Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Today we finally returned from a nice, long, surprise winter break. It's insane - the snow we've had, and I enjoyed it in many ways. At this point though, I'm ready to see more green and less white out there. I think most of us are ready for some warmth and sun. In the meantime, I was able to put some of my time to good use, in addition to the shoveling and cleaning, I was able to complete my first official painting of 2010. I'm so painfully far behind the pace I ideally set out to accomplish, but at least one is finished. It's a 24" x 30" acrylic on canvas work entitled "The Lure", and it's mostly based on a drawing I made last year in my Moleskine, which was then colored in Photoshop (see the image below). This was a far different style of painting than what I've been used to, but I wanted to see if I could work in a style similar to some of my recent drawings. The flat colors and linear abstractions didn't leave much room for error and at times greatly tested my patience. I now have a deeper respect for artists who have mastered such a style. I'm tempted to return to a looser, more painterly style, which I enjoy working with more, however, it wouldn't be useful in rendering the works/series I have envisioned. Now I just have to sign and date this one.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Alright! My second book through Blurb is now ready for purchase. This one, entitled "Selected Animal Sketches and Drawings 2006-2009" is an art book, like my first Splotch Monster book. Now that I've got a pretty good grasp on Blurb's book-making software, I know this one will be especially good. Also, as with my first Blurb book, I mainly made this for myself, though it's available for purchase to the public for those who might be interested. Once again I also won't make a single cent off this book, to keep costs lower. HERE's a small preview from Blurb's site. Can't wait 'til it arrives!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
In my nearly nine years living out this way, this blizzard is definitely the biggest I can recall. We had a very similar one back in 2003, and the one from earlier this winter hardly compares. It started coming down steadily Friday afternoon, and by this morning we were completely covered. At least our school called off yesterday, and we're officially off next Monday and Tuesday as well. It looks like we may get another eight-to-ten inches on Wednesday now too! My wife has friends over from Trinidad whose flight has been cancelled tomorrow and rescheduled for Monday. This has been quite an experience for them, and instead of hiding indoors, we took pictures today. At least our parking lot got a crew of trucks in to clear it out. Still, it's virtually impossible to drive across yet. It shows how extreme and unpredictable the weather here in Northern Virginia can be. I remember my first winter here, and barely seeing two inches of snow. The worst of this blizzard was when the sky lit up bright yellow several times last night as local transformers blew out. At the same time, it was strangely beautiful. At least we still have our power working. In the meantime, I think I'm ready for Spring to arrive. Click HERE for some more and bigger pics on my Flickr stream.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Wow, already a month has passed in 2010! Seems like it just began. It's funny how we make resolutions for the new year yet never stick with most of them. I managed to hit the gym once, on January first, then before long, four weeks just zoom on by. Tomorrow I'm going to be hurting though, being it'll be my first practice for our annual school basketball game. Not looking forward to it. One thing I have been doing is painting, getting a little done everyday. I've been trying to squeeze in a little more time devoted to the canvas and less time at the laptop. Dumping the cable TV was a cakewalk, however, less time online is a bit more challenging. In the meantime, I've got some art to post from January, including the four drawings above, made in a large A4 Moleksine for Big A's sketchbook exchange. I call them "entities" for reasons I'm not sure of. I'll spare you any long, drawn out pretentious explanations however. They're simply semi-elaborate doodles with little faces. Below are some newly reworked Splotch Monsters, all of who will go on sale at my Etsy shop this month. Speaking of, I want to send out a HUGE thanks to those who have supported my shop and my work there in its first month of business. I'm always pleasantly surprised when someone decides to buy my work, especially in these seemingly endless tough financial times. I'm also thrilled to see all the work my wife has been selling too lately, though not through her Etsy, but by word of mouth and commissions from friends. These small victories keep me hopeful.