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 .
Another seasonal shirt for everybody:
Available, of course, 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 .
Hey there. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Been caught up in a couple of large paintings, and of course, being sick.
Fortunately I’m recovering, so here’s an apatosaurus for you folks:
In other dinosaur-related news, the T-Rex piece from a couple weeks ago is now available in my print store . And for today (Leap Day) only, everything in the store is 25% off. The code to use is LEAP25.
So yesterday’s sale was a smashing success. I commandeered the studio at Imagemaker Photographic Studio , lots of good, fun people showed up, paintings and prints were sold, and a good time was had by all. The show wasn’t even started before several prints were already sold, and with the guidance of a few friends, the momentum kept going as we turned the sale into a bit of a Twitter event (#BretsBigArtSale).
(Photo courtesy of George Smeltzer – GSCameraworks )
I was really touched by how much effort people made to promote the sale. Plenty of mentions, retweets, photos and link sharing on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Right off the bat, I should thank these fine people:
John & Chrissy Watson, George Smeltzer, Lori Kittelberg, Patti Catroppa, Ceci Graber, Brandy Trudeau, Jeff Hornby, Donna Jay-Crowe, Adam Carlson, Ned Tobin, Nikki Cruickshank, Nicola Rueschmann, Richard Finch, Adé Win, Vincent Ng, everybody at Cosca and Novo, Nicola Rueschmann, Yvonne Milroy, Matty Sadorf, April Trasy, Valarie H., Kimli, Stephanie Insixiengmay, Anthony Wittrock, DaDe Art & Design Lab, Vancouver Vantage, Carly Fryer, BC Berrie, Lora Jean, John Bell, Jenn Ashton, Lola Frost, Louise Perrin, Ashley November, Steve Kubien, and of course my family.
Sold a set of 6 bourbon prints, a Jack Daniel’s print, the Crow’s Funeral painting I did in tribute to my good friends Lisa and Paul in Mojave , etc. etc. I was sort of sad to see this one go, but at least it went to a good home:
(Photo courtesy of Brandy Trudeau)
In the midst of all the wining and dining and wheeling and dealing, I managed to get a little sketching in:
(Photo courtesy of Tess McCann)
And of course, adult beverages were provided to keep spirits up (see what I did there?). There’s still a bit of wine left in my fridge, but the tequila didn’t survive:
After 6 hours we packed up the paintings and called it a night. Only thing left to do at that point was celebrate with vodka and poutine.
Thank you one and all for a stellar day. Let’s do it again sometime soon.
P.S. Thanks to everyone who put up with my twitchiness and general neurosis on the days leading up to the sale. Apparently I’m always going to be a bit of a mess right up to the point where a sale/show starts.
So I’ve spent the last couple days getting everything ready for the art sale. I’ve taken over my buddy John’s photography studio and changed it around (more than) a little. Yesterday while we were still setting up I snapped this pic of the Reception area:
Today we went over with a boatload of art. Here’s how it looked shortly after we got there:
Finally I had all the paintings up in the Lounge:
Once that was all done it was time to pose for a photo myself:
Weirdest part of all this, of course, is how my livingroom wall looks now:
But fear not – that big wall space will be reserved for the first Closing Time painting.
Big day tomorrow.
So I’ve been talking a lot lately about this upcoming Closing Time show I want to put on. And of course, the first painting’s already done, but if I’m gonna put on a full-fledged show on the scale I want, it’ll take some funding – I’d like to put together a book (via Blurb) of the initial sketches of my Muse and offer that for sale at the show in addition to the paintings. And really, having copies of my Hey Ladies book available couldn’t hurt.
Coincidentally, I’m also trying to strip a lot of excess baggage out of my life these days. Being a packrat is a real flaw of mine, so I’m determined to cut some of this extra crap away. (Why no, it’s not a midlife crisis at all.)
Killing two birds with one stone, then: I’m hosting a sale this weekend, and almost all my paintings prior to the Metalflake show in October are going, going, and hopefully soon to be gone. It’ll free up a ton of wall space and hopefully raise the cash I need for the next big show. Prices are being slashed as if I were some crazed, fez-wearing carpet-warehouse owner.
What’s on sale, you ask? Well, you can download a catalog of the show right here .
So stay tuned, and if you’re in Vancouver, please come by the show. Relevant info is as follows:
Saturday, January 14th, 2:00PM – 8:00PM
210-2075 Yukon St., Vancouver, BC
Thanks, and please spread the word.
You heard it here first, folks. The last picture in my book is officially underway:
Still have to ink the linework and tweak some details, but this one’s progressing pretty rapidly.
Hey, I think I’m starting to get the hang of this:
Well, the big day has finally arrived: I found a place online to sell prints of my art.
I’ve only got a few pieces up yet, but needless to say, there’ll soon be lots more. Check it out
, if you’re so inclined.