Friday, October 13, 2017

Upcoming Metro Vancouver Art Events and Christmas Fairs 2017

Another happy Friday hello to all our artists, photographers and crafters out there! It's getting to be that time of the year again: Christmas season is one of the best times for creatives to sell their wares, and various craft and art festivals have opened their submission dates! We've listed some calls for artists that seem particularly interesting below ...we don't want you to miss out on any chances to sell or exhibit your work!

For the next two months, watch the submission dates for the following art and craft events in the Vancouver + neighboring areas:

Winter Treasures, The Fine Art of Holiday Giving: OCT 16 

Show & Sale Runs: November 9, 2017 - December 21, 2017

Port Moody Arts Centre is celebrating the holiday season with our much anticipated 4th annual Winter Treasures. It is an elegant, boutique style, show and sale. We invite artists and artisans in all media to submit 2D and 3D artwork and fine craft that is suitable for holiday gift giving. Previous shows have included painting, printmaking, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork, stone, glass, ceramics, as well as textile and leatherwork. Preference will be given to smaller works in a variety of price ranges up to $500.00. Artists will be encouraged to replenish sold artwork during the run of the show.

ACT Art Gallery Ensemble 2017: OCT 16
The ACT Art Gallery invites artists working at all levels, and in all mediums, to submit for consideration a small collection of artwork (an ensemble) for this year’s Ensemble show. Now in its 8th year, the concept of this exhibition is to give each artist the opportunity to show a small collection of artworks that are related by one or several unifying elements such as theme, medium, size, etc. In addition, size specifications as outlined in the guidelines must be strictly observed.

Semiahmoo Holiday Market: NOV 2
All crafters and artisans are welcome to participate in our Holiday Art Market in the contemporary Turnbull Gallery in South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre.  The South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre is a fully accessible hub for health, wellness and creativity for everyone in the community from preschool to seniors.

Annonymous Art Show (North Vancouver)OCT 28

The North Vancouver Community Arts Council & CityScape Community Art Space are very excited to announce the 13th Annual “Anonymous Art Show”.  This group exhibition and fundraising event will include the work of emerging and established artists, strictly 2D on unframed 8” x 8” x 1½” back stapled canvas or wood cradle panel.
Artists are encouraged to participate in this worthwhile event as it is a significant fundraiser for the many valuable community programmes, projects and events of the Arts Council. Artists are required to sign only the back of the canvas as the paintings are displayed anonymously. Each piece is priced at $100. Sales are divided 50/50 between the artist and the NVCAC.  Purchased paintings are immediately taken off the wall and given to the purchaser. In its place a sold tag will reveal the artist’s name.

Place Des Arts Christmas Boutique:  OCT 29
Each November and December, Place des Arts’ Artisan Shop expands into a fine craft market: The Christmas Boutique. Offering holiday shoppers a veritable Aladdin’s cave of glittering bobbles and delightful seasonal gifts, the Christmas Boutique is the perfect place to find beautifully handcrafted, locally made artisan wares. 

If you're in need of any products to sell, we have some suggestions below:

At KeenART, we have 8x8 inch Wood Panel Profile available at special price of $5.70 that is ready to be shipped out from or picked up today at our production centre in Burnaby.

8x8 inch Wood Panel Profile
A wood surface suited for arts and crafts or anything imaginable. These Hardboard Panels offer an archival alternative to stretched canvas. This rigid support is best for non flexible media such as tempera, and casein paints or even Resin Coatings

1½" deep base, 1-5/8" final depth
3mm or 1/8" Baltic Birch plywood Surface


Fine Art Scans -

When you have your final artwork is completed and ready to be dropped off at the gallery, consider having it scanned for reproduction pieces in the future.

8" x 8" Scan on a DVD @ 300 DPI Scan    $35.00 
8" x 8" Scan on a DVD @ 600 DPI Scan    $61.00

Fine Art Prints & Greeting Cards

Did you know we print on greeting cards as well as fine art prints? We do indeed! Our most popular sizes are the 5x7 folded cards, which are printed with our Epson printer on excellent archival card paper. They come in matte, glossy, or linen texture...and include the envelope as well!

Need anything else? We can help! Check out our website for an assortment of canvas and giclee fine art printing services, as well as other products such as wood panels and display racks. 

KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

This graphic was made with photography by Patrick Fore

From all of us here at VancouverOnCanvas, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! May you be surrounded by your loved ones and filled up with the best of food!

A reminder that we will not be open on Monday, October 9th for the holiday. Our doors open again Tuesday October 10th at 8:30AM. See you then!


KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services, such as scanningdry mounting, and dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!). Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall Engagement Photography You Must See

While its coldness and wetness are not ideal, autumn is one of our favourite seasons for photography. All the richness in the red and gold hues make for a visually stunning and fantastically romantic photograph. With warm, complimenting colors like ochre, ombre, and oak, autumn is a perfect backdrop for that woodland fantasy engagement photoshoot!

To show you what we mean, here are some of our favorite photos of autumn photography. Some are rich and darkly beautiful, like something out of a epic faery movie, while others are bright, refreshing and breezy. Hopefully these will give you some ideas for your own autumn themed engagement shoots!

Tatiana and Jamie, from PolkaDotBrides. Photographed by Love, Katie & Sarah.

I absolutely love the soft, slightly out of focus styles like these. And matching her scarf with the leaves? Spot. On.

Billy and Lynsey. Photographed by Cork Creative
Okay, not going to lie, I am an absolute sucker for epic photography like this. I love how the sunlight is right above them, as though they're love is the gold magic that is surrounding them. <3 p="">

Haley and Kevin, by Kristine Paulsen Photography 
Not all fall photography has to be super bright red and gold either. I love the cooler, brisker palette that Kristine Paulsen uses for her photo of Haley and Kevin. It's natural and sweetly romantic.

Fall Foliage Engagement Session - Betsy and Kurt by Steven Dray Images

Loving the versatility that Steven Dray shows in his photographs! Whether you're in the forest, park, or city, fall can be such a fantastic backdrop no matter where you are.

Karishma's Engagement Ring, by

You can't have an engagement shoot without one beautiful shot of the ring. And who says it has to be sunny for an epic, romantic photo?

Karishma and Adam, by

Photos by Arlene Chambers Photography
I love how beautifully framed these shots are. Naturally symmetrical and also subtly symbolic - those love-red leaves evoke a wedding archway, while the green path leads us to imagine their future together as a couple <3 .="" p="">
Larken Photography
How could I not feature this one? So soft, so epic, powerful in its simplicity.

And there you have it, our best picks for autumn engagement photography. Have a local photographer you'd like to recommend us? Hit us up, we'd love to do a feature!

 And if are a photographer or bride/groom looking to have your engagement photos printed, we can absolutely help you! Our wide selection of photographic and fine art paper will fit any style or mood, with ink that is rich in color and beautifully and precisely saturated. Call us today!


VancouverOnCanvas is a local printing, framing, fine arts and reproduction company. We also supply artist materials such as custom canvases, primed and unprimed, as well as stretcher barswood panels, etc. Check out our supply section today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Everyone Ready for #Inktober?

It's that time of the year again! For artists looking to practice their craft, Inktober is just around the corner.

There are many ways an artist go about Inktober. Traditionally it was meant to be in full black and white, but I don't see why it can't be in color either. After all, a lot of line art these days require more subtle hues depending on the style and subject being drawn, and thankfully ink comes in many different forms.

Example of an inked artwork fro JetPens

So here are some of our thoughts regarding materials used for Inktober:

Use dip pens with acrylic ink because hello they are so pretty!!

FW Acrylic Ink - watercolor-like fluidity and transparency but permenant

I honestly think watercolor should count as part of this challenge too, because you also "ink" and outline in watercolor pieces.

Inktober submission by WeThree3 and done in watercolors

This is my favorite watercolor brand to "ink" with.

Kuretaki Gambi watercolors. Super pigmented and affordable, and easy to load onto an ink pen via a brush.

Finally, of course, there are colored fine liners and Sakura micron pens. They should also totally count.

So those are some of our thoughts and feelings about the whole #inktober controversy. Ultimately, the spirit of the challenge is to practice drawing with commitment - as in, to practice what you're doing (with whatever medium you're working with) but also with a certain permanence (like what ink does). The permanence forces you to work with mistakes, encourages acceptance and drives you to complete a piece completely and authentically, without losing motivation due to perfectionism. So whether you're doing your pieces in ink, on the computer or by paint, commit to finishing your work with no "edits" - no restarting, no erasing, no cover-up. It is what it is, and be proud of it!

And if you feel proud of your piece enough to commemorate it, we offer scanning, printing and framing services! Our huge selection of fine art papers will suit any medium or illustration style, from bright, smooth matte paper for clean, crisp graphics, to textured German Etching paper to capture that watercolor texture and authenticity. We also print on metallic and gloss paper, to give your work a bit of sheen and shine.

Call us today, and happy  #inktober or #practicetober!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday

Friday, September 22, 2017

Our New Epson Printer is Here!

Hello all!

Have we got great news here at KeenArt Media, specially for those of your who are monochromatic photographers! We have just bought a brand new printer for all our Giclee needs - and it's the renowned Epson SureColor P20000!

 The Epson SureColor is faster, more efficient, and crisper in its precision. Its printer head measure 2.64 inches and prints at resolutions up to 2400x1200 dpi. It is also features the first pigment ink set  with four levels of gray ink, such as Gray, Light Gray, Dark Gray and Black to provide smoother transitions and rich details for monochromatic grayscale prints. This also lessons potential noise and bronzing during output.

Here is the official spec listing from the Epson website below:

The all-new 44” Epson SureColor P10000 and 64” Epson SureColor P20000 are the successors to one of the most widely used fine art printers ever developed – the Epson Stylus® Pro 11880.

Designed for high-production photographic, fine art and indoor display graphics printing, we’ve incorporated newly-developed imaging technologies – including an all-new high-performance 2.6” wide Epson PrecisionCore® MicroTFP® print head. Along with an all-new Epson UltraChrome PRO nine-color pigmented ink set – including four levels of gray – the all-new SureColor P10000 and SureColor P20000 are the ultimate production tools for the demanding requirements of high-production color and black-and-white fine art printmaking.

Including advanced media handling options from cut sheet to roll, from plain papers to photographic, fine art, and even 1.5 mm thick poster boards, the new Epson SureColor P10000 and SureColor P20000 redefine the state of the art in wide format, high-production photographic imaging applications.

So if you've got a b/w photograph or detailed artpiece in your collection, now's the perfect time to get it printed.  Upload your photo and select from our large collection of canvas and fine art prints to make the most out of our new Epson printer!


KeenArt Media is an online fine art printing and framing company, specializing in canvas, archival and photographic prints and reproductions. We are proud to serve and support artists from all over Canada. 

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART) 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Art of Hanging Art

Hanging art can be tricky business. Thankfully, we’ve got a few tips that might be able to help you with your home decor endeavor.

Common framing and art sizes.

1. Hang the Middle of Your Artwork at Eye Level

The most common home decor mistake is hanging artwork too high. A good rule of thumb is to hang the artwork so that the center of the piece is at eye level. This can vary from person to person, so we recommend making the middle of the piece is 57” off the ground. From there you can adjust as you see fit.

2. Size Your Artwork to Fit Your Space

The next most common error of home decor is not choosing the correct size art for your space. Whether you’re hanging a statement piece over a sofa or pairing two postcards in your hallway, here are some tips to keep in mind.

For large, blank walls above mantles or sofas, try looking at pieces in the range of 36” width and longer. The general rule of thumb is to make sure your art piece or collection is about 2/3rds to 3/4ths the length of the furniture it is hanging over. For breathing room, hover your art so that it is above 8” off the sofa or furniture.

An example of a large canvas proportionate to the couch below. 

For smaller spaces, size is less of an issue - but placement becomes important. If you are stacking two images, put the heavier one on top. This guides the eye to “trail down away”, rather than ending abruptly with chunky piece.

If the images are the same width but different orientations, stack portrait above landscape.

Remember that when you pair artwork together like this, together they act as one “piece”. Make sure the centre of the “piece” sits at eye level, to avoid losing the bottom piece completely out of vision.

3. Keep Your Collections along a Horizontal or Vertical Axis

Sometimes, you may have a lot of small pieces, rather than one large artwork. If you have many small prints (think 8x10, 5x7, 11x14s), then an asymmetrical collection or gallery wall may be what you’re looking for.

Asymmetrical collections and gallery walls are excellent layout options for eclectic groupings, but are at risk of looking haphazard and unorganized if one is not careful. To keep a sense of unity, make sure that your collection follows a horizontal and vertical axis.

While the edges of the frames don’t have to follow the axis perfectly, if you were to dissect your collection in half, both sides should appear balanced.  

When making collections, aim for some consistency between your pieces. Whether it’s by theme, mat color or frame choice, a consistent aesthetic will help keep your pieces looking unified and organized.

Even though there are lots of different images here, there is still a distinct sense of where the middle line, both vertically and horizontally. 

 4. Pick an Anchor Line

If you like putting your pieces together in a group but don't want to risk a haphazard look, try picking an anchor line and lining up all your artworks within that line. This works best with prints that are all the same size, which you can make symmetrical groupings out of. 

Common lower lines are excellent anchors. Most interior designers will put them on a shelf, which also eliminates the hassle of hanging them from the wall.

This is the most common anchor line. Although the composition is unbalanced (simply to show size differences between common frame sizes), it still looks clean, organized and structured. 

Upper lines are usually not recommended, as often this results in the artwork being hung too high. However, for large, singular pieces such as rugs, tapestries, or vertical canvases, this line will act as an invisible bar for them to hang from.

5. Plan It Out

An example from Jenna Burger

Hanging art is an art in of itself. Smoothing details like spacing and composition early in the game can save your framing from looking tilted, dizzy, or sloppy, and ultimately unify your gallery cohesively. Print out standard frame sizes (such as 8x10s, 11x14s, 24x36s) on paper (or measure them out on newspapers or poster paper), and tape them up on your wall in different configurations. Once you like your set-up, then decide which art piece should be framed and matted accordingly.


Ready to start matting and framing? VancouverOnCanvas has a huge selection of beautiful frame mouldings, which we handcut in custom sizes to fit whatever size you need! We also do matting and fine-art printing. If you're uncertain about hanging your art, we also print art on Adhesive Fabric - perfect for sticking, peeling off and rearranging. Call us today at 1-888-533-6278!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Artist Feature: Tamara Phillips

Hello all!

Though it's hard to believe, summer is finally winding down. Before the sun begins to set to fall, we wanted to feature another artist who reminds us of summer. Tamara Phillips of Vancouver Island paints lustrous wildlife illustrations with hues of blues and aquas. Her love of nature and wildlife is evident in every slender stroke and meticulously drawn circle. Mixed with wood textures, her final pieces become entrancing - trailing from the shape of a jellyfish or an otter, soon you lose yourself in the myriad of mandala-like details that make up each hair, face, or feather.

Moonlit Owl, Tamara Phillips

I am completely inspired by the natural world. Beauty is everywhere.

It is in the growth of the forest, the depth of the sea, and the curve of the bone.
It is skin, scales, bark, and tide pool ripples. It is texture, and it is raw.
I am a translator of life, and I am compelled to narrate it."
- Tamara Phillips, from her bio-page.

When looking at her pieces, one almost feels as if the subjects themselves are fluid, ever-moving and perhaps not entirely real. They move as if manifested out of water itself, floating, condensing, evaporating. It is this sense of permeability and (yet) impermanence that makes Phillip's work truly a blend of "myth, dream, intuition, and reality".

Orca, 7x10, Tamara Phillips
Sea Otter, 14x11
To view more of Tamara Phillips' work, visit her website. You can also check out her Etsy shop for prints and more.


KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services, such as scanning, dry mounting, and dye sublimation (onto metal or wood!). Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
Working Hours:
8:30 AM to 5:00PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00PM Friday