Opportunity Knocks

Sometimes, when opportunity comes knocking, you just have to open the door and let it in – even if it means putting current projects to the side. This is exactly what has happened to me, and will keep me busy over next few weeks.

My 100 for 100 series, and even my day job, are taking a back seat for a couple of weeks as I get a taste of something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time: paint full-time!

And I am going to need every minute as I begin producing new works for an upcoming exhibition and sale, mid-December to mid-January, at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre.


In less than two months, I have to fill a small room with new works (as I need more than just my 100 series paintings) and I will be doing about 4-8 hours of live painting on-site for the duration of my show.

Exciting? Indeed.

So, for the past couple of weeks I’ve been getting ready, both mentally and stocking up on canvases and supplies, booking my remaining vacation time from work and searching out inspiration, which I found at Robbie Rare Books.

Kyle_and_Robbie Robbie Rare Books

I have been wanting to explore the theme of old books further, after positive results with paintings like Books of Old, Old World Books and Book Shelf, from my 100 series. I figured more old books would be the focus of my next body of work after I (finally) complete my 100 series – I just didn’t realize I would be working on them so soon! And though my wife has a wonderful little collection of books and other objects to draw inspiration from, I have an almost endless supply of source material to work from at Robbie Rare Books.

I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Max, Daniel, Chloe and of course, Robbie himself, at Robbie Rare Books and Pulp Fiction Coffee House, for letting me pull inspiration from your magnificent, antiquarian book store.

And finally, the post wouldn’t be complete without a peak at what I am currently working on. Below is the first painting I was working on today, nearly complete, inspired by books and objects from Robbie Rare Books.


Kyle L. Poirier, The Watchers, (work-in-progress), 2013
acrylic on canvas, 12 x 36 in.