Wednesday, August 30, 2017

a splotch monster a day, returns


Here's a work-in-progress shot of a Splotch Monster piece I've been working on this evening. I recently got back to making one per day, almost accidentally, in response to a commission. In a sense, I've returned to my Splotch Monster-making roots by doing one a day, and it's a good feeling - like art therapy, almost. Anyhow, if you want to see how this one eventually turned out, as well as some of the others, you're welcome to follow my Splotch Monster-making adventures where it all began, on Splotch Monster Island!

Monday, August 14, 2017

fish and the sea exhibit, now showing at the franklin park arts center


A big thanks goes out to the Franklin Park Arts Center for doing a fantastic job with the Fish and the Sea exhibit and opening reception last night. If you're in the Western Loudoun County area, make sure to stop by to see the art!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

endangered kingdom portrait series recap


Last month I completed a year-long challenge to draw a portrait of one endangered animal species a week. My purpose was to educate myself, and viewers, about our planet's vanishing animal species through art. I was greatly inspired by Warhol's series of ten giant screen prints, also focusing on endangered animal species, eschewing his more common practice of aggrandizing celebrities and "important" people, to draw attention to matters that were truly important. I added an extra element to the challenge by designing a crown for each animal to wear on its head, which in some way said something about each animal's physical characteristics, geographic location, or cultural significance. This in turn, inspired a project that I explored with my fourth-grade art students, during the school year. A few months into the project, I decided to add a sister element to the challenge, by also rendering each endangered animal in a composition with my Splotch Monster creations, which can be seen HERE in a group shot. As a result, the challenge lasted an extra two months, and I decided to round things off at fifty of each - fifty portraits, and fifty Splotch Monster works, resulting in a hundred new pieces of art, produced in fourteen months. 

As a result of this challenge, I learned so much. I learned about animals I never knew existed. I acquired a greater artistic vocabulary by rendering each animal carefully, and I forced myself to do lots of independent research on each one. I learned to discipline myself, and skip the TV, or a nap, or even going out, when a deadline was looming. So much good has come out of this project, and I plan on taking it further, with some upcoming art exhibits, as well as prints and books in the making. In the meantime, I'm going to give myself a little downtime, allowing my mind to rest and wander a little, until the creative engines fire up again soon. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

hello, august!


Not sure where the time has gone, but I can't believe it's already August! Anyhow, its been a while since I posted, but I'll be getting caught up soon. After doing a little road-trippin', and teaching art camps to some awesome, creative young people all summer, I was also able to wrap up work on  some pages for a trick-or-treat-themed comic book to be released this Halloween. It'll be part of a black-and-white anthology compiling work as part of the Cartoonists Draw Blood project, started by Carolyn Belefski, of Curls Studio fame. It's a great project that will help the American Red Cross, and I'm so happy to be a part of it! I posted a little sneak peek here at the blog (above image), and look forward to posting more about it soon, so stay tuned!