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This month I had the opportunity to speak to a community group here in Vancouver. My talk was about the parallels between the process of creating a painting and the process of creating one’s life. I spoke about the journey of art and life in 3 sections: inspiration, creation, and execution. It was interesting to observe the groups reaction and involvement when I reached the third section: execution. Particularly, as I spoke about the importance when artists show up in the world for themselves and their work, how we must learn to stand up for ourselves, ask for what we want and deserve, and set boundaries. This is something I have been learning and practicing a lot lately. I am excited to move forward in my career and also empower other artists to take a stand and ask for and receive what they are worth for their work, efforts, and talents.

I dedicate this newsletter to your and my creative empowerment!



Dancer Yoga Girl Journal
Usually $15, on sale now for $9.99. This is a blank journal, 5” x 8” with 160 pages, spiral bound, with a glossy cover image of the Dancer Yoga Girl – a great gift idea for yourself or others.

Click here to purchase this journal.


Downtown Vancouver Bentall Tower 2 - Modern Office Display
This beautiful modern office placement exhibits over 7 very large original works of mine (over 60” x 40” and larger). Please contact Tarasch Rawjee for an appointment to view the work.
Phone: (604) 306-4912
Location: Unit #1115 (11th Floor), 555 Burrard Street (Bentall Tower 2), Vancouver, BC.

Pacific Midwifery Clinic - Granville Island - Vancouver
This large display fills the waiting room both upstairs and downstairs at the clinic with my Emerging and Pure Abstraction works. You can drop in during regular business hours at 540 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1H2
Open Tues-Fri 9-5
Phone: (604) 874-7999

Beverly’s Spa on West 4th Avenue Vancouver
Mounted on wood panel, there are six original paintings from my Fragments of Life Series on display at 2185 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K1N7. Drop on in during regular working hours. Contact Paul Lauener.
Phone: (604) 732-4402


This year I had the honour to be chosen to visit the Pebeo headquarters in Montreal and experience their new mixed media products! If you have a group of 5 or more artists and a place where we can paint, I am offering a free 2 hour demonstration. This includes hands on project time for participants – yes you get to play with the products – as well as receive some free product give-a-ways. Offer applies to Vancouver and vicinity. Demo is 1-3 hours. To book your event email


‘There’s a lot going on but we can handle it’  Fragments of Life Series 23” x 30” Mixed Media, Acrylics & Collage on 300 pound cold press paper. © Deb Chaney 2015. Healing Intention: To support your ability to create inner peace & balance, even when life can be challenging, busy, and messy. Original available at date of this Newsletter
Inquire or (604) 736-5111 call/text.


Layers & Process: A Journey in Mixed Media Abstract Painting
Receive support creating a large abstract painting, from start to finish. You will learn: mixing heavy body paints, tinting & shading, creating texture, lifting and staining, basics in glazing and adding layers with polymer mediums, how to add depth and dimension to your artwork. The workshop will allow for lots of painting time and the opportunity to explore your own creative freedom and discovery. There will be many demonstrations and simple personal guidance offered for each artist participating from the instructor.
Workshop dates: 3 Days November 6-8. Fri, Sat & Sun. 10 am – 4 pm each day
Price: $495 – Includes digital workbook. Held in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Register: or (604) 736-5111 call/text.


Dana Smith is an authority on engaged living who helps others find their inner spark and light up their lives. For coaching services informed by the creative process contact (604) 724-5072, or visit
Copyright © 2015 Deb Chaney, Contemporary Abstract Artist, All rights reserved.

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