Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Endangered Kingdom series: Giraffe

Here's a new addition to the Endangered Kingdom series (unfortunately), which is the giraffe. This particular piece was made as a commission for a friend, and this time the crown takes on a more personal significance. Still, the flowers work well, so I made a scan of only part of what is a much larger piece - 16" x 12", as opposed to the usual 12" x 9". What I cropped out was mostly a lot of neck, and some surrounding space. While I'm looking forward to getting back to working on abstracts in January, I truly enjoyed returning to this style once again, after a somewhat long hiatus. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

GRUMP Zoolights, 2018, this weekend!

A big thanks goes out to my wife, Kris for helping me get a fresh batch of high-quality giclee prints made and packaged in time for GRUMP Zoolights this weekend. I’ve got some from the Endangered Kingdom portrait series, as well as from the Splotch Monster Island Meets EK series. Quite a few of these animals reside at the @smithsonianzoo, btw! I’ll be at the zoo selling these, as well as some select original Splotch Monster art this Saturday, from 5-9pm, along with a wide array of local makers. Hope you can come by! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

“Watch the Waves So Far Away”, 36” x 24”, acrylic paint on canvas (abstract 12)

“Watch the Waves So Far Away”, 36” x 24”, acrylic paint on canvas. It’s been a little while since I posted an abstract, but I’m still keeping at one a week. This one is actually a redo of sorts, since I decided to paint over my last painting, “Travelers ...”. Sometimes it takes some getting away, to gain a little clarity, and when Kris and I returned from our short trip to DE, I felt like a lot of stress and weight was lifted. When I returned and saw that painting, as much as I liked the textures and sense of depth, it felt a bit confused and reminded me of the walking ball of stress I was, prior to the trip. There’s a lot of layers to this painting, as it was originally a landscape, before my first attempt at turning it into an abstract. As with most of the pieces from this series, the title is a reference to a song, this time by the band Slowdive, who made 2016 a little more tolerable by releasing a new album and touring, after a couple of decades out of the spotlight.