What Art is to Me and a Giveaway

2.25.2016

Art means different things to different people. It's not just pictures on a wall. Other items can be art, too. Today I am sharing a variety of art in my home and at the end of the post is a wonderful giveaway for an original painting offered by cynthiaweber.com through the bHome app.

Art in my home has been slowly collected from many different places and I can remember where each piece came from. Some pieces like this pastoral has moved from one room to another for a new look.

This old Ethan Allen painting, that I bought for a song at a consignment shop, used to hang over the mantel and has been in the foyer for some time. It just seems to fit this spot well.

Sometimes art is not a painted canvas, but a large sign.

Every one of these hunt scenes were bought at different times from the same local antique mall. I have always had a thing for hunt scenes and finally have a collection of my own.

My favorite painting out of all of them is this dog print that I gasped over in an antique mall I stopped in while out of town. I'm so glad I had Mr. Savvy stop so I could check out this place.



Sometimes art is a framed whimsical print.

And sometimes it is an over sized clock.

Or it could be a collection hanging on a wall.

More of my favorites are old canvases that aren't framed at all.

Really old ones were attached with nails, not staples.

I remember spying this one in a tent at the Liberty Antique Fair and it was marked $15.00. It's a bit old, dark and tattered and not fancy, but it spoke to me. You can tell it's not by a good artist, but much better than anything I could draw and paint.

And what seems to be most folks favorite my 90 cent psychedelic cow.
This piece adds whimsy to the guest room and it's certainly a conversation piece.

 Any art I own had to grab me in order for me to even think about buying it regardless of the price, but I have never paid much for any of mine.

What do you look for when purchasing art?

Now onto some information about Cynthia who is generously donating the art and the giveaway!

Cynthia and her husband Kent run their custom interiors business Cynthia Weber Design from BannockBurn 1878, their historic stone home in Ontario Canada. In addition to providing design services for residential, cottage and commercial clients she also shares snapshots of both client projects and their personal journey restoring their home and expanding the gardens on their blog. Both the blog and information about working with Cynthia in a design capacity can be found on the main website http://cynthiaweber.com

Cynthia has donated from her private collection a beautiful original painting titled Bridge Near the Bodiam Castle by renown artist Peter Etril Snyder!  Valued at $700.00 CAD the 9” x 13” piece will be shipped to the lucky winner unframed.

Here are the artists notes on this beautiful piece: "Over four months in Kent in 1998 made me very conscious of all the red brick building in the southeast area of England. This small bridge is a Victorian structure located near Bodiam Castle. It presents a new and colourful contrast to the soft gray/beige of the ancient stone castle. Here in North America it is difficult to think of a building that has survived for one hundred and fifty years as new, but in a land that displays items from Roman times, this bridge is gleamingly new."


    To enter to win this work of art, download the bHome app www.bHome.us.  TAP her star to favorite Cynthia Weber on bHome.  You will receive a message immediately TAP that link to enter.  Two TAPS & you are entered to win an original & valuable work of art.  Give away will run for 2 weeks 2/15 - 2/29.  The winner is chosen randomly by the app & notified thru the app & via email.
Be sure to tap my star, too on the bHome app if you haven't already!

GOOD LUCK!

21 comments:

  1. I love all your art! Each one is beautiful.

    Kathy

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  2. That dog print is my favorite of your pictures. I love vintage pictures. I have several that both children and dogs. Most have been found in antique stores. I found a beautiful outdoor scene from France in a JUNK store for $30!! I also use plates, a vintage piece of metal (fencing perhaps?), an old shutter, etc. as art. It has to be something we love to hang on our walls.

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  3. Pretty photos today. Your home looks so fresh and clean. Why don't you have an open house for all your Georgia blogger friends, would love to see it!

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    1. Oh, Jean, I have never even thought about doing that. My house isn't new so the thought has never crossed my mind. Problem is there is a parking issue here since I live on a busy road. I would also wait till late spring when it's pretty outside if I ever did that.

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  4. Kim, Could you tell me, please, where you found the picture of the dog in the lime green truck? That picture is calling my name! :-)

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  5. Love art in all its forms....For me, the art that I treasure is the art from my little sweetie...the scribbles, the stick figures she drew depicting her grandma and pop...then there is the art that has been beautifully done by my friends who are wonderful artists that were gifted to me...Love all of your art....in all its forms! Great giveaway!

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    1. Yes, art done by our loved ones is the most treasured.

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  6. Most of the art in my living room is African from my older daughter. If not actually from Africa, it has a southern Black theme, since we are a bi-racial family. The largest picture is on I found visiting that same daughter in AR where she lives. We went to a small town called Eureka. Many artists are in residence there. I found a print of an elderly Black woman sitting in a straight chair. She was dressed in 1930's to 40's garb and next to her was a matching empty chair. It spoke to me of my mother-in-law whose husband passed away in 1946 when hubby was 4. It brings out many emotions even speaking of this because she had such a hard life raising her family. I hope this isn't too much of a downer for those of you who read the comments.

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  7. Kim, I have been reading your blog for years. The one thing that I was so drawn to you, is the apple painting. I have looked everywhere for something like it to no avail. Your art sets off your rooms and what is so amazing is that you can move any of it anywhere!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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    1. Anne, that is one I love, too. I lucked up on that at an antique fair, but it is new not old. Thanks

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  8. My favorite oil painting is in our family room. I saw it as I walked into the store--I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but we were building our house and had spots to fill---I loved it immediately. The lady in the store told me later that she had only had the painting in the store for twenty mins. When I came in and ended up buying it. I think art can just capture your attention, no matter what medium.

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    1. Marsha, you got there at just the right time. It was waiting for you.

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  9. Kim, I am so glad that you touched on art - real art- in a home. I am not one for picking up any old Home Goods print just to fill the space, instead choosing (like you) to have mostly real art (valuable or not) filling my spaces. (Not that I'm against a good HG print once in awhile, just not a whole house full!~) I am just a real fan of art, and when I antique or do flea markets, it's one of the first things I gravitate to!

    And can I say how many of these I love? Starting with that amazing over-sized clock! I also love the antique bread boards hanging in the breakfast room, and most of all, that darling dog print. What a find! I love that you mixed the art; the style, the genres, the techniques. It all combines to make for a home that is like no other! Love your house:)

    Sheila
    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. I have had a few pieces over the years from HG until I found something better. HomeGoods is good for cheap pieces to start out with if you don't want to wait to fill those blank spaces.

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  10. Kim, my husband and I have added art to our home through the years. We both appreciate art and feel fortunate to live with beautiful work. I agree, art must speak to a person, and it can be collections as well as paintings. '-)

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    1. Sarah, I wish my husband cared about art. At least he agrees with whatever I ask him to hang if it is large and heavy!

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  11. Kim I love how varied the art is in your home, it gives it so much interest! The grouping of breadboards and that red cow painting are a couple of my faves! I agree 100% about needing a piece to speak to me, no matter the cost. I would love to invest in artists' one of a kind works of art but my own photos, travel posters, nautical maps are all inexpensive and meaningful too.

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