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Kristen Dillon and I just won the Squamish Street Banner art contest! http://chilithom.com/blog/winning
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Chili Thom Gallery Holiday Sale! Use the coupon code creaivity_rulz to get 20% off all paper and giclee prints at chilithomgallery.com
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NEW Chili Thom Gallery E-Gift Cards now available! Perfect when you don't know exactly what to get him or her for the holidays...
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Check out my new online art gallery featuring art pieces from myself and other amazing local Canadian artists.. http://chilithomgallery.com/
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After what I can only classify as the best summer I've ever had draws to an end, I'm both excited for what's coming up next and sad to see the season go. Since May I've been on a string of epic adventures in search of self and inspiration. Luckily over the past 5 months I managed to find both. Through my travels in Europe I discovered more completely who I am. My constant exposure to such vast and rich history really helped me see through the temporary veil of today's technology and get me back to the roots of where we've come from, recognizing what's truly important to me.

I was on a quest for new inspiration in my work and perhaps a new direction… and I found it in Prague. It's one of the most beautiful cities in the world with amazing architecture, rich history and friendly people. While visiting with a friend from there I was shown the ins and outs of the city and a ton of eye candy and inspiration. We went to the National Gallery where I was awe struck by my New favorite artist, Alphonse Mucha. We arrived on the opening day of his “Slav Epic”, a series of 20 pieces paying homage to the Slavic war in the 1800's. His use of colour and technique were amazing, but the sheer size of the pieces were mind blowing. The largest measured up to 6x8 METERS! And… he painted them in egg tempera, which is one hell of a feat. I did some more research into his work and discovered a style which was just what I was looking for to inspire me. Over the next few months I'm going to be working on a shift in my style heading back towards my more graphic roots. I've wanted to have more self contained images that would be good for board graphics, T-shirts, stickers and tattoos for quite some time and Mucha’s Art Nouveau style has shown me the way… in my own style of course.

After returning home from a month in Europe I set off on two more adventures here in Canada. I canoed the Yukon River with 5 friends during the summer solstice and filled my brain with more ideas for new works over the 7 days we were on the water. The land of the midnight sun is so vast and sure did a number on our sleep schedule. Kudos to those of you who live up there…what a trip! Two days after returning from the Yukon I was off again to BC’s wild coastline in the Great Bear Rainforest. I'd been invited to join a project called “Artists for and Oil Free Coast” which is organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation. A group of 50 artists, including Robert Batemen, Roy Henry Vickers, May Moore and Mark Hobson to name a few, were taken to the area of the Great Bear Rainforest that is at most risk from the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and the tanker route to the open ocean. Over the course of one week we artists got to develop a personal bond with the area, its inhabitants as well as getting first hand knowledge about all of the hazards this project would bring to the area. Upon our return each of the artists crated a piece donated to the Foundation to help its conservation efforts.

The collective works of the artists will be on display in 3 cities throughout this fall and early winter and will then be auctioned off at the end of the tour. The show will be on display here:

Victoria – The Bay Center November 16 – 23
Vancouver – Performance Works, Granville Island - November 27 – December 1
Salt Spring Island – to be confirmed
Naniamo - Naniamo Art Gallery - December 19 – January 5
Read the rest of this blog post here: http://chilithom.com/blog/after-an-inspiring-summer-welcome-to-the-fall
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