Sunday, January 28, 2018

endangered kingdom, opening reception at the joan hisaoka healing arts gallery, 1/26/2018

Friday night’s opening reception for Endangered Kingdom, at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery was a dream come true. I’m so grateful to Spencer Dormitzer for inviting me to exhibit my work at this wonderful gallery. I’m also incredibly thankful to everyone involved, and to good friends new and old who came to the show, bought some art, and took some time out to say hi and talk a little. My heart is full.  Quite a few pieces sold on opening night, but there are plenty more to chose from, and the show runs through March 3rd, 2018. If you're in the DC area, I hope you can stop by the gallery and check out the show! 

*above photo courtesy Eric Scott/Journal Fodder Junkies

Sunday, January 21, 2018

paulina peavy exhibit at greater reston arts center

Yesterday Kris and I got to see the Paulina Peavy exhibit at the Greater Reston Arts Center. She was born in Colorado in 1901, and passed away in 1999 while living in Bethesda, Maryland. A truly extraordinary artist, Peavy’s work was informed by the supernatural, and in a lot of ways I found parallels to the life and work of Hilma af Klint. I feel extremely fortunate to have seen this show in person, and it kind of blows my mind that it’s practically in my own back yard! The exhibit runs through February 17, 2018.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

endangered kingdom install in progress

A screen shot from the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery FB page - such a nice thing to see at the end of a long and busy day. Wish I could be there for the install, but I know they’ll do a superb job, as with all their exhibits. Opening night is next Friday, January 26, 7-9pm. If you’re in the area, stop by, say “hi” and have a look around. Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

first article at "live an artful life"

Tom and Linda Neel invited me to write an article about arts in education at their website, Live an Artful Life. In addition to being extraordinary artists, Tom and Linda have been singing the praises of art and creativity with LAAL. This is my first article written for the publication, and I look forward to contributing more in the very near future. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

splotch monsters on yupo

Finally completed and posted some Splotch Monsters, made on 5”x7” Yupo paper. There were some challenges, regarding the drawing aspect, though nothing I couldn’t easily work out - just a different way of working, yielding some pleasing results! You can view them better at the Splotch Monster blog.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

snow day w.i.p.

Painted a surface from layers of watercolor before drawing over it tomorrow. We’ve had our first official snow day today, and will have our second tomorrow. Today was filled with mundane but necessary tasks like cleaning the house, doing laundry, rearranging furniture in the living room, writing thank-you cards and preparing and sending out mail. It was good to get all of this stuff done, and opened up space for creativity and working on art, some of which I began this evening in the studio. I like the abstract nature of this one, and it reminds me of the icy cold weather we’ve been experiencing in Northern Virginia lately. Looking forward to having a good studio day tomorrow, and working some more on this. Stay warm and stay tuned! 

Monday, January 1, 2018

hello 2018!

It's interesting how we humans frame and segment life into pockets of time. I find it hard to generalize, with regards to any particular year, whether it was a "good" or a "bad" year. That can depend on a lot of things. Since this blog has always been primarily about my art, and what I've been up to artistically, then as far as 2017 was concerned, it was a pretty good year. Mostly, it was a year for getting the ball rolling, as far as getting work out there in the public eye, while 2016 was by far a year with more of a focus on production, not that I haven't made any art last year as well - far from it. Sometimes, as the saying goes, when it rains it pours. Again, depending on what you're referring to, that can be good or bad. While that saying has mostly been viewed in a negative context, in the case of not exhibiting much work in a while, and having somewhat of a dry spell in that department, it seemed that suddenly I've got exhibits lined up for every season in 2018. The first, and perhaps most important show will take place this winter, much later this month (see above flyer). Knowing how quickly time can fly, and how busy life can get, I set a deadline to have all fifty pieces for the Endangered Kingdom exhibit framed, properly labeled, and wrapped and ready to go, by the time 2018 rolled around. As a result, I spent a good deal of New Year's eve doing just that (below pic). Thankfully I had some time to spend with Kris and relax a little before the big ball dropped in Times Square.  Also, with today being my last day of winter break, I wanted to have that work squared away, so I could take it easy today. I'm going to need a lot of energy to get back into the grove of teaching tomorrow!

It'll be exciting to see my art out there in the world, and witness my babies, if you will, go on exhibit for folks to enjoy and appreciate. It's a lot of work, but good work, and a good problem to have. In the meantime, have a happy new year, and hopefully take the time to focus on the good things, and make some effort to help others in need, whether it's other people, animals, and of course, yourself, which is pretty darn important too, you know. Until next time!