Art in my Family Room


We started out a little bit haphazardly with respect to picking and hanging art in our family room (the room with the TV and computer). Slowly, however, we developed a marine theme which I think is a great idea. Pick an art theme for any one room and then use that theme to pick the art you will have in that room.

Listed below are the pieces of art in our family room in the order they were acquired.


The poster below was acquired by my wife before we started dating but is nice enough that we have had it up on a wall in our first apartment, then in our first house, and now in the house we are currently in. I suspect that eventually we'll acquire a marine piece that will replace this one, but for now this is it.

Walk through Forest

In 1996 I travelled to the UK to hook up with a bunch of friends I had met on the internet, one of whom is a painter. Early one morning, because we hadn't gone to sleep the previous night, the five of us went for a walk and at one point he (the painter) ran ahead a little and took a photograph. I thought little of it at the time until a year or so later I received a package in the mail from him containing this painting. I leave it to you to discern which of the four people is me. This also may eventually be replaced by something nautical or marine.

To Prince Edward Island

This (as per wikipedia) is likely the most common Alex Colville painting. In the early 2000s we went to the National Gallery in Ottawa and saw a Colville exhibition, in the shop afterwards we saw this and loved it. This painting is in the most prominent spot in the room and was the start of our marine theme.

Ship Craft

For Christmas in the mid 2000s I purchased for my father a set of two craft ships which he really enjoyed building. It is the act of building that appealed to him, the final product he was somewhat less interested in, so he gave it to us. It is in a corner of the room high on a shelf so that the kids don't touch it.

Red Oyster Dory at Bedeque Bay

In 2009 we traveled to PEI with another family and rented an amazing house together for two weeks. While there we came across the Anne Gallant gallery and looked in and saw many paintings we liked. In her gallery she has originals for a high price, large prints for a more reasonable price and then smaller prints that are inexpensive. The large prints and the small ones are numbered, so there is only a limited run of each that she makes. With this one we really decided that a marine theme was what we would use in this room.

Kinkora Canoe

We send our kids to a summer camp for which we also volunteer and raise funds. At a recent event we won the print below.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Very cool pics, I like the idea of a THEME, though my apartment is full of pictures, they have no commonality. It's more of an eclectic taste, I guess.

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femmeflashpoint 5 years ago


I did try, but was unable to decide which one you are in the UK painting. :) I admire your collection, and I love nautical themes. However, since I'm also the sentimental sort, I hope if the woodland pieces are replaced, they'll find a new home on one of your other walls, lol.

Also, while I found all of the collection pleasing to the eye, the two in particular that landed immediately as my favorites are your father's ship, and the black and white canoe.

Great job and well put together!

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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Paradise, I think for most people it is a mix of ideas all over as normally we simply acquire things we like, not necessarily based on a theme.

FFP, I agree - the two to be removed are woodland pieces, so maybe they'll go together in a room that will have other woodland pieces. Thanks!

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

I can tell ya'll enjoy the sea and nature. I love the 'To Prince Edward Island' painting. It makes me want to explore! I voted this up and beautiful. :)

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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

EB, Alex Colville has many beautiful paintings of which this is only one. I'd love to have one or two others. Thanks for the votes!

5 years ago

Great pictures! There has been some meticulous artwork there.

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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

f, indeed, Colville and Gallant especially.

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alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

I like the very last piece of art. Really speaks to me both graphically and emotionally.

5 years ago

Well, some are photos and some are paintings: both art forms in themselves, of course, but different. I think there is a bridge now to Prince Edward Island, so the ferry picture is already kind of historic.

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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Alpha, thanks! It confirms out choice and taste.

f, yes, Confederation Bridge has been operational since 1997, however, the ferry still does run from a different side of the Island.

5 years ago

PP: Oh does it? I guess folk don't want to have to travel the long way round, by the bridge.

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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

f, there is also a nostalgia factor, I do believe.

Debstar 5 years ago

Tell me which one is you, darn it! I thought it might be the guy wearing the jumper with the maple leaf on the front, but then maybe there is more than one Canadian in the picture. Also I can't imagine you with a beard. I can't imagine you with long blonde hair either. So that leaves one of the 2 on the left. Waaaaah. This is driving me nuts. Any hints????

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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

I'm definitely not the blonde; she stayed up late that night and a few others, also.

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