blog of local okanagan artist danielle harshenin
My chair "Please Stand By" (left) has now been installed at the Lake Country Museum at 11255 Okanagan Centre Rd W, where it will stay for the next two years! I was so honored to have is placed next to chairs made by Leanne Spanza (right) and Margaret Kyle (center), two incredibly talented local artists. Our trio of chairs is situated underneath a shade tree that overlooks Okanagan lake. It is a beautiful spot to take a break, people watch and enjoy a fantastic view.
45 chairs were painted in total and are currently being installed throughout the Okanagan from Osoyoos to Salmon Arm. All chairs will be installed in clusters of 3 at parks or beaches. If you're looking for an adventure, going on a scavenger hunt to locate all the chairs would be a great way to spend a weekend! If you need some clues for where to find them, you can use the hashtag #ArtWalkArtChairs to see photos of people with the chairs! Good luck :-)
More information about the project is available here: http://lakecountryartwalk.ca/artchair-project/
I finished my ArtWalk 2020 chair last night... Pretty sure it's the loudest thing I've ever painted lol. I had so much fun with this project and am really happy with how my chair turned out. I wrote an artist's statement on my Facebook page about why I chose to incorporate the TV test screen into this piece. I've titled it "Please Stand By". Can't wait to find out where it will be installed. Stay safe everyone!
Please Stand By
Acrylic & Latex on Muskoka Chair
Danielle Harshenin © 2020
It has been a while since I posted here (or even looked at my website for that matter)... This pandemic has really turned everyone's world upside down! Unfortunately, I have not done any painting since January. My kids 2-week Spring break turned into a 6-month Summer vacation, so that has really absorbed most of my time lol.
I was very disappointed to hear that ArtWalk 2020 would have to be cancelled this year to avoid the large crowds it draws. Lake Country's ArtWalk has run every year since 1994, so I know this decision was not taken lightly. However, I was excited to learn that a special one-time community art project was being planned in its place. I was contacted by the event organizers to ask if I would be interested in participating in this art project - and obviously I said YES!!!
This white Muskoka chair was delivered to my doorstep this morning. 30-45 local artists will be painting one of these chairs this month, which will then be installed throughout Lake Country in September when they are finished. They have given us a few guidelines to follow, but for the most part, artists have free reign over what they want to do with the chair. I have sooooo many ideas!!
I will post photos of the completed chair when I'm done.... Stay tuned :-)
Come on in for a close-up view of my painting Okanagan Lake I. Photos really can't do the stunning colors in this piece justice! I am still learning about how to make good videos - I obviously need to turn my camera around to get a better full-screen view lol. I will be posting videos more regularly to my YouTube page - please subscribe so you don't miss them!
I received amazing new this week... I have been accepted into Lake Country ArtWalk 2019! For those of you who don't know, ArtWalk is the largest art show in the BC interior. Over 200 artists will be there showing their latest and greatest works - including me :) I can't wait. Many of my new paintings will be making their public debut at this show so save the date: September 7 & 8. I hope to see you there!
I have been very productive in my studio this past month! I currently have quite a few new paintings made that I can't wait to share with you all... (and the creative juice is still flowing)! I am patiently waiting for the paint to fully cure so I can take proper photographs of everything. I hope to have all my new work uploaded on my website by the end of June (fingers crossed). Several of my new paintings have been inspired by my surroundings... my new studio is located in the heart of Okanagan Centre overlooking a vineyard and Okanagan Lake - it doesn't get more "Okanagan" than that! I feel so blessed to live in a place this beautiful. For those of you who are interested, I have also been posting regularly to my Facebook page about my new work and art-related adventures. Here is a taste of what is to come...
It has been a busy couple of weeks in my studio! I have recently become obsessed with pour painting and am determined to master this technique. I absolutely LOVE the little "cells" that form in these paintings. This technique is NOT as easy as the YouTube videos make it look and my experiments have been plagued by frustration and failures - with occasional successes as well. However, I will not be deterred! These are a couple of my trials that have turned out. These paintings take a long time to dry so I will need to be patient before I can take better quality photos of them.
If you would like to see videos from my studio fun, you can visit me on Facebook.
I am officially moved into my new home and after long last.... my new studio is ready for me! I am so excited to get in here and get my hands dirty!!! I'm sure this will be the last time this space looks so organized 😂
I am very happy to announce that twelve of my paintings are now available at the Lloyd Gallery in Penticton, BC. This is a charming little gallery nestled in the heart of Penticton. It has a beautiful assortment of Canadian artwork and the owners are such lovely people! You can view my artist page here.
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Sometimes I like to write about my art. New projects, my successes and failures, upcoming events, and other random stuff... in no particular order.