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

“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 Year Party Painting

New Year Party painting

Hello Art Lovers,

I begin the new year with a splash of color!

It is fitting that my first painting for 2015 is titled “Fiesta de Año Nuevo” which is spanish for New Year Party.

It is a celebration of color, line and pattern! And since we are in Baja, Mexico right now, where you will find lots of that in the ceramics, art and culture here, what could be more perfect than that?

New Year Party painting© Lindy Gaskill, “Fiesta de Año Nuevo,” 12″ x 16″, acrylic on paper, unframed $275, framed with mat and glass $457

I have a new product to tell you about as well.

Gallery Wrap Canvas Prints

I’ve wanted to offer an affordable print that doesn’t need framing. I’m happy to now offer gallery wrap canvas prints with 1.5 inch black sides. They are wired and ready to hang.

This also means that more of my images can be larger prints.

Check out my Etsy Shop to see what I have available for purchase.

I’ll have more postings about our move in the days to come. So until then, I’m wishing you a spectacular New Year filled with love, laughter and everything your heart desires!

Good thoughts,
Lindy

A Red Snowy VW Bug Painting

VW Bug painting

This is a new red, snowy VW bug painting.The bug image is taken from a photo of a 1959 beetle. 1959 was the year I was born. It’s 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood panel, $375.

I dedicate it to all those who have traveled through the snow and are thankful how well a VW bug plows through! I know, I’ve been there. They are amazing in the snow.

I’ve never painted a snow scene quite like this before. The painting went through many layers and changes.

First, I had a little bit of snow in it. But it looked like I couldn’t decide if I wanted snow in it or not…and my husband, Greg, gave me some good advice. “If you’re going to put snow in your painting, REALLY put some snow into it!”  So I did. 🙂

Then it still took a while for the painting to evolve to the finished piece. I added the bits of color sprinkled through the snow which I think adds some magic.

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.

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>

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

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.

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.

Happy May Day with new whimsical bird art

whimsical bird art
© Lindy Gaskill, “She Found the Secret Garden”, 5.5″ x 5.5″, acrylic on wood panel
whimsical bird art
© Lindy Gaskill, “Dreaming in Blue Magic”, 5.5″ x 5.5″, acrylic on wood panel
whimsical bird art
© Lindy Gaskill, “Flight of the Hummingbird”, 5.5″ x 5.5″, acrylic on wood panel
whimsical bird print
© Lindy Gaskill, “Safe Landing”, 5.5″ x 5.5″, acrylic on wood panel

Whimsical bird art originals and prints available in my Etsy Shop>

Happy May Day!

 

Be inspired – Secret to Life as an Artist series

What fuels your creativity? For me, it is nature, pattern, texture, color, swirling lines, symbolism, contrast, duality, energy, animals, flowers, forests, mountains, peacefulness, play, joy and….my list could go on and on.

This is my Secret to Life as an Artist series and one principal to live by is “be inspired .” Fuel your creativity with this inspiration.

We are all creative beings. We are all artists! Be inspired everyday. Here’s a little creative wording to remind you about fueling your creativity.

This is my latest original painting. It’s titled “Just Ride and Fly.” It was inspired by my mountain bike, by my love of swooping down a trail and feeling the energy of movement, by the mysterious, trickster raven, by the forest and the flowers and the rain clouds.

© Lindy Gaskill, “Just Ride and Fly”, 24″ x 30″, acrylic on wood.

And if you like to draw and sketch, fuel your creativity at these two sites> http://odosketch.com/ and http://www.mrdoob.com/#/120/harmony

Using Lavender in my new acrylic painting

bicycle and raven acrylic painting
© Lindy Gaskill, “Pure Delight”, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood, 1.5″ black painted sides, $345

This new acrylic painting titled “Pure Delight” is filled with Spring colors! I love the use of lavender which is new for me. I haven’t used a lot of this color lately but I think I may again because I really like the look of it next to the yellow and orange.

This painting is inspired by my love of mt. biking! I love swooshing down a trail. It’s pure delight. And it makes me smile thinking of a raven tagging along!

The original is for sale as well as prints in my Etsy Shop>

What color have you been attracted to lately?

 

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>

#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

I finished my whimsical aspen tree paintings

Below are the finished whimsical “Peace Tree” paintings that I was working on in September before we left on our wedding journey to Bend. Inspired by the aspen trees at Black Butte Ranch near Sisters, Oregon.

 


Whimsical Tree Paintings

If you are interested in purchasing one or all, they are located at the Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery in Prescott.

UPDATE: These have sold

Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery
156B South Montezuma St.
Prescott, AZ 86303

928-776-1080

Each painting is acrylic on wood, 48″ tall x 8″ wide, $650 ea.

L to R titles:

Radiating Wisdom Older than the Seas

One Stood in the Shadow of the Floating Moons

Expanded Heart of the Earth

Radiating-Wisdom-Older-than-the-Seas

 

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.

 

New Acrylic Hummingbird and Garden Painting

I’ve finished some new paintings and I’ll be posting them here in the weeks to come.

It’s been fabulous painting again in my Baja studio! I love the light and looking at palm trees and the view of the ocean. I feel very grrateful for the opportunity to create art in this kind of setting.

I’ll first put my new work on the VIP page of my website for those who have access to view first and then a week later I’ll be posting them on my website and blog. If you have VIP access, you will have first dibs at purchasing any paintings that I put on the VIP page.

There are  tiny little hummingbirds here in Todos Santos that we’ve been watching in our garden and they are beautiful!

So I’ve been inspired by these little creatures. Hummingbirds are one of my favorite birds to paint.

What is one of your favorite birds?

©Lindy Gruger, A Hummingbird Garden, acrylic on paper, image size: 8″ x 10″,
framed 16″ x 13″, $325

NOTE: Normally, I would be posting images of our stay here but I forgot my camera’s download cord so I don’t have access to the photos until I get home.

I’ll be doing a series of posts about our trip but you will have to wait a few days.

We are getting ready tto travel back starting tonight by taking the Baja Ferry. We’ll be going back the same way we came. Going over to mainland Mexico from La Paz and driving to San Carlos, Nogales and Tucson and then on to Prescott.

Peace, Lindy