Another art show is officially done. Cocktails was the first formal-dress event I’ve put on so far, and I have to say it was a rousing success. A great turnout, impressive sales, and everybody looked like a million bucks.
But wait. I’m getting ahead of myself here.
Wednesday morning I was up early, packing up the paintings and heading to Score on Davie to set up. Score is a great venue, with a much bigger room than you’d anticipate from seeing the outside of the building, and fantastic lighting, too.
It only took a few minutes to set things up; after eight shows I’m kind of an old hand at this.
All the while this was going on, I could smell food aromas coming out of the kitchen. So once the show was hung, I sat down and ordered some breakfast.
The management and staff of Score were very enthusiastic about the show, and very accommodating. They’ve had art shows there in the past, and it showed in how professionally they handled everything.
Of course I live-tweeted the whole process, and I had three paintings sold before I even finished that Jack & Coke.
After that I ran a few errands, and went home to do a bit of painting before suiting up for the evening’s festivities.
Then it was party time.
The night went something like this for me: sell a painting, have my picture taken with a beautiful woman, drink a signature Howyadoin Whiskey Sour ( Jameson whiskey , hand-squeezed lemonade, free-range pasteurized egg whites, and Angostura bitters), schmooze, sell a painting, have my picture taken…
The drinks were potent, delicious, and incredibly cheap, thanks to the involvement of Simone Kelly, who came all the way from Ireland just to promote her favourite whiskey (she was also kind enough to treat me to a shot).
Several times that night, things started to slow down and I thought maybe the party was over. But then there’d be another influx of people, and the cycle would start again. Even as the Pearl Jam show ended, more people were still arriving.
We finally wrapped things up around 1:00AM, and then a friend from the bad old days who I hadn’t seen in a year came back to my bar, and we cracked open another bottle of (you guessed it) Jameson and drank and talked till 6:00AM.
So I’d like to thank these most excellent people for their contributions to the evening:
Jessi, Keith, Rob, Shiz and Jessica at Score, for… everything , basically (not just the free meals).
Derek Bolen, for lining up the dominoes.
Simone Kelly, for all things whiskey-related.
Annie Friesen , for the buttons, the artistic encouragement, and generally being an excellent human being.
And Krista Falconer, Jewel Staite, Mark Fox, Cher Staite, George Smeltzer, Lori Kittelberg, Cathy Browne, Katherine MacDonald, Doug Farmer, Scott Graham, Lyndsey Locke, Cristina Weir, Sam Anderson, Dale De Ruiter, Donna Jaggard, Dan Udey, Amanda West, Meghan Kilner and Shaun, Candie Tanaka, Adam & Corinna Carlson, Nikkie Milne, Melissa Jones, Johnny B., Ian Martin & “Holly”, Rochele Potter, Tiffany Shim, Don Falconer, Lindsay Bayne, Ian MacKinnon, Theresa Barteluk, Kyle Reid, Chris, and Sean (I’m sure I must be forgetting somebody here) .
I thank you, one and all. You made my day.
Photos courtesy of Amanda West, Lyndsey Locke, Simone Kelly, Dan Udey.
December 7, 2013 | Categories: accomplishment , , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , booze , bret taylor , color , colour , creative , creativity , , , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , metal flake , metalflake , metallic , paint , painter , painting , paintings , party , , vancouver | Tags: , art , , , , , howyadoin , , metalflake , painting , , | Leave A Comment »
Had a great experience at a Christmas craft fair this weekend. And as luck would have it, there are still a few of this year’s metalflake Christmas paintings up for grabs (I painted a lot ).
So here’s an overview of what’s available. They’re all 3×4 inches, and the price is $30 apiece (not including shipping). If there’s one you have your eye on, drop me a line at [email protected], or message me on Facebook or Twitter.
November 25, 2013 | Categories: art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , business , buy , buy buy buy , christmas , Christmas presents , howyadoin , metal flake , metalflake , metallic | Tags: 2013 , art , christmas , howyadoin , metalflake | Leave A Comment »
Just a quick note: we’re in the process of sorting details for the next show, entitled “Ka-Pow!: The Age of Heroes”. It’s a tribute to superheroes, which, when I was a little kid, were my main reason for learning to draw.
Here’s a little sneak preview:
July 8, 2013 | Categories: accomplishment , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artwork , color , colour , , , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , metalflake , metallic , superhero | Tags: art , artshow , , , , howyadoin , , metalflake , , |
On Sunday, May 12th, I had the distinct pleasure of holding my sixth art show. This one broke new ground in terms of venue (the HiVE ), timing and structure. And if audience reactions are any indication, in terms of the art itself.
I mixed things up some this time around – metalflake paintings without the border treatment I usually employ, less square-format pieces than usual, size and shapes I don’t usually work in. Plus a more multi-layered approach to glazing and iridescents.
And the subject really seemed to strike a chord with people.
A few visual highlights:
Buttons courtesy of Annie Friesen and Dottie’s Buttons .
Some of the fine people who showed up.
The long-distance traveler award goes to Jaime, who came over from Vancouver Island for the show.
Team Sizzr represents.
Oops. Not Aaron.
In which I demonstrate a narwhal/unicorn swordfight.
All the support in the world.
Very serious discussion.
So I’m calling this another one for the victory column. I had an amazing day. Every time we put on another show, there’s less stress to deal with, and the process gets more streamlined.
A very special thank-you to:
Tess McCann , who put the pieces together.
John Watson , who documented the process.
Lyndsey MacEwen , who stepped up to bat.
Jaime Lee Purgavie , who believed.
Annie Friesen , who buttoned it all up.
Mike Watson , who drove the getaway car.
Lindsay Bayne , who wisely said “narwhal!”
Cindy McShane, Karina Halle, Kate MacDonald , and Lyndsey Locke , who bought the paintings.
Aaron Cruikshank, Eve Rickert, Margarete Hernandez , and Alan Cheung from the HiVE, who gave me the opportunity.
Heather Prost, Jess Couture, Meghan Kilner, Kyle Reid, Jenn Derksen, Steve Kinsey, Scott Graham, Ian McKinnon, Katie Moran, Jacquie Clarke, Cheryl Cheeks, Kitty Nichols , and Mike C. , who kept the faith.
Tom Odell and Lucy Schwartz , who provided the musical portion of the (very) exclusive afterparty.
Paul Keelan , who supplied my ticket.
Christy McNeil, Julia Gaetz , and Amanda West , who all made valiant efforts.
Jack Daniel , for service above and beyond the call of duty.
(Photos courtesy of John Watson and Imagemaker Photographic Studio .)
May 15, 2013 | Categories: aquatic , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , artwork , beautiful , booze , bourbon , bret taylor , buy , buy buy buy , , color , colour , commerce , commission , commissions , creative , creativity , draw , , , girls , glory , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , , metal flake , metalflake , paint , painter , painting , paintings | Tags: acrylic , art , , , dottiesbuttons , howyadoin , humpback , , manta , metalflake , narwhal , , ocean rain , octopus , painting , , seahorse , , , , , , whale | 1 Comment »
First off, thanks to everybody for their patience regarding the Ocean Rain show. We’ve tentatively settled on a date for the opening: Sunday, May 12, and we hope to make the official announcement any day now, once the last few details have been sorted.
And secondly, it’s Tuesday again, so it’s time for a new shirt:
For sale in my RedBubble store .
April 23, 2013 | Categories: animal , apparel , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artwork , fish , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustration , redbubble , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: aquatic , art , draw , howyadoin , illustrate , manta , manta ray , marine life , ocean rain , oceanrain , ray , t-shirt | Leave A Comment »
Sensing a lot of pro-narwhal sentiment lately, I decided to include one in the Ocean Rain show (more on this very soon, trust me). And of course, I figured it should be a shirt, too:
You can find it here in my RedBubble store .
April 16, 2013 | Categories: accomplishment , animal , apparel , aquatic , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , artwork , bret taylor , business , drawing , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , projects , promo , promotion , redbubble , sale , sales , shirt , social media , style , t-shirt , wordpress | Tags: aquatic , art , howyadoin , mammal , marine , narwhal , ocean rain , oceanrain , redbubble , tusk , white whale | Leave A Comment »
And we’re back with another installment of T-Shirt Tuesday. This week’s featured shirt is another design from the upcoming Ocean Rain show, in this case, a new seahorse:
And you can buy it right here .
April 2, 2013 | Categories: animal , april , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , blog , business , buy , buy buy buy , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , marine , redbubble , seahorse , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: aquatic , art , howyadoin , marine , ocean rain , seahorse | Leave A Comment »
Hey there. As you may have noticed, weekly t-shirt releases were on hiatus for awhile as we prepped for (and recovered from) Hot Pink .
But now we’re rebooting the t-shirt release program, starting with this octopus from the upcoming Ocean Rain show (more on this at a later date):
You can buy this lovely cephalopod right here in my Redbubble store .
March 26, 2013 | Categories: animal , apparel , aquatic , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artwork , beach , beautiful , blog , bret taylor , business , buy , buy buy buy , canada , clothes , commerce , creative , creativity , design , draw , drawing , green , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , legs , linework , onward , photoshop , picture , promo , promotion , redbubble , sale , sales , sea change , sea of love , sell , show , symbol , t-shirt , turquoise , ugly , wordpress | Tags: art , cephalopod , eight legs , howyadoin , octopus , tentacles | Leave A Comment »
A few teasers for next month’s art show :
More info here .
January 30, 2013 | Categories: art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , garter belt , girl , girls , hey ladies , high heels , hips , hot , hot pink , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , metal flake , metalflake , paint , paintings , panties , pin-up , pin-up girl , pin-ups , pink | Tags: art , , , howyadoin , |
Without giving any secrets away, I have a new art show happening very soon. And as a teaser, I’m releasing these t-shirts:
You can purchase them .
January 17, 2013 | Categories: apparel , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , girl , heels , hey ladies , high heels , hot pink , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , redbubble , shirt , show , stockings | Tags: art , , , howyadoin , , , , |
I’ve had a pretty stellar year, artwise. Amazing things were accomplished within this narrow timeframe, and I received an absolutely stunning amount of support from people far and wide. People who bought my art, pimped it to their friends, inspired and encouraged me. Great people, in short.
So as a thank-you gesture, I’m having a studio open house at my place next Friday. There’ll be lots of art on display, refreshments of some sort, and I may work on a painting or do some sketching during the process.
Come by and say hello:
3:00-7:00PM, Friday, Dec. 28
503-1101 Pacific Street in Vancouver (buzzer 503)
Thank you, thank you.
December 21, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , bret taylor , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , studio , thank you , thanks | Tags: art , howyadoin , , , |
So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. 2012 has been, as I may have mentioned previously, not such a good year for me * . Pretty much the only positives in my life have been a handful of new friends I met (plus a small circle of “older”, tried-and-true ones), and the art. Many other things, personal and otherwise, have turned out to be mirages, or just carrots dangled in front of me for whatever reason.
A huge chunk of my time has been invested in trying to just understand what I’ve been through. Never mind undoing the damage, or actually trying to move forward .
But the year is almost over, so it’s time to cast off all this extraneous existential bullshit and focus on the positive. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had some monumental influences on my art (two people in particular, and I’m sure they know who they are), and my art career. I’m miles ahead of where I was after my first show – which was only fourteen months ago, though I find that hard to believe at times. It’s weird and a bit disconcerting to look back at how I threw that show together mostly by myself, just making it up as I went along. Now I’ve done four shows, I’ve got an art book in the works, and I even have an now.
I just need to figure out where the next evolutionary jump is. Merchandise sales are growing, and so is the local buzz, but it seems as though we’ve taken social media (for example) about as far as we can as a promotional tool. I’d like to get into galleries, of course, but I’m not exactly sure how that happens in today’s fragmented art market.
Until we figure that out, though, I’m immensely thankful for all the support and encouragement I’ve gotten from a growing circle of amazing people. And I’m looking forward to applying all the things we’ve learned this year to the next show ** .
Speaking of which, I also want to focus heavily on artistic collaboration in my immediate future. The aforementioned show (with Alex Stewart ) is a crucial step in that direction, and hopefully just the first one. I’d like to combine efforts with other artists, photographers, possibly even writers or musicians. I’d also like to put together street teams to promote next year’s events, so if you’re interested, please let me know.
So thanks for reading, and onward and upward in 2013.
December 7, 2012
In fact it’s been kind of horrible, especially the first five months.
** Hot Pink , tentatively scheduled for early February.
December 7, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , bret taylor , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , onward , upward , | Tags: art , , , , howyadoin , , , , , |
So I was drinking with friends last weekend, and the subject of the dinosaur art show came up. Next thing we knew…
As always, you can find this in .
October 11, 2012 | Categories: , art , art biz , art show , artblog , booze , dinosaur , liquor , t-rex , t-shirt , tyrannosaurus rex | Tags: art , , dinosaur , howyadoin , , shirt , , , t-rex , t-shirt , , |
Brothers and sisters, these are strange and portentous times. An entire string of anniversaries, both artistic and (much) more personal, is sweeping by as we speak. And while I’m generally not one to dwell on the past, looking back can definitely be instructive.
Not that I’d want to live there. But F. Scott said it well:
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
On Friday afternoon I realized it was the anniversary of the day I hung the artwork for my first solo show. What a difference a year makes. Going into that first show I barely had a clue what I was doing – just flying by the seat of my pants, really. Since then there’ve been some monumental gains, and a catastrophic loss or two. But we soldier on, don’t we?
And Sunday (Oct. 7th) was the anniversary of the itself. This might be a good time to have a quick look at these as well, though they’re more of a sidebar or a footnote to today’s musings. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here.
An unbelievable event for me; I’ve never experienced anything quite like it, before or since. The things people did for me, the way they helped out, was overwhelming. Even the little things, like the fact that there was a fresh drink in my hand practically before I even finished the previous one (my Lovely Assistant had some serious ninja skills). I felt like the king of the world.
I remember, at one point, looking around and seeing these people who’d never met before, talking and laughing and drinking, and realizing that it was my art had brought them together. That was incredibly moving.
After the show, a couple very important people came back to my place for more cocktails and the Most Inappropriate High-Five of All Time. The following day was a photo shoot for one of my friend Karina’s books. Sometimes I look back at photos from that weekend and I wonder what happened to that guy. He certainly had no idea of what life had in store for him over the coming months. So many things went wrong, it felt like I was living in a country song.
Not that it was all doom and gloom, of course. Some pretty goddamn incredible things happened to me, too. I’ve hit my stride as an artist. I’ve got a clear vision of where I want to go from here, and what I want to do. My heart was touched by people too numerous to mention – people who were there for me at the darkest times, people who made me feel like a rockstar, people who reached out, people who absolutely embraced my art.
I put on two more shows, created 40 new paintings (and 15 more are nearing completion) and countless drawings, published a calendar, was hit by a truck, had my heart broken, found support from unexpected corners, worked my ass off, completed a thousand consecutive days of art, made cool new friends from all over the world, reconnected with old ones, lost a couple people who were very important to me, burned a bridge or two, shed a little blood and no small amount of tears, succeeded, failed, lost 25 pounds, got new tattoos, learned a lot about muses…
… but most of all? I survived .
Now I’m mere days away from my biggest show yet . Plus it’s Thanksgiving. If you can join us on the 13th, we’d love to have you. And if you’ve moved me over the past year, if you’ve touched me, if you’ve inspired me, if you’ve shared my victories – then I thank you. You’re the reason I do this.
October 8, 2012 | Categories: , , art show , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artwork , , bret taylor , , , creative , , kudos , labour of love , , , , lovely assistant , memories , metal flake , metalflake , , muse , , , onward , paint , painting , paintings , , tattoo , thank you , thanks , , upward , validation , , | Tags: art , , , dinosaur , , , howyadoin , , metalflake , , , painting , , , , | 3 Comments »
Facebook event page is here , and in case you’re not on Facebook:
Whether you love the ferocity of the mighty T-Rex or the docile nature of the brachiosaurus, dinosaurs hold a special spot in most of our hearts. As children we were fascinated by these ancient creatures and for many of us, the fascination never died.
It certainly didn’t for artist Bret Taylor, and he is celebrating them with an art show of earth-shaking proportion.
So join us on Oct 13th and celebrate all things dinosaur. The show starts at 2pm and is kid friendly until 8pm, at which point we invite the over 19 to stay and celebrate with us. There will be dinosaur art and dinosaur collectibles, you may even find a few snacks for both carnivore and herbivore. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be available and should you choose to indulge in an adult drink or two, you are more than welcome to bring your own, but remember that until 8pm this is a child friendly show.
For more information on the artist:
Kid and adult friendly show 2pm – 8pm
Afterparty (adults only) 8pm – midnight
Imagemaker Photographic Studio, 210-2075 Yukon Street, Vancouver
Thanks as always to my agent, who continues to amaze and astound me with her knowledge, skills and attention to detail.