Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Great find - Artists of British Columbia Volume 1

Rojia and myself were out placing flyers for our Concept to Completion: Abstract Painting in Acrylics and Mixed Media on Panel workshop in North Vancouver a few weeks back and came across Craig Yeats's gallery who were selling this book entitled; Artists of British Columbia, volume 1 (ISBN 978-0-9783296-4-8) assembled by Leighton Studio Gallery. The book caught my eye immediately as the number of extremely talented artists, many of them abstract. I had to have it. To obtain your own copy pls contact 604-926-0039 or lsgallery@leighdon.ca.

The following are five fabulous abstract artists that caught my attention when perusing through the book:

  1. Jeanne Krabbendam www.jeanekrabbendam.com Her work exhibits an excellent example of using heavy texture and collage elements such as corrugated cardboard and plaster mixed with acrylics.

  2. Catherine Fields www.nsartists.ca/catherinefields I just LOVE the loose painterly feel of the painting "rhythm and harmony" shown in the book.

  3. Pnina Granirer www.pninagranirer.com (wow!) The painting shown in this book, " A Love Story" is the tender interplay between abstract and the human figure.

  4. Jennifer Harwood. www.jenniferharwood.com What captivated me about Jennifer's work is it's vibrancy with her use of colour and overall clarity and simplicity.

  5. Therese Joseph www.therese-joseph.com I love her bold use of colour and then the sketches on top of it in the panting called "untamed" shown in the book.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Some great new tunes I'm playing in my studio lately

This week I thought I'd share with you some musicians that are inspiring, delighting, and serenading me in the studio while I paint. I Love hearing new songs and finding out about new musicians, so please, leave your favs in the comments below for all of us to enjoy! xoxo debs

Life is Wonderful by Jason Mraz

Once upon a Time in America - Ennio Morricone - Deborah's Theme

Paolo Conte - Sparring Partners

Aerosmith - Crazy

and oh yeah, eat your heart out, Justin Bieber...baby, baby, baby..

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Photos from March 2011 Brock House Art Show

Bev sent these lovely photos from our student art show last week at Brock House! Thank you Bev!

Dorita and Abby - looking gorgeous girls. Relaxing after all that hard work panting for 9 weeks!

Bev, proudly showing off her beautiful canvas pad pieces. Bev got so excited during the span of this class that she got insomnia many nights and would wake up at 4 am to paint!

Heather is not only a fantastic painter but also makes hand made books that she shared with us during the class. I had the pleasure to meeting her daughter and also her daughter in law at the art show.
Elizabeth's work had such vibrant colours, we all enjoyed her pieces she is showing here.

A few of my Little Gems series, many of which originate from demonstrations I make during class and that become finished art shows. See more Little Gem 9 x 12" original art pieces here: http://www.debchaney.com/debchaney/Art_Portfolio/Pages/Little_Gems.html

My Dad, Rob Bear, showed up to say hello, enjoy some lunch and show his support for myself and my class. He left that evening for Australia! Love you Dad. xoxox

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Upcoming Art Show at Brock House Community Center in Vancouver

The January 2011 Brock House Energizing & Experimental Abstract Painting Class and Deb Chaney, Contemporary Abstract Artist welcomes you... to our end of class .....

Art Show and Celebration!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 15th, 12:30 - 2:30 pm.

LOCATION: Held at Brock House Community Center Vancouver (in the conservatory).
3875 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, BC, V6R 1B3 phone: 604-228-1461

ENJOY: View students art. Meet Brock House Community members .Enjoy Tea, Coffee, and light refreshments served.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

3 spots left for our March workshop! Here's the scoop...

From Concept to Completion - Abstract Painting on Panel in Acrylics & Mixed Media- with Deb Chaney and Rojia Dadashzadeh

Each participant will experience working on three wood panels as we take you on a creative journey sharing our art making process with you from start to finish.

Students will be encouraged to explore language, colour, composition, nurture emotional richness, spontaneity and experimentation and to develop conceptual ideas.

A slide show presentation of modern art will be given with discussion and emphasis on composition, balance, colour, form, symbolism,the representation of motion ,and the superimposition of images in the organization of space in abstract paintings.

Both one-on-one and group critiques are aimed at enhancing individual growth.

Media will include heavy body acrylics, mixing and pouring mediums, moulding pastes and gels, and professional grade MSA or Polymer Varnish. Various materials and mediums, for example, coloured pencil, crayon, and inks will be introduced and used to experiment within the painting process.

The workshop will include plenty of demonstrations and time for students to work. You will get to learn and experience:

  1. - Experience taking an idea from concept to completion with our support and guidance

  2. - Experiment with new paint colours and mediums provided by our sponsors

  3. - Prepare wood panels for painting

  4. - Apply paint to panel

  5. - Learn the fundamental of colour mixing and create your own colour mixing tables

  6. - Create depth and texture by via scratching and electrical sanding techniques

  7. - Experience group discussion on creative process& journey of making abstract art

  8. - Varnish the result painting with professional quality archival product

  9. - Wire the back of paintings for hanging

    MARCH 2011 3 spots left!

Advanced Abstract Painting in Acrylics: from Concept to Completion

course co-taught by Rojia Dadashzadeh and Deb Chaney

Location: VANCOUVER , BC (East Vancouver)

Dates: Friday March 25th 10-5 PM, Saturday & Sunday March 26, 27th, 10 - 5 PM. THREE DAYS

Registration: info@debchaney.com or call (604) 736-5111

Cost: $495.


Advanced Abstract Painting in Acrylics: from Concept to Completion

course co-taught by Rojia Dadashzadeh and Deb Chaney

Location: New York, NY USA (Exact Location TBA)

Dates: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 2, 3 & 4th, 10 - 5 PM. THREE DAYS

Registration: info@debchaney.com or call (604) 736-5111

Cost: $675.


Advanced Abstract Painting in Acrylics: from Concept to Completion

course co-taught by Rojia Dadashzadeh and Deb Chaney

Location: East Vancouver

Dates: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 28, 29, 30th, 10 - 5 PM. THREE DAYS

Registration: info@debchaney.com or call (604) 736-5111

Cost: $495.