Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Latest Painting: "Hush"

"Hush", Collage, Acrylic, Spray Paint on Wood, 18"x24" $475.

"Hush" (detail)

I'm excited to announce that "Hush" will be part of a juried exhibition at LibertyTown Arts Workshop during the month of October. About Face: Portraits In All Media will feature works from artists in the region in a variety of media. Check it out:

About Face: Portraits In All Media October 2- November 1, 2009
LibertyTown Arts Workshop, 916 Liberty Street, Fredericksburg, VA
Opening Reception: Friday October 2, 6-9pm

Intro to Street Art: September 2009

I had the pleasure of working with Simon throughout the month - facilitating him in the art of spray paint and stencil-making. Originally, he was one of my "Adult Drawing" students, but on his own initiative - he came to me with some sketches and an idea, and we took it from there. Below is a detail of his Oarfish painting. Congratulations Simon!

For a current PONSHOP class schedule, click here. Classes in Street Art, Skateboard Design, and more are held every month.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bells of Doom....

"Masked Villain", Collage, Acrylic, Spray Paint on Wood, 24"x24" $375.

September 2009: This is the latest piece up at Spaghetti Project (1025 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg,VA). For those that are fans of the Metal Face Doom - enjoy and "remember ALL CAPS when you spell my man's name..."

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Scarlettwares Ceramics: New Work

After a maternity leave of several months, Scarlett returns back to the studio with a whole new collection of ceramic work. In fact, this summer she's been working at home and the studio. Above is a snapshot of Scarlett and Diego's "artist loft" in good ol' Hartwood, VA. By any means necessary...

The Rocket Ship Cookie Jars have landed in the studio. Inspired by our son Diego's love of space and sweets, this is unique vessel is out of this world. approx. 12"x7" $80

The Wind Bowl is by far our most popular wedding gift this year. It can be glazed in a variety of colors.
approx. 14" diam.

Igloo Bud Vases and Votives - A local interior designer has recently commissioned Scarlett for several ceramic pieces to complete her latest project. Sixteen Igloo Bud Vases and Votives in four different sizes adorn a new fireplace mantel. The more the merrier...

For more of Scarlett's work, visit the scarlettwares website or come by our studio at LibertyTown Arts Workshop
916 Liberty Street, downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

From There 2 Here Exhibit

I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating in "From There 2 Here" an art center exhibition exchange celebrating the 35 year anniversary of the Torpedo Factory. "From There 2 Here" will feature ten fellow LibertyTown artists as well as artists from Goggleworks Center for the Arts (Reading, PA) and the Prizery (South Boston, VA).

From There 2 Here Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: September 10-October 18, 2009
Opening Reception: September 10, 6-8pm Gallery Talk: 7pm

For more info, visit the Target Gallery.

Intro to Street Art: August 2009

My "Street Art" student, Hunter, gave it his all last month - ripping out an arsenal of stencils to construct his painting. From sketch, to stencil, to spray paint, he got the job done. Below are more progress pics...

Hunter used a modular brick pattern to array on his board during the second session.

Cutting stencils (above) can be the most painstaking, but he pushed through right on schedule.
Hunter's "Phoenix" graphic pays tribute to his local soccer team.

Detail (click to enlarge)

Recent Work: August 2009

"Hive Mentality" , Mixed Media on Wood, 16"x20" sold

Summer came and went and I'm still trying to knock off things on my list from May. Here's a painting that has been "simmering" around my studio over the past months and as soon as I finish it, photograph it, and varnish it - the thing's sold....I wish I could get more paintings to turnaround like that...

August also means that we take a trip to Berryville, Virginia to reunite with our family of friends from Virginia Tech
's Architecture program (class of '97 baby!). I pitched in on this collaborative piece below. Can you find the golden mean? This canvas graces the rec room of our good friends Micki and Will who make some pretty beautiful things themselves - click here to visit their site.

Collaborative Canvas 2008-2009, Mixed Media on six canvases, approx 74"x48" Collection of the Martindale Family.

Open Paint Event

August 21, 2009: Agio Clothing and Spaghetti Project hosted an "Open Paint" event at the University Cafe a couple weeks ago. Three artists from the region (including myself) got their paint on for three hours while the crowd moved to the DJ sounds from Turnstyle (Richmond, VA). There was even a communal canvas going on which got visitors up on stage too. I apologize for the lack of pics - but hey I was busy working... To view more, click this link to FredPicture, a photo blog of the Fred-burg or hit up Agio's Blog.

Special thanks to all those who came out that night and watched, painted, and gave me a hand with all my stuff! Congrats to the Agio guys and Spaghetti Project as well as the other participating artists:

Sean Kelly ( Spark Plug Tattoo/Fredericksburg)
Jack Ladadi (VCU/Richmond)
Jeremy Gann (Liquid Air/Fredericksburg)
Jack Ladadi's piece (click to enlarge)

The truly "Open Canvas" - painted on by many throughout the night...

Jeremy Gann's cityscape included some LED action too...
I did up this collage piece that night and it's hanging at the University Cafe for the month of September:
"Grasshopper #1", Mixed Media on Canvas, 24"x36" $275.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

August 2009: Mural Commission

August, 2009: I picked the hottest days of the year to get out there and do this mural commission in Falmouth, Virginia - but it was well worth it. Below are some images taken over that week. Thanks to our client, Professional Maintenance, and thanks to my assistant Jeff who whose help was exceptional. If interested in commissioning PONSHOP for any interior or exterior mural project - contact me here.

The completed piece....
Artists working to better their country through the construction and appreciation of art.