blog of okanagan abstract artist danielle harshenin
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BIG NEWS! My TV Test Card & Barcode Landscape paintings are now available at The Lloyd Gallery in Penticton, BC.
I'm pretty sure it is every artist's dream to have their work in a real art gallery! I am so humbled that this dream is a reality for me.
My new Barcode Landscape and TV Test Card paintings are now available for purchase The Lloyd Gallery in Penticton, BC. I have worked with The Lloyd Gallery in the past (pre-pandemic) and am thrilled to be working with them again. This quaint little gallery is located at 18 Front Street in the heart of Penticton and has the friendliest, most welcoming staff you could ever hope to meet! They have a beautiful selection of artwork from over 40 Canadian artists.
You can now stop by The Lloyd Gallery anytime during their business hours to see my work in person or browse online to see which paintings of mine are still available here.
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ArtWalk 2022 is officially over... but what a fantastic weekend!!! It was so great be among my fellow creatives again and chat with so many awesome people. Dr. Sharon McCoubrey and the Lake Country ArtWalk team did an amazing job of putting this event together (as they always do!). My heart is so full right now.
This was the first time I've shown my new Barcode Landscape paintings and they were very well received! Their unique style and bright colors drew a lot of attention and started many great conversations! Here are a few photos of my display... (click to enlarge)
I am always amazed at how much talent we have right here in the Okanagan! I had a fabulous time chatting with other artists. If you're a contemporary art lover, you may want to check out these other Okanagan artists...
Graciela Blancarte - colorful abstract paintings
Melissa Dinwoodie - bold portrait paintings
Nikki Balfour - soothing abstract paintings
Gabrielle Strong - rainy seascape paintings
Wow! September already. The last three months have absolutely flown by... I spent almost every day this summer working 12 hours a day in my studio creating two brand new series of paintings that I will be debuting at Lake Country's ArtWalk this weekend. I. CAN'T. WAIT.
As most of you know, I am a self-taught artist. I have been painting for 15+ years and my style has always been kind of “eclectic”… I play around with a variety of styles and my work is always evolving. Painting has been such an important part of my life’s journey and an invaluable outlet for me to express myself over the years.
In 2016, I went back to school. I studied business and got a degree in marketing. If we’re being honest, I’ll admit that I’ve always felt a little intimidated by artists with BFAs and MFAs. I secretly assumed their art must be better than mine, they must be more talented than me, etc. I considered going to art school instead of business school but chose the “boring option" because I didn’t see art as a viable career path. Art was a hobby, not a business.
After getting my degree, the Universe naturally led me back to painting (as it always does) and I started to see art in a different way. One thing I’ve learned is the importance of having a “signature style”. This is likely Art School 101 - but it never really occurred to me!
After this realization, I made it my mission to create a cohesive body of work that would convey to the world who I am as an artist. I have spent the last three months creating two new series of paintings that are uniquely mine. These bold conversation pieces incorporate colorful barcodes and satisfy my love of organized color.
TV TEST CARD SERIES
My TV Test Card series are retro-inspired pieces that feature colorful barcodes and patterns used in the old TV test screens from the 80s and 90s. As an 80s kid, I have distinct childhood memories of the TV test screens interrupting my beloved Saturday morning cartoons... My entertainment was at the mercy of the cable company! (I think anyone born pre-Internet can relate!) As an offshoot from my Recycling Project series, many my TV Test Card paintings were created on recycled (previously used) canvases, so each original has unique surface textures. My TV Test Card paintings are sure to bring nostalgia and good conversation wherever they go.
The other new series I created this summer is Barcode Landscapes. I instantly fell in love. My Barcode Landscape paintings begin with a to-scale sketch of a reference photo and come to life using colorful barcodes and gradient fading effects. I am currently focused on building my portfolio of Barcode Landscape paintings and am accepting commission orders now. If you have a cherished photo of your favorite place, commission me to turn it into a beautiful Barcode Landscape painting!
OMG... I have been so busy painting all summer that I totally forgot to post about ArtWalk!
Lake Country's ArtWalk is an iconic local arts festival in that has been cancelled the last two years because of the pandemic... I have missed this event so much and cannot wait to participate!! It is a juried show that selects 200 local artists (myself included) to display their latest and greatest original artworks. The theme this year is "Life In Full Bloom".
All the info you need is on the poster below. I will be set-up in the large gym at George Elliot Secondary School and showing my brand new Barcode Landscape paintings and a few of my TV Test Card paintings. I hope to see you there!! :-)
Hi! I'm Danielle.
Welcome to my blog. I'm a visual artist in the Okanagan Valley of BC with a passion for creating contemporary abstract art. I post here about my new work and upcoming shows. Please say hello in the comments - I'd love to hear from you!