The great benefits of having a dog is the amount of time I now spend outside walking in my neighborhood. Over the past 7 years, I have begun to enjoy the mess of graffiti hidden in lost corners rarely passed by. I call these images the "unintendeds". The true intention was to mark and claim territory; to speak to a tribe of which I am not a part. But although not intended for me, they do speak to me in color and texture and form and therefore, beauty.

habitats: the work of christine chaney (part 1)

Here is the first installation from a book about my design work that I published through the online publisher Blurb. I have divided the book into five parts. Here is Part 1: Introduction, Intent & Inspiration. Upcoming will be Part 2: Wabi Sabi. Part 3: Space & Layering. Part 4: Theme/Variation & Structure. Part 5: Suspension & Movement. I hope you find inspiration and a brightened perception of habitation. http://www.blurb.com/b/4004839-habitats. Please enjoy.

lythe marking

So now that I am over 50, I realize how important it is to be concise; simplifying so I can experience all that is IN my life. I want to be able to touch all corners without exhaustion.  One concept I would like to incorporate into my life is the idea of "lythe marking"; limited effort for maximum effect. Here is a little Chaney Chat I created to illuminate this concept.


Wabi sabi, an illusive term derived from Japanese aesthetics. Loosely it refers to the inherent beauty in the humble, the worn, the impermanent, the mercurial nature of our ever-changing material world. I have always been drawn to things expressive of use, wear, history. This faded, blurred, worn and even broken quality has a lushness I appreciate on a visceral level. It binds me to my humanness. It’s brushstrokes are irregular and painterly; it’s voice cracked and breathless. It makes me appreciate my “aliveness” within it’s decay.