Announcing :: Painting by Heart Online (Acrylics Edition)

I am so happy and proud to announce that my Painting by Heart Online class (acrylics edition) is now officially open! Here's the link that you can use to enroll. Thank you to the team that helped me get this from concept to reality and for all the humans who have encouraged me and shown patience with me during this process. I'm very proud of the quality of this product and hope you enjoy it and find it beneficial to your painting journey. If you want to.

With gratitude,


March 11, 2018

609 In Charge


609 In Charge
20x20 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is a demo painting from the private painting session I gave today to two delightful humans. While teaching, I referenced several times, some points from a recent interview that Diane von Furstenberg gave to Katie Couric where she describes the ultimate woman as the woman who is in charge ... not necessarily in charge like a boss but in charge of her life, her decisions, her destiny. I really love that concept. And so too in painting ... I feel what I like to teach is for the painter to be in charge of the canvas ... to embrace all the strokes including problems that arise in the process and not become immobilized by them but to resolve them the way I want to resolve them and to be unafraid of going to uncharted territory in the process.

March 05, 2018

608 No Regrets

Julie608 No Regrets
24x18 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I painted this subject once before and have decided to paint it again. The cyclist's name is Juli Briskman from Virginia, who was fired for having flipped off the Moronic Motorcade and says she has no regrets for what she did. Said Juli: "All my frustration about this administration just welled up inside me and I started thinking about the things that I think are going wrong right now in the country ... that was the only way I had to give him the message I wanted to give him. It felt great."

Upon learning of Juli losing her job, someone started a GoFundMe account on behalf, raising $90K for her. Juli has also received numerous job offers from around the world. She is grateful.

March 04, 2018

Announcing my UCIrvine Class :: Art & Activism


This spring quarter, I will be joining the lecturing faculty at @ucirvine 's School of Social Sciences to teach a brand new course I have developed titled Art&Activism. If you are a UCI student I hope you will consider enrolling as we dig deep creatively and intellectually. I feel it's gonna be a life-changing experience for all. The class will meet T/Th from 2-3:20 in SSL 206. Hope to see you in class. Feel free to email me with any questions.

Here's the course description:
Can art speak more or as effectively as conventional language? To what extent does an artist’s skill relate to the audibility and the reach of her art? Can art inspire contemplation? Can it affect/influence policy decisions? If art cannot affect social change, does its expression still have value?
This course examines these questions as we review examples of activist art in the 21st Century including how advances in technology affect the production, delivery, and consumption of art. The course also examines the evergreen activist nature of art within historical movements such as Baroque, Rococo, Renaissance, Impressionism, Expressionism, Fauvism, Surrealism, and Dadaism.
The course also examines what constitutes art, what makes art valuable, and the tensions that exist between individual versus collaborative expressions.
#ucirvine #uci #zot #fiatlux #artandactivism #artandactivismUCI

February 24, 2018

607 Portland in Bloom

IMG_2429607 Portland in Bloom
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is a demo painting I started while teaching painting go a wonderful group of people in Portland. I finished it tonight.

February 21, 2018

Parkland17 Prints

BackpacksThank you for your patience. Prints of my painting: Parkland17 are now available. Through the InPrnt process, each order will be fulfilled on demand by InPrnt and 50% of the cost will be for the cost that InPrnt incurs to produce, package and ship the print to you. I have decided to donate remaining proceeds to everytown.org, a non-profit that is working to end gun violence. InPrnt will then match 10% of the donated dollars to everytown. So basically, if you buy a print for $15, $7.50 will go to gun safety. And then after that an additional $.75 will go to gun safety, a total of $8.25. If you feel so inclined, please help spread the word. Thank you to my friend and colleague Misty Mawn for helping me navigate this path to get these prints to happen.

Buy your print here.
To the surviving youth organizing #marchforourlives :: We stand with you, believe in you, support you, thank you, and love you.

February 18, 2018

606 Parkland 17

606 Parkland 17
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas



This work is dedicated to:

Alyssa Alhadeff, 14 (student)
Martin Duque Anguiano, 14 (student)
Nicholas Dworet, 17 (student)
Jaime Guttenberg, 14 (student)
Luke Hoyer, 15 (student)
Cara Loughran, 14 (student)
Gina Montalto, 14 (student)
Joaquin Oliver, 17 (student)
Alaina Petty, 14 (student)
Meadow Pollack, 18 (student)
Helena Ramsay, 17 (student)
Alexander Schachter, 14 (student)
Carmen Schentrup, 16 (student)
Peter Wang, 15 (student
Scott Beigel, 35 (teacher)
Aaron Feis, 37 (coach)
Christopher Hixon, 49 (athletic director)

who were massacred in their school in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.
It is also dedicated to all of their families and friends.

605FM Je Suis

Jesuis2605FM Je Suis :: original free motion stitched art doll with watercolor and gouache on cotton fabric
Approximately 7 inches tall
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This is my demo doll I made while teaching how to make these dolls this past week in Portland.

604 And So I Stayed

Andso604 And So I Stayed
10x12 inches :: original oil painting on linen board
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This is a demo painting I made in Portland this past week, while teaching oil painting. It is dedicated to Jennifer Willoughby and all who are or have been caught in the cycle of domestic abuse as we find the ways to resist our society's longstanding tradition of believing the Rob Porters of the world, including the current disgusting administration.

February 11, 2018

PixelpChan :: StudioCrescendoh SEP 15-16, 2018

Gouache Painting
2-Day Workshop :: September 15-16, 2018
with Peter PixelPChan

207 N. Broadway Street, Studio L
Santa Ana, CA 92701



Join Peter Chan of Pixelpchan as he offers a very special 2-day workshop where we explore the wonders of painting with gouache. On both days, Peter will provide slide presentations to review fundamental painting topics. He will also perform demo paintings, followed by in-class painting instruction and feedback as we review Peter's paintings from his earlier work all the way up to his most recent paintings.

  • Arrive & Settle: 9:00 :: Time for students to arrive, settle in.
  • Class Segment A: 9:30-12:00 :: Class time with Peter who will demonstrate and guide the 1st part of class.
  • Lunch & Stroll: 12:00 PM :: You can choose to brown bag it or take a stroll to one of the many hip and artsy eateries in the historic Artist's Village in Santa Ana, like C4 Deli, Chapter One4th Street Market, Cafe Calacas, and The Gypsy Den.
  • Class Segment B: 1:30-4:30 PM :: Class time with Peter who will guide the 2nd part of class.
  • Clean-Up & Depart: 4:30-5:00 PM

SUPPLY LIST: All participants are asked to bring the following to the workshop:

  • GOUACHE PAINTS: These are the colors that Peter is currently using but you are free to try other ones:
    • WINSOR NEWTON: Permanent white, primary yellow, cad yellow, bright red, cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, burnt umber, ivory black
    • HOLBEIN: ultramarine blue light, grey no. 1, lilac, pink, opal, navy blue
    • Peter also adds cheap gouaches by Reeves brand ... you can buy a 24 color pack for $15. They are actually pretty good to start out if you have less of a budget and want to test out gouache before committing to the expensive stuff. If you decide to start with the Reeves brand and can budget for a couple of expensive tubes, go for Winsor Newton's permanent white and primary yellow.
    • There are different ways to transport your gouache. Using a small box like this is a good option.
    • Some people also like to use the sta-wet, and squeeze out new paint for each painting session. The biggest difference is that if you go with the first option, you have to wet the paint once a week to keep it from drying out, and you have to always carry it in your hand leveled.
    • One big Princeton brand synthetic round brusy, #16 or #20, and a 1/2-inch flat brush.
    • Also get a couple of variety of sizes for the flats and rounds like this set
    • small cosmetic spray bottle
    • small water jar
    • mixing palette
    • watercolor paper or sketch book
    • masking tape
    • paper towels
    • foam board to tape your paper to

INSTRUCTOR: Check out more of Peter's work and offerings here.

SEPTEMBER 15-16, 2018
Price :: $390


February 06, 2018

Commission Me (If you want to)


With so many people as of late interested in commissioning me for portraits, I developed an official little process. Here it is:

1 You send me an email with your interest.

2 I write back with rates based on sizes and medium and substrate.

3 You send me images that I choose from

4 I choose an image

5 You provide a non-refundable deposit

6 I paint

7 You pay the balance and arrange for pick up or shipping

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