#twitterartexhibit created by David Sandum and my “Flying From a Leap of Faith” Art

I’ve finished and mailed my #twitterartexhibit piece titled “Flying From a Leap of Faith.” It will be entered into the Twitter Art Exhibit in L.A. I donated a piece last year to the exhibit when it was held in Moss, Norway. This year it’s in Los Angeles on January 12, 2013.

The Twitter Art website says, “Twitter Art Exhibit: Los Angeles is the third installment of an open international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe.

While the first two exhibitions were held in Moss, Norway, the Los Angeles show marks a global launch for the concept by founder David Sandum, a Swedish-born artist who conceived the Twitter Art Exhibit as a vehicle for doing good through social media and online community-building. The idea is simple: artists from all over the world receive a call through Twitter social media to create original postcard-sized art, which they mail to a local curator who then exhibits and sells them to benefit a local charity. Artists must have a Twitter account and interact with exhibition organizers to help seed the event.”

This years Twitter Art Exhibit in L.A. will help fund Art Division, a great non-profit dedicated to training underserved youth who are working toward a career in the arts.

My contribution this year speaks of moving forward with faith and courage. Always changing and evolving takes faith in yourself and the universe to move you in the direction of your dreams. It can be so rejuvenating and freeing, this hopeful leap of faith.

My painting has a fiery orange bird reminiscent of a Phoenix Rising which can signify renewal or rebirth. No wonder because I feel like I’ve been going through a transition with getting married in September and taking on a new last name (Gaskill). With those changes have come rebranding my website and art to be known as “Art by Lindy” instead of “L. Gruger Art.” It’s been a bit confusing for my art career to rebrand myself but it’s been difficult having so many names – Lindy Gruger, Lindy Gruger Hanson, Lindy Hanson. Phew! So now I’m one name – Lindy Gaskill and when it comes to talking about my art and website, “Art by Lindy.”

I like choosing a couple non-profits a year to donate a piece of art to and this is one of them. I think it’s a great way to give back while supporting an organization that I believe helps youth in the arts.

If you are an artist and would also like to submit art to this event, please go to the website at http://twitterartexhibit.org/callforartists to find out more about it.

“Flying from a Leap of Faith”, 4.7″ x 6.3″, acrylic on paper

Be Here Now

Sometimes, when I’m waiting for something, I have to remind myself to “be here now”. To be mindful that the present is where it’s at.

It’s easy to put myself into a stressful mindset, thinking about the future and where I want to be. And sometimes I can’t help myself to look back on the past to see how far I’ve been.

It’s this tug of war of past and future and that is where the stress comes in. If I can just relax and be where I am. In this moment, where everything is just fine, all will be well.

In this case, Greg and I are waiting to move to Prescott. We’re in this transitional period and sometimes we get a little antsy and wish we were further along then we are.

We are waiting on a house we put an offer on in Prescott, AZ. It’s a short sale house and you know how long those take! We want to hurry the process along but we just have to wait. Although we’ve put a deadline on ourselves that we will move on Oct. 31st even if the house doesn’t go through yet.

But when I start stressing about this whole situation,  I have to stop myself from living in the future or the past and remember to “be here now”.

I was looking at a print of my painting titled “See How Far We’ve Come” and I’m sure it represents Greg and I looking back at the path we’ve travelled.

"See How Far We've Come", Acrylic on Wood
"See How Far We've Come", Acrylic on Wood

We have done a lot in the last 4 years. We’re coming up on our 4 year anniversary of when we met each other.

It is fun to look back on past adventures and go through our photo albums of some of our trips. The memories bring joy and remind me that we are moving forward in pursuit of our dreams.

Yet, truly, it is the present, that we are living. The now. I keep reminding myself to live in this moment. Be happy with where I am and grateful for everything in my life.

I don’t want to be distracted by fretting about the future. I don’t want to miss out on what is in front of me right now.

It’s about trusting in the present and believing that everything is happening for us exactly when it is meant to happen. Yay! I like that idea. It’s so much less stressful to think that way too.