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.

 

Bicycle and Raven painting

Bicycle and Raven painting

I just got my mt. bike tuned up and it’s been fun riding it! The gears weren’t shifting properly but now they are all good!

I love my bike and I love creating bicycle and raven paintings. I have quite a few of them now.

Here’s the latest one.

I titled it Yay! Joy Ride! because that is how I feel when I’m riding…I feel pretty joyful and happy! I think mt. biking was the first time I ever felt the word “glee”!

bicycle and raven painting
If you would like to purchase this painting, email me. It is $375.00, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood panel. It is wired and ready to hang.

close up of bike and raven painting

If you would like to purchase a print, go to my Etsy Shop.

Two Ravens Sit and Reflect painting series

Two Ravens Sit and Reflect painting series

As February begins, I’m thinking about Valentine’s Day and this got me to thinking about couples…which got me to thinking about twos…which got me to thinking about my “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect” painting series.

I’ve been painting pairs of ravens for a long time. I like painting ravens in twos because “pairs” of animals can symbolize love, partnership, tenacity, fertility, renewal, and abundance. Pairs of an animal are very auspicious.

Below is my “Two Ravens Watched the Sunset” acrylic painting.

Two Ravens Watched the Sunset Painting
© Lindy Gaskill, “Two Ravens Watched the Sunset”

Here’s a cropped version of “Two Ravens Protecting the Moon.”

Two Ravens Protecting the Moon painting
© Lindy Gaskill, “Two Ravens Protecting the Moon”

I like these two looking at each other with the prayer flags and heart behind them. I painted them on a piece of recycled sky blue wood.

Two Ravens Painting

I love plays on words and the title, “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect” does that. If ravens could talk, there is the literal sense of two ravens sitting together and talking and reflecting about life. I love the idea of birds talking.

And then there is the mirror image of the two ravens reflecting back on each other.

It’s been a popular series and one I enjoy painting!

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

 

Two Ravens Sit and Reflect III
© Lindy Gaskill, Two Ravens Sit and Reflect III

 

Two Ravens Sit and Reflect on Live
© Lindy Gaskill, “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect on Live”

 

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© Lindy Gaskill, “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect on the Waves”

 

Two Ravens Reflect on Love
© Lindy Gaskill, “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect on Love”

 

Two Ravens Sit and Reflect on the Sun
© Lindy Gaskill, “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect on the Sun”

I think I would like to paint some pairs of other animals too. Feng Shui has a list of auspicious animals which includes Tortoise, tiger, phoenix, lions, elephants, fu dogs, deer, frogs, rats, rabbits, cows and horses to name a few. You can find the symbolism of these animals here.

Which animal would you like to see reflecting on each other in a painting?

You can buy prints of Two Ravens Sit and Relect paintings in my Etsy Shop>

Archival Print – Bike and Raven Art Giveaway

Raven and Bike Print

I’m selling fine art prints on paper again so I’m celebrating by doing a Print Giveaway with my Bike and Raven Art.

My new paper prints will be less expensive than in the past. Although they won’t have my personal signature on the back, they will be just as vibrant and colorful on archival Epson paper like the previous ones I was selling.

The print below is titled “Peace Out.” The image size is 8″ x 8″ and printed on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet. It comes in a clear cello bag inside a stiff cardboard mailer so as not to bend. Print paper is archival, acid-free and 100% cotton.

Raven and bike art

Here’s how to enter to win this print (open to U.S. and Canadian residents only):

Do one (or all) of the following:

1. Let’s inspire each other, tell me your favorite way to be creative and post it as a separate comment (1 entry).

2. For new followers, follow this blog, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

3. Tweet about this giveaway, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

4. If you haven’t already, Follow me, ArtbyLindy on Twitter, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

5. For new Fans, “like” me on Facebook, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

4. Blog about this giveaway, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

5. Heart my ArtworkbyLindy Etsy shop, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

6. Sign up to receive my Art e-Newsletter and tell me you did so as a separate comment (2 entries).

7. Make a purchase from my ArtworkbyLindy Etsy shop and tell me you did so as a separate comment (5 entries).

And if you just can’t wait to have this print, you can purchase it from my Etsy Shop >.

I’ll pick the winner in a random drawing on December 15th. Let me know your email in the comments so I can get a hold of you if you won. I’ll also post the winner on this blog.

Thanks for participating and supporting living, working artists…like me!

Good luck and wishing you
Happy Holidays!

~ Lindy

“Dream a Little Dream of You” Teardrop Trailer Art

raven on tear drop trailer

This is my new painting of a little hippy teardrop trailer titled “Dream a Little Dream of You.”

teardrop trailer painting

My new whimsical teardrop trailer art features a raven riding on top. It makes me smile. There are prayer flags waving in the wind under a tropical paradise of purple palm trees. And it all rides on dreamy waves of blue and pink.

raven on tear drop trailer© Lindy Gaskill, “Dream a Little Dream of You,”
12 in. x 12 in. acrylic on paper

Purchase the print in my Etsy Shop.
Multiple sizes available up to 16 in.

New Hippie Flower Power Van painting

vw van painting with raven

This is a new painting titled “Flower Power. ” It’s 20″ x 20″, acrylic on wood.

I’m loving how the flowers came out in the background and I love the color combination of purple and orange. The stenciled word “Flower” can be seen going up the side of the painting. I like putting semi-hidden words in my paintings.

There is a print for sale of this painting in my Etsy Shop>

Do you have a VW Van story to share?

 

 

VW Bus Painting titled “Peace, Baby”

VW Bus Painting titled “Peace, Baby”

This is one of my newest paintings. A VW bus painitng titled “Peace, Baby.” Is is acrylic on a 12″ x 12″ wood panel. The sides are painted black. It is $375 and if you are interested in purchasing it, send me an email. I also have archival prints available in my Artworkbylindy Etsy Shop.W

When I was young my friends, Heidi and Mark, had a VW bus. And we went on a couple road trips in their VW that I will never forget. So much fun! We went to Grateful Dead concerts, went exploring through the desert, and found some awesome camp spots. Those are great memories.

So I am very fond of VW buses. And now one has appeared in one of my paintings.

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.

raven christmas ornament

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! 🙂

Bicycle and Raven Art Painting Commission

I love making these bike and raven art pieces! This one was a commissioned painting. It was requested to use primary colors and put their little doggie in the painting. I think it is a fun piece and it was really fun to create!

All my bicycle and raven paintings have a hidden word in the painting that is from the title of the piece. Sometimes the word is very obvious and this one’s word is “Ride.” You can see the word at the bottom of the painting. I use a stencil process to create the word.

bicycle and raven artCatchin’ A Ride, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood, sold

CatchinARide2Detail of Catchin’ A Ride

CatchinARide3Detail of Catchin’ A Ride

If you would like your own custom painting, shoot me an email to lindy@artbylindy.com

Whimsical Raven Painting titled “Mr. Raven, Meet Miss Web”

Whimsical Raven Painting
© Lindy Gaskill, “Mr. Raven, Meet Miss Web”, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood
close up - raven painting
Close up, “Mr. Raven, Meet Miss Web”

This raven painting cracks me up. When the title came to me, I just laughed. It seemed fitting. I love that my raven has a personality named Mr. Raven. He’s a bit mysterious, a bit devious, definitely the trickster!

Print added to my Etsy Shop.

Development of a painting – Protecting the Nest III

I was painting about a dozen canvases and pieces on wood while I was taking the Bloom True e-course by Flora Bowley. I’m still working on some of the pieces and they are developing and changing and don’t look anything like the way they started.

It’s always interesting to me to watch a painting develop. In the future I’ll be posting some of these pieces to show you.

What I love about the Bloom True e-course is you can take what you would like from it, what resonates with you, and leave the rest. Many of the things I was doing are things that I have learned in previous experimental drawing and painting classes but I had fallen away from them and this e-course got me back on track! Love that! One needs that as an artist to keep growing. And taking workshops is inspiring for that! And this one is amazingly inspiring! It is unique in that it combines more than just painting techniques. There is a whole mind, body, soul element to it. I highly recommend enrolling for the next e-course in June.

Letting images come spontaneously and intuitively, letting my own marks and color palette fill the canvas was a joy!

Below are some of the images of my painting, Protecting the Nest III, as it developed.

Some of the first layers and adding lights and darks.

protectingthenest-2

more layers, keeping the raven shape, adding in the feathers

protectingthenest-6

This is the awkward teenager stage where the painting looks yucky!

Protecting the Nest III, Acrylic on Wood, ©2012 L. Gruger

The final painting has some of my signature marks in it.

The marks I use with string, making spirals and swiggly marks with red and black paint. And the marks I use by scratching into paint on wax paper and pressing it into the painting. These marks are what Ariane Goodwin, Ed.D. from the smARTist Telesummit calls one’s fingerprint aka one’s artist voice with painting. The marks that make your painting yours. These are my marks and they are the one’s that a person can recognize an L. Gruger painting has. That and the black outline. I  love using the black outline and currently I’m experimenting with white outline too.

What are the things that make up your fingerprint?

Art Giveaway and some new acrylic paintings

To take part in the Art Giveaway, you’ll have to “Like” my page on Facebook and then head over to the Cherry Blossom Tattoo Photography blog and leave a comment for a chance to win one of my small open edition bird prints from my Etsy Shop. On Thursday, Carrie will choose a winner and the winner will be able to choose which print they would like. Hope you will give it a try. And a big thank you to Carrie for sponsoring this giveaway!

I have three new acrylic paintings to share. They are painted on wood that is a half inch thick. The sides are painted black and a block of wood is glued to the back so when the painting hangs it sticks out from the wall by a bit. There is no need for framing, they are ready to hang.

Celebrating the FlowCelebrating the Flow, 7″ x 9″, Acrylic on Wood, $245

Raven Spirit Raven Spirit, 5.25″ x 5.25″, Acrylic on Wood, $150

Tree TotemTree Totem, 7″ x 9″, Acrylic on Wood, $245

I have prints of these in my Etsy Shop.

The originals will soon be listed on my website. Send me an email if you would like to purchase an original. I also want to let you know my prices are being raised with my move to Prescott, Arizona.

Thanks for reading.

Update: Ruby Clover on Etsy won the art giveaway. Check out Ruby Clover at http://www.etsy.com/shop/rubyclover?ref=pr_shop_more

"Two Ravens Sit and Reflect" Painting Series

I wanted to share two raven paintings that I finished the other day.

I’ve been working on this raven series titled “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect” for awhile now and I finished two more paintings for it. I like the play on words that I use in the titles for these paintings.

The first one is titled “Two Ravens Sit and Reflect on the Waves.” Inspired from when we went to the beach the other day and watched the surfers watching the waves.TwoRavens-2The next one is titled “Two Ravens Reflect on the Sun.”  This one was heavily influenced by the sunny days here in Baja. It is wonderful to enjoy blue skies and sunshine here in Todos Santos.Talk of the weather is common because it is just so beautiful! I wanted to do something different with these black birds so I made their wings expanded with the idea that they mimic the rays of the sun which are expanding upwards as well.

TwoRavensBoth paintings are 6″ wide x 6.75″ tall, acrylic on paper.

Hope you are enjoying June.

~ Lindy