Art All Night 2017!

Once again, my wife and I participated in Art All Night Lawrenceville. 

It’s a free art exhibit in a huge warehouse and free for all Pittsburghers. Also, anyone in the city can submit one artwork to be shown.

My mixed media sculpture/painting “Tridimensional Portrait of a Lizard in the Midst of an Existential Crisis” was on display, along with a painting my wife made. It was a blast as always!

Wings & Wildlife Art Show 2016 – the National Aviary

I was once again accepted to show my artwork at this year’s Wings & Wildlife Art Show at the National Aviary. There’s  nothing quite like sharing one’s wildlife-inspired art while surrounded by birds from around the world.

My wife makes everything prettier
My low-budget booth
Franklin the spectacled owl being show off by Mia
My wife and I admiring this African penguin

 

The view from my booth in the atrium

 

Art All Night 2015!

My wife Tamaryn and I both participated in Art All Night again this year (in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA). It’s a free art exhibit in a huge warehouse and free for all Pittsburghers. Also, anyone in the city can submit one artwork to be shown.

My pastel pencil drawing “Sentience” was on display, along with a painting my wife made. It was a blast as always!

 

My work featured at my local (and favorite) art supply store!

I absolutely love Artist and Craftsmen Supply Store in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. I find myself there almost weekly, whether I need anything or not. It helps that I live nearby. The employees never cease to be friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They feature local artists every month behind the front counter, and I recently got a turn. Works shown are “Woodstock the Golden Conure,” “The Watcher“,”Stripes,” and “Tiger Shark.”

On display at Artist & Craftsmen Supply
On display at Artist and Craftsmen Supply

 

 

Art All Night 2014!

Here in Pittsburgh we have an awesome annual event: Art All Night. It’s art, and music, and beer… all night long. It’s free for everyone, and anyone in the burgh can submit one artwork for display – with all being accepted. It’s such a great way to see the creativity going on throughout the city from hobbyists, pros, children, and dabblers alike. Needless to say, there are thousands of works on display. And it’s an absolute blast. My pastel drawing “Dexter” was my featured work.

Me beneath my pelican pastel, “Dexter.”

 

 

“Wild Things” – A blast of an experience that went without a hitch

Well, we attended the “Wild Things Public Art Installation & Exhibition” juried by Cynthia Shaffer at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, which contained two of my artworks, and it was a ton of fun. “Longing” sold! I’m pretty happy that “I Hear You Have Crabs” did not, as I don’t really want to part with it.

Here’s me with my fiance. The artists were “highly encouraged” to create masks for the reception.

WildThings_03_600The building itself was adorned with these cool flowing tentacles.

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My works have been accepted into the “Wild Things Public Art Installation & Exhibition”!

Lucky me! Two of my works, “Longing” and “I Hear You Have Crabs,” have been accepted into the “Wild Things Public Art Installation & Exhibition” juried by Cynthia Shaffer at Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. I feel incredibly honored to have been selected!

The opening reception is on April 4th, 2014 and the exhibition will run until June 21st, 2014.

“I Hear You Have Crabs” Daniel D. Brown 2014 8″ x 8″ oil on canvas and MagicSculpt

“Longing”

In the Belly of the Beast: my first art exhibit (at Sweetwater Center for the Arts)

Recently one of my digital artworks, “Ocean Invasion #12: We’ve Got Crabs!” was accepted into the juried exhibit “In the Belly of the Beast” at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. This past weekend was the opening reception, which was quite an exciting event for me, especially being my first such experience. I had no idea what to expect. Hell, I didn’t even know if their were general rules for what to wear (luckily there were not).

NOTE: This exhibit will be hanging at Sweetwater Center for the Arts through July 28th, 2012. So go check it out if you get the chance.

Exhibit description:

“In the Belly of the Beast

Reception: Saturday, June 30, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The raw force of nature unleashed. The soul of a beast exposed. The sheer power of entities not made by man that humble humanity into feeling small. This exhibit will reveal the essence of the organic: plants, animals, water, earth, sky, fire. Not in the safe, controllable way people see them, but instead showing the dynamic strength and ungovernable temperament that they truly possess. Selected art will focus on Mother Earth in an unaccustomed way. Work may also express the contradiction of what is man-made versus wild.

This exhibition is juried by Cynthia Shaffer, who built her art career in New York, Chicago and Phoenix before moving to Pittsburgh in 1990. She currently divides her time between henna tattooing, teaching art, taking photographs of animals at the Butler County Humane Society, volunteering at the ARL Wildlife Center, and working on her own art. Using bones, dead bugs, stones, feathers and other natural elements, Shaffer creates intricate patterns and mandala designs that juxtapose these components. Her objective is to show the beauty in things most people find repellent. “The color of a Japanese beetle is more exquisite than I can paint. The curve of a pelvic bone is more graceful than I can design. It fascinates me.”

The opening reception of In the Belly of the Beast will be attended by Pennsylvania creatures saved by the Animal Rescue League Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, with photographs and information about their organization.”

Me and my work at the exhibit
My first presence in a juried art exhibit!

I was also incredibly lucky to have my wife and several friends there to show support (and observe the other art and eat the shrimp and meatballs and ogle the porcupine and turtle).

Me and my friends, taken through the walled mirror.
Cool 2 level layout at Sweetwater. And my friends.

An interesting side note: the building featured in my artwork (with the crabs scurrying up it) is actually the apartment building in which several friends live.

Occupants of the building in my artwork: Benjamin and the Sarahs.

Another cool aspect of the exhibit mentioned above was the fact that the Animal Rescue League was there, along with some of their rescues, including a porcupine and Eastern Box Turtles!

Porcupine rescued by the Animal Rescue League in Pittsburgh

All in all it was a wonderful experience, and I hope to do it again soon.

Exhibit handout

Featured on Symbiartica – the Scientific American art blog!

I owe a great debt of gratitude to Glendon Mellow, the excellent science artist, blogger at The Flying Trilobyte, and writer at the Scientific American science-art blog “Symbiartic“.

In his latest post at Symbiartic, he featured my recent work “Ocean Invasion #12: We’ve Got Crabs.

Science-Art Scumble #31.

So check it out, and check out Glendon’s work as well.

Thanks, Glendon!

My art in the science blogosphere – Deep Sea News article

My older work “Echinodermata,” which depicts the branches of the echinoderm lineage with a cladogram in the sand, was recently used in an excellent post: Veins of Water: The Evolution of the Echinoderm Water-Vascular System, by Kevin Zelnio at Deep Sea News.

Veins of Water: The Evolution of the Echinoderm Water-Vascular System

“Echinodermata”

This work was also used as a backdrop in an interview with Dr. Christopher Mah (of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Echinoblog).

“Out of Warranty” featured in “Blender Art Magazine #29″!

My artwork, “Out of Warranty,” has been featured in the latest issue of Blender Art Magazine, Issue #29, which had an “Industrial Revolution” theme.

The piece was inspired by both the industrial revolution and it’s eventual hand in the oil spill in the gulf.

You can download this issue (and all issues) as a free .pdf file HERE.

Alternatively, you can read the magazine in online format HERE.

Feuturing “Out of Warranty”

My artwork as a backdrop for a scientist interview!

The excellent scientist and blogger, Dr. Christopher Mah (of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Echinoblog was interviewed at Ocean Portal about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill’s impact on some of the lesser appreciated organisms: the echinoderms (sea stars, sea urchins, etc). My artwork “Echinodermata” is prominently displayed behind him (Note: the poster was originally a gift to Chris back when I created it).

Here is the interview:

Look for this behind Chris:

“Echinodermata”