Monday, 8 June 2015

Art Accessible to Everyone, At Every Budget with @Artollo #LiveWithArt

In my opinion art should evoke a response. What that response is, is personal but there needs to be one, whether to make me smile, cry, remember, or ponder.

But sometimes you need to live with the art to truly appreciate it.


When Sandy from Canadian Blog House introduced Artollo to me I spent hours looking through all their many prints. Some catching my eye because of the colour, or humour, technique, or shape. After many hours I had narrowed my choices down to about 30 prints, including the two below. I liked the elephant print because it reminded me of Babar the Elephant a favourite book of mine as a child. And it was the colours that drew me to the Zebra watercolour print. 


Image via Artollo

Image via Artollo

I asked my husband to take a look at my choices and help me decide, all of which he rejected. He chose two small prints, not large or bold in colour or subject matter. They were understated and quiet much like my husband. They would not have been my picks, but they are the ones I ordered. 






I sat with these prints for few weeks. Each time I walked by my eye was draw back to them, and like my quiet understated husband there is depth and subtle details you need to look a little deeper to find. 





Mixed in with the muted neutrals are splashes of colour, and texture. The backgrounds are not solid colours but instead textured and have a feel of patina, depth and age. 
I wonder who the boats are carrying and where are they going. If the circles of smoke were "thought bubbles" what thoughts would be in them? 
I wonder if the birds are family or friends? Is the yellow bird just relaxing or being shut out of the conversation? 

That's the wonderful thing about art it means different things to different people. It means different things to the same person at different times. 

The Artollo collection of art prints is large and diverse.  Some are fun and whimsical, some watercolours of animals or cityscapes, while others like the Orange Optimist collection uses a unique technique. 

Image via Artollo - Orange Optimist collection.

Artollo offers prints made with high quality archival paper and inks, that are trimmed by hand. Their price points and 30 day return policy makes art accessible to everyone and every budget. Plus you'll find regular promotions and discounts on the website.  
But there's more to Artollo than just prints they also offer a variety of other art objects including totes, mugs, cushions, and my favourite fantastic wall decals
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Artollo has generously sponsored a $100  Artollo Art Print Gift Card Giveaway so one lucky reader can #LiveWithArt! Giveaway is open to Canada (excluding QC), over the age of 18, and runs from June 8th - July 3rd, 2015. Good Luck!

Yep, just me Cathy thinking out loud about about art!

Note: I received 2 prints from Artollo free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and reflect my personal experience with the brand and product.

33 comments :

  1. i would pick one of the dance pictures, for my daughter - maybe "More than Dance watercolour art print".

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  2. love hummingbirds so would pick the Art Watercolor Illustration Bird print.

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  3. I would pick, Children Art Poster Rickshaw; I love it!

    Thanks

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  4. I would choose the Ink Art Print Love Beach.

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  5. Id pick the dance pictures for my daughter

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  6. I would pick the Art Print Birds Bush! (Judy Cowan)

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  7. I love the Nursery Art Print--Big and Small Owls.

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  8. I would choose the Nursery Art Illustration Wind In My Hair.

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  9. I like the ink art print love beach

    spazsss@yahoo.ca

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  10. I like the Women’s Printed T-Shirts Owls

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  11. i think I would pick Art Illustration Two Poppies

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  12. I would probably pick the Nursery Art Illustration With Love

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  13. I would pick the Wall Art Graphics Wind.

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  14. I'd pick the Kids Wall Art Owls With Umbrellas

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  15. I would chose the Art Illustration Two Poppies

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  16. I'd choose the Wall Art Graphics wind.

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  17. SO hard to pick! I think I'd go with http://www.artollo.com/art/leni-somnia/nursery-art-illustration-wind-in-my-hair/ but don't hold me to it!

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  18. It would take some serious time to seriously pick if I won, but I know that Kids Room Illustration Elephant And Bird would be a contender.
    jan

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  19. Love their throw pillows and tote bags. I can never have enough of either...

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  20. I would choose the Art Illustration Two Poppies

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  21. Art Print Morning Port for me

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  22. I like the Nursery Art Illustration "with love".

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  23. i like the art print of six birds

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  24. I would pick "This Is Your Captain Speaking". So cute.

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  25. I would choose the Nursery Art Illustration with Love! Super cute! Thanks so much for the opportunity! :)

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  26. It's so hard to pick just one but I'm drawn to the "watercolour feather" print!

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  27. I would choose Ink Art Print Love Beach

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  28. I love the Nursery Art Illustration With Love
    http://www.artollo.com/art/leni-somnia/nursery-art-illustration-with-love/

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  29. These are beautiful choices Cathy - your husband has great taste! I love the subtle depths to the paintings and how gorgeous they are.

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  30. Perhaps the print "Wall Art Graphics Wind".

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  31. I would choose Kids Room Wall Art Flowers and Feathers

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  32. Art Drawing Happy is my choice!

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  33. Some great pieces to pick from. I think I might pick Watercolor Print Blue Eiffel Tower

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