Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Spanglish Ops

"Estoy limpiando", said my friend the other day as we chatted after a chance meeting at the Supermarket.  

Felix is a transplanted New Yorkrican, which is a key clue to this story.

In Spanish, "estoy limpiando" means "I am cleaning." 

"Que hay sucio?" I asked him a little puzzled ("What's dirty?").

Now he was the one looking puzzled... then it dawned on him.

He looked a little sheepish as he switched to English and told me that his foot hurt.

I was puzzled again; our conversation had skidded off the road somehow... then it dawned on me and I smiled.

Felix had taken the English verb "to limp" and added a Spanish ending to Spanglasize the verb to "limpiando" - a Spanish vern whose meaning is "to clean."

I smiled as I explained to him the whole thing... he laughed as well and then asked me what the Spanish word for "limping" is.

I searched my brain for a while looking for it... it didn't float easily at first.

"You can say 'estoy cojo'... or 'estoy medio cojo', I suggested... 75% sure.

He nodded as he grabbed a jar of Pace Picante salsa from a giant offering of a million real Mexican salsa jars.

Monday, April 30, 2018

How to Be a Better, Happier and More Confident Artist

Artwork Archive recently had the opportunity to travel to the Plein Air Convention and The Art of the Portrait Convention to talk with hundreds of artists about their work and path as professional artists. 
There were many talks about what paint brand or brush model to use, but there was also a great deal of personal advice.
Read the whole article here.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Beauty at the art fair

"Beauty at the art fair", c.2017 by F. Lennox Campello, C-Print 30x40 inches, edition of 5.
"Beauty at the art fair", c.2017 by F. Lennox Campello, C-Print 30x40 inches, edition of 5.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Check these out and think in feet

What do you see? See them as in feet scale... the last image tells you what they are...

The amazing work of the Kinderkids at SFS Lower School, where they are lucky to have a rockstar teacher (Ms. Sabreena Jeru-Ahmed).

Friday, April 27, 2018

SFS Lower School show

All that I've got to say is that kids at SFS Lower School have a spectacular art rockstar for a teacher (Ms. Sabreena Jeru-Ahmed)!

Here are some pics that I took of the show...

Thursday, April 26, 2018

$50,000 in Artist Awards

$50,000* Artist Awards

Share your story for a chance to win $500*

 With the help of the Jerry Goldstein Foundation, Jerry's Artarama, and its sponsors, they are giving away a minimum of $50,000* to artists with great personal stories, incredible talent and/or unique creativity and achievements to share! Jerry always liked a good personal story and they hope that you share yours with them. No matter if you have achieved immense success, are still struggling, or are a student wanting to go to art school your story is important!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Edgewood Open Studios this Saturday April 28th from 6-9pm

Adam Hagler's customized dream studio started as an 1100 sq ft open layout in the Edgewood Studios building. Now it is three individual studios and one shared gallery space. They built it all from scratch, and can’t wait to have you over to visit! Join Adam, Zac Willis and Emily Hoxworth in Studio 1, and the other artists of Edgewood Studios this Saturday:

Saturday, April 28 | 6-9 PM 703 Edgewood St NE, Washington DC 20017

Open Studios for Artists:

Anthony Dihle - https://www.victorydancecreative.com/
Adam Hager - http://adamroberthager.com/
Beth Hansen - http://www.bethhansenart.com/
Chris Haughery - http://www.chrishaughery.com/
Emily Hoxworth - http://emilyhoxworthart.com/
Ian Jehle - http://www.ianjehle.com/
Sean Sweeney - http://www.seansweeneystudio.com/
Zac Willis - https://zacwillis.com/

Hope to see you there!

Planning to come? RSVP on Facebook and share the event with friends! The more the merrier. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Art scam alert!

Do not fall for this asswipe's attempt to rip off artists:
From:  thomas  (thomasfred500500@engineerupdate.com)
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


Monday, April 23, 2018

Call for Artists' Designs

WHO: Hyattsville CDC
WHAT: Call for Artists' Designs to print on vinyl when wrapping traffic signal cabinets this August
WHERE: The City of Hyattsville, MD
WHEN: Deadline for submissions is 5/25/18 at 4:00 PM
HOW: This call is open to all artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers who currently live or work within the State of Maryland. More information online at http://hycdc.org/traffic-box ?utm_source=dailycampelloartnews

Call for Artists: 
Traffic Box Art Wrap Project
Hyattsville, Maryland
Submittal Deadline:  Friday, May 25th, 2018 – 4PM
$500 honorarium

The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation announces a Call for Artists’ designs to transform select traffic signal cabinets in Hyattsville into public artworks.  Traffic signal cabinets – the stainless steel structures located at every signalized intersection – are vulnerable to graffiti and vandalism.  This project will utilize a public art application to address community blight and enhance the visual landscape.  Artist designs will be printed on vinyl and wrapped around state-maintained signal box cabinets in the City of Hyattsville. This project is made possible through funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy Program and the support of the Maryland State Highway Administration.


This call is open until 4pm on Friday, May 25th, 2018.  To ensure fairness to all, there are no extensions or waivers of deadlines.


This call is open to all artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and photographers who currently live or work within the State of Maryland.  Submitted designs must be original artwork and can be created in any medium, so long as it can be represented in, and is submitted as, a high-resolution digital image without loss of integrity or quality.

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 pgp-brentwood-arts@pgparks.com

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 dwightedward47@gmail.com
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 www.chaw.org 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1767997493507433/

*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 office@dcartsstudios.org.

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.