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Hiking around Bellingham WA

Bellingham WA hiking view

One of my secrets to life is keeping a youthful attitude (dig those patterned leggings I’m wearing) and getting outdoors and enjoying the view! I love taking hikes! This is a recent one we did that is above Bellingham, WA. The way to this mountain top view is from the road just north of the North Fork Brewery on Highway 542. If you love hiking around Bellingham WA, you’ve got to go check out this view! Those are the San…

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New Colorful Acrylic Painting

colorful acrylic painting of flying owl

This colorful acrylic painting is titled “Fly Me Over the Moon So I May touch the Sun.” Or you can call it “Fly Me Over The Moon” for short. It is 14″ x 14″, acrylic on wood panel, $525. I’m pretty sure this painting is about desiring more sunshine in my life. And following my inner “owl” wisdom. It’s been quite a change living in Maple Falls, Washington where we get 67 inches of rain per year. The US average…

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Gnome Painting for Twitter Art Exhibit

gnome painting

Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC – 2016 OPEN TO ALL PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR ARTISTS WORLDWIDE WORKING IN 2D MEDIUMS WHAT Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC (2016) Benefiting Foster Pride’s “Handmade” Program WHEN Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM Show runs March 31st – April 21st, 2016 Website: http://twitterartexhibit.org/ I’m finding myself really attracted to gnomes lately. I think it’s because we’re surrounded by some pretty wet, mossy, green forest where we’re living in Maple Falls, Washington. When I go on hikes through…

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Commissioned painting and Darryl Purpose’s new CD “Still the Birds”

Still the birds painting

This is a little story of a commissioned painting I did for Darryl Purpose but it’s also a story of meeting Darryl, his music and how it’s touched me. When Darryl Purpose approached me to paint a commissioned painting to go on his upcoming new CD, I was thrilled! I immediately said yes! I’ve known Darryl from way back when I was living on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington. That would be around 1996. I first met Darryl when…

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Two Ravens Sit and Reflect painting series

As February begins, I’m thinking about Valentine’s Day and this got me to thinking about couples…which got me to thinking about twos…which got me to thinking about my “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect” painting series. I’ve been painting pairs of ravens for a long time. I like painting ravens in twos because “pairs” of animals can symbolize love, partnership, tenacity, fertility, renewal, and abundance. Pairs of an animal are very auspicious. Below is my “Two Ravens Watched the Sunset” acrylic painting.…

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Flaxseed olive cracker recipe

flaxseed olive crackers

Need a little snack in the studio while you’re creating? How about a homemade flaxseed olive cracker right out of the oven? Yumm! Here’s my recipe which can be modified in all kinds of ways! Ingredients 2/3 cup ground flaxseed 1/4 cup ground pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup ground sunflower seeds 1-1/2 cups gluten free flour (you can use regular flour or wheat flour too) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon rice syrup 4 tablespoons coconut oil (you could use olive oil…

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Home – my word for 2016

Home

One of my favorite books is Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. It’s been one of those books for me where I can open a page and learn a new lesson about “Life.” I decided that I would choose a random page from the book and my “word” for 2016 would come to me. Sure enough, it did. I opened to page 285. I had highlighted a couple sentences from a previous read. One sentence…

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30 reasons why we need art in our lives.

30 reasons why we need art in our lives

Art touches the soul and deepens the spirit and here are 30 reasons why we need art in our lives. 1. Art helps us feel emotion. 2. Art makes us feel alive. 3. Art can adorn our bodies and make us feel beautiful, peaceful, independent, playful, a rebel (you choose the noun/adjective/verb). 4. Art can take us to another world like a dream can. 5. Art can make us forget our troubles. “Art is not a thing, it is a…

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Archival Print – Bike and Raven Art Giveaway

Raven and Bike Print

I’m selling fine art prints on paper again so I’m celebrating by doing a Print Giveaway with my Bike and Raven Art. My new paper prints will be less expensive than in the past. Although they won’t have my personal signature on the back, they will be just as vibrant and colorful on archival Epson paper like the previous ones I was selling. The print below is titled “Peace Out.” The image size is 8″ x 8″ and printed on…

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DIY Aluminum Star Christmas Ornaments

DIY Star Christmas Ornament

If you have a few aluminum pie pans left over after Thanksgiving for recycling, here is a simple DIY aluminum star Christmas ornament to make with them. What you’ll need: scissors a couple of empty aluminum pie tins thick needle embroidery thread (red or green) a small phillips screwdriver hammer (optional) First, cut off the bottom of the pan from the sides. This will leave you with a flat, circle of aluminum. Using a pencil, draw a star on it.…

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What every college art student really needs to know.

What every college art student really needs to know.

I graduated from college back in 1981. That is 34 years ago! Yikes, time flies. I loved my time in college taking fine art classes. Yet looking back on it now, I know there was a lot missing from my art education. One of the things missing was a class or two (or three) on art marketing and business. I did take a class on advertising but that did not even give me the basics on art marketing. I have…

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Goals for Artists

Goals for artists

When I started creating my art. Nobody told me about business goals or how to actually start becoming an artist full-time. I had to figure it out myself by trial and error and searching online for articles to read. I also at one time hired an art biz coach who set me up with some of the basics. I’ve found that for me having different income streams works really well. I not only sell my originals but I also sell…

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Colorful Tree Art – Watch the Sun, Follow the Stars

Sometimes I visualize a story behind my painting and write a few words to illustrate it as if my image were in a storybook. This is what came to me for this painting titled “Watch the Sun, Follow the Stars.” “If you look up during the day you can watch the sun. It moves over the forest and fields. At night, branches cover overhead like a blanket of thorny thicket. I make my way through the forest by following the…

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Mermaid Painting “She Carried the Light”

Mermaid painting

I will admit it. I’m a weanie when it comes to swimming in big waves at the ocean so I don’t go in very deep when I see waves crashing. Since I’m not a mermaid, I decided at least I could paint one. “She Carried the Light”, acrylic on paper, 9″ x 9″ So here she is carrying the light through the depths of the deep blue sea. There are prints for sale in my Etsy Shop. Sharing is nice…

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Gecko Painting titled “Mi Amigo”

Gecko painting

I was outside painting and getting a lot of layers down but it wasn’t turning into anything in particular. Then a little gecko came by and sat next to my painting as if to say “Paint me.” And so I did. He was like a little messenger. First I took his photo so I wouldn’t forget what he looked like. Then it was fun to paint him. I’ve titled the piece “Mi Amigo”, acrylic on paper, 17″ x 21″, unframed.…

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100 Things My Heart Loves

100 Things My Heart Loves

This is sort of a take off on 100 Things About Me. This time I did 100 Things My Heart Loves. It’s a good way to feel grateful for the things you love. Here are some of mine: 100 Things My Heart Loves 1. Ancient Tapestries 2. Petroglyphs 3. Lavender Oil 4. A sliver of moon 5. Spending time in my art studio painting 6. Sand Dollars 7. The smell of a puppy 8. Daisy Chains 9. Vivid Color 10.…

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Sending Love and Healing Light Painting

I painted this painting intuitively as I often do with my art. Sometimes my paintings feel as if they develop all by themselves and I am just the channel for the creativity. When I was through with it the title instantly came to me as that was what I was feeling from it. It uplifted me and I felt the positive energy radiating from it. I decided to dedicate it to my hubby, Greg, as he was feeling under the…

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10 Ways to Attract Positive Energy into Your Life

Peace Trees by Lindy Gaskill

I’m a big believer in positive energy. I like to think I can attract it into my life. Positive energy helps me stay centered and calm. And this peacefulness is what keeps me grounded. So more the better! Some say to watch your thoughts because negative thoughts and energy can attract more of that and the next thing you know you’re down in the dumps. So, I’ve listed 10 things that I try to do to attract positive energy into…

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Chikara Reiki Do Review

healing energy

Over the years I’ve had a fascination with Reiki. I didn’t really know what it involved but I’d read some amazing stories about people being healed from Reiki. Being a big believer in energy and the power of art to heal, and my belief that we are all one, drove me to want to learn more about Reiki energy. I remember reading in my horoscope over the years that I was a natural healer. I felt that in my soul…

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Homemade Mosquito Spray Repellent Recipe

Jungle tree

Naturally when you live in the tropics there are going to be insects. And I’m one of those people that the mosquitoes love to bite. It drives me crazy sometimes. Especially when Greg doesn’t get a single bite and I get a bunch! I do not like spraying chemically infested mosquito repellent on daily that isn’t natural. So I decided to make my own. Sometimes when you are traveling it’s hard to find the ingredients you need. In the small…

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“Dream a Little Dream of You” Teardrop Trailer Art

raven on tear drop trailer

This is my new painting of a little hippy teardrop trailer titled “Dream a Little Dream of You.” My new whimsical teardrop trailer art features a raven riding on top. It makes me smile. There are prayer flags waving in the wind under a tropical paradise of purple palm trees. And it all rides on dreamy waves of blue and pink. © Lindy Gaskill, “Dream a Little Dream of You,” 12 in. x 12 in. acrylic on paper Purchase the…

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“Transcend” Lotus Painting Celebrates My 2015 Word

Lotus Painting

I finally chose my word to represent 2015. It has been a tradition for many as the new year approaches to choose a word to focus on to set the intention for the year. Actually, last year, I don’t think I chose a word. But “Focus” was my word for 2013. This year I chose a word a little late in the game. It was January before I finally decided what it would be. It wasn’t until I painted this…

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