Saturday, September 29, 2007

Sneak Preview! Three orange tulips

The simplicity of my latest paintings startle me, but I think simplicity--and emptiness--have something to teach us about how we experience the world.

Is more better? Can we delight in a single flower, or must it be a bouquet? When was the last time you touched a rose petal or had the opportunity to hold the hand of a newborn?

Some things deserve our undivided attention. Rather, we must give our undivided attention to certain things if we're to know ourselves better. There's a world outside of the chattering jungle of our heads, and it's a world that threatens to bring us peace through interconnectedness.


I.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New from Ivan Chan Studio! Iris NFS

Iris, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20"
Finger painted

Please click on the image to read the description of this Original Finger Painting.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sneak Preview! Irises

The iris is a plant that never fails to stop me in my tracks. From the calligraphic swash of leaves to the fluttering handkerchief of brilliant color when it blooms, it's a marvelous flower to behold.

Here, I've finger painted it against a simple golden background, highlighting it as a portrait in strength and elegance. No wonder the kings of France adopted it as their symbol, the fleur-de-lys.

Second in what may become a series, please also enjoy a painting of tulips, renamed from Five Tulips to A Garden Elsewhere.

Ivan Chan Studio: Invite Beauty

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New from Ivan Chan Studio! A Garden Elsewhere NFS

A Garden Elsewhere, oil and acrylic on canvas, 20" x 16"
Finger painted

Please click on the image to read the description of this Original Finger Painting.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sneak Preview! Tulips

This painting is a distillation of tulips from their field of green leaves.

Floating on a background of gold, the idea was suggested by how simple and beautiful the sneak previews of my last painting, The Flower of Compassion Sows Gardens, were when I only sent tightly cropped photos of the iris and tulips on the golden ground color (before I had painted the background) to my newsletter subscribers (see what you get when you subscribe? That plus specials like discounted shipping and other goodies!).

I enjoy the elegant aesthetic of sketches and minimalist art, and have heard likewise from subscribers. I look forward to making some paintings, probably florals, in this style.

Perhaps a reaction to the details present in The Flower of Compassion, but my art confesses a strive for balance.

A friend of mine may recognize these tulips from a trip we took to Butchart Gardens three, almost four, years ago! (And some of you long-time readers may recognize an earlier acrylic sketch of these same tulips.)

I.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The Tangerines Flew and the Boy Dreamt

I attended Balance 4 Kids' annual fundraiser, Bids for Kids II and had a delightful time. Robert Strong, "The Comedy Magician," performed a hilarious show and was an excellent auctioneer. I'm looking for photos from the event so I can post them here and share them with you!

Besides being honored as the featured artist, with my painting used on the invitations and event guides, Vicky George (one of Balance 4 Kids' founders) let me know that the entire program's design was inspired and based off of my painting, Flying Tangerines with the Stars as Blossoms! Although she claims the pleasure was all hers, I have to say, this is one of the highest compliments I've ever received for my art.

I have to confess, it's taken me a while to conclude that art matters in the world. Perhaps a funny thing for an artist to say, but I was raised a pragmatist and, not unlike so many other squelched artists, was told that art wasn't important and that I had better do something useful or practical if I planned on surviving.

I'm so glad I'm over that. It's high time I get unreasonable and impractical, especially if that means being true to myself and what I wish to share with the world. (I'm no longer under the illusion that I can change the world, but I certainly can make my offering to it.) I highly recommend it. Besides, being reasonable and practical hasn't gotten me where I want to be (although I think hitting rock bottom is a blessing of which almost everyone could benefit).

This isn't to say we should all quit our jobs or abandon the people who need us--but like the ants in the fable, preparing for a change of season is in our best interest.

Lastly, I'm looking forward to a special charity auction for Balance 4 Kids on eBay. It will be with a highly limited edition print of a painting--to be revealed later.

Keep your eye on Insight!

Take care,

I.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

New from Ivan Chan Studio! Little Beauties: Koi Series set

Little Beauties Art Cards: Koi Series set
Ten 5" x 7" cards & envelopes
Five original images from Ivan Chan Studio's Koi Series

Please click on the image to read the description, see detailed pics, and to purchase the latest collectible set of Little Beauties Art Cards from Ivan Chan Studio.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Bids for Kids II 2007

I have the great honor of being the featured artist at this year's Bids for Kids, an annual fundraising auction for the Balance Foundation.

The painting at left, Flying Tangerines with the Stars as Blossoms, is on the invitation and Balance's web site. Another painting, Dreaming Boy, is also up for auction to help benefit children with special needs.

To find out when the event is and more, please visit the Events section of my web site under News!

Take care,

I.