This is my 6x6NW Art Show Submission

Follow the White Rabbit Painting

This is my 6″ x 6″ painting that I’m submitting to the 6x6NW Art Show put on by The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Art Council.  I do enjoy donating art on occasion.

It is titled “Follow the White Rabbit.” It is an acrylic on wood panel. It features a little white bunny in a dense yet colorful forest. Is the sun setting or rising? I think it is setting. What do you think?

I grew up in Lake Forest Park so I like the idea of supporting an organization from my old neighborhood! It looks like a fun event with music and art and a raffle to win “Collectors Choice” which is the opportunity to choose the first work sold.

Their website says, “The Shoreline – Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a community-based arts organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.” It think this fundraiser is pretty inspiring!

The Art Show/Fundraiser will be on Oct. 7th, from 7:00-9:30 pm at the Shoreline Community College, Student Union Building Lobby. Cost $10.

16101 Greenwood Ave N, Bldg. 9000
Shoreline, WA 98133 

The website says, the “Art exhibition and fundraiser, 6X6NW will feature hundreds of 6 x 6-inch works of art from artists locally, and all over the country, in all variety of medium. This evening event will include music, food, and a chance to purchase any of the artworks for $36. Proceeds from the event support Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council programming.”

So if you are in the area and looking to purchase some mini art, this art exhibition fundraiser is not to be missed!

Follow the White Rabbit Painting

“Follow the White Rabbit,”6″ x 6”, acrylic on wood panel

When I was in my early twenties, my Mom would purchase some of my paintings and donate them to Fundraising Causes she believed in. I thought it was a pretty cool idea as my work not only was sold but it then got in front of a larger audience.

So, I’d like to donate this little painting to this event in honor of my Mom, Audrey Gruger, who had a long and distinguished career as a community activist and elected official. Audrey served on the King County Council from 1982-1993 and represented the 1st Legislative District in the Washington State House of Representatives from 1976 to 1981.

It would be interersting to know who purchased my work from back then. I did have one person a couple years ago email me as they had one of my early pieces and wanted to know more about my work. It was fun to correspond with that person.

So who will buy this piece? I hope they contact me to let me know. 🙂

Happy art shopping everyone!



Art Show at ‘Tis Gallery in Prescott, AZ

“She Said Reclaim the Treasure”, framed 27″ x 31″, acrylic on paper, $1,200


I am showing “She Said Reclaim the Treasure” in a group show titled “Burst of Light” with the Southwestern Artist Association in July and August. The Show runs from July 25th to August 20th, 2013. It is a vivid, colorful and creative art show in the main floor gallery.


‘Tis Art Center & Gallery
105 S. Cortez St.
Prescott, AZ 86303

If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by.

Some L. Gruger Art News to Share


Last week I found out I ‘ve been juried into PLACE::TWELVE, the first art show of City Walls at City Hall in Bend, Oregon. See

The City of Bend Arts, Beautification & Culture Commission created City Walls at City Hall to be a uniquely themed quarterly juried art show held at Bend City Hall and built around the overall theme of inspiring community with art.

I am feeling very honored to be included with this talented group of artists in this first show and I can’t wait to start painting for it!

The show’s theme is How Bend’s past inspires our present and future. The CIty of Bend website says “The exhibit will present the work of 13 juried artists. Twelve of the artists will select a historic photo of Bend from the archives of the Des Chutes Historical Museum [specifically from the publication, Images of America Bend] and create a work of art inspired from the photo.

A blow-up photo of the selected photograph will be exhibited along side the artwork. Both the artist’s work and photography print will be available for purchase. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the artist’s work will go to the artist. One hundred percent of the sale of the photo print will go to the non-profit Des Chutes Historical Museum.

And one artist (Vicki Shuck) was selected by the jury to create their artwork around the Bend 2030’s focus area aligned with the show theme, “A Strong Community”.

I’m looking forward to choosing the photograph I willl use to inspire my painting! I’ll post it once I know what it is.

In other news….

I’m also painting for two group shows I will be involved in at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery.

One show is titled “Animal Dreams” and it will be held in April. That painting is in progress and I’ll post some images later after it’s more underway.

The other is a May show with paintings inspired by the beautiful fine art photography of Bruce Jackson, whose work is mostly gorgeous Oregon landscapes.

Most of you know that I don’t usually paint traditional landscapes. My landscapes are what I call “mindscapes” because they come out of my imagination. You can see some of them on my website. So I find this particularly challenging and very fun to paint from one of Bruce’s landscape photos.

First I took his photograph and played with it in Photoshop to get some different color combinations to inspire me. Then I printed out his image and one with my color changes. These are what I’ve been looking at as I paint.

Bruce Jackson photo inspiration

I’m really liking the light greenish blue color for the plants.

Here’s a little sneak peek of my painting in progress. I’m painting on a wood panel. I’ll paint or stain the frame around the image once it’s done. Stay tuned, I’ll post more images later.

landscape painting

Art Show and Southwest Road Trip Travel Pics

My show at the Tumalo Art Co. is coming to an end this Tuesday. It’s been a great show! And Opening Night was so fun. Here I am with my friends Sandy and Wes.

Oct Tumalo Art Co. Show OpeningI talked with lots of people about my art that night.

Oct2010I was very grateful to be showing with Dorothy Freudenberg. I love Dorothy’s art and her work goes well with mine with vibrant reds and oranges.


And then we came home and started packing for our Southwest road trip! We packed up our gear, a bunch of maps, 2 mt. bikes, 2 kayaks, our 2 border collies and off we went. Travelling through Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and California, we had quite an adventure!


Here we are so happy to be on the road and at our first camp spot. Our trip lasted 23 days and this photo below is our first night out. In the next few days, I’ll be posting some of the images from our trip and telling you about some of the highlights.

First Camp Night
One of the best things that happened during our trip was I was able to meet a kindred spirit… artist, blogger and wonderful writer, Kristen Randle, and some of her family too! I find it quite amazing that we were able to meet in person! How cool is that!!

The Randles opened their arms and home to us and we were overjoyed to spend  an evening with them! Kristen let Greg ride her horses which made Greg’s day and since it was his birthday, even more special!

The sad thing is…I don’t have any photos from our visit! We just got a new camera before we left and somehow one of us accidently deleted the images from that day! I am so sad about that. But you can see some photos on Kristen’s blog — go over to the K Street Journal to see some pics.

Early on we decided we would try to hit some hot springs during our travels. The Randles told us about some beautiful hot springs in their area that were well worth going to. So we headed on over there the following day. The leaves were changing color and it was a magical walk up the trail with our two dogs, Cody and Belle.



An approx. 2.5 mile walk along a creek leads to the hot springs. There was not a soul in sight. Probably because it was still morning. When we were leaving we passed lots of folks coming up the trail.

Note to self: Visit hot springs in a.m. if you want them all to yourself.

5th Water Hotsprings

Fifth Water Hot Springs, Utah

These are the lower pools and if you walk up the trail there is a waterfall with even more pools.

One thing I didn’t know about sulfer hot springs is that they will turn your silver jewelry lovely shades of turquoise, green and blue.

So take your jewelry off before you go in unless you want to see it change color! Although it does go away and turns back to silver once you’ve been out of the pool for awhile.


And then we were off to Moab. A place I had always wanted to visit and ride my mt. bike at. Moab is home to Arches National Park and the coolest big red rock canyons ever.MoabSign

Tomorrow I’ll post some photos of this leg of our journey.


Happy Travels!