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.
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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 »
Just a quick note: we’re in the process of sorting details for the next show, entitled “Ka-Pow!: The Age of Heroes”. It’s a tribute to superheroes, which, when I was a little kid, were my main reason for learning to draw.
Here’s a little sneak preview:
July 8, 2013 | Categories: accomplishment , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artwork , color , colour , , , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , metalflake , metallic , superhero | Tags: art , artshow , , , , howyadoin , , metalflake , , |
So. Another month almost over, and all kinds of art going on.
My main focus, understandably, is the Metal Flake series. At the moment there are 11 of them in various stages of completion:
The four along the top are done; three of them sold. All kinds of big plans in store for the ones on the bottom. Hints: the red one will be titled “Cherry Bomb”, the middle one “Power Trio”.
And of course, “Bubblegum Rock” is finished:
And that’s where it all stands at the moment. Should be prepping wood panels for four more of these in the next day or so. I’m starting to run out of room for them.
So here we are with another installment of “what I’m working on lately.” Been working my ass off the past couple weeks (ah, the life of a freelancer), but the art is still happening. Don’t think I could stop now if I tried, to be honest.
What’s also been occupying my time, of course, is the Game. Or hockey, as you non-Canadians might know it. The Canucks have been having quite an action-packed time of it, so in honour of their recent success, I’ve done this piece:
That’s gonna be printed on metallic paper, 24×20 inches. Can’t wait to see the finished product.
I’ve also got a handful of new pieces underway – three that’ll use the acrylic transfer method, and three more metalflake paintings. Trying to use a lot more bold, over-the-top colour these days:
In other news, Sunday will be day 500 of the 1000 Days Project. Still dunno what I’m gonna do that day, but obviously it needs to be something big. Possibly a pinup girl – haven’t drawn any cheesecake in a looong time.
Oh, and I should be starting on a brand-new commission any day now. Key words: shaggin’ wagon.
And in other art news, I picked this up from the printer today:
That’s a 16×20-inch lightjet print on metallic paper – essentially it’s a photo, as opposed to an inkjet print. Up close it almost looks like there’s a layer of liquid between the paper and the ink. I’ve done several commissioned pieces this way over the past few years, and they never fail to wow the client.