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Bidgala is a fine art marketplace, catering to homeowners and design professionals. We connect art lovers directly with student and emerging artists who sell their original art at lower prices. Our mission is to make art accessible by empowering artists one sale, one connection and one story at a time.

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Emerging Canadian Artists Who Are Using Tiktok To Build Their Audience


Emerging artist Kiefer Floreal makes beautiful pottery art. Most of his videos show his creative process; spinning ceramic clay on a pottery wheel set to soothing music from black musicians. His entire account is a ‘try-not-to-get-satisfied’ challenge that culminates as a stunning piece of ceramic pottery. His work is available to buy online on his website.


Based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Brandy Masch's TikTok is a combination of ArtToc trends, art advice, and original works. Masch paints detailed "urban/animal habitats," usually a home or intricate apartment complex riding on the back of an animal. As a contemporary illustrative artist, her works are packed with colour and detail, leaving you needing some time to take it all in. She sells her art online and in person, either at her studio or at art fairs.


Canadian artist, Aika, specializes in botanical art pieces, which are available for purchase online. Her goal is to "bring the beauty of nature into other's homes one illustration at a time." Based in Trois-Rivères, Quebec, her TikTok account is bilingual, containing both French and English content to watch. Regardless of language, each video shows her love for plant life and the different posters, stickers, and cards she makes for her shop. The most unique item she makes is her collection of suncatchers. When these clear stickers are placed on your window, they can catch the sunlight and create beautiful rainbows in your home.


Francesca Désulmé is a Haitian artist based in Ottawa, Canada. She opened her shop, Koukatelier, in 2020 and has been using her platform as a local artist to bring light and joy to the daily lives of others. Her TikTok account showcases her work and gives potential customers a glance behind the scenes into the life of a full-time artist and small business owner. Désulmé has many products for sale, including paintings, stickers, journals, motivational cards, and digital art prints.


Maggie Hall is a contemporary artist based in Calgary. She uses her TikTok account to share her love and talent for pop art and hyper paintings. Currently, her most popular video showcases three art pieces with a hyper-realistic depiction of an empty and slightly crumpled bag of Cheezies chips. These and other artworks are for sale online on her website.


Indigenous artist, Jayda Delorme, uses her artistic talents to connect to her culture. Her stunning pieces bring to life iconic figures from the Nehiyawak Nation, like the thunderbird. While Delorme has only three videos on her account at the moment, the beautiful paintings she creates will leave you excited to see what comes next.


Despite what her name suggests, Alyssa Doggett paints with both acrylic and watercolours. Halifax’s wildlife regularly inspires the local artist, as she paints landscapes on wood panels, canvas, and mirrors. Doggett also accepts commissions from her Instagram or website, usually from couples looking to have their wedding photos painted.


Stephanie Mah is a tattoo artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. While she's a tattoo artist by profession, her videos demonstrate the other artistic skills she uses to create beautiful tattoos for her clients; she uses digital software to make drafts of her commissions and paint beautiful murals, such as what she painted for a local coffee shop. As an emerging artist, she also makes videos advising those looking to get their first tattoo. Mah owns the private tattoo studio, Gemini Studios, and occasionally guest spots at studios outside of her province.


This contemporary artist has a visually distinct creative process, making her videos a joy to watch. Based in Ottawa, Amy Shackleton creates unique cityscapes and landscapes. Her TikTok account is full of videos of her placing drops of paint and spinning the canvas to control how the paint falls, creating dynamic and organic lines.


While this Canadian artist is well above ten thousand followers, she was added to this list for her unique art style. Based in Kelowna, Bri, or as she's known on TikTok Anna Quartz, creates beautiful resin artworks to brighten any room. Combining resin, paint, and gemstones, Anna Quartz transforms her canvases into abstract geode art pieces. Her art pieces and resin art resources are available on her website.

Created on: March 22, 2023, 3:07 a.m.

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How Art Inspires Music

The art community is filled with a wide range of artists, from writers to musicians, visual artists and so much more. Artists often draw a lot of inspiration from their surroundings, as well as from each other; musicians are no different. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the most popular literary trilogies of all time, has inspired musicians like Led Zeppelin, Enya, Canadian icons Rush and Joni Mitchell, and even heavy metal hard-hitters like Black Sabbath and Megadeth! But, books aren’t the only place musicians find inspiration. Here are some songs and musical compositions inspired by famous artists and paintings:

Stephen Sondheim and Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat's "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (1884) at the Art Institute of Chicago

American composer and Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim was inspired by Georges Seurat’s (French post-Impressionist artist) visual arts masterpiece A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte to create his musical Sunday in the Park with George. The musical opened on Broadway in 1984 starring Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.

Act 1 of Sondheim’s musical revolves around a fictionalized version of Georges Seurat, as he spends his day in the park working on his painting. Act 2 opens with the death of the titular character, and focuses on the artist’s great-grandson, also named George. Although this is not Sondheim’s most famous work, his musical inspired by Seurat won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards, and has been revived several times in London’s West End and on Broadway.

Nat King Cole and Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" (c. 1503) at the Louvre in Paris

American artist and R&B icon Nat King Cole was inspired by the 1503 masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, or Mona Lisa as it is more commonly known. Though written by song-writing duo Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the crime noir film Captain Carey, U.S.A. in 1949, Nat King Cole released his cover of the song in 1950. Cole’s version spent five weeks in the top spot of the Billboard singles chart and even won an Oscar for Best Original Song in the same year. The song speculates as to the reason for Mona Lisa’s famed smile and whether its meaning is one of coyness or loneliness. Cole’s crooning vocals bring the questioning lyrics of the song to a whole other level of ethereality. Since the release of Cole’s version, the song has gone on to be covered by many artists, including Elvis Presley in 1983 (originally recorded at his home in 1958), Cole’s own daughter Natalie Cole in 1991, Seal in 2001, and Willie Nelson in 2014.

Franz Liszt and Die Hunnenschlacht

Wilhelm von Kaulbach's "Die Hunnenschlacht" (1850)

Wilhelm von Kaulbach’s Die Hunnenschlacht depicts the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains. This battle occurred in 451 AD between the Roman Empire (who joined forces with the Visigoths) and the Hunnic Empire (led by Attila himself). This 1850 painting by Kaulbach, inspired Hungarian composer Franz Liszt to compose his symphonic poem with the same name seven years later. The visual artistry of Kaulbach’s painting depicts a battle that rages both on earth and in heaven; as the souls of the deceased continue their ferocious fight. The symphony is an intense medley of string and brass instruments that builds from a dark atmosphere to a battle cry, before ending in triumph. Much like the battle did for the Roman army under the supervision of Flavius Aetius.

Don McLean and Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh' Starry Night (1889) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

1971 saw the release of the ‘American Pie’ singer Don McLean’s song “Vincent”. As a tribute to the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, McLean’s song references the painting Starry Night and the painter’s struggles with mental illness. While ultimately understanding Van Gogh’s struggles, the song laments the artist’s suicide and posthumous rise to fame. McLean was inspired to pen the song while reading a biography about Van Gogh and wanting to create an appropriate homage to a man who he didn’t see as crazy, but someone who suffered greatly. The song is a beautiful and bittersweet melody about a troubled artist who, despite his pain, gifted the world with paintings that have impacted people so deeply worldwide. The song was also covered by English musicians James Blake in 2017, and Ellie Goulding in 2018.

Do you have any favourite songs or musical compositions inspired by famous works of art? Or maybe something you’ve created based on your favourite art piece? Comment below and let us know!

Created on: March 15, 2023, 3:43 a.m.

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Simple And Effective Tips For Organizing Your Paint Collection

Painting is a wonderful medium for unleashing your creativity, but at times it can be quite a messy and unorganized endeavour. Knowing how to properly and effectively store your paint is not only helpful for general organization, but it will also prevent the art of painting from becoming too stressful. After all, creating art should be enjoyable!

For starters, it is important to locate a designated space where you can store all of your paint. Some individuals have an art studio in their home that can be a great space for housing and organizing all of their art supplies. However, not everyone can afford the luxury of an entire art studio in their home to store their supplies, especially student artists. Paint organization doesn’t have to be expensive! Your storage space could be as simple as a cupboard, cabinet, shelf, or drawer. Ultimately, it is important to pick a storage space that is adequate for the amount of paint that you own. Depending on the type of painting you enjoy (which may be all types and forms) it would be wise to organize your paints accordingly. For example, separate your acrylic paints from your oil paints, or your watercolours from your pastels. This way, you have a designated space for each type of paint and you will know exactly where to locate it.

Photo Curtesy of Melissa Lewis Art

This can be done by separating your paints in different drawers or baskets, or even separate shelves. Of course, the number of baskets, drawers, or shelves you require will depend on the amount of paint you own and the space you have available to you. The most effective storage style would likely be translucent bins so that when you go to locate your paint, you can see exactly where to find it. These clear bins can be purchased online through retailers such as Amazon for relatively cheap. Furthermore, if you opt for bins, they are great for mobility. If you have a designated place you enjoy painting, you can simply grab the bin with your desired paint and take it anywhere you want. For a student artist, this could be optimal if you have to take your paint supplies with you.

Photo Curtesy of Becca from The Happy Ever Crafter

To go a step further, you may even want to organize your paint supplies by colour. Colour coordinating your paint may be tedious, but it will save the time it takes to locate a specific colour when it’s time to paint. Additionally, it will be aesthetically satisfying. The effectiveness of the organization is more important than the appearance, but that can be a bonus! If you opt for clear drawers, bins, or storage cases (as previously mentioned) to store your paint in, you can easily see all the colours you have in your roster. If you need help with colour coordination and organization, you can find organizational tools at art stores by looking up ‘art stores near me.’ These art stores will likely have a vast collection of storage kits and organizers for purchase, including some that are affordable. This could be a great option for those individuals who may be overwhelmed by the prospect of organizing.

Created on: March 8, 2023, 4:16 a.m.

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