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Computers and Obtaining First-Rate Cisco Certification

Some of you may know this already but I’m a bit of a computer nerd. I’ve always loved working on the computer and it all started back before computers were an everyday thing. From 1984 to 1986, I had a production artist / typesetting position at Southgate Press in Burien, WA. This is back when typesetting was done, not on a computer like we know it today, but on a typesetting machine where one would use x and y coordinates…

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New Digital Doodle Art Prints now available

I’ve started listing some of my new Digital Doodle Prints on Etsy. I love combining my Photoshop skills with my art! I’ve taken my original paintings, scanned them and then posterized and enhanced them with digital white doodles in Photoshop. I print them on a natural white canvas paper which has texture to it so they look like a real painting. They are unstretched canvas prints. I really love the look of them.       Sharing is nice FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestStumbleUponemailTumblr

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Joy in feather art

Oh, joy. I came across this photo tonight of my feather collection. I just love feathers! So thought I’d share some of my love for feathers in my art. One of my favorite feather paintings from last year is below. ©2012 Lindy Gruger Gaskill, “Feather in Spring”, acrylic on canvas, sold Here’s an older post on some of my feather paintings>   Sharing is nice FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestStumbleUponemailTumblr

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Creative visualization and positive affirmations

As many of you know, I’m a big believer in positive affirmations and using one’s imagination to visualize the life you want to lead. Lately I’ve been reading the Shakti Gawain book “Creative Visualization.” It’s a book I’ve read before but I felt like revisiting it. I like how I can learn something new when I go back and reread something after it’s been awhile since I’ve read it. One of the affirmations Shakti Gawain mentions is, “I am an…

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My orchid is in bloom

Two years ago for my birthday Greg gave me this beautiful orchid. I’d never owned an orchid before. I fell in love with it. It lasted a number of months and then the blooms faded away and only the leaves were left. I cared for it and watered it once a week. Being sure to use ice cubes as the instructions said. I gave it plant food. I watched over it diligently and wondered when it would bloom again. Over…

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Be inspired – Secret to Life as an Artist series

What fuels your creativity? For me, it is nature, pattern, texture, color, swirling lines, symbolism, contrast, duality, energy, animals, flowers, forests, mountains, peacefulness, play, joy and….my list could go on and on. This is my Secret to Life as an Artist series and one principal to live by is “be inspired .” Fuel your creativity with this inspiration. We are all creative beings. We are all artists! Be inspired everyday. Here’s a little creative wording to remind you about fueling…

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Surface design from my art

Yesterday I was doing some photoshop work with some images of my art and for some reason the program started scrambling the images. But I loved the way they looked so I took some screen shots. These are some of my favorites. If you’re into Surface Design, I understand this class over at dowhatyouloveforlife.com is a great one > http://dowhatyouloveforlife.com/pattern/   Sharing is nice FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestStumbleUponemailTumblr

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Keeping Up on Art Business – Secret to Life as an Artist Series

My Secret to Life as an Artist series is for all you artists out there looking to be inspired or for those of you interested in what the life of an artist is like. Taxes! I just finished mine yesterday! It was one of my goals to have it done by my birthday because my sister is coming to visit me for 4 days on Saturday! And so it’s done…yay! It won’t be hanging over my head while I’m partaking…

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Your Unique Painting Techniques – Secret to Life as an Artist Series

My last post in this series was about intuition, trust in the process and having faith all will turn out the way it is supposed to turn out. Yay! I truly believe in that. Today’s post is about unique painting techniques that make up your style of painting. Or as Ariane Goodwin from http://smartistcareerblog.com/ says, your unique painting “fingerprint.” Your fingerprint is what makes your painting unique to you. It’s what makes people able to recognize your work. It’s something…

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Using Lavender in my new acrylic painting

This new acrylic painting titled “Pure Delight” is filled with Spring colors! I love the use of lavender which is new for me. I haven’t used a lot of this color lately but I think I may again because I really like the look of it next to the yellow and orange. This painting is inspired by my love of mt. biking! I love swooshing down a trail. It’s pure delight. And it makes me smile thinking of a raven…

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The Secret to Life as an Artist Series

I like to add inspiring quotes to my monthly art newsletters. I’ve been a collector of sayings and quotes for quite a while. I’ve filled up a bunch of empty books. (You can read about my empty books here>) My search for a great quote led me to one by Antoine de Saint-Exupery from one of my favorite books, “The Little Prince.” “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can…

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Small Colorful Expressionist Paintings for Sale

I’ve created some small, colorful expressionist paintings for sale and put them in my Etsy Shop. They uplift the spirit and radiate with color! I’ve put a sprinkle of stardust glitter on each one so they will sparkle with positive energy! There is something about that little sparkle of glitter that makes them feel magical. I love looking at them all lined up in a row. These mini originals are made with acrylics on 5″ x 5″ gallery wrapped canvas. They are wired and…

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The Art of Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I had a craving for these yummy banana muffins and since it has been a while since I’ve posted a recipe, I thought I would share this one. We had a few bananas sitting around getting ripe so I made this delicious chocolate chip banana muffin recipe (with chopped walnuts) by modifying another recipe I owned. I love making a recipe my own by throwing in other ingredients or modifying it in some way. Must be the artist in me. Hope…

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Feb. 25, 2013 – An Artist’s Day Notes

I AM GRATEFUL for my border collie doggie curled up at my feet I AM FEELING chilly I CAN SEE my new desk I AM HEARING water running I AM CREATING a painting with colorful trees I AM MISSING warm weather I AM HOPING for more sunshine and warm days I AM PLANNING to stay focused today I AM  READING Open Your Own Bed & Breakfast by Barbara Notarius and Gail Sforza Brewer IMAGE TO INSPIRE Aunt Audreys Banner Design…

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My peace tree painting inspired 7th Graders in Illinois

On occasion, I’ll get an email from someone who has seen one of my images online or visited my youtube channel and lets me know they’re using my painting technique or image to inspire their own paintings or life.  I feel honored and humbled that my art is touching so many people! And I appreciate the feedback, it keeps me doing what I’m doing, creating uplifting art! A couple weeks ago, I got three emails in one week from three separate…

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Focus is my word for 2013

Okay, I have to admit I’ve had a little trouble focusing lately.  You might say I’m easily distracted. It drives me nuts! I start one thing and then I’ll move to another project and start working on something else  and then a thought comes along and I stop what I’m doing and move to something completely different and you get the picture – I’m not accomplishing anything plus it’s not a good way to run a business! So Focus is…

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New Southwest Steer Skull Acrylic Painting

I wake up every morning to look at a small decoratively painted ceramic steer skull hanging on the wall in our bedroom. It was a souvenir from one of our Mexico trips. I love the decorations and color of it not to mention the symbolism of strength, protection and courage. I’ve been wanting to paint a steer skull acrylic painting since we moved to the Southwest and now I have!           Signing my work “Lindy” in…

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