Finally I have the time to sit down and do some blogging.
Let’s Start with the RAWartists AWAKENING show on Feb 27th 2014.
I have never in my life felt so much love and support. This was the first time I've ever done an art show, and it was a blast. The venue got filled to Capacity twice!
I gave away a bunch of cards, so much positive feedback from other artists as well as patrons. So many of my friends made it out, to show me love. It was amazing.
I can't wait for my next one.
RAWartists is all about artists helping artist, and I full support that. Especially because of the town I'm in you can barely even get noticed by other artist you admire, or just are your peers. It was so refreshing, and just the overall experience made me confident, and full of energy.
I sold some prints to some amazing Philanthropists.
Joann of Fluffer Designs kept buying me wine; my partner came to support me, my parents, and my friends from Toronto. Even in the freezing cold. People were waiting outside for over an hour, in -30 weather.
The Venue looked amazing, Alexandra, the coordinator made it look amazing, she worked so hard, and organized so many creative individuals. Truly a special evening to remember.
At the end of the night I was pooped, I sprained my ankle the past week, and it was killing me. My awesome mom stayed and she drove me home with all my work. Sleep was so good that night.
The next say I was off to Burlington to spend the night, before my partner, his mother and I caught a plane at 3am to head down to Austin TX.
Austin is pretty neat, unfortunately we weren’t staying inside the city, and we stayed in a cottage about 45 min away, near my mother in laws friend’s trailer. Derek and Janice were so kind, and considerate. They welcomed us all so openly. I truly enjoyed their company.
We did a lot of things, Cave exploration, watched the Congress bats erupted from the bridge that was probably my most favorite thing we did in Texas. The colony is only 750 000 right now due to the weather, but to watch them come out a fly along the tree line was remarkable. I would do that again in a heartbeat. In Texas we also saw Willie Nelson preform, walked down 6th street, visited the “Worlds Weirdest Museum”. Went to this crazy amazing taxidermy shop, called The Corner Shoppe, we went to a Rodeo, ate some of the BBQ I’ve ever had in my life. We also discovered this amazing shop of East Congress called the Uncommon finds. It was set up beautifully, and just the amount of random works, and antiques was such a sight. You could spend hours in that store just wandering around admiring the set up, and weird objects you can find. We also went to the Alamo, and did a river walk in San Antonio, we went to the LBG Ranch, and to this little historic down called Guene, it has the first dance hall in America, which is pretty cool, and all the greats have played there. It’s amazing the history behind this little white building. People must have drove for hours and hours just to get there, so they could dance. Amazing.
After Austin we drove over to Louisiana, to send some time in New Orleans. And Let me just say, if you ever travel to the states; make New Orleans at least a 4 day stop. We took a ghost walking tour, a cemetery tour, a jazz cruise down the Mississippi. My love and I wandered the French quarter for hours just enjoying the beauty of the architecture and the odd shops. We went to the voodoo museum, we saw so many amazing musicians. Frenchman street was definitely a place to be, so much better than the grubbiness of Bourbon Street. However, we did enjoyed bourbon street, it wasn’t horrible, just Frenchman was better. This was the first time I’ve ever ripped the head off a shrimp. We met this Canadian guy and his family at our hotel, and we got free seafood. Hahaha. The shrimp I had was cold, but cooked in the most amazing Cajun spices. It had this mouth-watering taste and warmth too it. Damn was that good. New Orleans Is filled with so many things, my love and I also tried Moonshine martinis at this Oyster bar near Jackson square, firstly, the bartender was just bad ass, secondly, you only need 3 and you’re drunk. They were so delicious; mine was a Cherry Moonshine Martini. It was a shame we couldn’t find a bottle or two to bring back. SO if anyone ever goes to the US and thinks so me, please please please, bring me some Cherry Firefly Moonshine.
This trip was pretty amazing, I couldn’t tell you everything because it would take house, but be sure to be on the lookout for some images to come.
Well that’s about all there is to update for now. I will be announcing an awesome event, Fluffer Designs and I will be having at the end of April, as well as a Pin up Special for the spring!
I have an Awesome new logo thanks to my wonderful friend Carrie. She helped me with all my OCD on designing it. She truly rocks.
She has a clothing line, which will be debuing soon.
Go check out http://blakblak.ca/ for the opening of her online shop March 3rd 2014!
It's going to be awesome. You can also check her out on the CrackBook (a.ka. Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/blakblakregalia
I've said it before, and I will say it again, I'm probably one of the worst people out there to have a blog. I know I should write more, but I never find the time. However, when I do have the time, I just don't want to. Not that I'm not interested with sharing my life with the world, it's just not something I'm use to doing.
So here it goes a quick update till walking dead starts in 15 minutes.
I've been so lucky to get published quite a few more times, with amazing magazine such as Missy Ink, Delicious Dolls Magazine, Gorgeous Freaks Magazine, Cynical Fashion and Kai'outi Magazine.
Each publication truly lifts my heart, and makes me feel accomplished, I know I'm still not as popular as the millions of other amazing artists out there, but I like to think I'm working my way up.
I also recently applied to RAW artists, and got accepted! My heart is on fire! I get to be part of an art show on Feb 27th at the Revival Bar in Toronto. This is my first art show, and I'm nervous, and excited, and scared, but it's all a good scared, and challenge, and change. It's nothing but progress.
With being a part of RAW, I get to be in two art shows this year, two, and I can pick wherever I want to have them. The company is all about Artists, helping artists, which is really refreshing. I find so many artists/photographers are so closed to sharing inspirations, locations, tips, etc with others because they look to much at each other as competition. It's to much, and I find so much of that in my city. But now, meeting all these different artists, that have a passion for helping one another, I find it inspiring.
We are all separate artists, we all view the same thing differently. I hope that other artists/photographers out there can find just kind people, that are willing to help, and not look onto one another as competition. I get that many of them may be competition, but that is no reason as to treat others poorly.
Sorry, I strayed off topic, Come to my art show!
I've actually managed to go through all of my work, and pick a good handful to showcase, it's going to be a mix of my Boudoir, and Creatives, as well as some Pin up work, and Horror inspirations.
However, just so past clients know, I will not be using your Boudoir images for anything involving sales to others. I want to make sure, no one is worried, about me dispensing private images of you. I don't do that. I want to make sure all my clients past, present and future understand, that I want you to be comfortable even after we're out of contact. Nothing will ever be used or posted without your permission to me. This is in effect for my whole life. So no one has anything to worry about.
You can buy your ticket for RAWartists Launching in Toronto here: http://rawartists.org/breilarose
Be sure to stop by and say hi, I deeply appreciate your support, and love of my work, without you, I wouldn't be able to create the things I love, and express whats in my head.
p.s. I'll try to blog more.
My Second Publication in Giuseppina Magazine Halloween Edition makes me feel amazing. It feels so great to get my art out into the world.
I again worked with two of my amazing friends; October and Elea. Unfortunately for this shoot October couldn't make it to location with us, but as always Elea was great in assisting me. With all my images October and Elea help create my vision, and understand what I want, well at least half the time.
First thing for this shoot, I picked up our Model Brittney McLean and headed over to October's house for hair and makeup, after a few hours of getting everything perfect, and a lot of girl talk we sadly had to leave October behind and get to our location. It was just a short drive over to Crain Park in Guelph, ON. We parked and started our little trail walk into the Forest. We found the spot where we use to attend small forest gatherings, and started to set up. It was a bit chilly so after Brittney was in Wardrobe we made sure she stayed warm with her house coat and UGS. We start shooting and everything is going well, she's climbing trees, and working it, but of course my flash stops working. I'm in a panic, the lovely Elea walks all the way back to the car to get batteries and matches for me. Still the flash is barely working, so a lot of the photos for this series were done in natural light, just because the flash was so troublesome, (which was actually the trigger system, not the flash thank goodness). Brittney still kept it together for me, wasn't impatient, remained very professional, and did amazing. Elea got our fire going, for warmth, and for some beautiful photos that are not included in this publication. When it started raining, we just worked through it, luckily the forest provided some cover. We did have enough time to do some shots of her covered in blood. Which are beautiful, I love covering women in blood. Brittney is such a good sport, naked covered in blood in the forest. Some bikers and trail walkers even stumbled upon us, but at least she was more covered at that time.
Sadly, to get the blood off of her, she had to go in the freezing cold river, which I took full advantage of photo wise.
We packed everything up, after she was bundled and headed back to the car. We had to carry out the giant Deer skull (courtesy of actress Erin Stewart, who is the sweetest women in the world, Seriously not kidding), lighting equipment, a cloak, accessories and camera gear, it wasn't to bad, but we were all pretty tired. It was such a great shoot, and one that I am very proud of, and it got printed, which is an amazing feeling. I love who I work with, and get to work with. When it comes to Boudoir or Creative, or Horror, I have a blast. My work makes me feel great, from personal growth and accomplishments, as well as making someone else feel amazing, and beautiful.
Another sad note, that was the last shoot with Elea for a while, she moved back to Quebec. So, another hunt for a stylist. She will be missed greatly, my weird little frog. :)
This issue can be purchased online at: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/641562
Can't wait to do more.
I'm a Photographer based out of Southern Ontario. I hope my work speaks for itself.