New Whimsical Tree Painting with Floating Moon Shadows

Whimsical Tree Painting

Floating moons. A tattooed tree. Brilliant shades of blue.

This is my latest whimsical tree painting titled “One Stood in the Shadow of the Floating Moons II.” I call my whimsical trees with the tattooed bark “Peace Trees.” Peace Trees represent peace and good will. Often times I will have prayer flags with them. This one has floating moons.

Whimsical Tree Painting

“One Stood in the Shadow of the Floating Moons II”, 12″ x 24″, acrylic on wood panel, $575

Whimsical Tree Painting

When I first created painting #1 with the same title, I was in Prescott, AZ. I had never heard of floating moon shadows. I just came up with the name after I painted it. This painting was one of three whimsical trees in a triptych. I was showing it at the gallery in Prescott, AZ called Van Gogh’s Ear. It sold quickly.

One Stood in the Shadow of the Floating Moons 1

(Above: detail of painting titled One Stood in the Shadow of the Floating Moons, sold)

I liked it so much I made a card and a print out of it. You can find the print in my Etsy shop.

Moon Shadows

Last summer, during the solar eclipse, I definitely saw moon shadows! I immediately had to take photos! The moon shadows (or maybe they are reflections of light?) were floating on our garage.

Wow, it was amazing! They were all over our property. It was pretty cool.

solar eclipse moon shadows

Recently I was thinking about the floating moons and decided to paint another peace tree painting with them.

Favorite Titles

I have to admit I love the title. “One Stood in the Shadow of the Floating Moons” sounds like a lyrical poem when I say it which makes me happy. Just like my paintings.

Some of my other favorite titles are “Big Sun, Hidden Buddha,” “She Built Her Nest with Flowers and Bits of Sky” and “Red Dog Sleeps Under the Light of the Moon.

Did you see any floating moons during the solar eclipse? Any fav titles that you can share?

 

 

 

 

“Protected by Warrior Spirit” Whimsical Painting

Warrior spirit painting

Today I’m thinking about my latest symbolic painting. I don’t often share the symbolism behind a painting as I like the viewer to create their own story about it. However, I’m going to share a bit about my newest whimsical painting titled “Protected by Warrior Spirit.”

Symbolism of Protected by Warrior Spirit

It is not a warrior as in the traditional soldier, fighting type. Rather it is a warrior of grace. A warrior of the divine. Of Spirit.

It’s a concept more than an actual person. It’s a symbol. The colors black and red symbolize the life / death / life cycle which encompasses all of life. The feather of his spear represents a sharp yet forgiving nature.

For me, sharp means to use one’s mind for self development. To use one’s mind to figure out how things work. For truth finding. For using words wisely, to inspire others and for kindness.

A warrior spirit is mindful. He is aware of his surroundings. He protects those he cares about and helps them to be the best that they can be.

whimsical painting Warrior Spirit

A Spirit Warrior Website

I found this website called Spirit Warrior at khaledallen.com that talks a lot about what the Warrior Spirit means. They say, “A Warrior invests in herself, seeking to become her best self. A Warrior cherishes every moment, seeks to see every minute lived purposefully, even if that means at purposeful rest. A Warrior expects to stand out, to strive for excellence, and to pursue great goals.” I like that.

Warrior spirit whimsical painting

“Protected by Warrior Spirit”, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood panel, $375

Other Symbols in my Whimsical Painting

Some other symbols are a fish shape which represents food to nourish us. A moon shape representing the passing of time. Of life cycles. The shape behind the feather is a spiral of energy, representing a strong life force.

The space in his body is filled with petroglyphs. It shows that he is old and comes from ancient times. The white star and mandala-like line drawings in the blue background are magic lines of light that surround the Warrior Spirit.

A Warrior Spirit is nurturing. Hence, he is always there in my mind protecting me from harm.

To be protected by Warrior Spirit is a gift to myself and I like having him near to remind me to strive for excellence.

What do you think of the Warrior Spirit?

Art for Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother's Day Gifts for Your Mom

Mother’s Day is almost here! Does your Mama love art?

I know you’ve got a wonderful Mom that deserves something really special for being the terrific person that she is. Someone who has made a big impact on your life, so I’ve got some great gift ideas for you!

I bet she’d love some new, colorful artwork to decorate her home or office, so I’ve rounded up the best Mother’s Day Art Prints that will make it easy for you to shop for her!

Treat your Mom to something personalized – a custom worded print for her walls to show her how much you love her.

Try a saying like:

Mothers are marvelous beings.
They love us with their whole soul.
Value us more than anyone else on the planet.
Bring us their strength with hugs and open hearts.
Mothers create memories and do for us more
than they do for themselves.
They matter more than our words can express.
We love you Mom!

custom art printOr use your own unique words to craft a personalized art piece she will treasure!

My popular print “She Wanted the Rainbow, So She Put Up with the Rain” is sure to inspire her.

She Wanted the Rainbow Print

I also like this print “They Were Like Beacons of Light” with it’s cheerful yellow birds and magical background.

Yellow Bird Print

Or if she’s a bike rider, she might enjoy this print “Peace Out.”

Bike and Raven Print

Another popular print is “Red Dog Sleeps by the Light of the Moon.” I love this curled up red doggie!

Red Dog art print

Use code “LOVEMOM” from MAY 4-7 for FREE SHIPPING ON ALL MY ETSY PRINTS.

And to go with her art print, I’m sure she would love a Hummingbird Happy Mother’s Day card.

Hummingbird Mother's Day Card

And don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list to get info on my upcoming original painting sale in July.

Enjoy!

New Flying Fish Painting

I have a new colorful, flying fish painting titled “A Fantastic Journey.” It’s a magical forest with a wise owl, one flying fish and wind swept leaves cavorting under a glowing moon.

I wanted to create something that is not of this world. Where do you find flying fish but in a magical forest.

flying fish painting titled A Fantastic Journey

© Lindy Gaskill, “A Fantastic Journey”, Acrylic on wood panel, 24″ x 30″

Prints are for sale in my Etsy Shop here>

Small Colorful Expressionist Paintings for Sale

I’ve created some small, colorful expressionist paintings for sale
and put them in my Etsy Shop.

They uplift the spirit and radiate with color! I’ve put a sprinkle of stardust glitter on each one
so they will sparkle with positive energy!

There is something about that little sparkle of glitter that makes them feel magical.
I love looking at them all lined up in a row.

These mini originals are made with acrylics on 5″ x 5″ gallery wrapped canvas.

They are wired and ready to hang!

Take a look>

small colorful painting
Dragonfly Summer, 5″ x 5″, acrylic on canvas, © Lindy Gaskill
small colorful painting
Releasing the Magic, 5″ x 5″, acrylic on canvas, © Lindy Gaskill
small colorful painting for sale
Made with My Own Two Hands, 5″ x 5″, acrylic on canvas, © Lindy Gaskill
small colorful painting
Bird of Paradise, 5″ x 5″, acrylic on canvas, © Lindy Gaskill

“There is something about that little sparkle of glitter
that makes them feel magical.”

 

Mini originals for sale
Mini originals for sale, © Lindy Gaskill
mini orignal painting for sale
Mini original acrylic painting for sale, © Lindy Gaskill

Visit my Etsy Shop to see more expressionist originals>

Whimsical Watercolor Artist Chris Ambrose Art Interview

1. Where are you from?
I reside in Garnet Valley, PA with my husband and two daughters.
2. How long have you been an artist?
I started to enjoy sketching and my original medium, chalk pastels, when
I was around 13.  I mostly created art back then for family members.  I discovered watecolors
many years later and never went back!  I’m primarily self-taught, but have taken classes in the past at a local arts center.
I’ve been freelancing for 8 years now.  I sell my work in galleries, restaurants and online.
3. What did you do before or during becoming an artist?
I decided to stop working my 9 to 5 job to become a stay-at-home mom after my first daughter
was born.  I soon had another daughter, so I didn’t have lots of time to focus on painting.  After my youngest
daughter entered grade school, I couldn’t wait to paint again!  Soon I was taking a few
classes at a local community arts center.  My instructor at the center was so inspirational,
and taught me how to just have “fun” with art.
4.  You have many beach and surf scenes in your paintings.  Tell us about your connection to these visuals?
I noticed one day while visiting a few galleries that there weren’t many vibrant beach/surf paintings displayed.
They were mostly traditional and I thought it would be fun to create something whimsical and outside the box.
I’ve never surfed, but have always admired the surf culture’s laidback attitude, which is why surf scenes
appealed to me.  Also, the beach is my favorite place to be with family and friends!
5.   Why have you chosen watercolor as your medium of choice?
Because it’s challenging but very rewarding.  There’s many techniques for watercolor and I still like
experimenting with them.  I feel that I learn something new each time I paint.
6.  How long did it take you to develop your own style?
Once I decided to paint my whimsical scenes, about a week or so.  I love painting in a whimsical style,
because I feel that I can be much more creative and authentic with my art.  Anything goes and it’s
all about color!
7.  What’s the most challenging part of creating your art?
Knowing when to stop and not overworking a painting.  There’s been a few paintings that ended
up in the trash can that way!  I’m sure a lot of other artists can relate!
8.  What do you want to say with your art?
Enjoy every moment, have fun and think outside the box once in a while.  You never know
what will happen!
9.  How important to you are the titles of your pieces?
Very important.  The viewer has to not only relate to the painting, but to the title as well.  I believe
once the viewer looks at the title, it can totally change their mind about what the painting is all about.
10.  Do you have an idea of what you will paint before starting or does come to you as you start creating?
I do a lot of doodling in my sketchbook and as I think of something I’ll jot it down in a notebook.
Then when I’m ready to paint, I’ll refer to my doodles and notes.  I also get ideas from just observing
the surroundings, especially when I’m at the beach.
11.   What’s your current or next art project?
Learning how to paint with acrylics on canvas.  I’m actually working on my first and will hopefully
complete it soon!
12.  What has been a turning point in your art career and why?
When I started selling in a gallery and restaurant in Sea Isle City, a beach resort town in NJ.
I will never forget that first sale!  My beach art is very much a niche market, so I’m always
researching beachside galleries.
13.  Where do you see Chris Ambrose five years from now?
Having lots of fun with painting and hopefully, more experienced with acrylics!
14.  Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d like to thank Lindy for the opportunity to display my work on her whimsical
paintings site and for this interview.  She is such a talented artist!

I first saw Chris Ambrose’s fun, colorful beach paintings online and new she would be a perfect fit for my whimsicalpaintings.com website which showcases 20 artists with a whimsical style of painting.

I’m a beach lover and often travel to Baja, also I love whimsy and color, so I was drawn to her lively beach imagery that enchants the playful, free spirit in me. I’m always curious what inspires other artists and how they work so I lined up an artist interview with Chris below. Hope you enjoy it!

Artist Chris Ambrose
Artist Chris Ambrose

1. Where are you from?
I reside in Garnet Valley, PA with my husband and two daughters.

2. How long have you been an artist?
I started to enjoy sketching and my original medium, chalk pastels, when  I was around 13.  I mostly created art back then for family members. I discovered watecolors many years later and never went back! I’m primarily self-taught, but have taken classes in the past at a local arts center. I’ve been freelancing for 8 years now. I sell my work in galleries, restaurants and online.

3. What did you do before or during becoming an artist?
I decided to stop working my 9 to 5 job to become a stay-at-home mom after my first daughter was born. I soon had another daughter, so I didn’t have lots of time to focus on painting. After my youngest daughter entered grade school, I couldn’t wait to paint again!  Soon I was taking a few classes at a local community arts center. My instructor at the center was so inspirational, and taught me how to just have “fun” with art.

Work Hard, Play Hard
Work Hard, Play Hard

4. You have many beach and surf scenes in your paintings.  Tell us about your connection to these visuals?
I noticed one day while visiting a few galleries that there weren’t many vibrant beach/surf paintings displayed. They were mostly traditional and I thought it would be fun to create something whimsical and outside the box. I’ve never surfed, but have always admired the surf culture’s laidback attitude, which is why surf scenes appealed to me. Also, the beach is my favorite place to be with family and friends!

5. Why have you chosen watercolor as your medium of choice?
Because it’s challenging but very rewarding. There’s many techniques for watercolor and I still like experimenting with them. I feel that I learn something new each time I paint.

Waves
Waves

6. How long did it take you to develop your own style?
Once I decided to paint my whimsical scenes, about a week or so. I love painting in a whimsical style, because I feel that I can be much more creative and authentic with my art. Anything goes and it’s all about color!

7. What’s the most challenging part of creating your art?
Knowing when to stop and not overworking a painting. There’s been a few paintings that ended up in the trash can that way!  I’m sure a lot of other artists can relate!

8. What do you want to say with your art?
Enjoy every moment, have fun and think outside the box once in a while.  You never know what will happen!

9. How important to you are the titles of your pieces?
Very important.  The viewer has to not only relate to the painting, but to the title as well. I believe once the viewer looks at the title, it can totally change their mind about what the painting is all about.

10. Do you have an idea of what you will paint before starting or does come to you as you start creating?
I do a lot of doodling in my sketchbook and as I think of something I’ll jot it down in a notebook. Then when I’m ready to paint, I’ll refer to my doodles and notes. I also get ideas from just observing the surroundings, especially when I’m at the beach.

Summertime-Fun
Summertime Fun

11. What’s your current or next art project?
Learning how to paint with acrylics on canvas. I’m actually working on my first and will hopefully complete it soon!

12. What has been a turning point in your art career and why?
When I started selling in a gallery and restaurant in Sea Isle City, a beach resort town in NJ. I will never forget that first sale!  My beach art is very much a niche market, so I’m always researching beachside galleries.

Beach-Fun
Beach Fun

13. Where do you see Chris Ambrose five years from now?
Having lots of fun with painting and hopefully, more experienced with acrylics!

14. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d like to thank Lindy for the opportunity to display my work on her whimsical paintings site and for this interview.  She is such a talented artist!

Chris’s website: www.chrisambroseart.com

Greeting Cards by Chris:  http://artist.greetingcarduniverse.com/cardsbychris

Shop for Chris Ambrose Art products: http://www.zazzle.com/lovecolor

Thanks Chris for a great artist interview and for your beautiful, fun art!

~ Lindy

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!

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.

Planter1

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.

FlowerPlanter

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.

Planter2

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

Planter3

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

Planter4

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

Planter5

Planter6

Planter7

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.

Planter8

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

Planter9

Planter10

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.

Planter13

Planter14

Planter15

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

Planter16

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

LindywithPlanterBox

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.

Chair

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!

New Whimsical Bird Art – Original Acrylic Paintings

I have some new whimsical bird art that I would like to share with you. They’re acrylics on paper. Mostly small.

She Watched One Thread Blossom
She Watched One Thread Blossom

I’ve been painting these little bird creatures for a number of years now. They started showing up in my paintings when we moved to Bend, Oregon in 2003.

A Small Dream in the Making
A Small Dream in the Making

We have tons of birds in our backyard. Lots of hummingbirds and quail in the summer. Robins, jays, ravens and chickadees the rest of the time.

She Felt the Sun Beaming
She Felt the Sun Beaming

I’d like to make a quail painting sometime.  I just haven’t yet. Probably will soon.

She Sat on a Creative Nest
She Sat on a Creative Nest

What’s interesting is to see how my whimsical birds have changed over the years. Below is an early bird I made. My color palatte was a bit darker.

A Small Space of Rest
A Small Space of Rest

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just different. Change, I believe, is good for an artist. It shows one is growing in their art. I believe I have grown as an artist. Here’s another early one.

An Enchantment was Cast
An Enchantment was Cast

I like this quote from “The Mission of Art” by Alex Grey.

“Art is communion of one soul to another, offered through the symbolic language of form and content. An artist creates a sensible form, through harmonious use of the medium (paint, clay, music, and so on), which expresses content, by subject and feeling. We absorb metaphysical sustenance from the balance of formal means and expressive ends. Art expands the appreciator’s consciousness by providing a glimpse into the hearts and minds of strange beautiful humanity. Art is nutrition for the soul. The soul cannot thrive on junk food.

Many artists develop technical skills – they can draw, paint, or play an instrument – but seem to have little that is fresh, original, or worthwhile to say. Other artists really have something important to express but lack the skills or courage to express it. Rare is the artist with skill who offers a significant statement.

The only way to formal inventiveness and technical ability is to work and work, studying and perfecting the craft. Artists discover unique features of their medium that contribute to actualizing their personal vision. A well-crafted work of art requires discipline. Devotional labor lavished on a work of art radiates love and care to the viewer.”

I like to observe the changes in my art and celebrate that I’m still at it, still celebrating life with images that fulfill me, that bring joy and calm to my spirit. Work and work and more work at painting, perfecting my craft, as Alex Gray says. I try to be true to myself when I paint, even in the midst of grief, sorrow or disappointment. So here’s to staying calm and clear and bright and continuing to paint! flower

Spring into a Whimsical Bird Art Giveaway

Spring is coming!
I am celebrating March with a Whimsical Bird Art Giveway!

The winner will receive 3 things featuring my Whimsical Bird Art:

"Singing a Fiesta Song" ACEO Print

One whimsical bird ACEO print titled “Singing a Fiesta Song”.
See all three of my ACEO prints in my Etsy Shop.
Whimsical Bird Notecards
Whimsical Bird Notecards
7 different card designs
7 different card designs
One pack of my whimsical bird notecards that
features 7 different card designs in each package.
Whimsical Bird Bookmark
Whimsical Bird Bookmark

And one whimsical bird bookmark.

The contest giveaway will run for one week from March 1st to March 7th, and the winner will be announced on my blog Monday, March 8th.

I will use a random number generator to choose the winner.

Also, please remember to leave your email in the posts so I can contact you if you’re the winner!

Note: Please remember to list each comment separately. If you put all your entries into one comment, it will only be counted once!

Here’s how to enter:

Do one (or all) of the following:

1. Go to lgrugerhanson Etsy shop and pick out your favorite item then come back here and post your choice (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. Follow me, lgrugerhanson on Twitter, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

5. For new Fans, fan 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 lgrugerhanson 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(1 entry).

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

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

Good luck  and good thoughts,

~ Lindy

Artists with a Whimsical Style of Painting on New Website

Calling all artists with a whimsical style of painting and those who love to collect and view colorful, whimsical art! We need you, the artist, on our website at http://www.whimsicalpaintings.com and we need you, the collector and art enthusiast, to stop by, browse and partake in the beauty that these fine artists are creating! As the website says, it is “a collection of fine artists who are making their art accessible to enthusiasts and collectors with a love of colorful, whimsical fine art.”

www.whimsicalpaintings.com

How does it work? The website will have links to each of the artists websites where you can view the artists work and contact them for art purchases. As you know, I paint in a whimsical style and for me, it has been hard to find other artists who also have a whimsical style of painting. I’m not only a painter but I’m an art collector as well and I like to collect this type of art but it is hard to find. So I decided to create a website that features whimsical art so others don’t have to have as hard a time as I did in finding them.

So far the website has 4 artists but check back because the whimsicalpaintings.com website will be adding more artists soon. We are selective and the artists will be those that we feel are a good fit.

The website by Jeanne Williamson titled SmallArtShowcase.com which features small, affordable art pieces, helped inspire our website! We have linked to their site and also a site titled The Fine Art Department which is another website that features artists all in one spot.

I know our whimsical paintings website will fill up with artists soon! If you’re reading this, please retweet and also spread the word via your other social networks! Thanks!

A Day in the Art Studio

Thought I would show you what I worked on yesterday in the art studio.

First of all, let me introduce Belle, my trusty art studio companion. She’s a very sweet border collie and loves hanging out wherever I’m hanging out. You can see she wasn’t too interested in getting my attention. She’s happy just being nearby.


I finished putting on the last coat of acrylic spray over the top of my Two Ravens painting. This coating helps protect it as well as brings out the color to more vibrant tones as well as enhances the layering effect and gives the painting some luminescence.
Then I started working on my lyrical world raven paintings.

Here’s one that is still only about 1/2 done. I already have the title “Basking in Moonlight”. I haven’t titled the other one yet. Sometimes you have to live with them awhile before the title is revealed.

Then I went back to working on a painting titled “Whimsical Womb II”. I created a “Whimsical Womb I” painting which sold a few years ago and I always loved that painting so I thought I’d do another one in a similar fashion.

And that’s my “show and tell” for today.

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.