New Book Review

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“The book is an impressive compendium of accomplished, colorful, sometimes exotic and wildly heterogeneous artwork.  Spalenka is eager to turn his skills to virtually anything that catches his fancy, and his vision is consistently a blend of the Dionysian and the Apollonian, the dark and the light side of the human spirit–evident already, before you open the book, in the neo-rococo cover image of a nude female figure with a butterfly at the head and a skull at the feet.  Aesthetically, you might imagine a cross between Gabriel Rossetti and Odilon Redon, Max Ernst and Salvador Dali, with a lot of the spirit of art nouveau thrown in for good measure.”

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-Peter Clothier, art critic, author, and writer of The Buddha Diaries.

 

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Back at Mitchells Bookshop

1511547_10152761468880865_989361739468152153_oMy lecture at Mitchells Bookshop in November.

I have been invited to present another multimedia lecture and signing of my book, The Art of Greg Spalenka, at Mitchells Bookshop, Saturday, Dec. 13th at 2:00! Whizin Market Square, 28914 Roadside Dr. Agoura Hills, 91301 in the atrium #214. Please arrive early as seating is limited.

Books will be for sale at $35.00.

I will also be lecturing about The Art of Collaboration with Roxana Villa at 4:30 at her studio just down the hall at Roxana Illuminated Perfume. Roxana and I have created some beautiful visions together to celebrate her perfumes. I am revealing a new image for her LA DAME BLANCHE perfume inspired by the Outlander series of books written by Diana Gabaldon after the lecture!

There is also going to be a grand Holiday Fair at Whizin the same day. It is going to be a celebration. Come on by!

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New Spalenka.com

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The new Spalenka.com is up with a new look and a new vision. You can peruse some of my art career history and stay up to date on the new projects I am producing throughout the year in the WORKS. In the SHOP section there are beautiful high end giclees for sale as well as some classic card sets, posters, books and music. Some classics will include a handful of the now out of print “Eyes of the Unicorn”  books as well as rare posters of which I have maybe one or two left. Stay tuned for the posters they are very cool.

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You will also have an opportunity to explore more of my photography and some upcoming very cool collaborations with Roxana Illuminated Perfume! The Visions of Vespertina illustrated book is back on track too! Click on WORKS- Current for the newest projects that are lining up to be finished.

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Lastly, I am taking Portrait Commissions! They are for the serious art connoisseur who really wants to celebrate the beauty and power of this timeless art form. Truly a magnificent gift!

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2 Unite All

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My art was used on the cover of this benefit album for healing and peace in Gaza. Peter Gabriel and many other musicians are on it. Learn more.

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More Book Sketches

I have been drawing sketches in my books for people who purchase the $95 and $195 limited edition slipcase set. It has been a joy personalizing each and every one of these.

The image that comes through for each book is intuitive, the only guiding factor being whether you want a female or male theme. Some of the drawings have been portrait like in nature. Lots of feminine themed sketches so far. Enjoy.

Pick up your book with a special drawing as a gift for yourself or others. The holidays are just around the corner.

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John Wiebusch & the NFL

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I went to a memorial for John Wiebusch this last weekend. John was an amazing writer and editor. I met him while he was the senior editor at NFL Publications which created everything from the Super Bowl Programs to trading cards and awesome books.

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He edited an NFL book published in 1970 that I came across when I was twelve years old called, “More Than  A Game” that was filled with amazing art and photography. It inspired me big time with the myriad of art styles it showcased including Alan E. Cober, Merv Corning, Bart Forbes, Ignacio Gomez, James McMullan, Don Weller, Dave Willardson, Dick Oden and many more. I highly recommend it even today as a piece of visual and editorial poetry. He even got Ray Bradbury to write a piece in it. Timeless.

John had an amazing eye for quality art and was not afraid to take risks. I appreciated his candor and insight. He was a good man and I miss him.

I worked with John extensively on many pieces of artwork for the NFL. Below are some of the NFL trading cards I created. Can you guess who the different players are?

Click on the images to see them larger. Graphite, acrylic, oil, gold leaf on board.

I am happy that some of these pieces created with John are in my book.

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Winners

il_570xN.48773172The winners have been chosen for The Art of Greg Spalenka selfie/review promote giveaway and also for the Print Poll giveaway! A big thank you to everyone who so graciously took a moment out of their busy day to take a selfie with my book or review it, or to comment on my series of prints that I am making available on my new website. It was fascinating seeing which images resonated the most with all of you.

Hugs to all!

The winners are…

Michael Rizzolo
Richard Schueller
Jessica Lough

For the Print Poll…
Irene Player

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Print Poll

The Print Poll is over! A big thank you to everyone who helped me decide which prints will be showcased on my new website. The winner of the Print Giveaway will be announced Thursday!

I am redoing my entire website and am revising the Prints that I sell. Please help me determine which images will remain available for sale. Choose you favorite images in the poll below. If there is a piece of art I did not include here that you feel should be offered please let me know.

Everyone who participates will be entered in a giveaway for one free archival print! Leaving a reply at the end of the post automatically enters you in the giveaway. Thank you very much!

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The Tree of Life


The Tree of Life: A Mystical Approach to the Art of Botanical Perfumery was a lecture presented by Roxana Villa at the Beyond Aromatics conference at Bastyr University in September 2014 for NAHA, The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy.

Written and narrated by Roxana, I helped direct and edit this video presentation of it. It is eighteen minutes of botanical perfume history imbued with a poetic spirit. Enjoy.

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More Book Sketches

I have been drawing sketches in my books for people who purchase the $95 and $195 limited edition slipcase set. It has been a joy personalizing each and every one of these.

The image that comes through for each book is intuitive, the only guiding factor being whether you want a female or male theme. Every single request has been for a feminine theme so far. Must be that Goddess energy weaving through my work. Ha!

Love and peace.

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