Saturday, 20 June 2009



 Davenport, Iowa, June 15, 2009 -- Kim McCool of Davenport, Iowa will be featuring contemporary abstract artist and author, Deb Chaney, on McCool’s  live radio talk show, “Discover the Heart of Art” on internet’s Blog Talk Radio on June 15, 2009 at 2 PM Central Time.

 Deb Chaney is an emerging contemporary abstract artist who lives in Santa Barbara, CA.  She paints large layered mixed media abstract paintings on canvas and paper. Deb Chaney is the author of The Little Inspiration Book, Ideas to Empower Women and contributing author to Sand in my Bra, Funny Women Write From the Road. Her most recent body of work, entitled Pure Abstraction will be displayed in a co-collaborative art show with Emily McBride June 2009 at VIVA design studio & gallery in Santa Barbara.

  "Discover the Heart of Art with Kim McCool" is a bi-weekly show where McCool interviews artists of all kinds - from classic art, such as painting and sculpture to writing, music and choreography discuss the heart of their art.  This art talk show is unique and informative.  McCool and her guest talk about what inspires the art, where the love of the art comes from and how listeners can discover the heart of art.   

If people are not able to listen to the live broadcast, they can go to McCool’s website ( and either download the podcast for later listening or listen to the replay on their computer.  The broadcasts will be archived.

McCool is committed to not only creating her art, she does an average of 20 individual commissions annually, she is dedicated to keeping the art of porcelain painting alive.  In addition to training with some of the most esteemed artists in the field McCool has taken many student artists under her wing to teach them this wonderful medium.  Her studio is part of her home and is a special place for her two loves of creating porcelain art pieces and teaching others to create their own unique porcelain art through weekly classes held in the studio.


Interview Contact:

Kim McCool

Telephone 563.322.3219


Spirit of the Heart Designs

3750 Nobis Drive

Davenport, IA  52802

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Artplane workshop at Esalen

I'm currently at Esalen studying with Nicholas Wilton and Jenny Oppenteimer in their week long art plane workshop. The workshop is great and given me many new insights on design and contrast and their importance in composing a painting that works well - captures the viewer, keeps them interested and moving around the painting. Here are some photos from around the Esalen campus.