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Noah Becker Paintings, Pen Drawing and Studio Tour

Um, I love studio tours!

Noah Becker Studio (Visual Artist, Critic, Jazz Musician)

Today, I travelled with a few art collectors and art lovers (including Alexander Kaiser of Silly Hats Only)  to Noah Becker’s studio.

While Noah’s team of  contributing writers, editors and photographers are busy over at Whitehot Magazine interviewing artists such as John Mellencamp and Julien Schnabel, Noah is busy painting new works.

Our group wanted to see these new artworks, and anything else he had available for show and sale. Luckily, we were able to see a few pieces that have shown at the Torrance Museum of Art, California, and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada. We also got to see Love in Black, as featured below in NY Arts Magazines latest issue of 30 artists to watch for  2012.

Love in Black by Noah Becker, From NY Arts Magazine, 30 Artists To Watch in 2012

Love in Black by Noah Becker, From NY Arts Magazine, 30 Artists To Watch in 2012

A couple of years ago I collected a Noah Becker painting titled, Plenty (Realm Series) , and now I had my eye on a pen drawing that was it’s precursor. I have now experienced the curse of knowing about a drawing that precedes the painting. How can you leave the pen drawing for someone else to collect, knowing you have the painting?!  Sacre bleu!

Needless to day,  as of today, this artistic collective (pen drawing and painting) have been reunited.

I love looking at the subtle differences the artist made between the original drawing and final painting. For instance, the top structure was originally a water wheel, and by the time it came to the painting stage, it turned into a water house. And my favorite feature ? There’s a little squirrel in both the drawing and painting :-)

Carollyne Yardley and Noah Becker with pen drawing for Plenty (Realm Series), 2006

Carollyne Yardley and Noah Becker holding pen drawing. Plenty (Realm Series)

Plenty (Realm Series), Noah Becker

Plenty (Realm Series), Oil on Canvas, Noah Becker

We spent almost 2 hours looking at selected works; pen drawings, paintings from a variety of series (Realm, Summer ) and Noah’s new portrait paintings, including Prince Philip IV with UPS “costume” titled, Courier. We got  a sneak preview of more to come from this latest series, and they look awesome (insert emoticon for karate kicks)!

Noah Becker, Courier, 2012, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

Noah Becker, Courier, 2012, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

I think the best part of the tour was listening to Noah talk about his concepts and how he plans out a drawing or painting. Our group had a collective a-ha moment during his explanation of dividing the layered worlds. And not surprisingly, the artwork on focus of the discussion was subsequently collected by a member of our group.

If you want to join in on the next studio tour – let me know. Use my contact form, or connect with Noah directly if you see a painting at his website that you’d like to see up close!

Summer Camp, Noah Becker, Oil on Panel

Summer Camp, Noah Becker, Oil on Panel

CONTACT:
Noah Becker Studio:
noah@whitehotmagazine.com

NOAH BECKER
Visual Artist | Critic | Jazz Musician
621 Chatham, Victoria BC, V8T 1E2, Canada (also living and working in NYC)
phone:+1.250.888.5569|email: noah@whitehotmagazine.com
website: www.noahbeckerart.blogspot.com | www.whitehotmagazine.com

New Photos + Inspiration – Carollyne Yardley, Silly Hats Only, Jen Steele, Jenny Clark

During the opening of  Never Dine Alone, the art show I curated back in November 2011, I met Alexander Kaiser, the owner and artistic director of Silly Hats Only.  (Also see his Facebook Page)

Photo shoot with models Carollyne Yardley (l) and Jen Steele (r) and Silly Hats Only by Alexander Kaiser

Styling by Carollyne Yardley, Hats and Photo by Alexander Kaiser

I fell in love with his bird inspired creations, and since then have gotten to know more about his work.  I love fashion and incorporate fabulous vintage outfits into my paintings. As a result, I thought a collaboration with Silly Hats Only would make a great art show / project.

My friend and photographer Jen Steele was to be the main model, and professional makeup by artist Jenny Clark.  The day started at 9:30 am.  We loaded my car with a storyboard of planned shots, over 20 of my vintage dresses, evening gowns, hats and jewellery, and an assortment of props, and headed over to Jenny Clark’s makeup studio.

Carollyne Yardley (in my mom's 1960's dress). Photo by Jen Steele

Styling by Carollyne Yardley (in my mom’s 1960′s dress). Photo by Jen Steele

I was inspired by images of Twiggy and the Mod makeup from the 1960′s, also the doll-like makeup from movies like Valley of the Dolls.

Model Jen Steele, Hats by Alexander Kaiser, Photo + Styling by Carollyne Yardley

Styling and Photography by Carollyne Yardley, Carousel Hat by Alexander Kaiser

Jenny Clark knew exactly what to do, and along with giant eyelashes, blue eyeshadow, and what I like to refer to as my Genghis Khan makeup (giant bun turned me into Genghis Bun), Jen Steele and I were all dolled up and on our way a couple of hours later.

Carollyne Yardley | Photo by Jen Steele

Styling by Carollyne Yardley, Photo by Jen Steele

We met with Alexander Kaiser early afternoon at the studio, and he brought a lovely selection of hats. Having known which ones we might use, the dresses were a perfect colour match and collectively made some yummy outfits.

It was my first time working on the other side of the camera – usually I’m the model and Jen Steele is the photographer, but this time we swapped places for most of the afternoon, and I had a lot of fun grabbing some awesome pictures, which are going to create excellent material for future paintings. Alexander Kaiser also took some amazing pictures, and later in the day Jen Steele took back the camera to finish off a heroic afternoon of image capturing.

Model Jen Steele, Hats by Silly Hats Only (Alexander Kaiser)

 Styling and Photography by Carollyne Yardley, Hat and arm bracelet by Alexander Kaiser 

Model Jen Steele | Photo and Hat by Silly Hats Only (Alexander Kaiser)

 Styling by Carollyne Yardley, Tree Hat + Photo by Alexander Kaiser

We also had a secret guest model who posed for some photos, and while he will end up with a squirrel face in the painting to maintain his anonymity, perhaps he will let me reveal who he is at a later date.

 

Styling and Photography by Carollyne Yardley

Styling and Photography by Carollyne Yardley

Another Secret Squirrel :-) Many thanks to Jenny Clark (makeup), Jen Steele Photography (model and photos), Alexander Kaiser (hats and photos), and the Secret Squirrel.

Photo by Jen Steele

 Styling  by Carollyne Yardley, Photo by Jen Steele

Ernest Marza, Canadian painter and world of art nouveau

Carollyne Yardley and Ernest Marza (home and studio visit, May 14, 2012)

Carollyne Yardley and Ernest Marza (home and studio visit, May 14, 2012)

Back in March 2009, I first experienced a visit to the magical world of Ernie Marza.  He describes it as his little world of art nouveau.
Today, I popped over there again, and was overwhelmed. Except this time – my eyes were prepared for the feast and eager with anticipation.

While Ernie has most of his own paintings in his studio room, he reserves the living room for works by other painters from other centuries, a fine collection that he has accumulated over the decades from artists living as far away as Europe and South America. (click for video + story

Ernie gave us a lovely tour of his personal art collection. Each painting, lamp, sculpture or ornament has a story. Most paintings have been adorned with frame handcrafted by Ernie himself. His carved, painted and inlaid frames not only match a painting, but each one acts as if it had always been apart of the piece.

Hand made frame with light fixture, Ernest Marza

Hand made frame with light fixture, Ernest Marza

Ernie Marza’ passion for elaborate picture frames makes him one of the people who have influenced me in pairing ornate frames with paintings. I love to collect ornate frames, and use them to frame my work. I would love to add embellishments such as light fixtures, like Ernie does, in future.

Ernie’s passion and experience with art history, and collectables is masterful. He is a great storyteller, and  I like to imagine his adventures have been legendary.

Crow watching, except during this picture when he turned his head.

Crow watching, except during this picture when he turned his head.

While we were there, his crow came by to inspect the visitors. The crow, he says, ‘followed me from his previous residence.”  This crow sits on the patio and watches Ernie while he paints. Today, the crow flew away when I went to snap a picture, but he sat in the tree watching for the rest of our visit.

Dracula, Ernie Marza

Dracula, Ernie Marza

Back in 2009, he allowed me to collect one of his Dracula paintings, only he says, “because we both come from the same part of the world.”  I like to think we also come from a blissful world where everyone dances, loves romances, and wonders how a squirrel got a fabulous hat in that lovely shade of blue.

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Cabinet made by Ernie Marza

Cabinet made by Ernie Marza

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Blair, Yardley, Schultz and the Pop Sensibility by Philip Willey. Plus Critics Picks by Amy Smart from Times Colonist, Victoria, BC

Exhibit-V, Blair, Yardley, Schultz and the Pop Sensibility, Friday, May 11, 2012 by Philip Willey

Many thanks to Philip Willey for his review at Exhibit-V about my art show Sirius Squirrels at Sooke Harbour House.  Here is an excerpt and click to read entire article here.

Call it synchronicity or serendipity, one of those words, but sometimes things just seem to come together….as when three quite different artists with similar pop interests decide to show simultaneously.

……The squirrels turned out to be an ideal vehicle for communicating her observations about people. They allow her to explore character development without being too blatant or anthropomorphic. We in turn are obliged to think about her intentions. If we recognize something of ourselves in these cute little creatures so much the better.

Her technique is illustrational rather than painterly and always it’s the big eyes, that look of startled surprise, which hold the viewer’s interest. Her work will be at Sooke Harbour House Gallery until May 28th.

The Dovekeeper, Oil on Board, 24 X 30, Carollyne Yardley, 2012

The Dovekeeper, Oil on Board, 24 X 30, Carollyne Yardley, 2012

Also thanks to Amy Smart of the Times Colonist

When: May 1-28. Opening reception May 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Why: Squirrel fanatic? This show’s for you. Everyone else? Well, if you’ve got a sense of humour, you may appreciate Carollyne Yardley’s wacky surrealist world. Sample painting: A squirrel with a woman’s body who is standing in a nest, cupping a bird in its hands and also wearing an elaborate feathered hat and powdered wig. Yardley specializes in creating imaginary creatures and characters through paintings, illustrations, multimedia, digital art and costume design.

- Amy Smart

Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/Critics+Picks/6558352/story.html#ixzz1uufsGIO5


In the Name of the Rose Squirrel

In the Name of the Rose Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2012

In the Name of the Rose Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2012

In the Name of the Rose Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2012 (with frame)

In the Name of the Rose Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2012 (with frame)

Art Show @ Sooke Harbour House | Sirius Squirrels, Sooke, BC | May 2012

Sirius Squirrels at Sooke Harbour House

Sirius Squirrels at Sooke Harbour House

(l-r) Kelly Pender, Artist Stephanie Kuhn, Kristy Garry, and Paul Dowd attend art opening at Sooke Harbour House

 

PLEASE JOIN US!
Sirius Squirrels – Solo Show
Featuring new works by Carollyne Yardley
May 01 – May 28th
Reception: Sunday, May 06, 1-3pm
This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP: art@carollyne.com
What: Appetizers, and refreshments
Address: 1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke, BC, Canada
Directions: Google Map
Tel: 250-642-3421
Toll Free: 1 800 889 9688
Email:
info@sookeharbourhouse.com
SNEAK PREVIEW OF A FEW NEW PAINTINGS WITH FRAMES

The Dovekeeper | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

The Dovekeeper | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

Cupid and Psyche | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

Cupid and Psyche | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

In the Name of the Rose Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley
In the Name of the Rose Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

Morning Glory | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

Morning Glory | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley


Sooke Harbour House Dining

Sooke Harbour House Dining

Boutique Hotel, Restaurant, Unconventional Art Gallery + Spa
People have indicated they would like to stay for dinner and stay over Saturday night, and/or have Sunday brunch before the art show. Sooke Harbour House always have a special offer this time of year.
Stay the night
Sunday brunch
Sunday lunch is available between 11:30 am and 3 pm (art show starts at 1:00 pm) in the main dining room. Daily menu changes featuring local seasonal organic cuisine with a focus on seafood, an award winning wine cellar, and one of the best fine dining restaurants in Victoria and on Vancouver Island.

Reservations can be made by calling 250.642.3421 or by emailing info@sookeharbourhouse.com

Sooke Harbour House

Sooke Harbour House