Another art show is officially done. Cocktails was the first formal-dress event I’ve put on so far, and I have to say it was a rousing success. A great turnout, impressive sales, and everybody looked like a million bucks.
But wait. I’m getting ahead of myself here.
Wednesday morning I was up early, packing up the paintings and heading to Score on Davie to set up. Score is a great venue, with a much bigger room than you’d anticipate from seeing the outside of the building, and fantastic lighting, too.
It only took a few minutes to set things up; after eight shows I’m kind of an old hand at this.
All the while this was going on, I could smell food aromas coming out of the kitchen. So once the show was hung, I sat down and ordered some breakfast.
The management and staff of Score were very enthusiastic about the show, and very accommodating. They’ve had art shows there in the past, and it showed in how professionally they handled everything.
Of course I live-tweeted the whole process, and I had three paintings sold before I even finished that Jack & Coke.
After that I ran a few errands, and went home to do a bit of painting before suiting up for the evening’s festivities.
Then it was party time.
The night went something like this for me: sell a painting, have my picture taken with a beautiful woman, drink a signature Howyadoin Whiskey Sour ( Jameson whiskey , hand-squeezed lemonade, free-range pasteurized egg whites, and Angostura bitters), schmooze, sell a painting, have my picture taken…
The drinks were potent, delicious, and incredibly cheap, thanks to the involvement of Simone Kelly, who came all the way from Ireland just to promote her favourite whiskey (she was also kind enough to treat me to a shot).
Several times that night, things started to slow down and I thought maybe the party was over. But then there’d be another influx of people, and the cycle would start again. Even as the Pearl Jam show ended, more people were still arriving.
We finally wrapped things up around 1:00AM, and then a friend from the bad old days who I hadn’t seen in a year came back to my bar, and we cracked open another bottle of (you guessed it) Jameson and drank and talked till 6:00AM.
So I’d like to thank these most excellent people for their contributions to the evening:
Jessi, Keith, Rob, Shiz and Jessica at Score, for… everything , basically (not just the free meals).
Derek Bolen, for lining up the dominoes.
Simone Kelly, for all things whiskey-related.
Annie Friesen , for the buttons, the artistic encouragement, and generally being an excellent human being.
And Krista Falconer, Jewel Staite, Mark Fox, Cher Staite, George Smeltzer, Lori Kittelberg, Cathy Browne, Katherine MacDonald, Doug Farmer, Scott Graham, Lyndsey Locke, Cristina Weir, Sam Anderson, Dale De Ruiter, Donna Jaggard, Dan Udey, Amanda West, Meghan Kilner and Shaun, Candie Tanaka, Adam & Corinna Carlson, Nikkie Milne, Melissa Jones, Johnny B., Ian Martin & “Holly”, Rochele Potter, Tiffany Shim, Don Falconer, Lindsay Bayne, Ian MacKinnon, Theresa Barteluk, Kyle Reid, Chris, and Sean (I’m sure I must be forgetting somebody here) .
I thank you, one and all. You made my day.
Photos courtesy of Amanda West, Lyndsey Locke, Simone Kelly, Dan Udey.
December 7, 2013 | Categories: accomplishment , , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artists , artwork , booze , bret taylor , color , colour , creative , creativity , , , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , metal flake , metalflake , metallic , paint , painter , painting , paintings , party , , vancouver | Tags: , art , , , , , howyadoin , , metalflake , painting , , | 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 [email protected], 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 »
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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A few teasers for next month’s art show :
More info here .
January 30, 2013 | Categories: art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , garter belt , girl , girls , hey ladies , high heels , hips , hot , hot pink , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , metal flake , metalflake , paint , paintings , panties , pin-up , pin-up girl , pin-ups , pink | Tags: art , , , howyadoin , |
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.
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So there’ve been all kinds of big doings going on lately. Arrangements for the big show have been made, and there are only three paintings left to finish (maybe 6 or 7 hours’ work altogether).
Now, of course, there’s a million other little details to take care of. But they’re coming along nicely.
Here’s a first look at the promo card/ad for the show:
How’s it look?