Dear Diary,

I remember the first time I touched paint. I was in elementary school and we were working with those tempera cakes. You know those round blocks of paint that are activated by water? The wetter they are and the more you rub your brush around them—the more pigment they give. I remember them—not only because they only gave what I put in—but I remember the smell. I was hooked immediately. The whole experience was a big sensory one for me that was like coming home to my truest nature which was engaging with colour and discovering what I could do with it.

From this day on I would draw and paint most anything all the time—I would find excuses to create and paint things until one day I became an art teacher and it was my job to mix and prepare paint. It was my job to be the one who introduced and taught how the tempera cake worked. This was a dream come true.

I opened up my own art studio for children back in 2008 called Glitter Pie because I wanted to give children an opportunity to do what I did not get the chance to do. I super styled art making materials in a highly imaginative environment and allowed children of all ages to explore without modeling and allowed them to learn and experiment through doing and being exposed to all kinds of mediums. I learned so much and I adored every minute of it.

Often what I loved about each day was watching gestures happen that eventually became works of art! Offering more than just the average red, yellow and blue—I wanted to frame everything all the time. I was astounded by the loose and stunning lines, compositions and interpretations that came out of each child. It was an expression. It was their world, their eye and their point of view and I ate these visual delights like candy. They were eye candy for me.

Often what I loved about each day was watching gestures happen that eventually became works of art! Offering more than just the average red, yellow and blue—I wanted to frame everything all the time. I was astounded by the loose and stunning lines, compositions and interpretations that came out of each child. It was an expression. It was their world, their eye and their point of view and I ate these visual delights like candy. They were eye candy for me.

Now, as a designer one of the elements that I MUST have in every home is art. By-way of enlisting the help of the kids living in the home or by making some of it for my clients—I can never quite express or explain how important art and colour in the home is for well-being and to evoke that one-of-a-kind feeling with décor.

As I explore the world in design- I discover ways to make finding, buying and discovering art for my clients more accessible and easy. I suppose that is often the problem—we associate art on a tipping scale: Either it is too expensive, hard to find and unattainable—or it is something some family member or child has made and we don’t really regard it in the same special way as high end art.

So in an effort to help, inspire and get the art train moving through your home and life—I have a few sources to share with you! No! This is not a paid promotional post and this is not something that I am doing in gratis for something else. This is just for the LOVE of ART and to highlight the cool sources that are out there that can get you dreaming in colour.

OK HERE GOES!

PARTIAL GALLERY! I love this service because you can rent or rent to own! Either way you get to see and try art in your home and either keep it or return it! I also love it because there are a lot of unknown artists that you will find out about and possibly support by buying their art! Each piece I have purchased—I have received a little note from the artist in gratitude. They are just so happy that someone has their work and is enjoying it. Makes your heart happy uh?

Matchbox: Il Cavaliere, Photography by Cody Greco

I have rented to own a few pieces from Partial! Tammy who works there is just so great and she makes the process of trying and acquiring so fun and easy! This is truly half the battle is paying for it—so this service is just so great! It does not matter where you live! Jump online and find art sources that can help you in this kind of way! They are popping up everywhere!

In Bloom, Painting by Kaitlin Johnson

Next up!

MERCARTTO! By filling out the quiz directly located on the landing page of their website you can find out your art style and then be pointed in the right direction as you deep dive through their resources to find the right art for you in the style you love from artists all over!

I discovered that I am a BIG PICTURE OPTIMIST kind of collector as a result of the quiz and I guess I can say that the results don’t lie—because—BAM! I am!

SO! There you have it. A little art talk from me to you. A little Tiffany history inspiration for you to throw a little light and energy on the art game in your home and take it up a notch! If you have this game on lock already—I love you. Go get some chocolate from CXBO (partnership coming soon and I cannot wait to share!)