Beyond Magazines: Elevating Your Waiting Room with Art

Beyond Magazines: Elevating Your Waiting Room with Art


In the world of waiting rooms, the scene is all too familiar: sterile walls, outdated magazines, and a palpable sense of restlessness. But what if there was a way to transform this mundane space into something more inviting and engaging? Enter the power of art. In this blog post, we’ll explore how incorporating art into your waiting room decor can elevate the atmosphere and create a more positive experience for your clients or patients.

The Problem with Traditional Waiting Room Decor

Waiting rooms are typically places of frustration and tension. We’re usually sitting feeling apprehensive about a medical procedure, a business meeting, or a discussion about our finances. But as busy people, we’re desperate to get our appointments started, even when we’re nervous.

Traditional waiting room decor often falls short in creating a welcoming, calming environment. Bland walls and worn-out magazines do little to alleviate the anxiety or boredom that clients or patients may feel while waiting for their appointment. This lack of stimulation can contribute to a sense of discomfort and unease, ultimately detracting from the overall experience. By the time your client gets to you, they are no longer present, possibly lethargic and just want to get out of there.

Coming back to the office may be met with resistance, even if you are an amazing practioner of medicine/law/finances. There is a sense of uneasiness in the waiting room and not a pleasant overall feeling. It may not even be a conscious feeling. 

The Power of Art in Waiting Rooms

Art has the remarkable ability to calm and relax us. In waiting rooms, strategically placed artwork can help reduce stress, improve mood, and even stimulate conversation among clients or patients. Numerous studies have demonstrated the positive impact of art in healthcare settings, highlighting its potential to enhance the well-being of those who encounter it. This positive impact can easily apply across different businesses and situations.

Choosing the Right Art for Your Waiting Room

Selecting the right artwork for your waiting room is crucial to achieving the desired effect. Consider the demographics of your clientele and the atmosphere you wish to create. Opt for pieces that resonate with your audience and align with the overall aesthetic of your space. From calming landscapes to vibrant abstracts, the possibilities are endless.

In a survey, ‘Impact of visual art in patient waiting rooms: survey of patients attending a transplant clinic in Dumfries‘, concluded,  ‘Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 24 patients who said they liked looking at paintings and rated this pleasure as 4 or 5/5, scored the clinic paintings more highly (4.1). The patients who responded to our questionnaire emphasized a preference for landscapes/nature scenes (84%) and paintings of animals/birds (84%). Fewer wished to look at abstract paintings (27%) or portraits (24%). Two of 39 (5%) said they liked looking at art but had no preferences.’

Showcase Your Space: Examples of Artful Waiting Rooms

To truly appreciate the transformative power of art in waiting rooms, let’s take a closer look at some real-life examples. From healthcare facilities to corporate offices, these spaces have successfully incorporated art into their decor, creating environments that are both visually appealing and emotionally uplifting.

In the previously mentioned survey, images of local artist of local areas resonated with the clientele of the transplant facilities.

Practical Tips for Implementing Art in Your Waiting Room

Ready to enhance your waiting room with art? Here are some practical tips to get you started:

  • Set a budget for artwork and consider working with local artists or galleries (The Art Hive Collective) to find pieces that fit within your price range.
  • Take into account logistical considerations such as lighting, placement, and maintenance when selecting and installing artwork.
  • Be mindful of the content and context of the artwork, ensuring that it is appropriate for your clientele and complements the overall ambiance of your space.

Overcoming Objections and Challenges

While the benefits of incorporating art into waiting room decor are undeniable, you may encounter objections or challenges along the way. Concerns about cost, maintenance, or appropriateness are common, but there are solutions to overcome these hurdles. By emphasizing the value of art in enhancing the client/patient experience, you can make a compelling case for its inclusion in your waiting room.


In conclusion, the days of dull waiting rooms filled with outdated magazines are behind us. By embracing the power of art, you can elevate your waiting room decor and create a more welcoming and positive experience for your clients or patients. Whether it’s a soothing landscape or birds flying through the sky, the right artwork has the potential to transform your space and leave a lasting impression on those who encounter it.

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Office Lobby Decorated with Emerging and Local art
Waiting Area with Artwork
Office Waiting Room with Artwork
Waiting Room in Lawyers Office
Waiting Area with Artwork
Office Reception with artwork
Elevate Your Home with Art: A Transformative Guide

Elevate Your Home with Art: A Transformative Guide

Art can be intimidating. Where do you start? What do you buy? How much should you spend? I have a very clear memory that sticks with me. My kids were young. My youngest was having another temper tantrum in his bedroom. I was sitting in the living room, overwhelmed and I looked around to see mass-produced art lopsided on my wall or on the floor with cracks in the plastic, which was the replacement for glass. I remember thinking, ‘Is this it. Will I ever be able to have nice things that I love. ‘ At that time, it didn’t seem likely. Fast forword 20 years, the kids are grown and out of the house. I remember buying the first piece of ‘my art’. I loved it. It wasn’t big or expensive but it was mine. It gave me so much joy to have it. I hung it up right away and it’s still in the same spot. I got to meet and talk to the artist, so it has a connection, and it was my first step to having ‘nice art’. Can you relate to any of this? If you are a parent, there is a good chance you can. And now we get to step out of our comfort zone and instead of buying for our kids, we get to buy what we love. Make our space our oasis. Where do you start? Welcome to the world of personal art curation! In this blog post, we’ll explore the fascinating journey of transforming your living space into a curated haven of artistic expression. Building your own art gallery at home is not just about acquiring beautiful pieces; it’s about creating an environment that reflects your unique taste and passion for art. Section 1: Discover Your Artistic Vision Begin by delving into your personal artistic preferences. Are you drawn to abstract expressionism, classical landscapes, or contemporary digital art? Understanding your tastes will guide your collection and make it a true reflection of your personality. Section 2: Start Small, Dream Big You don’t need a massive budget to start your art collection. Begin with affordable pieces from local artists, online marketplaces, or even your own creations. Knowing that your support contributes not only to your collection but also to the growth of artist’s art business and careers. Over time, you can gradually invest in more significant works as your collection grows. One of the joys of art collection is watching artists grow. The Art Hive Collective features emerging talents eager to make their mark. Section 3: Mix and Match Styles Don’t be afraid to experiment with different art styles and mediums. A diverse collection adds depth and interest to your gallery. Mix original paintings with prints, photography with metal art, creating a dynamic visual experience for yourself and your guests. By incorporating pieces from multiple artists, you’re not only creating an eclectic collection but also fostering a community of creatives. Section 4: Support Local Artists Explore the vibrant art scene in your community by supporting local artists. Attend art fairs, gallery openings, and connect with creators. Not only does this contribute to your collection, but it also fosters a sense of community and encourages emerging talent. And with the power of the internet, attend virtual exhibitions, engage with artists on social media, and build a connection beyond the canvas. Your support becomes a vital part of these artists’ journeys, helping them grow their art business and expand their reach. Your support becomes a vital part of these artists’ journeys, helping them grow their art business and expand their reach. Section 5: The Power of Storytelling Each piece in your collection has a story. Whether it’s the inspiration behind the creation, the artist’s background, or your personal connection to the artwork, share these stories with your visitors. It adds a layer of depth and meaning to your gallery. Section 6: DIY Gallery Wall Create a stunning focal point by designing a gallery wall. Mix and match frames, experiment with layouts, and let your creativity run wild. This DIY project allows you to showcase your collection in a visually impactful way. It’s a wonderful way to spotlight multiple artists in one cohesive display. I have a resource for you, ‘7 Strategies to Elevate Your Art in Your Home’ Get it here Section 7: Evolving Collection Your art gallery at home is not static. As you evolve your collection, consider staying connected with The Art Hive Collective for new releases and exhibitions. Embrace the opportunity to add fresh perspectives to your gallery, supporting the continuous growth of these dynamic artists. Allow your collection to evolve as your tastes and preferences change. Consider periodic rearrangements, new acquisitions, or even rotating pieces to keep your gallery dynamic and inspiring. Section 8: Preserve and Protect Properly care for your art to ensure its longevity. Learn about the correct way to clean, store, and display each piece. Preservation adds value to your collection and maintains the beauty of the artworks over time. Conclusion: Building your art gallery at home with The Art Hive Collective is a personal and ongoing journey. It’s a journey of supporting local artists, nurturing their careers, and surrounding yourself with beauty, inspiration, and stories that resonate with you. Whether you’re a seasoned art collector or just starting, let your passion guide you as you transform your living space into a curated masterpiece that tells your unique story through art. Enjoy the journey!
Autumnal Full Moon by Johanne Kourie
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Red Barn by Shirley Thomas
Mission - Planetary Series by Tamara Cartwright
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Dr. Eric Maisel’s Top 10 Tips for Creatives: Expert Insights to Heighten Your Creative Journey

Dr. Eric Maisel’s Top 10 Tips for Creatives: Expert Insights to Heighten Your Creative Journey

Dr. Eric Maisel’s Interview on Break Free of the Starving Artist Summit

On March 24, 2023, Dr. Eric Maisel honoured us by being part of the Break Free of the Starving Artist Summit. For me personally, after reading his book “Coaching the Artist Within”, I shifted my life to include my passion of photography once again. I will be forever grateful.

Dr. Eric Maisel is a creativity coach and author who has worked with hundreds of artists, writers, and musicians to help them overcome creative blocks and lead more fulfilling lives. In his talk, he discussed the importance of embracing your creativity and offers practical advice for developing your creative practice.

Here are 10 key points from Dr. Maisel’s talk:

  1. Creativity is an essential part of being human and should be celebrated and nurtured.
  2. Resistance and self-doubt are common obstacles to creativity, but they can be overcome with the right mindset and tools.
  3. Creative work can be challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding and can bring joy and fulfillment to your life.
  4. To be creative, you need to make space for your ideas and prioritize your creative practice.
  5. It’s important to set goals and deadlines for your creative work, as well as to track your progress.
  6. Collaboration and community can be powerful tools for creativity, as they provide support and encouragement.
  7. It’s important to recognize the role of fear and anxiety in the creative process and to develop strategies for coping with these emotions.
  8. Developing a routine and establishing rituals around your creative practice can help you stay focused and motivated.
  9. Taking breaks and engaging in self-care activities can also be beneficial for your creativity, as they help you recharge and avoid burnout.
  10. Finally, it’s important to believe in yourself and your creative abilities, even when facing criticism or rejection. Remember that creativity is a journey, and each step is an opportunity for growth and learning.

Let’s embark on this creative journey together, inspired by the profound teachings of Dr. Eric Maisel. May your path be illuminated with creativity, purpose, and endless discovery. Visit Our Artists Page to learn more.

Dr. Eric Maisel
Dr. Eric Maisel

Investing in Canadian Art – A Tax Perspective

Investing in Canadian Art – A Tax Perspective

Investing in Canadian Art – A Tax Deduction

Having art in our space just makes it better. Art adds personality, evokes emotions and makes a blank wall beautiful. 

The Canadian government has implemented alluring tax incentives to promote the purchase of original Canadian works of art.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has established that taxpayers who purchase or rent Canadian artworks, either for their personal office or for the common areas of their places of business (such as the lobby or hallway) can claim a tax deduction for the cost of purchasing or renting the work.

If you own a business, there are some great tax benefits to collecting Canadian Art.

Buying artwork is considered as an capital expense for corporations or individuals who operate a business. An individual or organization may qualify for an annual tax deduction provided certain criteria are met.


Under the Tax Act, this purchase must meet the following criteria:

1. The artwork must have been created by a Canadian artist and must be related to the business’s commercial activities and exhibited in a place of business where it will be seen by clients.

2. A print, etching, drawing, painting, sculpture, or other similar work of art that is greater than $200 in value

3. Made by a Canadian artist at the time the art was created, whether a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident

4. If the buyer is a GST and QST registrant, he can recover the taxes paid at the time of purchasing the artwork by claiming input tax credits.

If the purchase meets these criteria, the buyer is entitled to a declining deduction of 33% of the cost of purchasing the artwork (class 8.1) at the provincial level and of 20% (class 8) at the federal level.

Some works of art are, however, excluded and do not qualify for a tax credit, more specifically works having a value of less than $200 or created prior to the 1900s – created over 100 years ago.


Of course, contacting your accountant for more specifics on this matter is highly recommended.

So, supporting Canadian art besides feeling good, supporting the Canadian economy and making your business stand out, is good for the bottom line.  What’s holding you back?

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New Brunswick Landmark by Shirley Thomas
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7 Successful Tips When Decorating Your Oasis

7 Successful Tips When Decorating Your Oasis

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Tips for investing in artwork you love

By Kelly Cushing


Buying art can be overwhelming and feel intimidating. The notion that art is for the ‘well do to’ and ‘elite’ is not the case. Art is a personal venture, just like the food you crave and the music you listen to, art is a personal preference. Do you like muted tones or bright and colourful? Do you like abstract or realism? Scenics or cityscapes? The options are endless.

You may be in the process of buying art to decorate your bedroom wall or you want to create a theme in your home. There may even be a particular artist or style of art that you love. Whichever you require, this article will give you guidance.

Where do you start? Start here with 7 Successful Tips When Decorating Your Oasis.



    Is the space you have large or small? Measure the space you wish to fill in, order to determine the optimal space for your new art piece. Small spaces around the home to fill up may be a good place to start. Distant horizon lines and nature are powerful in helping small living spaces appear larger. You can always change its location.

If you do have a large space you want to eventually fill, think about photography. A large anchor piece is a good place to start and landscape photography is a good option. Photography generally is more affordable than the painting of the same size. Photography is also usually less expensive than the same size painting which is great for beginners.

Peony by Vickie Legere

White Peony” original by Vickie Legere, $350   SHOP NOW



    Art pieces can range in price from $20 and up.  Original pieces are expensive with emerging artists usually less expensive than established artists. If an original piece is not in your budget, other options may be Limited Edition prints (numbered & signed by the artist) or the more affordable version in a standard print (which might be purchased online).

Remember if you purchase an original artwork, you are supporting a real, living person and not a commercial operation.

If you love it, save for it – or purchase a more affordable version of it – or purchase a similar artwork while you save for that perfect piece.

Buying off the internet is far from perfect, so follow your heart and take your time. Research the artist and ask questions if you want by emailing their website. Art is about being curious. Remember if you like a piece, and if its too expensive for your pocketbook, there is surely another piece of artwork that is similar and can fit your budget. If it’s important to you, you can start to plan and budget for that one perfect piece or artist.

Colourful Cabbage bu Sandra Marshall

“Colourful Cabbage” Original by Sandra Marshall, $70


Finding meaningful art for your home and lifestyle takes consideration.   Just as you shouldn’t ‘make a commitment’ after the first date, allow yourself the opportunity to determine what you really like.  What can you live with on your walls?   You need to explore & develop a relationship with art styles and artists work that you love. You may find different mediums and styles that unexpectedly resonate with you, provide visual pleasure, excite you and fill your heart.

Your search should be both methodical and spontaneous.  You may have your mind set on a certain type of art, yet experience ‘love at first sight’ for something completely different.

Enjoy the adventure!  Like any relationship, your art collection will develop its own story and have more significance for you as it evolves over time.

Buying artwork that you love is a reflection of who you are and an investment in your happiness.  You are worth it!

    Intriguing City by Elena Marin

    “Intriguing City” Original by Elena Marin. $1100


    When you’re considering the money to buy an original piece, think of the impact it will have on the artist. When you’re buying art, it’s not just putting something beautiful in your home. You can have a true impact. You’re supporting a real, living person not a corporation. If you don’t yet have the budget to spend a lot, dip your toe with prints and photography.

    Framing can be expensive so buy unframed prints and find a creative way to hang them. Hang your art clothesline style with clothespins and Twine, simple and inexpensive. Or lean pieces on a shelf if they are on a wood or hardboard. Wrapped canvases don’t need to be framed, they look fantastic the way they are.



    A common misconception is that art needs to match. Your home should look personal to you, not like a family photo album or a home décor catalog.

    Determine a loose color palette to help keep it all cohesive and ensure that it will integrate well with your décor.

    If you have muted furniture and décor, make a statement with your art but if you want your furniture to stand out, choose more understated muted art that compliments your décor.

    A great way to express your personality is to create a gallery wall using small pieces, you can tell a story and convey your personality.

    Like most design items, hang your pieces in odd numbers to provide a balance. Placing your art off-centre is another way to create a visual balance and add character.

    Play with textures and mediums. Pieces that have a texture to them create a new dimension to the space.

      In My Garden by Shirley Thomas

      “In My Garden” Original by Shirley Thomas, $149
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      Purchasing art is a very personal experience. This undoubtedly, makes gifting art complex. Unless you know this person extremely well and understand their tastes, purchase a gift card to an art gallery where you think they can find what their heart desires.



      Although there are many studies of how creating art aids in mental health, there is also a growing appreciation that art can alter your mood and mental well-being. Having a space that gives balance, clarity and Zen is conducive to a healthier, happier environment. Art can inspire you, reinforcing the fact that buying the art you love is of the utmost importance. Art should be seen as an extension of your personality and values.

      Most importantly, choose art that makes you happy and resonates with YOU!


      “Granville Bridge Sunrise” photographed by Brad Koop$67.00  $760.00
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      Author of  7 Successful Tips When Decorating Your Oasis

      Kelly Cushing is a photographer and the owner of The Art Hive Collective. Feeling she was not talented to draw or paint, Kelly turned to photography to express herself and the world around her.  Being in love with art and the artistic influence it has had on her life, she put together the Art Hive so artists could do what they are meant to do, Create.

      From Light to Layers – Generational Creativity with Wendy Capp

      From Light to Layers – Generational Creativity with Wendy Capp


      From Light to Layers – Generational Creativity with Wendy Capp


      Who are you and what do you do?

      Wendy Capp, Colourscapes by Wendy, I am an Acrylic Painter from Port Hope, Ontario.

      Why do you do what you do?  

      I am obsessed with Canada and our vast Landscapes and Locales and their differences from one season to another. Canada has so many unusual Landscapes from one Province or Territory to another. 

      Wendy Capp

      Wendy Capp

      Moody Saskatchewan Sunset by Wendy Capp

      Moody Saskatchewan Sunset

      How do you work?  

      I work in Acrylic Paint, using a brush and palette knife. I create my works from one or more photos of a particular area or landscape. I am not looking for a photographic experience but rather a resemblance from my own eye, with my emotional attachment to the area or scene.

      What’s your background?

      I completed my Degree in Fine Arts from Georgian College in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies at Trent University in 2003.

      Winter at Hopewell Rocks by Wendy Capp

      Winter at Hopewell Rocks

      Through the Branches by Wendy Capp

      Through the Branches

      What role does the artist have in society?

      The artist relays a personal experience of a time or place, in the colours and brushstrokes and handprints they leave on their work to tell a story or reflect an emotion to the viewer.

      How has your practice change over time?

      I have worked in various mediums since finishing Art School, but I find Acrylic Paint is the most versatile for me. I am able to layer and build on the colours and they dry fairly quickly without the strong smell.

      Water Meets the Sky by Wendy Capp

      Water Meets the Sky

      Burleigh Falls Fall or Winter by Wendy Capp

      Burleigh Falls Fall or Winter

      What art do you most identify with?

      The ability to paint is like the ability to take a picture, where you can see the landscape and feel the artist’s emotional reaction to it.

      What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

      One of my strongest memories from Childhood is baking with my grandmother in her apartment kitchen, as well as watching my grandfather paint in their spare room. They were always creating, both of them in one way or another.

      Port Hope Water and Sky by Wendy Capp.
      Port Hope Water and Sky
      Drifting on a Thought by Wendy Capp

      Drifting on a Thought

      What themes do you pursue?

      I enjoy painting landscapes and especially Canadian Landscapes and locales. 

      What’s your favourite art work?

      My current favourite painting is Soaking Cedar (below), it is an intimate look at a water covered Cedar in the Winter. The snow is melting and you can feel the damp and cool weather.

      Winter Wonderland on Sturgeon Lake by Wendy Capp

      Winter Wonderland on Sturgeon Lake

      Soaking Cedar by Wendy Capp

      Soaking Cedar

      Icebergs in Bay Roberts by Wendy Capp

      Icebergs in Bay Roberts

      Mazinaw Rock- Bon Echo by Wendy Capp

      Mazinaw Rock – Bon Echo