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 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
My first solo show. I went into it practically blind, and it wasn’t till a week before it opened that I had someone to help me out with the planning. Fortunately it all came together nicely anyway, though.
What I learned:
• that it feels amazing to bring strangers together.
• that brown is a tricky colour to glaze with.
• that not everything will sell.
• that good lighting is crucial.
• that the private afterparty is the best part of a show.
Eight months later, I tried it again. I put on a live-art show, but also had a variety of new and old metalflake pieces on hand, plus a pretty random assortment of non-metalflake pieces.
What I learned:
• that it’s impossible to go slow when you’re painting in front of a crowd.
• that if there are metalflake and non-metalflake pieces in a show, nobody will look at the non-metalflake ones.
• that consistency of style and theme are crucial.
Armed with a new agent and a new series of paintings, this was my first show with some actual strategy behind it. We had an all-ages afternoon portion, and then an adults-only afterparty. We also had a dinosaur cake, buttons, and even costumes (some people really get into a good theme).
What I learned:
• that everybody loves dinosaurs.
• that eight hours is a long damn time to be standing and schmoozing.
• that a lot can change in a year.
• that cheap masking tape from the dollar store is the only way to go.
This show was a joint effort between Alex Stewart and I, based on a pin-up girl theme. Everybody involved (and it was a sizable crew) really brought their A-game. The show was a smash, and a real event.
What I learned:
• that everybody loves pin-up girls.
• that sanding the edges of a painting before glazing adds so much.
• that audience participation is the best form of publicity, and people love to dress up.
• that collaborating with another artist is an amazing experience.
• that spraypaint is your friend.
• that baseboard heaters are pretty useful for drying paintings.
• that under the right circumstances you can get away with almost anything.
• that I don’t have pre-show jitters anymore.
A much longer show (it ran for 3 months), a brand new venue, and overall a serious change of pace. The opening had a relatively small turnout, but that was okay. Nearly all of the paintings were sold before they were even hung at the venue – some before they were even finished.
What I learned:
• that everybody loves undersea creatures.
• that putting together contracts is exhausting but educational.
• that people can and will let you down, but other people will raise you back up.
• that blues and greens are inherently more intense colours.
• that octopi are incredibly hard to draw.
• that I shouldn’t schedule an art show opening for Mother’s Day.
• that X-Acto blades are sharp.
• that leaving the biggest, most crucial painting in a show till last isn’t such a bright idea.
• that borders aren’t necessary.
Another new venue, and many new people were in attendance. Superheroes seemed like a natural fit for my art style and process, and sure enough, this was easily my most successful show to date (particularly if you factor in all the spin-off commissions I got from it). Also, the food was astounding, and once again I was treated like a star. This show opened all sorts of doors for me, too.
What I learned:
• that everybody loves superheroes.
• that putting on a show by myself isn’t actually that hard.
• that going hog wild with colour is a liberating experience.
• that light refraction is what makes the colours really pop.
• that mica flake gel is a gamechanger.
• that lipstick on your forehead is a great conversational gambit.
• that people really do care about Green Arrow.
My fourth and final venue for 2013, and one well-suited to the topic at hand. Everything about the experience was positive, from the formal-dress aspect, to the involvement of one of my favourite whiskeys as a sponsor. And while there were no pre-sales, I did sell half the paintings in a matter of five hours that night.
What I learned:
• that everybody loves cocktails.
• that every girl crazy for a sharp-dressed man.
• that art shows should always have signature cocktails.
• that black lava gel is a must, not just an option.
• that when the baseboard heaters just aren’t enough, the top of the toaster oven can also be pressed into service to make paintings dry faster.
• that a splash of iridescent colour under the top layer of clear is like a revolution for the eyes.
• that a venue so close to home is a godsend at the end of the show (particularly when you’re in a hurry to celebrate for another five hours).
• that pulled pork mac and cheese defies description.
• that not even Pearl Jam can keep the people who really want to be at the show from attending.
January 29, 2014 | Categories: accomplishment, acrylic, adult beverages, advice, agent, also, amazing, arigato, art, art show, artblog, artist, artiste, artistic growth, artists, artwork, bar, batgirl, blog, booze, bret taylor, business, canada, captain america, carnotaurus, catwoman, cherry bomb, color, colour, commission, commissions, dino, dinosaur, drawing, drinks, earth-shaking, garter belt, girls, handcuffs, heels, high heels, hips, hot pink, howyadoin, howyadoin graphics, imagemaker, insomnia, iridescent, koi, labour of love, ladies, legs, lingerie, liquid mirror, liquitex, liquor, lovely assistant, magenta, metal flake, metalflake, metallic, montana gold, onward, paint, painter, painting, paintings, party, patron, pin-up, pin-up girl, pin-ups, pink, pinup, projects, promo, promotion, red, remix, reptile, seahorse, show, social media, spinosaurus, spraypaint, stars, Stegosaurus, stockings, stripper, strut, superhero, supervillain, t-rex, the tipper, thor, tipper, triceratops, twitter, tyrannosaurus rex, upward, validation, vancouver, whiskey, whisky, woman, wordpress | Tags: art, art show, blog, bret taylor, cocktails, dinosaurs, hot pink, howyadoin, ka-pow, ocean rain, vancouver | 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
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, shop, show, t-shirt | Tags: apparel, art, hotpink, howyadoin, pinupgirl, redbubble, shirt | Leave a comment
So here’s a post that’s long overdue. Back on March 25 (day 810 of the 1,000 Days Project), I woke up to find myself inspired. Hell, maybe even driven. I looked around at all the stuff I’ve been working on, in an attempt to prioritize. And as a means of self-promotion I decided to post in-progress photos online to document the whole day.
Since I’m planning a series of six ballerina paintings, I figured I should start working out the poses I want to use – the final lineart will be drawn from a live model, but I wanted to do my homework this time. So here are the sketches:
With that out of the way, I decided to turn my attention to an Avengers painting commissioned by a friend of mine. Once the masking was done, it struck me just how fortunate I was to have such a perfect venue for painting on a sunny day:
Then I started applying the linework. Instead of the white I always used to use on my metalflake pieces, I went with silver (Tri-Art Liquid Mirror), bronze and copper. It’s only recently that I branched out from the white – the silver was also used on the “For a Dancer” painting, and the copper on the seahorse (AKA “Top Seekrit”) piece.
Pretty soon all that remained to do was signing the Avengers piece:
And finally, the glorious results:
I have to admit, I’m really happy with how this one turned out, especially the metallics in the lineart.
Once that was finished I was still pretty psyched, so I decided to press on:
I really enjoy these large-format paintings. As I’ve mentioned more than once, the plan is to do a series of these pinup-girl paintings, if I can ever get the planets back in the same alignment again. Here’s where I left off that night, after close to nine hours of painting:
And that was day 810. A whole slew of amazing people offered comments and helped me promote this mini-event, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all:
Nicole Cruickshank, Andrea Waters, Cosca Restaurant, Ned Tobin, Geoff Gauthier, Trevor Ricketts, Ceci Graber, Wes Thompson, Natalie Jean, Bahaneh Grewal, Ron Cooper, Isabell Kinga Markus, Amanda West, Matty Sadorf, John Lee, Bob Cluness, Heather Prost, George Smeltzer, Candice Roach, Keith Perkins, Kelle Belle, Meghan Low, Lola Frost, Vincent Ng, Irving Lau, Todd Hancock and 99.3 CFOX, Opal, Annie Friesen, Melissa Hartfiel, Lorraine Murphy, Jessi Sensabaugh, Yvonne Milroy, Julie Frisina, Jim Dickson, Tina Power, Cathryn Smith, Margaux Wosk, Erika Wallace, Matt Algren, Kimberley Mulla, Jaime Purgavie, Melissa Jones, Wendy Pemberton, and Tess McCann.
(Plus Tequila Mockingbird, Nikki B, the ruggler, Baw-nee and sparklehorss.)
Thank you, one and all. You’re the reason I do this.
April 15, 2012 | Categories: avengers, ballerina, bar, captain america, dancer, drink, girl, howyadoin, inspiration, iron man, legs, marvel comics, muse, painting, piano, pinup, steinway, thor | 3 Comments