Column: “Creative Space” on Claycord – Open Studio – Daniel Kanaan

April 10, 2014 14:00 pm · 7 comments

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Born in Boston but raised in London, artist Daniel Kanaan spent most of his life in England and France before returning to the United States in 2011; he now resides in Walnut Creek. Kanaan has explored a variety of mediums and motifs over the course of his art studies, including landscapes, portraits and even kinetic art made from scrap metal. His experimentation with printmaking led him to create an etching titled Lawn Chairs, which was included in the 2007 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, alongside the work of noted European artists, Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud.

Kanaan switched his focus from figurative work to abstracts a few years ago. His first series of abstract paintings was called Enso, which is the Japanese word for an uninhibited, hand-drawn circle. In Zen Buddhism, Enso is intended to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

“My newer work evolved organically…the Enso paintings are minimal and clear, illustrating the substance in emptiness.” Kanaan describes. “The Enso is actually a combination of Eastern impermanence and Western eternal, so the evolution could be seen as being where Western materialism is balanced by Eastern mysticism.”


His experimental work with circulating strokes and swirls in watercolor helped him develop an original technique that combines water calligraphy with reverse printing to achieve unique effects. He is currently working with this technique and others in a continuation of his Enso series.

Daniel Kanaan is opening his Walnut Creek studio for art collectors to view a variety of his work this Saturday, April 12 from 3:00-6:00pm. An RSVP is required – please email him at if you’d like to attend.

Paintings shown above by Daniel Kanaan:

1.  Enso 58 – Oil on hemp
2.  Top: Solstice I; Well  Bottom: Ephari; Hokusa – Watercolor on paper series


April 12 – June 7
Beginning Stained Glass class
Shadelands Art Center
Walnut Creek

April 13
1:00pm or 4:00pm
International Film Showcase – This Life
El Campanil Theater

April 13
Tapestry Handbell and Vocal Concert
Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church

April 15
Creating art on your iPad – class
Art Cottage

April 17
Duo Gadjo – Jazz with a French Twist

April 21
Volunteer Information Day
Bedford Gallery
Walnut Creek

April 22 – June 10
Beginning Jewelry Design class
Shadelands Art Center
Walnut Creek

April 26
Pink Floyd Tribute Show
Lesher Center for the Arts
Walnut Creek

April 30
Deadline for students to enter
Save M. Diablo Photography Contest

Now through May 30
Antioch High School Student Art Exhibit
Umpqua Bank

Save the dates!

Spring Artists’ Market
May 2-4
Civic Park and Shadelands Auditorium, Walnut Creek

East Contra Costa Open Studio Tour
May 3-4
Antioch, Brentwood, Discovery Bay

Spring Craft Fest
May 4
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek

Concord Art & Wine Walk
May 10
Todos Santos Plaza

Mother’s Day Art in the Park
May 11th  1-4pm
Heather Farms, Walnut Creek

Artistic DIY Craft Technique Classes
Thursday nights in May, 6-9pm
Mt. Diablo Adult School, Pleasant Hill

Public Art Walking Tour
May 17
11:00am – 12:00pm
Walnut Creek

25th Annual KidFest
May 24-26

Arts, Adventure & Academics
Kids’ Summer Camp
June 23 – July 5
Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education

Creative Space is a weekly column written by Lisa Fulmer that features local art events and performances, inspiring interviews with creative movers and makers, DIY how-to projects for you and our home, plus fun craft ideas for the whole family. Creative Space will be on every Thursday at 2pm.

As an avid creative junkie living in Concord, Lisa wants to make it easier for our readers to find ways to embrace creativity and celebrate the local people who are making it happen. In addition to her work as a writer and a marketing consultant, Lisa is a mixed media artist and a project designer for the craft industry.

Visit her blog to see more of Lisa’s own creative space.

1 Claytonian April 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Don’t click on that picture!!! If you do, you’ll die in 7 days!!! Hahaha (Those that have watched “The Ring” will ge this joke).

2 Suzies April 10, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Claytonian, you beat me to it, hehehe. That’s really all that can be said about this picture. :-)

3 anon April 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

I would like to go see what he’s done, but it’s crowded in Walnut Creek on the weekend and the $2.00 hr parking .

4 arts & culture April 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM

the circle. no beginning, no end. so eloquent.


5 Lira Kay April 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

It was great seeing you at our’s today. Thanks for coming! Looking forward to hanging out again soon.

6 Rose Garden April 12, 2014 at 11:34 PM

I love this column! Thanks Lisa!

The Pink Floyd Tribute Show is worth checking out. They’re pretty good!!

7 Jess April 13, 2014 at 12:37 AM

I’m enjoying this column very much. So many fun things to do in Claycord. Thanks, Lisa!

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