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The Summer 2015 Studio Sale

So it’s midsummer already. No idea where that year went; between work and shenanigans, I’ve been busy as hell, though.

I’m also, once again, up to my ass in paintings. My studio walls are covered, my couch is buried in them, every spare bit of space in my bedroom (which isn’t necessarily a lot) is crammed. This, obviously, will not do.

So hey. You wanna buy a painting at a bargain price and give me a little more space to paint more stuff?

Sure you do.

Here’s what’s up for grabs this year:

If you have your eye on a piece, drop me a line (howyadoin@gmail.com) and refer to the sale in the email title.

Fine print:

Prices are in effect till Friday, July 17, 2015. Prices do not include shipping.

New & Old Area Code Skulls.

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A few years ago I designed a tattoo for myself – something to show how much my adopted home – Vancouver – meant to me. When I showed the design around, I immediately got requests to feature it on t-shirts. Since then I’ve developed more designs, primarily based on the East Coast (trivia note: I’ve also lived in all of the Atlantic Provinces).

Now I want to expand the options available, and so I’ve added shirts for Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta so far, with more to come.

You can find the shirts here, in my Redbubble store. And kids’ sizes are also available.


Motorcycles and Bold Statements.

Okay, I’m gonna make a bold statement here. I like drawing motorcycles more than I like drawing women, cars, or guitars.

There, I said it.

I can’t even put my finger on the reason why; I just know it’s really fucking fun. Partly because motorcycles are just inherently badass, but there’s something else there, too. I’ve always liked perspective drawing, so that’s part of it. And figuring out how the parts work, doing the research… that’s pretty huge, too.

I decided back in January that this year’s calendar theme would be motorcycles, and I’ve spent almost the entire year doing research about cafe racers, trackers, scramblers, bobbers, choppers, street fighters…

Once it came time to start the actual work, I learned about sidecars, perimeter brakes, superchargers, even bikes I’d never heard of before. Crockers, for instance.

As I write this I’m on the penultimate bike, a Kawasaki KZ900. Once that’s done, I have to do an Indian – most likely a board tracker.

And then the calendar will be ready for release, and all will be right in the world.

Wanna see some in-progress stuff? If you follow me on social media, you may have seen some of these already. Not all of them, though:


The Summer 2014 Studio Sale

If you’ve been following my art career, you know I’m a bit on the prolific side – I love to paint, and I have a lot to say. So it may not come as a total surprise that I’ve got a fair number of paintings on hand at the moment. I’d go so far as to call it a backlog, even.

And I work out of a small studio, so space is at a premium (can you see where this is going?).

I sat looking at all these pieces today, and decided I need to move some of them. Which is where you come in – I’m marking these down so I can free up some space, and you can score some art bargains.

Without further ado, then, here’s what’s for sale:

If you have your eye on a piece, drop me a line at howyadoin@gmail.com and refer to the sale in the email title.

The fine print:

Prices are in effect till Friday, August 1, 2014. Prices do not include shipping.

7 Art Shows and What I’ve Learned.

Metal Flake

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.

Metalflake Remix

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.

Dinosaurs

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.

Hot Pink

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.

Ocean Rain

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.

Ka-Pow!

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.

Cocktails

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.


Ka-Pow! Posters

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So I’m issuing a limited edition of hand-signed, hand-numbered posters of the Ka-Pow! superhero paintings. We’re looking at a print run of 25, so if you want one, let me know ASAP. Numbers will be issued on a first come, first serve basis, starting with 001.

(What you’re seeing here is still just a mockup; there are several paintings left to be finished over the next few days.)


T-Shirt Thursday, Round 23.

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 Redbubble store.

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


T-Shirt Thursday, Round 22

Another Christmas-themed shirt this week, to tie in with our Metalflake Christmas art event:

 

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And you can buy it right here in my RedBubble store.


A Merry Little Christmas Announcement

You heard it here first. I’m releasing 4 of the metalflake Christmas paintings as Christmas cards (and postcards) as well:

 

 

 

Each of those 4 images is a separate card, of course. And they’re all in my RedBubble store.

(RedBubble, incidentally, has a Black Friday sale on at the moment. Everything is 15% off.)


T-Shirt Thursday, Round 19

Another seasonal shirt for everybody:

 

 

 

Available, of course, in my Redbubble store.