Saturday, October 28, 2006

I blame HGTV

Whoo hoo! I redesigned the layout of my web site, ivanchan.com.

There's a new slideshow of all new and available work that's snazzier than the previous one, courtesy of Slide.com. It's a fun site (recommended by fellow artist Joan) and a great way to organize your images to share with friends, families, and of course, cool customers and web site visitors! Yeah! (You can also seamlessly integrate it--for free--into your MySpace profile.)

I do love this nifty slideshow and hope you'll enjoy it, too. Check it out, and the updates on ivanchan.com, as soon as you get the chance!

Oh, and I've added a new button up top for my prints--click on it and be taken directly to my online store's section of available high-quality limited and open edition prints. It's easy, and it's what the gifting season ordered.

Invite Beauty,

I.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Being Koi

From Koi to Eternity, oil on canvas, 24" x 36" triptych

Remember those weeks where I didn't have much new work available? I was busy with this commissioned piece.
My bio exposes my predilection towards figures and objects that are bigger than the canvas area--they continue in the imagination of the viewer. This triptych appears to break that pattern, but what you don't see are the gallery-wrapped sides (1.5" deep) of each canvas--they're painted the same iridescent blue that's on the main picture plane. What continues off the canvas this time is color itself, and what meanings and concepts that color can symbolize and hold in its pigment. (I think of Yves Klein's [French artist, 1928-1962] work with his copyrighted and patented International Klein Blue.)
Another thing to notice is that orientation doesn't matter with this triptych, or three-part painting. If my math were better, I'd tell you how many permutations in terms of arranging the panels you could do--but since my math isn't great, it will suffice to say you can mix and match the three panels like Lego pieces, up, down, vertical, horizontal, etc.
Fun, versatile, and deep.
My gratitude for the commission!
Invite Beauty,
I.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Sneak Preview! Purring Nirvana

I'm thinking a series is in order, due to my penchant for blue cats.

This as-yet-untitled piece came from my love of blue and desire to play more with turquoise; a commissioned triptych (a painting in three parts) allowed me to experiment with turquoise and red (electric!).

In this new painting, I'm using it like the Buddhist artists of yore did, as part of a halo rimmed with gold. I like the effect so far, but you know me--let a piece sit with me for any length of time and I'll mess with it.

The iridescent brown in the background, which fades as it reaches the top, also provides a nice and unexpected sparkle when viewing the painting, at first looking like wood, and at another glance, a piece of silk.

Here's to shimmers, and the world at which they hint.

Ivan Chan Studio: Invite Beauty

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Artists' Choice Award 2006

Wow. I found out recently that I've been nominated for an Artists' Choice Award (ACA) in the category of "Inspirational/Spiritual/Religious - Best"!

This prestigious award is given to self-representing artists who are members of eBay, and the winners are chosen by qualifying artists in the ACA Committee.

Directly from the title of the ACA blog: "THE annual event of the eBay art world! The Artists' Choice Awards are just that - eBay artists nominating and voting for their top few favorite eBay artists. eBay is a huge art venue, with thousands of artists listing their work, and tens of thousands of individual listings on any given day."

To be noticed and nominated amidst the plethora of talented artists is just an incredbile honor!

Thanks to everyone, and best of luck to all!

Take care,

I.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

New from Ivan Chan Studio! Coup de Foudre

Coup de Foudre, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24"

Please click the image to read the description, see detailed pics, and to bid on this powerful piece.

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Sneak Preview! Struck


For sure I'm calling this piece, Coup de Foudre (koo duh foodr), which literally means "stroke of lightning."

It's a French idiom for what we would express in English as "a bolt out of the blue" or "love at first sight."

You get the point.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

New from Ivan Chan Studio! Portrait of a Hippo Art Cards

Portrait of a Hippo, 5" x 7", set of 10 cards & 10 envelopes
Please click on the above images to read their respective descriptions, see detailed pics, and to purchase your own set.


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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Options for shoppin'

I have a shop over at Etsy that some of you may prefer--no auctions, just straightforward listings of what you can purchase from Ivan Chan Studio.

Etsy's a great site--it's full of friendly people, both buying and selling, and their focus is on handmade stuff. Handmade stuff! If you're reading Insight and buying original art, you're someone who wants a real connection to the person who created the beautiful work you're inviting into your life.

Essentially, Etsy is an old-fashioned market, a bazaar--a place where you can meet the basketweaver, jewelrymaker, artist, and more--in one thriving place. And the prices aren't bad, either!

As the Industrial Age gives way to the Information Age, we struggle against further isolation and alienation. One age subdued the body (ever wonder about the correlation between coffee and the work day, or nuclear family structures?), this new one threatens to subdue our minds.

Be careful what you let in, and look for things truly and deeply touched by another fellow being. When you hold one of my paintings, that's a part of me--and I'm reaching out to you, too.

(I just ordered a couple of faboo soaps from Halflyng's shop on Etsy--custom made for me in a massager shape and hemp-based; one scented with frangipani and the other with Hawaiian ginger. Isn't that just wonderful?)

So check out my Etsy shop, also aptly named Ivan Chan Studio--and take in the sights and smells of verdant creativity.

Best,

I.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Revealing Beauty

Here Kitty from the Serenity set

The first set, Serenity, in my new line of art cards, Little Beauties, is available! Click on the image to see pics of each of the cards and to purchase your set.

In my online shop, I've created a separate category just for these high quality prints, so you can zoom right in on them.

Lastly, she's modest, but I've got to give credit where credit is due. April, who chose the images for the Serenity set, also came up with the name Little Beauties. I am so grateful for you, April!

Okay, that was next to lastly. This is lastly: the next couple of sets are in the works. Look for a collection of mermen and bodhisattvas coming your way and as always, keep your eye on Ivan Chan Studio: Insight for the latest news and previews.

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Serenity now! (Well, in a bit.)

April's Serenity set

This has been yet another week of challenges to my well-laid plans.
For those of you who have been eagerly, yet patiently, waiting for Little Beauties, my line of greeting, note-, and post-cards--the first set is here and awaiting one last detail.
The handmade wrapping paper has been chosen--a burning scarlet with gold ginko leaf designs stamped on it. A treasure in and of itself, I intend to secure it with green raffia--which leads me to that detail I mentioned above: packaging.
I'm thinking USPS's flat-rate priority boxes will do the trick. They're large enough to fit more than one set of cards (which consists of 10 cards and 10 envelopes), and because it's a flat rate, there's no increase in shipping fees! How cool is that?
However, because I'm such a stickler for truth, I need a box to see how many sets I can put in, accommodating for the bubble wrapping around each set for added protection (these are art cards, after all--collectible, give-able, and stare-able), and how well it can stand my test for quality packaging (not for the lighthearted!). If it can't take the heat (or kicking and throwing), the search is on for something that can (while still giving you guys a break on shipping; I'll do my best).
So all this amounts to a huge apology for not having Little Beauties ready when I thought it would be, with the hope that my attention to detail as the cause for delay will assuage any annoyance!
When Serenity, the first set in the Little Beauties line is ready, I'll announce it here, and it'll be available through my shop.
Thank you all for your patience, and a special thanks to April for choosing the five works to be included in the Serenity set (which she got to name, too!).
Take care,
I.



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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

New from Ivan Chan Studio! Full Circle

Full Circle, oil on canvas, 20" x 20"

Please click on the image to read the description, see detailed pics, and to bid on this sweeping painting.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Sneak Preview! Full circle


The season is turning and I'm in a harvesty mood.

There's certainly a lot to harvest, with spring in my heart--so there are the ephemeral and reawakened cherry blossoms, both real and imagined in white, pink, turquoise, and red--flowing in an endless ring.

I'm happy.

I.

Monday, October 02, 2006

New from Ivan Chan Studio! Constellation

Constellation, oil on canvas, 20" x 30"
Please click on the image to read the description, see detailed pics, and to bid on this abstract work.