A big thanks goes out to the Franklin Park Arts Center for doing a fantastic job with the Fish and the Sea exhibit and opening reception last night. If you're in the Western Loudoun County area, make sure to stop by to see the art!
Monday, August 14, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Last month I completed a year-long challenge to draw a portrait of one endangered animal species a week. My purpose was to educate myself, and viewers, about our planet's vanishing animal species through art. I was greatly inspired by Warhol's series of ten giant screen prints, also focusing on endangered animal species, eschewing his more common practice of aggrandizing celebrities and "important" people, to draw attention to matters that were truly important. I added an extra element to the challenge by designing a crown for each animal to wear on its head, which in some way said something about each animal's physical characteristics, geographic location, or cultural significance. This in turn, inspired a project that I explored with my fourth-grade art students, during the school year. A few months into the project, I decided to add a sister element to the challenge, by also rendering each endangered animal in a composition with my Splotch Monster creations, which can be seen HERE in a group shot. As a result, the challenge lasted an extra two months, and I decided to round things off at fifty of each - fifty portraits, and fifty Splotch Monster works, resulting in a hundred new pieces of art, produced in fourteen months.
As a result of this challenge, I learned so much. I learned about animals I never knew existed. I acquired a greater artistic vocabulary by rendering each animal carefully, and I forced myself to do lots of independent research on each one. I learned to discipline myself, and skip the TV, or a nap, or even going out, when a deadline was looming. So much good has come out of this project, and I plan on taking it further, with some upcoming art exhibits, as well as prints and books in the making. In the meantime, I'm going to give myself a little downtime, allowing my mind to rest and wander a little, until the creative engines fire up again soon.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Not sure where the time has gone, but I can't believe it's already August! Anyhow, its been a while since I posted, but I'll be getting caught up soon. After doing a little road-trippin', and teaching art camps to some awesome, creative young people all summer, I was also able to wrap up work on some pages for a trick-or-treat-themed comic book to be released this Halloween. It'll be part of a black-and-white anthology compiling work as part of the Cartoonists Draw Blood project, started by Carolyn Belefski, of Curls Studio fame. It's a great project that will help the American Red Cross, and I'm so happy to be a part of it! I posted a little sneak peek here at the blog (above image), and look forward to posting more about it soon, so stay tuned!
Monday, July 17, 2017
I recently paid a visit to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to see the Art and the Animal exhibit. The work in this show is pretty astounding, representing a wide range of media, from oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, to collage and bronze sculpture, mostly falling under the realism-side of the spectrum. It was all pretty astounding, and both my wife Kris and I look forward to getting another look, before it comes down in early September. There were no photos permitted, and it should be seen in person anyway! That said, another great show was happening at the museum, featuring the work of a lesser-known local artist named Jim Costello. His paintings lean towards abstraction, and are alive with rich, vivid color, unified by vibrant blues, yellows, and earthy greens and browns, as well as white. It was a pleasant surprise seeing Jim Costello's art exhibit, called "Dynamics of Desire", which provided a good balance, and contrast to the mostly extremely precise, hyper-realistic work in the rooms next-door. You can read the artists' fascinating story in the final photo, however if you're in the Winchester, Virginia area, make sure to see both spectacular exhibits in person, before they come down soon!
Friday, July 14, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Here are several great paintings by Marion Cole at the Cascades Library in Sterling, Virginia. I stumbled upon her work unexpectedly the other day, and am an instant fan. There's something so unique and intuitive about her work, like from a beautiful, peaceful dream.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Another stellar show is currently happening at Tryst Gallery in Leesburg, Virginia right now. My wife Kris and I have work in this show, called "As You Like It", which will continue to be on exhibit through July, 2017. Plan a visit and make a day of it, exploring the gallery, touring The Marshall House, and having an excellent cold beverage at Loudoun Brewing!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
See the Splotch Monster Island version HERE. Also, some good food for thought can be found in an article regarding the Endangered Species Act, written for National Geographic, can be found HERE.