Full report on the show still to come, but here’s what’s still up for grabs. First, the metalflake paintings:
And then the sketches (all 8×10 inches, $50 apiece):
If there’s something you’ve got your eye on, let me know ASAP (prices do not include shipping). And if you’re interested in commissioning something you don’t see here, also let me know.
Thank you and goodnight.
July 16, 2016 | Categories: "black widow", acrylic, alizarin crimson, amazing, art, art biz, art show, artblog, artist, artiste, artistic growth, artwork, avengers, batgirl, betty boop, black, blog, blonde, bret taylor, business, buy, buy buy buy, catwoman, color, colour, comic, comics, creativity, crimson, drawing, exhibition, girl, girls, goddess, gold, golden, harley quinn, heels, hey ladies, high heels, illustration, labour of love, ladies, legs, look at me, metalflake, montana gold, movie, naughty, opening, painter, painting, paintings, paper, pencil, phoenix, picture, pin-up, pin-up girl, pin-ups, pinup, poison, poison ivy, red, shameless, show, sketch, sketchbook, social media, spider, stencil, studio, superhero, supervillain, thor, tribute, Uncategorized, vancouver, woman | Leave a comment
So Bugs was another fun show – a bit more intimate than the last few shows, but we definitely had fun. Full report to come, but in the meantime, people have been asking which pieces are still available, so here they are.
Each piece is 8×10 inches, and $70 unframed. Price doesn’t include shipping charges. So if you’ve got your eye on one, drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, if there’s something you don’t see here, let me know anyway. I’m open to doing custom pieces for people if they’re so inclined.
August 23, 2014 | Categories: art, art biz, art show, artblog, artist, artiste, artists, artwork, business, buy, buy buy buy, commission, commissions, green, hot pink, howyadoin, paint, painter, painting, paintings, pink, vancouver | Tags: ant, art, artshow, bee, beetle, bugs, bugshow, butterfly, caterpillar, firefly, honeybee, howyadoin, insect, scorpion, vancouver, watercolor, watercolour | 1 Comment
If you’ve been following my art career, you know I’m a bit on the prolific side – I love to paint, and I have a lot to say. So it may not come as a total surprise that I’ve got a fair number of paintings on hand at the moment. I’d go so far as to call it a backlog, even.
And I work out of a small studio, so space is at a premium (can you see where this is going?).
I sat looking at all these pieces today, and decided I need to move some of them. Which is where you come in – I’m marking these down so I can free up some space, and you can score some art bargains.
Without further ado, then, here’s what’s for sale:
If you have your eye on a piece, drop me a line at email@example.com and refer to the sale in the email title.
The fine print:
Prices are in effect till Friday, August 1, 2014. Prices do not include shipping.
July 29, 2014 | Categories: adult beverages, art, art biz, artist, artiste, bret taylor, business, buy, buy buy buy, drink, drinks, heels, high heels, howyadoin, labour of love, ladies, liquor, metal flake, metalflake, pin-up, pin-up girl, pin-ups, pink, pinup, sale, sales | Tags: acrylic, art, bargain, bret taylor, cocktails, dark valentine, garter, heels, howyadoin, jellyfish, ka-pow, lingerie, metalflake, paint, painting, pinupgirls, promo, promotion, sale, socks, stocking, stripes, studio, summer, superheroes, vancouver, whales | Leave a comment
So my first show of 2014 is finished. Dark Valentine was another stellar experience for me, of course – these events mean more to me than I could ever really explain. People from different parts of my life (some who I had never even met before), all brought together by my art? After eight shows, that still floors me at times.
There was a great turnout again at Score on Davie – including several first-timers, which is always nice. It’s great to see the Gospel of Metalflake spreading far and wide.
Keith from Score came up with another delicious, powerful cocktail for the show, and this one even topped the Howyadoin Whiskey Sour from last time. Here’s my first Broken Heart of the night:
Irish whiskey (thanks to the amazing Simone Kelly, Jameson Ambassador par excellence), ginger liqueur, lemon juice, and a hint of maple syrup. Seriously, you gotta try one of these sometime.
Or maybe two, even.
Should I actually talk about the art? Yeah, I guess I should. Here’s the centerpiece of the show, a painting called “Once Upon a Wine”. It features three of the four main characters: Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Cinderella:
(In researching the fairytale characters for the show, I came across all sorts of interesting trivia, and some pretty dark versions of their stories. The sheer amount of murder in the original stories is kind of astounding. So I came up with an overall narrative for the show, tying several of these tales together and bringing the evil Queen of Hearts (she’s kind of a serial evil stepmother) into the mix as a sort of catalyst. Along the way the characters began to establish their own identities in my head, shaping the final paintings in ways I hadn’t anticipated.)
Here are a few of the paintings on the wall:
And here’s the evil Queen in all her reflected glory, in a piece titled “Who’s the Fairest?”:
The other key painting in the show is this one, “Awakening”:
The significance of this one changed several times during my creative process, as the story seemed to rewrite itself. So, hearing people’s reactions and interpretations has been fascinating. And those interpretations add their own layers of meaning, as well. Art should, after all, be an ongoing dialogue.
And finally, the night drew to a close:
I was feeling a bit rough the next day, but Simone treated me to lunch after I took the paintings down, and after that pulled pork mac & cheese hotdog, I recovered completely. As Valentine’s Days go, that was a pretty good one. Especially once this magic elixir entered the picture:
P.S. In the credit-where-credit-is-due department, I would like to thank these fine people for all they do:
Jewel Staite, for suggesting the concept to me in the first place, back in December (and for buying the Queen of Hearts). It makes me very happy knowing this painting is now hers.
Simone Kelly, for lunch, whiskey, and being an all-around epic human being.
Keith Corbett from Score, for pulling all of this together, providing the venue, and for excellent, excellent cocktails.
Bon Bahar, Amanda West, Cathy Browne, Meghan Kilner, Krista Falconer, Donna Jaggard, Dan Udey, Corrina Carlson, Adam Carlson, Steve Graham, Steve Kinsey, Chrissy Watson, John Watson, George Smeltzer, Nikkie Milne, Melissa Jones, Kyle Reid, Mike Watson, Aaron MacDonald, Scott McLeod, Lyndsey MacEwen, Stephanie Hogan, Jordana Manchester, Holly D’herty, Ian MacKinnon, Lindsay Bayne, Patrick Masse, Theresa Barteluk, Johnny Warkentin, Geoff Gautier, Cynthia Griffiths, Matt Bosch, Jay Holtslander, Katherine Houston.
Annie Friesen, for the buttons and the creative support.
Derek Bolen, for instigating.
Shannon Nilson, for naming “Once Upon a Wine”.
And Jamie Lee Purgavie, for always believing.
(Photos courtesy of imagemaker photographic studio, Bon Bahar, Jordana Manchester, and Simone Kelly.)
March 9, 2014 | Categories: accomplishment, acrylic, adult beverages, also, amazing, art, art biz, art show, artblog, artist, artiste, artistic growth, artists, artwork, bar, beautiful, best, big, blog, booze, bret taylor, business, buy, buzz, canada, color, colour, creative, creativity, danke schoen, drink, drinks, drunk, exhibition, finished, garter belt, girl, girls, goddess, happy, heartwarming, heels, here's to you, hey ladies, high heels, hips, howyadoin, illustrate, inspiration, labour of love, ladies, legs, lingerie, liquitex, liquor, love, medium, metal flake, metalflake, metallic, muse, naked, opening, paint, painter, painting, paintings, panties, pin-up girl, pin-ups, pinup, process, projects, promotion, show, sirens, stockings, story, stripper, strut, supernatural, thank you, thanks, that's all she wrote, thursday, transcend, vancouver, violet, whiskey, wine, woman, wordpress, work | Tags: dark valentine, purple, score on davie, valentine, vancouver | Leave a comment
A bit of a change of pace after the parade of guitars the past few weeks. Here’s a sequel to my old Struttin’ T-Rex shirt:
And you can find it in my RedBubble store.
November 26, 2013 | Categories: animal, apparel, art, art biz, artblog, artist, artiste, artists, artwork, business, buy, buy buy buy, dino, dinosaur, howyadoin, howyadoin graphics, internet, lizard, redbubble, shirt, social media, t-rex, t-shirt, tyrannosaurus rex | Tags: art, christmas gift, dinosaur, howyadoin, shirt, strut, t-rex, t-shirt | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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, career, color, colour, commerce, commission, commissions, creative, creativity, draw, drink, drinks, girls, glory, howyadoin, howyadoin graphics, imagemaker, metal flake, metalflake, paint, painter, painting, paintings | Tags: acrylic, art, buttons, conch, dottiesbuttons, howyadoin, humpback, jellyfish, manta, metalflake, narwhal, ocean, ocean rain, octopus, painting, peaceful, seahorse, seashell, shell, starfish, water, waves, whale | 1 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