Showcase #5: Indian Decor in Canada

elephant art

This little elephant of Indian art design brings an exotic culture to Canada wherever it goes. Place it on a coffee table to show your guests how cultured you are, or give it as a gift to a friend who likes Indian decor and elephants.

Can you think of other examples of how Canadians adopt Indian decor? I think this elephant is a perfect symbol of how this can be done. Something like abstract painting has a harder time transplanting exotic culture than this decorative piece that is easy to recognize through its form. So say thank you to this Indian elephant, as we get to appreciate the style and beauty of Indian art in Canada!

Showcase #3: Appliance Repair as an Art Form in Calgary

appliance repair

I had the honor of speaking with a reputable appliance technician in Calgary, Alberta, Canada over the holidays and he told me something special that I wish to showcase today. This is about off topic as our blog can get while still talking about decor because my friend from a Calgary appliance repair company talked about how fixing appliances is an art form. So get ready for an interesting discussion, on our fist post in the year 2020!

We’ve talked about appliances before, like in our showcase #1 when we talked about how a fridge can be a piece of art in the home. But we haven’t talked about appliance repair services per se. Hopefully this will be the only time, because I never thought such a topic could be interesting until my friend explained to me how it can be quite amazing to behold.

My friend has been fixing all kinds of appliances, everything from Samsung washers and dryers to Maytag dishwasher and more, for many years in Calgary and he’s found a way to make it an art, literally. This is how he does it, in 4 simple steps.

4 Steps to Turn Appliance Repair into Art!

  1. He gets the call and is dispatched to a residential home.
  2. He arrives, sets up a camera and begins his work.
  3. He fixes the appliance while his camera takes an automatic photo every 2 minutes.
  4. When he gets home, he finds the best picture and uses a digital painting program to render it into a work of art that gets printed onto a large canvas and then hung in his private gallery or sold to a client.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get permission to share one of his works of art because he has a lot of them that he’s hoping to sell, but I did get to see them with my own eyes when I visited his Calgary home. More on that in a second. He’s sold some of them already to clients across Canada who apparently love what this man does. Who would have thought than a normal worker from an appliance repair Calgary company was a talented artist? Looking at the guy, you would never think that. But let me tell you the art is truly amazing and would compliment any home. Sometimes you can’t even tell it’s a photo of a guy fixing an appliance because of the way the lines are curved and the colors are blended. I hope this story can inspire other workers out there to try it and see where it leads because day to day work rendered into groovy digital artwork is truly beautiful to behold.

Just to give you an idea of what the art can look like, look at the photo below. It looks somewhat like that but only more colorful and a bit more groovy, and of course features appliance parts and technician tools at work.

groovy art

I believe this technique could work for any line of work. Imagine how it would look for a zoo keeper’s work or a firefighter’s! It’s just amazing to know that it’s done and I believe it’s quite inspiring. If the paintings weren’t so expensive I would buy one. Maybe I’ll get one on Christmas if I behave.

To end this showcase I just want to briefly say one last time that many people don’t know how beautiful their jobs are. If we could only look at our everyday jobs from a different perspective then we could see the amazing beauty in them. So I want to say thank you to my Calgary friend for being an inspiration to us all, and keep up the good work!

How to Make Your Own Abstract Painting in 3 Easy Steps!


It might seem obvious how easy it is to make your own abstract painting, but remembering these 3 easy steps will make it even easier! Here we go…

Step 1:

Get a bunch of cheap paints from the dollar store, a cheap canvas and some brushes.

Step 2:

Lay out some newspapers or cardboard on the ground at home so you don’t accidentally get paint where you don’t want it, and put your canvas on top. Then, lay out all your paints with a cup of water to clean your brush.

Step 3:

Splatter paint all over the canvas and move them around with your brush, all the while pretending you’re a 3-year-old who’s has never painted before and have fun until the whole canvas is colored!

This has been my 3 easy tips for painting at home. I hope your finished product is a treasure!