Creating colorful, whimsical paintings in the studio


I unplugged last Friday and tried not to use my computer except for email so I could spend all my time in the art studio working on six new paintings on board. I have some minis and medium sized paintings in the works as well but I put those on hold to concentrate on the six.

I’ve accomplished a lot! I’ll share a bit of what I’ve done and then I’m back to the studio to keep working on them.

The first layer on my paintings is about getting some color down.

And working with creating texture. I use a ribbed t-shirt pressed into the paint to get some of the lines and layering of color. (See my art video on my youtube channel where I talk about creating texture.)


I knew I wanted to paint more birch tree paintings.

My imagination envisioned trees leaning into each other. Trees living near water or with animals. So I started seeing in my mind the trees in their surroundings and started laying down their white base.


I  really love painting these whimsical worlds because I can add anything I want to them such as organic forms…

detailsand horses and moons…


and water,

trees2hearts and homes


and birds.

birdAnd color. I love adding color! I can’t wait to get back to working on them!

They’re in that in between stage right now and I know after today they will look more the way I want them to. So check back tomorrow and I’ll share more of their progression. I’ll show you what is living in that pond of blue water and what else lives with this bird.

Until then, enjoy the colors of your life!

9 thoughts on “Creating colorful, whimsical paintings in the studio

  • June 4, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for your comments.

    I always like hearing which paintings folks like too. So if you haven’t told me which of the six you like the best, let me know. I’m curious. I think my fav is the horse one as a few others have mentioned. I’m sure having fun painting these magical woodlands.

  • June 4, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I live in Bend also…and love the birch trees………I absolutely love your whimsical
    colorful style.
    My little birch in the backyard isn’t doing
    well….maybe lack of sun…. I’m thinking of
    hanging a prayer flag on it!
    Hope to see your work at the Tumalo Gallery!
    You inspire me! Jacquelyn

  • June 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    oh Lindy, I sit here in front of my screen with my chin in my hand barely blinking. I’ve just caught up on your most fantastical trip and it has inspired wonderment in my minds eye. you truly take me away from my life, if for only a short while.

    pure inspiration. not just your paintings but your way of life, your love, your passion.

    and hey, your fella ain’t too hard on the eyes either 😉

    I can’t wait to read more and soak in the views and hear of more fun. I would say you’re lucky, but I think you make your own luck and you’re doing a tremendous job.

  • June 3, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I am loving these new paintings, Lindy! Isn’t the Mexico mojo the best? Beautiful work!!

  • May 29, 2010 at 5:20 am

    it seems to me you are plugging IN!
    i love all you are playing with here!
    the trees bending in & touching each other,
    the horse, bird, water.
    i send you a huge colorful hug…
    & i run across the water, with it splashing,
    to you, to dance around you with celebration
    of all the beauty spilling wildly from you!

  • May 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

    YAY!! You’re back. I love these, especially the one with the horse and moons!

    As Karen above said “you have a wonderful spirit.” AND you are a biological phenomenon! Can anyone look at you and think FIFTY!!

    Sherrill, Montreal

  • May 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Oh – the horse – the horse- the horse!! YAY!! I thought you’d never do another. Horses and trees – as if he were running through the Utah aspens, or the New York birches. And all the rest of it. Who gave you permission to have so much fun? I am SO glad you are having it – and sharing it.

  • May 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Lindy these are magical!! I love the birch tree theme.. most birch tree paintings are so somber.. these are wonderful! I love the horse one… you have a wonderful spirit:)Karen


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