Friday, January 20, 2017

New Year, New Beginnings!

Happy Friday and a (belated, but very) Happy New Year from all of us at Vancouver on Canvas...we're so excited and looking forward to another year with all of you guys and assisting in your creative pursuits! And with new beginnings come some new changes...a slight revamp of the blog, a few new specials here and there - and of course, new products and services, such as our new dye-sublimation machine!

We've heard your requests and now we're finally ready to roll this baby out! After a few months of test-printing and tweaking, we've finalized and expanded our set of materials and sizes for our dye sublimation service. Now not only do we do printing onto birchwood panels, but we also do printing onto metal, mdf plaques...and even circular metal!

General rules of thumbs with dye-sublimation - due to its transparency capabilities, printing onto wood or metal can yield a beautiful myriad of the textures underneath. That being said, birchwood or gloss clear metal would look excellent with landscapes and scenery, but is not recommended for portraiture.

To keep the printing opaque when printing on metal, simply select gloss white instead. This will create a super bright, saturated, and glassy effect not unlike plexi facemounting, without the added weight or heft.

Gloss white on the left; gloss clear on the right. While initially darker, when light strikes the gloss clear, the colors are even more vibrant and saturated. 

If you any questions regarding dye-sublimation, please feel free to ask us, or head over to our resources section for more info! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Things Are Getting Stormy - Frederick Varley Focus

Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay by Frederick Varley, 1921. Oil on canvas.
Sourced from The Art History Archive

Time to bunker down this weekend! As we prep ourselves for a few blustery days ahead, we figured it was apt to feature a Canadian artist most known for his fiercely passionate paintings and equally stormy life story: Frederick Horsman Varley.

 Frederick Varley
Sourced from Wikipedia

Hailing in from Sheffield, Varley lead an adventurous and tumultuous life. Originally born in Sheffield, England (1881), he studied art in Sheffield and in Belgium (at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts), where he met his wife. After being convinced by a friend to, he moved to Ontario at the age of 31, and began working at the ad agency Grip Ltd as a commercial illustrator.

Varley was quickly known for his mercurial temperament and unconventional approaches to his work. While he was friends with several artists, he was closest with artists Tom Thomson and Frank Carmichael. With Tom, Varley would hike to the wilderness to paint, although Varley preferred portraiture.

In 1918, Varley was commissioned to paint scenes of War World I, mostly of battlefields and cemeteries. The experience left Varley deeply disturbed, and his works echo with its haunt.

 German prisoners on the Western Front. 1918-1920. Oil on canvas.
Sourced from Wikipedia

In 1926, Varley eventually moved to Vancouver to teach at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, where he focused on landscapes, predominantly in oil and watercolor, having been inspired by its natural scenery. When the Depression hit in 1936, Varley left the province to circulate from Ottawa and Montreal, before finally settling in Toronto. In 1938, he once again packed his bags and adventured to the Arctic, and once more in 1954 to the Soviet Union. After returning to Toronto, he passed in 1969.


Frederick Varley belonged to the Group of Seven, an organization of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933. Their objective was to paint the landscapes of Canada, which had not been considered worth of depicting at that time. While we do not carry works of the Group of Seven, we have many other beautiful Canadian landscape artists featured on our website here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! + Featured Artist Share: Jeanette Jarville

We hope you're all enjoying the weather on such a lovely Thanksgiving Day!

(A reminder that we are closed Thanksgiving Day, but will be back to regular hours starting tomorrow, Tuesday October 11th, at 8AM!)

In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving, with all of the beautiful autumn colours and bright leaves, please enjoy our blog's featured artist today! Every so often we like to share some of our favourite artists from Vancouver with our readers and art appreciators. If you're an artist who would like to be featured, or know an artist we should feature, let us know in the comments below!


Thick and Thin, Acrylic on Cradled Panel, 30x30

Today's artist is an Emily Carr graduate and contemporary fine artist, public installator and sculptor. With her bold use of colours and harmonizing compositions, Jeanette Jarville's abstracts, portraits and landscapes capture a distinct vibrancy and movement within her pieces... simultaneously in a wonderfully still, split-second fraction of an instant. As quoted from her artist statement on her website:

"Art has a purpose, a need, not only materially -...but to fill a need in our consciousness. For me creating art fills the demand I place on myself to achieve and accomplish the most of my life, my reason for being. Creating art in my own unique style enables people to examine my selective view(s) of a reality at that moment."

Jeanette Jarville's use of painting on clear acrylic panels also adds another level of uniqueness and authenticity to her work, for "once a brushstroke is put down, it cannot be painted over", and the final work is viewed from the opposite side of the panel, creating a striking and illuminating effect in the final piece. A very beautiful and fitting technique!

Dancing On the Edge, Acrylic Reverse Painting, 28x60
We hope you've enjoyed this colourful segment of our featured artist share today! For more information, please visit Jeanette Jarville's website at


(Acrylic paints are an excellent medium for painting, due to their quickness of drying time and ability to bind to just about any primed surface! They can be used on canvas (of course), birchwood (a lovely effect), and nearly any other kind of rigid surface or panel! To explore more surfaces for your acrylic paints, visit our online store here.)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Top 4 Canvas + Framing Projects for the Weekend...and More!

From our experience at VancouveronCanvas, we've seen how canvases and frames can be used for more than just art reproduction and prints! In fact, some of the coolest ideas come from just a bit of mix and matching, to give your home a bright new decor piece! Here are some of our top favourites combos that we have found, starting from the bottom:

5) Beautiful Frame + Cork Foamboard = Chic Corkboard

A beautiful corkboard example featured on Simply Kierste

Super popular and super cute, the chic corkboard is a easy to make if you have a beautiful frame and a sheet of cork that fits.

Looking for one for the office, or don't have time to DIY? We can put one together for you! It even comes ready to hang, right out of the box.

2) Frame + Print + Plexi = Dry Erase Flair

A cute example found on ScrapMatts

Keep organized, while being customized! Having plexi with your frame allows you to change out the background whenever you wish - whether it's a print, a gorgeous wallpaper sample, or even fancy wrapping paper! Collage your own background and individualize your new whiteboard whenever you fancy, keeping your workspace fresh and exciting.

3) Frame + String = Hanging Art Gallery

Photo from Style Me Pretty

Create a gallery wall...right in the frame! With just the exterior frame, some string and some clothespins, you can post your newfound artworks for the world to see, without having to worry about matboards or framing. Perfect for a dorm or kitchen!

4) Canvas Prints for Sound Absoprtion

Photo from

This is pretty interesting! Double your canvas wall art as sound proofing barriers - simply stuff egg carton foam into the back and hang. For more details, you can also visit the Resources page on our website. 

5) Cork Wall

Photo from RevistaGlamour

Although this has nothing to do with framing or canvas, we figured we would add it to this post, simply because it looks so fantastic. Simply obtain some sheets of cork foamboard, and mount on the wall using Command wall-mounting sticky tape. The result is stunning, and clears so much for brainstorming and organization!

We hope you've enjoyed some of our favourite projects with canvas, frames and cork! Which were your favourites? Let us know in the comments below!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Upcoming Vancouver Art Events & Their Submission Deadlines


"A young visitor checks out some of the offerings at the Deer Lake Craft Festival." 
Photograph by Jennifer Gauthier, sourced from Burnaby Now

A happy Friday hello to all our artists, photographers and crafters out there! Although fall has only just begun, many local winter-themed art exhibitions and craft events are already underway in preparation...and whether you're a hobbyist or professional, 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:

SMTC Christmas Fair 2016 (Burnaby): SEPT 30

Winter Treasures Port Moody: OCT 02

ACT Art Gallery Ensemble 2016: OCT 17

2016 Deer Lake Craft Festival: OCT 28

Annonymous Art Show (North Vancouver): OCT 29

Plaskett Gallery 2017 Artist Call:  OCT 31

If there are any we have missed, let us know! We love being part of the art scene, whether it's admiring your works, or assisting with the behind the table stuff! Which ones will you guys be hitting up? For those of you who have been before, which would you recommend our artists to participate in, or our patrons to visit as their first event? 

Planning to attend? 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. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Get Ready for Etsy's Made in Canada 2016!

For an art lover, there's nothing better than browsing for a piece that is original, handmade, and bespoke ...and where better to peruse than at Etsy's Made in Canada Market 2016!

When? Saturday, September 24 & Sunday September 25, 2016, from 10am – 5pm

Where? The Pipe Shop Building, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

How much? $3 per ticket when bought online, $5 at the door, free for children under 12!

Mingle among local crafters and artists as they present their beautiful wares and art pieces for sale. Inquire personally regarding originals and prints, and get to know the some of the most talented creators in the Etsy Vancouver community. An extra bonus: goodie bags are given to the first 50 shoppers each day.

To grab a preview of some of the local artists and crafters, check out their exhibit page here!

Roxie the Raccoon 8x10 Print
Laura Uy, Art + Soul Creative
So cute!

Original Abstract Painting - Acrylic on Wood - 20 x 20 x 1" by Lola Maier

Lola Maier, theScratchedCanvas
Have arts and crafts of your own and wish to be part of the Made in Canada Market next year? Check out their vendor faq for their next upcoming event. For more information visit!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Anonymous Art Show Call For Submissions!

Anonymous Art Show 2016
November 18 - December 17, 2016
Opening Reception:
November 17, 7 - 9:30pm

North Vancouver Community Arts Council is calling artists for their famous annual anonymous art show! 

... fostering interest and pride in cultural heritage /

All the submitted artworks will be hung in lines like the picture above and none of them will have the artist's signature on the front or side of the work. The buyer will know the artist of the piece after the purchase. 

Have fun making art with 8 x 8" canvas or wood panels, you are not only creating your artwork and selling it, but also donating the half of your sale to NVCAC. How sweet is that? Artists, you are ahead of time this year if you are reading this blog article, because the deadline of submission is a little more than three months from today! 

Refer to the description of the submission process below that is an excerpt from


Deadline for submissions:  Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 4:00pm

The artist remains a mystery until after the artwork is purchased.
The Anonymous Art Show is a great fundraiser and group exhibition that enables the community to support emerging artists.

All work is on unframed 8" x 8" x 1.5" canvas or wood panel. All works are $100, and the sale of each piece is divided 50/50 between the artist and the NVCAC, providing the artist an equal amount in royalties!  During this exhibition, artwork is sold right off the wall - we even wrap it for you, ready for giving!
Proceeds from this exhibition assist the NVCAC in funding many valuable programmes such as free community events and affordable art classes for all ages.
Opening night is a buzz of activity, so come early to choose your favourite work of art at a great price. The opening night is a fun event for art admirers and artists - with the thrill of buying art by a well-known artist or to discover a new favourite.
Relive the exhibition installation and opening night excitement from 2014 in the video below:

CityScape Community Art Space
335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC  V7M 2G3    Click for Map
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00am-5:00pm | Thu 9:00am-8:00pm | Sat 12:00-5:00pm

Questions? Call us at 604-988-6844 or email

Past Years:
2015:  738 works of art created by 378 artists;  250 works sold.
2014: 672 works of art created by 300 artists; 232 works sold.
2013:  738 works of art created by 360 artists; 228 works sold. 

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


Additional Products & Services related to this subject:
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.

Fine Art Scans - 8x8" size:
8" x 8" Scan on a DVD @ 300 DPI Scan    $35.00 
8" x 8" Scan on a DVD @ 600 DPI Scan    $61.00