Friday, August 18, 2017

 

The Value of Having Art in Your Home


For a while I’ve been thinking that I should write a series of posts for my blog about artwork in your home, and how art can have a profound and tangible impact on your life. I should know, as an artist, art and creating art has always been one of the guiding lights in my life. While others may not be as totally absorbed by art as I am, from the many messages I’ve received from people who have purchased my art, turns out you don’t have to be an artist to love art.

I have lots of art hanging on all my walls and I’m always changing them around. I change frames, hang them in different groupings, change rooms, change seasons. I’m always poking around at my pictures. Each time I mix it up I’m amazed at how different my rooms can look depending on what I’ve put on the walls. My husband’s surprised face when he walks in the room is always fun too.

Art has a definite power to change your everyday life not only visually but emotionally too. 

 

The objects that you surround yourself with essentially create your world, your world forms your mood, your mood forms your outlook on life. A happy person sees the world much differently than a mad or sad person. You can imagine that looking out your window at a lovely coastal scene would be much more uplifting than looking at a solid brick wall.

 I think it’s wise to carefully consider what you look at everyday. While we can’t all have a coastal view where we live, luckily art gives us the opportunity to look at something wonderful instead of a blank wall. The brick wall below is much more inviting when cleverly disguised as a backdrop for an art collection.

To get my point across visually, I put together some photo examples of rooms with or without art. I can’t help but notice that naked walls makes it feel like the room isn’t finished. The room is missing personality and spark.





Would you rather spend time in the room with the art or the one without?

 

I think we can all agree the room with art seems more homey, with a cozy, friendly, vibe.
Maybe you’ve already been wanting something uplifting for your living-room wall, but what?
Most people don’t have the luxury of spending all day thinking about art. As a result, art, and how to acquire art, can sometimes seem confusing....
-Where should I get it from?
-What size should I get.
-How should I hang it.
-How much should I spend?
-What type of imagery would work in my space?
-What do I like?
-What don’t I like?
-Maybe you imagine people coming into your home will think the art you picked is weird or uncultured?

So far I have been talking about the why of art. Why you should surround yourself with artwork? How art can add value to your life. How simply looking at something everyday that brings you joy can make you a happier person.

In this blog series I hope to address some of the questions and misconceptions that may be holding you back from fully enjoying the beauty you can create in your own living space.

You’ll notice that the artwork shown in these examples are images I’ve created. The reasons are twofold, first I don’t want any copyright issues by using art by another artist. Second, I created this art and love it, and I hope you will too. I focus on making art that is full of bright colors with lots of different landscape views, perfect when you want something cheerful and happy to look at.
I know from the wonderful feedback I’ve been receiving from people who own my images that the artwork I've created IS making them happy.

Here are just some of the hundreds of reviews I’ve received in my shops.... 

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****CHARMING, WHIMSICAL, BEAUTIFULLY PAINTED. THE COLORS ARE SPECTACULAR. I FEEL INSTANTLY TRANSPORTED TO THE BEACH. 

 

****Happiness captured! Wonderful piece... Incredible colors and sense of warm. Thank you so much! 

 

*****Love this too - a day brightener and a source of peace in my life...

 

*****So lovely - hanging in my office sending me peaceful vibes all day. So happy!

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See more reviews at......
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SoloWorkStudio/reviews
https://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=cathyarts

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Hopefully you found some of my thoughts on the value of art in your home useful, in the next blog post I'll go into more detail about the placement of art in your home.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Getting ready to record a video



This is a shot of my art table. It's all rigged up and getting ready to record a video of me making a painting. I've been noticing that video is getting a lot play around the internet and thought it was about time that I should dive in. There's a lot to know when it comes to this whole internet thing so I've been goggling the heck out of making video. I think I've got a handle on it now. Making the painting is the easy part, or at least for me, as it's the part I really know. Stay tuned to see how it all worked.
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#video #videoshoot #art #studio #studiolife #studiotime #artist #painting #artwork #artistic #instaartist #artmaking #artistsoninstagram

Sunday, July 16, 2017

My art on a Christmas card



Just recently received finished samples of one of my winter paintings on a Christmas card (yippee). This is the first greeting card I've had my art licensed on. For anyone who makes art it's always a thrill when someone contacts you and wants what you made for their product. Each new license seems like a validation of the art I'm creating, a sign that others are enjoying it.
The nice thing about a greeting card is that others can buy it, send it to loved ones and spread the joy.
This card is now available at goodcausegreetings.com  (everyone I dealt with there is completely wonderful, especially Cathy one of the owners).
As a bonus, a portion of sales goes towards charity for homelessness. Check it out with the link below, I'm really excited about it!!!
https://goodcausegreetings.com/1343-night-snow-reflection-naeh1743-card.html  🌞

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#christmasspirit #Christmas #greetingcards #painting #art #artistsoninstagram #christmaseve #winter #charity #charitydonation #goodcause #snow #CathyHorvath #goodcausegreetings #artwork #seasonsgreetings #cardart


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Birthday presents for me, teehee


Birthday presents and flowers from my fav peeps.
Spent the day with my hubby Shawn, swimming, eating, enjoying wine, relaxing.
And a wonderful day was had by me : )
This was the big 5-0. I had been obsessing over it for a while. I think anytime a milestone age occurs you mentally take stock of who you are, what you think, what your life is like and about, do you like your life, who is around you, what about your life do you want to change or to stay the same.
In the end the birthday number doesn't matter but those other things do. That's the thing about birthdays, they come around once a year. It's probably good at least once a year to evaluate your direction and give up those things that aren't working and have gratitude for those that are.
www.CathyHorvath.com
#happybirthday #birthday #gifts #presents #flowers #colors #specialday #celebrating #surprise #giftbags #anotheryear #older #giftwrapping #excited #birthdaygirl #birthdayfun
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Red sky at night


Red sky at night, sailors delight. Mother nature really did it up right tonight here in port. When the clouds come in off the lake and the setting sun hits it just right, it's like magic in the sky
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#PortStanley #sunset #skyline #scenic #colour #clouds #redsky #mothernature #colors #sky #colorfulclouds
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunny day in Port Stanley


Sunny day in Port Stanley at the harbor, lake Erie. We ate ice cream and walked the town like tourists. So nice living here, like a non-stop vacation. The hardest part is finding the time, but the weather is so beautiful it's hard to stay inside.
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#PortStanley #beach #beachlife #boats #harbor #harbour #fishingboats #vacation #sunnyday #LakeView #LakeErie #lakelife #Coastal
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Coastal banjo chair


Our banjo chair re-imagined with a sailboat painting I did several years ago. Some coastal decor for our condo by lake. The sailboat imagery is apropos as my hubby as once again taken up sailing.
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#art #sailboat #coastal #artwork #banjo #lakelife #nautical #painting #artist #homedecor #instadecor #interiordecor #decor #boats #CathyHorvathBuchanan

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Easter bunny


The Easter bunny brought some surprise treats: chocolate, vanilla coffee syrup and hopefully the winning lottery ticket. Thanks Mr.E.Bunny!!!!
www.CathyHorvath.com #easter #chocolate #holidaytreats #eastercandy #eastermorning #happyeaster #somuchforthediet #treats #candy #surprise
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter everyone!!!


Happy Easter everyone!!! This is my egg painting as a garden flag by carson.
I'm very excited to have something to hang outside my house on Easter, and you can too : )
It comes in two sizes and is available in my store in the 'artful products section'
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#easter #happyeaster #eastereggs #easterart #art #gardenflag #flag #gardendecor #decoration #CathyHorvathBuchanan #decoratedeggs
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Jaws


The view of the harbor from our bedroom window. Somehow feels like bad feng shui to have 'jaws' coming to get us.
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#harbor #PortStanley #boat #jaws #fengshui #waterfront #riverview #scary #waterview #badvibes #deckview #waterside #kettlecreek
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Winter at Mackies


Winter at Mackies on the beach, Port Stanley on lake Erie.
Like the song says "Nobody on the beach, feel it in the air, summer's out of reach" .
I took a quick drive past on my way home just to see what happening at the beach..nothing yet. www.CathyHorvath.com
#PortStanley #beach #sand #water #shore #lake #shoreline #beachlife #winter #photooftheday #picoftheday #lakeerie
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy valentines coloring!!!


Happy valentines!!! One of my coloring page designs, available soon...the colors of love awe : ) www.CathyHorvath. com
#valentines #valentinesday #happyvalentinesday #happy #love #hearts #pretty #handmade #coloring #art #illustration #coloringbook #artwork #colouring #coloredpencils #colorful
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Surprise Valentine treats


Surprise yummy looking Valentine treats from my sweetie.
In cahoots, and handmade by 'Sweet Treats by Andrea' a.k.a. @dancingdaisy2017
#valentines #valentinesday #happyvalentinesday #happyvalentines #love #gift #surprise #february #lovehim #myvalentine #cookies #sweets #decoratedcookies #treats #cookie #sweet #yummy
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Our decor


Working on the decor in our new digs, a.k.a where should we put all our stuff so it looks good.
This look will probably only last for a couple weeks before I get the itch to change the art around lol.
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#interiordesign #homedecor #decor #home #instadecor #interiordecor #style #instahome #interiorstyling #instadesign #homedesign #lifestyle #deco
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Get the jump on spring with art!!


Get the jump on spring with bright colorful art prints for you home. Come see the selection of affordable and unique artworks I have in store for you.
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http://ift.tt/1yVFOjf
#artprint #art #print #artwork #wallart #homedecor #decor #etsyshop #illustration #spring #flowers #happy #landscape #scenery #instaart #colorful #color #scenic
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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Best wishes for a happy holiday


Hope everyone is having a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends!!!
Best wishes for a happy holiday to all!!!
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#merrychristmas #christmastime #xmas #feliznavidad #snow #christmas #happyholidays #celebrate #hanukkah #holidays #happy #treevia Instagram http://ift.tt/2hoUHeY

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December has come


The view of the boat ramp from our front deck, it is getting very snowy. December has come, the creek is frozen and the shadows are long and blue.
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#river #landscape #scenery #creek #water #snow #ice #freeze #winter #cold #winterwonderland #view #boat #port #shadows #kettlecreek #PortStanleyvia Instagram http://ift.tt/2h6xn3X

Sunday, December 11, 2016

New snow on kettlecreek


New snow on kettle creek, Port Stanley. This is the wonderful view from our front door as the geese wait out the flurries. The big chunky flakes certainly puts you in the Christmas mood. We haven't lived here long but I already love it!!! You can't beat the views.
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#kettlecreek #landscape #creek #water #river #outdoors #winter #reflection #PortStanley #snow #geese #canadageese #winterwonderland #snowing #snowy #CathyHorvathBuchanan
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Waves on lake Erie


My shot of late afternoon waves on lake Erie at Port Stanley Ontario
Since moving here I can check out the lake whenever i want as it's only a short walk to the beach...love it!!!!!
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#port #sea #beach #water #lake #lakelife #waves #surf #landscape #lakeerie #landscape_lovers
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

When Halloween decorations turn into pie


When Halloween decorations turn into pumpkin pie and soup.
It's strangely horrifying yet delicious seeing them cooked on a tray, an odd combination if emotions, lol
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#pumpkin #halloween #baked #pumpkincarving #food #pumpkinpie #spooky #pumpkineverything #pumpkins #pie #instafood
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