Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Torchwood: Season 2 - more man on man action


Season 2 of Torchwood has begun on BBC America. This sci-fi drama is set in Cardiff, Wales and features a cast of characters who are all apparently...bisexual. After some steamy homoromantic kisses in season 1, Captain Jack (John Barrowman) dives into the season opener locking lips with actor James Marsters (a.k.a . Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer). It's a nice replacement if your suffering from reality show overload and writers strike depression.

Winter Flowers

With winter in high gear things look rather bleak outside, but inside my amaryllis is in full bloom. I took this snapshot of it today. The flowers began opening just a few days ago. It was a Christmas gift from my friend Andrea. At the time, just about six weeks ago, it was just bulb.

New Work: "Afterglow"

After an intense experience is a period where your mind and body relax; you feel at peace, contentment washes over you. Most often the experience is quite pleasurable such as a personal triumph or sex. It's important to take a moment and allow yourself to bask in the afterglow.

Afterglow came about after being contacted by "Azi". He expressed an interest in being captured in one of my pastels. While most of the men in my works are fantasy creations, I definitely think Azi has a great look and it was fun to create an illustration around him. Azi's story adds a bit of subtext to the 'afterglow' theme. After being outed to his family by his brother, he was subsequently disowned by his family. Though a traumatic experience rather than a pleasant one, the process of coming out does provide a sense of relief and inner peace. No more hiding and denying who you are and living in fear of exposure.

Afterglow is available from my www.studio1088.com website as:

* Original (pastel on pastel paper - image size 23" x 18.25")
* Gallery Prints (on 28" x 24" - image size 23" x 18.25") signed & numbered limited edition (qty 50).
* Studio Prints (on 19" x 13") signed & numbered limited edition (qty 100).
* Portfolio Prints (on 11" x 8.5") open edition.

During the 'Day of Issue Sale' they are 20% off. Sale ends around midnight Midnight (EST) January 31, 2008. Framing is also available.

Edwards Bows Out, Three Remain

After true progressive Kucinich, my next choice for a presidential candidate was John Edwards. Edwards seemed to really see how our government has jumped the track. It's no longer for the people by the people, it has become by the corporation for the corporation. However, today Edwards is announcing that he is dropping out of the race. Leaving our choice of democratic candidates between Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, and yes there is another, the much ignored by corporate media, Mike Gravel.
Being in Massachusetts our primary is on Super Tuesday. I haven't decided who I'll vote for. I think at this point any of them will do a much better job then any of the fearmongering, religeous pandering, corporate millionaires on the Republican side. I do find myself leaning toward Obama simply for the fact he offers the biggest sense of change.

Monday, January 28, 2008

On The Drawing Board: Touches of Home

Sometimes my backgrounds are from photos I have taken, other times they are composites of imagination and elements from catalogs, magazines, images off the Internet etc. I kind of pick and choose, a lamp, a car, a mountain range then extrapolate and rework, improvise and redesign to get what I want.

For this pieace, my main source has been my own bedroom. Though, I still find changes to be necessary. That's one of the advantages of art, the ability to improve and alter reality.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Pro Gay Marriage Candidate Kucinich Drops Out

Democrat Dennis Kucinich abandoned his presidential bid Friday to focus on a tough race for re-election to Congress.

He said he entered the race because the Democratic Party wasn't pushing hard enough to end the Iraq war. As a presidential candidate, he proposed a Department of Peace, backed universal health care and supported gay marriage. He also pushed for the impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney.

"I won't be president, but I can continue to fight for these important issues as the United States congressman representing the community that is first in my heart, Cleveland, Ohio," he said.

Kucinich made an urgent appeal on his Web site this week for congressional campaign contributions as "the only candidate who can't be bought - 'cause he's not for sale."

Work & Playlist: January 25, 2008


A fan made video by Poptoonz

  1. "Bonified Lovin'" - Chromeo
  2. "Tempted" - Duran Duran
  3. "Relax, Take it Easy" - Mika
  4. "I'm Not Dead" - Pink
  5. "This Time" - Melanie C
  6. "Pull Shapes" - The Pipettes
  7. "Super Pop"* - Madonna
  8. "Retour à Toi" - Étienne Daho
  9. "Thelo" - Despina Vandi
  10. "Gimme More (Paul Oakenfold Remix)" - Britney Spears
Green indicates songs new to the top 10 list.
(*) Not available on iTunes.

This is simply a list of my favorite songs of the week and since I don't listen to the radio much some songs may be album tracks, international, a little older or simply obscure (at the moment).

Thursday, January 24, 2008

On The Drawing Board: Big as Life

Because the compositions of most of my works are done to feature physiques, I find myself working on faces that only measure a few inches. Here, I get to indulge in rendering a face that is nearly life size. The years I spent doing portraits comes in handy sometimes!

Boys in Love Special

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is definitely in the air! Being the romantic that I am, I've decided to have a 20% off sale on ALL of my prints over at my gallery site (www.breyette.com) to help all you other hopeless romantics in your search for that perfect gift for your special someone.

After all, getting a gay man chocolates with swimsuit season only a few months away is just cruel! And to give you extra incentive not to wait until the last minute (you know who you are), the sale is on from now through the week before Valentine's Day.

Get OUT the Vote!

Erotic Signature has opened up voting for their Viewer's Choice Award.

I would love to get your vote! I have two works up for consideration: "Business Trip" and "Early to Rise".

You can find them in the first row of the Fine Art category, entries 5 and 6. You can only vote for one, so pick your favorite. Despite being open to all sexualities, gay works are under-represented, especially among the award winners. Here's your chance to GAY IT UP!

The candidates are little more interesting than those running for President, and you don't need to leave your house, so Vote!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heath Ledger - 28, found dead


NEW YORK - Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday in a Manhattan apartment, naked in bed with sleeping pills nearby, police said. The Australian-born actor was 28.

There was no obvious indication of suicide, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.


It wasn’t immediately clear if Ledger had committed suicide. He had an appointment for a massage at the residence in the tony neighborhood of SoHo, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. A housekeeper who went to let him know the massage therapist had arrived and found him unconscious at 3:26 p.m.


Ledger was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Brokeback Mountain in 2006. He was in the midst of filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The actor recently wrapped filming the Batman Returns sequel titled The Dark Knight, in which he played The Joker. That film is currently in post-production.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Work & Playlist: January 18, 2008


  1. "Bonified Lovin'" - Chromeo
  2. "Relax, Take it Easy" - Mika
  3. "I'm Not Dead" - Pink
  4. "Tempted" - Duran Duran
  5. "This Time" - Melanie C
  6. "Pull Shapes" - The Pipettes
  7. "Gimme More (Paul Oakenfold Remix)" - Britney Spears
  8. "Puppet" - Juliet
  9. "Retour à Toi" - Étienne Daho
  10. "Super Pop"* - Madonna
Green indicates songs new to the top 10 list.
(*) Not available on iTunes.

This is simply a list of my favorite songs of the week and since I don't listen to the radio much some songs may be album tracks, international, a little older or simply obscure (at the moment).

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Guilty Pleasure Discovery

I knew the name, but had never seen the show or knew much about it. But I just recently discovered Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, which is in it's 3rd season on the Oxygen network. It is... or rather she is outrageous and it's filled with an abundance of sexy guys who spend an exorbitant amount of time in swim wear, underwear, or nothing. It's one of those 'day in the life' type of reality shows akin to Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List, or Scott Baio is 46 and Pregnant, (but with beefcake). Those are the type I prefer, no silly artificial predicaments, no contests, no women pathetically vying for the affections of some schmoe. Just a good clean look at the bizarro lives of models and their crazy Godmother in Gucci agent.

Sure, go ahead and judge me for succumbing to this 'low-brow' show, but in my defense I blame the writers strike :-)... that's still going on right?

Jerk of the Day: Jeb Corliss

Parachute jumper Jeb Corliss who attempted to jump off the Empire State Building in April of 2006, has filed a law suit for $30 Million against the Empire State Building Company, accusing the building’s agents of defaming his character, unlawfully imprisoning him on the observation deck and causing him emotional distress and lost income. None of which would have occurred had he not engaged in an activity clearly not permitted, solely for his own personal gain.

Security members grabbed onto him after he scaled the fence designed to keep people from jumping from their property.

Mr. Corliss wore a disguise and concealed his parachute, and has vowed to now only jump off landmarks and buildings after obtaining permission. So he was well aware his actions were not permitted and that the fence and security personnel were in place, and likely to take any action, to prevent him from engaging in such a stunt. To sue and accuse the security guards of doing something 'wrong', when they were doing their job and he was doing something wrong makes Jeb Corliss just a big jerk.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Work: "Come Monday"

He arrives from the city Friday night to a tight embrace and fierce kisses. The weekend is here! It is filled with playing at the beach, a trek into town for some window shopping and dinners out, a little adventuring and just lounging around, romantic walks and laughter. A wonderful weekend with a long distance lover... unfortunately it is bittersweet as it must always end, come Monday.

Having experienced long distance relationships myself, it was easy to be in that frame of mind with this piece. Though I guess it is just my nature and optimism, but I tend to lean more to the sweet side of the situation.

"Come Monday" is available from my www.studio1088.com website as:

* Original (pastel on pastel paper - image size 23" x 18.5")
* Gallery Prints (on 28" x 24" - image size 23" x 18.5") signed & numbered limited edition (qty 50).
* Studio Prints (on 19" x 13") signed & numbered limited edition (qty 100).
* Portfolio Prints (on 11" x 8.5") open edition.

During the 'Day of Issue Sale' they are 20% off. Sale ends around midnight Midnight (EST) January 17, 2007. Framing is also available.

[Click to order]

Monday, January 14, 2008

No Laughing Matter?




This Public Service announcement from the Massachusetts Dept. of Health, is bizarre. It just makes me laugh, and that seems so wrong considering the subject matter...it cracks me up. Is it just me?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Alan Ilagan Says "Thank You"

Several weeks ago Alan Ilagan mentioned that he was a contestant in a Best Dressed Man contest for the capitol region of New York State. So I mentioned it here on my blog and encouraged readers to go vote for him. Well, Alan won! He wanted to say thanks to those of you who voted for him. I think Alan's keen sense of style made him a shoo in, after all the above pic proves he is a real fashion 'plate'.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Work & Playlist: January 11, 2008


  1. "Relax, Take it Easy" - Mika
  2. "I'm Not Dead" - Pink
  3. "Bonified Lovin'" - Chromeo
  4. "Tempted" - Duran Duran
  5. "Puppet" - Juliet
  6. "Gimme More (Paul Oakenfold Remix)" - Britney Spears
  7. "Alone" - Céline Dion
  8. "Shame, Shame, Shame" - Soulseekers ft. Cece Peniston
  9. "Pull Shapes" - The Pipettes
  10. "This Time" - Melanie C
Green indicates songs new to the top 10 list.

This is simply a list of my favorite songs of the week and since I don't listen to the radio much some songs may be album tracks, international, a little older or simply obscure (at the moment). This is part of a top 30 list I put together each week. I've been doing this since 1983, and though I've tried a couple times, I can't seem to stop. :-)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Erotic Signature Announces Selections for Book

I am very happy with the news that two of my works have been selected to appear in “The Worlds Greatest Erotic Art of Today Volume 2”. “Business Trip” and “Early to Rise” have each earned a spot in the book. Last year “Lathered Up” and “Franco” were selected for Volume 1.


While I am glad to be included I am a bit disappointed that the grand prize winner and the four category winners did not include anything in the homoerotic or male centric genre. The contest claims to be opened to all sexualities. While a handful of the book winners, such as mine, are gay oriented artwork, last years and this years prize winners have not included anything having any slight gay appeal. I must say this year’s winners hardly even fulfill the ‘erotic’ criteria. A nude does not automatically qualify something as erotic.


They will be having a viewer’s choice award, and perhaps with a little help from you we can change that. I will let you know the details when I have them.


On The Drawing Board: Foreshortening

Whenever an object isn't being viewed face forward, the angles are going to be foreshortened. This is most noticeable when looking at something from below or above. In this piece the blond is being viewed from a very skewed angle so his facial features aren't composed of the shapes you typically associate with an eye, a brow, a nose, etc. Look at each of these features separately and you'll see what I mean. Does that even look like a nose if it's by itself? Having a reference image to study and sometimes rotating the artwork really helps when tackling the unusual angles foreshortening creates.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

On The Drawing Board: BitterSweet

I've begun my first illustration for '08. Here's a peak of the outline. The theme is a little bittersweet and I'll fill in more details of the background story as I see it, as it progresses.

Now I've said it before, but I did make a resolution to be more prolific with my works, at least try to spend more time at the drawing board. I only did 17 new works last year when in the previous years I've done around 25. I did do several commissions in 2007 and they seem to take more time since I have to consult (and wait) and correspond (and wait) with the client rather than proceed at my sole discretion.

Work & Playlist: January 4, 2008


  1. "Relax, Take it Easy" - Mika
  2. "I'm Not Dead" - Pink
  3. "Alone" - Céline Dion
  4. "Tempted" - Duran Duran
  5. "Shame, Shame, Shame" - Soulseekers ft. Cece Peniston
  6. "Puppet" - Juliet
  7. "Gimme More (Paul Oakenfold Remix)" - Britney Spears
  8. "Ain't Nothin' But a Heartache" - Freemasons
  9. "Do It" - Nellie Furtado
  10. "Bonified Lovin'" - Chromeo
Green indicates songs new to the top 10 list.

This is simply a list of my favorite songs of the week and since I don't listen to the radio much some songs may be album tracks, international, a little older or simply obscure (at the moment). This is part of a top 30 list I put together each week. I've been doing this since 1983, and though I've tried a couple times, I can't seem to stop. :-)

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Signed Copies Sold Out

I have sold out of my 2008 "Summer Moved On" art calendars. If you missed getting a signed copy from me, you can still pick up an unsigned copy from Amazon.com.

Art of The Month: Dirty Laundry

Make doing laundry more exciting than just lint balls and static cling.

Over at my website, www.breyette.com, I am featuring "Dirty Laundry" as my Art of The Month. Therefore, through January prints, magnets and the original of the spin and tumble couple, are 15% off.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Natural Beauty: Lake Tahoe, Nevada



I went with Edward this past weekend to visit his Sister and her Family in Carson City Nevada. His parents were there also, as the 28th is his Mom's and his Sister's birthdays. While there they took us up into the mountains to see crystal blue Lake Tahoe and the surrounding mountains.