How to be a Happy Person

how to be happy


Wouldn’t you like to be a happy person? I know I do.

I’ve been thinking about happiness lately as I’ve been affected by the state of politics in the world.

I’ve felt anger, bitterness, sadness, disbelief and more! Not a lot of positivity in some of these feelings. Maybe you’ve felt some of these too?

Happiness Factor

So I thought I would make a printable PDF for you to download that might help you find your happiness factor.

It’s titled “How to become the happy person you are meant to be.” I try to do a lot of the things on this list daily! I hope it helps inspire you. And if you’re feeling down, may it help you implement some of the suggestions to lift your spirit!

Foremost, engage in those things that
make you feel happy.

• Surround yourself with positive, upbeat friends.
• Keep a gratitude journal to remind yourself of how grateful you are.
• Set an intention and then follow through.
• Stop reading negative, upsetting news online.
• Go outside and be in nature.
• Learn to say no and mean it.
• Watch some funny tv shows that make you laugh.
• Get engrossed in a good book.
• Help someone else. Make a donation of time, money or items you don’t need.
• Read an inspiring quote every day or say positive affirmations.
• Stop comparing yourself to other people.
• Learn to accept your body and love yourself just the way you are!
• Forgive others and move on by not dwelling on the past.
• Take a day off and do only the things you love to do.
• Have a tea party and invite some friends over.
• Be mindful, slow down, and notice the little things in life.
• Beautify your surroundings with colorful, uplifting art or a fragrant bouquet of flowers.
• Ask for a hug and give a hug to someone else.
• Spend time with a pet and care for them.
• Spread kindness by doing something nice for someone like buying them flowers
or doing a chore they don’t like doing.
• Take a new class, or try something you’ve never done before.
• Look in the mirror everyday and tell yourself how much you love and appreciate yourself.
• Engage in a hobby you love such as writing, music, painting, sewing, photography or hiking.
• Take things lightly and laugh often!
• Go for a massage or have a spa day at home.
• Have the courage to find out the truth.
• Exercise and get the body moving!
• Listen to your favorite songs.
• Indulge yourself in something you’ve always wanted to do or have.
• Bite into that piece of dark chocolate you’ve been craving.
• Practice meditation.
• Chant “Sat nam”. Learn about this powerful mantra used in practicing Kundalini Yoga at
https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/kundalini-yoga-sat-nam-meaning
• Claim adventure.
• Spend some quiet time with yourself, reflecting on good things and being grateful!

Repeat this affirmation every day:

I am supported by what I love. I live in abundance.
I feel peace and happiness flowing effortlessly in my life.

And if you are looking for more positive affirmations, check out these great cards that can help you stay uplifted and on a positive track!

Positive Affirmations Card Deck

A DIY positive affirmations card deck to help you commit to the possibility of your dreams! By saying affirmations and acknowledging where you want your life to lead, you will truly create a shift in your life. It will help you move toward creating the life you want to live!

2019 Celestial Print with Stars and Planets

celestial star and planet print

I’ve made a celestial print with Stars and planets because I’ve always loved celestial things. They are magical. I love the stars and the moon and what they represent. This is a giclée celestial print that will decorate any room in your house.

For me, the symbolism of celestial things is about how we are all connected. How the permanency of earthly beings is fleeting but the universe is endless!

The universe is always there and always will be. Long after we are not on this planet.

Inspired by quotes in celestial print

This celestial print is inspired by quotes that mention stars, the galaxy, planets and the universe.

“I think the Earth and everything around it is connected – the sky and the planets and the stars and everything else we see as a mystery.” — Sarah Brightman

“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” — Sarah Williams

“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.” — Vincent Van Gogh

Celestial Events

Last year, it was amazing to experience the solar eclipse. It was so cool with the infinity of the half moons floating around our yard. And recently, we experienced the lunar eclipse.

We are in Baja right now so we were able to see the lunar eclipse very clearly! It was if the moon was a little ball hanging in the sky and you could reach up and pluck it from the sky. The 3-D imagery of it was incredible.

These celestial events have inspired me to create a new print.

I’ve created a celestial star and planet print using some of the imagery from one of my paintings. It is a single mason jar filled with the universe. Pure magic in a jar.

You are stars and light

It is titled, “You are stars and light.” The size is 8″ x 10″ (20.32 cm x 25.40 cm). It is printed on archival, bright white, 100% cotton paper.

I’ve used Photoshop to enhance and create the imagery. I really enjoy creating digital art using my paintings!

stars and planets print
You are stars and light celestial print


You can purchase this celestial star and planet print in my Etsy shop.

Peace, Lindy


Positive Affirmation Card Decks as Digital Downloads

Intention cards

Positive affirmations are one tool I use for creating the life that I want to live. I believe they help me manifest my goals and keep positive energy running through my life.

They can help you get to the heart of what you want to create in your life. It’s sort of like reprogramming your mind to think a certain way. I believe we are what we think we are. So using positive affirmations is self-talk that can benefit you in lots of ways!

Above all, the way you phrase positive affirmations is if they are already true. Not that you would like them to be true but that they already are true!

Card from the Intentions Deck
Card from the Intentions Deck

Sometimes your mind will register a negative word even though you are saying it positively. So be careful how you word affirmations. You may say, “I no longer feel stress” but the word stress is what your mind hears so if you say instead, “I feel peace within”  you are more apt to actually feel peaceful.

Positive Affirmation Card Decks

To help you with having positive affirmations in your life, I’ve created a few digital downloads of positive affirmation cards which you can purchase inexpensively in my Etsy Shop. Print them out and use them in your personal projects. They are not for commercial use or for reselling.

Whimsical Affirmations Card Deck for the Creative Spirit.

The whimsical deck below are affirmations for the Creative Spirit from A to Z.

There are so many places you can put these cards so you see them during the day. Put them on the fridge, on the bathroom mirror, your window sill, in your pocket or purse. Tape it to the dash in your car or on your computer screen. Remind yourself how wonderful and creative you are with these affirmations!

Card Deck for Wellness and Weight Loss

In addition, I have a Deck for Wellness and Weight Loss. A DIY card deck to help you commitment to your health and fitness goals.

Sometimes I will pick a card for the day and repeat the affirmation throughout my day. I love the little reminder and to help me with staying fit.

Intentions Card Deck

And there is a deck with individual intention words.

in·ten·tion

inˈten(t)SH(ə)n/

noun

plural noun: intentions

1. 
a thing intended; an aim or plan.

Get started using intentions with this colorful card deck. By setting an intention before you get up in the morning or before your meditation or yoga practice, it allows the Universe to know how you would like your life to proceed. My Intention card deck comes with an instruction sheet on how to use them with intention sentences.

Artist Use of the Intention Deck

If you are an artist, you can also use these cards to inspire you while you paint! Are you stuck with what to paint next? Pick a card from the deck, for example it might be the “Passion” card. What mark or image can you make that represents that word? Maybe use red in your next paint stroke, or make a heart or kiss shape.

Then pick another card. Maybe it is the “Quiet” card. What represents that word? Is it a soft breeze? A light stroke? Paint what you feel when you think of that word. Or use the colors from the cards. Pick a card and use the colors from it in your next paint strokes. Let your imagination take over and tap into your intuition.

Free Bookmarks

There are also 3 free om lotus bookmarks with all the downloads.

Intention Card Deck download

Create the life that you want with these positive affirmation cards. Have fun using them!

Original Whimsical Acrylic Paintings for Sale

Original Whimsical Acrylic Paintings for Sale

I call these new whimsical, acrylic paintings my 2017 Baja Series as I created them while down in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico this year.

They are acrylic on wood panel with 3/8″ to 1/2″ black painted sides and a 3/8″ to 1/2″ wood block glued on the back of the painting so they stick out from the wall. They are wired and ready to hang.

They all have vibrant colors and I love the way they came out!

The backs are painted black and I’ve signed, dated and titled each piece on the back with my lucky silver pen.

yoga girl painting

“Blond Haired Yoga Girl,” 6″ x 6″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl painting

“Black Haired Yoga Girl,” 6″ x 6″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl painting

“Brown Haired Yoga Girl,” 6″ x 6″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl pianting

“Red Haired Yoga Girl,” 6″ x 6″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

whimsical hummingbird painting

“Blue Hummingbird,” 7″ x 7″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

   whimsical fish painting

“One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish,” 7″ x 7″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl painting

“Life’s a Circus, Stay Balanced,” 12″ x 12″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

birdie love painting

“Birdie Love,” 16″ x 20″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl and sun painting

“Sitting With the Sun,” 12″ x 16″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Yoga girl and lotus painting

“My Heart is Open and Receiving Love,” 6.5″ x 16″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

lotus tree painting

“Light Energy,” 5″ x 17″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

raven and bicycle painting

“Star Light, Star Bright, Let’s Go On a Ride Tonight,” 14″ x 16″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Prayer Flags and Trees Painting

“Shadow and Light,” , 11.5″ x 16″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

They Sailed Under the Light of the Moon Owl and Pussy Cat

“They Sailed Under the Light of the Moon,” 10.75″ x 16″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

yoga girl and tipi painting

“Eternally Grateful,” 12″ x 12″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Where two Worlds Meet painting

“When Two Worlds Meet,” 12″ x 12″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

Lotus Garden painting

“Lotus Garden,” 12″ x 12″,
Acrylic on Wood Panel

If you’re interested in purchasing one of these whimsical acrylic paintings go to my Artwork by Lindy Etsy Shop under the Original Paintings section>

Thank you for supporting my art!

Just wanted to remind you I have a Facebook page which I use to post updates on the latest Art by Lindy news so if you haven’t already “Liked” my FB page, please do. It is located at https://www.facebook.com/ArtbyLindy

♥ Peace,

Lindy

My Favorite Raven Art Mugs

My Favorite Raven Art Mugs

I love raven art mugs! Ravens are such mischievous, interesting characters. Some people love them, some people hate them. I love them! And you can find raven art in my paintings quite a bit.

A few years ago, one of my art collectors, sent me this gorgeous mug by Natalie Warrens, a Portland, Oregon artist. I love the black with the blue background and the red spirals. It’s very dreamy!

Blue raven mug by Natalie Warrens

It’s funny how one tends to pick certain mugs to drink from and I love having favorite mugs to choose from depending on how I’m feeling.

I thought you might like to see some other cool raven mugs that I found online. I don’t own any of these YET but maybe I will soon. I sure do love them!

I will note, some of these mugs are no longer available for sale but perhaps the artist will do a custom order for you if you find one you love.

This one is from The Clay Bungalow on Etsy. I love how the raven is bowing toward the cherry. The spots of red with the black is striking.

 

The Clay Bungalow Raven MugAlissa Clark Clayworks has made this queen raven mug which has a very whimsical quality. And you know I love whimsical!

Allisa Clark Clay Works Raven Mug

Kick the Moon Studio has made this black and white one. I like the raw quality of it and it’s humor – Caw Caw and spirals. I also LOVE SPIRALS!

Kick The Moon Studio Raven MugYou can find lots of cool mugs at Sand Hills Pottery on Etsy. This one is great with the moon and stars and the raven with the fat red berry in it’s beak. You’ll love the description of the mug too. Lauri Spinner is the artist at Sand Hills Pottery and she writes,

“The night is dark with only the moon for light and all is quiet. This handsome crow is perched on a lonely tree branch gazing at the moon…his beak sharpened for the berries he has been picking and he already has a fat berry in his beak. The branch he is perched on has a halo of light surrounding it from the moon above. This crow will help you drink up your brew and peck your cheek while at it.”

Sand Hills Pottery Raven Mug

Calling Crow Creative has these raven mugs available. I like the colors and the position of the crow looking up toward the sun.

Calling Crow Creative Raven Mug

Dancing Hare Studio (don’t you love the names of these pottery studios) has this rustic raven mug. So cute!

Dancing Hare Pottery Raven Mug

This little raven is comical and sweet on this mug. It’s by Maple Lane Pottery.

Maple Lane Pottery Raven Mug

And I just love the woodcut looking raven mug by Patricia Griffen. Her mugs are expensive but I can see why…they are so beautiful!Patricia Griffen Raven Mug

And so is this one. Gorgeous! If you like having your coffee out of a bowl, check out the ceramics of Terri Kern. Her ceramic art is like a storybook illustration. I love a good story!

Terri Kern Raven Bowl

Hope you enjoyed looking at the raven mug images.

Do you have a favorite ceramic artist? Let me know in the comments below.

 

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!

Darryl Purpose Still the Birds
Darryl Purpose CD “Still the Birds”; Painting © Lindy Gaskill; CD design by Michael Wrycraft.

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 a friend of mine in New York City let me know that Darryl was playing a house concert on Queen Anne Hill. He encouraged me to go hear Darryl’s music live. The concert was within walking distance of my apartment. How could I say no?

So my best friend and I walked up to the concert.

When we got there, we didn’t know any one in the group of people congregating and we were wondering if it was actually okay that we were there. My friend had said, “Just tell Darryl, Steve sent you.” Sounded good to me.

The concert was in a lovely house that overlooked the city. There was a large picture window in the living room with a sweeping view of Seattle and the space needle against the sky. There were chairs set around for people to sit in. A lot of those were filled. We sat in the back.

When the concert began, Darryl stood in front of the big picture window with his guitar and played for the small crowd of music lovers.

We were mesmerized with Darryl’s music and his storytelling of black jack playing and being on the great Peace March. It was enchanting and the setting just right!

During a break in the concert, people were mingling, others getting something to drink. I headed for the restroom. When I came back to the group, I found my friend hugging Darryl with tears streaming down her face. She had been so touched by Darryl’s music and was telling him how much she loved it. It made me smile. His music brought her to tears! That’s how soulful and touching Darryl’s music is!

It’s a great memory of a beautiful evening of fabulous music and company!

I immediately bought Darryl’s CD, Right Side of Zero.

His music inspired me to paint this piece titled “Blue is for River.” It’s a painting of Darryl (when he used to wear a cowboy hat during his performances) whipping up the sky with his music.

My painting title is taken from Darryl’s song titled “Paint the Sky.” Darryl graciously let me use his Paint the Sky song in my art showcase video on Youtube.

Blue is for River
© Lindy Gaskill, “Blue is for River,” acrylic on paper.

Purchase an archival print of Blue is for River here.

Fast forward a few years and a few DP concerts later. I’ve seen Darryl play in Washington, New York City, and Oregon. I have all of his CDs! Can you tell I’m a fan yet?

I will always remember a road trip I took once with my late husband, Peter. I had introduced him to Darryl’s music when we lived in Portland, OR.

I think it was sometime in the summer of 2005. Peter was very thin from fighting colon cancer. He also had bought a new (used) car and wanted to take a road trip with it.

Peter’s brother, Larry, was visiting so we took that road trip. We had Darryl’s music in the CD player. Peter wanted to share Darryl’s music with Larry and there was one song Peter especially loved. It is titled, “The Island Song” from the Right Side of Zero CD.

I just remember cruising along with the sun roof open, a beautiful summer day, Larry stretched out in the back seat, Darryl’s music playing, Peter driving…we stopped to pick blackberries on the side of the road. All was well.

Sadly, Peter didn’t win the battle. He died from colon cancer that October.

Whenever I hear the Island Song, it brings me back to that day. I remember how Darryl’s music had lifted us up! How eager Peter was to share the music and the times we played Darryl’s music to make us feel good.

I’ve been sharing Darryl’s music since that first CD I bought in 1996. So you can see I felt honored to be asked to do a custom painting for the new CD.

So, I talked with Darryl about the commission.

What did he want it painted on…paper or wood? How big? What feeling did he want portrayed from it? Darryl sent me a few lyrics from some of the new songs on the CD. We exchanged thoughts about the painting and then I began.

It started out like this…

First layers of painting

and then turned into this…

first layers of painting

and then this…

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and…

Still the birds early layers
The paintings early layers

and… so it went. Adding more layers and more layers.

Lindy painting Still the Birds
Lindy painting “Still the Birds.”

Then at some point I noticed the earring. It’s funny how one can paint and not really notice the elements until much later.

Buddha's earring

Where did that come from? The earring had to go.

So I took it out and turned it into Buddha’s ear. I almost thought that “Buddha’s Ear” might make a nice title. It had a lyrical quality to it. 🙂

Still the Birds painting
Still the Birds acrylic painting by Lindy Gaskill

But the words “Still the Birds” kept repeating in my head. I almost didn’t want to title it that because it was the title being considered for the new CD. Yet, it seemed to fit perfect, so that was what I titled it.

Still the birds painting
© Lindy Gaskill, “Still the Birds”, acrylic painting

There is a lot of symbolism in this painting. I don’t often like to talk about what a painting means to me as I like the viewer to make up their own story about my art. But I will tell you that the hand symbolizes the guitar player in Darryl and how a musician uses his hand to play an instrument. The raven looking up at the moon and the swallows flying above is about time and the passing of it.

You can read more about Darryl here and on his website.

If you’d like to purchase one of your own commissioned paintings, go here.

Peace,

Lindy

 

Whimsical prints with quotes and sayings

One of my favorite things to make besides my paintings are the items I make using pieces of my art made into other things like prints. I’ve just created a new line with words and quotes.

I’ve been saving lyrics, quotes and sayings in empty books since 1975 when my parents gave me my first empty book as a gift. I quickly filled it up and purchased another and now I have 6 inspiring books filled to the gills.

It made perfect sense to me to pair some of my favorite sayings and quotes with my art. What better way to use my skills as a computer production artist and fine artist but to combine them into this line of  prints.

Below is a selection of my favorites. The watermark does not print when you purchase it. They are list for sale in my Etsy Shop. The sizes are 8″ x 10″ (20.3 cm x 27.9 cm, 11″ x 14″ (27.9 cm x 35.6 cm) and 13″ x 19″ (33 cm x  48.3 cm).

Print with Saying

purchase To Share with a Friend print here>

Print with Quote

purchase Walking with the Trees print here>

Pure Joy Print

purchase Pure Joy print here>

Home Sweet Home Print

purchase Home Sweet Home print here>

Cowgirls Kick Ass print

purchase Cowgirls Kick A** here>

This one below is purely a digital creation without any of my paintings in it. I love the quote!

Rumi Quote on Poster

Purchase Let Us Fall in Love print here>

I’d love to know which one is your favorite.

And speaking of Love…Greg and I are getting married on September 22nd! More about that soon!

Peace.

Some of My Favorite Etsy Shops

I was just reminded today that not everyone knows about Etsy.com. I was talking with someone and they hadn’t heard of it. So I explained what it was. I’m sure my enthusiasm was shining through because if you know me, you know I love browsing Etsy! It’s fun to see what other creative people are making!

Etsy.com is a place to find handmade items! It is the best place for finding all things unique and creative! To give as gifts or to just take a minute and be inspired by all the lovely items!

Go take a look yourself at http://www.etsy.com and you can see some of my fav shops below.

Etsy
lgrugerhanson

The feature I used on Etsy to create this widget is called a “mini”. If you log into your Etsy Account, scroll down and look under the “Promote” section where you see “Etsy Mini”. From there you can create a widge with either items from your shops or items of your farorites. You can pick how many columns and items to put into your widget. Then you can cut the code and paste it into your website or blog. For this WordPress blog the javascript code for websites and blogs didn’t work. So I used the Flash code which it says is used for social networking sites. So if one doesn’t work, try the other.

Another feature on Etsy is the “pounce” feature at http://www.etsy.com/pounce.php . It shows either just sold items on Etsy or shops that are waiting to make their first sale. If you want to make someone’s day, find a shop that hasn’t made a sale yet and be the first person to buy something from them! I think Pounce is a great feature and you can see a lot of cool stuff that way too.

Have fun!

Whimsical Peace Tree Paintings

This time of year is a reminder to me to hold Peace in my thoughts and prayers for others and the planet. I’ve been feeling the peace and quiet around our house because we have lots of snow in the yard. It feels quiet and still in the morning.

Peace has been on my mind lately.

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I find it very peaceful to look at the snowy trees.

Snow-TreeAnd the snow on the mountains.

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I hope it snows some more because it feels peaceful to watch it fall. Especially those big, fluffy flakes.

I’ve been sending peaceful thoughts out into the world. Peace. Maybe that is why I’ve decided it is a good name for my whimsical aspen trees in my Magical Woodlands series. I like the name. Peace trees.

Peaceful and joyful and their colorful tattooed bark radiates happiness.

Adventure Awaits, 5" x 5", acrylic on canvas, sold
Adventure Awaits, 5" x 5", acrylic on canvas, sold

And I made some bookmarks using the images from a few of my Peace Tree mini paintings.

Raven Bookmark by L. Gruger
Raven Bookmark by L. Gruger

Bike, Peace Trees and Ravens Bookmark by L. Gruger
Bike, Peace Trees and Ravens Bookmark by L. Gruger

You can purchase bookmarks in my Etsy Shop.

I made some magnets too. Made from the individual squares that are featured on the bookmarks. I love them. I can never have too many magnets on my fridge.

magnets

So I decided to give some away as a free gift when you buy 3 bookmarks up until Dec. 8th from my Etsy Shop. You get to pick which magnet you would like. Fun!

I hope you’ll get some of my Bookmarks to use as stocking stuffers or a small gift for the readers in your life or even get some for yourself.

I just love making things with my artwork. What have you been making lately?

Peace to you.

Inspirational Card Deck and New Whimsical Greeting Cards

As some of you know, I’ve been doing my positive affirmations on a daily basis. I like to pick an affirmation and then repeat it during the day. If you don’t know this now, then I will tell you…this commitment to yourself, committing to the possiblities of your dreams by saying positive affirmations and acknowledging where you want your life to lead, really works! It creates a shift. A movement toward  creating the life you want to live.

I decided to make myself a little card deck to help with this and now I’ve created some for you too. They’re in my Etsy Shop if you would like to purchase one.

Positive Affirmations Inspirational Card DeckInspirational Card Deck for the Creative Soul

I also made a card deck to help with people’s health goals. I call it the Positive Affirmations Card Deck for Wellness and Weight Loss. I put them on my fridge to remind me to stay healthy. You could tuck them in your pocket, purse or lunch bag for a little reminder during the day. Let it be a little whisper of inspiration for your soul.

healthdeck-3Positive Affirmations Card Deck for
Wellness and Weight Loss

I also have made some new greeting cards of my Magical Woodlands series.

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Magical Woodlands Greeting Card Set

The smooth finish on these cards and the vivid colors are just the way I like them.  I think they printed beautifully. You can see these in my Etsy Shop too. I also have some other new greeting cards and bookmarks too. Hope you’ll check them all out.

namastecard-2Namaste Greeting Card

hewhisperedcard-2He Whispered of Love’s Journey Greeting Card

aspenbookmark1Magical Woodlands Bookmarks

Wishing you a little magic!

"Meet Me at the Guardian Waters" Acrylic Painting

I know that snorkeling with the fish down in Baja inspired my new painting, “Meet Me at the Guardian Waters”.

I’ve been learning to snorkel for the past 2 years. We snorkeled in the Sea of Cortez when we camped for a few days down in Baja this year.  Although I’ve only been snorkeling a few times, I love being in the water and seeing underwater sea life. We’ve seen the most beautiful fish. Colorful ones, in lots of different sizes – some big angel fish and sting ray!

My fish in this painting although colorful are not as fancy as what I saw snorkeling. My painted fish are a bit trout-like.

I wanted to paint a family of fish with my aspen trees, with guardian trees looking over them.

Meet Me at the Guardian Waters“Meet Me at the Guardian Waters”
24″ x 30″
Acrylic on Board, Unframed
$750

Meet Me at the Guardian Waters detailDetail.

Water is a big part of our life. We love being near it, in it or on it. Greg and I love taking the dogs down to the river and hanging out. Or taking the boat out to one of the gorgeous mountain lakes around Bend. We like hiking along the river or mt. biking on the river trail. I knew fish and water would make their way into one of my paintings soon and they did.

“Meet Me at the Guardian Waters” Print available in my Etsy Shop. Enjoy!

News from Todos Santos, Baja Mexico

Hola, we made it to Todos Santos in Baja Mexico on Saturday with no problems. That is one looong 7 day drive from Bend, Oregon!

Greg did the driving and he did great! There are some pretty hairy areas with steep twists and turns and narrow roadways, large trucks and fast drivers with lots of passing (Greg included), and some long, boring stretches that go on forever and then there were the windy, windy roads that wrestled with our truck but we stayed on the road and kept on going and going, and well, I’m so proud of Greg for getting us here safe and sound!

I will do another blog post with some photos soon. My camera batteries died this morning so I have to charge them overnight before I can download the photos.

Meanwhile all is well. We are pleased with how big all the plants have grown in the yard. We spent most of Sunday cleaning our casita, unpacking and getting organized.

Today I am setting up my art studio under the palapa. That is where I made my youtube videos last year and where I will make some more in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Today, one of my metaphysical landscape prints of my painting, Slivers of Light, is being shown in an Etsy Treasury curated by WorksofWhimsy.

Slivers of LightSlivers of Light by L. Gruger

I am honored to be included in this bright and cheerful Treasury that features artwork by Central Oregon artists. It’s fun to find some other Etsy artists from Bend, Oregon too.

Another way to find local artists is to go to the feature on Etsy under “Buy” where you can “Shop Local”. You can search by location and it will list all the Etsy Shops by artists in your area. I think that’s a pretty neat feature.

Etsy TreasuryEtsy Treasury “Local Color” by WorksofWhimsy

My Little Red Bird Print is in an Etsy Treasury

Birds of a Feather Etsy TreasuryBird Treasury by Holacards Etsy Shop
by Holacards Etsy Shop

My little red bird print,  “She Felt the Sum Beaming”,  is garnering some attention over on Etsy.com. She’s in a beautiful bird Treasury picked out by the Hola Greeting Card Company. Hola Cards makes fun greeting cards and many of them have spanish sentiments on them. They’re very unique and they’re not printed, they’re made by hand! That’s what I love about Etsy…the unique handmade items that an independent artist is making just for you! Love that! ♥

Sneak Peak Giveaway and Etsy Treasury

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.

"Tangerine Dream" Etsy Treasury

I really love the colors in these images together. Juicy, luscious orange, dripping with sweetness and sunshine! Yum. I want to thank Tina and Karen from the Etsy Shop thisandthatbykandt for adding me to their Treasury.

This is also an introduction to a whimsical bird art giveaway that will be starting here on my blog on March 1st.  It will feature some of my whimsical bird art! Let’s celebrate spring with birds and color! Come back on Monday to see what I will be giving away. Stay tuned for more!

Singing a Fiesta Song
Singing a Fiesta Song

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 my Etsy Shop online.

A new one is my raven bookmark. I wanted to make one that was more masculine compared to my others. These images were taken from 3 of my raven paintings. The top image is titled “Basking in Moonlight”, middle one is titled “Two Ravens Protecting the Moon” and the bottom image is taken from my painting titled “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect III”.

Raven Bookmarks
Raven Bookmarks

Then I made a bookmark with my whimsical birds. I used three of my favorites. Top image is titled “One Lived in an Enchanted Garden”, middle is “Singing a Fiesta Song” and the bottom image is “Shimmer and Shine”. It is more pastel in color and feels lighter visually than the others.

Whimsical Bird Bookmark
Whimsical Bird Bookmark

Then I have another “Dream Garden” bookmark and I think it is my favorite of all.

Dream Garden Bookmark
Dream Garden Bookmark

On this one I’ve used images titled “Flying Toward a Slice of THe Night”, middle image is “Meditation Garden” and the bottom one comes from my painting titled “Namaste”. All three images are calming to me and just make me feel happy when I look at them.

L. Gruger Bookmarks
L. Gruger Bookmarks

I really love my bookmarks. I might have already done a blog post about this but I just wanted to share some more photos of them.

Bookmarks on my fridge
Bookmarks on my fridge

I’ve always been one to have inspiring things surrounding me. I think it started when my folks put up a huge cork board in my bedroom on one wall when I was a kid so I could tack up my drawings and things that I found that I liked to look at. I just like to have inspiring things around me. It sparks something inside…it taps into creativity that is waiting to soar!

My art studio is surrounded with things that I like and I have my bookmarks hanging about, taped here and there. I like things that dangle and make tinkly music or reflect light or if they do both, that’s even better!

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I have fun things on my window sill, like my Gnome “Oleg”.

The Knome "Oleg"
The Gnome "Oleg"

And the magnetic words that I can play with inspire me.

Magnetic words in my art studio.
Magnetic words in my art studio.

What 3 things do you have sitting about that inspire you?

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!

1-2009

I painted lots and we worked a lot on our casita. We worked a lot in the garden too. Soon the roses were blooming! My art was blooming as well! I took the SmARTist Telesummit in February and learned tons about my art career! I spent time with online marketing, joined the social networking craze and learned how to make youtube videos!

2-2009

We loved living an outdoor lifestyle! One day I awoke at 5 a.m. and captured this full moon (below) setting over the horizon. It was beautiful! My art was soon filled with twilight dreams as we became more in touch with the star and moon cycles. I started creating Moonheadmama paintings and begun writing the Moonheadmama story!

3-2009

I loved my outdoor art studio on top of the garage under a palapa roof. We had lots of fun times with the doggies at the beach too!

4-2009

In April I flew back to Seattle to help my Mom after her double knee surgery. When I got back to T.S. it was time to celebrate my 50th birthday! Our friends from Bend, rented a house in T.S. for 2 months and we had lots of fun hanging out with them. Greg learned to surf! I got inspired by the colors in our world. And although painting palm trees was fun, my colorful, whimsical paintings started to take over.

5-2009

We made many a trip down to the ocean to watch the sunset, although the view from the patio wasn’t so bad either….a well practiced margarita recipe, fresh homemade salsa and chips became our fav! As the months passed, our spanish improved, we acquired some new friends and fell in love with our Mexican environment.

6-2009

Six months passed all too quickly and soon it was the end of May! We packed to head home with great memories from the past 6 months. We had family and friends we missed in the states, and a garden and house in Bend to tend to. Summer found me getting ready for a show at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery and painting a Peace Pole for a Peace Bridge dedication. My Art e-Newsletter became a regular mailing on the 15th of each month. And I opened my Etsy Shop with success! I started using 12 seconds TV to talk about my art.

8-2009
We learned we really did enjoy living a simple lifestyle like we had in Baja. So we started a regular thrift store pile to unload and simplify. We had fun during the summer with camping and hiking, and going to a family reunion in Seattle. I started painting mini paintings. Summer faded into Fall.

9-2009

We had a final garage sale but it was so cold, I think we didn’t make more than a few dollars. In October we celebrated G’s 50th Birthday with friends at a Pizza and Pool party at Grover’s Pub.

10-2009

In November we went up to Seattle for Thanksgiving. We enjoyed family and friends and were grateful for another year! I made Christmas ornaments for the Tumalo Art Co. gallery. I designed a Christmas card with my “Angel Guide The Way” art and made bookmarks to sell, made from images of my mini paintings. In December we had family stay with us and we hosted Christmas day at our house.

11-2009

We rang in the New Year with a little gathering of some friends, with great music, food and dancing!

12-2009

And now it is 2010, another year of great hopes and dreams to be fulfilled. I wish you happiness and strength in all that you do. I wish for peace on earth!

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I hope that 2010 is the year you take that leap of faith and work on accomplishing all your goals! I hope you achieve all that you hope for and create the life you are meant to live!

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Dream you can!  For without vision, there is no hope.

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Imagine.

Happy New Year!
Warmly, Lindy

Colorful Bookmarks made from Mini Paintings

Lately there’s a couple things I’ve been collecting from my travels and one of them is bookmarks. I love having different bookmarks from places I’ve been. I have bookmarks from Italy and Baja that I especially enjoy using. And I do love art bookmarks that feature the work of artists I admire. So on that note, I decided to make some of my own bookmarks featuring the artwork of some of my mini paintings.

Dream Garden Bookmark
Dream Garden Bookmark

I used my large format printer to print out the images on heavy weight fine art paper. I put 2 coats of acrylic satin varnish on them which makes the colors really vibrant and the surface super smooth. So far I’ve made three different bookmarks. The first one I call my Garden Dream Series and it features 3 abstract flower paintings. I decided to attach them to a 5″ x 7″ card with clear plastic corners and put them in a cello sleeve so someone could use it as a gift. I was going to put an envelope in with them but decided against it. But one could mail it in an envelope and write on the back of the 5″ x 7″ card.

Jeweled Sky Bookmark
The next set I made are images from my Jeweled Sky mini paintings. So I call it the Jeweled Sky Series Bookmarks.

The back of the bookmark has some hand printed type at the bottom of it that says the date and my website URL. I don’t want folks to forget where it came from. The back of the 5″ x 7″ card has some small handprinted type at the bottom of the card as well that reads “Hand Made by Lindy Gruger Hanson” “Bend, Oregon” ” www.artbylindy.com” I always like when things say the date and where they came from. I have a few things I’ve picked up in my travels that say that. I have a Santa Christmas Ornament from Hawaii with the date on it. It reminds me of that trip every time I hang it on the tree and I smile inside remembering how silly it seemed to be buying a Christmas Ornament in Hawaii when it was near 90 degrees.

Holiday Bookmark

Then I made a Holiday bookmark that features my “Angel Guide The Way” painting, my “Fly with Joy” and “I Love The Seasons” images. I think they would make great stocking stuffers! I might make a more masculine bookmark so I can give them to my nephews …oooo, I hope they’re not reading this 😉  My best friend might like one but she’ll probably stick it on the fridge for decoration…hmmm, that’s an idea, I might put one on my fridge just for fun to decorate it… and then my sister who reads a lot might like one and then there’s my Mom who enjoys reading and uses bookmarks…maybe you know someone too who might like one? Find them at my Etsy Shop at http://lgrugerhanson.etsy.com Enjoy!