Full report on the show still to come, but in the meantime, here’s a breakdown of what paintings are still available. If you’ve got Star Wars and/or Star Trek fans on your shopping list, or if you’re one yourself, have a look at what’s here and get back to me.
(Note: prices do not include shipping.)
A few words of introduction: I had my first show at EXP in August of 2013, and by every possible yardstick, Ka-Pow! was a smashing success – even leading to a series of top-secret commissions by a certain prominent visual effects company. Brian Vidovic is the driving force behind the restaurant, and he and I talked back then about a potential videogame-themed show. In my head I could already see Pac-Man and Space Invaders paintings.
At that point I figured the show would focus entirely on the oldschool games. But as time went by and I talked to more and more people about it, I decided not to limit myself to any particular era.
(Especially since I did a set of Final Fantasy paintings for EXP earlier in 2014, and got an idea there of just how much untapped potential there was.)
Some of my previous shows have required an enormous amount of work to pull together, but this time around the process was pretty painless – two meetings (and when I say “meetings” I mean getting together for drinks), a few emails, and the pieces just fell into place.
The only tough part after that was finishing the paintings in time for the show. Which is par for the course; the final Dinosaurs piece, for instance, was finished just 3 hours before I hung it.
But I digress.
Joystick (my eleventh show) happened on kind of a shitty late-November night, and a weeknight to boot, but the turnout was still great – as were sales, thankfully. And everyone who did show up was enthusiastic and supportive. Lots of seasonal illnesses going around, which of course knocked some potential attendees out of commission. Not Donna Jaggard Fox, though. She showed up despite being extremely pregnant, and even bought a painting. Because she’s a champ.
The rest of us had a hell of a time drinking many Jameson Dark & Stormies courtesy of the always-awesome Simone Kelly, the instigator behind several previous shows’ signature cocktails. All that ginger beer made me feel like I was drinking some sort of health beverage.
The night got a little blurry there for awhile, and oddly enough, nobody thought to take many photos. Myself included.
More like an oldschool, pre-social-media sort of party.
Eventually things wound down, as things must. We had a final shot of Irish whiskey for the road, and another art show was done. By that point the rain had stopped, so a few of us wandered back to the West End together.
The next few days were spent meeting with buyers and with friends who weren’t able to make the show (and when I say “meeting”… I think you know where I’m goin’ with this).
Now. How ’bout some photos?
And finally, the obligatory but heartfelt words of thanks:
To Brian Vidovic (the master of ceremonies), Simone Kelly (the ambassador), Annie Friesen (the maker of buttons), and Chantal Michaud (the namer of names).
To Cristina Weir (who brought her parents to the show), Aida King, Kyle Reid, Meghan Kilner, Ian MacKinnon, Chris Schneider, Melissa Jones, Donna Fox (who inspired two of the paintings), Alison Tedford, Chris Magar, and Shamil Meghji, all of whom ponied up their hard-earned cash for the fruits of my labours.
To Stephanie Hogan, Scott Graham, Stu Hunter, Brenta Vatne, Jeff Hornby, George Smeltzer, Lee Harris, Jay Holtslander, Ned Tobin, Nick Salmon, Dan Fox, and Chris, who also braved the aforementioned shitty weather to show their support.
And as always, to Jaime Purgavie.
February 2, 2015 | Categories: amazing, art, art biz, art show, artblog, artist, artiste, artistic growth, artwork | Tags: alliance, art, assassin's creed, atari, exp, gaming, gears of war, halo, hedgehog, horde, howyadoin, joystick, luigi, mario, metal gear, metalflake, mortal kombat, nintendo, pac-man, sonic, space invaders, super mario, tempest, tetris, tron, umbrella corporation, vancouver, videogames, yoshi, zelda | Leave a comment
I’m never one to sound like an alarmist if I can avoid it. I don’t share links to things-you-should-be-outraged-by articles. I’m not a conspiracy theorist with a tinfoil hat.
But all that being said, you’re running out of time, my friends.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to freak you out. But if you want to commission a painting in time for Christmas… well, you might want to talk to me very, very soon. The weather’s already starting to change, and the colder temperatures and higher humidity in the fall and winter mean longer drying times for paintings.
So if you’ve got an idea for a custom piece in mind, please drop me a line ASAP: firstname.lastname@example.org
And be sure to mention Christmas commissions in the subject header.
Now that the blatant commercial message is out of the way, here’s a little eye candy from last Christmas and other previous commissions:
September 17, 2014 | Categories: art, art biz, artblog, artist, artiste, artists, artwork | Tags: art, batman, buy, canadiens, canucks, christmas, christmas gift, commission, custom, elephant, habs, howyadoin, hurry up, metalflake, painting, panic, red, spider-man, vancouver, wine, wonderwoman | Leave a comment
Hey. You remember me, right? I’m that guy – used to blog on a regular basis. But somewhere over the past couple years, as social media continually reinvented itself, I got out of the habit.
I didn’t really miss the outlet, because I started writing in a journal, but ultimately that’s a one-sided conversation. And there’s a lot going on in my life, so I figured I should talk more openly about it, and at length. Therapeutic AND educational. So consider this a sort of state-of-the-union address – except there is no union, just me. Solo.
Hence the title of this post.
If you’re following my art, you might have noticed a new direction in recent months – watercolour. Totally unplanned, but it’s been an interesting journey.
In particular I love the chaotic side of it. Embracing the random. Letting the paint flow where it wants to go, and then capitalizing on the patterns that emerge. Which, if you ask Albert Einstein, is the second rule of work: from discord, find harmony. Kind of makes me feel a certain nobility of purpose.
My thought is that I’d like to structure next year’s art schedule to alternate between metalflake exhibitions and watercolour ones. This’ll give me a nice degree of variety, and as I work on overlapping series, it’ll give me more time to put the metalflake shows together. I’m hoping to eliminate those mad pre-show thrashes where I’ve got paintings drying on top of the stove and the toaster oven, and propped against the baseboard heaters in the livingroom.
Tentative plan for 2015, then: a watercolour show in February, most likely based on tropical birds. In April, the Skulls N’ Roses metalflake show I’ve been talking about, to coincide with the annual Tattoo and Culture show. Another watercolour jam in the summer, and then to close out the year, an as-yet-undetermined metalflake exhibition.
Potentially, something in the pin-up vein, but using 70s glam rock iconography. Platform boots, big sunglasses, hot pants, and so on.
As for this year… I’ve already reported on the Koi Show, which was colossal. I haven’t really discussed the Han-and-Leia paintings I did for Industrial Light & Magic yet, but I swear I’ll get to it. There’ve been a lot of commissions, mainly, but not limited to, superheroes. At the moment I’m also working on several tattoo designs, a Rush-themed goalie mask, and of course I just put the Bugs show to bed (haven’t done a write-up on that one yet; it’s still too fresh for me to have any real perspective on it). And there are currently 8 metalflake commissions in the final stages of completion.
It’s been an interesting year, though. Those close to me know my life’s been pretty turbulent this decade, so in 2014 I’ve been making a conscious effort to destress and unclutter. All this time spent drawing and painting has been enormously helpful in that regard, giving me time for some much-needed introspection and reflection.
One other tangible benefit to all of this: my linework is cleaner than ever, and my hands are the steadiest they’ve ever been. They used to shake so much that I blogged about it. Not any more.
Oh, a few more things:
1. The final show of the year will be about videogames.
2. All year I’ve been doing the research for my next calendar, so I’ll soon start designing and sketching the motorcycles. The premise is that all the bikes in the calendar came from the same fictitious custom shop.
3. I’ve added a bunch of new merch to my RedBubble store: pillows, tote bags, and duvet covers.
4. There are still a few Bugs pieces left, too. You can see them here.
So that’s me. What’s happening with you?
August 24, 2014 | Categories: accomplishment, all about me, art, art biz, art show, artblog, artist, artiste, artistic growth, artists, artwork, baggage, catharsis, howyadoin | Tags: art, artist, exhibition, growth, howyadoin, inspiration, metalflake, paint, painting, reflection, skill, stateoftheart, vancouver, watercolor, watercolour | Leave a comment
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 email@example.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.
July 29, 2014 | Categories: adult beverages, art, art biz, artist, artiste, bret taylor, business, buy, buy buy buy, drink, drinks, heels, high heels, howyadoin, labour of love, ladies, liquor, metal flake, metalflake, pin-up, pin-up girl, pin-ups, pink, pinup, sale, sales | Tags: acrylic, art, bargain, bret taylor, cocktails, dark valentine, garter, heels, howyadoin, jellyfish, ka-pow, lingerie, metalflake, paint, painting, pinupgirls, promo, promotion, sale, socks, stocking, stripes, studio, summer, superheroes, vancouver, whales | Leave a comment
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, adult beverages, art, art biz, art show, artblog, artist, artiste, artists, artwork, booze, bret taylor, color, colour, creative, creativity, drink, drinks, howyadoin, howyadoin graphics, metal flake, metalflake, metallic, paint, painter, painting, paintings, party, restaurant, vancouver | Tags: alcohol, art, art show, booze, cocktails, drinks, howyadoin, liquor, metalflake, painting, party, vancouver | 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 here).
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, comic, comics, howyadoin, howyadoin graphics, metalflake, metallic, superhero | Tags: art, artshow, batgirl, comics, fantastic, howyadoin, ka-pow, metalflake, superheroes, vancouver | Leave a comment