Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 Shows & Events


May-Dec: Open Studio every Fourth Friday, 1000 Harris, #6, Historic Fairhaven
June 3 Opening, Cooper Lanza Gallery, 1415 13th St., Bellingham, WA 98225 
June 7 Opening, Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden, WA
Sept. 7 Opening, Allied Arts of Whatcom County, Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA
Oct. 6 & 7, 14 & 15, WAST--Whatcom Artist Studio Tour, 1000 Harris #6, Historic Fairhaven

Sunday, October 8, 2017

WAST Review by Molly Brennan

Canyons work is a collection of pieces inspired by nature not traditionally landscape painting but rather snapshot moments of reflection and detail. Many of her works feature a crisp leaf floating on the mirrored surface of the water. This creates an abstracted view of nature from the reflection of the forest branches. She uses acrylic paint on canvas for the majority of her works, sometimes using very thin layers of paint to create a watercolor effect. Using lots of bright colors and pastels adds texture and softness to different painting especially in her lily pad paintings. What makes her work unique is how she displays a new perspective of nature by showing small details instead of the big picture. The detail of raindrops on the surface of the water and a leaf floating by becomes the whole subject of the painting instead of an afterthought.
            - Molly Brennan, WWU Art History Student

Note: Molly Brennan is an Art History Student interning with Nancy Canyon during the Whatcom Aritst Studio Tour, 2017. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017


I've always been fascinated with large leaves, well really any leaves, for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I'd gather leaves in Audubon Park in the fall: oak, maple, chestnut.  I loved the shapes and the colors. Back at home, I heated paraffin on the stove in a soup can and when liquid, dipped each leaf in hot wax and laid it out on a paper towel to cool, thus preserving the beauty I found in nature. 

Now I'm preserving the beauty I find in nature in a different way. Scudder Pond is overgrowning with cattails and the lilies are tall and lush and more hidden. While paddleboarding on Padden Lake, I've passed clumps of lilies with hearty green seed pods floating where the flowers once bobbed yellow. I love the shape, the ridges, the heft of the pods and hope to take my drawing book out there and sketch one of these calm days. We'll see.

Anyway, here are a few paintings to enjoy.

See me in my studio at 1000 Harris, #6, Fairhave in Bellingham Washington, by appointment and the third Fridays of the month for artwalk.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Lilies

Each year I marvel at the growth of vegetation erupting across Scudder Pond. The pond feeds ducks and beavers, geese, and river otters. There are often turtles sunning themselvs and bull frogs hurrumping at night. Lily pads are lovely, fresh in pinks and reddish browns and withered latter, lazy browns and tortured greens. All of it reflects on the water's surface, even the clouds above. Enjoy the following paintings.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Daily Artist, to be published by Two Sylvias Press, Two Sylvias Press will be available some time this fall. A comprehensive artist's companion with daily exercises to practice and improve your skill as a visual artist. Here is an example of a page 46:

Analogous Colors

Analogous Colors are colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel. In the above painting you can see I painted the lilies in shades of yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green, and green. You can work with up to five colors and still keep the painting analogous.

Try This: Select three to five colors from a color wheel and use only these colors to render a painting. You can use white and/or a complement for high and low lights. Paint whatever you like, or copy the lily in the picture above. Try the same painting in a different set of analogous colors. What have you learned from this exercise?

Stay tuned, More to come....

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Open Studio Fridays in December

There's lots of work to see at my studio, 1000 Harris, #6, in Historic Fairhaven. 
The village is beautiful and active with hay rides and Santa at the Ferry Terminal. 
The bookstore is full of new volumes, the coffee shops are offering eggnog lattes. 

And there's art at the Morgan Block Studio: paintings, jewelry, pottery, leather handbags. And we usually have on a pot of hot tea or apple cider. If you are in the neighborhood venture up the stairs, our doorway at 1000 Harris opens between Good Earth Pottery and Artwood. 

Hope to see you soon. Nancy 710-7139 for appointment.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nancy Canyon shows NEW Paintings at Allied Arts of Whatcom County

NATURE: The first show of 2016 juried shows hanging through July. Please stop by for a visit. 1418 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 10-5 daily. Call

Cottonwood Forest

Scudder Pond Forest

Spirit Trees

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Daily painting is a practice to improve painting skill.  Every discipline has a practice: scales in music,
 bar work in ballet. After a trip Italy, I decided to paint daily...and did all through February. Then my practice 
became sketchy.  Now, after a trip to Italy,
 I want to resume this practice.  Here is a new painting available by auction at  Take a look:


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tuscany & Lilies

New paintings of Tuscany from recent trip to Montisi are available now at Daily Paintworks .  And I've also added a new painting to be auctioned off: Two Lilies  See Daily Paintworks

Also in the October Issue of The Tishman Review you can enjoy two of my lily paintings: Tishman Review full color.

Two Lilies  (Available at Daily Paintworks)

View from Il Poggio

Sheep Tree

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Unclad Art Show

Please attend the UNCLAD Art Shoe held in Edmonds, Washington, March 18-20 at the Edmonds Yacht Club.  The show includes 90 artists working in a variety of styles. Opening night Gala tickets, public hour tickets and life drawing Marathon can be purchased at See more at 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Elevation: The Art of Cascadia

Here's the information about the Art of Cascadia show opening February 5th, 6-9.  Hope you can join me at Allied Arts to see my work and the work of Ron Pattern, Lanny Little, Anita Boyle, and others. Allied Arts in Whatcom County located downtown on Cornwall

Friday, February 56:00-9:00 pm
Elevation kicks off with a bang during Art Walk on with exhibits at:

Allied Arts Gallery (1418 Cornwall Ave.) work by some of our finest painters and mixed-media artists, all of it inspired by our local natural beauty. Painters Nancy Canyon, Lanny Little, Yvette Neumann and Ron Pattern will be joined by mixed-media artists Anita K. Boyle and Graham Schodda. The opening reception starts at 6 pm and features live classical guitar by Walt Burkett. This exhibit will be on display through the end of February, the Allied Arts Gallery is open Monday-Friday10am - 5pm, and Saturday, 12-5pm.

Old Dakota Art Space (1415 Cornwall Ave., directly across the street from the gallery) Photography holds center stage with 15 of our finest nature photographers showing their Cascadia-inspired work. One of the largest photography exhibitions ever presented in Bellingham, it will feature Brett Baunton, Mark Bergsma, John D'Onofrio, Lance Ekhart, Tommy Gibson, David Inscho, Kenni Merritt, Daniel Nylen, Tore Ofteness, Ken Osthimer, Andy Porter, Alan Sanders, Helen Scholtz, Mark Turner and Dennis Walton. Here too, the opening reception starts at 6 pm and features live music from the Prozac Mountain Boys and fresh local ale from Kulshan Brewery. This exhibit will be on display through the end of February, the space will be open Thursday- Saturday, 12-5pm or by appointment with Allied Arts Staff.

Hatch 2.0 (221 Prospect St.). Sculptor Denise Snyder and painter Mary Jo Maute will be joined by some of our finest improvising musicians led by Steve Jones in an art/music performance entitled The Nature of Form and Color moved with Sound. Designed to bring viewers into the creative process, they will create art and music together on the fly.

Downtown Bellingham Visitor's Center (1306 Commercial Street) Michael Heath and Tom McCalla exhibiting their local landscape watercolor paintings.

Hotel Bellwether (1 Bellwether Way) David Valdez digital landscape photography.
Saturday, February 6
9:00-12:00 Workshop Terry Halbert: Digital Photography (Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave) Join American landscape Photographer Terry Halbert for an inspiring free three-hour instructional class that will take you from camera basics to seeing a new artistic vision of the world.

2:00 pm Presentation Susan Conrad: Solo Paddle from Anacortes to Alaska (Susan's new book will be published this spring!) The Idiom Theatre (1418 Cornwall Ave.) will host Inside: One Woman's Journey Through the Inside Passage, a presentation by Susan Conrad at 2 pm. Susan paddled her kayak on an epic solo 66-day journey from Anacortes to Juneau, Alaska. 

5:00-6:30 Presentation Terry Halbert: Expedition America - a National Park Odyssey (Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave) Stevie and Terry Halbert quit their jobs, loaded their belongings into their Volkswagen EuroVan and set out for a year long adventure to see all of America's National Parks. Come meet Stevie and Terry and hear about their year long Odyssey and see their 27 minute video through America's natural wonders, its national parks and its people.

7:00 pm Multimedia Presentation A Love Song For Cascadia in the Old Dakota Art Space. The presentation features projected images by Brett Baunton, John D'Onofrio, Lance Ekhart and Dennis Walton, accompanied by poets James Bertolino and Anita K. Boyle and Native American Flute master Gary Stroutsos (whose flute was featured in Ken Burns' documentary series, Lewis and Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery).

Sunday, February 7
11 am Workshop Night Sky photography
workshop led by photographer Andy Porter. at the Old Dakota Art Space (1415 Cornwall Ave.) 

Friday, February 26
Recreation NW Expo 4-8 pm Depot Market Square (1100 Railroad Ave.) This is your chance to connect with the active outdoor community. 50+ exhibitors and 700 runners, bikers, sailors, paddlers, and others who are looking for new ways to play outside.

Saturday, February 27 
Excursions and Tours: Throughout Whatcom County, we will be connecting people with outfitters, tour guides and other professionals to get out and see the sights and insights into local businesses!

Seeking VolunteersWe can't make awesome programs like this happen without the helping hands of people like you. So if you are interested in helping out with this event,

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour 2015

Here we go again!  This weekend and next from 10-5 each day, stop at 30 some artists and their studio and view/purchase some amazing art.  If you will, stop and say hi to me.  I'm at 1000 Harris, #6 in the Morgan Block Building.  Hope to see you soon.

White of Clouds

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour

Be sure to stop by the Morgan Block Studios for the tour the first two weekends of October.  Five artists in my building will be open 10-5 Saturday and  Sundays with a plethora of fabulous paintings, pottery and jewelry.  Many artists take Visa/MasterCard.  See us at 1000 Harris.  I am on the second floor, # 6.

Reflection on Lake P added
on Lake P added

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Be sure to stop by Lucia Douglas Gallery in Fairhaven and see my reflection paintings.  Also take in the great show by Thomas Wood.  You'll be surprised and fascinated by his surreal imagery.  My pieces are hung in the small room (office) through March 22.  
Lucia Douglas Gallery
1415 13th St, Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 733-5361

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Studio 21, Morgan Block Building, 1000 Harris #6, Bellingham, WA

Here I am in the studio...this was taken a little over a year ago, in my old studio.  I don't have quite as much wall space in my new studio, but the windows are great and the view of the water lovely. If you are interested in making art with me or writing with me, please call or email:  I'd be happy to set up individual time or to arrange an art party with your friends.  Six to eight seems to be a good number.  We can make books or collages or multi-media boxes. Or we can have a journal writing's a great experience working together. Let me know...   Happy New Year!

Photo Credit Ann Marie Cooper