GRUMP at Crystal City, 2017 was a great success! Read more about the event at the Splotch Monster Island blog!
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Stop by the Cascades Library in Sterling, Virginia during the month of December to see fifteen original, framed giclee prints from Kris Loya! It was amazing how many people had smiles and kind things to say about the work on display. One man, who was an artist as well, couldn’t stop looking at the work, saying how the colors completely elevated his mood. There are also some folks interested in purchasing work already! The exhibit runs until the end of the month, so if you’re in the area, be sure to drop by and take a look!
Saturday, November 25, 2017
For the month of November, I’ve been focusing on making Splotch Monster faces from paint splotches at Splotch Monster Island .There are some great events coming up in the next couple of weeks, involving the Splotch Monster Island gang of merry misfits, including the first Monster Drawing Rally at the Greater Reston Arts Center, and the 2017 Grump arts and crafts fair in Crystal City. Make sure to check out the Splotch Monster Island blog for more information soon!
Sunday, November 12, 2017
I was fortunate to get a glimpse of the Cartoonists Draw Blood exhibit yesterday at Recreative Spaces, before doing a Splotch Monster-making workshop. I'm so happy to be a part of this exhibit and project, and want to give a big shout out to Eric Gordon, Carolyn Belefski, Troy-Jeffrey Allen and the Recreative Spaces crew and fellow DC artist friends for making this happen. If you're in the Mount Rainier, MD/DC area the evening of Saturday, December 2, stop by for our official book signing event!
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Kris and I had a blast at the Art Enables “Spark” event last night! It was so good to see so many good people turn out this evening. This place has a special place in my heart, so here’s to another fifteen years and beyond! In the meantime, a big thanks goes out to Grey Carter (Grey Carter Objects of Art) for inviting us out. Grey has been a tireless advocate, collector and dealer of outsider, raw, folk and visionary art for half a century, and a big supporter of Art Enables, and I highly recommend scheduling a visit to his home and gallery in McLean, VA
Friday, November 3, 2017
If you visit the Cascades Library from now, through the end of November, you can get a sneak peek at a little over half of the Endangered Kingdom series. While I’m saving the original pieces for an exhibit in DC in early 2018, these giclee prints are the next best thing. A big thanks goes out the the Loudoun County Public Library system, and the Loudoun Arts Council for inviting me to show my work, and also to my wife Kris, for helping me with everything! Look out for Kris’ art to go on display at Cascades in December, btw.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Sometimes taking on the role of "artist" can be a tedious, laborious endeavor, especially if one chooses to get their work out into the world. On one hand, it is incredibly exciting to know your work is valued and acknowledged by others, to the point where they want to exhibit and even purchase it. This is not something I dare take for granted, ever. On the other hand, the non-art-making part can initially be expensive and always end up as time-consuming. Take buying frames, and framing your own work, for instance. As anyone knows, this is never an enjoyable way to pass one's time, especially when it involves multiple pieces. Just the process of driving out, searching for and choosing the frames can be a royal pain. All whining aside, the upside is seeing how beautiful your work looks when matted and framed. A nice frame can can definitely elevate the overall appearance and presence of an artist's work. I'm personally drawn to more modern, minimalist frames - nothing too fancy as to distract and detract from the art, but simple and elegant enough to add importance to an image. This is the dilemma for artists who work on paper and aren't represented by a gallery, who can take care of all the framing and costs, etc. I highly recommend a visit to Ikea for artists looking for quality without having to go broke. Less expensive, but attractive framing also allows me to keep the price of my art relatively affordable, and buyers can always have the work professionally framed, and find a style more to their liking, if they choose to do so. As a collector of works on paper myself, I've had a lot of luck with my local AC Moore framing department. They offer museum quality, UV proof glass, which I always choose, have always been very helpful, and usually have excellent deals. Another good option is a visit to Blick Arts, who sell their own affordable brand of frames with UV proof glass, as well, and you can buy them in-store, right off the shelf.
Over the weekend, my wife Kris helped me print out thirty Endangered Kingdom portraits (out of fifty) to be exhibited at the Cascades Library, in Sterling, Virginia. Investing in a fairly expensive, high-quality Epson allows us the freedom to print out gorgeous giclee prints made to last a lifetime, and I chose not to use any of my original pieces for the Cascades exhibit in November, since all fifty of those will be on display at a solo show at a gallery in Washington, DC, in January, 2018. I'll make sure to post more about that as the date draws near. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to giving folks and local friends a sneak peek at the Endangered Kingdom series at the Cascades Library throughout the entire month of November, 2017. On a side note, Kris is slated to display her art at Cascades in December, 2017. Stay tuned for more information soon!
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Inktober 2017 is in full swing at my sister blog Splotch Monster Island. This year, I decided to draw a number with India ink and brush for each day of October, and transform each number into a Splotch Monster, using pen and marker. Also, I made sure to stick to a strictly black and white (and gray) color scheme. So far I’m over 2/3 of the way finished, with only ten more to go. Eventually these will be compiled into a mini-book, and I invite you to follow Splotch Monster Island for more Inktober adventures, and beyond!
Monday, October 9, 2017
Fall is here, October's been chugging along (though it still feels a lot like summer), and some great things have been in the works for a project I started during spring, 2016, and finished in the summer of 2017. Just completing this project, where I chose, researched and drew fifty portraits of endangered animal species over the course of a little over a year, was rewarding enough, then I was approached by a local library and an amazing art gallery in DC to exhibit these pieces, in the very near future. This kind of thing is the icing on the cake, and it feels like some real validation for all the hard work, time and effort that went into this labor of love. I'll post more specific details about these shows soon, so please stay tuned!
Friday, September 22, 2017
Cheers to the first day of my favorite season of the year, here in Northern Virginia! Growing up a Pennsylvania boy, Autumn was always special, with the changing of colors in the leaves of the trees, the crisp, cool air, and all things pumpkinee (is that even a word?), I'm glad to say that hasn't changed much since moving to a new state almost seventeen years ago. There was so much I had wanted to post from the summer, here at the blog, but time was not on my side. I'm thrilled to say that there's plenty of artful goodness in store in the coming months, and into the new year, with regards to my art, which will be written about soon enough. Thinking about it brings feelings of excitement and a little anxiety as well, but that's to be expected. In the meantime, grab your favorite pumpkin-flavored beverage of choice, cold, hot, or somewhere in-between, and take a moment to check out what I've been up to over at the Splotch Monster Island blog. Make sure to save a sip or two for some of my friends over there, while you're at it.