Drawing more guitars all the time, in preparation for the upcoming calendar. In the meantime, here’s another shirt – a Fender Jazzmaster, from the 60s:
And of course you can buy it from my Redbubble store .
November 5, 2013 | Categories: apparel , art , art biz , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , bret taylor , buy , buy buy buy , Christmas presents , clothes , commerce , creativity , fender , guitar , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , music , redbubble , rock 'n' roll , shirt , social media , t-shirt | Tags: art , electric , fender , guitar , howyadoin , jazzmaster , music , redbubble , rocknroll | Leave A Comment »
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 »
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 »
Another Tuesday, another t-shirt. The hardest thing about this week’s post is deciding which new shirt to release; I actually have a bit of a backlog at the moment.
This week’s apparel:
As always, this can be found in my RedBubble store .
April 9, 2013 | Categories: advertising , apparel , aquatic , art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , bret taylor , buy , buy buy buy , clothes , color , colour , commerce , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustration , redbubble , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: aquatic , art , baleen , howyadoin , humpback , mammal , marine , ocean rain , redbubble , rorqual , 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 »
Continuing with last week’s pin-up girl theme:
This and the shirts from round 24, of course, tie in with my upcoming Hot Pink art show.
And you can find this one here in my RedBubble store .
January 24, 2013 | Categories: apparel , art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , bret taylor , business , buy buy buy , girl , girls , heels , high heels , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , legs , redbubble , shirt , , show , t-shirt | Tags: , art , hotpink , howyadoin , pinupgirl , redbubble , shirt | Leave A Comment »
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 , , , , |
And… that’s another year almost put to bed. Truth be told, it’s one I’ll be glad to see the ass end of (I briefly considered titling this post “Kiss My Ass 2012″ ).
Definitely a BIG year for me, by any standard, and one of constant change. When we went to bed in the wee hours of January 1st, I had pretty concrete, definite ideas of where 2012 would go. For better or worse, though, very few of those ideas came to fruition.
It’s interesting to view it in comparison with the previous year. 2011 started badly, marked with illness and drama. But every month after that was better than the preceding one, culminating in December – which, despite certain difficulties, was easily the happiest month of my entire life.
Which only made January of 2012 even shittier in comparison, as everything bottomed out on me at once.
By the time that month was over, everything that had been good about December was gone.
And I was done.
Each of the next three months had some further catastrophic event to add to the trauma. But fortunately, lots of work was happening, and my creativity never waned. So I kept painting, kept working, and kept my head above water.
Since then it’s been up and down.
It’s only in the last month or so that things feel like they’re coming together again, and my bruised ego finally put in an appearance again. So let’s focus on that, shall we? Who had the most positive, supportive impact on my life in December?
The roll call, in no particular order:
My family, Cynthia Griffiths, Jocelyn Aspa, Greg Lexiphanic, Brendan Moran, Lori Kittelberg, Pardeep, Ceci Graber, Terry Burns, Louise Perrin, Allison Vincent, Donna-Jay Crowe, Donna Jaggard & Dan Udey, Christine Warner, Lindsay Bayne, Alex Stewart, Dan Parker, Candice Roach, Bryce Pugh, Jewel Staite, Mike Watson, John Watson, George Smeltzer, Amanda West, Jaime Lee Purgavie, Rochele Potter, Andrea Waters, Geoff Seymour, Jennifer Juniper, Lyndsey MacEwen, Cathy Browne, Cindy McShane, Mila Pasco, Felice Lam, Chantal Michaud, Geoff Gauthier, Bon Bahar, Annie Friesen, Lynn McIlwee, Tawna Taylor, Jenn Ashton, Lisa Jarvis, Jackie Teel, Kevin Meyers, Jonny Warkentin, August Wiled, Nicola Proctor, and Victoria Pattison Denault.
I thank you one and all.
Disclaimer: if I missed you, you have my sincerest apologies. And I’ll keep editing names in as they occur to me.
December 30, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , artwork , bret taylor , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , thank you , thanks , that's all she wrote , | Tags: , art , , howyadoin , , , |
Yes, we took a week off from T-Shirt Thursday last week. We were in dire need of rest.
(Okay, we just forgot, actually. Also, we were drinking. Don’t judge us.)
Anyway, this week we’re back on track with a shirt for everybody who loves Twitter and Instagram hashtags:
And you can buy it right here, in our .
Also, we’ll be back with more next week, and we’ll stop referring to ourselves in the royal we.
December 27, 2012 | Categories: apparel , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , bret taylor , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , redbubble , shirt , t-rex | Tags: art , bret taylor , , howyadoin , , redbubble , shirt , , |
Another Christmas-themed shirt this week, to tie in with our Metalflake Christmas art event:
And you can buy it right here in my RedBubble store .
December 13, 2012 | Categories: apparel , art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , bret taylor , christmas , Christmas presents , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: art , bret taylor , christmas , howyadoin , , , redbubble , , , shirt |
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 , , , , , |
You heard it here first. I’m releasing 4 of the metalflake Christmas paintings as Christmas cards (and postcards) as well:
Each of those 4 images is a separate card, of course. And they’re all in my RedBubble store .
(RedBubble, incidentally, has a Black Friday sale on at the moment. Everything is 15% off.)
November 23, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , , christmas , Christmas presents , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , paint , painting , paintings , | Tags: art , bret taylor , christmas , , howyadoin , , , , , |
In keeping with the spirit of the season, here’s a new Santa shirt for you (or y’know, you could always give it to somebody else as a present, too):
And as always, it’s in my .
November 15, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , bret taylor , draw , drawing , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustration , picture , , redbubble , sale , sales , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: art , christmas , howyadoin , , redbubble , , , , , shirt , |
Unless you’re a newcomer to this site, you probably know that I recently completed a thousand consecutive days of art. Every one of those days, from January 1/2010 – October 1/2012, I drew and/or painted, without fail.
One thousand days.
As time went on, the numbers actually began to mean less and less to me. Because it was really about the journey, of course. About what I learned, where I went, how I changed.
The past few years have been challenging, to say the least. Apart from the financial hardships of the recession and its aftermath, one thing I’ve been struggling with is the lack of structure in my life (I’m a freelancer, by the way). So the added benefits to this extended art experiment are just that – structure, purpose, direction.
For a long time people were asking me what I planned to do on the final day. I considered several options, because I wanted to do something momentous. But in the end these options fell through, so I decided that the best course of action would be…
… Business as Usual.
After all, I had a show to prepare for. Paintings to finish, logistics to be sorted out, all sorts of promotional work to do. Putting on an art show is no small task.
So when I got up that morning, I did a quick little sketch, just in case:
That way if the sun exploded or we got invaded by zombies, at least I could still say I reached the 1000th day.
(Fortunately they didn’t. But hey, you never know.)
After that it was back to the metalflake dinosaur paintings. Since my T-Rex sketch from back in February was the central image in my upcoming show, I decided that finishing one of those pieces would be my best bet. And that just seemed fitting – it tied in with the show, with my calendar, and any number of other peripheral art ventures. Plus it was inspired in the first place by the person who’s made the biggest mark in my life during the Project – my Agent and former Muse.
So there you have it. One thousand days. I painted and drew a lot, I learned a lot, I sweated and bled, and I’m still standing.
Oh, and one more thing: I’m already working an art book based on the experience. Watch this space for further details.
October 29, 2012 | Categories: , accomplishment , art , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , artwork , blog , blonde , book , bret taylor , calendar , carnivore , creative , creativity , dinosaur , draw , drawing , , , , , , finished , glory , goal , , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , inspiration , labour of love , learning , metal flake , metalflake , muse , , , painter , painting , paintings , picture , process , show , sketchbook , , , t-rex , , thank you , thanks , that's all she wrote , tyrannosaurus rex , vancouver , work , | Tags: art , , , bret taylor , dinosaur , draw , howyadoin , illustrate , , , , painting , , t-rex , |
Apparently I’m in good company today. Franziska San Pedro has included me in her list of 15 hottest male artists:
I am not going to define “hot” in detail here but here’s a list of artists I have met online and I think the stuff they make is smokin’ H.O.T.
You can read more here .