The Woods and other things

Moonlight in the Woods, 24x34 oil on linen canvas by Deborah Chapin

Moonlight in the Woods, 24×34 oil on linen canvas by Deborah Chapin

As I was biking through the woods today, just after it had rained with a cool breeze rustling the trees, I was reminded of all the walks and treks I’d made through the woods.  Woods in Minnesota, and Montana, France and Australia.  As I breathed in that cool moist air cleansed by the rain with wet wood scents of pine and oak my mind shuffled through all the woods I’d known.    The memory of those woods brought me to all I had known, places I’d seen, people I’d meant and I wondered where the next path would lead.   We are the journey that we make, so far my path had taken me down many trails and many different woods with  many different friends and I loved it all.   While I am taking care of my mum, and preparing for my next journey, I enjoyed this simple little bike through my neighboring woods and charged my batteries thinking about the next woods I would come to know.

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New Gallery Demo for use of new Website

 

Just did a new Gallery demonstration of the website it is coming along and archives are being rebuilt along with new books etc.

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Gallery getting spruced up, Roses in Bloom

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Working on my site, and have a client project to do but have almost conquered all the quirks of the new layout, just one more thing we are trying to do, in the meantime I am working on the paintings….and  sharing my rose garden…. which is in full bloom, these roses are sooo hard to paint at least en plein air.

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Latest incarnation of the gallery site back on track…

Front Page Gallery Site Deborah Chapin

Front Page Gallery Site Deborah Chapin

ok finally getting back on track.  The latest incarnation of the gallery site is back on track and we’ll get things sorted and dusted out soon.  This group of designers has been very good and they have excellent support,  a number of options to try out and really pleased with how it is going.  I am sure that this will be much better for the work and development of project files since it was designed for just that.   Have to give it some time to finish loading existing files then I can resume with new work.

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Spring and Sprung and a good morning read

Don’t usually do a recommended reading but since Spring is finally here, and I’ve been working on project right and left I thought it would be a good time for a read on those things that bring you back to a center. I found this article this morning and thought I’d share. Doesn’t seem to be a way to do it directly from their site but the title of the read is “25 Things You Should Never Stop Doing for Yourself” by Marc and Angela

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From Out of the Blue, Client Loses Painting

Had a client from out of the blue contact me with a request of a canvas print of his painting. He’d lost the original painting in a fire several years ago so I will be printing a canvas print for him to hang in his new home. Isn’t it great that you can do such a thing these days. Think of all the master works lost through floods, fire, wars and just age that could now be at least remembered through this means.

Other than that I am working like a demon refurbishing the workshop/studio and have been trying to upgrade things as I go. So purchasing a new scanner for this purpose and proceeding on the massive project of creating my archives in digital format. I sometimes think that people contact you just to remind you to do something NOW rather than later down the line. More soon.

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Time Lapse Video of Irises

I’ve uploaded the video to my gallery site on the time-lapse video of my irises.  The color on this time-lapse isn’t what I would like it to be but there you go, everything is a lot of work.  The final painting is located here, which is much more like the final piece.  http://gallery.deborahchapin.com/art-on-linen-canvas-floral-artwork-red-velvet-irises/  

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The hunt is on for video demos ~ but editing needed.

Been hunting down the video demos, but a lot of the materials which I have need editing to play on the web, not quite the short little clip since most are complete paintings.  Will work on that this weekend along with continuing the inventory pack-up.  Also been working on the new website.  I think I’ve fiddled with things but nothing seems to be taking right so have to erase the changes and start again.  Oh well modern life.  Back to work.

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Can’t wait for Spring to get here.

Art on Linen Canvas, Floral artwork, Red Velvet, Deborah Chapin

Been quietly working away, and organizing my inventory.  It is an amazing amount of work considering I’ve worked on photographing, and organizing my work all throughout my career.  At any rate, progress is being made have started a stacking system by size and I’m getting ready for Spring.   Can’t wait actually so this week I’m hunting down the florals.   I’m trying to find some videos of my painting in the garden to add and will put these up hopefully when I do crossing my fingers.  I can’t wait till spring comes up again.   I think one of the reasons that it is so hard to do all this is that fact that it is such a large job, I get the “deer in headlights syndrome”.  I’ll put this piece up on the site Art on Linen Canvas, Red Velvet, Floral Artwork this week and hopefully I’ll be able to find the video footage of my painting the White Iris… so will photo that piece as well.  This will be a good project.  More Later.   Red Velvet, 20×30 plein air oil by Deborah Chapin

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What may be junk to you is my life’s work!

Well can we talk!  Huffington Post put out an article today obviously written by someone who lets face hasn’t had a life yet but has learned how to use a computer.

De-Clutter Now: 8 Things You Can Live Without

De -clutter HAH!  Deborah Chapin I’m not of like mind, unless you are in a war zone or a refugee you need to surround yourself with good culture, ie books, art, film, and the memories of your family and the life that you created along the way.   Culture is the measure of a society, I live in fear when I see someone write about not needing culture in their life.  The memories of a lifetime are all you end up with.  Maybe you can clear out junk, but what that is, is relative, being an artist I don’t count my books and my art among the clutter/ junk in my life, I call it my life’s work.

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