Thursday, March 29, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

Gads, I had been anticipating this day for so long, I actually missed it.

The day was yesterday.

It's been a year and one day since I started offering my work on the Internet, via eBay.

During that time, I've connected with collectors and artists from all over the world, won two awards, got my name in the paper, had my artwork installed as part of a city beautification project, and have been invited to do two shows.


Thanks to everyone for their support of my work. You were all a part of making this year a success, and continue to be integral in my development as an artist.

Take care,


Beholding beauty

I recently won at auction this gorgeous work of art from my friend and fellow artist, Michelle Wiebe.

You can find her blog, MW-ARTCO, near the top of my blog links on the right (and in several insightful comments throughout my own blog).

Should I even try to express the wonder I feel at seeing this piece in my home? It delights my heart and seeing the actual painting blows me away (it's an "ACEO," or Art Cards Editions & Originals, and has to measure 2.5" x 3.5". Yes, it's that small!) even more than the photograph, which inspired me to bid on this piece in the first place.

I'm no stranger to Michelle's art, and I've bid (and have been outbid, boo hoo) several times on her other paintings. I'm lucky to have won this one and will always treasure it. (Thank you, Michelle!)

Oh, and the packaging! My goodness. Every bit as detailed and attentive to beauty as her art.

Really, if any of you have found my blog or web site and are on the fence about buying original art, make a powerful choice in your life and bring original art in your life. Whether it's your own (yes!) or mine or another artist's, nothing compares to having unique and original art.

It is truly something to invite beauty into your world.

Take care,


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

New from Ivan Chan Studio! Reality is an Island in the Sea of Imagination SOLD

Reality is an Island in the Sea of Imagination SOLD
Oil on canvas, 24" x 24"

Please click the image to read the description, see detailed pics, and to purchase this tranquil work of art.

Little Beauties Art Cards: Meow & Zen, The Valley and I, From Nomad 2 Dervish, and Coup de Foudre

Please click on the images to see detailed pics of these wonderful, high quality art cards that are perfect for greetings and for framing!

All cards have the story of the painting on the back.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Sneak Preview! Swim

Usually, my sneak previews are small and low resolution (gotta maintain the mystery, after all), but this time, it's a little bigger because I want you to see it better.

I think the koi are doing something weird in this painting. Maybe it's just me and an allergy-induced hallucination. I've been sneezing up a storm and I'm sure I've lost a few brain cells in the process. The yerba mate tea I've been drinking all day is helping keep my wits about me, though. That or I'm just a wired twit right now.

Anyway, this is the first time I'm using iridescent turquoise and iridescent white; always hard to photograph. Those darn mica flakes, all glittery and stuff.

This is also the first time I'm using a paint that has a Caution Label on it. Normally, I only use non-toxic colors since I finger paint my work, but due to an error in product description from my art materials supplier, I ordered cobalt blue thinking it'd be okay. It wasn't and my supplier was gracious enough to give me a refund without requesting the two paint sticks back (it also wasn't cost efficient).

Now, you know me. I tinker with things that are left around me. I didn't know what to do with the two paint sticks--I couldn't just toss them; I thought about selling them or giving them to the local art store. It was suggested that I donate them to a school but um, the reason I didn't want to use them was because they're toxic!

I love blue. It's obvious. I love cobalt blue. So I've decided I'm going to use these paint sticks up and that's it. I wash my hands vigorously when I'm done (using latex gloves makes finger painting impossible--the friction is all wrong) and if any of you are working with toxic materials, please, PLEASE be careful. At a recent workshop I went to, the instructor told us about his friend who started to experience headaches and with a little detective work, found the root cause to be his friend using his palette knife to cut his bread.

Okay, duh. But it happens to the best of us, so please be aware of hazardous materials and your body, as well as the environment. Right, end of lecture!

The cobalt blue ended up being more purple to me than anything. Although it might be a trick of the light because now as I look at it, it looks like it's supposed to.

I probably should put the painting away to dry. The drying oil in the paint sticks isn't supposed to bother people, but it bothers me and I'm congested and wacky enough already without adding inhale-able side effects of art.

Take care,


Everyday Beauty! Breeze through traffic

See and You Shall Find

Out on a Limb

What's new at Everyday Beauty? Check out these stylin' new bumper stickers!

Click on the images to see larger pics, and click on the links to read details and purchase.

Please keep your eye on the What's New section to see what's new!

I been framed!

Through my friend, Brian Carr of Brian Carr Studio, I found a great online framing supply shop, Frames by Mail! They have an excellent web site where you can upload your own pictures to see which frame and mat suit it the best. (There on my Links page, for future reference!)

Not only that, but they offer a wide selection of Environmentally Responsible Products (labeled with the triangular recycle logo and the letters "ERP") that reduce waste and landfill material. The two framed prints you see here are a gorgeous 2" satin black made of this recycled material and will soon be up at The Silver Lining boutique in Santa Cruz, California, when my orders come in.

What's even better is their packaging! They specifically don't use bleached white paper products and make every effort again to reduce waste and to recycle.

It gets even better with their reasonable prices. The only thing left is for you to put the frame together, and that's purty darn easy.

It's wonderful when making art and inviting beauty into your life doesn't involve damaging the greater home in which we all live.

Take care,


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New from Ivan Chan Studio! Meow & Zen limited edition print SOLD OUT

Meow & Zen, limited edition print, 13" x 19" SOLD OUT

This limited edition print is sold out, but you can still see it in my gallery. For more Original Finger Paintings, limited edition prints, and collectible greeting cards, please visit my shop.
Ivan Chan Studio: Invite Beauty

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Upside down you're turnin' me

The 70's references don't stop.

I saw my work up at Mount Hermon and Glen Canyon--very cool! It's an unreal experience, that's for sure, to have my art become part of the cityscape (rural as it may be in comparison to some cities).

The interesting thing is, the image is upside down. I don't think it matters that much, and it obviously looked great to the person who was putting it up. I do say that my art, once out of my hands, is up to the viewer to interpret, right?

It's just too neat.

Take care,


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

See and you'll find it!

So somebody tells me this morning, "Hey, I saw your painting up on the utility box, it's beautiful!"

Waitaminute. They were supposed to do an unveiling ceremony and let the artists know, weren't they?

Word is, A Sign ASAP was so excited about the artwork, they put up the images the day after the award ceremony! (You can tell how often I drive down the road my art's displayed on--it's been up for almost two weeks.)

And there ya have it: See and You Shall Find is now available for your viewing pleasure in Scotts Valley, California, at the intersection of Mount Hermon Road and Glen Canyon. I'd have gone out there (attired properly in my disco outfit) and gotten myself photographed next to it, but it's a rainy day (finally) in this area and do you think I'm going to ruin my leather jacket that's survived since the 70's? Nuh-uh.

Anyway, there's supposed to be an unveiling still, and I'll let y'all know when that happens. A pic's coming regardless.


Monday, March 19, 2007

Isn't this beautiful?

I heard Robert Fanning's poem, "Crooked Wisdom," on the radio today being read by Garrison Keillor.

Garrison Keillor is best known for his work on the radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. It's one of my favorite shows, so when I heard his voice this morning, I tuned in and realized it was his other program, The Writer's Almanac.

Fanning's poetry is poignant and down-to-Earth, ironic without smirking, humorous without malice. "Crooked Wisdom" moved me, and I want to share it.

What is this thing, to be moved by beauty? I still don't understand it, but I don't suppose I need to.

Take care,


Sunday, March 18, 2007

Selected works at The Silver Lining

From March 19 (tomorrow) until April 30, you can see my paintings at The Silver Lining, a new boutique in beautiful Santa Cruz, California. Limited edition prints are also in the offing.

All exhibited work is available for purchase and the owner, Lara Swain, has asked that inquiries be directed to me (and you know where to find me, eh?).

Nothing quite beats seeing artwork live on the canvas! You can find the address and contact info for The Silver Lining on my web site.

To visit my gallery and read the respective description of each piece, please click the image.





'Mystical Buddha giclee on stretched canvas

Dharma Bodhisattva limited edition print


An article about the arts commission!

Check out my Awards and Articles section on my web site!

Scroll down, down, down and you'll see the link to the article about the arts commission, with the names of the artists and their works. (Note: There's an error in the prize amount.)

I've just varnished the original painting (the image has been digitally transferred onto vinyl, the original painting is still available as of this writing) and plans are for it to be exhibited at The Silver Lining in Santa Cruz, California, along with other selected works (guess where you'll hear about that first? That's right! Right here!).

Click the image to read the description in my gallery
See and You Shall Find, oil on canvas, 12" x 36"

Click the image to be taken to my gallery, where you can read the description!

Thanks to everyone for their support!

Take care,


Stained glass, woodworking, photography, oh my!

Hi all,

It's been quiet on this blog, I know--besides being busy, I got a minor case of food poisoning that started to make its presence felt Thursday morning and had me incapacitated by that afternoon. I spent the next two days recovering (and being a bit restless from resting all day, I got up and prepared several paintings that will be on display at a new boutique in Santa Cruz, California: The Silver Lining. More details when the details are settled--please check back here on my blog and of course, there's the Events section in my About page on my web site) and I'm pretty much back to normal. Mwa-ha-ha!

Anyway, while I'm still regaining my strength, I'd love to keep you guys busy by introducing you to an incredibly talented artist friend of mine--a real triple threat: he works in stained glass, fine woodworking, and photography! He's braving the online world with a new web site and gallery. I'm sure he'd be thrilled to have guests (as well as reciprocal links!).

Please go to my Links page to click on my link for him or hop on over directly to Brian Carr Studio and drop him a line saying hello.

Take care,


Click and feed the world!

I'm proud to feature a new link on my Links page (back on my web site)!

It's to The Hunger Site, and with a click of your mouse you can donate food--FOR FREE.

How good is that? Easier than spinning a prayer wheel, even! So go to my Links page and click!

Please also notice that there are tabs up top (and in the middle of the "thank you" page after you click) for other related sites that allow you to donate--again, FOR FREE--to other worthy causes such as breast cancer research and prevention, literacy, children's health, rainforest preservation, and animal rescue.

Even more important: Spread the word about these sites! The more people you tell, and the more people who click (daily!) the better. The good you do can have a huge ripple effect!

Check out the link here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Shake shake shake! Shake shake shake! Shake your camera!

Alright, alright, here's the blurry photo from the awards ceremony!

As you can see, my disco outfit is very much obscured by the enlarged painting. The city council members are sitting and looking at the television screen in the upper left corner (the meeting was broadcasted, but because we were presenting our art to the audience and videocamera, they couldn't see it unless they looked at the screen). Outside of the photo on the right were the arts commission members.

The artwork on both sides of me were beautiful and vibrant, made by artists of various ages and backgrounds. I didn't catch all their names, but as they're released, I'll post them here.

Take care,


Thursday, March 08, 2007

The night after

The award ceremony went well, although I admit to being crazy-nervous for some reason. That might explain the blurry picture my friend took of me--I was probably shaking like a chihuahua! (Actually, it was the low lighting in the city council chambers and possibly the camera setting I put the camera in. Oops.) So that was at least 10 seconds of my 15 minutes of fame--I was even on live (community) TV! Whoo hoo!

It was nice meeting the five other artists (one was absent) and seeing our work blown up to utility box size (See and You Shall Find is 48" high and proportionally wide!). The resolution was pretty good and we were all impressed with Paul Fuelling's work at A Sign ASAP. Thanks to all the sponsors, which included both private citizens and businesses such as A Sign ASAP and Lifestyles Real Estate (represented by Paul Locatelli). I've asked for a list of the sponsors so I can properly thank them here, so there will probably be more names coming.

Also fun was seeing the members of the Arts Commission. The chairperson was the mother of the young girl who was involved in an accident at the original future location of my artwork, Whispering Pines and Mount Hermon Road. She told the story of what happened to her daughter, and how the painting Stop and Smell the Roses was a way art could have an effect on the world around us. Her daughter sat near the back of the room, and it was wonderful seeing her smile shyly as her mother told the story.

That said, my artwork is slated for Glen Canyon and Mount Hermon, not Lockewood and Mount Hermon as I was told earlier. There are utility boxes of some sort on each side of this intersection, so I'm not sure which direction (they're placed diagonally) my artwork will face (welcoming or waving bye-bye). The location might change again, who knows--but as soon as I do, I'll let y'all know, too.

The unveiling of the art on the actual boxes will happen later. I'll keep you updated here on my blog. They'll probably have another ceremony, then, too.

Did I tell you guys I wore my disco outfit to the ceremony? I went to a 70's party in January and dang it if I'm not going to wear that outfit as often as I can, it cost me a sweet penny! I looked quite groovy, I must say. I also had to glue one of my shoes together, too--the sole had been falling off for some time but after applying some Shoe Goo and holding it together with binder clips, my shoe was almost as good as new.

Take care,


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

New from Ivan Chan Studio! The Valley and I

The Valley and I, oil on canvas, 24" x 30"

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

Scotts Valley Arts Commission award ceremony

See and You Shall Find, oil on canvas, 12" x 36"
(Click image to see painting details)

Tonight's the night! There will be an award ceremony for the seven artists whose works have won commissions from the City of Scotts Valley. Our art will be digitally transferred onto vinyl and on display for at least two years on traffic light boxes.

It feels great knowing that our art will make the city more beautiful, and give commuters some joy as they drive on the busy streets. When the subject of this kind of public art comes up, I often hear children talk about their favorite pieces, and some adults even talk about driving a particular route so they can see a specific image on their daily paths.

There is beauty when you look for it and sometimes, there's beauty placed before you.

I'm very grateful.

Take care,


Monday, March 05, 2007

Sneakiest Preview! How green grows my valley

So I thought about this painting all day and came back to it--neat to compare the previous version with this one.

I get frustrated by how slowly oil paint dries and how quickly acrylic paint dries, but in the end, I'm glad I have to step away from an image, so that I can see it better when I return.

Of course, I'm still not sure I'm done with this painting--but that's what fuels the next painting.

Take care,


Sneakier Preview! Hi ho

A little repositioning here and there from the sketch, and then repositioning even after I had painted something! One more quick lesson in different drying rates of different colors (cover up or wipe off depending on how dry the paint is when you get back to it).

Now to let it rest, so I can gain some perspective on it.

I need some rest, too.

Good night,


Sunday, March 04, 2007

Sneak Preview! In the valley

This is a sketch for a painting I just started--had a bit of painter's block when it came to this next painting because the subject required me to see past the surface of a city to its heart. Always a challenge with anything, or anyone.

I sought inspiration from Chagall and doodled this piece in my sketchbook with watercolor pencils, then went over the piece with water (that's why it kind of looks like colored pencils and watercolor).

I'm not sure how much I'll keep from this sketch in the final painting, but be assured you'll be kept updated on its progress here on my blog.

The next challenge for me is to use colors more expressively and emotionally. That's what I learn from studying Chagall's art, and that's where I'd like to take my art.

Take care,


Saturday, March 03, 2007

What's New at Everyday Beauty

Howdy all,

I've created a new section in my merchandise store, Everyday Beauty, called "What's New."

It showcases new items (what a concept)! So if you're curious about which work of art you can now wear, tote, or say good morning to on your coffee mug--that's the your first stop.