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 »
Where were you on this date in 2011? I was at the Tipper, putting on my first art show (you can read all about it ).
Anyway, I just realized a couple hours ago, so I figured I should blog to honour the occasion. ‘Cause really, it’s been a pretty tumultuous two years in my life and my art career.
At times – let’s be honest here – it’s felt like some sort of epic struggle against the forces of evil, but after twenty-four months and seven shows, I feel like I’m on the winning side now.
I went into that first show with barely a fucking clue what I was doing, but with a little help from my friends, it went off without a hitch anyway. And since then the shows just keep getting bigger and better.
So indulge me. Let me take a moment to single out these amazing people:
John Watson of imagemaker photographic studio , who was kind enough to provide a venue for four of the shows, who photographs all my paintings and documents the shows, and who’s generally a good friend and a swell guy.
Tess McCann , who worked as my agent for a year and taught me so much.
Colin , Cameron , and P.J. from the Tipper, where that first show happened.
Aaron , Margarete , Eve and Alan from the HiVE, the site of Ocean Rain .
James and Brian from EXP Restaurant, where we had the latest art extravaganza, Ka-Pow!
Annie Friesen of Dottie’s Buttons , who’s become sort of a strategic partner in all of this crazy business.
Alex Stewart , who joined forces with me for Hot Pink .
Lyndsey MacEwen , who helped save the day at Ocean Rain, and who’s been a genuine inspiration in my life.
And everybody who’s bought a painting, come to a show, shared a link online, dressed up in something special, bought or commissioned a painting, driven the getaway car, bought me a drink, sang me a song, or otherwise been an epic human being.
My hat is off to you.
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.)
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 , , |
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 .)
May 15, 2013 | Categories: aquatic , art , art biz , art show , artblog , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artists , artwork , beautiful , booze , bourbon , bret taylor , buy , buy buy buy , , color , colour , commerce , commission , commissions , creative , creativity , draw , , , girls , glory , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , , metal flake , metalflake , paint , painter , painting , paintings | Tags: acrylic , art , , , dottiesbuttons , howyadoin , humpback , , manta , metalflake , narwhal , , ocean rain , octopus , painting , , seahorse , , , , , , whale | 1 Comment »
With Christmas almost upon us and the Metalflake Christmas event underway, it just seemed right to release Christmas-penguin shirts this week:
You can find them here with .
Any thoughts on a name for the little guy?
December 6, 2012 | Categories: art , art biz , artblog , artist , artiste , artwork , bret taylor , christmas , clothes , creative , howyadoin , howyadoin graphics , illustrate , illustration , redbubble , shirt , t-shirt | Tags: , art , christmas , , howyadoin , metalflake , , redbubble , , shirt |
So it’s official now: the Christmas metalflake paintings are happening, and in a big way. I’ve been building the bases for the paintings and refining the designs over the past month.
Here you can see a few of the bases, nearly ready for the lineart that will turn them into Christmas paintings:
These are the prototypes to give you a solid idea of what the finished pieces will look like. First, the 6×6-inch paintings:
And here are the smaller, 3×4-inch paintings:
They’re coming together rather quickly now. These paintings are limited edition pieces, and we’ve already had a number of inquiries, so if you’re interested in one of these, you should probably act fast.
Here’s how it breaks down. There’ll be 16 of the 6×6-inch paintings: 5 red santas, 5 green trees, 3 blue snowflakes, and 3 blue snowmen. These will be $60 apiece (plus shipping if you’re outside the Vancouver area).
And there will be 10 of the 3×4-inch pieces: 4 blue snowflakes, 3 red santas, and 3 green trees. These are $30 each (again, plus shipping where applicable).
If you want to reserve one, please contact my agent at this address: [email protected]
I’ll also be releasing Christmas t-shirts on Thursday. And while we’re on the topic of our metalflake Christmas, I’ve still got room in my schedule if you’d like to commission a custom piece as a present for someone you love. The window of availability is narrowing rapidly, though, so if you want one in time for Christmas, please let us know ASAP.
Ho ho ho.
November 13, 2012 | Categories: acrylic , art , bret taylor , christmas , commission , commissions , howyadoin , metalflake , paint , painting | Tags: art , bret taylor , christmas , , , , howyadoin , metalflake , , painting , , , , , , |
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.
October 8, 2012 | Categories: , , art show , artist , artiste , artistic growth , artwork , , bret taylor , , , creative , , kudos , labour of love , , , , lovely assistant , memories , metal flake , metalflake , , muse , , , onward , paint , painting , paintings , , tattoo , thank you , thanks , , upward , validation , , | Tags: art , , , dinosaur , , , howyadoin , , metalflake , , , painting , , , , | 3 Comments »