Saturday, August 29, 2009

sketch dump: august/2009

Been keeping busy with the splotch monsters and squiggle critters this month. I think in September I'll return more to observational studies. The splotch monsters were all drawn this time using watercolor pencils and Micron pens, which explains why they aren't as splotchy as usual. I've got a ton more made this month but just never had the time to scan them yet, with returning back to school and all. Can't wait for Autumn and the cooler weather to arrive soon!

Friday, August 28, 2009


"Squiggle critters" in a dance-type situation - here I'm trying to perfect and evolve my style with these drawings. I ended up "remixing" this Moleskine page in Picnik for the Illustration Friday topic "magnify", since they remind me of little life forms one could only view through a magnifying glass.


Friday, August 21, 2009


The first thing I thought of when I saw the Illustration Friday prompt "caution" was Mr. Yuck, as well as those lights that go off near railroad tracks when a train is coming (but that's a whole other story in itself). Mr. Yuck scared the crap out of me as a kid, especially when the commercial would air. My parents were wise to put those stickers all over their household items when I was young. In the meantime, I chose to digitally alter another recent beastie from my ongoing Splotch monster series - one who could very well be Mr. Yuck's scarier cousin. Speaking of monsters, we have a winner from last week's Illo Friday drawing here at my blog. That winner is Stacey Merrill who hosts the Artsnark's Artifacts blog! So, congrats Stacey and a big thanks goes out to all who left a kind word and participated last week.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

august 2009 first friday gallery walk, leesburg, virginia

Last Friday night was the first time in a long time I went on the local First Friday gallery walk in Leesburg, Virginia. There was a lot of excellent work and music all over town and I had good reason to be there as well. Two galleries have some of mine and my wife Kris' work on display. Above are some photos from Gallery 222, located on King Street in Leesburg's Historic District. Last week they took submissions for their eighth annual "Something Hot" exhibit, which is a juried show. I entered my "Spotted Turtle Portrait" (who was also in the Square Art show at APW Gallery in NYC) at the urging of Kris. I was nervous the piece was going to get rejected, but stayed optimistic as well. Seeing the caliber of work there was very encouraging, and makes me want to get back to some more painting, just like with last Winter, when I was on a bit of a roll. The show goes on until late August and is well worth dropping in on.

The eleven photos above feature work at a new art space in Leesburg called "The Galleries of South King Street". I passed by the space last week and decided to turn back and check it out. I was impressed by the variety of art and how well the work was displayed throughout. I talked to a wonderful woman named Laura, who runs the space, and she suggested I bring in some stuff. So I immediately did, and now there are eight pieces, as well as some of my mini-books on display and for sale there. Kris came along with me as well and also got some of her beautiful sterling silver beaded works on display! Once again, the work is all on display throughout the rest of the month, so if you are in the area, go on in. It's such a friendly, warm and inspiring environment.

So, it was a special evening for Kris and I, and hopefully I'm not sounding like too much of a braggart here. More than anything, I hope this encourages anyone who had any doubts about trying something they wanted to, or had a fear of failure or being rejected. Whatever it may be, take a chance and say you tried.