New Painting Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel: The SIgnature Of All Things


This is a fresh new painting I created last week entitled ‘The Signature of All Things’  in praise, admiration and wonder at the Elizabeth Gilbert’s (author of Eat, Pray, Love) new novel, of this above painting name. For me, a good novel makes my summer and brings in an element of delight, entertainment, learning and wonder that I so enjoy.  I took this fantastic book with me everywhere the past few weeks, devouring every page and just falling in love with Alma Whittaker the Goddess of Mosses and Curiosity and of Learning.  What a treat and a delight. Thank you Ms Gilbert for your masterpiece If by chance you are reading this, I’d like you to know that I shed tears upon tears at the end of the book. Beautiful! Fantastico!

The Signature of All Things 23″ x 30″ Acrylics, Pastel, Collage on 300 pound watercolour paper. Original painting available for purchase at the date of this post, inquire   Image (c) Deb Chaney 2015 August.

Donating Art to Charity: I am Taking a Stand

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Recently, I was contacted by two charity organizations based here in  Vancouver whom I have supported, several times in the past, by donating a piece of my original art.  I take full responsibility for these organizations asking me to donate work; she’s given her art to us before, why not again? That was the old me. I’ve changed. In the past I did not appreciate myself and my artwork, nor the time, effort, talent, dedication, focus and hard work I put into creating my artwork. But I do now. Here’s  the letter I wrote this year in response to their request for art donations. As you can see, I’ve changed:

Dear Charity Organization,

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm regarding my artwork and request for a piece of my artwork for your auction.

I am, for the first time in my career, going to ask that as much as I’d be so happy to participate in the auction, this time it need to be of fair exchange.

I think Taylor Swift sums it up beautifully in her blog post to Apple Inc. (link below) concerning their decision to deny artists payment for their music. She states that for her, with the level of success she has attained, it WOULD be possible for her to let her music go for free. But for many, many artists – such as myself – we cannot survive by continuously giving away our products, good, and time for free.

I am asking not just for myself, but for all artist who dedicate so much time, energy, their own money, blood, sweet and tears into their work, that we re-write this old pattern of artists simply giving away their art for free and create a new standard whereby we are honored and compensated fairly for what we contribute, so that not only does the charity thrive, but so does the artist.

Let’s honor the artist and the charity so that EVERYONE can thrive.

Thank you and Sincerely,

Deb Chaney
Contemporary Abstract Artist


You can see the original ‘Romance’  36″ x 24″ x 1.5″ Mixed Media, Acrylics on Canvas at the Vancouver Pacific Midwifery Office office (604) 874-7999 located Suite 517, 1540 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1H2 Sale inquiries See more paintings in this series at

New artwork! “Bits and Pieces”… it’s all about play & Fun!

Bits&PiecesDChaney2015New artwork! “Bits and Pieces”… it’s all about play & Fun! 23×30” Mixed Media, Collage & Acrylics on 300 pound paper. Original available for sale at date of this post So the collage obsession continued right up until this heatwave. Then all artwork making stopped and we’ve been heading to the beach and playing and enjoying the beautiful weather here in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Thank you for your interest in my work, see more at