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In past rental spaces the walls were filled with whatever cute art prints/photos that looked nice in the space – a nice but temporary solution. When we bought our first house we knew every decision would be deliberate and well thought out, especially when it came to art. We weren’t willing to put art up just for the sake of having something on the walls. No. We wanted our art to be meaningful, so we took time to collect pieces we were drawn to and held some sort of significance.
The map reminds us (or me) of how much of the world we have left to see, the first nations pieces pay homage to the people who own the land we are lucky enough to live on. The bison is a watercolour of mine that is a work in progress – a tribute to all the work the mister’s father has put into studying this great animal, and his grandfather (squirrelly baby’s namesake) who raised bison. Yes, we very carefully selected each piece of art that’s up on the wall because we want it all to tell a story of our past and who we are now. I was so thankful Minted granted us art to add to our collection and our story.
Beauty Inside by Kristi Kohut
The bright poppy colours in this piece are a nice contrast to some of the more somber tones. Given that I’m a fairly bright and positive person, I wanted the gallery wall to reflect this. Plus, the mister is convinced it’s the inside of a birthday cake, which is fitting because we love sweets. However it does make me hungry every time I see it.
First of October by Kelly Money
Moody and full of depth, I could get lost for ages staring into this painting. It reminds me of our stormy west coast skies, and how much I love listening to the rain pelt down on the roof and the wind whistle through the trees.
Wake II by Lindsay Megahed
I’m not one to play favourites, but……I just can’t get over the colours and strokes of this piece. This is one that might not tell a personal story, but certainly had both of us mesmerized. It reminds me of industrial age London with thick smoke below a beautiful pink sky. Isn’t it fun how art makes everyone see different things?
Marbled Wake by SylvieCeres Designs
Living on an island, I felt it only necessary that water be represented on our gallery wall. I love the movement of this piece. It makes me want to run to the beach and dive right in, which sadly in Canadian waters would lead to certain death.
Golden Gait by Andrew McClintock
The simplicity of this piece really drew me in. Cheetah’s are such a symbol of power and strength, attributes I try to embody.
One thing I love about Minted art is that it isn’t mass produced in a factory. Each piece is by an independent artists from all over the world, sourced through on-going art competitions. I love that I know the name of nearly every person’s art work on our wall.
I can’t wait to finish the bison painting (whenever I catch up on work and squirrelly baby lets me….never?) and put it in a gold frame to complete our wall. The living room is one of the last areas to get a makeover in the pink bungalow. All we need are new window treatments and a new couch for it to be complete! But even with the old granny curtains and couch that sinks every time we sit, filling our walls with art after a few years of blankness makes our house finally feels more like a home.
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