On the way to Delaware, we sometimes see a buffalo farm from the road. Luckily there wasn't a whole lot of traffic, so I was able to pull over and get a photo. These beasts always amaze me, in person. 

Beach bound!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

franklin park decorated egg 2017 fundraiser


Kris and I had a fun time attending the Decorated Egg art exhibit and auction at the Franklin Park Arts Center today - there were so many excellent contributions to the event, from so many wonderful people. A big thanks goes out to Penny Hauffe, who is now the keeper of my tiny Rhino (and who played the role of chicken all too well, haha!), and Jan Blacka for bidding on Kris' egg, whose own work in the show was extraordinary. Congrats to Brian Kirk, for getting the highest bid for his amazing piece, as well. We're already thinking of ideas for next year.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

april, 2017 update



Last night Kris and I attended the opening reception for the "As You Like It" show at Tryst Gallery, Leesburg, Virginia. It was an exciting evening because we both have work in the show, and many friends came out (some who also have art in the show) for the event! The exhibit featured 8" x 8" work from local artists, in a wide variety of formats, from relief sculpture to photography, and everything in between. With the great weather just around the corner, I recommend stopping by the gallery for a look at this extraordinary showcase of local art, which will be on display for a couple of months!





In the meantime, I've been on a brief hiatus with the Endangered Kingdom series, as it nearly comes to a close. Springtime can be a very busy time for an art teacher, and sometimes little time and energy is left for making one's own art. That's ok though, because I'm finally on spring break and can fire up the art-making engines once again, starting next week. I decided to have the series close at fifty pieces from both the Splotch Monster, as well as the portrait versions, giving me 100 works in the end - a good number to finish with. See you soon!







Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017 western loudoun artists studio tour


I'm happy to announce that Kris​​ and I will be on this year's Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour! For Kris, this will be her first time on the tour, and after taking a break last summer, this will be my second time. The tour happens on June 3rd and 4th, and features amazing artists from all over Loudoun County, VA. You'll find Kris and I at the Round Hill Arts Center. Hope to see you there! 


Saturday, March 25, 2017

the decorated egg at the franklin park arts center


Kris and I were invited to participate in this year's Decorated Egg art exhibit and auction at the Franklin Park Arts Center, again. I decided to merge my craft egg with an old Munny, to create a Jeff Koons-inspired rhino sculpture. Kris painted hers in her signature bold, loose style. The event takes place at the FPAC in Purcellville, VA on Sunday, April 9, from 1-3pm. Hope to see folks there!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

endangered kingdom series, 44: trinidad piping guan


Here's another one of those drawings that would fall into the serendipitous category, since the shape of the bird's profile seemed made for the piece of watercolored paper. As with all of these, I had made several painted papers, and chose this one before choosing the animal to draw. After choosing the bird, in this case the critically endangered Trinidad Piping Guan, I noticed the face, and particularly the beak, was waiting to be drawn onto the colorful paper in front of me, after looking at it from all four angles. I decided to carefully document the making of this one, and present it in backwards chronlogical order, starting with the completed piece (above) and ending with the painted on paper, made before any drawing was done. 





You can also see the Splotch Monster Island version HERE!



what's happening over at splotch monster island?


Yes, what exactly IS happening over at my other blog - the Isle of Splotch? Well, a whole lot of things, including the ongoing Endangered Kingdom Meets Splotch Monster Island project, which will soon come to an end. Recently, I worked a brief process post, which always helps folks gain a little more insight as to how I make these things I call Splotch Monsters. In fact, the picture above is a detail from the piece I posted about, which you can read more about right HERE!

Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 alchemical vessel exhibit, opening night at the joan hisaoka healing arts gallery, 3/2017, 7-9pm!


Tonight, the 2017 Alchemical Vessel art exhibit opening reception will take place at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, in Washington, DC from 7-9pm. I'm honored, once again to be a part of this amazing, annual event. Hope to see you there!