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…
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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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Book Reviews

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“Greg is one of the most important, innovative and influential illustrators of the last 30 years and this gorgeously designed and printed retrospective more than proves that opinion. It is a collection that both entertains and inspires. Which, of course, means yes, you definitely should get a copy.”
-Arnie Fenner at Muddy Colors 

“Greg Spalenka’s distinctive, dreamlike images haunt the mind, invoking new and old myths, populated with fire beings, desert spirits, and winged, ethereal creatures. His vast landscapes of extraordinary worlds lend themselves to exploration and contemplation, with vivid touches and tangible details that bring alien expanses, charmed forests, and mysterious labyrinths alike to life.”
-Tor Books

“Type and paint and pixels all bleed into one, creating a beautiful tapestry of artwork inside that screams of pristine craftsmanship. The book quite literally may have some of the most luminous reproductions I’ve EVER seen in an art book.” 
-Dan Dos Santos

The name Greg Spalenka may or may not be a familiar one to you, but once you have seen his work in The Art of Greg Spalenka, you will never forget it. The new, oversized hardback collection features his creations in many different styles over the past 30 years, and is a tribute not only to his talent, but to the liberating freedom of art itself.
-Cinema Sentries

“The Art of Greg Spalenka’s pages are thick with a matte finish, allowing readers to better admire his stunning works of art. With nearly two hundred pages of art to go through, there is so much to see that it will take plenty of time to look through it all. While the pictures are great to look at, it’s the stories that will make this book truly stand out.”
-Entertainment Buddha

“Congrats on a gorgeous book. The printing gives both the painted work and the digital/photo work incredible detail and depth. The sketch is beautiful and a magical part of the book as a whole. Many evenings will be spent perusing this wonderland of print. Thank you.”
-Nathan Dryden

“Covers your blossoming, the evolution of your art, and a growing awareness of your peaceful soul. Thank you for the beautiful Impromptu print and the lovely cards!”
-Cesar Garcia

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They’re Here!

The Art of Greg Spalenka has arrived and the printing is stunning.
You can order special standard and limited editions here with drawings.          Will be a wonderful addition to any art library.

“Greg Spalenka’s distinctive, dreamlike images haunt the mind, invoking new and old myths, populated with fire beings, desert spirits, and winged, ethereal creatures. His vast landscapes of extraordinary worlds lend themselves to exploration and contemplation, with vivid touches and tangible details that bring alien expanses, charmed forests, and mysterious labyrinths alike to life.” -Tor Books

More reviews here.

Published by Titan Books in London, this hard bound, 9.5″ x 12″ 176 page full color book is also printed with metallic inks. It highlights 32 years of my art career. I share my history as a multi-disciplinary image maker in publishing, film, photography and more with commentary on my techniques, experiences, philosophy and the art of following your muse. I worked with master designer Jeff Burne and am very proud of the result.  

Shipping & handling fees are included in these prices for U.S. addresses only.          There are shipping fees for international destinations. 

I. Standard Edition with Drawing

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Signed standard edition includes a drawing in the front of book.                Request a feminine or masculine theme.

$95

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II. Deluxe Limited Edition with Drawing

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This Deluxe Limited Edition includes a unique cover and an elegant slipcase. Included is one signed print (Impromptu), as well as a signed and numbered signature plate (Desert Mistress) on parchment paper tipped into the book.    A drawing of a feminine or masculine theme completes this tour de force.

$195

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Below are examples of the sketches that have been drawn into books.

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* Shipping and handling fees are included in these prices for U.S. addresses only. There may be an extra shipping fee for orders outside the U.S. Please inquire before placing your order. Thank you.

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Mellifera

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 Photoshoot for Roxana Illuminated Perfume’s new, soon to be released fragrance, Mellifera. Sofie Fletcher is the beautiful model.

Location- Agoura Antique Mart
Camera- Canon Rebel T2i

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Giclee Giveaway

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I am hosting a giveaway for three beautiful archival giclees from The Art of Greg Spalenka The winners of this giveaway can choose any image that they desire from the book.

Entering is easy!

1. Create a selfie with The Art of Greg Spalenka book or photograph your favorite spread/page and place it on Instagram and/or Facebook along with a link to the Spalenka Eye- http://bit.ly/1jcmCUa

2. Send me a link to your post by September 30, 12pm PST and you will be entered into the raffle. Three winners will be chosen Oct. 1st via the randomizer on random.org.

The giclees will be 13″x19″ or 18″x24″ depending on the image.

Let the contest begin!

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The Deluxe Limited Edition

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The Deluxe Limited Edition (only 500 copies) is absolutely gorgeous. It really is a piece of art and feels amazing in your hands. This edition includes a different cover, one signed print (Impromptu), a signed and numbered signature plate on parchment paper (Desert Mistress) that is tipped into the book, and a beautiful designed slipcase.

An  hour long drawing of a feminine or masculine theme (in 50 copies) completes this tour de force. Expect some surprise goodies inside the box. Shipping and handling are included.* $195

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parchment-Printsmall“Desert Mistress” is the signed print on parchment that is tipped into the limited edition book.

* Shipping and handling fees are included in these prices for U.S. addresses only. There may be an extra shipping fee for orders outside the U.S. Please inquire before placing your order. Thank you.

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