Monday, January 2, 2017

washington project for the arts

As a personal incentive to get more involved with promoting my art work this year, I decided to finally take the plunge and join the Washington Project for the Arts, and create my own profile page. I only signed up for a year-long membership, to see if I like it, or not. So far, it was very easy and convenient to set up, after waiting a day to get the green-light email from the site manager, and there looks to be some nice incentives and benefits from being a member. Plus, the artist pages look beautiful and can serve as an artist's main website. For fifty-five dollars, you get a year-long membership, and for a hundred, you get two. Not bad at all! 

I wasn't too sure how to go about presenting my work, as it can take on many forms, and currently I'm working on two different series that run parallel to each other, subject-wise. I'm thinking every half-year I'll change up the work, this time focusing on the Endangered Kingdom animal portrait series, then in July I'll take these works down and post twenty Splotch Monster pieces from the Endangered Kingdom meets Splotch Monster Island series. 

While none of the works will be on sale until after I complete the series (thirty-five done, seventeen more to go), I still think it's good to maintain some kind of web presence within my local art scene. In the meantime, I highly recommend the site to artists within the greater DC area!

Friday, December 30, 2016

a hedgehog on splotch monster island!

Here's another fun pet-themed Splotch Monster/animal mashup (not part of the Endangered Kingdom series), this time for our friend Jen Crawford, who runs the very excellent JellyVision Show podcast, along with Tim Trueheart. Kris and I met Jen way back when she ran the Soundry, a great creative studio space, art gallery and coffee house that used to be located in Vienna, Virginia. Jen has moved on in a new direction, this time focusing on helping artists and creative entrepeneurs be successful at what they do. She also has a hedgehog, by the way! In the meantime, check out the podcast - there's obviously a lot of love put into it, as it's very inspiring, informative and funny (and has adult content) and you'll be sure to learn something new and interesting!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

i've been nominated for best artist, in the best of loudoun county 2017 polls!

Last week, while laying in bed reading, getting ready to fall asleep, I suddenly heard a gleeful squeal from my wife Kris, who happened to be looking at her i-phone with eyes wide open. Barely able to get the words out of her mouth, she managed to inform me that I was nominated in the "best artist" category for the current 2017 Best of Loudoun poll. At first I thought she was being funny, but to my pleasant surprise, there was my name, among about fourteen others. In the past, Kris and I would fill in these polls, and I'd always give Kris my "write-in" vote, as she would also do with me, but this time I found myself on the actual list. I'm not sure what it means to be "best artist", as there is a plethora of great artists in this very large county known as Loudoun, however I am very grateful to whoever it was who nominated me, and found my work worthy enough to be in this poll. If you also find my artwork worthy, and if you've followed my artistic endeavors and adventures for a while, or if you've just found out about it and like what you see, then why not vote for me? A win is definitely a long shot, but it's always so nice to see there are folks who appreciate what you do, somewhere out there. By the way, the pic below is just a screen shot. HERE's the link to vote. It's simple and you can vote from anywhere. Thanks a ton, in the meantime!