Deb Chaney’s blog is about the creation of contemporary abstract paintings using acrylics, mixed media and collage. Deb explores life as an artist, mixed media and abstract painting techniques, studio habits, and creative inspiration.
After Ashland and Half Moon Bay our final stop was Pacific Grove where we stayed for several days and enjoyed this sleepy sea side town. Deer literally wander around town amongst the Cypress and Eucalyptus trees. The coastline is so beautiful its hypnotic to just sit and watch the surf rolling in. I will definitely be coming back here!
Our second stop was to visit our friends Tom and Rachel the co-authors of Alfonso the Christmas Pumpkin, a sweet children's book and wonderful gift for any little ones in your life. They were expecting a baby any minute when we were visiting...so if you see their picture and she looks pregnant - she is!!!
Tom and Rachel live in quaint little Half Moon Bay, California - right outside the San Francisco Bay area. This time of year was the Famous Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival, so there was pumpkin paraphernalia and decorations everywhere. Here are a few photos from our explorations around town and along the coast...
Tom and Rachel minutes away from baby delivery...a nice pre-child dinner out.
Greg & Deb done up and out for dinner in Half Moon Bay.
Gorgeous architecture... pumpkins everywhere.. Believe it or not I think someone lives in this reconstructed boat!
A retreat center we came across on the beach...very interesting
Recent studio happenings from this summer 2010 and fall...
Lulu Fiedler, jewelry maker by trade, decided she wanted to learn abstract painting and signed up for a series of six private lessons with myself in the studio. Her jewerly work is fabulous and for view at www.starfishbylulu.com. Lulu is working on abstract landscape pieces and her goal is to paint a large piece for her home.
This painting in process is making me think of frogs and frog ponds!
I"m in love with a new liquitex product! Liquitex Pouring medium - its like using the gloss medium and varnish but with a lower viscosity. Very cool. A glipse of my new custom made dry rack table. I can work on up to six large painting and have them dry flat underneath the table. Works really well for my painting style.
Getting organized with a tryptic commision painting on the right table there. In the background is a piece that needs a few more layers...I'm still getting up the courage to touch that one! In the background on the wall, Song for a Winter's Night painting in process. Just a few more layers and she's there. Love the dark graphite underneath the thick snow-like glossy waxy layers. I used Nancy Reyner's Encaustic formula for this one as well as lots of other products such a s moulding paste, pouring medium and regular gel! It's been a labour of love! Odd random studio shots.... Often times when I'm working I stop and stand on a chair to give myself perspective on the painting I'm working on. Here's what It looks like up on that chair!
Short video clips on You Tube from how to clean your brushes after painting with acrylics to sneak peaks inside workshops. New videos being added regularly.
About this blog
Deb Chaney’s blog is about the creation of contemporary abstract paintings using acrylics, mixed media, and collage. Deb explores life as a professional artist, mixed media and abstract painting techniques, studio habits, and creative inspiration.
Deb Chaney Contemporary Abstract Arist
Deb Chaney is a contemporary abstract artist creating large abstract paintings on canvas and paper. Using brushes, palette knives, and rags, she applies (and often scrapes away) acrylics, mixed mediums, sand, and collage papers to create her thick multi layered art pieces.
Deb lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada with her daughter Ruthie Firefly and when she's not parenting or painting she loves good food, beautiful music, ocean swimming, hiking, yoga, and singing along to guitar with friends.
Deb is Contemporary Abstract Artist working in Mixed Media, Acrylics and Collage on paper, wood panel and canvas. She sells her artwork to collectors and teaches workshops internationally. Her schedule can be viewed at http://www.debchaney.com