Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sketched & ready to paint, 3 pink tulips

Sketched & ready to paint, 3 pink tulips art commission for cancer fundraiser.
For more info on the fundraiser goto
#art #fundraiser #artfundraiser #cancerfundraiser #painting #sketch #breastcancerawareness #cancer #workinprogress #artsketch #tulips #landscapeart #flowerart

Monday, October 2, 2017

All is quiet on the beach

All is quiet on the beach now that the hot weather has cooled. The town of Port Stanley is now returned to the locals and it's regular off season state.  I'm sorry to see the summer go, it's been so lovely our first summer living here. I've enjoyed the warm summer night walks to the beach with the dog. This shot is of GT's bar and grill on the beach. We ate dinner her alot this summer,the view is just so awesome!!!!
#beach #beachlife #photooftheday #sand #beachbum #portstanley #endofsummer #seasons #lake #lakeerie #lakelife #coast #coastal

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Oustdoor office

Sick of sitting inside in my office while working on the computer. I decided to drag the whole operation outside so that I could contnue working while still enjoying the river with my dog.  It's almost like you're not workng at all, that's the real key to work : ) 
#river #riverview #workingoutside #scenic #landscape #workmeetsnature #outdoors #workaholics #workday #workdog #outdooroffice #outsideoffice

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sketching out a painting

Sketching out a painting. This is view of the river in front of our condo here in Port Stanley . I've been obsessed with this view since we moved here. I love living by the water and seeing how it changes over the seasons. I made a small sketch and then have redrawn it on my canvas. Stay tuned there is a video in the works of the whole painting being made. 
#painting #art #artist #artwork #drawing #paintingoftheday #paintingart #sketch #paint #illustration #instaart #artoftheday ##portstanley #river #landscape #riverview #scenery #scenic

Friday, September 8, 2017

Where to Buy Art

Part 2. Where? How to Find Art for Your Home & Office

The first post in this series was centered around 'Why' art is an important element to include in your daily life. (In case you missed it you can hop over to it using this link, as a bonus a free downloadable sunflower art wallpaper is included at the bottom of the post)

After reading the last post, and having looked around your home and perhaps finding your walls rather wanting, you've decided to go on a quest to resolve the problem.

 ‘Art’ of course is the answer! The next question you’ll probably have is where to get the art you like, at a price you can afford? The following article will give you some great suggestions that you may not have thought of. As an aside, not only are the following ideas for finding art great for when you're looking for something for your home, but you can also find many wonderful and unique gifts in these locals and have fun while doing it. 


Don't feel intimidated, it's only art

No doubt at some point, you’ve probably read a hi-brow article from someplace like architectural digest interviewing an investment banker in the process of amassing a large expensive collection of modern, perplexing art. When the average person is considering buying art, magazine articles such as these can be pretty intimidating. Take heart, acquiring art for your home isn’t rocket science The art you buy doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t even have to be an original painting. Viable alternatives can be art prints or even sketches, they are a very affordable way to have art in every room without breaking the bank.  


What you really want is something you enjoy looking at every day at a price that you can afford.


To start with you need to figure out what kind of art you like. With the advent of the internet it’s easy to do a google image search to find what you like by plugging in various art terms, ex. Colors (warm tones, or cool tones, red, blue, yellow?) style (folk, abstract, realistic, modern, traditional) subject matter (beach, landscape, still life, abstract). As you browse the images and think about the space where you would like to place your artwork. Are there any pieces that pop out as being of interest to you. Do you feel drawn towards a particular color, style or subject? If you find one you like, click the link and check out the website. If the art you like is available and you can afford it, your problem is solved. If not, keep track of the keywords that describe the types of art you like.
When shopping be sure to keep in mind the location where you’ll be hanging it, this will dictate the size(s) you will be looking for. One large artwork or several small ones hung together.

Once you know the type of art you want, the next step is to find out where you can get it either online or locally. 


Online Art Platforms- A few online sources are Etsy  (this is my store URL, but it’s my article and hey there’s great art there : ) !!!) Other places with lots of options are,,, etc., These websites are a treasure trove of unique and exciting artworks. Type in your keywords into these websites and see out what comes up.

Social Media- It’s been a recent occurrence that you can also buy art via social media. Many artists are now selling their art directly to the public on Facebook, Instagram or via buyable pins on Pinterest. Use your search words on the social media sites that you frequent. Once you find a few artists whos work you enjoy you can follow them via their social media streams. Artists tend to post to social info about their studio, new work, art in progress and possible upcoming sales.

Artist’s websites- Any artist work their salt has their own website in which to display a portfolio of their artwork and to sell prints and products featuring their art. It's a great way to shop from the comfort of your own home. I know most of my sales are done online. The best part is that you and the artist are not limited by geographic location. You can buy art from anther state or country even and have it shipped direct to your home. 


Online isn't the only place to buy art, go old school

When searching google for places to buy art most of the results that will be returned are for online venues, but what many people forget to consider is that you can also go with local art. There are many places to find great art locally. Trust me I know, as an artist of many years I have had art in many types of venues. This is how we sold art in the old days before the internet lol.

Art in the park- Most towns and cities have a main local park. This is where artists will tend to congregate on sunny summer weekends to display their art to park visitors. I have spent many a Sunday afternoon showing my art in the local park. It’s a lovely way to spend the day casually chatting as people stroll by. Type into the Google search bar “Art in the Park” plus the name of your town, and to see what comes up.

Café Restaurant Exhibit- Another place to find art is the local café. Many independent café’s invite artists to display their art. It’s a win, win situation. The artist gets exposure and the cafe or restaurant get some great art on their walls. I currently have work in a local restaurant through the art gallery I display with.

Public Art Gallery Gift Shops- While the local public art gallery may display exhibitions featuring high prices modern art or valuable pieces from their collections, their gift shop usually has smaller works by many talented local artists for sale at a reasonable price. Original miniatures paintings and hand pulled prints, pottery and many other small objects d'art.

Artist Co-op Galleries- Many public art galleries have set out mandates that tend to exclude up and coming artist in favor of more established artist, hence the advent of the artist’s co-op. A collectively run gallery space where artists take turns 'manning' the sales desk. Many tourist towns have these types of co-op galleries. Although the quality of the artwork can be uneven (meaning some great art and some not so great art) you may get lucky and score a wonderful piece at a great price.

Art Rental Gallery- Where I live the regional public art gallery has a rental gallery where local artists can have their work displayed for rent. People can rent to own or just keep an ever-rotating collection of art by renting several pieces on a monthly basis. The rental price is based on a percentage of the selling price of the piece. This is great for a person or company who hosts many events or parties and therefore needs art that is new, different or seasonal for each event they plan. Even if you're only looking to rent one piece it is a wonderful way to test-drive a piece of art, to live with it for a bit to see if it truly is something you want to look at every day. As an artist, I think it's a wonderful idea. I have several pieces of my artwork in a rental gallery.

 Art Fairs & Festivals - Every town has a least a couple festival during the summer months featuring food, music and local artisans. Peruse the artist's booths to check out what kind of art is being offered. You’ll find many different types of work and methods of creation. From original prints and paintings to sculptures and fabric art to more folky crafty wares like jewelry. The prices are generally quite affordable, plus you get all the fun a and entertainment of being at a festival.

Artist Studio Tours- Every town large and small that I've lived in has pamphlets for artist tours. This is a particularly interesting and informative way to purchase art. Artist tours give you a chance to see the studio where the art is made and to talk to the artist about the inspiration and processes behind creating the work. People, both artists and non- artists alike, are always fascinated by the art making process and how the artist comes up with the idea and then expresses it in physical form. I find the way other artist make work to be endlessly interesting, especially if they specialize in medium that I don't work with such as pottery, glass or sculpture. The bonus is that once you have acquired an art piece you also have first-hand information directly from the artist about the art piece that you can share with people who visit your home and see the work. Type into the Google search bar “Artist Studio Tours” plus the name of your town, and to see what comes up.

Estate Sales and Auctions- You can find some very interesting art via estate auctions. My husband and I picked up three limited edition art prints from an artist I knew but had passed away several years ago. The estate auction of one of  his collectors was the only way to acquire the prints. We were surprised to see them come available at a local art auction and so jumped on them. With a  quick search of google you'll find that there are many estate auction houses local to you. Some even have separate auctions just for art, and the quality of the art will be generally higher than a regular general estate auction.

From the list above you see that there are many interesting, fun and easy ways to buy beautiful and interesting art.

I’ve laid out many ideas here for how to acquire art. Many of the suggestions also come with fun agendas for getting you out and about on a weekend, festivals, art tours, art in the park.
The purchasing of art has for a long time been cloaked in an air of mystery and thought of as the domain for those 'in the know' and with enough cash to enable them to put together impressive collections. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The average person with a limited budget can still acquire artwork that is interesting and beautiful, art that they can proudly display in their homes.


Don’t get hung up on thoughts of your artwork appreciating in value. You’ll be looking at the artwork in your home every day so pick something you really love!!

What makes art truly magical and valuable is the communication between artist and viewer and the emotions that the physical work of art conveys. When you look to buy artwork for your home, be sure to chose artwork that will give you the emotional effect you desire and provide you with a daily dose of joy!!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Happy dog day!!!

Happy dog day!!! Walk em if ya got em..and we have em, His name is Patches and we inherited him after Shawn's dad passed away. Shawn's dad doted on him, treating him with the up most love, kindness, patience and pampering that any dog could ever hope to get. We've tried to continue to give him the same amount of love and kindness. Here is Patches fluffed out after a nice long walk. I think it's all the smelling stuff that really tuckers him out. Ah, the leisurely life of our little hound dog.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar eclipse at the beach

On my way home from the post office I did a drive by of the beach here in Port Stanley. This is just before the solar eclipse was due to hit. The beach was very busy but nobody seemed concerned about the impending eclipse. I suppose many didn't even know about it. Hopefully everyone had their sunglasses on. 
#lifeguard #lifeguardstation #beach #beachlife #summer #sun #sand #beachday #beaches #beachvibes #solareclipse2017 #solareclipse #eclipsesolar #portstanley #sunnyday

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Value of Having Art in Your Home


Part 1. Why? The Value of Having Art in Your Home & Office

For a while I’ve been thinking that I should write a series of posts for my blog about artwork in your home, and how art can have a profound and tangible impact on your life. I should know! As an artist, art and creating art has always been one of the guiding lights in my life. While others may not be as totally absorbed by art as I am, from the many messages I’ve received from people who have purchased my art, turns out you don’t have to be an artist to love art.

I have lots of art hanging on all my walls and I’m always changing them around. I change frames, hang them in different groupings, change rooms, change seasons. I’m always poking around at my pictures. Each time I mix it up I’m amazed at how different my rooms can look depending on what I’ve put on the walls. My husband’s surprised face when he walks in the room is always fun too.

Art has a definite power to change your everyday life not only visually but emotionally too. 


The objects that you surround yourself with essentially create your world, your world forms your mood, your mood forms your outlook on life. A happy person sees the world much differently than a mad or sad person. You can imagine that looking out your window at a lovely coastal scene would be much more uplifting than looking at a solid brick wall.

I think it’s wise to carefully consider what you look at everyday. While we can’t all have a coastal view where we live, luckily art gives us the opportunity to look at something wonderful instead of a blank wall. The brick wall below is much more inviting when cleverly disguised as a backdrop for an art collection.

Art isn't only for your home, work places need art too

Art can humanize an institutional or work space. Bright colorful artwork on a bare beige office wall or in a waiting room is a real mood lifter. These are spaces that given the choice most people probably wouldn't choose to spend a lot of time in. But a lovely work of art is like a mini vacation for your brain. I've had many doctors buy artwork from me for that very reason. A calming, colorful, and happy work of art can make something as stressful as a doctor's or hospital's waiting room seem less sterile. Art can give a client/patient something more to focus on then the possibly stressful reason for the visit.
Uplifting art doesn't have to be confined to your walls either. I've included a free art wallpaper at the bottom of this post so that you can download it and have something prettier to look at on your digital devices, be it your work or home computer, your phone or tablet.

Art in a collection - Artist Cathy Horvath Buchanan

To get my point across visually, I put together some photo examples of rooms with or without art. I can’t help but notice that naked walls makes it feel like the room isn’t finished. The room is missing personality and spark.

Art in your home - Artist Cathy Horvath Buchanan

Art in your family room before & after Artist Cathy Horvath Buchanan

Art for modern living before & after Cathy Horvath Buchanan

Would you rather spend time in the rooms with the art or the one without?


I think we can all agree the rooms with art seems more homey, with a cozy, friendly, vibe.
Maybe you’ve already been wanting something uplifting for your living-room, foyer, bedroom, bathroom or office walls, but what?
Most people don’t have the luxury of spending all day thinking about art. As a result, art, and how to acquire art, can sometimes seem confusing....
-What type of imagery would work in my space?
-What do I like?
-What don’t I like?
-Where should I get it from?
-How much should I spend?
-What size should I get.
-How should I frame it?
-How should I hang it?
-Maybe you imagine people coming into your home will think the art you picked is weird or uncultured?

So far I have been talking about the "WHY?" of art. Why should you surround yourself with artwork? How can art add value to your life? How can simply looking at something everyday that brings you joy make you a happier person?

In this blog series I hope to address some of the questions and misconceptions that may be holding you back from fully enjoying the beauty you can create in your own living space.

You’ll notice that the artwork shown in these examples are images I’ve created. The reasons are twofold. First, I don’t want any copyright issues by using art by another artist. Second, I created this art and love it, and I hope you will too. I focus on making art that is full of bright colors with lots of different landscape views, perfect when you want something cheerful and happy to look at.
I know from the fantastic feedback I’ve been receiving from people who own my images, that the artwork they chose to hang in their homes IS making them happy.

Here are just some of the many wonderful comments people have been kind enough to send me expressing how they feel about their new art.





****Happiness captured! Wonderful piece... Incredible colors and sense of warm. Thank you so much! 


*****Love this too - a day brightener and a source of peace in my life...


*****So lovely - hanging in my office sending me peaceful vibes all day. So happy!

See more reviews at......

Final Thoughts....

Hopefully you found some of my thoughts on the value of art in your home useful, in the next few blog posts I'll go into more detail about the framing and placement of art in your home.
There is a whole world of inspiring art available! Together we can explore how to bring it home and enjoy it to the fullest!

To see more artwork....

Head on over and check out  the full collection of artwork
Simply click the link
or click the the 'Shop' navigation link at the top of the page

Check out the next article in the series "Where to Find Art for your Home & Office"

Colorful Art for All Your Digital Devices

I created this sunny bright sunflower wallpaper for you to use on all your devices. Why should you just have nice art on your walls? You can have colorful happy art to enjoy wherever you are and on all your devices. 
Download now and enjoy!!! Cathy

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Getting ready to record a video

Art Studio Video Filming Artist Cathy Horvath Buchanan

This is a shot of my art table. It's all rigged up and getting ready to record a video of me making a painting. I've been noticing that video is getting a lot play around the internet and thought it was about time that I should dive in. There's a lot to know when it comes to this whole internet thing so I've been goggling the heck out of making video. I think I've got a handle on it now. Making the painting is the easy part, or at least for me, as it's the part I really know. Stay tuned to see how it all worked. 
#video #videoshoot #art #studio #studiolife #studiotime #artist #painting #artwork #artistic #instaartist #artmaking #artistsoninstagram

Sunday, July 16, 2017

My art on a Christmas card

Greeting Card Art by artist Cathy Horvath Buchanan

Just recently received finished samples of one of my winter paintings on a Christmas card (yippee). This is the first greeting card I've had my art licensed on. For anyone who makes art it's always a thrill when someone contacts you and wants what you made for their product. Each new license seems like a validation of the art I'm creating, a sign that others are enjoying it.
The nice thing about a greeting card is that others can buy it, send it to loved ones and spread the joy.
This card is now available at  (everyone I dealt with there is completely wonderful, especially Cathy one of the owners).
As a bonus, a portion of sales goes towards charity for homelessness. Check it out with the link below, I'm really excited about it!!!  🌞
#christmasspirit #Christmas #greetingcards #painting #art #artistsoninstagram #christmaseve #winter #charity #charitydonation #goodcause #snow #CathyHorvath #goodcausegreetings #artwork #seasonsgreetings #cardart

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Birthday presents for me, teehee

Birthday presents and flowers from my fav peeps.
Spent the day with my hubby Shawn, swimming, eating, enjoying wine, relaxing.
And a wonderful day was had by me : )
This was the big 5-0. I had been obsessing over it for a while. I think anytime a milestone age occurs you mentally take stock of who you are, what you think, what your life is like and about, do you like your life, who is around you, what about your life do you want to change or to stay the same.
In the end the birthday number doesn't matter but those other things do. That's the thing about birthdays, they come around once a year. It's probably good at least once a year to evaluate your direction and give up those things that aren't working and have gratitude for those that are.
#happybirthday #birthday #gifts #presents #flowers #colors #specialday #celebrating #surprise #giftbags #anotheryear #older #giftwrapping #excited #birthdaygirl #birthdayfun

Monday, June 5, 2017

Red sky at night

Red sky at night, sailors delight. Mother nature really did it up right tonight here in port. When the clouds come in off the lake and the setting sun hits it just right, it's like magic in the sky
#PortStanley #sunset #skyline #scenic #colour #clouds #redsky #mothernature #colors #sky #colorfulclouds

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunny day in Port Stanley

Sunny day in Port Stanley at the harbor, lake Erie. We ate ice cream and walked the town like tourists. So nice living here, like a non-stop vacation. The hardest part is finding the time, but the weather is so beautiful it's hard to stay inside.
#PortStanley #beach #beachlife #boats #harbor #harbour #fishingboats #vacation #sunnyday #LakeView #LakeErie #lakelife #Coastal

Friday, May 12, 2017

Coastal banjo chair

Our banjo chair re-imagined with a sailboat painting I did several years ago. Some coastal decor for our condo by lake. The sailboat imagery is apropos as my hubby as once again taken up sailing.
#art #sailboat #coastal #artwork #banjo #lakelife #nautical #painting #artist #homedecor #instadecor #interiordecor #decor #boats #CathyHorvathBuchanan

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Easter bunny

The Easter bunny brought some surprise treats: chocolate, vanilla coffee syrup and hopefully the winning lottery ticket. Thanks Mr.E.Bunny!!!! #easter #chocolate #holidaytreats #eastercandy #eastermorning #happyeaster #somuchforthediet #treats #candy #surprise
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter everyone!!!

Happy Easter everyone!!! This is my egg painting as a garden flag by carson.
I'm very excited to have something to hang outside my house on Easter, and you can too : )
It comes in two sizes and is available in my store in the 'artful products section'
#easter #happyeaster #eastereggs #easterart #art #gardenflag #flag #gardendecor #decoration #CathyHorvathBuchanan #decoratedeggs
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Saturday, April 1, 2017


The view of the harbor from our bedroom window. Somehow feels like bad feng shui to have 'jaws' coming to get us.
#harbor #PortStanley #boat #jaws #fengshui #waterfront #riverview #scary #waterview #badvibes #deckview #waterside #kettlecreek
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Winter at Mackies

Winter at Mackies on the beach, Port Stanley on lake Erie.
Like the song says "Nobody on the beach, feel it in the air, summer's out of reach" .
I took a quick drive past on my way home just to see what happening at the beach..nothing yet.
#PortStanley #beach #sand #water #shore #lake #shoreline #beachlife #winter #photooftheday #picoftheday #lakeerie
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy valentines coloring!!!

Love Coloring pages Artist Cathy Horvath Buchanan
Happy valentines!!! One of my coloring page designs, available soon...the colors of love awe : ) www.CathyHorvath. com
#valentines #valentinesday #happyvalentinesday #happy #love #hearts #pretty #handmade #coloring #art #illustration #coloringbook #artwork #colouring #coloredpencils #colorful
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Surprise Valentine treats

Surprise yummy looking Valentine treats from my sweetie.
In cahoots, and handmade by 'Sweet Treats by Andrea' a.k.a. @dancingdaisy2017
#valentines #valentinesday #happyvalentinesday #happyvalentines #love #gift #surprise #february #lovehim #myvalentine #cookies #sweets #decoratedcookies #treats #cookie #sweet #yummy
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Our decor

Working on the decor in our new digs, a.k.a where should we put all our stuff so it looks good.
This look will probably only last for a couple weeks before I get the itch to change the art around lol.
#interiordesign #homedecor #decor #home #instadecor #interiordecor #style #instahome #interiorstyling #instadesign #homedesign #lifestyle #deco
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Get the jump on spring with art!!

Get the jump on spring with bright colorful art prints for you home. Come see the selection of affordable and unique artworks I have in store for you.
#artprint #art #print #artwork #wallart #homedecor #decor #etsyshop #illustration #spring #flowers #happy #landscape #scenery #instaart #colorful #color #scenic
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