Monday, February 25, 2013

recent art happenings

Hello once again - yes, two posts in February! I guess I failed miserably on my experiment to stay away from blogging for a year. Even my wife is jokingly calling me a sell-out, and deservedly so. But hey, I lasted four months and maybe that's all I needed. Putting together this big post however reminded me of how much work I used to put into blogging and how much I don't miss that part so much. Still, if not for my own sake, I thought it might be good to get another one up here, at least before a couple of shows end this week. 

First off, the "Splotch/Asterisk" show at the Off-Rhode Studio gallery space is still going on, thanks to some positive feedback, until the end of the month. The crew who run Off-Rhode and Art Enables in DC did such an amazing job at displaying this very special collaboration between JJ Cromer and myself, I could not have been more pleased. Despite some cold, heavy winds on the opening reception day, folks from near and far showed up, took a look, chatted, participated in the Splotch Monster workshop and bought lots of work.  I can't thank these people enough, and I met so many good, kind, wonderful individuals as a result of this show.  Unfortunately, due to a number of factors, JJ couldn't make it out, but I can assure you, he was certainly there in spirit.  Above and below are some shots from the show, some of which were taken by my new pal Austin, who runs the Eye Collector art site. If you're in the DC area, please don't hesitate to drop in before it ends this week. 

Another art show that is ending late this week is "Petite Perspectives" at Art Square in Leesburg, Virginia. The opening reception had a big turnout and there were so many great little pieces I would have loved to have purchased, I couldn't quite make my mind up.  Five of my own animal-themed works are in the show, and this is the first time Art Square did an exhibit featuring some tiny art, which was a brilliant idea. With a just few days left, don't miss out on this show if you're in the Leesburg area.

So, that's all for now, and for a little while. What is normally a dreary and cold month turned out to be a pretty spectacular few weeks. Looks like I'll just update this blog in moderation for now, though some new stuff is in the works. I've got a lot more good art-related news on the horizon, but I'll save that for the next post perhaps. Until then, looking forward to spring's arrival!

Monday, February 4, 2013

a brief "hello" and update

Hello and a belated happy 2013! For anyone who still cares, I thought I'd do a brief Blogger update here to let folks know what's up with me, at least on the art front.  Anyhow, first off I've got some work in a couple of shows coming up this weekend. Above is the postcard image for "Splotch/Asterisk", which is a collaborative show I'm having with JJ Cromer, who is simply an amazing artist and a way cool, nice guy. The collab with JJ was a dream come true, and getting a show (at the Off-Rhode Studio in DC) is the icing on the cake! We're going to raise money for the wonderful Art Enables, as all sales from our collaboration show go to the space. Hope to see you there this Saturday afternoon for the opening. More details HERE.

Also, I've got some pieces at the excellent Art Square in Leesburg, VA as part of the upcoming "Petite Perspectives" exhibit. The opening reception is this Friday evening and it's going to be a great show. More details HERE.

I also want to put a big THANKS out there to all those who voted for my "Splotch Monster Tea Party" piece for the Viewer's Choice Award at the recent "Laughs" exhibit at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA.  I got the news today and couldn't be happier! A sample of the show from the Purcellville Gazette is above (thanks Melissa!), and it was a very cool show, which ended this week. 

In the meantime, there are a couple of other exhibits I might have some art in in a couple of months, which I might try and update about here soon. Plus, I've got some work in a few books to be released in the coming year, as well as another collab with another one of my favorite artist people, which is very exciting.

So, while I haven't been blogging or spending nearly as much time online, I'm still doing art. I've found I've got more time to dedicate to my job as well, and I feel like it's been my best year teaching art so far, in the twelve years I've been at it. Of course I'm finding more quality time with Kris, my wife, which has been a joy, and I'm also reading a lot more books too these days (in physical form), one of which I'm almost done with called "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle, which I cannot recommend enough. In fact I can thank Kris for turning me on to this guy - he's simply an incredible, intelligent human being. Another new fave is "Traveling Light" by artist/poet Brian Andreas. I have to give credit to my friend Allen, who runs Books and Other Found Things in Leesburg, VA, for turning me on to this guy's stuff and selling me the book, which is a true gem to hold and explore over and over again.

Alright then, that's all for now. If you don't find me in this part of the cyberverse anytime soon, I still consistently post at my Flickr site, if you're interested.  In the meantime, I leave you with some Mu-ziq. Enjoy!