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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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 .
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Got this particular glass from my good buddy Paul Whitt, along with a matching flask. He allegedly found it in an establishment of questionable moral fiber:
And now for something completely different – I painted this when I was four years old. My grandparents held onto it for decades, and it eventually made its way back to me:
The title was my four-year-old’s idea of what a native-Canadian version of my name would sound like. Even at four I was into mixed media and juxtaposing hot and cool colours.
So hey, I’m still plugging away on the hot rod book. Learning all kinds of things – some trivial, some not. One of the most fun things about a new piece is deciding on the colour. It’s amazing the kind of resources that are out there on the net these days. Yesterday I started on a picture of a 1960 Chevy Impala Brookwood station wagon, and put the word out in a few places ( , Twitter , etc.) that I was looking for colour suggestions. In the space of an hour I had about a dozen suggestions, and dammit, they were all good. I’m still undecided, to the point where I may actually do 4 versions of the car.
But I digress – I was talking about the resources you can find online, wasn’t I? Well, one of the responses was a scan of the paint-chip chart for 1960 Impalas. You can find it here if you’re interested. Stuff like this is a goldmine to me. I think from here on in, I’ll make an extra effort to source this kind of reference material whenever I draw a vintage car.
So, back to the Brookwood wagon. I wanted a two-tone paintjob, and a couple of non-stock colour combos came to mind. Then when I saw that chart, I saw several other viable options. (Even as I type this, more come to mind. Maybe I need to stop looking at it now.)
I finally narrowed it down to 5 options yesterday, and then managed to weed out one more. Without further ado:
That’s option 1 – what I call the Creamsicle Combo. Cream and orange pearl.
Option 2 is based on factory colours – Jade Green and Cascade Green. I may render them to look like metalflake, though.
Option 3 is Pagan Gold and Candy Root Beer. From what I’m reading in the car magazines these days, that brown is one of the trendiest colours around in that scene. Though I must admit, I never thought I’d draw a brown car.
Option 4 is, like option 2, based on the factory colours (in this case, Royal Blue and Horizon Blue). And again, will probably be done in metalflake.
Obviously these are all still in the extremely rough stages, but what you see here should get the point across. And the more I look at these, the more I like all of them. This car would probably look good in just about any colour, really.
Anyhow, if you’ve got feedback, I’d love to hear it. Other suggestions would be fine, too. Maybe I could do a poster with a whole slew of Brookwoods on it.
Thanks for reading.
A little something I whipped up for the CD release party for my good friends in Mojave :
Crow’s Funeral , of course, is the name of their new album. It’s based on a phenomena documented here . The band put out a call for art and photography based on the title, and the result is the closest thing I’ve done to sequential art in years.
Anyhow, I thought I’d show a couple of process shots with this one – I had a lot of fun dribbling and spattering paint all over it for weeks. The first image shows the underpainting, and the second has three macro shots taken while the drops of paint were still wet:
And finally, here’s a closeup of the middle panel:
It’s always a pleasure to work on something so loose and organic – all that broken colour is a blast.