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Keeping up with TheArtBoat 2017

The Art boat has set off on it’s travels again and there has been a lot of miles covered. For the first part of this years tour I have been single handing so I have had very little time to let everyone know where I am up to. I will amend that now and get to the point of the post …A list of places where you will be able to find me over the coming months.

                   Saturday 13th May – Sunday 14th May  POP-UP Apsley

                  Saturday 20th May – Sunday 21st May    Rickmansworth Canal  Festival.

                   Saturday 27th May – Monday 29th May  Stoke Bruerne RCTA Floating Market

                    Saturday 17th June – Sunday 18th June   Foxton Locks  Festival

                   Saturday 25th June – Sunday 26th June   The Guild of Waterways Artists Summer Exhibition at Braunston Canal Festival

                    Saturday 22nd-July – Sunday 23rd July     Cosgrove Canal Festival

                    Saturday  29th July    Linslade Canal Festival

                    Saturday 12th August – Sunday 13th August     Blisworth Canal Festival

                    Friday 25th August – Monday 28th August   Merry Hill  Floating RCTA Market

                   Saturday 9th September – Sunday 10th September   Black Country Boating Festival

                   Friday 15th September – Sunday 17th September   Tipton Canal Festival

                 Saturday  23rd September – Sunday 24th September   Birmingham RCTA Floating Market


Don’t forget I will be updating this blogpost as I go along to add extra events and Pop-ups So keep checking in.  You can also look out for Monthly schedules on my Facebook Page

About Jan vallance

The Art Boat Artist …Jan Vallance.

It is complete chaos here on The Art Boat.  I am getting ready for the long summer, painting, making a new workspace.  keeping up with woodblock orders and finishing my website,  I can’t believe it is now only a week until the first gala at Buxworth basin.  I have been working on an “about” page, for the Website, and thought it might be a good idea to blog it for some feedback.  Please have a read and then let me know what you think so far?  I don’t want it to be too long, but hope I have included enough information without boring the socks off people!

Display, The Art Boat
Jan vallance art work on display

All about The Artist Jan Vallance.  In her own words…

I have been painting and selling my art since 2005. In the winter I work from a studio in Vernon Mill, an old mill in Stockport housing the studios of over 50 artists. The studio gets bitterly cold, so I often work from a makeshift studio in my mum’s loft. But the Spring and Summer is my favourite time. This is when I work from home.  Home is a narrowboat, and from late March to the beginning of October it becomes The Art Boat, my home, studio and floating gallery. I travel the canal system, popping up at floating markets, festivals, and sometimes just on my own.
Limited space means that smaller paintings are more practical to work on and this is where my miniature pieces are ideal. This year’s series are all waterways based and are painted under the loose title “Mini Mondays”. My work isn’t limited to miniatures though, I paint larger pieces too.

Inspiration and Method

I am inspired by my surroundings, and like to work on projects that explore different aspects of a subject. I live and work on the canals and they are the primary influence on my current paintings.
I work with layers. The paint and it’s application is all important. I apply paint quickly, filling the canvas and then start exploring…. printing, scraping, doodling. The image comes later. Sometimes I work with the subject, other times against it. I love paint – exploring it’s possibilities.

Previous exhibitions and events:

Last year (2015),  I took part in the Artists on the Canals tour,  organised by the inimitable Magda and Berth on Wanderlust .  Three “Art Boats” travelling together and popping up along the canals. Exhibitions at the Queens park Arts centre in Aylesbury, The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead and The Cha Cafe in Cassiobury park, were also part of the tour.

Open Exhibitions:

Stockport, Derbyshire and Macclesfield.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Vernon Mill Artists at Stockport Art Gallery.

Portico Library, Manchester .

“Love across the ocean”  Chicago


Marple Library,

Stockport Art Gallery.

Jan Vallance studied art at Chester University. You can find her at TheArtBoat.co.uk

Print Competition

Win A Hand Finished Print

It’s that time again!  Another chance to win one of my Hand finished Prints.  I marked the end of the Artists on The Canals tour last year with a prize draw for one of my Hand finished Prints and the response was excellent.  This time I am marking the beginning of The Art Boat tour 2016.   The last competition was run from my facebook page, but this time I want to show off my brand new website and blog,  so the prize draw will be run from here.

What is a Hand finished Print?

The prints are all taken from images of  Jan Vallance original paintings.

NOT JUST A PRINT.   Printed on real cotton canvas, the canvas print has gold and other highlights added by hand using artist quality acrylic paints. It is then finished with varnish to protect.  Each print measures 7½ ” x 7½ ” and is supplied in a 12″ mount.  This prize draw is for one print only

How do I enter the prize draw?

It is very easy to be in with a chance to win:

  1.    Subscribe to my blog during March and you will automatically be entered.   Don’t forget to….
  2.    Comment on this post, and include the number of which print you would like.  The available  prints  are all shown on the accompanying picture at the top of this post and are numbered 1 to 6

How and When  will the winner be announced?

The competition will close at midnight on March 31st, and the winner will be announced on Friday April 1st.  I am hoping to be able to video the draw again as that was very popular last time.

There will only be one winner,  but everyone who subscribes in March  will be sent a code for 15% off ANYTHING in the shop.   You can find out more about my prints in The Art Boat Shop

Aceo Mini Monday Collage

ACEOs, Mini Mondays, and why I am addicted…


Mini Monday 7 swan

Once apon a time, a long time ago, when my children were knee high to (ok…they were probably a bit bigger than that),  I needed a way to earn a bit of extra money from home.  I was browsing ebay to see if it was a possible avenue for some of my smaller paintings, and I kept seeing the word ACEO pop up.  I hadn’t a clue, but I researched and discovered that ACEO’s are playing card sized works of art that were being sold and traded all over ebay.   Mostly in the US at that time.

So what exactly is an ACEO?

ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals.  They are tiny works of art, measuring only 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  They can be displayed in an album or framed individually or in groups.   ACEOs are very collectible.   They provide a wonderfully low-cost and affordable way to purchase an original piece of work direct from the artist.  ACEOs are an offshoot of ATCs (Art Trading Cards).  This wikipedia article  will tell you lots more about both sorts of cards

aceo original, boat entering tunnel

And they are Addictive?

Absolutely!  I can guarantee once you start painting them you will find lots of reasons to make more.

I use them to:  make family gifts,  swap with other artists,  paint in series, and try out ideas.  You can experiment without wasting vast amounts of materials. There is only one rule …they must measure 2½ x 3½ inches.  The rest is up to you and your imagination…

So where does Mini Monday fit in?

A couple of years ago I started a daily painting series.  I painted a sheep painting a day for a year.  I loved the project and I found the discipline that was needed to complete one every day was really good for me and has stayed with me since that time.  I started the Mini Monday series, because I wanted to do something similar that would fit in with the Waterways paintings I am doing at the moment.  So once a week (usually on a Monday!), I paint a miniature waterways painting. Today I completed Mini Monday 7 (the swan painting at the top of this post).   So keep a look out for my Mini Monday …Tiny Tuesday…Wee Wednesday… Paintings.  I will be adding them to the Miniature Paintings Gallery each week.

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget you can have immediate notifications of blog updates if you subscribe to email updates.

Oh,  and if you want to know any more about my Mini Monday paintings, or are wondering how to get started making your own aceos, Just leave me a comment.


The Art Boat in the snow

Hello and Welcome to The Art Boat


The very first Blog post from The Art Boat…

Don’t let the sleepy exterior fool you.  There is so much to do to get Tonka  ready for the Spring and Summer months of travelling as The Art Boat.  All has been extremely busy on Tonka over the winter.   As well as preparing for the journey,  there are paintings to be signed, varnished and got ready for my first exhibition with The Guild of Waterways Artists  at Audlem in a weeks time….aargh. Where has the winter gone?   I suspect a lot of it has been spent getting my brand new Website, shop and blog  (Ta…dah!) built.  I have certainly not seen as much of my studio as I would have liked over the past couple of months, and I am hoping to see a lot more of my paintbrushes in the coming weeks.

I will keep this first post short.  I just wanted to say a quick hello to everyone. Don’t forget to subscribe, it’s free, and you can cancel at any time … Coming up in the next few posts are details of The Art Boat’s itinerary and information on how to enter my March competition to win a handfinished print.


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