#TentacleTuesday is coming!

Be on the lookout for tentacles emerging from the tops of D.C. traffic boxes and in public spaces throughout the city starting this Tuesday and continuing through the summer. Local street artist Theodore Carter will show his 5-foot tall sculpture made largely from recycled materials. In February, Carter created  #100DucksDC, a public display of one…

Constructing New Realities: The Unique Vision of Artists with Schizophrenia

As English artist Louis Wain’s schizophrenia worsened, his adorable anthropomorphic cat drawings turned into psychedelic pet portraits full of bright colors and repeating patterns. All of a sudden, his calendar-ready artwork twisted into something uncomfortable and otherworldly. The change in Wain’s work is profound and brings into question how much his illness influenced his art.  …

#100DucksDC Half Century Mark! (44-50)

I’m going to put one hundred luminescent duck sculptures in a visible location somewhere in Washington, D.C. While working on this street art project, I’ll document my progress online. You can see all the ducks created so far by going here. I’ve made it to 50 ducks! This is some sort of accomplishment and not…

DC Alley Museum

Across from the Washington, DC Convention Center hidden in Blagden Alley are several murals funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities which make up the DC Alley Museum. The project is curated by artists Bill Warrell and Lisa Marie Thalhammer. Both contributed murals as well. You can read more about the project in this Washington…

Draw Something Beautiful: Neighborhood Street Art

My kids and I took some old cardboard, plywood, glue, and paint and constructed a blank canvas with a sign reading “Draw Something Beautiful.” We put it out on the curb in Takoma Park, MD, just outside Washington, DC. Take a minute to notice and appreciate the symmetrical pasta-based design my son created for the…

Trina Merry and the Fine Art of Bodypainting

Trina Merry created a series of striking images of models camouflaged in with local D.C. landmarks. Here, she talks more about her visit to D.C. and her unique work. On your website, you say musician Amanda Palmer introduced you to bodypaint. How did this meeting happen and how did it change you?  I worked in…