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The ‘Art’ of Spring!

Spring has been a source of inspiration to all artists throughout the ages. And nothing says Spring like the vibrant beauty of flowers. With their vibrant colors, and incredible variety of intricate patternss, Nature has designed the ultimate attraction in flowers. Whether outdoors in gardens, or indoors in vases, flowers have always been one of the most popular subjects for artists everywhere, hobbyists and professionals alike. Here, we’ll take a look at 3 artists who…

Is Graffiti Really Art?

Graffiti is interesting. It’s creative and unrestricted. And it’s pretty much everywhere you look. In fact, every metropolitan area of the globe exhibits countless examples of graffiti, becoming more pervasive as populations expand. Perhaps that’s why, in recent years, graffiti has morphed from vandalism to ‘art’. Once considered to be nothing more than an unattractive defacement of private property, graffiti is often now seen as a popular form of ‘street art’. 5 Reasons Why Graffiti…

Public art and the value of making art available to all

Cities gain value through public art displays – social, cultural and economic value. It adds meaning to our cities and creates uniqueness. Public art is accessible for everyone, it provides a bridge between the past, present and future. How public art shapes a city People chose their homes, by how unique the city is. It is important what our towns look like. And it is important to have a certain community identity. This allows us…

Art is Life

Art is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries. Without knowing it, we are surrounded by art. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives, and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives. Art In the Home Chances are you…

Children and art, allowing them to just create.

Your preschooler is having a blast finger-painting with a mix of colours. Trying to be encouraging, you ask her, “What are you making?” and she shrugs. She hadn’t given it any thought. Little kids live for the moment — they love the way it feels when they smear paint on paper, how it looks when they sprinkle glitter, and even the soft sound a brush makes as it crosses the page, says Amy Yang, founder…

Emily Carr -legendary female Canadian artist

In the history of Canadian art, Emily Carr is an icon. Born in Victoria, she moved to San Francisco in 1890 to study art after the death of her parents. In 1899 she travelled to England to continue her studies. She spent time at the Westminster School of Art in London and various studio schools in Cornwall, Bushey, Hertfordshire, and elsewhere. In 1910, she spent a year studying art at the Académie Colarossi in Paris.…

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is thought of as a master in the art world. His depiction of the female form is especially noteworthy. Throughout his entire life, Leonardo da Vinci was passionately inspired by women. At least this is what his canvases tell us. This attraction has perhaps more to do with the way he chose to portray them. As the art critic Jonathan Jones explains in his article for The Guardian. We must remember that…

Welcome to my sketchbook.

Vancouver Artist Sam Siegel Hi, I'm Sam Siegel. Welcome to my 'sketchbook'. If you haven't seen my work, I am a Vancouver, BC artist. I paint abstract landscapes, and contemporary modern art. I also operate my own art gallery, 'Sam's Original Art'.  We're located at 1736 West 2nd Ave, near the city's famous 'Granville Island' marketplace. I started Sam's Original Art so I could make high-quality original art available to anyone. At our gallery, we…

Art as Investment

Did you know that art sales topped $60 billion in 2014, a 67% increase over 5 years? And, 75% of art collectors bought art for collecting purposes. So, is art collecting a valid investment strategy? The truth is, it depends. Collecting may not be right for everyone. And your knowledge about collecting, the art market, and investing all play a factor. Answering these seven questions will help you determine if art collecting is a smart…

Art in architecture

Like any form of art, architecture is a communication where the designer has a message and the viewer has their own interpretation. Every form of art has its own tools, media and palette. The tools of architecture are the form, light and shadow, texture and colour. Its medium is the space itself. And the palette is elements of space making such as column, wall, floor, and roof.  Art in architecture, in addition to the visual,…

Contemporary art

Strictly speaking, the term ” contemporary art” refers to art made by artists living today. Today’s artists work in a global environment that is culturally diverse, technologically advancing, and multifaceted. Working in a wide range of mediums, contemporary artists often reflect and comment on modern-day society. Viewers are encouraged to set aside questions such as, “Is a work of art good?” or “Is the work aesthetically pleasing?” Instead, whether art is “challenging” or “interesting.” Contemporary artists…

The Kitsilano neighbourhood of Vancouver an artist’s mecca!

The Neighbourhood beginning . In the 1960s, beachside Kitsilano neighbourhood was Vancouver’s hippy hangout, drawing comparisons to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. Today the Kitsilano neighbourhood still has plenty of culture. But its apartments and houses are now occupied by young urban professionals and families. Many who enjoy a modern version of that relaxed atmosphere. It is also the birthplace of the global yoga brand, Lululemon Athletica. Just over the Burrard Bridge from the downtown peninsula, the…

5 Benefits of Arts and Culture

If you can count on one hand the number of times you’ve gone to a museum you’re missing out. The enriching world of culture is there to be enjoyed. The benefits are not as tangible as, say how exercising will help you drop 10 pounds, but the rewards are undeniable. The benefits of arts and culture are profound. Arts and culture Connects You To Humanity And The community You Live In By taking in a…

Using art to sell a home

There are many ways to use art to sell a home. Done right art can make a huge difference in the final selling price. But if you are going to use art to sell a home there are mistakes to avoid. 1.  Nothing too personal Remove any artwork that is too personal or offensive to buyers such as nudes, religious-or politically-themed pictures as well as anything else which might not be acceptable to the general…

The purpose of Art

The purpose of art can be varied. When new visual ideas are first introduced by the artist, they are often shocking. With time the best ideas are accepted.  Let’s look at some of the purposes of art. Likely the oldest purpose of art is as a vehicle for religious ritual. From the prehistoric cave paintings of France, to the Sistine Chapel, art has served religion. For centuries the Church was the primary patron of artists.…

Indigenous Art Across Canada

Art is an integral part of the preservation and expression of culture in Indigenous communities. And Canada is a treasure trove of Indigenous art. Spanning thousands of years has shaped the country’s cultural identity. Indigenous artists express of the people who have inhabited these lands for generations. In fact, it draws inspiration from their close relationship with the natural environment. When I do art I try and draw inspiration from the Vancouver area.  In the…

Vancouver Artist Sam Siegel and his gallery

I am proud to be a Vancouver artist and living in Vancouver is an artist paradise. You can see it in my work from the UBC Endowment Lands to Howe Sound. I’m a Vancouver artist who wanted first-class art to be accessible to everyone. I discovered not all Giclée prints were the same. After research and testing numerous different prints. I found many that faded, warped and loosened over time. To me this was not…

Art and doodling -the effects on your health.

It’s a bit of a stretch to describe the stick figures you doodled during that boring work meeting as“art”. But a pilot study suggests making any kind of art activates the brain’s reward pathways, even if it is terrible.  Suggesting art and doodling is beneficial to your health. Researchers from Drexel University recruited a mix of artists and non-artists. Then hooked them to headbands that measured blood flow through the brain. These 26 subjects then completed three art activities for three minutes each. Colouring in…

What is art therapy? And who can benefit?

What Is Art Therapy? Art therapy is also known as an expressive therapy. This sort of therapy uses art as a means of communication and lets people express and explore their thoughts and emotions. You do not even need to be very artistic or creatively talented to take part in this therapy. Art can be used in a number of ways from digital and photography to collages. Painting has also proven to be very helpful…

E.J. Hughes painting Fish Boats, Rivers Inlet sells for high of $2M at auction

Paintings by the late Vancouver Island artist should continue to rise. After Fish Boats, Rivers Inlet sold for $2 million at auction in Toronto. The E.J. Hughes painting Fishboats, Rivers Inlet sold for $2,041,250 and broke the previous record for the late British Columbia artist. But the 1946 painting didn’t bring the top price at the auction. That was $2,881,250 for Jean Paul Riopelle’s intense 1953 abstract Jouet. Both prices include a buyer’s premium on top of…

Our latest Draw for a Sam’s Giclee Canvas Print

For those of you that don’t know, you can drop off your business card at our art gallery for our future draws. Take home a  Sam’s Giclee print  of your own!  Congrats to Grant who can choose one of my Giclee canvas prints valued at $545 from my latest storm series.  They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the superior quality of our products compared to our competitors is indisputable. We are…

Looking at the art of the impressionists

Impressionism is an art movement in France at the end of the 19th century. The Impressionists were a group known for their innovative painting techniques and approach to colour.   Impressionists and colour   They were excited by developments in colour theory.  They also abandoned the idea that the shadow of an object was made up from its colour with black added. And instead, they believed shadow is made of colour. For example, in an…

What is beauty in art?

What defines beauty in art? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A popular quote from the 3rd century and true to anything you happen to be beholding. Literary genius, Shakespeare expressed this perfectly, in his play Loves Labours Lost of 1588 – Good Lord Boyet, my beauty, though but mean, Needs not the painted flourish of your praise: Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye, Not uttered by base sale of chapmen’s tongues When it comes to…

7 ways art improves life

There are many ways art improves life. From the scientific release of hormones to a general appreciation for the world around us. 1. Admiring Great Artwork Feels Like Falling In Love Science confirms what all art lovers already knew in their heart: art appreciation promotes quality of life and makes you feel good. According to Professor Semir Zeki, a neurobiologist at the University College of London, when you stare at great artworks, the part of…

Art prodigy Advait Kolarkar at only 4yrs old.

Success at an early age When he’s not playing with dinosaurs or reading a book, art prodigy Advait Kolarkar uses paint, canvases and imagination to create internationally recognized abstract artwork. The preschooler is already selling his paintings for thousands of dollars and has had his art featured in three exhibits — a great example of how important it is for parents to encourage their children. Mother Shruti said in an interview Sunday that Advait first…

Meet Artist Elisabeth Anisimow

I was so lucky to have parents nurture my interest in art at a very young age. It is good to see another young lady being encouraged to be creative. Elisabeth Anisimow, Child Prodigy         Meet Artist Elisabeth Anisimow, an 11-year-old child prodigy who uses art to merge the real world and that of the imagination. Her dreamy works reinterpreting the masters of old but with a modern twist- Elisabeth’s masterpieces features…

Helping Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

We are so pleased to be donating Burrard Inlet to the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune Gala. Helping the Mount Saint Joseph Hospital is indeed an honour for us. The 2018 Gala raised almost $1 Million for the foundation! Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 5:30 pm is the 12th annual Scotiabank Feast of Fortune. An incredible celebration of Chinese New Year that combines amazing food creations and spectacular live entertainment. As well as a highly-anticipated live auction…

Using Art in Medicine: How medical schools are including art classes.

“What the heck does Impressionist art have to do with medical communication?” It’s a question that Dr. Michael Flanagan often gets after telling people about “Impressionism and the Art of Communication,”. The seminar he teaches to fourth-year medical students at the Penn State College of Medicine. In the course, students complete exercises inspired by 19th-century painters like Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. Ranging from observation and writing activities to painting in the style of the artist.  Medical schools and…

How helpful is art for home sales?

Depersonalizing a home is a crucial step when it comes to preparing a house for sale, so it’s no wonder most home stagers ask sellers to take down family photos, kid’s artwork and other odds and ends hanging up on the walls. For many buyers, these items can distract them from focusing on what’s important – like square footage or storage. But a blank wall can be just as detrimental, leaving a space feeling empty, boring…

Art Therapy and Autism

Art therapy promotes mental and emotional growth through art making. Art therapy’s goal is building life skills. As well as addressing deficits and problem behaviors, and promoting healthy self-expression. Clients are encouraged to explore and express themselves using art crafting attractive artwork is not the goal (though it may be a happy by-product). Art presents an Alternative to Verbal Communication Art therapy for Autism is a natural fit to help people express themselves . Verbal…

Vancouver buses become mobile examples of public art.

Your next trip on a public transit bus could have you feeling like you are inside a work of public art. Because of a partnership by a Translink and the Contemporary Art Gallery. More public art is coming to Vancouver.  In a very exciting and dynamic way. TransLink is adding pieces created by five Canadian artists on 30 buses beginning this month. This uniquely Vancouver event is good to see. The Artists. Each wrapped bus…

Investing in art Vancouver

Investing in art is a great way to boost your portfolio. Canada Revenue treats art in much the same way it treats other investments. In most cases, half of the gains on the sale of art are taxed just like any other capital gains, but there are further incentives for owners who donate their works to charity.    Investing in art for the first time can be an intimidating experience. Huntington T. Block, underwriter of Fine…

Granville Art

Check out this article from the Vancouver Courier about Granville art. New murals are almost complete in the pedestrian tunnel connecting Vancouver’s Granville Look Park. Unlike other murals around the city, those in the Granville Street tunnel will be repainted after a year. Each artist brings a different vision Irigoien’s mural is near the west entrance of the tunnel and has bright swirling colours to create the image of a person. He describes his mural…

What inspires you as a Vancouver Artist?

What inspires me as a Vancouver artist is the beauty of the area. I love to explore the natural beauty of the area. The beauty of Kitsilano, the mountains of Whistler, the glory of Howe Sound all inspire.  I bring that beauty to my work. The Blog Art Vancouver asked local artists what inspires you as Vancouver artist?  Dominique Bieger: “What inspires me? Well, an art critic in Milan recently stated, after looking at my art collection:…

Nature and art.

Often times in our busy lives, we seem to take some of the important things for granted. The complex beauty of nature has inspired many artists whether it is the array of colors in a sunset or the natural geometry of a pine cone. Some take the beauty and transpose it into an entirely new medium such as a canvas, wall or sculpture; however, some artists actually manipulate nature and turn it into art. This is…

Metamorphosis Vancouver Art Gallery

A current exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery takes its title from Franz Kafka’s novella about a man who wakes up to discover he’s turned into a giant insect. Rounding up 40 pieces from the gallery’s collection, the VAG’s The Metamorphosis is linked to Kafka’s famous 1915 story through the idea of change. “It’s a porous structure, from which we could pull these highlights from our permanent collection,” said co-curator Tarah Hogue. The exhibit is…

Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus

Francis P. Church’s editorial, “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” was an immediate sensation, and went on to become one of the most famous essays ever written. It first appeared in the The New York Sun in 1897, almost a hundred years ago, and was reprinted annually until 1949 when the paper went out of business. Thirty-six years after her letter was printed, Virginia O’Hanlon recalled the events that prompted her letter: “Quite naturally…

Vancouver Contemporary Art Galleries

For over a decade, Vancouver has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. With a lively arts and culture scene. In recent years, Vancouver has become a cultural hub attracting major film production studios, earning the nickname ‘Hollywood North’. Vancouver has also developed a thriving public  Contemporary art scene with a programme that supports art-making in all its varieties. Needless to say, this has, in turn, created opportunities for a…

The Bill Reid Art Gallery in Vancouver

“Joy is a well-made object, equalled only by the joy of making it” Bill Reid (1920-1998) William Ronald Reid is a world-renowned Haida sculptor who has played a significant role in the revival of the cultural and artistic traditions of the Haida.  His mother was Haida from Skidegate, and his father was of Scottish and German origin.  Sophie Gladstone Reid. His father, William Ronald Reid, was born in Michigan of German and Scottish parents and was…

New light show synchronized to music wraps North Vancouver’s art gallery

The exterior facade of The Polygon Gallery at the Lonsdale waterfront in North Vancouver has undergone some changes. It now doubles as a new dynamic public art installation that uses light and sound. In a colourful display unlike any other in Vancouver. The show significantly improves the outside of the building. Having the effect of illuminating the whole place. Multi-coloured lights line the exterior the art museum as part of a new public art piece…

Eyes on the Street

As the stainless steel the sculpture shines in downtown Vancouver, and illuminates the area people take notice. The most significant component of the sculpture is 18 feet high, and the smaller one is 12 feet tall. Eyes on the Street They are positioned close to each other and inform each other, therefore influencing each other and mirroring each other. The artists were influenced by City Planner Jane Jacob who said, that “there must be eyes…

Kitsilano Wings

What was once a blank canvas on the side of building 1817 on West 4th Avenue, is now one of the city’s most beautiful murals. Kitsilano Wings Executive Director of the West 4th Avenue Business Association Jane McFadden, recognized a need for more artwork in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. So she approached artists Sandy and Steve Pell with an idea – to create a giant set of wings which would be an interactive public artwork. The…

Parker Street Studios

Like a time-lapse of ice splintering its way across a window pane, development continues to crawl to all corners of this city. Replacing the past with modern structures of cold steel and cold glass. It is why it is nothing short of a marvel that the creaky 100-year-old giant at 1000 Parker St. — a building that was once home to Restmore Manufacturing Co. That once made feather mattresses and iron beds and later, the…

Pacific Horses South mural on Granville Street

The Amazing Street Art of Vancouver Have you seen the amazing example of Granville Street art called Pacific Horses? It captures the history of the building and the area. It is also capturing the attention of the people in the area. Do not be afraid to see works of art all around you. The work of Ola Volo The mural is at the side of the William-Sonoma (2903 Granville Street) and Stable House Bistro (1520…

Word to Your Motherland

705 2nd St W, North Vancouver This unique 100ft work is a collective effort between street artists, North Shore Lookout shelter residents and local youth. The unique piece is called ‘Word to Your Motherland,” and encourages us to reconnect with our ancestry.  Word to Your Motherland is a large mural that has transformed a cement wall into a  showpiece to celebrate multiculturalism. It explores the importance of not only respecting our cultural roots but respecting others.…

Vincent Van Gogh the Dutch master

Vincent van Gogh (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890) was born on 30 March 1853 in Zundert, a village in the southern province of North Brabant. He was the eldest son of the Reverend Theodorus van Gogh (1822 – 1885) and Anna Cornelia Carbentus (1819 – 1907). Brother to  Elisabeth, Anna,  Wil,  Theo and Cor. Little is known about Vincent’s early years other than that he was a quiet child with no apparent artistic…

Christmas and Art

Christmas and art go together. From the Renaissance and the Catholic Church to the modern day.  Art has a way of showing history in amazing ways. The art of the Catholic church has a rich history. As evident by these examples. Botticelli The Annunciation (1489) The illiteracy of pre-Renaissance and Renaissance times led the Catholic Church and wealthy merchants to commission painters. To tell the story of the origins of Christianity in pictures. They were…

Art in everyday life.

Finding art in the everyday There was a great article in the Delta Optimist recently about seeing art in everyday life. I agree with. The ability to see art in the world around you is a beautiful thing. Can you see beauty in the sunset? In the rising tides? What about the dance of a child? To see art is to see beauty in what others see as dull.  Art in the Vancouver landscape I…

Art and Productivity

Art in an office setting can have a significant impact on not only productivity but morale and reduced sick days. Says The Guardian. At Sam’s original art we have lots of pieces to fit any office space and create the right environment for your customers and your employees. Art in the office Contrary to what your boss might say, being distracted at work is not always a bad thing. If the object of your distraction…

Art and society

Art and society have always gone together. Art in some form or another has existed in our community as long as man. It is a part of our daily lives and is present in cultures across the world. Most people have an appreciation for art. They enjoy observing it or creating it; they may even support it financially or by volunteering. Art is integral in our culture because it provides us with a deeper understanding…

How to hang a painting

Simple calculations are the most foolproof way to determine the size of the artwork you’ll need. How to hang a painting on a wall is easy, so follow the steps below. Most people hang their paintings way to high, making your room look small and less inviting. If your hanging your painting over a couch, have the bottom of the painting be 8″-10″ off the top, and 15″-20″ for a desk. Simple! GIVE IT ROOM…

Art as a stress release

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Pablo Picasso We are all born with an innate desire to express ourselves, and art encompasses a broader range of activities than you might imagine. HOW CREATING ART RELIEVES STRESS Activities like painting, sculpting, drawing, and photography are relaxing and rewarding hobbies that can lower your stress level and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm. Creating art provides a distraction, giving your brain…

Color Psychology and its use in art and your mood.

The colour that attracts you can say a lot about your mood and personality. Each colour is associated with a different emotion. It has also come to symbolize different things.  I use that colour and emotion in all my paintings. Colours can have different meanings and effects on your mood. When you see a colour what does it mean to you? Red Red is the colour of strength and power.  As well as passion, desire,…

Seniors and art therapy

There is power in art. It is everywhere around us providing a sense of well-being and enjoyment, including for seniors. It does not matter if a senior lives with chronic pain, has memory issues, or is just a bit depressed due to inactivity. There are multiple benefits of art therapy for seniors. KINDS OF ART THERAPY Choose from painting, drawing, sketching, music, dancing, knitting, weaving, and creating collages. There are endless possibilities to engage a…

Art in Vancouver

Art in Vancouver is all around us, and not all of it is in galleries, there is some, of course, found just in nature and some of the art in Vancouver is on buildings for all to see. 11 Word to Your Motherland 705 2nd St W, North Vancouver Artists: Nisha K. Sembi, Miguel “Bounce” Perez, Take5, and Corey Bulpitt This sprawling 100-foot work of art is a collective effort between street artists, North Shore…

How Finland uses art and creativity to help kids.

Art and a sense of self ( creativity to help kids ) Art can go a long way to developing a child’s sense of self, and feeling of confidence. While many schools are cutting back on art in school, Finland is doing more, an example England hopes to copy. Clinical psychologist Katherine Taylor looks at how Greater Manchester is putting the arts at the heart of its mental health strategy. Inspired by Finland’s positive experiences.…

Greer’s Beach becomes known as Kitsilano

Greer’s Beach was a favorite camping spot in early Vancouver. The name angered the Canadian Pacific Railway who had been given the beach in 1885 as part of a 6,000-acre land grant. The problem was the beach was named for Sam Greer. He claimed he had purchased the beach and 200 acres of land off. Aboriginals in 1884. Greer fought the C.P.R. for decades over his claim, and consequently, in 1891 he was jailed for…

Richard Brodeur -Canuck hockey legend turns his passion to painting.

R Richard Brodeur is North Vancouver Artist. Richard is a former NHL Goalie who played for the Vancouver Canucks. He earned his spot in Canucks lore in 1982, when he backstopped the team to its first Stanley Cup final performance and was given the moniker King Richard. The native from Longueuil, Quebec retired from hockey in 1987. According to Vancouver hockey fans, Brodeur is one of the top ten Canucks in the club 40 years…

Group of Seven – icons in Canadian art

Tom Thomson and the painters known as The Group of Seven went into the wilds as voyageurs, carrying their canvas and paints, to discover and reveal their own ideas for Canadian art. They met while working as commercial artists at various Toronto printing firms. They specialized in graphic design for advertisements. On weekends taking trips together, painting scenes around the city and discussing art. In the summer of 1912, after visiting Huntsville and Muskoka, Ontario…

Art Lesson

The website mental floss recently wrote a great article about the answer to the question “What is art?” given by famous politicians, philosophers, authors and more. And the responses varied a great deal. The truth is art is anything you make it. It is all this and more. Follow me blow for a quick art lesson. Art is… …according to a dictionary: 1. [from the 1300s] Skill; its display, application, or expression… [from the 1600s]…

E.J. Hughes finding inspiration in British Columbia

One of my biggest art inspirations has always been E.J. Hughes so I was delighted to find the article below from Alan Twigg about a man I so admire. “B.C. is the best place in the world for landscape subject matter.” — E.J. Hughes “One of the main reasons I paint is because I think nature’s so wonderful that I want to try to get my feeling down about that on canvas, if possible. I…

Point Grey Art Gallery

Thank you Point Grey Living Magazine for such a great article. If your looking for an art gallery in point grey, come visit our show room! I was so lucky at an early age to have a teacher recognize my passion for art and parents that nurture it to this day. My parents took me to art galleries and museums. That helped me develop my love of art. Going to Lord Byng High School, a…

Art in school

Art is amazing, and I am so lucky to make a living from my passion. It has not only given me a way of seeing Vancouver but more importantly of understanding myself. I would like to see more art in school. But what effect is the sidelining of art having on our children’s education? Benefits come both from practicing the art and from learning about it. It is felt that not teaching art in school…

Vancouver Art & Life with Sam Siegel

“Thank you Boston Voyager Magazine for this article about me and giving me a chance to talk about my love of Vancouver. I love the beauty of the area and getting a chance to share it!” Sam,  tell us about yourself and your journey so far. I was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. From an early age, , I enjoyed colouring and drawing. My 3rd-grade teacher noticed how interested I was in art,…

Sam’s Original Art and the Ronald McDonald House Charity

How can you not be in awe of the fantastic charity work of Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charity? As they put it so well on their website. “Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon care for families of children whose health needs take them far from home and keeps families together in a home away from home. Providing comfort, compassion, and a sense of community when they need it most.” When we got the chance to…

Home Staging and Art for Real Estate Agents

It is well known that staging can make a huge difference in the price of a home when it comes time to sell.   The right artwork is vital to staging correctly.  Art that is too big can make a room seem crowded, too religious or political and it can turn people off. When you stage a home the idea is to make the possible buyer feel at home, like they can picture themselves there. Landscapes tend…

How much should you pay for original art?

Art can last a lifetime, or longer. Indeed, what is considered to be the ‘best’ art may often be cherished and enjoyed by many generations. Art by ‘the Masters’ is, of course, invaluable, and extremely costly. But what about the ‘art of the day’. The kind of art we might typically buy to decorate our condos, homes, and offices? Certainly, people have a need for affordable original art. Whose purpose is expressly to enhance the…

What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 5

What is Art – Part V… Art is, not surprisingly, deeply tied to historical and social events. No wonder then, that the ‘goal-posts’ for the definition of art are, like the seasons, ever-changing. But, as is often said, the more things change, the more they stay the same. There are always, of course, grey areas of contention about what art ‘is’. However, we can generally agree that any definition will always include at least two…

What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 4

Whats the use of art – Part IV… The 20th century, then, spawned a number of artistic ‘movements’, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Art Deco, etc., heralding a monumental change in the perception of what ‘art’ should be about. And, of course, each generation continues to add to, manipulate, and redefine the definition of art (by ‘art’, I mean ‘fine arts’… art that is created as image, simply to be contemplated, rather than be ‘useful’. Any artistic…

What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 3

What is Art – Part III…   The 20th century heralded in what is generally known as the ‘Modern Age’. This change was, of course, reflected in all aspect’s of society. And indeed, with the invention of the telegraph, the electric light bulb, the telephone, the automobile, motion pictures, and airplanes, the world suddenly became, in the blink of an eye, a much smaller, and fast-moving environment. The Industrial Revolution was all about how to…

What’s The Use Of Art? – Part 2

What is Art? – Part II… In Part I, considering the question, ‘How do we determine what makes art valuable?’, I suggested that we go ‘back in time’ a bit, and examine the question from a historical perspective. In fact, prior to the 17th century, there was really no distinction between arts and ‘crafts’, nor any perceived difference between an artist or an ‘artisan’ (ie., ‘craftsman’). As it was then, what we now think of…

Discover Art

Discover Art – Part I… Have you ever considered the subject of art? I mean, what is art, anyway? Certainly, there is good and bad art. But then, who decides which is which? Honestly, often times, when visiting a gallery or museum, I really just don’t ‘get it’. Are they trying to pull one over on me, am I missing something? And even then again… who, or what, determines its value? After all, some folks…