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The story of my reincarnated art piece called ‘Dawg Dawg’ for the 100 Amigos art show.

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Location: 104 East Pender, Vancouver,
Date: Friday, November 8th 2019.
Top: Original piece. Bottom: Reincarnated piece.
Title: Dawg Dawg. 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on reclaimed 100-year-old B.C. Fir wood.
Hand-painted, signed and stamped.
Title: Dawg Dawg. 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on reclaimed 100-year-old B.C. Fir wood.
Hand-painted, signed and stamped.
Title: Dawg Dawg. 12″ x 12″ Acrylic on reclaimed 100-year-old B.C. Fir wood.
Hand-painted, signed and stamped.

So originally, I submitted my 12″ x 12″ piece (Called ‘Dawg Dawg’) for this awesome collective art show called 100 Amigos (100 artists) curated by the crazy talented Drew Young that’s happening this Friday, November 8th 2019. at 104 East Pender, Vancouver (El Kartel) but I royally fucked my piece up with a clear finish spray from Krylon. I guess it wasn’t dry enough before I packaged it up for delivery. Sure enough, I got a call from Drew on Sunday that my piece was wrecked from the paper sticking on to the clear finish. Here’s how it looked:

That’s the brown paper that got stuck on to the clear finish. Facepalm emoticon inserted here.
Here’s me trying to plan a quick fix at the studio.
Black is like butter. It fixes everything. Here’s me coating it with high gloss black paint.
A new form starts to take place while allowing a tiny window into it’s previous life underneath.
Process snaps in the stuido.
A work in progress snap.

As painful it was to paint over the original piece, I actually like the new version of ‘Dawg Dawg’ more than it’s previous life (Pablo, owner of El Kartel) thinks otherwise (yikes). In any case, it’s a done deal. There’s no turning back now. Here are a few snaps of the new ‘Dawg Dawg’ piece. This piece was painted on reclaimed Fir wood from the 1920’s (almost 100 years old!) salvaged from an old home by 41st and King Edward area by the fine folks at Unbuilders and built and treated by the dynamic duo (Kaly and Bram) at Willow & Stump (They rule!).

I always try to find the silver lining.

The final piece was painted with high gloss acrylics, Molotow and Posca inks and sealed with (again) Krylon ColorMaster clear finish on almost 100 year old reclaimed Fir wood.

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Small Cures Art Show and Auction is helping cancer patients afford to survive.

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Small Cures is hosting a small art show to help cancer patients afford to survive. And you could make a huge difference. 

The 2nd annual Small Cures Charity Art Show + Auction to raise funds for people struggling with the costs of living with cancer will take place at the Burroughs Building this November 7th. 

This is my second year participating in the Small Cures Art Show & Auction. This year I hand-painted two 6″ x 6″ art pieces called TING 1 and TING 2. I hope you like it enough to bid on them and help make a difference for those who fighting cancer.

For scale. Either I have really big feet or 6″ x 6″ paintings really make my feet look huge.
Titled: TING 2
6″ x 6″ Acrylic on canvas with a protective varnish gloss coat.
Titled: TING 1
6″ x 6″ Acrylic on canvas with a protective varnish gloss coat.
Titled: TING 2 and TING 1
Titled: TING 2
6″ x 6″ Acrylic on canvas with a protective varnish gloss coat.
Titled: TING 1
6″ x 6″ Acrylic on canvas with a protective varnish gloss coat.

Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators Portfolio Peer Review.

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CAPIC Portfolio Review event.

Looking forward to this event tonight. Apparently, I’ll be a ‘Group Leader’ to help facilitate group discussions and critiques. It should be a fun one. See you there!

2019 Award of Excellence. Interior Design Institute of BC’s Annual Awards.

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Award of Excellence at the Interior Design Institute of BC’s annual awards.

We’re super proud to have been part of this amazing project for Kabam Studios that Perkins + Will brought us on board last year. We were notified by Kimberly Baba, the Senior Interior Designer from Perkins + Will that the project received an Award of Excellence at the Interior Design Institute of BC’s annual awards. Big ups to Frank from North Side Signs for the printing and installation for the entire art installation.

Here are some photos of the space taken by Ema Peter.

Shot by Ema Peter.
Shot by Ema Peter.
Shot by Ema Peter.

Make Earth Cool Again. Getting ready for the climate strike again in Vancouver.

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Quick doodle with Posca markers.

We’re leaving early today at the studio to join the climate strike at Vancouver’s city hall at 1pm. Hope to see you all there. Peace.

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Illustration marathon. Yesterday’s 16 hour shoot at Westside Studios.

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Yesterday was one of the longest workdays I’ve had this year. Arrived at Westside at 10am and walked out just past 320am (Thank god for Uber drivers! Hey Vancouver! Wake up!). Here’s what the set looked like when I got there with the client.

I can’t even count how many fat Krinks, Poscas, Molotows (one blew up in my hand), and Sharpies I went through. My right hand feels like a lobster claw right now.

It was a real honour to be on this project especially knowing what a great cause this is for the University Hospital Foundation.

Project link on our portfolio: https://chairmanting.com/uhf

Prep work when I arrived fresh off the plane for the pre-pro meeting.
The crew testing equipment.
Shot of the completed set.
Derek Shapton working his magic at an ungodly hour.
Shot on the Nikon D600.
Snapped this on the Nikon right before leaving the studio.

Doodles from the air enroute from Vancouver to Toronto for a project at Westside Studios.

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Here are a few doodles on the plane Sunday morning with my newish posca markers. I hopped on a plane to Toronto for a really fun project that my ex-boss, Karen Howe got me on board for.

Title: Dream Prance.
Was trying to only draw non-recognizable objects for this doodle exercise.

I was working with Westside studios for a TV shoot yesterday (16 hours!). What’s really funny is, I got to work with Derek Shapton again. Derek and I go way back, like 20 years back. When I first entered the business, the very first photographer I commissioned was Derek from Westside. At the time, I got him to shoot a print campaign for FRAM air filters. I was working with an all-star team, including Mark Mason, Matt Antonello, and of course my ex-boss Karen Howe. Karen was my CD when I worked for the then indie agency, Due North Communications (it’s now rolled into some other MDC agency I believe).