Friday, July 31, 2009


I've always admired Warhol's ability to not simply depict an image for what it was on the surface, but to modify it through color, exploring a vast array of visual possibilities in his prints. I thought about that when I recently made these prints for the Art House Print Exchange 2, whose theme was "danger". Taking my first print a step further (above) , I modified it digitally in Picnik, for Illustration Friday. Below are some more from an edition of 22 lino-cut prints altogether.

For more sharks, my friend Matt Dembicki, who runs Three Crows Press, just published a wonderful comic book chronicling the life of a shark, entitled Xoc. Big congrats Matt!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

sketch dump: july, 2009

July has always been a good month for me, sketch-wise. I teach a two-to-three week art camp to older kids every summer, which allows me to work while they work. I've done a variety of sketches and drawings in both the watercolor and sketchbook Moleskines this month. A couple of the drawings are collaborative efforts. Anyhow, I've been on a bit of a mask kick lately, influenced by some entries from one of the two Moleskine exchanges I'm participating in. One of the best things about participating in these exchanges is how the work inspires and influences my own.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

a visit to great falls

Earlier in the week we visited the Virginia side of Great Falls National Park, in Great Falls, Virginia. Later we stopped by the nearby Old Brogue Irish Pub. It was a very hot and muggy day but well worth the visit. I look forward to seeing the Falls in Autumn, and winter as well, when the place takes on an entirely different look. If you ever go to Great Falls, don't forget your camera and a good pair of hiking shoes!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

tortoise live at the black cat, washington, dc, 7/19/2009

One week ago I went to see one of my all time favorite bands, Tortoise, play live at the Black Cat. This was the second time I saw them there, and the fourth time seeing them live. Their instrumental brand of jazz-meets-rock-meets-electronica has influenced a million other bands over the past decade and a half, and with their new album, "Beacons of Ancestorship", their sound is still vital as ever. On such a beautiful evening, seeing and hearing these guys again live was the icing on the cake.

I have to admit, I still have yet to pick up their new cd, mainly because I thought it would be interesting to hear their new material live beforehand. This is something I've never tried before with Tortoise. While their last release was excellent, their new songs seem to have a faster, more upbeat feel to them. After a highly energetic performance and a double encore, the band certainly gave fans their money's worth. One of my favorite things about their live shows is how the five members often change instruments throughout the show, keeping things far from stagnant.

Sometimes when I write about music, I try not to alienate those who might not be too familiar with the sounds (this really isn't intended to be a music blog). With that in mind, I highly reccomend checking out these guys if they come to your town, even if you've never heard of them, and grab up a cd while you're at it. In addition to some fantastic music, the band is very aware of a good visual aesthetic, so you'll be holding some wonderful artwork in your hands to compliment the music.