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Please forgive the blurry pic - Those three blurry paintings are 3 of my Eerie Dearies paintings!

Oh and that's just Callum Keith Rennie from Battle Star Galactica etcetera : ) !!!! 

Thanks to the lovely Jamie Hamilton of Oliver Simon Design this work was borrowed for a staging of the actor's Vancouver home along with the art of two of my friends - Graeme Berglund and Ronan Boyle. 


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Here is one of my new paintings called Presence. You see it in it's finished state above but here are a few photos taken mid-painting. 

 

Take a look at palette below which shows all the different colours I used to paint this artwork:


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Quinacradone magenta made a slight appearance and it really pops against the dominant greens.

 

Below you can see what the work looked like in it's last moment before I paint the black shape on, you can see the pencil outline:

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n this super short video clip I apply the finishing touches to the painting : http://vine.co/v/hK9dTALK5b2



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From Left: Angela Fama and (me) Rebecca Chaperon                    Photo by Byron Dauncey

 

Here is a lovely photo that my friend Byron took of Angela Fama and I. We are having a two-person exhibit called "Cipher Messaging" at Initial Gallery this October. The work will consist of photography from Angela's art series titled It's A Sign and from my series titled Antarticus.


Opening night: Thursday Oct 17th 6-9pm 

Initial Gallery  - 2339 Granville Street, Vancouver

Exhibition continues until November 21st.
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12-6


I have had the pleasure of knowing Angela for a quite a while now and I really look forward to showing our artwork together. Not only is she loveliness incarnate but she makes truly beautiful and thoughtful artwork.

 Here's what you need to know about Angela's It's A Sign series that you will be seeing at our exhibition.

 

Early explorers sailed across oceans, discovering new lands and leaving flags as proud declarations of procured ground.  For the past half a century to present day, in lieu of flags, we leave behind advertising billboards.  Heavy urban footprints set beside the paved roads we’ve etched into the surrounding landscapes 

Through ‘It’s a Sign’ Fama presents large photographic portraits of outdoor billboards devoid of their original advertising message, left blank over time.  Fama has chosen to document these artifacts, hopefully serving as an impetus toward questioning the placement of the billboards in the first place, and through this placement the control advertising has on our thoughts daily. 


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Photo by Angela Fama - from the series ‘It’s A Sign”, untitled proof


 

Angela Fama official website:  http://www.angelafama.com/

Angela Fama blog: http://angelafama.com/wordpress/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/angela.fama

Twitter: https://twitter.com/angelafama

 

 

 And here's a quick look at the series Antarticus that I am working on for the show....


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Presence by Rebecca Chaperon 2013 Acrylic Paint on Canvas 9" x 12"


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Icebergs in Love by Rebecca Chaperon 2013 Acrylic Paint on Canvas 3ft x 4ft

 


Exhibition Announcement - Save the date:

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Just wanted to announce that my Eerie Dearies show and book signing has been scheduled !

 

Link to Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/601580439864632/?notif_t=plan_edited

This December 2013 you are invited to attend an art exhibition of the original paintings that I created to illustrate my book Eerie Dearies!
I will also be signing books and have books and prints available at the event for purchase while supplies last.

Opening:   Fri. Dec. 6th 2013     6pm to 9pm

Location:   grunt gallery #116 – 350 East 2nd Ave


Duration:   Fri. Dec. 6th to Sat. Dec. 14


Gallery hours: Tues to Sat: Noon to 5pm


******Original art purchases may be picked up after Sat.Dec. 14th the last day of the exhibition.

This exhibition is a short pre-christmas show and a great opportunity to pick up an original painting or a book which would make a lovely gift. If there is a particular painting you are interested in please let me know and a deposit can secure your purchase. A few early purchases have already been made so not all of the paintings are available. Those lucky ducks!

Opening night is Friday December 6th from 6-9pm so come see all 26 illustrations together for the last time. Also, I will be handing out a few free prints for best school girls costumes. I did this at my Catholic School Girls show a few years back and - WOW! There were some great costumes and it was a very fun night. Fellas-if you don't feel like dressing as a school girl you could dress as a school boy !

EERIE DEARIES is an unusual book that offers a carefully crafted & alphabetized selection of twenty-six beautifully illustrated excuses for being absent from school. Faded and well-used book covers serve as compelling backgrounds to each of these delicately rendered acrylic paintings, creating an atmosphere akin to an old and dusty collection of darkly humourous myths.


“From one who forged her way through high school with endless notes from home excusing her from Guidance, these are the best creative excuses I’ve ever seen. Chaperon’s absent girls have nothing but presence. They are mighty.”

      - Susan Musgrave (author of Given, a novel)



This bizarre and astonishing ABC book contains 26 illustrations of absent school girls in ephemeral landscapes. These intriguing figures are at once pale and wan and amusingly dramatic. The perfect peculiar ABC!

My book is scheduled for a fall release (September/October) and I will be creating a special limited edition which will be available in my store: http://rebeccachaperon.bigcartel.com/

Original paintings are available for sale, please contact me for prices and to find out which pieces are still available, rebeccachaperon@gmail.com. 

Prints of the images from my book can be found here: http://rebeccachaperon.bigcartel.com/

 

You can check out prices and which originals are available here - anything spoken for will be marked as sold. http://thechaperon.ca/gallery/illustrations-for-abc-book

 


 
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GRUNT GALLERY

 

Tuesday to Saturday  Noon – 5 pm



 

#116 – 350 East 2nd Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V5T 4R8    I   T: 604.875.9516

 

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   Writing and illustrating my own book has been a real learning experience. I have learned that everything is subject to change - and that's a good thing!

   Recently I changed the title of my book from AWOL to EERIE DEARIES. I think the name change better reflects the content ...


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ABOUT EERIE DEARIES ...


   Astral projection, gremlin-attacks, and teleportation are just a few of the reasons for academic absence creatively illustrated in this book.


   EERIE DEARIES is an unusual book that offers a carefully crafted & alphabetized selection of twenty-six beautifully illustrated excuses for being absent from school. Faded and well-used book covers serve as compelling backgrounds to each of these delicately rendered acrylic paintings, creating an atmosphere akin to an old and dusty collection of darkly humourous myths.


   This bizarre and astonishing ABC book contains 26 illustrations of absent school girls in ephemeral landscapes. These intriguing figures are at once pale and wan and amusingly dramatic. The perfect peculiar ABC!


My book is still scheduled for a fall release and I will be creating a special limited edition which will be available in my store(see link below).


Original paintings are available for sale, please contact me for prices and to find out which pieces are still available, rebeccachaperon@gmail.com


Prints of the images from my book can be found here: http://rebeccachaperon.bigcartel.com/


Recently I was featured by The Paris Review. My paintings were paired with a gorgeous piece of poetry called Blessed are the Clouds by Jonathan Griffin


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Nights—the long interims—when for a time
one’s mind is stifled in the stardust-storm…

 

         Yet day does come—again all’s well—
         suddenly a half-hidden tower
                 is warming the whole square
with the Doge-crimson velvet of its bells

 

         I can feel each cloud as a thing
and seem to touch its turrets and to think
                 the great curve of its birth
                 and find then I am thanking
                 watershepherdess Earth

 

Some nights, too, there are clouds silvered by Death
         sailing laden with star-oblivion

 

                 or hurled clouds have lost form
and brought mercy muffling all the stars from us

 

Jonathan Griffin, “Blessed are the Clouds”

 

http://theparisreview.tumblr.com/post/53847491372/nights-the-long-interims-when-for-a-time-ones

 


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I have a new video interview here conducted by the wonderful gentleman Chris Bentzen of Hot Art Wet City

In the video I talk about the turning point that I find while creating a painting and I talk alot about creativity in general. I compare deep creativity to going into a well - me and my metaphors! Sheesh!

 

I think that I am inspired by Haruki Murakami's Wind Up Bird where the main character goes down into a well on a regular basis. It's a very surreal story!

 

“Have you ever had that feeling—that you’d like to go to a whole different place and become a whole different self?” 
― Haruki MurakamiThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle


“The point is, not to resist the flow. You go up when you're supposed to go up and down when you're supposed to go down. When you're supposed to go up, find the highest tower and climb to the top. When you're supposed to go down, find the deepest well and go down to the bottom. When there's no flow, stay still. If you resist the flow, everything dries up. If everything dries up, the world is darkness.” 
― Haruki MurakamiThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

 


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Recently the super talented poet Hannah Stephenson created a poem inspired by my artwork below.

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Fresh Air

Calm down, it’s not a net 
around you, it’s a tent.

The flap is right here,
step outside if you need 

fresh air, for this place 
to spritz you with air

straight from a pine tree’s
mouth. Thunder’s ok,

rain is ok, that’s what 
the tent is for, remember.

Don’t confuse shelter with
trap, the mountains are

all around, and the grass
is still soft on either side

of the path that you sidled
down when you came to us

this morning. Last year, 
I mean. Whenever, it’s

summer here and winter
elsewhere, simultaneously,

anyway. Looking back, who 
knows what you’ll think.

 

Poem by Hannah Stephenson aka The Storialist

 

The Storialist is Hannah Stephenson, a poet, writer,editor, and instructor.
Hannah is a poet, editor, and instructor living in Columbus, Ohio. She is a poetry blogger for The Huffington Post, and her poems have appeared in publications that include Hobart,RoomContraryMAYDAYqarrtsiluni, and The Nervous Breakdown. Her full-length collection, In the Kettle, the Shriek, is available from Gold Wake Press, and she'd love to share it with you.