Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday (fine) art

202 Billboard Structures by Jenny Odell

Jenny Odell searches Google's maps for various satellite collections - billboards (shown above), swimming pools, parking lots, basketball courts, etc.  She says, "Though geographically they represent a vast (and fragmented) amount of landscape, the collections carry with them the feelings of smallness, vulnerability and nostalgia that I find inherent in satellite imagery."

For Christmas I bought my brother and sister-in-law a print of Odell's collection of 125 Stadiums (image below) from 20 x 200.  One thing I like most about her work is how she arranges the geographic landmarks to create a very graphic - and balanced- pattern.  At first it reads as an abstract design, but upon closer inspection, the subject matter is recognizable. 

I'm having one of those, "bah - why didn't I think of that" moments.  Oh well.  Good Job, Jenny Odell.  I like it.  

Have an awesome weekend,


Thursday, February 23, 2012

1st Grade: A special family member

My grandpa that passed away, by Angelo J.

My first graders drew a portrait of someone special in their family, then added a frame full of pattern to complete the composition.  I posted their drawings here at
p.s. how much do you love this one?


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hirshhorn & Sculpture Garden

bah! don't touch the artwork

What a fabulous day we had strolling around DC - posing for pictures at the Hirshhorn Contemporary Art Museum & Sculpture garden.

I heart art.


Monday, February 20, 2012

I need this

Ever wonder how much spaghetti to boil?  I do and I always make too much.  This fun little gadget found via laughingsquid would help me ration the spaghetti according to hunger.  I love the hungry as a horse option.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday (fine) art: Elizabeth Holtry

Hissing Cousins, oil on canvas, 16x16"

I'm drolling over Elizabeth Holtry's recent paintings, now showing at Hillyer Art Space Feb. 3 -24.  They're fabulous.  Browse her website and droll with me. 

Have a great weekend,

Thursday, February 16, 2012

February Subscription

Grand Canyon nightfall, oil on canvas, 9x12
Here's the painting I made, then mailed, for my February subscription.  Check out Project Dispatch and reserve your monthly subscription today!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Give-away winner!

the list

Congrats to Megan B. Quiring on winning my society6 give-away!!!  Megan's name was drawn during our Vietnamese Valentine's day dinner.  Kyle was super excited to help.

Megan chose Twirl as her favorite art print.  It will be on it's way, Megan, just email your mailing address to

Thanks to all who participated!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Moby and Architecture

Yes, the Moby, the techno/electronic musician/dj vegan/activist (or Richard Melville Hall to his friends), has created an L.A. based architecture blog.  He travels the city looking for hidden architectural gems -mainly private residences- and comments on their existence amongst the gritty smog hole that so often consumes the California metropolis. 

His posts are short and include his b/w photography -but what I like most about the blog is that it reminds us to find beauty in places that are overlooked.  Good job Mob's. 

Also, don't forget, you have one more day to participate in my give-away

Have a great Monday,

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Give-away Hooray

My give-away is finally here!! Feast your eyes on my society6 page and pick your favorite art print between $15-$17.00.  If you win, I will have it delivered to your door!  Fun!

Here's what you have to do (so easy):

1. Become a "follower" of  my blog.
2. Write a comment on this post telling me which print of mine you'd like.
3. Already a follower? Just write a comment!


1. "Like" Groove is in the Art on Facebook
2. Write on my wall which print of mine you'd like

A winner will be chosen by random on Valentine's Day evening (10pm), Feb. 14th.  I will announce the winner the following day.  Please remember to 'follow' or 'like' before commenting.

Have fun browsing my society6 page, and good luck,


Stay......Stay.......Stay....... Stay tuned, I promise. I do have a give-away planned....but this week is unexpectedly crazy.   Thanks for your patience.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Friday, February 3, 2012

Project Dispatch Subscriptions

If you haven't heard the latest, my artwork, along with several other works from local artists, are available via subscription service.  There are different levels of subscriptions but the end result is an original work of art.  Check project dispatch's recent blog post to view the subscriptions from January.  I'm already excited for my February subscription.  Thanks Nick!


Friday (fine) art: Thomas Moran

The Chasm of the Colorado

1873-1874 Thomas Moran Born: Bolton, England 1837 Died: Santa Barbara, California 1926 oil on canvas mounted on aluminum 84 3/8 x 144 3/4 in. (214.3 x 367.6 cm.) Remarks: Frame: 111 1/4 x 171 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum Lent by the Department of the Interior Museum L.1968.84.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, North Lobby

I typically don't post images of realistic landscapes, but I just love this one by Thomas Moran.  You need to see it at the museum because it's actually quite large.  I suggest you plant your feet in front of the painting, look longer than our A/D/D selves allow, and study every detail in order to appreciate how talented he was.  The storm is my favorite part.  Did you know Moran was a big influence in getting Yellowstone preserved as a national park?

Have a great friday,