Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!





For those of you who have ordered something from us for today, thank you letting us play cupid for your special gift this year. Happy Mother's Day from all of us here at CanadaOnCanvas / KeenArt Media !



Check out our Ideas Gallery for that next big special day!

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Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Another new Stock Photo Set is here! Food + Drink #5




With the weather finally starting to get good, there's so much we can look forward to: farmer's markets, ice-cream stands, French cafes, yum! Celebrating this mood, we've unleashed the next collection of our favorite food and drink stock photos!








To download, simply click on the Dropbox link below:



Every second week, we scour free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favorites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find for our next Stock Photo Set!


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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PROMO CODE: Mother's Day!


Happy spring everyone! With April winding down, another special day is just around the corner. And to get you all ready, here is the new promo code!





Type MOMART into the checkout and receive 25% off the regular price on all products (with the exception of art supplies)! Not sure what to get her? Take a look on our ideas page here!

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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
info@keenartmedia.com

Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter!







Wishing you all a happy Easter!

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 
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Our 5 Tips for Setting Up An Artist Space


 An artist's environment is integrally important to an artist's development. Working in a space that is small and cramped isn't ideal, but for a lot of us it's an only option. For those  tiny areas, these are our top 5 tips for setting up an efficient and clean artist space.

1. Keep everything off the desk.

Penguin book designer Arielle Gamble works on illustrations for a new title.  Photo - Phu Tang.

Well, perhaps not everything. We know your desk will most likely be used to rest your pencils, paintbrushes, charcoal, water, etc. But these necessities aside, it is best to have your items off the table as much as possible, as this helps negate potential accidents from happening. The less items you have on your work space, the less likely a little charcoal thumbprint will stain the back of your work, or that your water jar will tip over when you reach for a paintbrush. This also makes clean-up easier, and prevents cross-contamination when you work from medium to medium.

2. Fill your wall-space wisely.

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When you're first starting out as an artist, chances are your space will be a bit on the smaller side. While it can be tempting to stack that corner up with shelving, leaving a wall space empty may actually be more beneficial. An intentional blank wall space can actually be more inspiring, as it not only breaks up the crowding of towering storage, but it also provides a gallery space for you to hang your work when you are finished. Take time to bask in the pride of your work, the deep satisfactions of a completed piece. Hanging a piece reminds you of your productivity, and keeps your steam going to start a new piece.

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If not with your own work, a blank wall space also provides an excellent area for brainstorming and iterating. It's a space for visual references and conceptual experimentation, while leaving you and your work surface clean and ready for the final process.

3. High Shelves.

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Now that being said, shelving is also immensely important when you have a small space. The trick is to make sure you invest in the right type of shelves for your space, and from our experience, it's better to go up-up-up. If your housing situation allows, invest in shelving brackets and learn how to screw them into the wall - this will keep both your desk clear, and reserve some wall-space for inspiration and brainstorming.

If you are renting and are not able to make holes in the walls, no fear! In these scenarios we recommend adding a shelf onto a desk - or better yet, building a desk from a shelf. Sliding a desk right up against an adjustable shelf like Ikea's Billy Bookcase still lets you keep your items off the desk, while opening up a bit of much-needed gallery or inspiration wall-space underneath. 

4. Wheel it in.

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As your art grows, so will your work space. The best way to let both organically grow together is to keep as many components adjustable and movable as possible. By adding wheels to your furniture pieces and making each piece an isolated component on its own, you will be able to adjust your work space to fit your project, big or small. 


5. Be a bit of a Builder Bob.
Upcycling, Shena Meadowcroft

While this may sound like a bit of a stretch outside the art world, I cannot recommend it enough. The best way to ultimately make a space work for you, is to have some ability to build something to your exact need. Having some knowledge of wood types and boards (ie, birch plywood vs mdf) and some basic construction techniques will be of immense help (both to your space and to your pocket!). Once you get going, you may even find that building is actually quite fun, as it just opens up a whole new world of possibilities. 

So those are our 5 tips!! What did you think? If you have any tips you guys would like to share, let us know in the comments below and we can share them in an upcoming post!

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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 
www.CanadaOnCanvas.com
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Stock Photo Set Wednesday is here! Spa Package #2

Need a little more time to breathe? Check out these gorgeous images to sooth your stress!








How perfectly zen~! Click here to download them all.

Every second week, we scour free stock photography sites such as UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, to bring your our top 5 favorites for your growing business or office! These ones are all A-OK to print and hang in your commercial space, and are all high enough in DPI to print on large canvas sizes.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find for our next Stock Photo Set!



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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Article Feature from ArtNews! - On Artist Block

We've all been there. We get an idea, struck with inspiration...then, as we ready ourselves in front of the easel, we freeze. The canvas is blank, and suddenly, our minds do the same.

The empty canvas dominating Tom Burckhardt’s cardboard installation FULL STOP, 2004–5, expresses the artist’s recurrent fear of “feeling stuck.” Original source: ArtNews
To help relieve your anxieties, we're sharing one of our favorite articles on the feared "artist block". Written by Ann Landi, Art New's Facing the Blank Canvas: Artists' Tips for Getting Started should spark some ideas in breaking out of the rut, or just energizing you to make that first stroke! Click on the image for the full article!

And what about you, readers? Any particular method you're a fan of? For me, I definitely need to cycle through various pieces all at once to help with my artblock. Share your suggestions in our comments section below!

KeenArt Media specializes in customized canvas and fine art printing and reproduction. We also offer services in scanning, plaque mounting, and custom-made artist canvases. We also do framing as well!  Check out our website or contact us for ways we can assist you with your latest piece.

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
info@keenartmedia.com