Art & Decorating Tips

Art can be made, purchased, and viewed for so many reasons . . .
to leave the viewer with questions, to invoke disquiet or anger, purely for decorative purposes or to soothe and calm the soul. 
I choose the serenity of nature in my art . . .
colour that brings you back to the earth and black and white that helps to define the lines.

Each colour tends to promote a different emotion.  
To develop a particular mood in a room, start with a background colour (on your walls),
that is not your main target emotion, but will compliment your target emotion. 
(Neutral backgrounds will enhance your mood colour, not detract from it)

Your target emotion colour should show in your wall art and also in your accent pieces.
You can change these easily then to create a different mood, emotion or just for the pleasing colour to you.

• BLUE –



courage, confidence

• RED –


• PINK –
healthy, compassion

• BROWN – outdoors,


• GRAY –

• BLACK –  elegance, formality

Choose the size of your art according to the space where you intend to place it.
Your art should not fill the wall you are placing it on but should have a healthy amount of space around it to compliment it.
But . . . your painting should not be too small that it gets lost on a large wall
Place smaller artworks in smaller places.
Another option, for all types of spaces, is to create a collection on the wall of a few pieces with similar colourings or themes.

All of the artwork on this site lists the original size. 
(Original artworks & size will be noted with each piece)
Several sizes of Prints are available

To Frame or Not to Frame
If the
canvas is stretched and you’re happy with how the sides of it look, you can display unframed.
Ensure that the unframed painting is secured safely on display. 
Corners and edges may be damaged in a fall.  Taking care of all stretched canvas paintings is imperative. 
Having a soft display piece, requires care to ensure that the surface is not dented or ripped by poor shipping or handling.
Stretched canvas paintings can also be framed (generally without glass or matting).

If your chosen artwork (such as an ink drawing or a watercolour), or print is on paper, a mat and frame should be considered.

Canvas panels can also be hung directly on the wall.
I find it best to use a tape / velcro system where they are hung flat on the wall but can be easily removed without damaging the painting or the wall.
Canvas panels can also be framed.

A good rule of thumb of where to hang art – hang so that its midpoint is between 57 and 60 inches from the floor.
Aim for the lower end of the range if most members of your household are on the short side;
In rooms with ceilings higher than eight feet, artwork can be hung a little higher than 60 inches off the floor.
Once you pick the midpoint, stick with it for consistency.
For a grouping of works, simply envision the collection as one piece of art.
The only exception to this rule is when you’re framing the art over furniture.
When placing art over a sofa or headboard, for instance, it should span roughly two-thirds of the width of the furniture piece.
Hang art so that the bottom of the frame is 8 to 10 inches above the furniture piece;
the art should be visually connected to it, not floating high above it.
If you’re hanging a smaller work over a large unit, try adding sconces or other art to fill out the composition.
For art that’s taller than 120 inches, forget the midpoint rule; just make sure the bottom edge is about a foot from the floor.

Are you ready to choose some artwork for you home or office?

If you like,
I will come to your home or office
and make some recommendations
for your creative painting needs
(within 50km of Newmarket, Ont.)

Make your choice,
then give me a couple of weeks,
and I will arrange to come back
and hang it for you.

Have a look at some of my artwork here on this site and see what you like.
If you have a specific look or colour you are wanting and you don’t see it, let me know.  I can create something for you

Renting may be
possible also.

Let’s discuss
your needs.