Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Breathing Space: Deep Cove

In early June this year it was still raining and cold here in Vancouver but I decided to get out of hte studio and be a tourist in my own town and head over to Deep Cove.

 If any of the scenery looks familiar you may note that this is where Charlie St. Cloud ( a fairly newly released movie) with Zach Efron was filmed when he was sailing in the start of the movie.

 It's very quiet and quaint and sleepy. And I had a nice relaxing walk around the cove.

Foxglove upclose.
In the park at the front and center of the harbor.

Motorbors all lined up (with no place to go?) :)

 I'm always a sucker for a waterfall.

and a forest path...

Always make time to smell the roses. Seriously you gotta do it! 

 I threw a few pennies in the wishing pool and since it came true I'm going to tell you my wish!
 It was for sunshine!!!

 Finished up my walk wtih a cup of tea at the local bakery.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Audacity of Self Love

This month I'm excited to share with you a new book that has just emerged entitled 'The Audacity of Self Love - Voyage of the Self Made Woman".  To anyone that's ever taken one of my workshops or read The Little Inspiration Book or the seen the newly published card pack the 68 Secrets of an Illuminated Artist, they will know how dear this topic - loving oneself - is to my heart is and how important it is for all people, and artists in particular, to specialize in self love and self care. 

When I saw Christina Fior's Post on my Facebook newsfeed, I emailed her immediately and  shared that I would love to mention her book her on this blog and  how much it meant to be that she wrote it on this topic.

Without further ado,  this book is about the  guts it takes to be a Self-Made Woman. It takes audacity to bring our feminine genius forward in a world that has been set up for us to be ‘long suffering’ rather than self empowered.
The Audacity of Self Love --Voyage of the Self Made Woman speaks to the universal woman’s ‘heroic journey’ as she cuts through the layers of ‘love deprivation’ and deepens her sources of Self-Love.
This book provide a roadmap for unleashing our feminine genius and recapturing the original brilliance encoded within our souls. This time in history calls us to become feminine ‘change agents’ as we champion a bigger ‘idea’ for our lives, and co-create a new world of enlightened living.
It’s time to literally ‘liberate the genie from the bottle’ within us, and grant our deepest desires.

You can also read the introduction and first chapter online here:

Christina Fior has accompanied her innate intuitive abilities with 35 years of practice in metaphysics, quantum healing and the integrative health sciences. She has counseled hundreds of women, blending her skills as a Wellness Coach, Esthetician, Theta Healer, Holodynamics Practitioner, and a Palm and Handwriting Analyst. Through the insightful and compassionate nature of her work, she is affectionately known by her clients as The Love Whisperer.

Christina Fior

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

New Music I'm playing in my Studio

There is nothing like having great tunes to play in the studio while working. Music gives me energy, inspires me, and often makes sometimes a difficult process way more fun.

Here's 5 new musician/bands/artists I'm playing lately that are new -for me anyways!:

John Mayer. Oh wow, he is just so unbelievably amazing.  I first heard of John Mayer through Taylor Swift's song "dear john". Yeah, I understand she got burned after they split up. Well, i couldn't help but be curious about this musician she was with and after listening to his Battle Studies album and then Continuum, well, I"m so hooked on this sexy voiced guitarist. Fav song? Hmmmm, I Love ' Stop this Train', 'Gravity' and 'Perfectly Lonely'.

Here's John playing Gravity at the Grammy's. Oh man! I am eating my heart out!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owFFVQYW1p8

Paramore. I found this group via Twilight soundtrack. Yup, I'm a super big Twighlight fan. Just love the movies, especially the most recent when Bella has a baby and become a vampire ( oh dear hope i didn't spoil it for you but it's been out for a while). The first song of theirs I fell in love with was 'i caught myself'. Then I went out and got these albums: Brand New Eyes and Riot! I'm still listening and exploring them so I can't say I have a favourite song but they have my attention.

Here's a Paramore song on youtube to give you a feel of them called 'that's what you get' http://youtu.be/1kz6hNDlEEg

Paul Cantelon. My daughter (she just turned 9) was teasing me the other day about the number of boyfriends I have had over the last couple of years. It's true. I've dated a lot of men. The one benefit is when you get to know someone new you often get to learn new music. I love this part about making new friends or having new relationships. So, yes, one of my ex's (too many to count at this point in time) told me about this pianist/composer Paul Catelon. You'll hear his melodic and somewhat sad piano music in the background of tons of movies. I went to a yoga class the other day and noticed the teacher was playing it. I smiled smugly to myself and thought to myself 'hey, i know this music!!". it's the kind of music you put on when it's pouring rain outside and you're working on a book or  a painting, or if you should be so lucky, doing other things with someone special. It's basically relaxing background music with emotion. I have his Point no Point album.

Here's a piece of his music called 'Theme From The Diving Bell And The Butterfly' http://youtu.be/8kLBAWutvdw

Buddha Bar.  Super cool mix. I think there are more than 6 CD's under this title with a whole lot of artists and various genres. I first heard of buddha bar from my ex-husband Matt. He was working in Los Vegas for several of the major hotels in  the MGM group as a consultant he was at a restaurant bar one evening and really liked the music they were playing. He asked the bar tender and what 'd you know, it was Buddha Bar.
There are tons of Buddha Bar CD's available. Ahh the beauty of living in an artist work/live community. We share music amoung other things, so lucky  me I have 6 of these records!
Honestly I don't think I've listened to it all yet but it also makes a great background to put on if you're having a party or a social event! ( Open studio perhaps? :)) 

To get a quick taste of this music just click on their main website and they play the music:

Chilled. I found this album by accident at the library and got hooked. I kept re-newing it again and again until the library system woudn't let me have it anymore!It it just such a cool album. Up beat and fun and music I had not heard before. I'm seriously considering putting some of these songs into my yoga classes!

My Fav song from this album?  Fun for Me by Moloko You gotta listen to it!!!! Here's the link on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWYRatfj1o8&feature=related
I would say of the 5 albums/artsits I've listed in this blog, this collection of 3 CD's is my fav!!!!

Now it's your turn....

If you read this and enjoy it, pls do share what you're playing in your studio an share with with other artists all over the world! It's so fun to learn about new music! Thank you!!! ( links to youtube are great so we can listen to it)

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Artist Interview with Marta Baricsa

Marta with Om natural green.

This blog starts out with a long overdue thank you to large scale painter and ARC artists in residence Marta Baricsa who very kindly had my most recent Body of Work six week workshop class into her home and studio to tell us a little bit about her process and share with us several of her bodies of work. Marta, Thank you so much for having us all over! 

 Marta with my workshop students, showing them her portfolio

My first burning question is about the title under you bio of "Founder of Directivism in art" I've never heard of directivism and would love to know what this is and how you came to found it and other artists that follow this... 

After painting for many years I came to notice that my works and the way I was doing my works were different than much of what I had seen and had been taught about in school. 
While all forms of creation are great I realized what some of the key differences for me were when painting. 

I knew that and was taught to cover my mistakes but I never did very well at hiding them. I also realized I wasn't making any "mistakes"... i.e I wasn't correcting anything in my work. And I wasn't building a surface and removing it to discover what I had put down previously mixed with what was fresh. And I wasn't building layer upon layer upon layer and covering up previous areas.

 Like I said not that there is anything wrong with that. Because there are lots of incredible artists doing paintings just that like that....but I just noticed my way was very different. I became outrageously confident in the marks I make and let what is there be there. It is like I am just allowing what is meant to be flow through me and how dare I be the judge of it?! 

So, I welcome the energy that is to be and I surrender myself to it. Basically if you x-rayed my paintings you would see what is there....is only what has been there. 

Plus Directivism is also about a visual clarity. It is direct and to the point without being controlled. It is a point where I am conscious but have left the controlling logical mind behind. Those little voices saying...."change this"  or "that doesn't look right"  don't exist for me anymore. That is Directivism. While there aren't other artists I know of following this way of working....I can identify Directivist works. For example my partner Roy Mackey made a steel man called "naked man" which he literally built out of air. There is no armature, no building upon, removing....and his works have a real focus to them- so I would have to say he also is a Directivist for the most part.

"I consider myself a Directivist and I paint with deliberate intent.
The works are direct fluid movement that stem immediately from a source.
They can be linear or sculptural - concrete or random in composition.
I use minimal brushwork and the purist clean, clear paint.
Done with no corrections and only over painting where it is intended.
Because it is exact as it is meant to be."

"I am the founder of Directivism in art."
Marta Baricsa

Carbon line. 2006. Ink on primed canvas. 12 x 24"  

Going back a bit here, can you please tell us how did you passion for painting began?

My earliest memory is from kindergarten....having my hands in the paint and the exhilarated feeling of joy I felt - I knew from that moment what I was going to do in life is paint. As a teenager I attended Central Technical Schools art program and then later went to OCAD where I graduated from the department of experimental arts.


Have you ever had other jobs or passions or have you been a painter since graduating high school until now?

Yes, I have had other jobs some I was even passionate about! ...mainly relating to energy & movement based work. I taught, trained people in fitness, aquatics, stretching and swimming etc. I also was a Certified Fitness Consultant and performed fitness tests and made training programs for individuals. I also ran my own CPR & first aid business in Toronto & Vancouver. I trained - retrained and certified doctors, dentists and fitness professionals in CPR. While I enjoyed much of this I always felt painting was my main passion.

What's your favourite all time favourite art piece of yours and why? 

That is quite difficult for me to say....I have many favourites.  But I will include "Apollo" which I dedicated to my Mom.


Marta with Apollo

What's your favourite all time favourite art piece of another artist and why?

That is a hard one Deb. While I love many works of art I would have to say my partner Roy Mackey's "Flame Chair" stands out. Roy is an extraordinary artist and human being. His work is so new and creative. See www.flamingsteel.com for more on his work.

Can you please tell us the body of work you are currently working on and what inspired this series?

I am working on my Om paintings. They are focus meditation paintings. They are about clarity, focus of thought and being present. With many things that pull our attention these days it is my desire that these paintings help bring people back to a sense of awe and Om.

Here is a section I clipped from Wikipedia on Om which I find helps describe these works:

"Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound "OM" before creation began it was "Shunyākāsha", the emptiness or the void. Shunyākāsha, meaning literally "no sky", is more than nothingness, because everything then existed in a latent state of potentiality. The vibration of "OM" symbolizes the manifestation of God in form ("sāguna brahman"). "OM" is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be "Adi Anadi", without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists The mantra "OM" is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy."

with Om new light.                                                                       

For you, what the best thing about being a painter?

Loving what I do. The freedom.... so many new ideas to explore....the paint itself,  the colours, the confidence I have when I have a paint brush in my hands. The excitement and the magic of the paint becoming what it is meant to be....and my hand in helping it become that. It is great feeling. 

For you, what 's the most challenging thing about being a a painter?

Wanting to have more steady income. Believing more in myself.....while I believe fully in the art and my process....I would like to feel the same about myself.

How would you define success for yourself as an artist? What are some success you have achieved thus far on your journey, and what has been a key factor in you achieving your success?

Wow! Well, the success of making the work very passionately is really key for me otherwise I think I would have to say I am a complete failure in all the other normal factors of a successful "career". Having a loving and supportive partner that helps and a caring family. Also hearing back from museum curators and gallery dealers mainly in the US that are all very positive and encouraging helps me stay on track. Selling paintings to clients is important too. Plus I am very fortunate to have had so much exposure in the movies and TV shows. 

Another success and actually quite a challenge was painting "Aequilibrium" a  27 x 20 foot tetraptych. Which I made just because I had a vision of it in my mind. My good friend, Rachel Berman, who is an incredible artist had just given me a huge bolt of canvas as a gift. And I knew I wanted to make something memorable with it.

Talking about success I noticed that you have many of your paintings in movies. I am curious how was your work found to be placed in these movies?

That is a bit of a long story...but basically my first rental was around 11 years ago a set decorator bought some small works of mine she saw at a store.  That was the movie "Life or something like it" with Angelina Jolie.

Then "Catwoman" with Halle Berry was going to being shot here in Vancouver. The production crews were going around the buildings with artists in them and they came upon the ARC building and put up a posting. They came in our studio and saw my works. They rented one painting and were looking for another painting to cover over a mirror and had asked me if I had something that would work. I went down to the set to have a look and then painted something specific for the movie. Later they were looking for many large paintings for the scene in Sharon Stone's mansion. I think they rented around 7-8 large paintings of mine for this movie. Carol, the set decorator really gave me a great opportunity. Not only did I get great exposure in the film....they also paid me very well. 

Then I heard from my neighbours who worked in the movie industry about the BC film commission list. So I began mailing off packages to the productions. Since then I have been in nearly 20 movie /TV productions. Most recently my paintings are in "This Means War" with Reese Witherspoon and also in "50/50with Seth Rogen....where he actually says a few words about my paintings.

What recent or upcoming shows/and or gallery representation can readers look out for or go and see of your work?

Some of my paintings can be seen in the Art Rental and Sales program at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Or come to one of our open studios which I post on my website and of course private studio visits can also be booked also.

Marta, Thank you for taking the time to partake in this interview!

Thanks for the interview Deb!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Fundamentals of Facilitation

This week I’m excited and proud to present to you an amazing woman, Leslie Robinson, who will be visiting us here in Vancouver from Calgary this August  to offer her foundation workshop: Fundamental of Facilitation.

Leslie is a fun, popular, and highly effective international facilitator who trains trainers with solid, instantly applicable training frameworks, skills, and techniques…and powers them up using energy principles like the power of intention and the law of attraction.  Leslie pioneered experiential learning in Canada, the US, and Australia through her tourism training programs and publishing company and was a member of the team creating the award winning Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Victoria.  

Leslie also taught for years in the renowned Provincial Instructor Diploma Program and is a facilitator and trainer in the internationally acclaimed Instructional Skills Workshop.  Leslie's Masters degree in Adult Education is in resistance (to learning), change, quantum physics, and accelerating learning. She combines her extensive knowledge and skill in applied metaphysics.  Her classes are filled with laughter, music, magic.


This is a one time workshop offering for the leaders in my community looking to facilitate a group, run their own workshops or learn how to manage a group or team better.

This August 2012 I will be hosting Leslie Robinson, MA Adult Ed

This is a leadership course for entry level trainers and advanced trainers seeking foundational frameworks and to fill their training tool kit with tips and tricks and for those seeking a refreshing new approach to using training as a catalyst for positive change and transformation within themselves and their organizations.  This course may be taken as a stand alone, or as a prerequisite for her Advanced Facilitation Certificate Program  http://www.leslierobinson.ca/workshops/advanced-facilitation-certificate-program/

Who would benefit from this workshop and WHY?  Team leaders from every walk in life: teachers, corporate trainers, nurses, realtors, welders, bakers, artists, spiritual leaders, healers, musicians, parents.  You will walk away with practical skills to increase productivity and efficiency, save time, reduce costs, while empowering learners to bring positive change to their lives and organizations

This course  lays the practical foundation of your facilitation, leadership, and training  practice. Offered in a highly effective and safe framework, you will be able to create a safe and nurturing learning environment, establish clear, strong, powerful goals, design lesson plans, deliver effective facilitations, provide exceptionally constructive feedback, reflect critically on our own learning as a facilitator of learning (!), and create an action plan to integrate these techniques into your daily practice.
DATES/TIMES: Monday August 6th - Wednesday August 8th. 3 days. 9-5 PM  
COST: $  597 plus tax
LOCATION: The ARC live/work Studios 1701 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC
REGISTRATION: info@debchaney.com/ 604-736-5111

Learn more About Leslie Robinson ---- http://www.leslierobinson.ca/about-leslie/
and/or E-mail leslie@leslierobinson.ca or call 403-863-1164 to start the conversation
Read about other  courses and programs she offers.... http://www.leslierobinson.ca/workshops/