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Still need to work on this one started in early 2012. Titled, “One Is Never Alone with a Rubber Duck.”

 

One is Never Alone with a Rubber Duck, 60 x 40, oil on board 2012-

In progress from 2012

Still need to work on this one started in early 2012. Titled, “One Is Never Alone with a Rubber Duck.”

 

One is Never Alone with a Rubber Duck, 60 x 40, oil on board 2012-

Behind the Scenes. Society Squirrel Photo Shoot.

Update: Finished Painting, Jan 2014

 

Society Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on panel, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Society Squirrel, 24 x 36, oil on panel, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

While at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in London, UK, I took the opportunity to get some photos, knowing I needed some material for an upcoming piece called Society Squirrel. Many thanks to Scott Sparrow at the London SMWS for modelling for these shots.

Scott Sparrow at the London, UK, SMWS tasting room.

Scott Sparrow at the London, UK, SMWS tasting room.

 

Scott Sparrow at the London, UK, SMWS tasting room.

Scott Sparrow at the London, UK, SMWS tasting room.

PHOTO SHOOT CONTINUED

I was fresh off of the airplane from a trip to London and Amsterdam to see some of the worlds greatest art collections, and ready to get back to work.

Model: Lief Klatt
Masks:  Courtesy of David Wahl, The Director of Awesome at Archie McPhee, Seattle, Washington
Lighting, Mentoring, and Behind the Scene Photos: Jen Steele Photography

This photo shoot is for a new commission from the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, called Society Squirrel. Also connect with them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SMWSCanada

Society Squirrel Photo Shoot. Sept 26, 2013. Photo by Jen Steele.

Society Squirrel Photo Shoot. Sept 26, 2013. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo by Jen Steele.

Society Squirrel Photo Shoot. Sept 26, 2013. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo by Jen Steele.

 

Society Squirrel Photo Shoot. Sept 26, 2013. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo by Jen Steele.

Society Squirrel Photo Shoot. Sept 26, 2013. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo by Jen Steele.

Society Squirrel Photo Shoot. Sept 26, 2013. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo by Jen Steele.

Society Squirrel Photo Shoot. Sept 26, 2013. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo by Jen Steele.

 

Society Squirrel Photo Shoot. Sept 26, 2013. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo by Jen Steele.

Society Squirrel Photo Shoot. Sept 26, 2013. Model: Leif Klatt. Photo by Jen Steele.

 

The Art Director, Carollyne Yardley, hard at work. Photo by Jen Steele.

The Art Director, Carollyne Yardley, hard at work. Photo by Jen Steele.

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel In Progress

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, Oil on Wood Panel, 2013, Carollyne Yardley

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 36, Oil on Wood Panel, 2013, Carollyne Yardley

I just finished the grisaille layer for Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, an artist I greatly admire and respect. Someone told me they see the  shape that is formed similar to that of an elephant with tusks. Perhaps this is Yayoi’s animal spirit coming out.

Stay tuned for the finished piece in full colour.

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel In Progress

INSPIRATION:
This piece was inspired by Yayoi Kusama thematic interest in patterns and repetition. I wanted to merge Squirrealism into my portrait of her, but also break away from the traditional human body form typically found in my paintings. I was inspired to create the body form of this character using her polka dot “serpent-tentacles.”

Good bye squirrel / human.
Hello squirrel / snake.

Additionally, I found a great photo I had taken a few months ago. My friend was fooling around with some brown wrapping paper, and made a big flower around his head with it. It looked so cool, so I made him “freeze frame” and took a photo. Using this scrunched up flower made from wrapping paper,  I then had the idea to layer Yayoi’s dots and circles over top of this giant misshaped material, providing Yayoi Kusama Squirrel her very own transgene, avante-garde look.

 

YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama (Kusama Yayoi?, born March 22, 1929) is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including paintingcollagesculptureperformance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor of the pop artminimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.[1] Although largely forgotten after departing the New York art scene in the early 1970s, Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an important voice of the avant-garde.

Selfie Squirrel in progress (after selfie by Alex McLeod)

Selfie Squirrel (after selfie photo by Alex McLeod, Artist).

In Progress. Selfie Squirrel (after selfie photo by Alex McLeod and Leah Muse).

 

It was in the making over 6 months, but finally Selfie Squirrel makes it’s debut to the “in progress” state.

What is a selfie you ask?

selfie is a genre of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often associated with social networking and photo sharingservices such as MySpaceFacebook, and Instagram, where they are commonly posted. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, and may include only the photographer or other people as well.

On Facebook, many people, and I mean many people, take selfies.  And so there creates a reason to judge who has the best selfie of them all.

Collectively speaking, hyperrealistic 3D artist Alex McLeod wins for populating my social media feeds with the best quality selfies. This is because of his pompadour hairdo, and love of everything that glitters with gold. Between stylish and mock-rocking ridiculous and awesome, this is a man who lives to strike-a-pose-style all of his own. I’ve watched his selfies and his cell phone camera cases go through their paces, a variety of Hello Kitty phone cases from rainbow to gold and diamond studded. A perfect selfie to me  includes actually seeing the camera device covering your face, making it a perfect Secret Squirrel. Alex McLeod does many versions of a selfie, but I like the ones where he keeps the cell phone camera out front the best. The one inspired for this painting was actually a “fake” selfie taken by Alex’s friend Leah Muse. Apparently, they are the best ones.

Alex McLeod Selfie posted to Facebook

Alex McLeod Selfie posted to Instagram

Alex McLeod Selfie posted to Instagram

 

Alex McLeod Selfie posted to Instagram

Alex McLeod Selfie posted to Instagram

Alex McLeod Selfie posted to Facebook

Alex McLeod Selfie posted to Facebook

Here are links to his website, Instagram, and Twitter feeds.

Oh, and my first and only posted selfie of myselfie.

Carollyne’s Selfie MySelfie

 

My Friends Can Build Me a Spaceship with Door Guns | Prototype Equipment Design

3D printed objects. Photo by Ray Brougham

ALERT: I have friends who can build me a space ship with door guns, so don’t tempt me.

Today, I was given a great tour by Ray Brougham, owner of Prototype Equipment Design.  They create many things at his facility.  As I learned, they are experts in taking an idea and turning it into reality, along with refining the way we do things by making a process more efficient.

I felt smarter the moment I signed in, put on my safety glasses, and crossed the threshold.

They have many smart machines and smart people. They create everything from the wave guides found inside the 70 ALMA telescopes located in Chile, which provide the ability to point the telescope to circuit boards that go in inside a gamma camera (and something about Technetium-99) .

Um, space alien dream machine? Or perhaps a ray gun for my spaceship. As you can imagine, it’s no wonder there’s a picture of my first boyfriend, Captain James T. Kirk on one of their computer monitors. Cool.

But not as cool as watching a 3D printer in action.  Here are some photos of my visit today.

Facility at Prototype Equipment Design

 

Wave Guides for ALMA Telescopes in Chile

 

Circuit boards that go inside gamma camera

 

3D printer, MakerBot

 

My first boyfriend, Captain James T. Kirk.

 

Prototype Equipment Design

PHONE : (250) 381-6868
EMAIL: info@engineersmachineshop.ca
532 William Street, Victoria, B.C. V9A 3Y9

 

Murakami Squirrel in progress

I’m in the studio full on painting up a storm. Here is a preview, the grisaille layer finished for Murakami Squirrel.
I designed the shirt for this painting using one of his famous superflat paintings.

Murakami Squirrel in progress showing grisaille layer complete.

Wondering what the h*ll I’ve been working on? In progress sneak peak.

If you’ve been wondering what’s slowed me down. What I’ve been working on. Wondering what has taken me so long to post a new piece…..

I set out to paint my largest piece to date.  This bad boy is 60″ x 40″  and is large for me considering the tiny little brushes I paint with. Rethinking brush size in future – trust me.

In any case, this painting is the equivalent to three and a half smaller paintings in terms of production time. It was started in September 29, 2012 – and I am determined to finish it this month. I can ****feel*** it getting closer to being done, although I probably have another couple of weeks to go.

 

Squirrel Mask En Vouge. Squirrealism. Sneak peak behind the scenes.

Lineup Facing Left, Carollyne Yardley, April 2013

Lineup Facing Left, Carollyne Yardley, April 2013

Photo shoot on April 16th with the best squirrel models; Chris Wylie (Searles Auto Repair), Jen Steele (Jen Steele Photography), and Teresa Lindsay (Vic42.com).

This was at the end of the shoot, and a great sneak peak at behind the scenes material for new work coming soon.

Many thanks to David Wahl, collector and supporter of Squirrealism.
Masks procured through the awesomeness of Seattle’s Archie McPhee’s.

 

 

Art Crawl at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

Check out the Small Works Exhibition and Sale this Saturday, August 4th in the Massey Gallery at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, celebrating the Integrate Arts Walk (Art Crawl, Off the Grid) where local artists Carollyne Yardley and Adam Noonan will be painting and answering questions between 2pm and 4pm. See you there!

I’ll be working on my latest painting seen here, The Mighty Aphrodite

In progress, monochrome underpainting. The Mighty Aphrodite

In progress, monochrome underpainting. The Mighty Aphrodite