Wednesday, December 20, 2006

On a very sad note.....

Tall Oaks lost a legend recently with the passing of Mr. Charles Goodspeed. A father to Matt and Chris, Chuck G., as we affectionately called him, was a dear friend to all of us. His memory and all of the stories involving this fine man (and there are a heap of great ones!) will live with us forever.

Many of these good times were relived the other night when we got together at Chris and Melody's house and these are a few pictures of that event.


Into a story...



Bottoms up bitches.
Shotguns = Good times.



Queers.



Stalker.


We love you Chuck G.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Cheap way to Philly

Since I will never get around to actually uploading and posting my pictures of my trip to Philly to see Blaine Fontana's opening, "The Manifest Soup Transcripts of Four Corners" at Lineage Gallery this past September (I'm such a slacker), I'm going to post a link instead.

Here it is: link

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

One Man's Trash.....

Slacking big time on the blog, but I have a couple of new pieces to share. I found these wood pieces in the trash by my office and really dug the rugged, dirty state they were in. I cleaned them up a little, but wanted to keep that gritty feel.

Here they are:
Remembering Beantown
Acrylic/Mixed media on wood board
18.5" x 18.5"
This is loosely inspired by a trip up to Boston in October.


Focus Too
Acrylic/Mixed media on wood board
18.5" x 18.5"
This is sequel/continuance of my Focus piece which basically deals with me having too much crap on my plate.

That's it for now.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Back Up!!!

Gone and buried is rockpillow.com but from its ashes, shawnhuddleston.com has risen! Check it out! There's a link to it just to the right on this page so you have no excuse.

I will be updating this thoroughly very soon with details and photos of my trip to Philly, a trip to Boston, and plenty of art news. Stay tuned!

shawnhuddleston.com

Friday, September 22, 2006

Finish Line

Whew! I've been working hard trying to finish this piece for the GRACE show submission deadline and I'm happy to say that, in the eleventh hour, I completed it and submitted it and three others this morning. What a ride. Very fun, but very tiring.

Here's a couple shots of it:


Taking a Dip in the Pool of Suck
Acrylic/Mixed media on wood board
12" x 26"



Here's a detail:

I'm taking the night off from painting and am going to recharge for the weekend. I have a few ideas floating around my bean for the next painting and want to take the time to sketch them out and get the major elements just right. The minor things tend to sort themselves out as "happy accidents" and I'm cool with that seeing as though I'm a bit of a control freak.

So that's all for now. The ballgame was a great time despite the result but when your team is in last place in the division and twenty games under .500, you kind of go into the park with low expectations. There really is no better way to spend good times with your little girl than at a ballgame though. We had a blast.

Oh, I have another lacrosse game this weekend. I play in a men's indoor league and we had a "friendly" last weekend and did pretty well. Once we gel a little bit and learn how eachother get down, we could be a contender. Plus, we have these boss jerseys and our team name is Reston Monkeyhouse in honor of the Ebola outbreak in '89. We're also getting some shorts made up with a cool mad monkey logo on them. I'll post pictures once we get them.

Oh- rockpillow.com is going to be back up very soon. Stay tuned.....

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Long Time, No Blog

Right. Super busy lately between work and well, life. I worked 12 hours yesterday and then stayed up until 4am trying to finish a painting I'm working on. I am submitting it and three others to a juried show that'll be in Reston early next month. The rub is that the deadline is Friday and I have a decent amount left to do. It was fun staying up painting though. It brought back memories of staying up way late back in the day because I couldn't walk away from a drawing. Good times but it comes at a cost as I only had 2 hours of sleep. Makes it hard to be at work but the light at the end of the tunnel is that I'm taking my little girl to the Nats game tonight and she is super excited. So am I. Might be the last one I/we make it to this season. I'm going to try to find my old glove from when I was a real little kid and give that to her tonight.

Anyway, I have a lot to update this blog with but need to leave it for another day. Soon. Promise. Like anyone cares....haha

Friday, September 08, 2006

Do Not Touch - Wet Paint!!!

You'll Have to Excuse my Egg Friend
Acrylic/Mixed media on wood board
11" x 35"

Here's the latest. I finished this last night for the Reston show and delivered it this morning. Here's a few detail shots:


Mega Detail

That's about it for now. I am starting a new piece tonight and feel really good about it already. Still need to post photos of the trip to Philly. Soon.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Chosen

Alexandria takes two! I received notice late last night that they chose two of my paintings for the show next weekend running through October. Below are some details about the outdoor festival part of the show show next weekend in Old Town but it fails to mention that all the works will be relocated to Alexandria City Hall.

Also below is some information on the Reston show that I'll also have two pieces in that is going on at roughly the same time. It's good to be busy!

Leaving work early and headed up to Philly despite Ernesto's efforts to keep me in. Should be a fun drive in the rain and wind. I plan on taking some pictures of the whole event so be on the lookout for a post in the next few days.



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Laters.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Quick Hitter

Hey- Gotta be quick on this one but it's been a while and I wanted to get something up. Took the annual beach trip which was well deserved after that trip to Orlando. Had a blast hanging out with the family with little to do and nil agenda.

While I was down there, I cranked out these two wood plaques I took down with me.

She Wasn't the Youngest or Most Beautiful Flutterby, But She Was His Flutterby
Acrylic/Mixed media on wood plaque
6" x 12"


After a Lengthy Discussion, The Two Agreed to Disagree
Acrylic/Mixed media on wood plaque
6" x 12"

Gotta jet. Going up to Philly Friday for the Blaine Fontana show opening at Lineage Gallery. It's gonna be good times.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

........and we're back.

Customs Agent: Do you have anything to declare?
Me: Yeah, don't go to Florida.

Orlando has got to be one of the worst places in the country, if not the world. I suppose if your a big fat redneck with a big fat sunburn and a big fat family and you dig water parks, it's a good place. But it is horrid otherwise. The only redeeming quality to the entire place was an Irish pub called Murphy's Arms. Had a great time there one night and drank Guinness all night with a lovely English couple. Actually, Orlando is swarming with Brits. Apparently, they save up and go there for holiday. A shame that Orlando is the barometer to which they'll measure our country up to.

On to art news....
I took the family downtown to pick up my pieces from the Wall Mountables show only to discover that I had sold one! I was hoping for better than one out of five, but it's a start and in all honesty, I was very surprised to see that not much sold there at all. Not sure why since there was a lot of great work there. Maybe it was all overpriced. I probably saw about 10-12 blue dots out of maybe 150 pieces of work. So to be one of those 10-12 is pretty flattering. My drunk friend from the opening did not sell anything including her $400 piece of rubbish. And she was telling me that I underpriced my stuff. I will be laughing all the way to the bank. Literally.

So that was a fun experience and I can't wait for the next. After a few phone calls, I learned that the jury was still reviewing the work for the Alexandria show and that we should find out in the next day or two if anything has been selected.

In addition, I am entering two pieces into another juried show that will be in Reston from September through November. I'm coming in on the tail end of the submission period so hopefully there will be some wall space left for the kid.

As promised many posts ago, I have finally taken good pictures of Old Trees for New Coin which is one of the pieces I'm entering in the Reston show. Here 'tis:

11" x 35"
Acrylic/Mixe Media on wood board




Detail 1


Detail 2


Bye for now.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Cliffhanger

Forgot to mention that Chel and I locked ourselves out of the house last night. We were bringing some things in from the car, went to open the door, and nothing. Wouldn't turn. The thing is, the kids were inside asleep. The moment I have been waiting for.....

So since the day we moved into this house I have been awaiting this moment as I have been dreaming of climbing up to the deck. The first part was easy. I was able to climb to the top of the fence with minimal effort to where I could stand easily. Now came the tricky part- I had to somehow get my long ass leg up high enough to get my foot onto the deck flooring while reaching up to grab the railing. I spotted the drain pipe halfway up that distance that would have been great but tested it and it was not stable. So I finally get my foot up to the deck floor (my hip flexor was taking a beating at this point and I was in flip flops which didn't help) and it keeps sliding down the deck front causing me to do a split like six feet up in the air. What the hell? I realized that many moons ago at one of our happy hours when I kind of fell into the big citronella candle (one of those jobs that are supposed to keep the mosquitos away), I knocked a bunch of hot wax out of it and it landed where I was now trying to get a foothold. I must have worn a spot of it off and was now able to get my foot to stick. Here goes nothing. I hoisted myself up with everything I had and I was over the rail like Jackie Chan. Home free. Chel might dispute the Jackie Chan part as she was able to see through to the deck from the kitchen window. Whatever. All I know is that I made it up there and for a minute, A MINUTE, I felt like a kid again and it felt good.

Coming soon: I climb the chimney up to the roof to adjust the satellite dish. Just kidding. Maybe?

Bye for now.

The Show, Summer Colds, and Orlando

Hello to all of my fans. I hope the two of you are doing well.

So I have to leave for Florida tomorrow and am not looking forward to it. I have a lot of work to do once I get down there and to top it all off, I have a summer cold which is the worst. I feel like crap. I'll suck it up though and try to do a little blog while I'm down there.

The show opening was last week and was a heap of fun. Chel and I went down there and went in, looked around, and then left to drink a couple of pints at The Angry Finch. Good times. Then we went back in and the joint was packed! I preceeded to drink a few PBRs and had a nice conversation with a fellow artist that I hung my work next to earlier that week during the install. She was really cool and said that I had a few fans roaming around and that they had come by while I was of course out drinking Guinness. Part of me thinks she was embellishing a bit due to her apparent level of sobriety (lackthereof really) and the fact that she kept going on and on about it. She also told to raise my prices and still insisted on it after I told her that this was my first show. Meanwhile, it was her first show as well and she was trying to sell some piece of crap 3D piece for like $400. So needless to say, I took her advice for what it was worth- not much. She did have a couple of nice pieces though and I feel a little bad for bad-mouthing her. She was nice and it was good to meet her.

I didn't get any blue dots on my labels that night, but I only saw two pieces in total that sold, so I'm not too worried about it. Here's a few pictures:

I wish the chick wasn't in the shot, but this Adams-Morgan. Great place and a very cool place to hang out on a Friday night. Lots of little bars and restaurants and lots of little bars. Did I mention the bars?

The curator announcing that I didn't win the $100 prize for Best Use of Space. Wasn't really counting on it though.

Lots of people drinking and talking. Good times.

My four little crakheads. They're all grown up now.

Mine's the black and white character with the big nose. Lots of good work at this show including a cup attached to the wall by a piece of string that had a label on it asking for "Pubes for Peace." Kind of funny. I was tall enough to look into the cup and didn't see any. No peace I guess.

So all in all, it was fun and I hope to do it again soon. Should find out this week or next if they picked one of my pieces for the Alexandria show.



Also, this big fella came to reside on the side of our house the other night. The picture doesn't do this joker justice. His wing span was about 6 inches and I saw him eyeing the kids. I think he could make off with one of them so I got them inside the house very quickly. I Googled him and couldn't find anything about him. Must be some South Reston mutant breed. Yikes.

Bye for now.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Wall Mountables Show

Hi. So my Nats beat the Cubbies in dramatic fashion and ended up sweeping the series which is good stuff. Monday morning I put a broom on my co-worker's desk who happens to be from Chicago to remind him that his boys got swept. Still funny....

I just got back (literally) from installing my pieces in DC for the Wall Mountables show which opens this Friday night 7-9pm. If anyone is in Adams-Morgan then and wants to see some good work, stop by. Like anyone is reading this....

Here's the postcard:

It was kind of nuts getting down there. I took the Metro in because I didn't want to contend with parking but as it turns out, the train was crazy busy and there were multiple parking spots right in front of the gallery. Go figure. I got there and was snaked on some spaces by some guy who was waiting for me to go get tape for my space assignment slips (we were supposed to tape them to the wall so as to call dibs for the spot). That was kind of shady, but I ended up getting some better spots instead so it all worked out. I hung my pieces and got to talking with this really nice woman who was hanging next to me which was cool. She had some really nice work and honestly, the whole place was filling up with good stuff. I can't wait for the opening. Should be fun.

Bye for now.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Take Me Out.....

....to the ballgame tonight. Nats vs. Cubs. It supposed to rain though. Suck.

I wrapped up a painting last night and worked further on another one that I'm not really feeling. However, I've had a few like that before and they've turned out alright. We'll see. The palette is all wrong though and it's real bright and vibrant and saturated. I think I hate it. I don't really know any other artists so I wonder how many other painters feel this way half way through a piece. I can't imagine that I'm the only one. Again, we'll see. Maybe I can pull it off.

The DCAC show is next week. Can't wait. A little nervous, but it will be fun. I've never done a show before so I have a lot of questions about the installation part of it. Do I bring my own hammer and nails? Tape measure? Is that sort of thing provided? I'll either call and ask or just bring my own stuff and live and learn. I think I'll go with the latter.

What else? Still hot as a pistol here. Oh, here's a picture of me as a grumpy lacrosse coach back in March. I coached at my old high school and can't wait for next season. Good times.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Blah blah blah......blah blah blah blah

Yeah, not much going on. It's hot as hell here and I'm starting to relish the fact that I have a desk job. For now anyways.

We had a really busy weekend. My son was Christened on Saturday and we had a bunch of family in town and had a really great time. Thanks to everyone involved, especially my in-laws who had the party at their house. Great time! Also, thanks to the family that traveled such a distance to be here. Wouldn't have been the same without them.

Now that they're gone though, I can get back to painting and plan on staying up super late tonight to do so. Can't wait. I've got one that's just about finished and am eager to start a new one after that.

Will have more to report tomorrow.

Bye for now.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Go Navy.

So I had to go to Annapolis yesterday for work and having gotten up there a little early, I went by a few galleries to check out some work. Saw some decent stuff but it's all the same subject matter up there. I mean, you can only look at so many paintings of harbors, crabs, boats, etc. before it gets a little boring. I know it's Maryland, but c'mon - try something different. Fun nontheless and a good way to kill some time.

Annopolis....from the parking garage.


Main Street. The harbor is behind me.




These looked good together.


I liked this one.


Cool alley.


Stopped here for a pint. Mmmmmmmmmm..........pint.......

So I got done with what I was there for work-wise and drove home in one of the most insane thunderstorms. It was nuts.

Didn't get to work on anything last night, but I did clean up the studio and took a few pictures.
Here's the before:


And here's the after:

Bye for now.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The Iron Horse

I am continuing to pump out paintings and I finished another one in the wee hours of the morning last night (or this morning depending how you look at it). I got about 3 hours of sleep, but it was worth it. This one is called "Old Trees for New Coin" and is about 10" x 38" on a bookshelf I ganked from my office. I actually have three of them which is great because I really liked working with wood. It's very smooth and the paint glides on. So, the premise of the painting is more of a comment on how a bunch (and I mean a bunch!) of old trees have been ripped out of the ground to make way for construction over the past ten years here in Reston. The pisser is that they plant these little tiny saplings to almost try and make up for it and they're dwarfed by the structures. It's the right thing to do (to re-plant), but those little trees have always represented the death of old ones for new business, which ultimately is in place to make coin. So there you have it.

I also went out and got some frame kits for a couple of paintings and put those together last night too while my daughter and her friend danced and sang to the "Karaoke Swamp" extra feature on the Shrek DVD. It was a fun time and the frames came out really well. I like seeing my stuff as a finished product. Very rewarding. However, as some of the exhibits I plan on participating in approach, I am feeling kind of funny about selling my work. There is such a personal connection with the work due to the time spent with it, that it seems very strange to part with it. But, that's just part of the whole deal I guess and I'll put my purse down now and just sell the stuff. Hell, I always have the pictures and can order prints I guess. This is, of course, IF it sells. Kind of cheeky to assume that it will.

I'll post a picture of the painting soon and will also take a couple of shots of the studio. It needs to be cleaned due to some family coming in for the weekend, so I'll get some good before and after shots.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

On the Mend


Post pitbull attack. Notice the three straw drain in her chest. She's now the family juicebox. Poor Gia...

The good news is Gia is doing much better and is making a speedy recovery. It was quite a weekend though as we had to take her back to the emergency vets and the entire thing ended up costing us about $1450. Without going into details, it was paid back to us so I guess that's good news too.

As for some art news (there hasn't been much of that here), I have been painting quite a bit and have entered three pieces into a juried show which will run sometime in September in Alexandria. Should find out if any were selected the week of August 1st. Stay tuned.

I also have the DCAC "Wall Mountables" show in a few weeks which is an open show but is a good starting place and a decent event to put on a resume. I have four little framed pieces for that and hopefully they will sell. Having not sold a piece of art yet, they will be priced fairly low. I need to build a base while staying reasonable.

So, that's about it for now. I am still website-less and it's driving me nuts for some reason. I like having my site and I'm starting to miss it. I have an offer for free hosting which I'd like to jump on but it's been tough trying to connect with my guy. So, hopefully soon.

Bye for now.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

When F!@#$%# Pitbulls Attack

So I'm trying to get a little exercise today after work by shooting some hoops up at the neighborhood court, right? Well despite the heat, I decided to take my dog, Gia, with me to get her out of the house. We're walking along the backs of these houses right near the court and I hear this dog barking. I didn't think much of it since dogs in houses bark at Gia and me all the time whilst walking. All of the sudden, a loud ruckus accompanies my seeing a screen door being blasted off its tracks and this crazy ass pitbull come charging at us. Next thing I know, it's a canine tornado as the two start fighting to the death. Sadly, the other dog got the better of Gia and was on top of her like a savage. I didn't know what to do. I didn't want to try and grab the dog because I didn't want to get bit and my attempts of alerting someone by yelling, "HEY!!! COME GET YOUR DOG!!!!" about four times wasn't working so I threw the basketball at this bastard. Nothing. Luckily, the ball (my new one that I got for Father's Day- thanks Chel) bounced right back to me and this time I really cocked back and nailed him again. This snapped him out of it but then he looked at me and I thought I was going to have a little man vs. beast thing going on. Not the case thankfully. He started trotting back to his house, which is when Gia started to go after him. I yelled at her to "come" before she reached him and he went up some stairs to his deck and Gia came back to me.

I took her home and after a quick damage assessment, I had to take her to a emergency room vet due to a semi-large hole in her chest which was see-through to her innards. I ended up dropping $811.12. However, they assured me that she will be just fine and that we can probably get her tomorrow.

Next: Contacting the owners. Stay tuned.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Planning the Attack

I try to set goals for myslef within the course of a year so that I am always working towards something and not just letting the days go by. My goal for this year is to have a gallery show. I don't care if it's in a real gallery or a a little cafe at Lake Anne. It doesn't matter and I'll tell you why:

1. It's something I've always admired and wanted for myself, and
2. It'll mean that I'm staying active artistically and producing work.

So once this idea was hatched, I started doing a little research and started looking at galleries. I soon came to the conclusion that the area I live in seems to suck compared to areas like LA, San Francisco, and New York where the art scene is massive and seemingly abundant. So then I got to thinking that maybe what I was looking for on the interweb isn't on the interweb. It's in the streets and in the galleries and your area is what you make it. It's not like I can pick up and move to the more creative cities at the drop of a hat in order to fulfill my artistic needs. I have a family to think of and it's up to me to make this happen for myself where I am.

More later.

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The Maiden Voyage

I have caved. Everyone and their mother has a blog and I have given in and started one too. What the hell? The intent of this is really for myself and I doubt I'll ever share it with anybody. So why even write this stuff as if there is an audience in place? In case I get one, I guess.

I have a lot of thoughts daily about things to paint and other ideas/feelings that may spawn a more firm thought worthy of artistic attention and I often forget them or lose the steam I had at one point of conception. So, this is to serve as my cyber-mind or internal notebook. I'm starting to bore myself....