Author Archives: Val Nelson

Mentorships/New Drawing and Painting Workshops: May/June

PAINTING MENTORSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE: Do you love to paint but find yourself being stopped by your “inner critic”? Do you want to exhibit your work but are in the dark about how to proceed? Are you feeling limited technically in …

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Treat yourself to a painting class: 2018 Open Studio with Val

Make a date with your painting practise! This is a great way to get your process moving forward, by committing to six 3-hour once-per-week painting sessions. With Val’s helpful tutelage, tackle technical and conceptual concerns in the company of like-minded …

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New Drawings

Are you thinking that you would like a drawing to brighten your space? Between some of my larger paintings, I like to put my attention towards drawings. Please contact me for a private art viewing, or to put aside a …

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You’re invited: EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL 2017 Thursday, Nov 16-Sunday Nov 19

It’s that time of year again! I look forward to sharing with you some recent work in my studio at the Eastside Culture Crawl, where I’ll be showing gestural line drawings and paintings of baroque interiors, as well as intimate …

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Visit Val in her studio: #322b-1000 Parker St, Vancouver, BC Thursday, November 16/Friday, November 17:  5-10pm        Saturday, November 18/Sunday, November 19: 11am-6pm  

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“Art-making Magic”: Contemporary Art Bus Tour from Surrey to View Vancouver Studios

Six-hour trip on Nov. 8 will be led by Surrey Art Gallery staff SURREY — A tour bus organized by Surrey Art Gallery is headed to Vancouver to visit studios where “artmaking magic happens,” on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The six-hour …

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I’ve been researching portraiture, including a series of painted and drawn self-portraits, and also some drawn portrait studies I made in Paris of people I met there this past Spring. All but one of these were painted from life.   …

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Toronto Star article

A lovely article about some very nice peeps who collect my work in the Toronto area.. Below is their country house, with my art hanging in the dining room–thank you Toronto Star! Cobourg-area farm transformed into family’s getaway photo credit: …

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CRAFTSY Online Painting Class

For those of you who enjoy my paintings and also like painting yourselves,  you might like an inside view of how I make them! Here’s a link for 25% off on my CRAFTSY online class: Loosen Up! Techniques for the …

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Palace of the Mind: EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL Nov 17-20

Come visit my studio during the Crawl and see my current collection of paintings and prints–– Optimistic Pursuits: Palace of the Mind. 10% of sales benefit Vancouver Recovery Through Art Society. Nov 17 & 18: 5-10pm Nov 20-21: 10am-6pm #322b-1000 …

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