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.
Monday, 27 August 2012
Breathing Space: Galiano Island, British Columbia
Every summer my daugther Ruthie, now 9, and I go camping together. I've been making a point to go somwhere new each year so she can begin to see and explore the natural beauty we have around us here in beautiful British Columbia.
This year for a week in July we chose to camp on Galiano Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia where the forest meets the ocean and a small piece of heaven exists. It's a 45 minute ferry ride from Vancouver straight to the island.
Lots of little beaches we found to play and look for marine life especially when the tide was down.
Oh Deer! On a group hike with Ruthie and another camping family we came across this beautifully made drift wood deer. It's life size and made completely out of found wood on the beach!
The dock near the campground was one of the best places to look for fish, sea stars, sea urchins and all sorts of marine life. They even had a floating nature house with free events for kids on the weekends.
Ruthie outside the Galiano Soap Works Store where we found lots of treasure including nice smelling candles, body oils and -of course- beautiful hand made soaps!
The patio outside the Soapworks store. Just love patios with flowers.
Inside the main 'Market' the one store where you could get groceries on the island. It was so beautifully set up like an art gallery for fruits and vegetables. a joy to peruse.
Ruthie snuggled into the sandstone scupltures at Bell Park on the tip of the Island. So much fun climbing the rocks on the sea shore!
Our home for the week. Camp Deb & Ruthie. Snuggled in the trees with our campfire, clothelines, and tarp kitchen. Don't need much else.
Oddly enough this picture looks like a painting or as though it's been photshopped in some way. Truth is, I don't know how to use photoshop and it has not been altered at all. It was a really brilliant sunset that night and Ruthie and I were on our way to go enjoy it with some friends a Shell Beach - best place on Galiano Island to watch the sun set if you ask me. Anyways, we snapped this picture on our walk there and it had this etheral painterly feel at the time.
Tide up at Shell Beach. So many great memories of sun sets and wading around in the water. Looks tropical with the turquoise water!
Ruthie wading in the cool ocean water with her new little friend in the background.
Walking the peninsula near Montague Harbor campground on my birthday ( July 8th). This has, for the last many years, been my desired way to celebrate my birthday : on a hike in nature. Ruthie was off on a playdate with some new campground friends and I took an hour to just enjoy the trees, the path, the ocean and my own company.
Always have loved the sandstone strata geology in the Gulf Islands.
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.
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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