Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Naked Injustice

FAIRFAX, Va.—As Erick Williamson sees it, being naked is liberating, and if passers-by get an eyeful while he's standing in front of a picture window, that's not his problem.

A Fairfax County judge saw it a little differently Friday, convicting Williamson of indecent exposure in a case that has raised questions about what's OK when you're in your own home.

Two women said they saw much more of Williamson than they cared to in October, even though he never left the confines of his home. He received neither jail time nor a fine but is appealing anyway, saying a larger principle is at stake.

The first woman, school librarian Joyce Giuliani, said she heard some loud singing as she left her home and drove to work. As she drove by Williamson's home, she saw him naked, standing directly behind a large picture window.

A few hours later, Yvette Dean was walking her 7-year-old son to school along a trail that runs by Williamson's home.

She heard a loud rattle, looked to her left and saw Williamson standing naked, full frontal, in a side doorway.

"He gave me eye contact," Dean said, but otherwise made no gestures toward her or her son.

As she turned the corner, she looked back at the home, in disbelief at what she had just seen. Again, she saw Williamson, naked in the same picture window.

"I think that being tried and found guilty of something like this is outrageous," Williamson said after he was convicted and sentenced.

First, what were these women doing looking in the man's windows? Don't look inside someones private home if you're afraid of what you'll see. I think the woman who called the cops only did so because her son caught her leering at Williamson so she acted indignant to cover the titillation she felt as a voyeur, and from seeing a naked man for the first time in years.


Looks like the health reform bill will include mandatory coverage and penalties for failure to give insurance companies your money. Here in Massachusetts we already have mandatory health insurance and the 1st year my minimum coverage plan increased 38% so it DOES NOT CONTROL COSTS AT ALL. I'm self employed and have to pay it all out of pocket. I'd rather spend $3000/year on my own form of health insurance, eating organic, natural & pasture fed foods rather than give it away to health insurance shareholders and executives.

Rather than pass real health care reform for the 308 million Americans (40 million of which have none at all) the Democrats who were leading the charge have watered down and gutted the plan to appease just a half dozen individuals and turned it into a tax funded subsidy program for  the 'poor struggling multi billion dollar' insurance companies. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On the 9th day of Christmas YouTube Gave to me Cute Guys Dancing

Global Damning

Those who argue against controlling carbon emissions (typically Republicans) do so because they don't "believe" it's behind global warming, or that global warming is even happening, despite melting glaciers and shrinking ice caps.

But even if you're not sure, automobiles and factories are still pumping tons of pollutants into the atmosphere every minute of every hour of every day. How can that be a good thing? Isn't that reason enough to try to limit it?

Of course as with all Republican/conservative motivations, the bottom line is self interest and profit margin, and it's much cheaper to exploit people and the planet than to give a damn.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Boston's Santa Speedo Run

Yesterday was the was the annual 'running of the bulges' in Boston Ma. known as the Santa Speedo Run. They donned their gay apparel, jingled their balls and delivered their decoratively wrapped packages!

Started in Boston in December 2000 by five intrepid men, the Santa Speedo Run has attracted thousands to run through the streets of Boston all while raising money for local charities, spreading holiday cheer and having a great time.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Release: Buck!

The only sounds he hears are the chirping of birds and the rustling of wind through the trees; the air is damp and mossy and scented of pine and a hint of smoke from the hearth. The floor planks of the small cabin creek beneath his feet. It is a beautiful day. He has no clock to watch, no emails to answer, no newsfeed to fret over, no fashion to be a slave too. It's just him and nature.

I find it strange that we live in a society that is forever developing new technologies to make our lives easier. Instead, why not just live a simpler life?

While the original is available for purchase, it is a part of my new show next summer and cannot be delivered until after my exhibit ends on July 22, 2010. Limited edition Gallery and Studio prints are also available at the Special First Day Price through Midnight ET tomorrow.

Monday, December 07, 2009

on the drawing board: exposed wood

Rendering exposed wood grain is one of those cool effects that is rather easy to achieve. Using pastel colors from darks such as burnt umber and burnt sienna to burnt orange and ochers I apply them to the area in uneven layers, so some places will be darker and others lighter. Then, with my fingers, I blend them together in the direction of the grain. Careful not to overdo it, I don't want to end up with a uniform color. Then take a charcoal pencil and draw in lines of wood grain, knots and the grooves between the planks and viola!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

on the drawing board: grin and bear it

I've done blue eyes many times in my works, and though I've tried giving my guys very light blue eyes before, I usually darken them because they look a little too alien. This time I started with gray eyes and just added a hint of blue and that worked much better.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

3 Specials, You Choose!

Now through Christmas Day, my gift to you... get free shipping on all orders over $30 shipped within the United States, or get $1 off all Magnets, or save 15% on all Gallery prints! It's your choice. Just enter the appropriate adcode at checkout.

Visit the website for details.

A big 'Thank You' to all my customers who make it possible for me to keep doing what I do, even in a tumultuous year.

Speaking of years....my 2010 Calendar is a great collection of 13 of my sexy male images to brighten your or someone else's year. The remaining signed and numbered copies go out first come first serve.

Take care and warmest wishes!


Monday, November 30, 2009

on the drawing board: i see you

Just a rough outline so far, but what I hope to be my remedy for cabin fever is peaking over his shoulder. :-)
Stay tuned for more in progress pics!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Hot Music Weekly Top 10, November 27, 2009

  1. "Chick Habit" - April March
  2. "Symmetry" - Little Boots ft. Phil Oakey
  3. "Bullteproof" - La Roux
  4. "Mr. Tambourine Man" - Bob Sinclar
  5. "Tricky Tricky" - Röyksopp
  6. "Silly Really" - Per Gessle
  7. "I’m Making Eyes at You" - Black Kids
  8. "Did You See Me Coming?" - Pet Shop Boys
  9. "Be Alright (Boris Blind Faith Radio)" - Kristine W
  10. "Last Dance" - The Raveonettes

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

And so begins that joyous nightmare known as Christmas Shopping!

Here’s a sticky note to help remember those important things this holiday season. I’m offering free shipping on all orders over $30 going to a U.S. address. Just enter code FREE30 at checkout.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Work & Playlist Top 10 - November 20, 2009

  1. "Symmetry" - Little Boots ft. Phil Oakey
  2. "Tricky Tricky" - Röyksopp
  3. "Chick Habit" - April March
  4. "Bullteproof" - La Roux
  5. "Straight Through My Heart" - Backstreet Boys
  6. "Be Alright (Boris Blind Faith Radio)" - Kristine W
  7. "I’m Making Eyes at You" - Black Kids
  8. "Silly Really" - Per Gessle
  9. "Mr. Tambourine Man" - Bob Sinclar
  10. "Throw Ya Hands Up" - Rupaul with Lady Bunny

Friday, November 20, 2009

FOX 'News' Fakes it...Again.

FOXNews 'mistakenly' airs last years campaign footage to show the size of the crowds created by the Sarah Palin book tour. Oddly the script was written to suit the 'wrong' footage. Also the footage manages to hide the enough of the McCain/Palin campaign signs. FOX later apologized for getting caught in another mistake.

FOXNews also aired wrong footage a few weeks ago, showing a much larger crowd at a Michael Bachmann event, than were actually in attendance.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

They watched in anger as the pious crowd brutalized the young men while shouting vulgarities and invoking the Almighty. It was obvious that over the centuries
the people's devotion had been perverted into this bloodlust. And they had finally had enough.

Once they saw the ropes being strung up they broke their edict, showing themselves. They could no longer wait until death had come to do their task, they would end these
atrocities now. As they descended from above, like birds of prey, some swooped the tortured youths from the clutches of their persecutors, carrying them off to safety, while
others turned their attention to the fleeing mob.

The original is on consignment with the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. While available for purchase, it will remain with the gallery for my 2010 solo exhibit in July. Limited edition Gallery and Studio prints as well as open edition Portfolio prints are available for purchase at the Special First Day Price through Midnight ET tomorrow.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Work & Playlist Top 10, November 13, 2009

  1. "Tricky Tricky" - Röyksopp
  2. "Symmetry" - Little Boots ft. Phil Oakey
  3. "Straight Through My Heart" - Backstreet Boys
  4. "Chick Habit" - April March
  5. "I’m Coming Out" - Kristine W
  6. "Breathe Life" - Brian Kent
  7. "Be Alright (Boris Blind Faith Radio)" - Kristine W
  8. "I’m Making Eyes at You" Black Kids
  9. "Bullteproof" - La Roux
  10. "Espana Cani: Dance Don't Bullfight" (Brazillian Samba Edit) - Charo

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

on the drawing board: fine feathered friends

This is something new for me: feathers! Studying them I notice that they are ordered chaos, a perfect pattern in disarray. This is one of those times where I let the medium have a little more freedom. As long as the result looks realistically like feathers, I'm happy, rather than making sure each feather is detailed and just so.

AMA: DADT and Gay Marriage Bans are Bad Medicine

HOUSTON - The American Medical Association has agreed to join efforts to repeal the military's don't-ask-don't-tell policy.

The Chicago-based AMA also voted to declare that gay marriage bans contribute to health disparities for gay couples and their children.

The nation's largest doctors' group adopted both gay-rights policies at its interim policy meeting Tuesday in Houston.

The AMA says the don't-ask-don't-tell law creates an ethical dilemma for gay service members and the doctors who treat them.

The other measure declares that marriage bans leave gays vulnerable to being excluded from health care benefits, including health insurance and family and medical leave rights. The new AMA policy stops short of opposing the bans.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"Warmest Wishes" holiday cards.

"Warmest Wishes" holiday cards are in! Mix & match with the rest of my selection of greeting and holiday cards of my artwork and save when buying 5 or more, save even more when buying a dozen. Only at www.breyette.com.

Monday, November 09, 2009

art of the month: November

Things are heating up with November's featured Art of the Month, "Engine 13" at www.breyette.com. For this month save 15% on prints of this work.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

on the drawing board: flight of fancy

I was browsing through my copy of Titans, the art of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell, and got the idea to blend that dynamic superhero vibe to an idea I was formulating for my next piece.

When people ask me where I get my inspiration, there is no simpler answer other than 'anywhere & everywhere'. Along with inspiration from Titans, the influences for this piece also include the HBO miniseries Angles in America, and primarily the atrocities carried out against gay men in countries like Iran and Iraq. I can't imagine anything more horrifying to god (if one exists) or a religious person than their religion perpetuating violence or instigating prejudice against others.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Best of America: Pastel Artists

I am included in the upcoming (December) release of the book "Best of America: Pastel Artists II". It's very cool to be acknowledged in the bigger art circle, outside the niche of gay themed art & erotica. I even got a spot on the back cover.

My Work & Playlist Top 10 - November 6, 2009

  1. "Tricky Tricky" - Röyksopp
  2. "Breathe Life" - Brian Kent
  3. "Straight Through My Heart" - Backstreet Boys
  4. "Symmetry (ft. Phil Oakey)" - Little Boots
  5. "I’m Coming Out" - Kristine W
  6. "Chick Habit" - April March
  7. "Ready for the Weekend" - Calvin Harris
  8. "Be Alright (Boris Blind Faith Radio)" - Kristine W
  9. "Espana Cani (Dance Don't Bullfight)" - Charo
  10. "Wonderful (Radio Edit)" - Gary Go

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Maine Voters Strip Away Rights of fellow Americans

Tuesday, voters in Maine threw the American creed "liberty and justice for all" into the firepit when a slim majority determined who has rights and who doesn't. Apparently equality in America is a dead concept and prejudice and religious beliefs of the majority trump everything in the 'land of the free'. Whose rights shall they go after next? the blacks? the Hispanics? the Jews? the Catholics? Yours? To everyone who voted down the rights of the minority you are traitors. To go against the ideal that we are all created equal, that we all have the rights to life, liberty and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS is so anti American you don't deserve to live in this country and enjoy the rights and protections you have.

On the bright side, the vote was very close and as those older 'narrow minded' voters (you know the ones, they still use the n-word or 'col'erds') will pass on in the next few years and take their hatefulness into hell with them.

Am I being too harsh? Eh, deal with it.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

'Golden Girls' star Bea Arthur leaves $300,000 in will to NY group that helps gay homeless youths

Bea Arthur left $300,000 in her will to a NY organization that aids homeless gay youth.

The Ali Fornay Center provides services to more than 1,000 each year, and is planning to buy a building to house 12 young people - and name it in honor of the "Golden Girls" actress.

The head of the center said he is thrilled with the stage and television legend's generosity.

"We work with hundreds of young people who are rejected by their families because of who they are," said Executive Director Carl Siciliano.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Holiday Release: "Warmest Wishes"

Growing up in northern New York State, just a few miles from the Canadian border, the holiday season always meant cold short days, snowmen, and hot cocoa; you know the stuff sung about in carols and brought to life in many a Christmas tale. But the good cheer that’s effervescent during this season isn’t limited to the snow belt, it’s world wide. Wherever in the world you may find yourself this holiday season, enjoy these warmest wishes of peace, joy, and love.

The original “Warmest Wishes” as well as open edition portfolio prints and only 25 each limited edition studio prints and limited edition gallery prints are available at the special First Day Issue price until midnight tomorrow. Warmest Wishes” will also be offered as my annual holiday card. They should be available to purchase in a week or two. I’ll keep ya posted.

2 Nights in a Sleazy Motel

Detroit’s famous Dirty Show, is taking a road trip. They are taking over the entire east wing of the fabulous City Center Motel in downtown Los Angeles, November 13 & 14.

Each room will be luxuriously appointed with ‘skin’-tallating erotic works from over 100 artists from all over the world! I’ve been invited to showcase a few pieces and just hope I can get my works out there in time!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Work & Playlist Top 10 - October 24, 2009

  1. "Tricky Tricky" - Röyksopp
  2. "Ready for the Weekend" - Calvin Harris
  3. "Breathe Life" - Brian Kent
  4. "Wonderful (Radio Edit)" - Gary Go
  5. "I’m Coming Out" - Kristine W
  6. "Quicksand (Mad Decent Remix #1)" - La Roux
  7. "Straight Through My Heart" - Backstreet Boys
  8. "Be Alright (Boris Blind Faith Radio)" - Kristine W
  9. "Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)" - Freemasons ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  10. "Change the World" - Frontier

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

on the drawing board: paradise found

Since my last posting I've spent most of my time on the tropical background. Now time to get to work on those bodies.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Blogged about at Heroes-N-Hunks

A little feature on me by Heroes-N-Hunks blog owner Fanboi. He describes it as an xxx gay geeks blog about...comic books, hot gay port, action figures, news, gossip, gay politics and more...

My Work & Playlist Top 10 - October 16, 2009

  1. "Ready for the Weekend" - Calvin Harris
  2. "Wonderful (Radio Edit)" - Gary Go
  3. "I’m Coming Out" - Kristine W
  4. "Breathe Life" - Brian Kent
  5. "Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)" - Freemasons ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  6. "Tricky Tricky" - Röyksopp
  7. "Quicksand (Mad Decent Remix #1)" - La Roux
  8. "With Every Heartbeat" (2) - Robyn
  9. "Change the World" - Frontier
  10. "Celebration" - Madonna

Friday, October 16, 2009

Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have.

Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

Neither Bardwell nor the couple immediately returned phone calls from The Associated Press. But Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that he was not a racist.

"I do ceremonies for black couples right here in my house," Bardwell said. "My main concern is for the children." ...more.

Apparently banning marriages for same sex couples is no longer enough, some are trying to revive past discrimination. This proves the point that even if something doesn't affect you personally, or even if it's not something you believe in you must respect and support the rights of others, because who is gonna be there for you when they come to take away your rights?

on the drawing board: Merry Kiss'mas

I am working on my Christmas piece for this year. It always seems too early to think about it, but after getting a few snow flurries last night and this morning, well it seems like it IS just around the corner.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

FOX "News" on GLBT issues: it's a "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Queer and Loathing in D.C.
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorRon Paul Interview

Perhaps FOX News is run by Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who doesn't think gay people exist in his country either. Or maybe because it wasn't one of the 'tea party' protests orchestrated by FOX News, that they had know idea how to cover a real march on Washington.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Friday, October 09, 2009

My Work & Playlist Top 10 - October 9, 2009

  1. "Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)" - Freemasons ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  2. "Wonderful (Radio Edit)" - Gary Go
  3. "Ready for the Weekend" - Calvin Harris
  4. "With Every Heartbeat" - Robyn
  5. "I’m Coming Out" - Kristine W
  6. "Quicksand (Mad Decent Remix #1)" - La Roux
  7. "Celebration" - Madonna
  8. "Love in July" - Sally Shapiro
  9. "Change the World" - Frontier
  10. "Season of Love" - Shiny Toy Guns

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Ugly Betty's new look - new season

Awkward and fashion challenged Betty gets a slightly new look in season 4 of "Ugly Betty". It's one of my favorite shows (save me from 'reality' TV and any more crime & medical dramas...oy) and I can't wait to see what unfolds for Betty, sassy Hilda, the blossoming Justin, the bitchy twins Mark & Amanda, conniving Wilhelmina, and the Meades .

Season Premiere - "The Butterfly Effect," Friday October 16th 8/7c
Betty gets to run her own Mode photo shoot at the United Nations to promote their anti-malaria initiative, "Nothing but Nets," but her big opportunity becomes a baptism by fire when Daniel's neediness takes its toll, and Matt openly demoralizes her. Meanwhile, Amanda does some soul-searching when she bonds with Daniel's new temp, Helen (Kristen Johnston), a career receptionist as fabulous as Amanda is. Wili makes it her personal mission to protect a loved one, and Hilda reaches out to Marc to figure out how to help Justin.

New Release: "Exposure"

Make up, hair, lighting. All the focus is on the subject during a photo shoot. But as with any artistic expression, a photographic portrait not only gives exposure to the model out front but reveals much about the man behind the lens as well.

Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz has worked with everyone from Kathy Griffin, Dolly Parton and Tyra Banks to Lindsay Lohan, The Jonas Brothers and Zac Efron, and has appeared on RuPaul's Drag Race and Canada's Next Top Model. He saw and liked my work and asked if I would be interested in doing a portrait of him, that he would use to promote himself as well as my artwork. It not only sounded like a good opportunity but fun as well!

While the original is already sold, limited edition Gallery and Studio prints are available for purchase at the Special First Day Price until Midnight ET tomorrow.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

My Work & Playlist Top 10: October 2, 2009

  1. With Every Heartbeat - Robyn
  2. Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer) - Freemasons ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  3. Celebration - Madonna
  4. Wonderful (Radio Edit) - Gary Go
  5. Love in July - Sally Shapiro
  6. I’m Coming Out - Kristine W
  7. Ready for the Weekend - Calvin Harris
  8. Quicksand (Mad Decent Remix #1) - La Roux
  9. Shining Light - Annie Lennox
  10. Season of Love - Shiny Toy Guns

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

on the drawing board: eye of a camera

I decided to add a little something to the background. Since Mike is a photographer I went with a camera lens. Often peripheral elements balance out composition and can draw the eye more toward the subject.

We needs some Ugly Betty, right this very minute...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

on the drawing board: up close and personal

With a few good solid days of working on the portrait, it's really starting to come together. Mike Ruiz saw the last in progress posting of his portrait and said "Wow! That already looks awesome!" Which is great to hear. It's a very different feeling working on a commission, because I'm not the only one I have to please, add to it that it is a portrait too and I realize why it is I don't do very many. I couldn't handle the pressure doing them all the time.