Art

"Meet Me at the Guardian Waters" Acrylic Painting

I know that snorkeling with the fish down in Baja inspired my new painting, “Meet Me at the Guardian Waters”. I’ve been learning to snorkel for the past 2 years. We snorkeled in the Sea of Cortez when we camped for a few days down in Baja this year.  Although I’ve only been snorkeling a few times, I love being in the water and seeing underwater sea life. We’ve seen the most beautiful fish. Colorful ones, in lots of different sizes…

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Home and Love Travel Hand and Glove

There is a poem that is one of my  favorites. It’s titled “Home and Love”. Sweet home. Sweet love. The two together are the best. See for yourself below. If you know the author’s name, let me know. (Thanks Kristen for his name) Home and Love Just Home and Love! the words are small Four little letters unto each; And yet you will not find in all The wide and gracious range of speech Two more so tenderly complete: When…

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Prayer Flags in my Art

“Prayer flags are colorful panels or rectangular cloths often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks in the Himalayas to bless the surrounding countryside. Unknown in other branches of Buddhism, prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bon, which predated Buddhism in Tibet. Traditionally they are woodblock-printed with texts and images.” -Wikipedia Our neighbors down in Baja had prayer flags attached to the railings on the top level of their home. It’s a tall brown house. The flags were…

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Creating colorful, whimsical paintings in the studio

I unplugged last Friday and tried not to use my computer except for email so I could spend all my time in the art studio working on six new paintings on board. I have some minis and medium sized paintings in the works as well but I put those on hold to concentrate on the six. I’ve accomplished a lot! I’ll share a bit of what I’ve done and then I’m back to the studio to keep working on them.…

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I'm unplugging for a few days

This computer can be so distracting at times. I’m sure many of you who are online will agree that it can suck up the time. So I’ve decided to unplug from my computer till Thursday morning. Oh, the idea of it. Unplugging. What words come to mind? Liberty. Freedom. Flexibility. Disengagement. Unrestrained time for art. Enjoying free rein. Creativity. Managing time more wisely. Opportunity. How nice. My friend, artist Amy Komar did this and unplugged for three days. When I read she…

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Random thoughts

My day at the art gallery. Sitting and letting thoughts wander. What comes to mind…. melodic music gently flowing through air seeing art radiating light reflections on red glass hopeful whispers of peace and calm cool breeze through open doors smooth chocolate on tingling taste buds bronze wise men watch with solemn eyes slow movement past windows to the world wise words calm the spirit people dropping in to say hello, how are you? signs of spring in the afternoon…

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Thoughts about Life and Art

Hello Friends, My plan for today was to work on my Art e-Newsletter that I usually mail out on the 15th of each month and work on a few paintings. Instead I’ve done errands and gotten my haircut! I will be working on my Newsletter after I do this blog post! It will most likely be an unusually short one because of the unexpected events of the past few weeks and how I’ve been feeling. As some of you know,…

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First phases of a painting

I thought I would share what my paintings first start out looking like. They’re not too pretty. Mostly just a bunch of color. I use a brush or my fingers and spread the color around. I’m working intuitively and not thinking too much about it…it’s rather fun and messy. Then I use a rag from one of those white muscle man t-shirts and dab the paint around and create some texture from the ribbed pattern on the t-shirt. It’s hard…

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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. 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. 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. I’d like to make a…

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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: One whimsical bird ACEO print titled “Singing a Fiesta Song”. See all three of my ACEO prints in my Etsy Shop. One pack of my whimsical bird notecards that features 7 different card designs in each package. And one whimsical bird bookmark. The contest giveaway will run for one week from March 1st to March 7th,…

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Part 4: One Artist’s Journey – 30-40 yrs old

This continues my 5 part series about my artist journey. Part 4 is between the years 1989-1999. It will be a long post because a lot happened in that decade! I’m glad I kept an art journal during this time because there were so many paintings and series that it would be difficult to keep track of the order if not for my writings. I had a hard time choosing which paintings I wanted to share. I took slides of…

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Art and Words – Body, Mind and Spirit

“If we look after the root of a tree, the fragrance and flowering will come by itself. If you look after the body, the fragrance of the mind and spirit will come by itself.” – BKS Iyengar I was supposed to post this yesterday because I’m doing Art and Words on Fridays…but you know, life gets in the way sometimes. I’m on day 6 of a raw food detox diet so I’ve been thinking a lot about nutrition and the…

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Art and Words – Wings to fly: tasting flight

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo de Vinci I’ve decided I’m not going to do the “An Artist’s Day Notes” on Fridays anymore. Time for change. Maybe I will pick it up again at a later date. Instead on Friday’s I’m going to pick a quote that I like and put it to an art…

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Part 2: One Artist’s Journey – 10-20 yrs old

Continuing my 5 part series on my Artist Journey… Beach girl. This is me at 13, I dug a big hole at the beach and put a great big log into it. I can’t remember now what I was building but I remember everyone was pretty supportive. I was pretty lucky growing up. Most of my creative endeavors had my family’s support. Can you tell I grew up in the 70’s from these paintings? I loved creating art in junior…

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Artist Interview: Amy Komar

Ya know how there are some people who you just relate to? You hear something they say or read something they wrote and you just feel a certain kinship with them? That’s how I felt when I first read Amy’s blog. Amy Komar is a Fairbanks, Alaska artist who I met last year online. Don’t ask me how I found her blog. But I did, I found myself there and spending a lot of time reading. I absolutely loved reading…

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Mini Art Paintings on Canvas

There is something about miniature art that I love. Just saying “tiny art” makes me want to either buy some, see some or paint some. It’s probably goes way back to my childhood when I liked small things such as stuffed animals and tiny dolls. I remember collecting miniature glass animals with my sister, rearranging  them, displaying them, playing with them and adoring their tiny size. I’ve been looking at ACEO paintings on Etsy and Ebay. ACEO is an art format…

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Whimsical Snowflake and Birdhouse Christmas Ornaments

The Tumalo Art Co., the gallery where I exhibit my art in Bend, has put up three ornamental Christmas trees for the artists to hang their handmade ornaments that they have for sale on. I made some mini whimsical snowflake paintings… and painted some tiny birdhouses as my ornaments. They look cute hanging in a tree outside our house. I brought them down to the gallery today and hung them on the Christmas trees. Happy Holidays!

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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,…

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Nov. 6th An Artist's Day Notes

I AM GRATEFUL for my new warm slippers I CAN SEE trees swaying and dancing in the wind I AM HEARING outside noises I AM WEARING blue and black I AM CREATING some holiday greeting cards I AM MISSING dark chocolate I AM HOPING I can think of some inspiring titles for my new paintings I AM PLANNING to have dinner with an old friend on Sunday PAINTING TO INSPIRE Painting by me, Lindy Gruger Hanson To purchase original or…

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Oct. 23rd An Artist's Day Notes

I AM GRATEFUL for wood stove heat I CAN SEE it’s a bit windy outside I AM HEARING my dog chewing on a bone I AM WEARING olive green and blue I AM CREATING colorful paintings I AM MISSING finding time to read I AM HOPING to write a letter I AM PLANNING my Halloween costume PAINTING TO INSPIRE Raven Shadows by me, Lindy Gruger Hanson

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New Moonheadmama Painting Video on Youtube

The making of the first Moonheadmama painting is now on my youtube channel. It is a short video that shows most of how I made this art. And painting No. 1 is also listed on ebay! 20% of the proceeds will go to a non-profit called Acres of Hope which helps homeless women and their children. UPDATE: This painting was SOLD on ebay. PR: wait… I: wait… L: wait… LD: wait… I: wait… wait… Rank: wait… Traffic: wait… Price: wait……

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First Moonheadmama Painting Finished

“She Sang a Garden Lullaby to Moonbaby” 14″ x 11″ Acrylic on Paper Unframed I finished my first Moonheadmama painting this afternoon. #1 in the series. I’ve always loved the title Moonheadmama and I’ve had a web site by that name for about 5 years. It was here in Todos Santos over a couple margaritas and some creative brainstorming that the name Moonheadmama was born. But since then I haven’t done a lot with the Moonheadmama.com web site so recently…

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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…

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Art Fabric and more on making stuff!

Here’s some more info on making stuff. I discovered this Web site on making art fabric on-demand. http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome Wouldn’t this be fun to design your own fabric for curtains or pillows! If you have a design and use their service, I’d love to hear about it! Here’s a company that has used them http://www.ninetomatoes.com/ and here’s another fun Web site on making stuff. http://www.craftstylish.com/ PR: wait… I: wait… L: wait… LD: wait… I: wait… wait… Rank: wait… Traffic: wait… Price:…

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Back on the Caribbean side

Last Saturday we missed our bus to Cahuita so we ended up staying the night in San Jose at the Hotel Don Carlos. It is a really charming small hotel with lots of nice artwork throughout. Two paintings I really liked are above. I like the way the moon and night sky are used in the paintings and the deep reds used!  On Sunday morning we went walking around downtown San Jose and went to a park (see photo) where…

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