It begins with adoration. Of course it does. At first sight.
Sienna shared this on her FB page last week and I was hooked ~
It’s a print for her baby girl’s room. She just bought it from an artist named Steve Loya based in Virginia.
His original illustrations are on his Splotch Monster Island blog.
It was not just his amazing rendition of such adorable monsters – the soft watercolors, the cute odd shapes, all original characters because, really, how much control would you have on a splotch, right? It was the positive messages as well: “Learn how to knit.” “Send a letter to a friend.” “Get lost in a book.”
Wowkapow! They got me at book. And snailmail. And knit! That’s a three-in-one for this nerdy mommy who believes that doomsday can be averted if everybody had the capacity to either knit, snailmail and read/write books. And draw. Be they books, monsters or other.
Steve Loya has got amazing originality, mad drawing/sketching skills and has messages, life lessons really, that truly work. Yup. I’ve tested each one.
It was love at first splotch.
This would be the first time that I’m shining a positive light on them. Here’s my splotchy story. In doodles.
Now you have yourself a monsterrrrrrific Valentine.
And as Steve Loya says:
Courage in splotchy creativity,