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Painting on a sunlit morning.

art studio window with forest

Painting on a sunlit morning. The forest shines beyond my window. Soaking up the light through the window, paint is selected. Cadmium yellow, Phalo blue, a vivid red, Mars black, white. A clear mind. Tapping into intention. I become a conduit of energy, conjuring images, my brush moves across the canvas. Pattern. Shapes. Texture. String dabbled in paint. Pattern scraped and printed, brushed and stamped. More color here… more color there. The art is magic. Harnessing the sacred moment of…

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Painting Inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle Art

Big Girl Wings

A number of years ago I discovered the art of Niki de Saint Phalle, a French-Swiss painter and sculptor. She created some colorful, full figured sculptures which I love! Here’s an example: I had created a few drawings in my sketchbooks over the years inspired by her work. Then recently I did this painting and I’m pretty sure it was inspired by Niki’s art and my other painting titled She Wanted the Rainbow So She Put Up with the Rain.…

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Bicycle and Raven painting

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I just got my mt. bike tuned up and it’s been fun riding it! The gears weren’t shifting properly but now they are all good! I love my bike and I love creating bicycle and raven paintings. I have quite a few of them now. Here’s the latest one. I titled it Yay! Joy Ride! because that is how I feel when I’m riding…I feel pretty joyful and happy! I think mt. biking was the first time I ever felt…

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Spirit Bear Painting

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I love it when the unexpected appears in my paintings. This spirit bear showed up as I was painting and I love that he did! There is much symbolism in this piece and it feels very special. The sacred spirit bear is the keeper of dreams and memory. I like that the symbols float above him as if the dreams and memories are floating through time and space. I really like the night sky with the stars and moon too!…

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Painting in the studio today

Artist Lindy Gaskill working in studio

It’s cloudy and rainy today. A good day to be working on my paintings. I love painting in the studio! It’s not that cold out but I am bundled up so I can have the door open and the fresh forest air come inside. This is what’s on my art table. Belle likes keeping me company. 🙂 What a sweetie! I like using my old 2007 Jubelale six pack packaging to store some supplies. My studio gnome “Oleg” watches over…

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Still the Birds Darryl Purpose CD

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I told you earlier about doing a commissioned painting for the singer songwriter Darryl Purpose. Now I’m excited to receive my very own copy of the “Still the Birds” Darryl Purpose CD. My painting was used on the cover! It’s so fun to finally see the real thing and hold it in my hand. Wow, I’m so honored! I love Darryl’s music! I’m going to listen to it right after I post this. The art direction, design and layout of…

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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

© Lindy Gaskill, "Two Ravens Sit and Reflect II"

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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