Hope is in the Ocean

Wood, Trash, Acrylic Paint

National Arts Program at Hopkins

Today opened the National Arts Program at Johns Hopkins Medicine. RJ,   Leezle, CoCo and I submitted pieces. The opening was packed – and bigger than I expected. The show features many talented people (kids and adults).

This is something CoCo painted for me called “Lunch with Papa.” I love the color in this. And, I love lunch.

Below is Leezle’s very timely painting called “Obama.” I wish he could see it.

Below is yours truly with “Frida’s Sitting Room,” blogged here:

And last but not least, my dear friend and colleague RJ Malacas with a portrait of his father (who is battling cancer):

I love that picture of his Dad.

Good stuff.

ArtScape 2008

I am delighted to announce that one of my pieces was accepted for the Penned exhibit for this year’s ArtScape festival!

ArtScape 2008


Artscape July 17 – 20, 2008 in the Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center, Maryland Institute College of Art

And, what I think might just be the best part – it’s JUNK MAIL ART!
Click below for larger:

Monkey Mask

Please come see the exhibition if you are in town, and be sure to wear a monkey mask just like Trevor “Ham” Hamilton – it’ll make your life better! Good for pets, too!



Thank you, Chas, for hepping me to the exhibition.

Junk Mail Art

Do you get a lot of junk mail? I sure do. I don’t mean SPAM…we all get that. I mean the good old fashioned snail mail variety. Credit card offers. Magazine offers. Services I never even knew existed.

What a waste of paper! It’s occurred to me that it can be re-purposed for good. To make someone (or some mechanical sorting device) have a brighter day! NOTE: I am not saying it’s a good idea to use the return postage paid envelopes…even though that’s a really funny thought.


Art History Junk Mail
Picasso Above, Monkey Below.

Mad Monkey Mask

I created a new flickr JUNK MAIL ART group, if you want to join in the fun.

I submitted these for ArtScape, too. Here’s the pen.

Junk Mail Pen

That’s all you need. And an idea or two. Post yours with mine on Flickr.

Watercolor Quickie

Watercolor sketch longview

I try to do something “creative” everyday – something above and beyond the normal “creative” activities that I would do anyway. Often, this happens on my train ride – it can be a piece of writing, or computer code or a drawing. It doesn’t matter, as long as it’s fun and has that new idea smell.

I didn’t ride the train today, so after work, I snuck out to the stevedore docks and did this as quickly as I could. It’s obvious that I  don’t have a grip on watercolor, but thought I’d give it a whack.

Watercolor sketch

I presume this fellow hunts stray pirates. AND…that tunnel leads to a water tower.