Van Dyke Brown

This morning, I was standing outside for several minutes... it was painfully cold. Yep....47 degrees in San Diego. I'd never make it on the East Coast. NEVER.

I'm continuing to clean out my studio. This is another original painting that measures 16x20.. It's a practice board, so you can get a really nice deal on it right now. Click here for more info.

Warm.

24x24" Gallery canvas; Original art for sale now.

24x24" Gallery canvas; Original art for sale now.

This piece was once part of a diptych, but I think I like it better standing alone now. It's a nice 24x24" gallery stretched canvas. Layers of acrylic paint like layers of graffiti faded over time... this piece warms up a room without loosing it's grunge feel. Lots and lots of hidden symbols to find here. For sale in my shop now. Click here to see the collection.

Calm. Blue. Art.

Untitled 12; Mixed media on stretched gallery canvas. 30x40x1.5" Original for sale now.

Untitled 12; Mixed media on stretched gallery canvas. 30x40x1.5" Original for sale now.

Seems that I have out painted the space allotment for my upcoming group solo show (whatever that means) ... New originals are listed in the shop. Click here.

New Years Eve #mixedmedia #art

"After Hours" 36x48", Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

"After Hours" 36x48", Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Dear Friends, Happy New Year to you! 

We like to watch the celebration at home on TV... usually the east coast feeds because I can never make it until midnight.

I'm feeling the urge to paint soon I think... the temperature in San Diego is perfect for working here in my studio, not too hot, not too cold... El Nino promises a very wet winter for us, so my time on the tennis court may be limited... as they say, "the perfect storm" for creativity!

My friend Chris Cozen posted this on her Facebook page..and it hits home. After seeing the effects of time on some craft paint projects, I am always hesitant to purchase any art unless I know what I am getting. How about you?

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original art sale

"We have Paris"

"We have Paris"

I wanted to take a little time to highlight some of the original art I have for sale. For the holidays, I have not only reduced the prices of my online workshops, but all of the paintings and stationary is also marked down. It's a great time to grab a very good deal and to help out an artist by shopping "small business" this season.

I made "We Have Paris" as an entry into the 52nd annual International Exhibition at SDAI in San Diego in 2013. For a long time I have not wanted to part ways with this painting (because I really love it), but now I think it would mean more to me to see it displayed in someone else's home or office. This was a very exciting moment for me. There were over 3000 artworks  entered into this juried exhibition, and this painting was one of 90 selected to hang in the show. It was very special for me to see it hanging along side paintings from Japan, Europe and New York!

"We Have Paris" was $400, Now $325. It's an original painting on canvas using professional grade acrylic, sealed with varnish and multi-layered and rich. Click here for more info.

Final Call - Sale

"Fading Memory" Original Mixed Media on Gallery Canvas 16x20x1.5"

"Fading Memory" Original Mixed Media on Gallery Canvas 16x20x1.5"

This beautiful canvas original is on sale in my shop...I think it's one of the most dramatic pieces in there at the moment.. and I need to make room for more art! Orig $375, it's on sale for $200. No frame is needed, the canvas depth allows for it to be wired and hung as is. The sides are painted to match.. There are lots of layers and great texture here... it's a really great price, friends! Archival materials and sealed with archival varnish. Domestic PRIORITY shipping is $25, but the piece will come beautiful wrapped and shipped to your door. International shipping costs usually about $80.. 

Someone like neutral palette art? Want to support an artist directly? Support Small Business? Like butterflies? Win. Win. Win. Win. :)

Thanks for taking a look! To purchase, or to see all of the other originals I am selling, please click here.

Our Summer Sale ends July 5! #mixedmedia

Holding Our Book Is Nice, but.... #mixedmedia #acrylic #art

Our book, Acrylic Solutions, mentions a whole bunch of techniques. In our workshops, you get to see us use them in real time! Look at all of this online workshop goodness:

Holiday weekend..that means big fat online workshop sale! Use the code DEALTEN and save $10 off every workshop we offer! You get handouts, great photography, excellent video.... BUT did you know you can come in and ask us questions about your art whenever you want AND for as long as you need to??? That's right! oh..I almost forgot... when you complete checkout? The material is emailed to you INSTANTLY. Boom.

Get in while the gettin's good! Click here to see the workshops.. and don't forget- DEALTEN will save you now through Monday! Happy holiday weekend!

And so last week was a blur....

Ocean Front, 24x36" on stretched gallery canvas

Ocean Front, 24x36" on stretched gallery canvas

My beloved iMac took a dive last week.. Turns out the graphics card in my model had a recall.. so the repair was covered, but the machine spent a little vacation down at Apple store. It was a little depressing walking by the empty space where the computer sits in my office... I am really happy it's back home.

The San Diego Ballet is having their 25th annual fund raising auction on May 9th, and I was happy to be asked to donate a painting to them. I donated "Ocean Front". I really hope the painting does well for them...it has always been one of my favorites.. The lower portion has beautifully layered rust and blue colored texture.

Chewie is doing ok. He started his puppy classes yesterday.. He's very shy around other dogs.. which is bad because to a larger dog, a scaredy dog looks like prey rather than another play-mate. So we're working hard to introduce him to dogs. He's great with people.. maybe he actually is a "wookie". I'm not worried..it was only his first class of 12. His favorite toy this week? The ever popular ice cube.. good times.

It's hard to take time to paint these days.. I'm on patrol following Chewie pretty much all day. I need to carve out some time for something soon though, I am starting to get antsy.

Don't forget we have a great selection of Mixed Media Online workshops available... Layer Love v2.0 and Collage Fusion are open and ready with two instructors. You get immediate access when you register. Click here for more info.

It's Like Free HBO #mixedmedia #sale #DIY

In celebration of Spring Break (thank god!), we're having a SUPER sale on a handful of our famous Mixed Media Online workshops! I can't remember when we've priced them this low.. You have to check this one out..

These are not trial periods.. they are HUGE full-blown, professional instruction workshops! Each for only $55! Friends..I am seeing a lot of workshops come onto the market for $150-$200... not here....we've got a really amazing deal for you.

If you've been thinking about taking one of our workshops, NOW is the time. They won't be priced this low for long.. if you're looking to round out your collection of workshops, go for it this weekend. 

You're going to feel bad after eating all of that Easter candy.... this is a better treat. It's a mixed media diet. ;)

Class sample from 8 Great Paintings. 8 Paintings start to finish for $55? It's true!

Class sample from 8 Great Paintings. 8 Paintings start to finish for $55? It's true!

Class sample from the Texture Town online workshop. Now only $55!

Class sample from the Texture Town online workshop. Now only $55!

Class Sample from the Chaos and Calm online workshop.

Class Sample from the Chaos and Calm online workshop.

Class sample from the Mixed Media Vacation online workshop. On sale now!

Class sample from the Mixed Media Vacation online workshop. On sale now!

Class sample from the Mucho Metallics online mixed media workshop.

Class sample from the Mucho Metallics online mixed media workshop.

These are only ONE sample from each of the super sale workshops! Be sure to check out the complete listings to see more. We've got something for everyone. Click here for more info.

Happy Easter....happy Spring Break to everyone!

*Offer not valid on prior purchases. Expires Monday night, April 6, midnight pacific.

A Little Piece of Summer..

"Summer" 16x20

"Summer" 16x20

This piece will suit almost any decor...I love the subtlety of the color..and the hints of collage. It's rich and textural...and ready to come over to your house. Original painting by Julie Prichard, $250.00. Click here for more info.

I think someone short, super cute and furry might be coming to stay with us soon....details in a couple weeks.

Fine Art Sale #mixedmedia

"The Search" as featured in, "Acrylic Solutions" 11x14x1 Mixed media on canvas

"The Search" as featured in, "Acrylic Solutions" 11x14x1 Mixed media on canvas

Hi! I'm cleaning and making room for new paintings...I've placed a handful of my originals on sale  including the piece shown above..one of my all time favorites. Lots of depth, texture and layers...the photo doesn't do the painting justice. Please click here to take a look at my paintings. Domestic shipping is $20.. $80 for international buyers and I pack everything up very nice. 

See you soon.... I've got to paint.

The feeling.. #mixedmedia

Class sample from the new online workshop "Collage Fusion". Now open!

Class sample from the new online workshop "Collage Fusion". Now open!

I'm crazy about the fluid shapes in this art....

A couple of people have commented to us that they are so happy that they get to "talk" to their instructors in an online workshop... Yes..it's true. We WANT to talk to you about your art....as MUCH AS YOU NEED too.. 

Collage Fusion is open. Click here for more info.

And Away They Go.... #mixedmedia

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Class sample from the new online mixed media workshop, "Collage Fusion".

We're so happy to hear that students are already enjoying our new online workshop! Here is what people have been saying about it:

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We also wanted to thank everyone for the massive support on our video on Facebook.. Thank you to everyone who shared it! It really means a lot to us.

Collage Fusion is ON SALE now through midnight pacific on Wednesday. Use the code GRANDOPENING at checkout and save 10%. Take a look around while you're here, you can also use the code on all of our other great workshops as well as my original art/gifts.

The techniques in Collage Fusion are all new and fresh vs. our previous collage workshop, Complex Collage. Two totally different styles of collage. You can click here for more info and to register.

We hope to see you soon!

New #mixedmedia ONLINE WORKSHOP NOW OPEN

Chris Cozen and I have just released our first  collaborative online workshop since 2013! We are so excited to show you what we have been working on. We've got the best footage that I have ever edited..great camera angles, sound, the handout..we're really proud of how everything came together. Take a look at the promo video that I made for us: (video below)

Collage Fusion is WAY different than our previous offerings..we've learned so much over the years that we have been teaching. Today through the 4th, you can save 10% off all workshops, including Collage Fusion, by using the code GRANDOPENING at checkout. Have you purchased a workshop from us in the last 6 months? The ordering process is automated now...you get class access right when you register!

CLICK HERE for more info and to register.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register.

Collage. I love you. #mixedmedia

Mixed media on canvas, 16x20"

Mixed media on canvas, 16x20"

I loose sight of collage sometimes...but when I look around in my portfolio, I notice a lot of it. I like using collage as an accent to my paint.. not usually as the main idea of a painting.. just little hints of papers that may have been there at one time... how about you?

What about the planning stages?

Mixed Media Art created for Pam Carriker's book here.

Mixed Media Art created for Pam Carriker's book here.

I feel like my schedule is all over the place these days... I have to remind myself to breathe and relax sometimes...

A good friend reminded me of something important.. planning... planning things that you are going to do before you actually do them is really hard work. The workshop for example.. I'm working on raising production values..and doing the best that I can without an actual film studio.. and researching, and planning, and thinking... and even though I am empty handed during the process, I am still working. It kind of feels like the most difficult work of all actually...because there really is not a result until many days later when you see everything come together online... I have to remember that.

Hope you're having a good weekend... #GoHawks