Dear Arches, Thank you for your support!

ArchesCrowflies.pngBig Thank you to Arches paper for profiling myself and our current group show up at The Cultch Theatre in East Vancouver this November 2016.

To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, the Eastside Culture Crawl Society is mounting in Vancouver (Canada) a multi-venue salon-style exhibition titled “As The Crow Flies”.

This exhibition will take place from November 2 till 28, 2016 at the Firehall Arts Centre and The Cultch.

This exciting event features work from 70 artists who have participated in the Culture Crawl over the last 20 years.  Juried by Paul de Guzman, Eri Ishii, and Katsumi Kimoto.

Deborah Chaney will exhibit her Mixed Media work on ARCHES® Watercolour Cold Press 300 pound paper. Learn about Deborah Chaney:


Practice, Practice, Practice


practiceinstudio2016I think a common misconception about a person that is particularly good at something – aka painting, singing, drawing, playing piano, etc –  is that they have some magical talent, or some special product(s), or ability that is other-worldly – something that you couldn’t possibly have. Perhaps they do. Perhaps they don’t

I, for one, would like to imagine I have a magical talent, though I think more realistically what I have is a big strong passionate calling and definitive pure need to create. And  I sure do have a lot of cool products from the art supply store, though they don’t necessarily guarantee me a good painting. And often when a painting comes out of the studio that is beyond WOW, I sure do give GOD full credit for coming in and working through me. Though I truly feel if we surrender and let Source work through us, its available to all of us.

The one under emphasized piece about people that are particularly good at their craft is that we practice, we practice, and we practice. Yup, simple, here on earth, showing up, getting messy, making mistakes, and just doing it again and again.

And here is what I want to share and admit with you tonight: I absolutely, relentlessly, love, love, love to practice painting. It’s so fun and liberating because I know I’m just practicing so I can explore, make “mistakes”, get dirty, throw it out, change it, re-change it, and mess it up. The practice is my time with me. It’s my treasured time with God.

If I could wish one thing for you tonight, dear friend, artist, reader, fellow creative on your path, is that you find that thing you love and enjoy the process, enjoy practice – the greatest gift of all.

[Pictured Above, fresh ‘Little Gems’ 9″ x 12″ mixed media paintings from this evening’s practice (c) Deb Chaney 2016]


Upcoming Bowen Island Workshop November 16th, 2016

bowenfundamentals2016_imageLearn the Fundamentals in Abstract Painting using Acrylics, Wednesday, November 16, 2016. 1 day. 9am-4 pm Location: Gallery at Gallery @ Artisan Square on Bowen Island

Join Artist Deb Chaney for a full day of play and experimentation with acrylics while learning the fundamentals in abstract painting. You will learn the 3 C’s; a simple 3-step structure to create an abstract painting that works, along with some fun techniques to add
intrigue, depth, and texture to your acrylic paintings. We’ll focus on having fun and supporting your creative expansion. Lots of demonstrations, plenty of painting time. $105 + GST. Does not include supplies. Supply list on registration website. Handouts provided. Register: (604) 947-2216