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Latest addition to the DOT Pictogram series. Read more here.

Green Bun Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, Oil on Board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Green Bun Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, Oil on Board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Society Squirrel (and the Angel’s Share), Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Canada

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

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

Squirrel Model: Leif Klatt
Photo shoot: See production of Society Squirrel behind the scenes photos here.

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- Archival Print Moab Entrada Bright 300gsm 100% cotton fine art paper.
- Printed with Ultrachrome K3 pigment inks.
- Paper Size: 13 x 19 inches.
- Image Size: 11 x 16.5 inches.
- Signed limited edition of 125.
- Includes certificate of authenticity.
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Commission

Society Squirrel was a commission from the Canadian branch of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

It was created to celebrate the Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s entry into the Canadian market, and to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society organization. My clients wanted a red squirrel (known for their lovely long ears), acting as a bartender, pouring a dram for a Society member. The bottling rendered in this paintings is the SMWS 30th Anniversary  bottling 72.32 (Miltonduff 1983 SMWS 72.32 Single Malt, details below), from Speyside, Scotland.

Also incorporated into the piece is their mascot, a moose named RT. He is wearing a kilt made of the Mackenzie tartan, the pattern after one of the proprietors’ clan family. The moose also doubles to distinguish itself as uniquely Canadian. Read More.
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Presentation

Very exciting news: I will be presenting this painting to the SMWS Canada at the Victoria Whisky Festival 2014. Watch this space for more photos, and media coverage on Shaw TV.

Behind the scenes on location at the Victoria Whisky Festival with Karen Elgersma for Shaw TV Vancouver Island.

Behind the scenes on location at the Victoria Whisky Festival with Karen Elgersma for Shaw TV Vancouver Island.

with Annabel Meikle @ thewhiskybelle and Society Squirrel at the Victoria Whisky Festival 2014.

with Annabel Meikle @ thewhiskybelle and Society Squirrel at the Victoria Whisky Festival 2014

with Adam Sawatsky and Society Squirrel at the Victoria Whisky Festival 2014.

with Adam Sawatsky and Society Squirrel at the Victoria Whisky Festival 2014.

About the Society UK

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the world’s foremost whisky club. Starting in 1983 in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland, also has tasting rooms in London, England. As a member, you will join over 26,000 other members in 16 countries (and growing) and have access to the very best single cask, single malt whisky available anywhere. Only members can purchase The Society’s fantastic and interesting whiskies. Read more.

Category Single Malt fromSpeyside,Scotland
Distillery
District Speyside
Bottler Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Bottling serie Harmoniious sophistication
Vintage 15.12.1983
Age 29 years old
Casktype Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber 72.32
Strength 48.4 % Vol.
Number of bottles 215
Size 700 ml
Bottled for SMWS 30th anniversary

Also connect with them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SMWSCanada

Behind the scenes photo shoot here.

DOT Pictogram Paintings | Virgin Airlines First Class Lounge (Passengers to Mars). Deconstruction. Reduction. Icon. Evolution.

Space Hat Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, oil on board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley

Space Hat Dot Pictogram, 24 x 36, oil on board, 2014, Carollyne Yardley DOT Pictograms.

DOT Pictogram Paintings

Introducing my a new series called DOT Pictograms. They are DOT Pictogram Paintings of my previous work.

I’ve been wanting to deconstruct the “squirrel” paintings for just over a year now. My thoughts were, I’ve created these wonderful creatures and characters, but they needed to be better known and understood, even if only by myself. Getting to know the characters better, is another reason why I’ve been creating 3D interpretations of my work, along with experimenting (early stages) with stop motion animation.

Further to this idea, I wanted to explore the how my artworks could convey messages without using a face of any kind, but still stay within the figurative art genre. And what they would look like by reducing and simplifying my understanding of what constitutes hair, and clothing, etc.

Research

Through research, I was reminded of the DOT (Department of Transportation) Pictograms and Icons.  Dot Pictograms are used to convey messages to travelers without using words; there are 50 official symbols worldwide.  This ties in to my previous life, and professional experience, using graphics for web development. It’s part of the job to know there is an official list to use for a clients website.

More recently, however, we’ve been seeing the rampant use of pictograms (most not official) as avatars, and if you sign up for any social medial site today, you’ll be allocated the standard “boringhumanalert” pictogram, that becomes your representation unless you upload your own, “thisishowawesomeIam” photo representation.

Space Hat

Space Hat Squirrel is the first piece I have chosen to reduce and deconstruct for my experiment. As I worked, I became very aware of how the Dot Pictogram version of Space Hat felt different. The Dot Pictogram version felt strangely more alive, and certainly more modern in this minimalist version. I’m sure this can be explained because it overcame it’s nostalgic sensibilities of wearing the vintage Chanel suit.

At the same time, however, the DOT pictogram of Space Hat kept the same refined state of radiating energy as the original Space Hat Squirrel painting.

With the absence of a face, I was also curious to know what kind of relationship would be developed between myself and the painting.  People really fall in love with a Squirrealism character (as do I), so I was interested to see how that feeling would change by seeing the “shadow’ of it’s former self.

Deconstruction, Reduction

By reducing Space Hat to its basic elements of a few simple spots and colour, I was interested to know how the piece would communicate something different.

Other questions explored:
- are my paintings still instantly recognizable (to people who are familiar with Squirrealism) and,
- at what point in the process (over the next 40 years) could/would they, ever be considered icons?

And finally,
- would they (more to come) ever be chosen by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as a new batch of official DOT Pictograms?

This one could be:

  • Virgin Airlines, First Class Lounge for Passengers to Mars

Being the creator of the original content has given me a more intimate relationship with the reductive process. It has certainly helped me in the continuation and pursuit of my studies in brand identity, repetition of imagery, and interests in what makes something iconic. As I create more DOT pictograms from previous Squirrealism paintings, I hope to share with you my feelings developed for each piece.

Drawing a Straight or Curved Hard Line

Turns out, drawing a straight or curved hard line, is lot bloody more difficult that it looks. Like, as in, way harder than rendering fur, or blending and bending fabric. HOLY.

Outcome

With regards to Space Hat vs. Space Hat DOT pictogram?  I’d still get in the space shuttle with ya’ babe.

 

Carollyne Yardley, Space Hat Squirrel, oil on board, 14 x 20

Carollyne Yardley, Space Hat Squirrel, oil on board, 14 x 20

 

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, Pop Surrealism, Art

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel is complete. Here is a post when it was in progress to see underpainting, and more about Yayoi Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Wood Panel, 2013

Yayoi Kusama Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Wood Panel, 2013

Murakami Squirrel – Supersquirrel or Superad not Superflat

Today I finished Murakami Squirrel. You can see the underpainting for this piece here.  This is part of a series I’m doing about the top internationally prolific contemporary artists of our day, and there will be some artists thrown in that I just think are Superad. Which of course is a play on words from Murakami’s self coined art term, superflat. I wonder if Murakami knows about my self coined term, Squirrealism? Ah well, I’ll ponder that another day.

Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013

Murakami Squirrel, 24 x 35, OIl on Wood Panel, 2013

 

 

Murakami Squirrel: 24 x 35, Oil on wood, 2013

Murakami Squirrel: 24 x 35, Oil on wood, 2013

I utilized this piece called, Flowerball Pink (below) to create the shirt design. If Murakami wants to start a t-shirt company, he can use this for his sample line, and perhaps buy himself a Superad Squirrel painting too.

Flowerball Pink by Takashi Murakami

Flowerball Pink by Takashi Murakami

 

 New York Times party in Miami 2009. Photo by Noah Becker http://noahbeckerart.com/

Murakami at New York Times party in Miami 2009. Photo by Noah Becker http://noahbeckerart.com/

 

Takashi Murakami (Murakami Takashi, born in Tokyo on February 1 1962) is an internationally prolific contemporary Japanese artist. He works in fine arts media—such as painting and sculpture—as well as what is conventionally considered commercial media —fashion, merchandise, and animation— and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts. He coined the term superflat, which describes both the aesthetic characteristics of the Japanese artistic tradition and the nature of post-war Japanese culture and society. Superflat is also used as a moniker to describe Murakami’s own artistic style and that of other Japanese artists he has influenced.

Banksy is a Secret Squirrel. Banksy Art, Artist, Pop Surrealism

Banksy Squirrel is finally complete!

Banksy Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Banksy Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Behind the scenes photoshoot here.

Greeting cards available here.

 

I’ve been working on this painting since early January 2013. There have been several distractions, art shows, and other production tasks keeping me away from the easel. But finally, it is complete.

In between starting and finishing this piece, I watched Exit Through the Gift Shop, there was the Sotheby’s sale of ‘stolen’ Banksy mural cancelled at the 11th hour, a book was published called Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall by Will Ellsworth-Jones, and subsequent book reviews.

 

Since it took me so long to finish this piece, I was praying the entity known as Banksy didn’t pull a reveal in the meantime.  It would’ve ruined the idea of him being a Secret Squirrel.

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.

My thoughts behind this piece started from the basic idea, that Bansky qualifies as a Secret Squirrel. Totally covert operations.

Then I started thinking about how many people must know who he is. And to rent city blocks for longs periods of time has to mean he’s got some friends in high places, or he’s way more white collar on the inside than he wants many to believe. So taking from the only things a casual reader like myself could know, or have been led to believe by the Banksy media machine is this:

He’s British, funny and smart as shit, has worn a black hoodie at least once in his lifetime, uses the logo seen here at his website, goes on spray painting holidays to the Separation Barrier, probably hopes for a better world  (little girl with hope balloon), and is anonymous.

And voila, we have Banksy Squirrel.

 

Banksy Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Banksy Squirrel, 24 x 35, Oil on Board, Carollyne Yardley, 2013

Read more about Banksy, or visit his website.

MORE ON SOTHEBY’S STORY HERE

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images via Bloomberg

A man takes a mobile phone photo of an artwork attributed to Banksy. The stencilled image depicts a poor child making Union Jack flags on a sewing machine and was located on the wall of a Poundland discount shop in the Wood Green area of north London. The work was later removed and was to be auctioned in Miami. It was withdrawn moments before the auction.

CNIB ‘Eye Appeal” Art Event 2013: Squirrel Stole the Banksy Balloon (after The Balloon Girl), Carollyne Yardley, Pop Surrealism.

I am donating this painting to the CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event.

The CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event will be held on May 10, 2013 at the Crystal Garden in Victoria, BC.
Here is information about Banksy, and the online shop.

Squirrel Stole the Bansky Balloon (character study), 14″ x 11″, Oil on Board, 2013, Carollyne Yardley

 

The Balloon Girl

{From Stencil Revolution}
Banksys The Balloon Girl first started appearing on various London walls in 2002. The work has been known by several titles: There is Always Hope Balloon Girl, The Girl with the Red Balloon, and Red Heart, among others. The painting has been reproduced several times, not all containing the words There is Always Hope, though the most popular copies contains these words. The prints are available through many art dealers in various sizes. Reference here.

Banksy, Balloon Girl

Banksy, The Balloon Girl

 

About the Event
The CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event is one of the most anticipated fundraisers for CNIB on Vancouver Island. Attendees will experience fine dining, breath-taking art and the opportunity to bid on unique items.

Through the help of over 200 locally and internationally renowned artists as well as various sponsors and volunteers, the CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event raises money to fund programs on Vancouver Island.  http://eyeappeal.org/

About CNIB

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.To find out more, visit http://www.cnib.ca/ or call 1-800-563-2642.

A touch of squirrel: Silhouettes. Pop Surrealism

Here are two super sweet silhouette paintings that will be available at my upcoming art show, Romancing the Squirrel. They each have ornate golden frames

Girl and Squirrel Silhouettes, 8 x 9 each, oil on board, 2013

 

Squirrel, Girl, and Butterfly Silhouettes, 13 x 19, oil on board, 2013

Tin Soldier Squirrel, First Commission! Pop Surrealism

My first commission was a request made by a dear friend of mine, James (Jim) Mantle, Artist and Friend to the Environment.

James Mantle, is an alumni of the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design (circa 1980′s) and retired from the world of advertising and graphic design many years ago. While we both laugh about the good old days, we are  happy to be back to painting now. More about James Mantle below.

James asked me to paint an image of a British Tin Solider, as a gift for his mother on Valentines’ Day.  His mother, Betty Mantle had performed in a play in Britain just after WW2, and she maintained friendships with the other children in the play, all these years later.  James wanted to tie in this special memory for her with one of my “squirrels”. How lovely. Here “she” is below.

 

Tin Soldier Squirrel, Oil on board, 2013

 

Jim paints large spirit goddesses, inspired by his work cleaning Vancouver Island beaches using only his sailboat as transport, and his bare hands. He has removed hundreds of pounds of plastics, cigarette butts and styrofoam allowing the natural habitats of Islands like “Jimmy Chicken Island”, and others, to grow back vegetation, and encourage the wildlife to flourish.

His spirit goddesses are all intertwined with animal creates, painted by an automatic painting, guided by emotion and his sub consciousness. His works reminds me of Patrick Nagel, who worked as a graphic designer, had many commercial clients, and also did the album cover of rock group Duran Duran’s hit album, Rio.

 

By James Mantle

By James Mantle

Miniature Paintings of Squirrels

I decided to put a post together with the miniatures I’ve painted to remind myself.  Here they are.

 

Green Bun and Space Hat Squirrel – Miniatures!

 

Geisha Girl miniature | 4″ x 5″ | oil on board

 

Mushroom Hat Squirrel Miniature (after Mary Quant) | 4″ x 5″ | Oil on Board

 

Atomic Robot Squirrel | 2012 | Oil on Board | Carollyne Yardley

 

Gnome Squirrel | 4″ X 7″ | Oil on board

 

Gingerbread Squirrel | 5 x 7 | Oil on Board | 2012

Gingerbread Squirrel | 5 x 7 | Oil on Board | 2012

 

 

Santa Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley

Santa Squirrel | Oil on Board | 2012 | Carollyne Yardley