Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Adieu, Hominy Grits

All good things must come to an end. After much thought over the past couple of months, I've decided to bring Hominy Grits to a close, and continue my blogging activities in a new [virtual] space.

I started Hominy Grits in 2003, bored and stressed at a thankless job in what I referred to then as the "Coal Mine" (mainly in order to protect the innocent, as well as the guilty).

Brand confusion commenced immediately!

Starting the blog was unpremeditated.  In other words, I didn't have a clue as to what I was getting myself into!  I needed a name and faced with that empty input box, "hominy grits" was the first thing that popped into my head.

I like grits, but my blog was never really ever about foodstuffs. (Did you ever pause to consider how phony and dreadful the word "foodstuffs" is?).

So I'm refocusing my blogging efforts, and hopefully re-energizing them, with a new self-hosted WordPress blog, titled "The Eye of Artist | John Azelvandre Art Notes" where I will blog about my art, the art of others, and sundry other art-related, art-inspiring things.  After all, this is really what I've focused on here for several years.

I'm also hoping I haven't jumped on the WordPress bandwagon too late, and that WP platform will provide a more robust, more flexible and more useful experience for writer and reader alike.

I'll keep Hominy Grits up for a while, for historical interest, so you can peruse at your leisure certain classic posts from my mining days, such as this one.

Be sure to head over to the NEW BLOG, bookmark it, share it, read it, follow it.

Happy New Year! Let's make it a great one!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This weekend! Visit my studio during Gowanus Open Studios

Everything is just about ready for this weekend's studio tour.  I'll be showing several new paintings, including this one:
Lifeworld 28, completed in September.

My studio is located at 168 7th Street, 3rd Floor, (Brooklyn, of course!) within Brooklyn Art Space.  Visit the Arts Gowanus website for maps and more info, etc. about the tour! This weekend only! October 18 and 19, noon to 6. See you soon!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Coming up next! Gowanus Open Studios

Gowanus Open Studios is coming up fast -- less than 3 weeks!  This year's event happens Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19, noon to 6 on both days.  As usual, I'll be exhibiting new work (and perhaps selected older work - have any special requests?) at Brooklyn Art Space, 168 7th Street, 3rd Floor.

Check out the different parts of the Arts Gowanus Website for the crucial information: about the artists, maps, special events.

This year's tour will be the 8th I have participated in, and it promises to be the best yet!

If you haven't recently done so, check out my website to get a preview of some of the work I'll be showing (there's still a possibility of finishing another painting or two before the 18th, so we hope for a surprise!).

Also be sure to follow me on Facebook and sign up for my mailing list to be in the loop about the tour and all future art events!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Au revoir Governor's Island

Summer is really, finally over.  Today was the last day of the Governor's Island Art Fair (and the island is now closed for the season).  Thanks to everyone who came out to see Gowanus Swim Society's installation, Submerged.  Now we turn our attention to October and the Gowanus Open Studio tour! Only three weeks away!  Stay tuned ... !
Au revoir, Governor's Island -- see ya next year!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Submerged at Governor's Island Art Fair

Hey folks, starting this weekend, Saturday, September 6, the Gowanus Swim Society will be exhibiting at the Governor's Island Art Fair!  The fair runs throughout September, Saturdays and Sundays from 11-6.

The swimmers have put together a fabulous show titled "Submerged."  I'm proud to be included in this group of 10 Brooklyn artists. 

Check out this link for all the details on the exhibit!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recently sold!

Several of my paintings have been sold over the past several months:

First, "Once, we lived here" (2011)
was sold through Artsicle in June.
 Then, Lifeworlds 13 and 14 were sold in July.

I have many other paintings available for sale. Please visit my website to see many examples of what could be yours. Contact me today to learn more!

Website updated!

Happy August folks! This is the time of year when I start gearing up for the fall season.  Today, I've updated the website, adding new images, some new artist statement paragraphs, and a few other tweaks.  Check it out at

(If you've been to my website recently, you may need to hit 'F5' to see the changes.)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Whoa! It's been way too long ...

My poor little blog is feeling very neglected!  It's been way too long since I've posted anything here.  Sorry about that.  I promise to have some interesting news and exciting events coming very soon!

In the meantime, make sure you visit and follow/like/fave/what-not my other outposts in Social Media-land:


And of course, my website (which will be receiving some much needed updates over the next couple of weeks).

Peace, everyone, and enjoy the summer!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lifeworlds and Landscapes at Midoma April 24

I'm pleased to announce a show of my work at Midoma Gallery in the Fashion District of Manhattan!

My paintings will be presented alongside the Ceramic sculptures of Greg Hendren.  The opening reception will be Thursday, April 24 (two weeks from today!), from 6pm to 8pm at Midoma Gallery, 545 8th Avenue, Suite 750, Manhattan.

Here is the official announcement from Midoma:

Midoma is proud to present "Lifeworlds and Landscapes" by fine artist John Azelvandre + Ceramic Works by artist Greg Hendren. This event is part of Midoma's "Sustainable Beauty Week Fundraiser". 50% of all ticket sales + 25% of all artwork sold during the event will be donated to the "Fruit Tree Planting Foundation"

Tickets for the event are available now! And, a portion of the proceeds go to a good cause.  Come celebrate Spring with me Thursday, April 24, 6-8.  Tickets and event details are available here:

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Eight Days from tonight ... !

After a long winter's hibernation, everything is happening!  Next Thursday (April 17) the Gowanus Swim Society will hold its one-night-only Spring Pop-Up! Come join me in celebrating spring and enjoying these lovely paintings from my "Lifeworld" series.  The group show will be held at Trestle Gallery Project Space, 400 3rd Avenue, in Brooklyn!  See the Facebook event or Trestle Gallery's website for all the details!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Spring is popping!

Spring is here, and there are plenty of opportunities to see my art in person this month!  In addition to the previously mentioned Gowanus Swim Society Spring Pop-Up, my work will be on exhibit at Midoma Gallery from April 22 through May 23.

Tickets for the Opening Reception will be available soon.  I'll post more details here and on Facebook when I have them!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Gowanus Swim Society Spring Pop-Up

I'm pleased to announce that I'm taking part in a new Arts Collective based in Gowanus, Brooklyn: The Gowanus Swim Society.  Our website is now live, and we have a pop-up showing happening in just over two weeks!
You can also visit us on Facebook, and RSVP on the Facebook Event!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

John Azelvandre Fine Art is now on Facebook!

I finally bit the bullet and put up a Facebook page for my art.  You can see it, like and follow it here:

See you there!

Monday, January 27, 2014

This week's news: website updates!

I've gotten around to tweaking my website (  I've added some new works and some more links (Instagram and Etsy).  A few screenshots:
The homepage
The links page (called "[inter]connect")

My instagram page - studio shots, works in progress and the usual IG silliness

Most significantly, I've added a phone-optimized version of the site!  Now, the site should be easier to view on smartphones.  It's not perfect, but a start.  More tweaks will be coming soon.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January painting

Hi folks! While hibernation has been a temptation lately, what with all the subzero weather hereabouts, instead I've been hitting the easel.  Here is the first painting of the new year, appropriately a "Winter landscape."  This landscape doesn't specifically reference any particular locale, but draws upon memories of my many visits to the Hudson Highlands, the Catskills and other wooded vistas.  So, I hope it expresses a feeling of place without specification.
This piece is 20 inches high by 24 inches wide. A little break from the square practice I'm in the midst of.  I was previously in the habit of inserting the pics directly from flickr here, but it seems they've jacked--um, I mean changed--how the pictures insert, so that seems less elegant now.  If you'd like to see this a little more clearly on flickr here's the link.

I have also finally put up the definitive photograph of last month's painting, Paysage plan├ętaire (Colden), shown below and also on flickr.
 More is in the works!  If you've read this far, then you'll be interested in my Instagram feed: I tend to post a lot of shots of works in progress and other studio pics (as well as the usual IG silliness).  Check it out!