Welcome to Art By Choleena!

Welcome! I am a full-time Canadian artist on a mission to help you live artfully. In addition to the art here, I love creating special orders/commissions, so please contact me if you have any ideas for a piece that you would like to see. Estimates are free. Give me as much information as you have: your favourite theme, rough idea of budget, rough idea of size, etc. That will help me determine the complexity of the image and do up a no-obligation estimate. Humble gratitude <3 for your time and love of art. 🙂

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Upcycling a cupboard into a Little Free Library

As part of my large project to have a mini cabin for rent at the back of the property, I wanted trails and little playful things for guests to find in the forest. I decided to have a mini lending library like you would see in the city.

I repainted and did an image transfer on this little cabinet. For the image transfer, I printed a photo of one of my artworks, then used mod podge to transfer it. For the glass work, I used dish-washer-safe mod podge, which is also safe for use in the outdoors.

If you have any questions or want to see what else I make, get in touch through the Contact page, or look up Art By Choleena on Facebook, Etsy, and Instagram.

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Tax Deductions for Buying Canadian Art

Supporting local artists and buying Canadian art just got even better! If it meets the following criteria, it qualifies as a tax deduction. Perhaps it’s finally time to invest in your home office/work space?

The art must be:

  • created by a Canadian artist
  • over $200 in value
  • exhibited in your place of business and in view of clients

Get in touch with your Accountant for the full details.

Source: Investing in Canadian Art — A Tax Perspective, by CASCADE Chartered Professional Accountants LLC

One of my corporate clients, InGenius Software, has purchased more than one piece from me. Here is an image from 2013, where we are getting ready to hang a large telephone booth mosaic of mine. This very talented, Ottawa-based firm provides companies like the Government of Canada, Nortel, and Telus with IT recruitment, custom software products, and telephony software solutions. It was their telephony software slant that drew them to my “Telephone Booth”. Above, owners Rich Loen and Dale Gantous pose with me just after delivery. That wall shape and colour was made for this particular artwork, don’t you think?

UPDATE: I’m thrilled to announce that Rich and Dale have won many awards over the years, and have sold InGenius Software to Upland Software. Here is their new website at Upland.

InGenius Software hanging my telephone booth mosaic artwork. InGenius now owned by Upland Softare.


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Rent our cabin and campsite!

We are thrilled to have finally realized one of our dreams to share this place with you! Beautiful 270 acres of mixed forest, open field, and biodiverse marsh all for yourself! In the wild countryside just North of the Historic Town of Perth, Ontario. Includes large fire pit, cookstoves, covered deck, 10 × 10 wood cabin (sleeps 2-3), groomed camp/tent sites for your additional guests to pitch their tents. We only rent to one person/party at a time so the whole place is yours to share with whomever you like or just with yourself!

Camping in Perth, Ontario.
With the campsite comes a cabin! You get both to use as you wish. Fully-outfitted deck, cookstoves, pots, utensils. Outhouse, too!

14% discount for booking a week+ stay. We supply just about everything!

It’s Glamping (a mash-up of glamorous camping) — making it easy to have an outdoor getaway, especially for folk who are new to camping.

Open year-round. Mini wood stove heats the cabin. Snowshoes freely available.

  • Solar-powered power pack
  • All the fresh well water that you need
  • Campfire and firewood
  • Camping cookstoves and all the pots/pans/utensils to go with it
  • Covered deck and patio table/chairs
  • Cabin and campsites (bring tents!) — the whole place is the entire listing
  • Lots more! Check out the listing.
fire pit
Large firepit for toasting marshmallows or cooking over. We supply a cooking grate and marshmallow sticks!
Loads of wildlife, especially in Summer/Autumn.
cabin or tent
Many mowed spots for you to choose from to put your tents. You can stay in the cabin, and the kids could tent!
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Here’s What I’m Working on Right this Minute!

Just a little post to show you what I just finished! 😀 The little nails/tacks in the ‘leather’ of the mask are from my late Grandfather’s shoe-making tools, and the screen in the mask filter is from a window that my dog tore out one day when frustrated that we had the audacity to leave the house without him! The artwork itself was inspired by “Son of Man” and other pieces of Belgian surrealist painter, René Magritte. To view my other artworks, I hope that you will visit my Etsy Shop. To have a custom theme/special-order artwork made just for you, get in touch anytime. It would be a pleasure to work with you on a piece.

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Grape artwork commission

Just finishing up this special order (commission) of a mosaic of a bunch of grapes. It contains about 525 tesserae (cut pieces). It is paper-based but I create a multi-layer, raised surface with heavy gloss to make it look like ceramic. It is easily dusted with a damp cloth. I have yet to frame and gloss it. This is a special order by a repeat client in Ottawa, Ontario!

The finished piece before framing/glossing.
An image to show the stage where I cut each tesserae.
This photo was taken at dusk so it’s dark/grainy but at least it shows scale.
The piece is about 13″x17″.

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These tragic times are affecting us in so many ways. Some of us have lost loved-ones, some of us are in isolation, and some of us fear for our family, health, livelihood, and housing. It is difficult to keep hopeful and an eye on the horizon for when these days have passed.

But one thing that I have noticed is that people are turning to The Arts to keep creatively busy, ward off the effects of isolation, and for hope.

How The Arts are impacting this COVID-19 world

Conversely: How COVID-19 is impacting The Arts

  • The Arts are always a hard-sell so in times like this, the Art World is hit even harder. Prohibition on public gatherings means that art Openings are out. Plus, people are saving their money for more urgent things, and art is considered a non-essential. Here is an excellent article on the art market during a crisis.
  • Artists, here is a good resource/video on selling art in a pandemic.
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Artful things to do while self-isolating at home

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Winter Blues – finding colour inspiration in cold weather

Curing the ‘winter blues’ with a new colour palette…

The reduced sunlight hours, and increased cold are enough to leave even this perkiest of persons a bit “blue” so I challenged myself to seek out the blue colour palette in this seemingly-white landscape. I was delighted to find the Blue Jay at its centre.

Last summer, our garden had a row of Giant Sunflowers. The Blue Jays loved the flowers so I’ve reproduced my memory of them there. Here is a Blue Jay weighing down a flower head as it perches to access the seeds of another flower. You can see the pond in the background, and the back-lit tree-line where the sun sets. We had two pair of these birds, and their clever and loud antics were entertaining and intriguing. They seem very social and work in a group. I imagine I’ll have to produce an artwork with more than one bird in it at some point but for now, I’ve focused on making a mosaic of the row of sunflowers…

I also produced two mini versions of the larger Sunflower/Jay artwork for smaller wall spaces. I make limited, numbered editions. No more than 25 in an edition. All the works  are tastefully framed and generally range from $130-400. I can also supply a quote on any custom size that you might be looking for.

Most of my repertoire is available on Etsy.

If you prefer to purchase an artwork through email, contact me anytime.

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A quick farm post… Wildlife abounds here at the farm where ArtByCholeena’s studio is, and I’m always at the ready with my camera. I photographed this strange thing leaving the tree top of a fir tree. Any guesses as to what it is? I am going to put this picture up on my Facebook page so please join in the fun and leave your guess. You can find it here on Facebook.

 I sure hope that the Winter Blues have blown past your home, and that this post has lifted your spirits. Warm waves of hello from the Winter Wonderland that is the farm,

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Perth Autumn Studio Tour – THIS weekend!

I hope to see you this weekend (Sat, Sun, Mon) at the Perth Autumn Studio Tour. I will be with four other artists at Studio#1.

The tour packs 21 artists into 7 studio locations (all within a few minutes drive of each other) against the autumn-coloured backdrop of meandering country roads. The Perth area is known for its high-quality craftspeople and artists. I am beyond proud to be considered one of them!

Perth Studio tour map-and-particpants-2014Where: Various studios in the countryside around Perth (about an hour West of Ottawa) along HWY 7. Map.

When: All three days of Thanksgiving long weekend. Oct. 7, 8, 9 ~~ 10AM-5PM each day.

BONUS: $200 draw for art! Entry forms at each studio.

Official Perth Autumn Studio Tour website.

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