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T-Shirt Tuesday – November 5 Edition

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:

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And of course you can buy it from my Redbubble store .


Continuing with the electric guitar theme:

And you can buy this and other shirts in my .


You have seen my 604 skull shirts. They started life as a tattoo design until my buddy Scott suggested putting the art on shirts. Since then quite a few Vancouverites have bought one of these:

Then my brother and I were chatting one night and he suggested doing shirts for people in the Maritimes (AKA, where I was born and raised). Here they are:

You can find ‘em here in my .


T-Shirt Tuesday – Manta Ray Edition

First off, thanks to everybody for their patience regarding the Ocean Rain show. We’ve tentatively settled on a date for the opening: Sunday, May 12, and we hope to make the official announcement any day now, once the last few details have been sorted.

And secondly, it’s Tuesday again, so it’s time for a new shirt:

For sale in my RedBubble store .


T-Shirt Tuesday – Narwhal Edition

Sensing a lot of pro-narwhal sentiment lately, I decided to include one in the Ocean Rain show (more on this very soon, trust me). And of course, I figured it should be a shirt, too:

You can find it here in my RedBubble store .


T-Shirt Tuesday – Humpback Whale Edition

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 .


T-Shirt Tuesday – Seahorse Edition

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 .


T-Shirt Tuesday – Octopus Edition

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 .

Cheers.


T-Shirt Thursday, Round 25

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 .


Without giving any secrets away, I have a new art show happening very soon. And as a teaser, I’m releasing these t-shirts:

You can purchase them .


Yes, we took a week off from T-Shirt Thursday last week. We were in dire need of rest.

(Okay, we just forgot, actually. Also, we were drinking. Don’t judge us.)

Anyway, this week we’re back on track with a shirt for everybody who loves Twitter and Instagram hashtags:

#shirt_shirt

And you can buy it right here, in our .

Also, we’ll be back with more next week, and we’ll stop referring to ourselves in the royal we.


With Christmas almost upon us and the Metalflake Christmas event underway, it just seemed right to release Christmas-penguin shirts this week:

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You can find them here with .

Any thoughts on a name for the little guy?


Dedicated to the people who know exactly what I mean:

And you can buy it right here in my .


In keeping with the spirit of the season, here’s a new Santa shirt for you (or y’know, you could always give it to somebody else as a present, too):

And as always, it’s in my .


Been thinking about pin-up girls a lot lately, possibly because my next show will be focused on that very theme. Or possibly because I’m fortunate enough to know a lot of beautiful women. Who could say?

At any rate, all this thinking reminded me of my book, Hey Ladies . And I realized that a lot of the pieces in that book would make great t-shirts. Case in point:

This is, of course, for sale in my RedBubble store .


Welcome back, and thanks for joining us. It’s been a few days since the Dinosaur Show – time spent recovering and regrouping, for the most part. It seems that the bigger these events get, the more time it takes to bounce back.

And this was definitely a BIG event.

Earth-shaking, even.

The excitement all started Friday night, with a trip to imagemaker photographic studio to hang the show. This is part of the process that I always stress needlessly about, as it usually goes off without much of a hitch. In this particular case, the positioning and hanging of the paintings was a breeze; it was just the peripherals (a display for posters and calendars, for instance) that raised questions.

That night I slept well, which has never happened the night before a show till now. Come to think of it, I slept pretty well for most of the preceeding two weeks.

In the morning I was up early, running last-minute errands in the rain. We were at the studio doing last-minute setup by 1:00PM…

… and then it was showtime. My friend Cindy, who moved here recently from Ontario, snapped up the medium-sized T-Rex almost immediately after we opened the doors. Technically that was the second sale of the show, though, because John from HogShack had already spoken for one of the struttin’ T-Rex paintings.

Over the next six hours lots of people came in, often with young dinosaur fans in tow. Talked to old friends, met some people I’d previously only talked to online, sold a few paintings, and all in all had a great afternoon.

And then it was 8:00. The afterparty started.

The Agent was outfitted in a custom T-Rex top, and we also had hot pink T-Rex buttons made:

The people who got into the dinosaur theme the most, though, were Candice Roach and Danny Parker. Candice made a cake especially for the show, and Dan brought not only a T-Rex hat, but a full-on dinosaur COSTUME :

I kept thinking we’d hit the point where people were more focused on the party than the art, but then, miraculously, a few more paintings would sell. The final tally: 14 paintings sold out of a possible 17.

Did I mention there were drinks? Cake? Sandwiches and pumpkin pie cheesecake that my friend Melissa Jones so thoughtfully contributed? That people came from all over the place just for the show?

I’ve gotta say, the show of support never gets old.

Things wrapped up pretty quickly around 1:00AM. The day was done, the show a success.

Thanks, first of all, to the people who bought my paintings, posters and prints: John Lim Hing, Cindy McShane, Nic & Todd Cruickshank, Lori Kittelberg and George Smeltzer, Lindsay Bayne, Christine Warner, Geoff Gauthier, Irving Lau, Mark Crater, Candice Roach, Krista Lee, Amanda West, Donna Jay-Crowe, and all the people who bought buttons.

These lovely people couldn’t make the show (which will always happen) but were still kind enough to send along apologies and/or encouragement anyway: Chantal Michaud, Kate MacDonald, Lynn McIlwee, Jackie McCaughan, Adam & Corinna Carlson, Lyndsey MacEwen, Jewel Staite, Crystal Witty, Ceci Graber, Erin Kyle, and Jeff Hornby.

And of course, how could I forget my agent, Tess McCann? We’ve been through a lot together in the 14 months since we met, and this show actually started with her posting T-Rex cartoons on her Facebook wall in the early part of 2012. Thanks for everything, Tess. At the risk of repeating myself, this wouldn’t even be possible without your help.

(Photos courtesy of Danny Parker, Ned Tobin, Amanda West, Lindsay Bayne, Krista Lee, John Lim Hing, and John Watson.)


T-Shirt Thursday, Round 10

Ever since I did the metalflake seahorse painting for the Agent last winter, people have been expressing interest in the design. It occurred to me recently that the design would make a great t-shirt:

And as usual, you can find it right here in my RedBubble store .


T-Shirt Thursday, Round 08

This week’s t-shirt just had to be another dinosaur, with the show announcement a couple days ago.

You can buy it right here .


A brand new piece in the t-shirt store tonight. Special thanks to my agent Tess and my friend Lynn for their encouragement on this one. And to Cynthia for wanting to get together and draw last week.

Oh, and you can buy the shirt right here .


Hey, I just released a new Hot Rods calendar in my RedBubble store .

Get ‘em while they’re hot.


Just a quick report: the show with Mojave was a smashing success. Sold all but one of the pieces I had for sale, and sold them in the first half hour or so. Had a nice talk with the owner, and it looks like I’ll be putting more art up for display/sale there in the near future. And I still want to put on a full-fledged gallery-type show before the end of the summer, and it should be possible to book the room we used last weekend for that very purpose.

Based on the responses I’ve been getting to my art lately, I want to explore three very specific directions for my painting. To that end I started six new paintings today, though there’s not really anything to show at the moment.

I also ponied up the hundred bucks to buy a platinum membership at Imagekind. That gives me added galleries, a custom storefront (which I’m still tweaking), and most importantly a lot more info on sales – detailed figures, and info on where the buyers are and what they bought. Turns out I’ve made a pretty decent chunk of cash over the last year and a half with Imagekind.

I’m pretty pleased with Redbubble, too. I’ve recently added t-shirts to my online merchandise, and those are slowly starting to move. Thinking about postcards next.

There’s probably more stuff I’m forgetting, but it’s late. So I’ll just leave you with this recently-completed commission:

Bret
Vancouver, BC
May, 2011

P.S. Special thanks to Lisa & Paul, Dan Udey, Susan Burzynski and Mario Loubert.


Hey. For those kindhearted souls still frequenting this blog, I’ve got something on my mind. I mentioned recently that half of the hot rod book is done, but at the rate I’m going, I’m probably a good 8 months away from the big finish. And people have indicated they’re interesting in buying some of the new art now.

The other day it occurred to me that a hot rod calendar might well be the answer. Poked around the internet today to look at my options, and I’ve settled on RedBubble. Which leaves me in a bit of a quandary – should the calendar be a standalone piece, or could it overlap some with the book, in terms of content? I certainly don’t wanna stop doing the automotive art anytime soon, but at the same time, if I have to do 12 more cars on top of the 50 in the book, then the book release will be that much farther away.

I’m also looking into magazine options from Magcloud. Maybe take the same cars that are in the calendar/book and show a bit more of the creative process – initial sketches, maybe some discussion of the different directions a piece might’ve gone in.

I dunno, a lot to think about here. I’ll have to make a decision fairly soon to cash in on the Christmas market, but some feedback would come in handy at this juncture. While you’re thinking about it, feast your eyes on some eye candy:

What say you?


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