Thursday, June 26, 2008

Creativity is contagious

Arte y Pico Award

As hard as it gets being an artist, and for as many times as I've thought about quitting, something always keeps me coming back.

It could be an idea that just has to be expressed, or something beautiful that must be shared, or the thought that my keeping on helps keep (and start) others on. To inspire others is part of what an artist gives back to the world.

The bloggers at Arte y Pico (this is a Spanish language blog, so if you don't read Spanish, get your Internet translators ready) created the Arte y Pico Award to honor artists who create, design, and inspire regardless of language or culture. It's an international award for a global community of artist-bloggers, acknowledging that what we create helps make the world a finer place.

I have the honor of giving this award to five of my peers, and was myself awarded by Heather of Bad! Kitty Art Studio. Thank you!

Here are the rules for the Arte y Pico Award:

1) Award five blogs that contribute to the blogging community through creativity, design, and interesting material, regardless of language.

2) Name each of the five blog authors and provide a link to his or her blog.

3) Award recipients must show the Arte y Pico Award image and the name of the award-giving blog author, as well as the award-giving blog author's blog link.

4) Award recipients must provide a link to the Arte y Pico blog.

5) Award recipients must show these rules.

Here are my five choices for the Arte y Pico Award!

Michelle Wiebe
Michelle is a constant inspiration to me. She's crazy-talented and raises a family of three kids with her husband on top of making gorgeous art!

Deb Company
Deb is one of the most generous artists out there, with expressive artwork that celebrates freedom and creativity. Check out her YouTube videos!

Gail Schmidt
Gail creates beautiful pieces through collage and altered art. Her work is dreamy and romantic, warm and soft like a sweet summer day.

Jessica Torrant
Jessica is another talented painter and design queen! I love the liveliness and quirkiness of her art. Watching her paint through video is an added treat!

Baiko & JW
I feel such peace when I see Baiko and JW's ethereal photographs of their sublime ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) sculptures. Go and see for yourself.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Everyday Beauty: Flower Power

Save a tree and spread flower power with these beautiful totes! Printed with images from my Flower Series, each reproduction of an Original Finger Painting has its story on the other side of the bag.

Please click on the images to learn more about each bag, or visit the Spotlight! section of Everyday Beauty.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Spotlight on If Only from my Merman Series

If Only, oil on canvas, 24" x 30"
Finger painted

This Original Finger Painting is no longer available but can still be viewed in my gallery.

Please visit my shop to see available artwork!

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New Little Beauties Art Cards

Please click on an image to see its individual listing!

Each image is its own set of 10 cards & envelopes.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Still recovering

I'm still in the process of recovering from the Heaven & Earth art show, and appreciate everybody's patience with the photographs--they're out there, I'm just collecting them from several sources so it will be a while before I have a nice set to show.

You might also have noticed that I've been slower to create and show new paintings, but be assured that they're coming. Soon, I'll also have new Little Beauties Art Cards as well as Everyday Beauty items ready!

In the meantime, I've been swooning over a couple of viewings of the movie, The Fall, by Tarsem Singh. It's gotten mixed reviews, much like The Fountain, but again what draws me to this film (and what I think is the source for the negative criticism) is that this is poetry, not prose. It is not superficial, vain, or empty to present beautiful images--moving or still--that haunt emotionally without the crutch of a narrative or plot.

If you see The Fall, see it for what it is, not for what you (or the critics) wished it would be. See it if you've ever had a truly broken heart, and if that broken heart bled.


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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Radio interview ARCHIVED!

So I say "yeah" and "so" and "uh-huh" and "stuff" a lot. Way too much. But it was still a great interview, my first on the radio!

If you missed the live show, you can now find a link to the interview in the Awards & Articles section of my web site, under News.

Many thanks to The R. Duck Show for inviting me to talk about my last art show, Heaven & Earth, and for archiving our interview at

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

New from Ivan Chan Studio! Bad Rabbit NFS

Bad Rabbit, oil and acrylic on canvas, 12" x 16"
Finger painted

Please click on the image to read the description and see a larger version in my gallery.

Ivan Chan Studio: Invite Beauty

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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Sneak Preview! Chasing the White Rabbit

Some images pop into my head for better or worse.

This one has evolved from being a rabbit skeleton (which I may still paint one day) to being a fluffy white bunny. And yes, it's smoking.

I have this thing about smoking--I don't put it into any of my fiction work and before this painting, I didn't put it into my art. It's not that it's not appropriate sometimes, but I figure the tobacco industry is marketing enough--and especially to young people--that it doesn't need my unintentional help.

Yet, this image came and it stayed and I feel like I have to be true to it, so I painted it. My mind was probably playing a word and image game with me, like "bad habits die hard" became "bad rabbits die hard."

I don't think smoking makes a bunny bad (or tough or cool), but somehow, a smoking bunny is kind of sinister, don't you think? All cuddly and puffing away. Maybe it's after sex (you know how rabbits are) or maybe the rabbit is stressed.

I don't know. I'm just the messenger.

This Original Finger Painting will be available soon. I've been reading Rumi's mystical poetry again and I have some images inspired from his work that I'll be sharing in the coming days.

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Of Art & Food: New Art Show at Pacific Thai Santa Cruz!

For more information about my new art show at Pacific Thai Santa Cruz, please visit my Events section.

Selected works (click on the pics to see larger images in my gallery) include:


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