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

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!

Free Art for You

Free Art for You

I do love Free Stuff and I especially love free Art! So I decided to make some of mine available for my readers and art lovers.

If you head on over to my page called Free Art, you can pick up some free jpgs of my art. Here’s a little sample of a couple of them.

Go to the Free Art page to actually download the art in high resolution.

Raven Spirit Art

Raven Spirit, 5″ x 5″

Little Blue Beach Shack by Lindy Gaskill

Little Blue Beach Shack, 8″ x 10″

Find other free stuff on my Pinterest page at
https://www.pinterest.com/artbylindy/free-stuff/

Creative Joy by Jennifer Louden

Creative Joy Art Studio

I just signed up recently for Jennifer Louden’s Newsletter.  One get’s a free download of her Guide “How to Follow Through on Your Creative Desires” when you sign up. It sounded intriguing so I signed up.

She also has a free download on her website titled Creative Joy Journal + Playbook. She says about it, “Write in, draw in, and dribble crumbs on, paint on, and cry tears over! Download for free at http://jenniferlouden.com/workshops-retreats/ (near the bottom of the page).

There are some questions in it that she asks you to answer. So I did. I share my answers to them below.

Creative Joy by Jennifer Louden – The Questions:

When you hear the words creative joy, what springs to mind? First thoughts best thoughts, all are welcome, forget censoring.

Creative joy is letting go. Letting the creativity flow. No Blocks. Flow flow flow. Be a conduit. Happiness. Create from the heart. From the soul. Play!

What did your creative joy look like this week?

Painting. Walking. Taking a hike. Face to the rain. Smile.

What do you wish it had looked like?

More time in the studio. More time painting. More uninterrupted time.

What are 5 moments of creative joy from any time in your life – yesterday to 4 years old? Let whatever comes to you be enough.

Painting in my New York Manhattan studio.

Painting on a Peggy Zehring retreat in the San Juan islands.

Writing a poem that seemed to flow through me with no effort.

Making a giant mobile.

Writing the Moonhead mama story – The adventures of Milo Moon.

What gets in the way of your creative joy?

Too much busy-ness.

What else?

Not following through on my plans/ideas/goals.

What else?

“Shoulds” and my inner critic.

What feeds your creative joy?

Uninterrupted time. Color. Play. Nature. Light. Music. No stress. Dance. Meditation. Yoga. Healthy food. Letting go and not caring what others think. Fun. Laughter. Writing. Intuition.

If your creative joy had a voice, what would it say about what it loves, needs, and hates?

Loves:

Be here now. Light. Space. Art and Music.

Needs:

Color! Time to create. Creative tools to work with.

Hates:

Hates it when I don’t spend time in the studio creating.

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And what if your creative joy had a voice? What would it say?

Painting in the studio today

Artist Lindy Gaskill working in studio

It’s cloudy and rainy today. A good day to be working on my paintings.

I love painting in the studio! It’s not that cold out but I am bundled up so I can have the door open and the fresh forest air come inside.

Lindy Gaskill in Studio

This is what’s on my art table.

art-on-the-table

Belle likes keeping me company. 🙂 What a sweetie!

Studio-dog

I like using my old 2007 Jubelale six pack packaging to store some supplies.

Jubelale-2007-studio

My studio gnome “Oleg” watches over the happenings!

Studio gnome "Oleg"

I love the view of the forest out my window!

studio-June2016-2

Peace, Lindy

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Still the Birds Darryl Purpose CD

Still the Birds Darryl Purpose CD

I told you earlier about doing a commissioned painting for the singer songwriter Darryl Purpose. Now I’m excited to receive my very own copy of the “Still the Birds” Darryl Purpose CD.

My painting was used on the cover! It’s so fun to finally see the real thing and hold it in my hand. Wow, I’m so honored! I love Darryl’s music! I’m going to listen to it right after I post this.

The art direction, design and layout of the CD is by A Man Called Wrycraft (Michael Wrycraft).

Still the Birds Darryl Purpose CD

I like the way the artwork was made into the background of the pages for the insert. And the hand on the CD label looks pretty neat too. 🙂

Still the Birds Darryl Purpose CD

Thanks Darryl, it looks great! Darryl is a wonderful storyteller and I love his lyrics and sound!

Order your own copy at www.darrylpurpose.com.

 

Gnome Painting for Twitter Art Exhibit

gnome painting

Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC – 2016

OPEN TO ALL PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR ARTISTS WORLDWIDE WORKING IN 2D MEDIUMS

WHAT
Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC (2016)
Benefiting Foster Pride’s “Handmade” Program

WHEN
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM
Show runs March 31st – April 21st, 2016

Website: http://twitterartexhibit.org/

I’m finding myself really attracted to gnomes lately. I think it’s because we’re surrounded by some pretty wet, mossy, green forest where we’re living in Maple Falls, Washington.

When I go on hikes through the woods, I think about trolls, gnomes and fairies because it’s just that kind of forest. You can’t help but think about magical beings living in the enchanted forest.

I’ve been a big fan of gnomes since I was in my teens and I have this really great gnome book that I got in about 1977.

Gnome book by Wil HuygenGnome book by Wil Huygen

It’s one of my favorite books from when I was young. It’s about the life of gnomes. It’s pretty cute!

So the art I created for the Twitter art exhibit is a Gnome.

I’ve titled it “Spreading Enormous Joy under the Moon.” It’s acrylic on thick, postcard size, fine art paper.

Gnome painting
© Lindy Gaskill, “Spreading Enormous Joy under the Moon,” acrylic on paper

Peace,

Lindy

30 reasons why we need art in our lives.

30 reasons why we need art in our lives

Art touches the soul and deepens the spirit and here are 30 reasons why we need art in our lives.

1. Art helps us feel emotion.

2. Art makes us feel alive.

3. Art can adorn our bodies and make us feel beautiful, peaceful, independent, playful, a rebel (you choose the noun/adjective/verb).

4. Art can take us to another world like a dream can.

5. Art can make us forget our troubles.

“Art is not a thing, it is a way.”

~Elbert Hubbard

6. Art can adorn our living space and give sparkling areas for our eyes to look at.

7. Art can make us think.

8. Art helps us to heal.

9. Art helps us make change in the world.

10. Art can bring people together.

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

~Steven Pressfield

11. Art can uplift the spirit.

12. Art can fill that empty space on the wall, on a shelf, on a door, in the garden…you name it.

13. Art offers forgiveness when we need it.

14. Art can bring peace.

15. Art can be a legacy.

16. Art can help us get in touch with our deeper/higher selves

17. Art can help us see the beauty around us or add beauty to our surroundings.

18. Art reminds us to slow down and be still.

19. Art can take us to our spiritual center.

20. Art can shift us in a new direction.

“The greatest respect an artist can pay to music is to give it life.”

~Pablo Casals

21. Create! Art can give us something to do.

22. Art can compel us to act.

23. Art exposes us to new ways of thinking/viewing the world.

24. Art entertains us.

25. Art can bring color into our lives.

I love art

26. Art can bring us back to our childhood.

27. Art speaks a universal language.

28. Art can be a teaching tool.

29. Art can connect people.

30. Art inspires!

Why do you think we need art?

Peace,

Lindy

Mermaid Painting “She Carried the Light”

Mermaid painting

I will admit it. I’m a weanie when it comes to swimming in big waves at the ocean so I don’t go in very deep when I see waves crashing. Since I’m not a mermaid, I decided at least I could paint one.

Mermaid painting “She Carried the Light”, acrylic on paper, 9″ x 9″

So here she is carrying the light through the depths of the deep blue sea.

There are prints for sale in my Etsy Shop.

Gecko Painting titled “Mi Amigo”

Gecko painting

I was outside painting and getting a lot of layers down but it wasn’t turning into anything in particular. Then a little gecko came by and sat next to my painting as if to say “Paint me.” And so I did.

little gecko friend

He was like a little messenger. First I took his photo so I wouldn’t forget what he looked like. Then it was fun to paint him.

I’ve titled the piece “Mi Amigo”, acrylic on paper, 17″ x 21″, unframed.

Gecko painting

There are prints available in my Etsy Shop.

Sending Love and Healing Light Painting

Sending Love and Healing Light Painting

I painted this painting intuitively as I often do with my art.

Sometimes my paintings feel as if they develop all by themselves and I am just the channel for the creativity.

When I was through with it the title instantly came to me as that was what I was feeling from it. It uplifted me and I felt the positive energy radiating from it.

I decided to dedicate it to my hubby, Greg, as he was feeling under the weather and could use some healing energy. So I told him I was “Sending Love and Healing Light” to him with this painting and he said that made him feel good. Yay!

Since then, Greg is feeling a whole lot better so that is great. And every time I look at this image, I feel the love and healing light coming from it. Maybe it’s because I repeat the words in my head when I look at it but either way, it lifts me up! 🙂

Sending Love and Healing Light© Lindy Gaskill, “Sending Love and Healing Light”
12″ x 16″, acrylic on paper

Prints in various sizes are available
in my Etsy Shop and Society 6 Shop.

“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.

“Transcend” Lotus Painting Celebrates My 2015 Word

Lotus Painting

I finally chose my word to represent 2015. It has been a tradition for many as the new year approaches to choose a word to focus on to set the intention for the year.

Actually, last year, I don’t think I chose a word. But “Focus” was my word for 2013.

This year I chose a word a little late in the game. It was January before I finally decided what it would be.

It wasn’t until I painted this lotus painting before I knew. I titled this lotus piece “Transcend.” And then I knew that was the perfect word for me.

Lotus Painting

“Transcend,” 8″ x 8″, acrylic on paper, © Lindy Gaskill

I love the shape and symbolism of the lotus. When I started this painting I didn’t know that it would turn into a lotus.

The lotus symbol is used a lot with yoga and spirituality which I study so it was no surprise that a lotus came to life in this painting.

A lotus emerges from the waters of a pond with beautifully shaped petals and gorgeous color, symbolizing youth, beauty and life. The word transcend came to me as I gazed at the painting and felt a lift to my spirit. A floating feeling came over me.

The reason I like the word “Transcend” is because it feels so much like what I am trying to accomplish with all the changes going on in my life.

Transcend
tran(t) send/
verb: transcend: to rise above or go beyond the normal limits of (something)

For me, it’s transcending the chaotic feelings of change. I could have chosen “change” as my word but that didn’t feel right. As I didn’t want to focus on change but rather transcending change. I liked the idea of rising up and going beyond change.

I want to let peace prevail instead of the chaotic feelings that often come with change.

We made some big decisions in 2014 to sell our house in Prescott, AZ and move half our stuff to Washington state and half to Mexico. People do.

Our house sold this past winter so it was a sure thing that “change” was happening and fast. The key is not to let it become overwhelming with all the tasks that come with moving. That is why the word “transcend” appealed to me.

I like looking at this painting and repeating the word “transcend” to myself. It calms me.

This is perfect for how I want to feel the majority of the time. Peaceful and calm and accepting the “now.”

Being here right now in this spot is where I am supposed to be. I like that.

What is your word for 2015?

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>

Art + Healing continued

Inspiration and Dedication
Every artist finds inspiration in a different way. For some, their creativity is as essential as breathing. It is an absolute necessity to life and frequently an unconscious but burning desire, part of their psyche and their persona. But this creativity simply has to be expressed and they come to know this yearning and hunger early on in life.

Theirs is a gift that brings great joy and also a deeper understanding of the world around them. That understanding is one we can all share when we communicate through the art we create.

Others, of course, come to art and its healing powers from a very different perspective. Personal tragedy, trauma and bereavement are every bit as much part of the human condition as triumph, hope and good luck. Few of us are blessed enough to avoid the bad things in life and the path out of the despair and misery caused by life traumas can often seem too dark and terrifying to travel alone. Imagine your joy then if, just as you feel life is too bleak to go on, you find a way to the light through art.

Nurtured by Nature

Nature is the most wondrous of inspirations – think of those magnificent landscapes created by the likes of Turner and Thomas Cole. Immerse yourself in Monet’s extraordinary water lilies and drink in the vivid colour of Van Gogh’s sunflowers. All around us are quite magnificent vistas, the smallest of flowers and the tallest of trees anchoring us to the earth and sparking our imagination and our desire to create. Nature has a magic, an aura that has the capacity to move us to tears but also to catapult us into another world. Such a world is a blissful alternative to what might be a painful reality and it is a world in which the only boundaries are the limits of your imagination.

Continuation of a Family Healed by Art

I love nature and use it for inspiration when I’m creating my art. Yesterday I was telling you some thoughts on how I’m a big believer in the power of art to heal. I believe nature and art both have healing powers and when you put the two together to create an image, it can be transformative.

I was telling you about how I received an email from a woman who found my art and used it to heal herself and her family.

My “Peace Tree” paintings of which you can see two below are some of my favorite images to create. As said above, Nature has magic in it, and I wanted to capture some of that magic in my art.

Peace-Trees

Left: The Trees Sing to the River: Right: The Trees Sparkle and Sing

The woman who found my art, watched some of my youtube videos, and on the suggestion of a therapist tried her hand at painting her own “Peace Trees.” She put herself and her family under the trees, dancing under the healing light of the moon with starlight and magic and swirls of positive energy surrounding them. I love this painting!

Dancing People Under Peace Trees

 

Although she may not call herself an artist, I would say she definitely is! And although it was her first painting, one would never know it because it tugs at the heart strings and I know that is how great artists paint, affecting the emotions of their viewers!

The artist wrote me about her process of making the painting, how she was using positive thinking and how the art she created felt healing. She wrote,

…”I thought of what I wanted, to hear the news that this nightmare was over. I felt the joy, I pictured us dancing with absolute joy amongst the Peace Trees, free at last and happy and whole.

And so I painted it. With every brushstroke, I let the joy ooze into the canvas. I danced in the twilight with my husband and my son, among the trees, the fireflies and the stars. Joyous and free like children in nature. The painting that resulted was my first. I love it and what it represents. It gave me peace as we battled for those two years to prove my husband’s innocence. It gave me hope.”

She goes on to tell me what happened in her community and the injustice of the police investigating the accident and the rumors that were spread that took advantage of her husband’s memory loss. It was tragic and I admire this woman’s strength and courage to stay the course, having faith that things are going to turn out okay.

Eliminating the Negative

Here is one of the most wondrous things about art: talent isn’t everything. That’s right, you don’t “have” to have the extraordinary ability of a Michelangelo or a Picasso to become at one with art. What matters when you come to art as a way of healing is that you are willing to embrace and accept your emotions, your strengths and, yes, your failings. For art to help in the healing process, you must be willing instinctively to commit to the process as the best way of expressing your pain and hurt – and ultimately of letting it go, all that negativity washed away like sand on the beach.

More on This Family’s Story

“…We will file complaints about how poorly it was investigated and how so much evidence was not collected. They will never care nor be made accountable for the suffering caused. But at least it was over.

When we got the news, we screamed, we cried and we danced. My painting now symbolizes the joy we felt after the struggle. All things are possible. Miracles really do happen. We got through this very difficult time in our lives and we came out dancing. Things can still be tough, as dealing with an acquired brain injury is difficult for all involved, but we will get through it.

I just needed to let you know how much your art has impacted our lives and has become an inspiration for me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating that magical place that was my escape for so long. Your art became my lifeline and the act of painting became the prayer of my soul. There is no way to say a big enough thank-you to really truly compensate for what you have done. I realize this letter is extremely long and probably borders on too-much-information, but I really need you to understand the depth of the darkness I was facing so that you can see just how much you helped.

With overflowing, heartfelt gratitude”

And my heart is overflowing with gratitude and good energy for this woman and her family! I am so happy it all turned out well and although they have challenges ahead of them, they are dancing!

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Parts of this article on art + healing were written by Lisa Jones.

Art + Healing

I believe in art and healing. They go hand in hand as far as I’m concerned. From way back, I’ve felt that art had healing powers. It is why when I was in my late 30’s I decided to go back to school to become an art therapist (that’s another story). Although I didn’t become an “actual” art therapist, I’ve used art as a tool for my own healing and I’ve seen it help others lives as well.

And with those words, I am honored to be the featured artist on the June 2013 issue of Arts & Health magazine.

Art&Health

 

Healed by the Power of Art
Art has an extraordinary power that inspires creativity piques curiosity and unleashes all kinds of emotions. Creating a simple pencil drawing can have an incredibly intense and positive effect on an individual, while viewing a powerful piece of work can give us that same intoxicating, almost spiritual experience.

Art is instantly accessible to all – all you need is pen and paper and, of course, your imagination. And as feelings and emotions are expressed through sketching, drawing or painting, the burden of pain and hurt can often be lifted.

Seeds of Hope in Depths of Despair
The power of art has been harnessed by psychotherapists who use every aspect of the genre, from the visual arts to music and dance, in a therapeutic environment to aid healing and treatment. Substance abusers and alcohol addicts are particularly helped by this type of therapy. Some treatments in Utah, for example, offer recovery programs that offer in-patient services where the individual can find hope for a sober and addiction-free future by expressing their fears and concerns through their creativity. Even if only for a fleeting moment, art has the power to remove the recovering addict from the grimness of their situation and can help to set their spirit free.

How Art Helped Heal a Family

A few months ago I received an email from one of my Facebook followers. It was a heartfelt letter about how my art and her family’s healing process were intertwined. I’m not going to say who the person was to protect her privacy but it was very touching!

I’ve received other correspondence such as this through the years but none as powerful as this one. It really touched me to my core. It began,

“I need to tell you how your artwork saved my life.

I know that sounds very dramatic and cliché but it’s the truth.

Nearly three years ago, my husband was in a horrible car accident that took the life of his friend and nearly took his life too. Because of his injuries, he has been forever changed and now lives with a brain injury.”

I was gripped by this letter. I read on with intense interest and concern plus the question, how did my art help this person and her family?

She went on to tell me her story about her husband, his loss of memory, the false accusations about the accident and how they prayed for healing and for things to get better. She wrote,

“I have no idea how I found your website. It was fate or Divine intervention. Your Peace Trees spoke to me. They reminded me of our cabin in the forest, surrounded by poplar and birch trees. They also seemed to have such a magical spirit to them. A magic I so desperately needed. I stared at them, willing myself to enter that forest and be sheltered by their magical tattooed branches. I cried so many tears under those branches, felt the breeze tame my fears and started to heal.”

I had goose bumps reading her story.

“I had started trying my hand at painting, at the suggestion of one of the therapists at the hospital. I have no training and very little talent but I saw your videos on youtube and thought I would try….”

To be continued….

Check back tomorrow for more of this inspiring story.

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Parts of this article on art + healing were written by Lisa Jones.

 

Commissioned Painting and CD Design for L.A. Flutist Rumi Flute

I wanted to share with you a recent commissioned painting and a little about the story behind it.

Tropical Garden Art
© Lindy Gaskill, “Rumi’s Tropical Garden”, 9″ x 9″, acrylic on paper

Rumi Flute is a performer, composer and recording artist in L.A. She specializes in jazz and other music on flute. She holds a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin Music Performance from California State Los Angeles.

This would be Rumi’s first CD and she wanted to find an artist that she connected with who she could commission to do a colorful painting for her new CD cover.

Rumi found my work by doing an online search for “colorful art” and “tropical painting.” She found my colorful images from my website artbylindy.com and some from my Etsy Shop where I sell colorful, archival prints.

Rumi contacted me and told me about her idea for a commissioned painting that would be used on the cover of her new CD titled “Rumi & Zubumba Rumba.” I was thrilled to create a painting for her!

I also let her know that I was a graphic designer and I could do both her painting and her CD jacket design. We were both happy to collaborate on this exciting project.

First I created a proposal that fit within Rumi’s budget and when it was approved, the work was began.

This is one of my favorite types of projects where I can combine my graphic design skills with my painting.

In beginning a project such as this, it’s important to know the audience and the style and feel of the piece. We had a phone conversation and went over the project.

I asked Rumi to pick out some of her fav images from my Etsy Shop so I could get a feel for what she was attracted to. She sent me 4 images and described what she liked about them. This helped me get a feel for the style and content she was attracted to. I also asked her to give me some words to describe the feel of the painting and CD design she was looking for.

The words were colorful, natural, simple, tropical, world music, improvisation, rhythmic, fresh. I printed them out and had them near me as I painted.

tropical bird painting
Detail of tropical garden painting

Most of the time I like to send sketches to the person commissioning the painting so they can tell if I am on track with what they are looking for. But this time, I felt that wouldn’t be a good idea because I was painting from my intuition and I wasn’t sure yet how it would look. I asked Rumi to trust me with creating the painting without her seeing anything first. She was happy to do so and I think it really freed me up to let the painting evolve and create itself.

About 3/4’s of the way through the painting, I sent Rumi a proof of it. I knew the detail work wasn’t finished yet and I hoped she would be okay with the way it looked. She was and I continued on with putting the outlined flowers and more of the line work into the piece. It really began to shine with these accent pieces. And then it was finished! There is a bit of fear after completeing a commission because I don’t know if my client will like it as much as I do. Turns out Rumi was very happy with it and so was I!

Then it was on to creating the CD package design. This seemed to flow as well. I picked up colors from the photo Rumi supplied and put in some of my textures I create for my paintings and it began to have the fresh, tropical, world music feel I was looking for.

Rumi also was pleased with the art and design, saying “Lindy had many paintings already that would have worked wonderfully as album covers, but I was so thrilled to be able to commission her for an original piece. She was incredibly responsive and intuitive, giving me exactly what I was looking for and so much more. When she first showed it to me I loved the painting immediately! It was also great that she was able to design the complete CD jacket to work so beautifully with the artwork. I couldn’t be happier.”

Rumi Flute CD Design
© Lindy Gaskill, Rumi Flute CD Jacket Design
Rumi Flute CD Design
© Lindy Gaskill, Interior of Rumi Flute CD Design

Congratulations to Rumi on her beautiful, new CD! You can visit Rumi’s website at http://www.rumiflute.com/

To purchase Rumi’s new CD, visit https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rumiflute

If you would like to commission your own painting or need help with a design project, call 928-458-5209 or send me an email at lindy@artbylindy.com.

New Southwest Steer Skull Acrylic Painting

I wake up every morning to look at a small decoratively painted ceramic steer skull hanging on the wall in our bedroom. It was a souvenir from one of our Mexico trips. I love the decorations and color of it not to mention the symbolism of strength, protection and courage. I’ve been wanting to paint a steer skull acrylic painting since we moved to the Southwest and now I have!

Steer Skull Acrylic Painting
Courage Along the Path, 24″ x 30″, acrylic on wood, 1.5″ black painted sides, $995, © Lindy Gaskill

 

Detail Courage Along the Path
Detail of “Courage Along the Path”

 

 

 

 

Lindy signature
“Lindy” signature

Signing my work “Lindy” in the lower right corner on my whimsical paintings.
Always signing my full signature, date and title on the back of the painting.

Email me at lindy@artbylindy.com for purchase of paintings on my website or blog.

Happy New Year!

 

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#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

Three Treasures from the Day

Our Native American Acoma Wedding Vase that we’ll use in our wedding ceremony on September 22. We purchased it from Vision Quest Traders and it’s made by Santana Phillips. We love the design.

Native American Wedding Vase

 

Peace cranes that I’m folding for our wedding decorations. I learned how from a diagram I found on the web.

Peace Cranes

 

Greg’s wedding ring arrived in this gold box in a sparkly pouch! Fun! We bought it from the Silvercrush Shop on Etsy. Sorry you can’t see it yet but after the wedding Greg might give you a peek.

Greg's Ring

Happy Day to you!

Update on what I’m working on in the studio

These are the peace tree paintings I worked on yesterday in the studio. They still have more layers to go but this shows a good start.

I build up layers with the black. I especially like the way it looks like aspen markings in the tree trunk.

 

I mainly worked on the two on the left yesterday. Today the one on the right is calling to me. I like watching them progress by taking the photos.