Saturday, April 21, 2018

This has gone on through the ages...

Mayor Mark Farrell said Friday he was “embarrassed” by a Board of Appeals vote to block the removal of a statue in the Civic Center depicting Native Americans in a demeaning manner and called for “a resolution to remove this statue from the Pioneer Monument immediately.”
Nothing new here... every civilization has always cleansed itself of earlier artwork that later sensibilities found offensive; you can't erase the history, so destroy the art.

Sigh... it doesn't work.

Read the story here.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Commission sketches

I have a nice commission in the works - another one which will include a video component... Here are some rough sketches in prep for the final work.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Visual Arts Summer Camp Instructors

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is seeking a Lead Instructor for its Creative Expressions Camp June 18 – August 10, 2018. Camps run 9 am-4:30 pm weekdays in 2-week sessions, ages 6-12, maximum 15 students/camp. The Lead Instructor works with Assistant Instructors to develop engaging visual arts curriculum and activities in a fun, safe camp environment in an arts center operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County. 

Ideal candidates will have multiple years of experience teaching art to children, certified arts teachers are preferred. The Lead Instructor must be available during all camp days and times, as well as to-be-scheduled planning dates in late May/early June, and evening trainings June 12-13. 

Interested arts teachers should apply by emailing a resume and brief cover letter to

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Art Scam Alert!

Do not respond to this dweeb trying to rip off artists - if you want to know how the scam works, then search for "art scam" in the search box of this blog...
From: Edward Dwight
My name is Edward Dwight from Houston Texas I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too.You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you. I am very much interested in the purchase of your pieces to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability of beautiful pieces for immediate sales.
Thanks and best regards

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Secret revealed!

Andy Warhol once commented that any publicity was good publicity, even bad publicity - and artists always benefit from any publicity - and thus I now reveal the fact that I am Michael Cohen's fourth secret client... cough, cough... let the TV coverage begin!

An old friend from Sotland

Just got an image of this watercolor sent to me by the person who bought it in Scotland in 1990...

Monday, April 16, 2018

Wanna draw?

Fridays, May 4, May 18, May 25– FridayARTnights: Drop-In Figure Drawing 

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) hosts a drop-in “Working from the Figure” session on Friday, May 4, 2018, Friday May 18, 2018 and Friday, May 25, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at CHAW, 545 7th Street, SE. Work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without formal instruction, facilitated by artist Will Fleishell. 

Please bring your own drawing materials. Easels are available. 

The session is $15 for drop-in students. For more information, visit or call (202) 547-6839

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

This exhibition will present an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.
Details here.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Frida Kahlo.. cough, cough...

Another "original" Frida Kahlo shows up for auction... cough, cough... see the lot here.

Friday, April 13, 2018

DC Arts Studios Spring Open Studios

DC Arts Studios (DCAS) invites you to their annual Spring Open Studios on Sunday, April 29, 10am - 5pm!

Take a self-guided tour through the participating artists' studios and have a "behind the scenes" peek into their creative process -- a great way to introduce kids to the arts and learn about different techniques and mediums!

Purchase original artwork and other handmade gifts directly from the artists themselves! Featured artwork and gifts will include photography, paintings, mixed media, fiber art, sculpture, stained glass, weaving, art made from re-purposed bicycle and computer parts, and much more.

Swing by the Willow Street Gallery Group Show and Sale, "The Color Blue" on our first floor.

There will be food and refreshments throughout the studios.

The event is free, accessible, family friendly, and open to the public.

And please help them spread the word! Share the DCAS Spring Open Studios Facebook event:

*This arts event is presented as part of Takoma Park's Art Hop, a neighborhood-wide weekend arts festival. Learn more at Art Hop Takoma.

DC Arts Studios is located at 6925 Willow St NW, Washington, DC 20012, next to Downtown Takoma Park, MD.
Driving: There is street parking.
Metro: Take the Red Line to the Takoma DC Metro Station. Walk a few blocks on Carroll Ave towards Downtown Takoma Park, MD. Turn right onto Willow Street. We are halfway down the block on the left-hand side of the street.

Questions? Contact Valerie Fenton, Administrative Director, at

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hard to believe...

That I used to do watercolors like this...

"Northern Lights, Back Road, near Little Keithock Farmhouse, Angus, Scotland." 30x36 inches. Watercolor on Paper. In a private collection in Banff, Scotland.
"Northern Lights, Back Road, near Little Keithock Farmhouse, Angus, Scotland."
30x40 inches. Watercolor on Paper. In a private collection in Banff, Scotland.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Art Scam Alert!

They just keep on coming!!! Do not respond to this asswipe trying to rip off artists!

If you wanna know how the scam works, do a search in this blog (box to the upper left) and search for "Art Scam" in quotes... or click here... and scroll around until you (a) see all other scammers and (b) see explanations on how the scam works...
Good Day Im Thomas Fred From NC. I observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of art work, I'm also impressed to have seen your different piece of works too, : ) You are doing an amazing job.I would like to receive more information about your piece of artwork and what inspires you. I am very much interested in buying a piece of art ,to surprise my wife. Kindly reply for the immediate art work for purchase ?? ( Best Regards Thomas

Hurry up you slackers! The deadline is April 16, 2018!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Art Scam Alert!

Beware of this asswipe trying to rip off artists! If you wanna know how the scam works, do a search in this blog (box to the upper left) and search for "Art Scam" in quotes... or click here... and scroll around until you (a) see all other scammers and (b) see explanations on how the scam works...
From: Jackson Banks
Date: April 9, 2018
Subject: Mermaids Lace Triptych - (left panel)

Hello There,
          My name is Jackson Banks from New Jersey. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work. I'm also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too,  You are doing a great job. I would like to purchase one of the Sea Foam Series "Mermaids Lace Triptych - (left panel)", as a surprise to my wife on our anniversary. Also, let me know if you accept Check as mode of Payment.

Thanks and best regards

Monday, April 09, 2018

The Art Lover's Quotation Book

Just finished going through this little gem of an inspirational book - I highly recommend it as a keeper to hang around your studio... Get it here.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

DC Council to Honor Margery Goldberg

Council Member, Brandon Todd, with the Council of the District of Columbia honors 
Margery Goldberg with congratulations on the 40th anniversary of Zenith Gallery
and recognizes its success as a champion for the arts in the District.

Tuesday, April 10, 11:00 AM -1:00 PM 
1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Also this is the last week to see:
F. Lennox Campello, Suzanne Codi, Chas Colburn, 
Lea Craigie-Marshall, Eric Ehlenberger, Connie Fleres, 
Margery E. Goldberg, Philip Hazard, Nancy Nesvet, 
Alison Sigethy, Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Mary Voytek, 

and Michael Young.

Where: 1429 Iris St. NW Washington DC 20012
Last week to see: February 14-April 14, 2018Information: Margery Goldberg, 202-783-2963, 
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12 - 6 PM

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Just finished

Just finished entering this process... not holding my breath... my work is in the collection of some of the planet's top art collectors, and several museums, but so far zip fuck for any public art collections. And I understand this - no city or county or state in the USA would dare to buy a figurative work that is nude - that eliminates most of my work.

Trying to adapt to the "system" and bowing down to the "man" and thus submitting some non nude work...

MoCo artists - do not skip this opportunity!

I'm not gonna take all the credit --- OK, OK... I will!  But, if you recall from multiple postings last year, I corresponded with all MoCo politicos last year and tried to shame one of the planet's wealthiest county's lack of support for its artists...

And now:

AHCMC and the Montgomery County Public Art Trust are proud to announce the 2018 Call for Art: The Contemporary Works on Paper Collection! 
This call seeks paper-based works including paintings in various media, drawings in various media, photographs, mixed media, and limited edition prints from artists in Montgomery county and the Greater Washington region.  
These artworks should help create inspiring spaces that foster innovation, creative excellence and personal reflection.Artwork in this collection is owned by Montgomery County under the County’s Public Art Trust program and loaned to County agencies for display in public buildings. 
The Public Art Trust is especially interested in artworks that reflect the unique and diverse character of Montgomery County. 
The full call-for-art is available here:Montgomery County Contemporary Works on Paper Call for Art

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Opportunity for artists

City of Seattle: City Hall Galleries July 2018 - June 2019

Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Local
City: Seattle
State: Washington
Fee: $0.00
Entry Deadline: 5/7/18

The city of Seattle seeks exhibition proposals for display in City Hall galleries from July 28, 2018 – June 2019.

Please click the "VIEW MORE INFO" link above to view the full call before beginning your application.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

I'm busted

Anderson Campello belts out "I'm busted"

Little Junes made his karaoke debut while we were vacationing in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic - here he belts out "I'm busted."

Monday, April 02, 2018

National Portrait Gallery: Call for Entries for Fifth Triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery announces an open call from May 28 through Sept. 3, 2018 for submissions to its fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

Established in 2006, the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition invites artists (18 and over) living and working in the United States to submit one portrait for consideration. Selected artworks are featured in a museum exhibition and some artists are awarded prizes. This year, the competition will focus on broadening the definition of portraiture while highlighting the genre’s relevance in contemporary art and culture. The first-prize winner will receive $25,000 and a commission to portray a remarkable living American for the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Additional cash prizes will be awarded. Submissions from each finalist will form “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today” exhibition, which will be displayed at the Portrait Gallery from Nov. 2, 2019, through Sept. 7, 2020, before traveling to other cities in the United States. Previous competitions have received more than 3,000 entries.

Most recently, Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, who won first prize in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, created the official portrait of Mrs. Michelle Obama for the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. Sherald’s “Miss Everything, Unsuppressed Deliverance” (2013), alongside work by all 2016 finalists, continues on tour as “The Outwin: American Portraiture Today” exhibition travels to the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from June 1 through Aug. 26.

Guest jurors for the 2019 competition are:
·         Harry Gamboa Jr., essayist, photographer, performance artist and founding member of the Chicano collective Asco (lives in Los Angeles)
·         Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
·         Byron Kim, artist, senior critic at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut (lives in Brooklyn, New York)
·         Jefferson Pinder, artist and professor of sculpture and contemporary practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
·         TaĆ­na Caragol, curator of painting and sculpture and Latino art and history, National Portrait Gallery
·         Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, National Portrait Gallery
·         Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture and director of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery