Art Show: TOMS Shoes for Seven @ Ayden Gallery

I finished my custom TOMS shoes! As I mentioned in a previous post, Ayden Gallery is hosting a show called ‘Seven’ in celebration of their 7th anniversary! Over 50 artists will add their personal touch to TOMS shoes. The shoes will be on display at the show opening at Ayden Gallery (Vancouver, BC) on Friday, February 18th, 7:00pm – 11:00pm.  The shoes will be for sale and all proceeds go to charity. Find out more at the Facebook event page here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198895993457931

When I was thinking about what I wanted to paint it was important for me to create a design that I would actually wear.  I also wanted to paint something with a typography theme choosing names of characters from the story Alice In Wonderland. I wanted to feature the main lettering ‘White Rabbit’ as bright and bold. Then I added some ‘supporting text’ as subtle design-y looking shapes instead of being recognizable as text.  The light blue text says ‘Jabberwocky’.  (You can see the in progress pics here and here.)

Art Show: Seven @ Ayden Gallery

Ayden Gallery is hosting a show called ‘Seven’ next month, in celebration of their 7th anniversary! Over 50 artists will add their personal touch to TOMS shoes. TOMS is a very noble shoe company: “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.” Some of the big names in the show are: Ben Tour, Camilla d’Errico, Lani Imre, Kristian Adam, Mandy Tsung, Peter Ricq, Peter Taylor and Peeta. The shoes will be on display and up for auction through the month of February. All proceeds go to charity. More info in this article.

Ayden has asked me to participate in the show! Here are a few shots of my TOMS shoes. I chose to work with my size; Women’s size 7. You can see I’m adding the base colour in the top right-hand pic. More sneak peeks coming soon… :D


Art Show: “Art Jam 5″; live painting at the 9 Lb Hammer in Seattle

This past weekend I went down to Seattle to participate in ‘Art Jam 5‘; a live painting event with a bunch of local artists hosted by artist Augie Pagan. It was held at a pub called the 9LB Hammer. “To keep the event affordable and open to the general public, no piece of artwork sold for over $50.” (more info + pics in this article). The place was jam packed! Lots of art apprecianados bumpin’ to the music, chattin’ over drinks and watching the artists paint. The place had great energy, and was perfect timing for me to start painting again after fracturing my drawing hand (blog post on that coming soon, I promise)!


[My card suit monsters meet Lawrence's heart pantied Alice]

I collaborated with Lawrence Ruelos on an Alice In Wonderland themed piece. I haven’t really done a collab before.. and definitely not in front of a crowd. It was fun tossing around ideas with Lawrence and watching our pencil sketches come to life as we lay down the paint in our different yet cohesive styles. I was a bit nervous going on stage at first because I’m not one for the spotlight, however the excitement of both the opportunity to paint + to collab with Lawrence outweighed any apprehension I had. My first time painting in front of a crowd + my first time painting after my hand fracture = big accomplishments for me! Lawrence had painted in the previous Art Jams so he was a pro. ;) We painted for about an hour and unfortunately it wasn’t enough time to finish our piece (we had to wrap it up to let other artists have a spot at the easel), but I’m happy with how our piece turned out anyways. :)

The last time I was at a live painting event was this summer at the San Diego Comic Con where I watched Dave Flores, Joe Ledbetter, Angry Woebots and Yoskay Yamamoto breathe life onto large scaled canvasses at Munky King’s Omi mask launch party. I was glued to the spot at that event… it was hypnotizing watching my art idols create their signature styles right infront of me. So to have the opportunity to be an artist in an event was huge for me + I can’t thank Lawrence and Augie enough for having the confidence to give me a chance. :) Our piece sold to one of Lawrence’s awesome girlfriends who skates for the Jet City Rollergirls (derby girl, wut! wut!). It makes me happy to know the piece is going to one awesome chika! :)

Dev, Augie and Shane White collaborated on this sweet monster piece.

Yet more awesome paintings! It’s exciting to me that everyone has the same tools… canvas, brushes and paint + yet there is so much uniqueness + variety in each individual piece. /art dork   This event is such a great idea. I hope there are more in the future!


[Moi Painting my monsters, Photo by Lawrence Ruelos]

Art Show: Sweet + Toxic – Conjoined Deer Twins Plush

Sweet + Toxic were made for the Robots + Monsters group show at Ayden Gallery in Vancouver, BC. Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 7-11pm. Exhibition runs until Nov 14, 2010

Sweet + Toxic follow their hearts with full force. Their intense love brings them both the most sweetest joy and the most toxic pain. Most of the time the candy coloured duo have a happy outlook on life with their strawberry pink palette and kawaii fabric details.  Their favourite dessert is Strawberry Shortcake and they fight over who gets to eat most of the whipped cream.

I just wanted to say thanks to my Bro who helped me with the finishing details due to my injured hand. Thanks Jess! :)

Urban Vinyl: Ganmetall Celcius Custom Show, Part 2

This is my Celcius custom for the Ganmetall Celsius Show @ Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles, opening on July 10th, 2010. The show is sponsored by Kuso Vinyl, Rotobox Vinyl and Spanky Stokes.

Inspired by love, Till Death is a dark angel who is like the Anti-Cupid. He swoops down when he is called upon to end beautiful unions. “All good things must come to an end”, said Chaucer in 1374, and those are the words Till Death lives by. But Till Death knows that regardless of what happens the heart speaks the truth, for: “Love is not written on paper, for paper can be erased. Nor is it etched on stone, for stone can be broken. But it is inscribed on a heart and there it shall remain forever.”

Art Show: Animalopolis @ Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, BC

If you’re in Vancouver tomorrow night come stop by Ayden Gallery for the opening reception of the group art show Animalopolis.  There are some really cool artists in the show and I’ll have some plush there too!

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ANIMALOPOLIS
Opening Reception: Friday, June 11th, 2010, 7-11pm @ Ayden Gallery, 88 W. Pender St, Tinseltown Mall, Vancouver, BC.

ARTISTS:
Kristian Adam
Mandy Tsung
Shwa
Fia Cooper
Emily Beaulieu
Taka Sudo
Megan Majewski

MUSIC BY:
Cherchez La Femme

Free Admission  |  Artists in Attendance  |  Live Painting  |  Drinks  |  Exhibition closes July 11th, 2010