Thursday, December 12, 2013

snow day walk

Last Tuesday we had another snow day (two in a row!), which seemed to begin to make up for the virtual non-winters we've had in the area for a couple of years now. I decided to take a two-hour walk and get some photos. Good thing I went out somewhat early, because the sun began to creep out through the clouds as the temps rose and started melting the snow.  Above are some shots I filtered via Instagram, however you can view the originals and more HERE at my Flickr stream. Nothing like a good outdoor walk to make the soul smile.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

yesterday's ice

Yesterday we got ice in the northern Virginia region. I was glad to have a camera on hand to get these shots. My favorites included the spider webs. It was dangerous to be out an about in the early morning hours, but a beautiful day nonetheless. Today we get snow, and I'm hoping to make some time to get some photos of that as well.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

"play", the art of kris loya at hypnocoffee, shepherdstown, wv

On Sunday we hung my wife Kris' beautiful art work at Hypnocoffee in Shepherdstown, WV. A huge thanks goes out to Dave Modler for setting these shows up and helping us out, as always! Kris worked so hard on these pieces, many of which are new (some of which aren't shown here), so please do stop by Hypnocoffee if you're in the area, have a cup of joe and buy some art!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

district comics wins shel dorf award/wild ocean coming soon

Just recently I learned that District Comics, An Unconventional History of Washington DC (Fulcrum) was the winner of the official 2013 Shel Dorf award for best graphic novel.  Edited by Matt Dembicki and contributed to by some of the finest writers and artists in the area, this book turned out to be an amazing journey, representing a wide variety of interesting stories throughout the history of Washington D.C..  Having written and illustrated a story of my own for the book, I couldn't help but smile when I got the news. Below are some shots from last year's District Comics book signing at One More Page Books in Arlington, Virginia.

Matt getting ready to speak to folks in attendance at One More Page Books.

Group shot of contributors to the book.

Yours truly signing some copies of the book.

A sample shot of a page from my story about Tai Shan.

Pretty soon, a new graphic novel edited by Matt Dembicki, will once again be released through Fulcrum Publishing this coming spring.  It's called Wild Ocean: True Tales of Sharks, Whales, Rays and Other Endangered Sea Life. The book will be released in March, 2014 and is now available for preorder through Fulcrum Publishing HERE.  I was more than happy to have Matt ask me back to work in another book, and below are some teaser process shots of a page for a story I wrote and illustrated about sea horses. Enjoy!

Monday, October 14, 2013

the mail me art flash sale pieces have arrived!

Last week I received the Mail Me Art Short & Sweet pieces I purchased as part of their week-long flash sale. The artwork arrived very promptly and in excellent shape, and the two pieces I purchased looked even more amazing in person. The extremely cool thing about getting these pieces is that they also contained artwork inside! I was hesitant to even open up the drawn and painted on envelopes, fearing I might accidentally ruin these gorgeous works, but I made sure to be very careful. I couldn't believe my eyes when I discovered even more art, and it felt like an extended birthday.

 The first piece I bought was by Charmagne Coe, whose beautiful acrylic painting titled "Plumes of a Heartbeat" (above) contained a wonderful letter and drawing inside, which made me even more happy, as I'm as much a fan of her pen and ink works as I am of her paintings.  This weekend Charmagne will be having a solo exhibit in Phoenix AZ, which will include many new large works, as well as a live painting demo by the artist herself! More details can be found at her blog HERE.

The other piece I bought was drawn by Melody Seal, whose work is inspired by wildlife, folk tales and her childhood growing up in Zimbawe. Enclosed within the original piece were three gorgeous prints, as well as a very thoughtful, handwritten letter with a drawing, describing her work. Could she have been any more generous?! Melody Seal, whose blog is an endless stream of inspiration, is another favorite artist of mine and I could not have felt more fortunate to have purchased hers and Charmagne's art.

Darren DiLieto did an incredible job organizing the third MMA project and I was so glad to be a part of it. The next MMA project is taking on a whole new and different direction, which will be exciting to see unfold. In the meantime, I hope my collaborative piece with JJ Cromer arrived safely in the UK by now! Looking forward to the fourth installment.

Friday, September 27, 2013

mail me art flash sale - one week only!

Starting today, Mail Me Art is having a flash sale for one week only, as original works featured in the Mail Me Art Short & Sweet book have been drastically reduced in price. The aim is to make lots of money to present to charities involved with the project, including Animal Aid and the Teenage Cancer Trust. I just purchased a couple of pieces myself, including the piece above by Melody Seal, as well as the one below by Charmagne Coe. Man was it tough deciding on what to buy, but I decided to limit myself to two. In a week, all unsold works will return to their original prices, so now's the time to act fast and do something good for the world by supporting great artists as well as some great causes. Find out more HERE!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

circles art exhibit at the franklin park arts center, purcellville, va

After work I dropped by the Franklin Park Art Center to check out the current "Circles" art exhibit, going on from now until November 4th, 2013. The exhibit kicks off the center's sixth season in operation, and it is also one of many I've had work in over the past few years. This time around I dug out some old friends from several years back - a series of five scratched records painted over with acrylics titled Vinyl Monkeys. These guys hung in NYC a little while ago, and one of them (the sleeping snow monkey) was in a juried show in Vienna, VA a couple of years ago. While they look pretty cool individually, I prefer they hang together as a set, and I think the folks at the center did a fine job displaying them. You'll find lots of other great pieces at the Circles show on display as well, ranging from ceramics to sculpture, and collage to paintings, and everything in between. As always, in addition to the great art, they put on some concerts and theater performances well worth checking out. So don't hesitate to drop on by if you're in the area!