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!

I’m doing Flora Bowley’s Creative Revolution Challenge in Sept. #creativerevolutionchallenge

Creative Revolution Challenge

Flora Bowley, artist extraordinaire,  wrote in her email newsletter Need a (free) Creative Kick in the Pants? Join Me for the Creative Revolution Challenge in September!”

I said YES! I do need some inspiration! So I headed on over to Flora’s website and downloaded her free Creative Revolution Challenge for September.

I’ll be doing the challenge starting September 1st.

If you do too,  use the hashtag #creativerevolutionchallenge when you make a post.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

– Robert Collier

It will be an interesting challenge as I think I need a kick in the pants regarding creative activities as of late.

We came up to Washington in July and got down to work. You may not know it, but we have a real estate investment business and we needed to do some work on some of the properties. So that’s what we’ve been doing.

Then we sold our house in Maple Falls which is great! So now I’m working on other parts of the business and I also work online for a company called LoveToKnow.com as an image specialist. So I haven’t spent as much time as I’ve wanted to on my art.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

– William Arthur Ward

I find Flora Bowley to be such an inspiring teacher! I’ve taken her online class “The Bloom True e-Course” and found it to be full of inspiration and learning lessons!

It’s not just an e-Course it’s a creative experience! Hence, I highly recommend it! It’s for anyone wanting to loosen up their art style and start painting more intuitively as well as live a life of creative inspiration.

So that is why I’m excited to do Flora’s Challenge. I know it will be chalk full of inspiration just like all the other things Flora offers! So can’t wait to start! Thanks Flora!

 

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. Cut the star out with scissors.

Take the phillips screwdriver and either using your hand or the hammer. Tap a hole around the sides of the star like below.

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Turn the star over and tap a second row of holes around it on that side.

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Turn it back over and tap any other design you would like on the star.

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I tried to make a holly pattern on the above star and daisies on the lower star.

Homemade Star Christmas Ornament

Thread the needle with green or red embroidery thread.  Thread the needle through the top hole of the star, make a loop for hanging on the Christmas tree and knot and tie a little bow. Trim the thread ends and there you are!

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Hang the stars around the house, on a hanging light like I did or on your Christmas tree.

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It’s a fun way to recycle your used aluminum pie tins.

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Have you made any homemade Christmas ornaments yet?

Have fun creating!

Painted Magic Wand

Painted Magic Wand

I love making things and collecting things. Sometimes I’ll see something and think to myself, I could make something out of that.

That’s what I thought when I found this piece of cactus wood. I was thinking of maybe making a mobile out of it. But then I was moved to paint it.

And then when I picked it up, it felt like a magic wand. I’m sure it’s filled with creative energy. 🙂

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It’s for sale in my Etsy Shop.

What have you made lately? Anything cool?

Handpainted Raven Christmas Ornaments for sale

Each year Tumalo Art Co. gallery in Bend, Oregon puts out their anticipated trees full of original, fine-art ornaments for sale. Many are hand-painted originals made by the gallery’s artists!

I’ve made a few handpainted raven Christmas ornaments and sent them up to the gallery.

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These are snowy ravens on ceramic snowflake and star shapes and tied with a festive red ribbon. I wrote Merry Christmas and dated and signed them on the back with silver ink.

If you would like to own one of my original ornaments and you’re not in Bend, Oregon, call the gallery asap and let them know you would like to purchase one. Ornaments go quickly and I only sent a few.

Tumalo Art Co. Gallery

Phone: 541-385-9144

450 SW Powerhouse Dr. #407

Bend, Oregon 97702

Email: tac@bendtel.net

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I’m decorating for the Holidays today. And we’re supposed to get snow tonight!

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas! 🙂

New Digital Doodle Art Prints now available

Day & Night My Love's Delight II canvas wall art
Day & Night My Love’s Delight II giclee print on canvas, 11″ x 11″
Spin Around the World Canvas Wall Art
Spin Around the World canvas giclee print on canvas, 11″ x 11″
It Was A Magical Night Said Mr Owl canvas wall art
It Was A Magical Night Said Mr Owl giclee print on canvas, 11″ x 11″
Calling Forth Dreams whimsical colorful print
Calling Forth Dreams, 14″ x 11″, canvas print

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.

 

 

 

A painted mailbox project

This mailbox came back into my life recently and I am thrilled to start using it as our family mailbox for our Prescott home.

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I painted this mailbox back in 2001 for the Creative Department where I worked. The project was to create a mailbox that could be used for the employee of the month. The special person would put it on their desk for a month while they were temporarily spotlighted. I was chosen, or maybe I volunteered, I can’t remember, to paint the mailbox.

This festive box had a flag that could go up or down so the person would know whether they had something fun left in it that they could pickup. How fun would that be? To arrive in the morning at your desk and find some goodie left in the mailbox. Delightful messages or fun presents and sweet treats. It was a wonderful idea and well received by my co-workers.

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I worked there for a couple years and when I left, I thought I would never see the mailbox again. I remember feeling a bit sad about that.

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People come and go in a business and there was no exception with this company where I  worked. Things and processes change. Mailboxes get stored away.

But a few weeks ago, I reconnected with someone from my old workplace and to my surprise she mentioned she had the mailbox and asked if I wanted it back. I said yes!

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Oh sunshine! Brightest day, send the mailbox my way!

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Below the sunshine on the mailbox it says, “You Shine!” I love that.

I’ve had people ask if I paint custom mailboxes on commission. Unfortunately, I don’t but I do create paintings on commission. Email me at lindy@artbylindy.com if you would like to arrange something.

See My Curiosity Cabinet

I came across a website called Trackingwonder.com
There is a pdf one can get for free that is about 5 Ways to Rally Criosity, Delight & Dee[ Connnection into Your Creative Profession & Life.
in a nutshell # 2 was:
Keep a personal or professional curiosity cabinet
I had an ah ha moment when I read the words Curiousity Cabinet. That is exactly what I made one time but never had a word or title for it. I just alled it that old medicine cabinet filled with stuff! I LOVE my “curiosity cabinet.” I love the my curiosity cabinet finally has a name for itself. Curiousity Cabinet. Yay!
Here is a photo of it:

I came across a website called trackingwonder.com and there was a free download titled ” 5 Ways to Rally Curiosity, Delight & Deep Connnection into Your Creative Profession & Life.” Sounded fascinating to me, so I downloaded it!

In a nutshell # 2 was:     Keep a personal or professional curiosity cabinet

I had an “ah ha” moment when I read the words “curiousity cabinet.” I won’t go into what they meant by it because I was relating to the words in my own way.

“Curiousity cabinet” is exactly what I have hanging in my art studio! But I never had a word or title for it before. I just called it that “old medicine cabinet”! I LOVE my “curiosity cabinet.” I love that my curiosity cabinet now has a name for itself. Curiousity Cabinet. Yay!

I think it’s fun to see what people have in their art studios so here is my curiosity cabinet. Maybe it will inspire you to make one too.

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I found this metal medicine cabinet when I lived in New York City back in the late 90’s. It was in a junk pile on the sidewalk. One cool thing about Manhattan is that you can find some pretty cool stuff left out on the street for the garbage collector. It was in pretty good condition with a mirror on the front. It was a bit rusty and needed a good coat of paint. So I took it off the heap and brought it home.

I covered it with blue paint and stamped it with black texture and painted yellow swirls on the sides.

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I started filling it’s interior with photos, keepsakes, knick knacks, souvenirs and inspiringl items! It sure filled up fast. Here’s some photos of the individual shelves.

The top holds my handmade Christmas ornament that I call “Gift Giving Spirit Woman”. I made a bunch of these back in the early 90’s. On the right is my treasured “Fava Bean” pastel by New York artist Amelia Foster, and then there is some cool driftwood I picked up on beach combing excursions.

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The next shelf holds my black and white animal collection started when I got the black ceramic pony made by my mom when she was little. I treasure that little guy. Now I have a rabbit, a couple little skunks and a panda to go with him.

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Next shelf down holds my small buddha collection. That got started when I inherited some of them from my great aunt.

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And then on the bottom shelf I have my blue dog postcard from when I went to the exhibit in NYC. Blue Dog is made by the artist George Rodrigue. And there is the little girl art who reminds me to “do art” that my friend made for me. And the painted yellow ceramic rabbit is one I made in an art therapy class along time ago and the glass paperweight is from my mom.

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I love the inside of the front because of it’s eclectic collection of mementos.

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Here’s some close ups. This is me, loving on a dog. When my parents took that photo I’m sure that’s when they knew I was going to be an animal lover.

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A co-worker made this silly hand head cartoon.

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There are ticket stubs from some of the exhibits I saw in NYC. And then I got this little flyer at a club that says “Now that you live in N.Y., start living like you’re in N.Y.” I like that one. And then there’s the cool magnet that a friend sent one time.

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So that’s my curiousity cabinet. Now that you’ve seen mine, go make one of your own. If you do, I’d love to see it!

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Have fun!

~ L.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

12 Steps to Making a Christmas Ornament

Every year the Tumalo Art Co. artists make or paint handmade Christmas ornaments. It has become a much anticipated tradition and I look forward to it each year.

Usually a couple trees are put up at the gallery and ornaments are hung from it.

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This year, I’ve painted white ceramic stars and snowflakes with a spiral shape. People who know me, know that I adore the spiral. So I thought it appropriate to put it on my ornaments. To me, the spiral represents energy and growth and I like that it is on a celebratory ornament.

This is how mine came out.

Christmas-OrnamentsAnd this is how you make them in 12 steps.

1. Purchase the ceramic shapes at Michael’s craft store and paint a coat of white gesso on them in the shape of the ornament. The gesso will allow the acrylic paint to adhere to the ornament and not come off.

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2. Paint a layer of acrylic paint in bright colors on them. Allow to dry. It reminds me of frosting cut-out cookies.

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3. Outline them with black acrylic paint.

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3. Next is actually a couple steps. Use my signature method of creating pattern and texture. Use wax paper and coat it with a thin layer of black paint. Scrape into it with your finger nails, making patterns. Then turn it over onto the colored surface of the ornament and press lightly. Let dry. Cover with a thin layer of a lighter shade of the acrylic paint so you can see the black pattern through the paint. Let dry.

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4. Paint a white swirl on them using your acrylics.

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5. Dip a piece of string in black acrylic paint and coat it. Spiral it onto the surface of the ornament and press lightly and remove the string. Fill in the painted black areas that might not have adhered to make spiral shapes.

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6. Cover the white with various colors that stand out from the background color. Don’t worry about covering up the black spiral shapes. You can touch them up in the next step.

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7. Go over the black spiral to make the color stand out more.

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8. Add shading in lighter colors on top of the background color to create some depth. Also dip some string in the black and make some squiggly marks onto the surface of the ornament. Do the same with red. This creates some surface texture too.

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9. Cover up the squiggly marks lightly with paint so they look like they’re just under the surface. You can leave some showing to add variety.

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10. Add some white dots to make patterns.

11.Tie some ribbon on them.

12. Coat them with 2 coats of gloss varnish. I used gloss Delta Ceramcoat varnish that I found at Michael’s. It paints on as a white film and then dries to a clear hard coat. It’s used for exterior or interior finishes.

An optional step I do is write on the back of them with a gold metallic pen the word “Joy!” or “Peace and Joy!” and date and sign them L. GRUGER.

And there you have it. They make beautiful ornaments for your tree or hang then in your window to decorate a room.

Mine are for sale at $20 (+ $3.00 shipping) each. Email me if you would like one. lindy@artbylindy.com

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Peace and Joy!

~ L ~

Our Backyard Garden in Bend, Oregon

A couple weeks ago we went on Bend’s Backyard Farm Tour. It was really fun. I think there were about 18 backyard gardens to go to. There was a handout and map to follow. We hit about 7 or 8 of them before we had to be somewhere else.

Backyard farmers are a happy bunch. They love sharing their knowledge and the fruits of their labor. I got some great seeds from one farmer. We talked to a Master Gardner for quite awhile at one community garden here in town. And we came away with lots of ideas.

We got really inspired. Greg got especially inspired. So much so that he came home and started building a solar greenhouse over two of our raised beds so we can grow food as long as we can into Fall and Winter.

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He build a cool door that lifts up.

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The door has a natural wood handle.

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He dug down into the earth between the raised beds to make more head room for when we go in there.

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He added twinkly lights to the ceiling and we can sit in there and pick veggies, even when it’s dark out. We added wood chips to the path too so we don’t get muddy.

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I’m thrilled. Maybe by next year, we’ll be in the Backyard Farm Tour as one of the stops. Maybe. People do.

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This is Greg surveying his work. The solar part of it hasn’t been built yet. It will have tubes with water in them that will get heated by the sun.

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This is what we see from our back deck. I love the below shot. Those are aspen in the background that will turn a beautiful yellow as Fall progresses.

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Happy full moon and sweet smell of fresh pine!

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Painting and Making Whimsical Recycled Garden Art

One way to bring a little color into your home is to make colorful garden planters using paint and recycled washing machine drums.

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I painted the one above last year. It’s great for cactus because they don’t need much water.

I made a bright flower motif one this year.

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I’ll show you the progression of one I decorated with a cactus design below.

I started with an empty washing machine drum that I cleaned up to look like this.

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Next I added a layer of color using oil paint and let it dry.

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Then I used black paint and sketched out my design from some drawings I made beforehand.

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Then I started filling in with color what I’d sketched.

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I’m able to get different shades of color by adding white or other colors together. For instance, the green is made with a yellow and blue mix. One shade has more blue in it and one has more yellow and white in it.

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I tried to add a little dimension to it by layering some lighter shades over the darker shades.

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Then the fun part comes in when I get to add the details. In this case the needles on the cactus and the border along the top.

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I especially liked the little cross needles on the below cactus.

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This one was a fun one to paint and I especially like the way it came out.

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While I was painting whimsical garden planters, Greg was making this rustic chair. The back is made from palm stems that he recycled when he trimmed the palm trees. He had to cut the barbs off each stem or else one would get their clothes stuck on them.

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The stems will eventually turn brown as the wood dries. We like the green color though, so he’s thinking of staining the legs and arms a green tint. We’ll see. Either way, I think it came out really cool and it’s comfy to sit in!

Have you made something lately? Would love to know what you’ve made.

Happy creating!

Going Bananas in Baja

Last year we transplanted some banana trees in a new garden in front of our casita. It was one of the last things we did before we headed back to Oregon last year.

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Before we arrived this year we wondered how much the garden had grown.

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Everything really took off and especially the banana trees!

I didn’t know much about how bananas grow before we had banana trees. So I thought you might like to know more about them too.

First there’s a pod that develops. I swear this one was not there yesterday and now today it is. The pod grows very fast!

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Then comes some long flowery bud-like things off the top of the pod.

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They attract lots of bees.

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Then they start forming bananas.

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It makes a long stem with the pod at the end. I’m not sure how it gets this long. It sheds petals and grows new flower buds similar to the first photos.


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The bananas are small but there’s lots of them!

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We chop the bunch while they’re still green and hang it off the patio to ripen. Within a week, we have lots of little yellow bananas that taste wonderful!

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It’s pretty cool.

Oh, and this planter box I painted last year is a recycled washing machine drum. In another blog post I’m going to show you more planter boxes I painted.

A couple weeks ago we met a man who did some welding for us and he had a few spare washing machine drums at his shop. I asked him and he gave me two. One I painted with bright flowers and one with cactus. Stay tuned for pics.

Enjoy your weekend!

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! ♥

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?

The Way of Art and Healing

Meditation Garden by L. Gruger
Meditation Garden by L. Gruger

I have always felt art has the power to heal. At one point in my life I thought I wanted to be an art therapist. Art Therapy is a form of therapy that uses art as the tool for helping people heal. The wikipedia definition says, “Using their skills in evaluation and psychotherapy, art therapists choose materials and interventions appropriate to their clients’ needs and design sessions to achieve therapeutic goals and objectives.” I talk more about this in my One Artist’s Journey, Part 3 blog post coming up on February 4th. I didn’t become an art therapist but I still believe in the powerful connection between art and healing.

I believe art can have a healing impact on the artist, the viewer and really the whole planet, as art is in every culture all around the world! There are stories that attest to art having the power to heal the body, as well as the mind and spirit. I just read a story about art and heart health. They talked about the connection of participating in creative activities such as the making of art, using music therapy and relaxation techniques to help lower a cardiac patients stress and anxiety which can reduce the liklihood of a cardiac event.

I think we are all creative and desire wellness. Christina Grant, Ph.D, a holistic healer located on the Monterey Peninsula says ” The two desires, participating in creation and maintaining wellness, walk hand in hand.

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You too, can tap into your inner creative being, and lift your spirits, release energy, maintain your wellness but it first takes a longing to reveal your creativity in a physical form, whether making marks on paper, writing, with clay, food, color, photos, metal, jewelry making, paint on canvas, wood sculpture, fabric, scraps or paper mache. It’s almost endless, the types of materials one can use to make something. And then it takes an action, a movement toward making something! I have some other blog posts under the tag “Go Make Something” that you can read and maybe be inspired from. Creative visualization is an expressive means of creativity as well! Imagine yourself doing art, being well, achieving your goals, living your dream. This is all creativity!

I like what Shifra Stein says on her Living Artfully website about being in the presence of serene and calming art. How being in it’s presence can connect you to a spiritual level of being and that can help one relax and be less stressed. I like it when I hear people talk about my art in that way. That they are calmed or energized or feel happy when they look at my paintings.

Today I found an interesting blog titled the Healing Power of ART . It is so nice to find a community of like minded souls. I love that about the web.

Manhattan Arts has an art competition that promotes art and healing called Celebrate the Healing Power of Art 2010. “Celebrate The Healing Power of Art” is an international project that celebrates Art’s tremendous healing benefits. Renée Phillips, Director of Manhattan Arts International, presents an online exhibition of positive art that uplifts the spirit, plus profiles and writings to inspire and promote Art and Healing causes. I will submit some work to this project and see what happens.

Maybe you will be inspired to go make something! Let me know if you do.

Birds and Gardens by L. Gruger
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Fun, Whimsical Skateboard

I’m having a whole lotta fun making things with my art! I thought a skateboard would be a cool thing to design using an image from my new painting “One Played While the Others Flew”. You can see it at my Zazzle store. It is amazing all the different places you can sell your art and designs online these days. Here is a link to “40+ Places to Sell Your Designs Online” at Mashable.com. Have fun!

UPDATE: I was just notified that my skateboard design was given a “Todays Best” award at Zazzle.com. Visit: http://www.zazzle.com/pd/awards

Whimsical Mug

On my last post, I was saying how I love to make things. And I do. I just love making things with my art. That’s why I have Greeting Cards and my zazzle store. So I made a mug from my new painting “One Played While the Others Flew”. You can change the color of the inside of the mug which I think is really cool. I’ve put a saying on it too at the bottom in white that reads, “Love the Music. Love the Colors. Love the Art in You.” Hope you like it. I have one more new product that I’ll tell you about in another post. It’s not quite finished yet.