Thursday, August 28, 2008

Spotlight on Little Beauties Art Cards: There Is No Other

Little Beauties: There Is No Other
Ten 5" x 7" cards & envelopes

Please click on the image to see detailed pics, read the description, and to buy this collectible card set!



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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What's up with those gay mermaids?

It's the night of the exhibit, Art Show at The 'Loop, and I'm out with my mother, brother, and five of my brother's friends for dinner at a Japanese restaurant.

"Did you guys have a chance to check out any of the artists?" my brother asks his friends.

"Yeah," says his friend sitting next to me. "But all I remember is one with a bunch of gay mermaids."

I raise my hand. "Uh, that would be mine."

We all have a good laugh and I think to myself how funny it is that people will pick up on something about you, or that you do, and then you become "that guy." It reminds me of the promotions for Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (I loved that movie), where one of the jokes was, "starring that Asian guy (from American Pie)."

Race, when it's visible, is a characteristic easily picked out, like covers on books (which, if you're not supposed to judge a book by, why do they go through the effort of making them attractive?). Essentially, anything different--or that you wish were different--from you, you'll notice (and assess whether it's a friend or foe).

So the guy sitting next to me noticed the gay mermaids.

What's interesting is that first of all, they're not mermaids. They're mermen. But why isn't that word in his vocabulary?

If you think about why, then you'll know one reason why I paint mermen, and also have a sense of what I think about objectification, the female body in art, and the male body in art.

What, politics in my fantasy artwork?!

Well, yeah.

I love art that can be read at multiple levels. It makes it fun. It's no accident that I created Yeti and Sasquatch during the 2008 Olympics when there's so much animosity and self-righteousness between China and the U.S., using not only traditional and complementary Eastern and Western themes and styles, but also naming the pieces in the languages of two indigenous and oppressed peoples in both countries.

And yes, they're furry and adorable (at least I think so), kid-friendly, and will probably match your decor, too.

So what's up with those gay mermaids? You tell me. If you think art is an answer, you may fight or accept it. If you think art poses questions, then you'll think.

Isn't this why when dictatorships take over countries, they kill and jail the artists and writers?

Invite Beauty,

I.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Artist Reception @ Pacific Thai Santa Cruz




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And the Yeti Goes On...

Do you love the Yeti?

Maybe not as much as this guy Henry, who writes the informative and delightful I Love the Yeti blog!

A collector sent me the link and I loved exploring his blog, which dealt with the Yeti in history and pop culture, as well as artist interpretations from the 60's to the present (he's also in love with a new species of hairy-legged, long-clawed crabs, Kiwa hirsuta, also known as "yeti crabs").

He jokes at one point that the Yeti has to be popular because he never lacks for Yeti stuff to blog about! I sent him a link to my Original Finger Paintings, Yeti and Sasquatch (but he doesn't write about Sasquatch), to prove him right. (He's featuring my Yeti today!)

Please visit I Love the Yeti and wander around this fabulous blog about one of the coolest (no pun intended) creatures ever.

Invite Beauty,

I.

I Taw I Taw a Putty Tat!

Famous words from one famous Tweetie Bird!

Tweets are also what those messages are called in Twitter, an application that can be placed on blogs (check out my "In the Studio" section to your right--scroll down a bit), social networking sites, and web sites.

Twitter allows people to connect with each other through what's being called "micro-blogging"--itsy bitsy news flashes about what people want to share--what they're seeing, feeling, thinking, promoting, etc. You're only allowed 140 characters in a tweet, so it really focuses your message.

What's fascinating is the cultural effect it's having. Besides generating "Twitter haiku" (Twitterers are poets that didn't know it) and one-liners from comedians (brevity being the soul of wit and all), it's also changing the way we connect with people according to a feature I heard on NPR last night.

What does it mean to make friends because you're curious about what they're doing (in 140 characters or less), and to have communication based on these telegraphic tweets?

It's fun for me to keep readers, collectors, and fans up-to-date of what's going on in my studio or in my head (sometimes they're the same place) through Twitter. The app was also designed to be used on mobile phones (through texting), a function that I added a couple of hours ago.

Now I can tweet anywhere I go, which is eerily work-compulsive (I prefer that to "workaholic" because that word is so poorly conceived in its etymology I find it irritating), but hey, the world outside of my studio (and head) can be pretty neat--and it's my job as an artist to bring it to you.

So follow me on Twitter already!

I.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

All Clucked Up! Holy Chicken large limited edition print

Holy Chicken, limited edition print (3)
Stretched canvas on giclee

I think chickens are beautiful. People make fun of the sacred cows of India but when you think about the cow and all that it gives of its body, why the heck would anybody in his or her right mind kill a cow and eat it? It's like breaking the neck of the goose that laid the golden eggs!

The above stretched canvas giclee, or high quality print, is reproduced from an Original Finger Painting I made for my friend Judy, who absolutely adores chickens. She practically starts speaking in tongues when she talks about chickens. I'm probably in danger of that, too, so I'll just let the picture above do the talking--or clucking. Enjoy!



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These are the days

I was going to start my next painting for a dear family friend, Auntie Gina. She has a lovely and fluffy white cat that she'd appreciate being the subject of a portrait. I'm honored and happy to oblige although right now, I'm pretty beat from my eight-hour drive yesterday (coming back from Art Show at The 'Loop).

So I'm lazing around today and napping. Santa Cruz is good for that--it's generally a sleepy little beach town, especially when compared to the (exciting) hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. I admit, I do dream about moving back there every now and then--or to San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, or Paris--but the Big City Life would probably drive me nuts and make me wonder if the incredible food, great design, and fascinating people would be worth the traffic, smog, and crime. It apparently isn't since I keep coming back to Santa Cruz, right?

But there are days.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

New at Everyday Beauty: Roar!

Y'all know I love magnets.

To celebrate my new Monster Series and the success of last night's Art Show at The 'Loop, I've created magnets of my Yeti and Sasquatch Original Finger Paintings! I've also created a Something Tiki This Way Comes: Moai magnet for tiki fans (I haven't forgotten you).

Please visit Ivan Chan Studio: Everyday Beauty for other great gift ideas and to see what's in the Spotlight!





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Friday, August 22, 2008

Life coinciding with art

On my way down to Southern California, I decided to call a good friend who lives in Las Vegas. We've known each other since college and she's been there for me during some pretty rough times in my life. A wonderful person, her family has also welcomed me during the holidays for some delicious and fun festivities!

So we were thrilled when we found out that we were both going to be in Southern California at the same time! I was probably the more excited, because my friend had just given birth a few months ago and now I had the opportunity to see her baby.

We agreed to meet at The Huntington and it was beautiful there--the last time I was at the Huntington, they were still building the Conservatory and I don't even remember plans for a Chinese garden! But they were completed and what a treat. The Conservatory actually housed rainforest, cloud, and bog habitat exhibits that won the grand prize in 2007 for American museum exhibits.

Along for the stroll was my friend's mother, whom I always enjoy seeing. We talked about psychology (she was a psychologist before becoming a kindergarten teacher), art, life in general. Wonderful conversation for a lovely afternoon!

When we entered the Chinese garden, or Garden of Flowing Fragrance (its official name), I was delighted to see a scene similar to one I had painted earlier!

That's a maple in the foreground.



A Buddha in Your Garden, mixed media on canvas, 18" x 36"

In a Chinese garden, multiple views of the garden are framed by doorways such as the moon gate or by ornately carved window frames. It's a kaleidoscope effect, seeing a single garden through various perspectives, which also promotes relaxation and contemplation.

Of course, being the philosophical type, I wondered what framed our view on life or take on certain experiences--and what would happen if we were to shift and look at the same scene for a while, through a different lens.

Hm.


I.


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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Quenching a good thirst

I was supposed to meet a friend today at Soif (now open for lunch) but she spaced it!

It's alright. She has a lot on her mind lately and I understand. I only missed her company today, though, because I went ahead and had a delicious lunch by myself.

When I had finished my meal (a jamon serrano with black mission figs panino--an Italian grilled sandwich often mistakenly called by its plural, panini, when in singular form), I realized that I had wanted to take a picture of it first before I ate it so I could share it on my blog!

However, I'm not in the habit of carrying a camera and I don't use the one on my phone regularly. I generally do my best to remember everything on my own--memories being the ultimate souvenir--because when I take a picture, I feel like it removes me from the experience.

Of course, that's silly. My Towers-of-Babel-high books of photographs--of food and especially of interior design--attest to the fact that I love pictures and find them a wonderful way to share an experience.

Like the panino I wanted to share with you. Oops.

Anyway, it was delicious. Crunchy, salty, sweet, and chewy. The little olives and pickles (I know there's a name for those baby pickle-things) also added a pop of flavor and tartness to the experience. I finished three glasses of iced tea and was sated. (Yeah, I go into a wine bar and don't have wine.)

It's the second time I've had this sandwich. The first time, my friend Judy (of Cornucopia Real Estate) had taken me to lunch when Soif first began opening for that midday meal. I've been craving it ever since (the last two months?).

I did have dinner at Soif in the interim with another friend, but seriously love their lunch menu more (which, although hefty, is still easier on the wallet).

After my lunch, I went over to their retail section and bought an organic, biodynamically created wine--Domaine Monpertuis Cuvee Counoise Vin de Pays du Gard (2005)--for tonight's dinner with some friends. Reasonably priced ($13.50 but can be found for less) for a limited edition artisan wine and great for the environment!

I'm not a wine connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, but I like what I like and I'm willing to learn (the clerk added me to their mailing list and, after taking the information from my business card, went straight to my web site to see more of my art! Nice).

A friend of mine told me that people feel about art much the same way they feel about wine, and I've heard it enough times, too: "I don't know anything about art...so I don't know if it's...I don't know...good?"

Hell, it's good if you like it and that's that in my book. You can always see more if you learn more about art, especially if you're truly interested. Otherwise, go ahead, have an opinion and be done with it. Or don't, because it doesn't interest you enough to have an opinion!

Wine and art snobbery aside, I stopped by Chaikhana (a tea shop) to see if anybody knew how much a piece of antique Oriental furniture cost over at The Empty Boat (their tea salon). Nobody did and apparently the furniture's dealer was hard to track down, so I'm left to my own fortune to find him and hope for the best.

I was invited to have some pu-erh tea with Barry, who served as tea master at my art show, Heaven & Earth, back on the eve of June. It was delicious and refreshing, and it's one of my favorite teas. Said to lower cholesterol and taste of dirt to newbies, it's really an incredible beverage that I'll never turn down (and it doesn't taste like dirt to me--ask me what I think of fancy cheeses, though, and you won't get such a polite answer).

At Chaikhana, I also had the good luck of meeting an anthropologist named Brian who studies pu-erh and its sociopolitical importance. What a great conversation and learning experience! He travels to China regularly, the Yunnan province specifically, and shared some philosophical and theoretical thoughts with Barry and me as we sipped the tea he brought in (pu-erh aged in bamboo). I think this is what cafes used to be like.

I hope he's there the next time I drop by, as I did have to leave to get back to work. I've got a lot to do to prepare for the coming week when I'll be gone from my studio and traveling to Southern California for Art at The 'Loop. If you can come to the art show, please do and say hello!

Invite Beauty,

I.

A rumble in my gallery

Today I spent several hours reorganizing, streamlining, and updating my gallery.

I've gotten rid of the Mythology, Religion, and Spirit collection/category that existed in both my
gallery and shop. Part of the reason was the duplication of a Buddhist and Buddhist Series category, and part of it was because the longer I paint, the more I understand what I like to paint--and rather than relegate Greek mythology-themed paintings to a Greek mythology-themed category, I thought it more appropriate to acknowledge it as the Greek Series and make it one of my ongoing series.

Same goes for work that meditates on Biblical (as in, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) themes. It's now my
Biblical Series.

What's not a series or category were all Original Finger Paintings categorized as First Nations inspired. I found that creating a
Bird Series better matched and clarified my interest there, and my preexisting Tiki Series already cohesively held my iterations on Oceanic indigenous art.

As for new creations, I've made a
Monster Series because I feel it's a juicy theme for me to explore, ever since I busted open with Yeti and Sasquatch. Yay for monsters and the misunderstood!

Please visit and enjoy!

Invite Beauty,

I.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Details of Evening Star

To see the full image of this Original Finger Painting, please visit my gallery.

Close up of face
Close up of yellow butterflies
Close up of oriental poppies
Close up of bottom of painting
To see the full image of this Original Finger Painting, please visit my gallery.


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Monday, August 11, 2008

Sneak Preview! Everyday goddess

I've been meaning to get to this next painting for a couple of weeks now, so it was satisfying to work for several hours and get things started. Next comes the background (yes, I work backwards).

Well, maybe satisfying is overstating it. Can I just complain one more time about how hard it is to finger paint sometimes?

Human features are the hardest. It's mostly because we're so tuned into a human face, if something's a little off, we notice it. Painting a human face also becomes an exercise in trying to imitate (on a flat canvas) how we see, not the actual thing we're seeing. Our brains fill in a lot of the details. What I try to capture is light and shapes; it only looks like a face or a figure, but all that is illusion.

This painting is based off of a photograph of a friend's friend's daughter. She looked like such a classic Renaissance goddess I thought I'd paint her as one. I love the roundness of her face, the mystery behind her smile, and the sweep of her hair.

Anyway, that's it for tonight. I have to make a decision about whether I'll be attending Art at the 'Loop, where my paintings Yeti and Sasquatch will be shown. It'd be fun, but my back isn't thrilled at the prospect of a long drive.

More exhaustive thinking.

I.


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Friday, August 08, 2008

Dharma where Dharma is Due

The writing on this Japanese scroll painting of Bodhidharma by Hakuin Ekaku reads, "Zen points directly to the human heart, see into your nature and become Buddha."

Bodhidharma, also known as Da Mo in China or Daruma in Japan, was an Indian monk who traveled to China and taught Chan Buddhism, which later spread to Japan and was called Zen.

He's considered the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism and his origins are shrouded in the proverbial legends that inevitably spring up around anybody who starts doing something that other people discredit themselves from being able to do, or find difficult to do.

Regardless of deification, he's an image I find infinitely fascinating, and enjoy seeing the many interpretations of him throughout China and Japan. Most recently, at the Takashi Murakami exhibit in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, I saw a huge painting of this fierce teacher and was struck by how much I wanted to paint him one day. Definitely will be part of my Buddhist Series.

Anyway, as I painted the Yeti and Sasquatch, I realized--specifically with the Yeti painting and then later with the Sasquatch one--that I was incorporating aspects of Bodhidharma depictions into them.

Yay!

Perhaps that's why I like these two Original Finger Paintings so much. And maybe there will be more.

'Nuff said. It's time to show off the pictures!

Invite Beauty,

I.



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How do you feel about that?

Vincent's Bedroom at Arles, by Vincent van Gogh

I found out yesterday that I was accepted into the master's program in counseling psychology at John F. Kennedy University.

Hm.

Not sure how I feel about it. A part of me is glad that this part of the hoop-jumping is finished. It would be something to pursue this degree--it's been my bent and nature for most of my life.

However, as a reader and friends have told me, "just because you're good at something doesn't mean you should do it for a living." Wise words. There are a lot of things I'm good at that I don't feel particularly drawn to do professionally and even for myself (cooking).

Now, to disentangle myself from old dreams implanted by a childhood of meeting the emotional needs of others and figuring out what I want.

Granted, there's a curiosity factor for being a psychotherapist. I've explored many careers for the hell of it. This partially comes from the dictum to writers to get as much life experience as possible, and I didn't want to leave jobs out--something we do technically for a quarter of our day but somehow takes up our whole lives if we're not careful (or are seduced); something that can define us at a cocktail party or betray our sense of self at retirement.

This phase of my life--going on two years now--I've turned away from words (mostly) to dive into the visual world. Wordless experience. Aesthetics.

Not that words aren't beautiful, but I wanted out of my head and into my heart, and pictures were the most direct route.

I remember when I rented a cottage several years ago and was given free rein over the interior. I could paint and furnish it however I liked. But I didn't. I couldn't.

Sure, I tested colors on gorgeously rustic salvaged doors and window frames, but I never went ahead and painted any of them (maybe one door). I fought with myself from making a mark on a world I felt uncomfortable and didn't belong in, and told myself that decoration was superficial and unnecessary (especially for someone like me, who intellectualized everything).

My furniture was similarly stark and practical (boring). I couldn't see myself spending money--a way we show value in a capitalist, material-oriented culture (not that this is a bad thing, it's just how we show value)--on anything nice because I thought that would be wasteful.

It was a dark, hungry period for me that I've alluded to in the old bio on my web site. Creative anorexia. I thought it was spiritual and in some ways, it did develop me spiritually and philosophically, but it left my body starving--I wanted to taste, smell, hear, see, and touch and I wouldn't do it.

When I finally decided to make art--when I felt that my other choices and explorations had been exhausted, when I awoke one day realizing that I had spent my time encouraging and coaching others to achieve their dreams but left mine in a shoebox--it was difficult. After a serious fast--or famine--you never just stuff your face with food. You work your way up to a feast but you have to begin with nibbles and water first.

I'm constantly challenging myself with my art because it's what I'm choosing to work with right now. I prefer pencil and charcoal, but I decided to start painting and using colors when I officially began my career as an artist. It's because of the last two years that I can even consider painting walls a different color, or understand what colors work well together.

Being an artist was breaking the shell so I could make a tasty omelette out of my life.

So what's next? I would love the tools of a psychotherapist to help me listen better, to delve into my art deeper, and to offer something directly back while understanding myself better. I would also love to consider a profession in the interior design field--perhaps not just as a designer, but maybe as a journalist, blogger, photographer, draftsperson, artist...so that I can be a part of what irrationally and inexplicably brings me joy.

More later,

I.



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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Sneak Preview! And heeeere's Bigfoot

I think our cultural references say a lot. An older generation may see the cryptozoological specimen known as "Bigfoot" or "Sasquatch" in my newest Original Finger Painting and a younger generation probably sees...a Wookiee.

That's right. For the non-geek speakers out there, a Wookiee is the species to which Chewbacca from Star Wars belongs.

The truth is, Bigfoot came first. Same with the Abominable Snowman (which also figures in Star Wars when Luke Skywalker is almost eaten by one on the planet Hoth). George Lucas (and certainly Joseph Campbell, the mythologist, advising) created his characters based on the beings that have always surrounded us and it's a powerful thing that his creations have usurped the place of the originals in our cultural landscape.

So I did what I could to make my vision of Sasquatch different and I think I've mostly succeeded. The hairy men of our legends and scary stories will always look similar to each other.

For the Sasquatch painting, I've used more Western conventions--the name (and words are something I rarely use in my art; I was a freelance writer for over ten years before turning to art, so now I'm giving nonverbal expression the run of the farm) is written on a sun-worn banner with a stylized "Old West" font and the background is spotted with puffy clouds.

I've kept some similarity to the Yeti painting with the background use of color I'm borrowing from Japanese prints, and this time I'm using the green I had thought about using. It provides a nice contrast to the reddish hair of Mr. Bigfoot here.

(A note on the names on the banners: I'm choosing to use indigenous names for these creatures, so they're "Yeti" and "Sasquatch" respectively, instead of "Abominable Snowman" and "Bigfoot.")

Both of these paintings won't be offered through any of my self-representing online venues (like eBay and Etsy) currently, but instead will be sold through Cantaloop OC during Art at The 'Loop and for the duration that it hangs there. Feel free to contact them to purchase these paintings and they'll be happy to ship it to you wherever you live or hold it for pick up if you're down in Southern California.

When I offer the paintings, clicking the images will link you to contact information for Cantaloop OC. Easy peasy!

And now, I'm craving some watermelon. It's summer, after all.

Invite Beauty,

I.


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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Sneak Preview! Abominably Fabulous

Aaaah!

Okay, something about this painting just activates my cute response. I really enjoyed painting this and even did a happy dance when I was done. That's rare (as I wrote in a previous post, making art is akin to meditation, not a passionate activity).

Here you see my love of Japanese prints come through with the design elements. I almost added a green gradation from the bottom on up or from the top on down, which would have made it more in line with the snow scene prints I admire (one on a greeting card my dear friend, Joe Palmer, sent me, and which has hung framed before my desk for the last three or four years).

However, I decided to keep the palette and composition simple to evoke a more pop-graphic-cartoony goodness to this piece, reminiscent of another Original Finger Painting, Fugu!

Part of the reason for this aesthetic choice is I've been invited to join Art Show at The 'Loop--an exhibit co-hosted, -sponsored, and -curated by Cantaloop OC and Cal Shabu (my brother's restaurant)--and including the talents of Emily Miles, Jeremiah Ketner, Marisa Haedike (Creative Thursday), and Stef Choi.

The venue for the show will be Cantaloop OC, a hip, new frozen yogurt shop with a taste for pop art--and at Art Show at The 'Loop, there will be a taste for some spiked frozen yogurt! That's right--their famous piña colada yogurt will have rum in it; chocolate yogurt will be laced with Kahlúa. It'll be a night of desserts for the grownups!

This is going to be fun. I may not make it down to the reception due to other plans, but I'm honored and happy to contribute my art. This Yeti painting will be matched with a Bigfoot/Sasquatch piece reflecting the West (as the Yeti painting reflects the East), which I'm working on today.

And because you know I do research for my paintings, I did find a photograph of that infamous Yeti scalp kept in a Tibetan monastery. I saw a photograph of the scalp when I was a child and it always stuck with me, so it was a walk down Memory Lane to see it again.

Anyway, it was brown and according to some accounts, a russet color in sunlight. Not exactly the polar-bear white the scientifically-minded would have thought! Regardless, I have taken artistic license to present the Yeti in its winter coat. The ridge of hair running along its forehead to the back of its neck isn't readily visible due to the profile perspective of the portrait, but the scalp in the photographs I found looked pretty short-haired to me and wouldn't be seen easily from a side view.

Alright, enough excited babbling. Back to the easel to unleash Sasquatch!

Invite Beauty,

I.


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Monday, August 04, 2008

Eco-friendmaking!

A friend turned me onto Green House Framing (whose web site is http://www.recycledframes.com/) and it made my heart sing!

I've done my best to use the most environmentally-friendly materials in creating my art. I just don't believe that creating beauty has to involve toxicity to ourselves or to our larger self, the world.

To this day, I'm still looking for a quality varnish that won't harm the earth. However, with my paints and when I frame certain pieces (most often limited edition prints), I've used ecologically sound nontoxic media and recycled wood frames from Frames by Mail, which you can also find in my links.

However, using reclaimed lumber from demolished homes across the Northwest of America, as well as eco-responsible oil stains--that takes things one step further! And what's even better: You get to know the people who are making these frames at Green House Framing!

As an artist, I can tell you it's important to support living artists by buying their work. In a culture saturated with mass-produced stuff, isn't it nice to find unique, original, handmade items? Products that don't dump into a landfill but instead removes what could have been shoved into one?

There are three R's when it comes to environmental responsibility, and while we remember to recycle, it's more important to think of the first two R's: Reduce and Reuse. The less we use and the more we reuse, the less we have to recycle.

So anyway, I've added Green House Framing to my Links section, but I wanted to let everybody know about them and, if you decide to frame the art you buy from me or any other artist, please consider using Green House Framing!

Invite Beauty,

I.


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Saturday, August 02, 2008

New from Ivan Chan Studio! It's Best in the Morning SOLD

It's Best in the Morning, oil on canvas, 30" x 24"
This Original Finger Painting is sold, but can still be viewed in my gallery. Please visit my shop for more Original Finger Paintings, limited edition prints, and collectible cards.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Vindicated!

If you follow me on Twitter (check out the section on the right underneath the title, "In the studio..."), you can keep up with mini-updates of what I'm doing--whether it's struggling with an Original Finger Painting, promoting an art sale--or waiting for a review by humans at Blogger after having my blog flagged as a spam blog!

It's unfortunate but true. Apparently, I did something to get my blog suspended and although people could still read it, I had no ability to do anything with my blog--including post my latest painting.

This, on top of the problem that my mobile phone was having in accessing email and GPS made for almost two days of techno-frustration. Grr.

But it's all solved now and we're back on track. I'm just sorry I missed the last day of July, but here we are in the first day of August.

October is my favorite month (which I've written about in the past, as well as celebrated in my art). I'm an autumn person through and through. However, I love the name, "August." I like "Augustus" even more. "August" as an adjective means something "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur" according to Merriam-Webster and that's probably why I like the word and name (I love etymology--the study of word roots--which is a cousin for me to symbology).

Anyway, my art shows (at Pacific Thai Santa Cruz and Children's Mental Health) are coming to a possible close this month, although they've been so popular both establishments are considering extending the exhibits! More news as I find out (and reception information).

Invite Beauty,

I.