Friday, October 14, 2016

October 13

Introducing a page from The Daily Artist to be published by Two Sylvias Press early 2017. Keep watch for occasional posts including exercises and inspiration for your creative life. This book includes exercises and inspiration for each day of the year. It's a fun way to improve your painting and drawing and also a great companion for your artistic life.  

Also see The Daily Poet published by Two Sylvias Press by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano
Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice


Field Palette

Painting knife or palette knife painting on canvas board is a quick way to produce a beautiful painting. The above rendering of fields and sky was done by spreading paint with the flat side of a knife. Darker areas and crisper lines were rendered with the edge of the knife.  Because I paint with acrylic, drying time is short. In the above piece I was able to add color, dragging it over the top of a previous layer fairly quickly.

Try this: Buy a pack of artist’s knives at your local art or craft store. Plastic knives are cheaper and perhaps a good way to experiment with this type of painting. Good stainless steel painting knives run considerably more. For detailed steps, look up palette knife videos on YouTube.

Field Palette, Acrylic on board, 2015, 8”x 10”

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Daily Paintworks is offering by auction the above painting, a 6x6 inch acrylic on paper on canvas for bid (starting at $15.00) and purchase.  Follow the above link to the site and see more artwork by  Nancy Canyon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Daily Paintworks

Daily Paintworks is a website where artists who paint regularly show their work.  See my page, Nancy Canyon to see the paintings below and many others.  Many paintings are priced at $50. Contact me at to arrange shipping after purchase of the painting from the website using Paypal.

Cottonwood Reflection

Whatcom Lake

Forest Floor


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Daily Paint Works

To be a great artist or painter or musician, one must practice. Daily practice is advisable. I did this while taking organ lessons.  It made sense.  So I decided to take my art up a notch by challenging myself to a painting a day. I did this throughout February and it was quite a lot of fun. In fact, I got my grandson involved too.  Once a week he paints with me. We love this time together.

If you'd like to see some of these new paintings (more all the time) check out my new website There are other painter's sites you can look at at Daily Paintworks too.  Many artists have taken on this challenge, to paint often, even if it's not daily, to improve skill.

Here are a couple of examples of my new work:

Monday, March 21, 2016

Scudder Pond

Check out my new site at Daily Paint Works. There's lots of new work daily and it's easy to purchase smaller paintings for affordable prices. and

Unclad Art Show

This last weekend a wonderful and prestigious show took place at the Edmonds Yacht Club in Edmonds, Washington. 90 artist participated in the show, selected by jury from over 400 entries. Though the show is over, the art is still available for purchase.  You can see all the wonderful pieces at
Aerial Artist, Graphite and Acrylic paint, $395.00