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Sneak Peak Giveaway and Etsy Treasury

My whimsical bird notecards are in an Etsy Treasury (middle, second row). I blogged about Etsy Treasuries once before the first time I was in one. I always consider it an honor. I really like the name of this one – Tangerine Dream. I’m writing that down in my sketch book because I might use it in a title for one of my paintings sometime. I really love the colors in these images together. Juicy, luscious orange, dripping with sweetness…

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More Colorful Art Bookmarks and Inspiring Things

I did a blog post about my colorful, whimsical art bookmarks back in November but I’ve made a few more so I thought I would share them with you. My bookmarks are printed by me on a heavy fine art paper card stock and coated with 2 coats of satin acrylic varnish which protects it, brings out the vivid color and gives it a smooth finish! You can buy them at the Tumalo Art Co. in Bend, Oregon and at…

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Part 5: One Artist’s Journey 40-50 yrs old

This continues my 5 part series about my Artist Journey. Part 5 is between the years 2000-2010. I took another inspiring Peggy Zehring Experimental Drawing and Painting Workshop in the San Juan Islands before moving to Portland in 1999. It was so awesome! 5 days of painting in the coolest place ever! I always get really jazzed after taking one of Peggy’s workshops! My paintings from the class explored the light that you see/feel during each part of the day.…

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Part 4: One Artist’s Journey – 30-40 yrs old

This continues my 5 part series about my artist journey. Part 4 is between the years 1989-1999. It will be a long post because a lot happened in that decade! I’m glad I kept an art journal during this time because there were so many paintings and series that it would be difficult to keep track of the order if not for my writings. I had a hard time choosing which paintings I wanted to share. I took slides of…

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Why I sign my art L. Gruger

I’ve had people ask me over the years why I sign my art L. Gruger when my name is Lindy Hanson. And also, how I became Lindy when my name growing up was Linda. Well, here’s the story. I was born Linda G. Gruger. Over the years I would sign my artwork either L.G.G., Linda Gruger or L. Gruger. When I was young, my Mother said that she gave me a middle name with the letter G. just in case…

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Art and Words – Body, Mind and Spirit

“If we look after the root of a tree, the fragrance and flowering will come by itself. If you look after the body, the fragrance of the mind and spirit will come by itself.” – BKS Iyengar I was supposed to post this yesterday because I’m doing Art and Words on Fridays…but you know, life gets in the way sometimes. I’m on day 6 of a raw food detox diet so I’ve been thinking a lot about nutrition and the…

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Part 3: One Artist’s Journey – 20-30 yrs old

This continues my 5 part series about my path as an artist. Part 3 is between the years 1979-1989. In 1981, I graduated from college with a Bachelors in Fine Art from Washington State University. There was a professor in college who sat me down and made me decide if I wanted to take the academic Fine Art route or go the way of Commercial Art. Thinking I needed a way to make a living, I chose the Graphic Design…

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icons and symbols

Being a lover of icons, symbols and shapes, I thought I would revise a post that I did on my old blog. Sometimes I like to put a little icon in an email, blog comment or in some feedback on Etsy.com and I keep having to go back to my old blog to grab one. Guess I could cut them and paste them into a document on my desktop to have handy but instead I think I’ll post them here…

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Spirals, symbols and shapes

I can’t remember when I first started drawing the spiral shape in my art. Or when I claimed it as “my” symbol. I love that little swirly shape. I wear it around my neck. I bought my spiral necklace in Greece in 1995 (you’ll hear more about that trip in my Part 4, One Artist’s Journey post on Feb. 11th). I love wearing it. It’s my favorite necklace. I put the spiral in my paintings a lot! The swirl, the…

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Art and Words – Wings to fly: tasting flight

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo de Vinci I’ve decided I’m not going to do the “An Artist’s Day Notes” on Fridays anymore. Time for change. Maybe I will pick it up again at a later date. Instead on Friday’s I’m going to pick a quote that I like and put it to an art…

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Part 2: One Artist’s Journey – 10-20 yrs old

Continuing my 5 part series on my Artist Journey… Beach girl. This is me at 13, I dug a big hole at the beach and put a great big log into it. I can’t remember now what I was building but I remember everyone was pretty supportive. I was pretty lucky growing up. Most of my creative endeavors had my family’s support. Can you tell I grew up in the 70’s from these paintings? I loved creating art in junior…

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The Way of Art and Healing

I have always felt art has the power to heal. At one point in my life I thought I wanted to be an art therapist. Art Therapy is a form of therapy that uses art as the tool for helping people heal. The wikipedia definition says, “Using their skills in evaluation and psychotherapy, art therapists choose materials and interventions appropriate to their clients’ needs and design sessions to achieve therapeutic goals and objectives.” I talk more about this in my…

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Reaching Our Full Potential

I was reading a post over at the http://clintwatson.net/blog titled Nurturing Right Connections written by the artist Daniel J. Keys. He was talking about how important it is to surround ourselves with people, a community, who will help us to reach our full potential, to be lifted up and encouraged, to be understood that our passions and dreams bring us joy and being around like minded people is a good thing. Keys says, “We must consider our friends and companions wisely,…

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Part 1: One Artist’s Journey – 0-10 yrs old

These are my parents, Audrey and Ed Gruger. Before I can talk about my artist journey. I have to give thanks to them for bringing me into this world! I was born in Seattle in 1959, the youngest of three children. My parents have always encouraged my creativity and inspired me with their passion for the arts! They were art collectors and had many pieces of art, especially abstract pieces, decorating our home. They were art lovers and often took…

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Artist Journey – 5 part series

I’m working on some writings about my Artist Journey. Yesterday, I went to the Black Butte Ranch Lodge and did a talk to their Art Guild about my path as an artist. I really enjoyed sharing my artist journey which got me to thinking that maybe I could share it with a larger audience through my blog. I believe one has a choice in the path that one takes. Life is about choices. In preparing for this talk, I looked…

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L. Gruger Art Used On Central Oregon Wellness Directory Cover

I was approached by Regina Callahan, the director of the Central Oregon Wellness Connection (COWC), if one of my paintings, titled “One Looked to Another”, could be used on the cover of the new Central Oregon Wellness directory. She explained to me what the Wellness Directory and their new website was about and I new it was a good thing. I felt honored and said yes. The website at www.OregonWellness.net says: “Central Oregon Wellness Connections is THE resource for practitioners, services…

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Jan. 15th An Artist's Day Notes

I TAKE A MOMENT to pause and say thank you I AM GRATEFUL for staying healthy I AM FEELING productive I CAN SEE my notebook with ideas in it I AM HEARING the heater kicking in I AM CREATING a marketing plan I AM MISSING a tube of white paint I AM HOPING exercise keeps me strong I AM PLANNING a Talk to the Black Butte Art Guild on Monday PAINTING TO INSPIRE “She Knew Peace Lived Within”, made by…

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Artist Interview: Amy Komar

Ya know how there are some people who you just relate to? You hear something they say or read something they wrote and you just feel a certain kinship with them? That’s how I felt when I first read Amy’s blog. Amy Komar is a Fairbanks, Alaska artist who I met last year online. Don’t ask me how I found her blog. But I did, I found myself there and spending a lot of time reading. I absolutely loved reading…

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Jan. 8th An Artist's Day Notes

I TAKE A MOMENT to really look at nature outside my window I AM GRATEFUL to be making a living as an artist I AM FEELING the chill in the morning air I CAN SEE I burned the toast I AM HEARING NPR I AM CREATING a logo for my greeting cards I AM MISSING travel I AM HOPING to do some adventuring in 2010 I AM PLANNING to go to Italy and Greece PHOTO TO INSPIRE Imagine Peace Sharing…

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2009 Life and Art in Review

I thought it would be fun to pair some of my art with some photos from 2009. I made 12 images, one for each month and then 3 more to send you some Happy New Year wishes. The year started off before 2009 even began, in December 2008 we traveled by car to Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico. It was an exciting trip with lots of adventure. We lived in Baja for 6 months! I painted lots and we worked…

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Mini Art Paintings on Canvas

There is something about miniature art that I love. Just saying “tiny art” makes me want to either buy some, see some or paint some. It’s probably goes way back to my childhood when I liked small things such as stuffed animals and tiny dolls. I remember collecting miniature glass animals with my sister, rearranging  them, displaying them, playing with them and adoring their tiny size. I’ve been looking at ACEO paintings on Etsy and Ebay. ACEO is an art format…

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