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 .)
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So it’s official now: the Christmas metalflake paintings are happening, and in a big way. I’ve been building the bases for the paintings and refining the designs over the past month.
Here you can see a few of the bases, nearly ready for the lineart that will turn them into Christmas paintings:
These are the prototypes to give you a solid idea of what the finished pieces will look like. First, the 6×6-inch paintings:
And here are the smaller, 3×4-inch paintings:
They’re coming together rather quickly now. These paintings are limited edition pieces, and we’ve already had a number of inquiries, so if you’re interested in one of these, you should probably act fast.
Here’s how it breaks down. There’ll be 16 of the 6×6-inch paintings: 5 red santas, 5 green trees, 3 blue snowflakes, and 3 blue snowmen. These will be $60 apiece (plus shipping if you’re outside the Vancouver area).
And there will be 10 of the 3×4-inch pieces: 4 blue snowflakes, 3 red santas, and 3 green trees. These are $30 each (again, plus shipping where applicable).
If you want to reserve one, please contact my agent at this address: [email protected]
I’ll also be releasing Christmas t-shirts on Thursday. And while we’re on the topic of our metalflake Christmas, I’ve still got room in my schedule if you’d like to commission a custom piece as a present for someone you love. The window of availability is narrowing rapidly, though, so if you want one in time for Christmas, please let us know ASAP.
Ho ho ho.
November 13, 2012 | Categories: acrylic , art , bret taylor , christmas , commission , commissions , howyadoin , metalflake , paint , painting | Tags: art , bret taylor , christmas , , , , howyadoin , metalflake , , painting , , , , , , |
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.
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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 »
So. There are some significant numbers happening in my life today. First off, the Dino Show is just 14 days away. I’m surprisingly calm, considering.
There’ll be paintings as small as 3×4 inches and as large as 20×20. I’ll also be selling T-Rex posters and I’ll be taking orders for the new calendar, and any dinosaur shirts people might want. All that merchandise is available here in my RedBubble store .
There are other developments, but I’m sworn to secrecy. A hint, though: buttons . That pink shirt you see in the background is highly significant, too.
Here’s a look at some of what I’ve been doing:
And getting back to the subject of numbers, today is Day 998 of the 1000 Days Project . Monday will be the final day. I haven’t figured out what to do to commemorate the occasion, but I’m open to suggestions if you’ve got ‘em.
I’m taking Tuesday off from drawing and painting, and then it’ll be back to business as usual, getting everything ready for the show. Expect a full report on the Project soon, though. There’s lots to talk about; it was an amazing experience all around. It did wonders for my creativity. I’d almost consider writing a book about it.
September 29, 2012