painting

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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Part 5: One Artist’s Journey 40-50 yrs old

This continues my 5 part series about my Artist Journey. Part 5 is between the years 2000-2010. I took another inspiring Peggy Zehring Experimental Drawing and Painting Workshop in the San Juan Islands before moving to Portland in 1999. It was so awesome! 5 days of painting in the coolest place ever! I always get really jazzed after taking one of Peggy’s workshops! My paintings from the class explored the light that you see/feel during each part of the day.…

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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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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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L. Gruger Art Used On Central Oregon Wellness Directory Cover

I was approached by Regina Callahan, the director of the Central Oregon Wellness Connection (COWC), if one of my paintings, titled “One Looked to Another”, could be used on the cover of the new Central Oregon Wellness directory. She explained to me what the Wellness Directory and their new website was about and I new it was a good thing. I felt honored and said yes. The website at www.OregonWellness.net says: “Central Oregon Wellness Connections is THE resource for practitioners, services…

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Jan. 15th An Artist's Day Notes

I TAKE A MOMENT to pause and say thank you I AM GRATEFUL for staying healthy I AM FEELING productive I CAN SEE my notebook with ideas in it I AM HEARING the heater kicking in I AM CREATING a marketing plan I AM MISSING a tube of white paint I AM HOPING exercise keeps me strong I AM PLANNING a Talk to the Black Butte Art Guild on Monday PAINTING TO INSPIRE “She Knew Peace Lived Within”, made by…

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2009 Life and Art in Review

I thought it would be fun to pair some of my art with some photos from 2009. I made 12 images, one for each month and then 3 more to send you some Happy New Year wishes. The year started off before 2009 even began, in December 2008 we traveled by car to Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico. It was an exciting trip with lots of adventure. We lived in Baja for 6 months! I painted lots and we worked…

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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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Brrrr, it's a cold winter's day

It is so cold outside! I am grateful to be inside and have a wood stove sending toasty warmth into our home. I did get outside though to take a few photos and play with the dogs. It is beautiful with the light dusting of snow. Below are a few photos. Wishing you peace, calm and warm thoughts! Happy December 27th! Happy, Happy New Year ahead!

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Dec. 18th An Artist's Day Notes

I AM GRATEFUL for sunshine and blue skies I CAN SEE a mail art postcard someone sent me I AM HEARING peace and quiet I AM WEARING black I AM CREATING a happy life I AM MISSING a nice dark black black pen I AM HOPING for snow I AM PLANNING to finish a painting today PAINTING TO INSPIRE Columbia River Gorge series by Judy Hoiness

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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. 30th An Artist’s Day Notes

I AM GRATEFUL for so many birds in our yard I CAN SEE clouds hovering over mountains I AM HEARING the dryer making noise I AM WEARING black I AM CREATING a new whimsical paintings website I AM MISSING yoga at 5:30 I AM HOPING to get outside and take some photos today I AM PLANNING to carve pumpkins tonight PAINTING TO INSPIRE Monotype by Tracy Leagjeld, go to Tracy’s Blog >

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Painting Rocks and Garden Walls

When was the last time you painted rocks? It always reminds me of my childhood. We had a family beach cabin and in the summer time once in awhile we would collect beach rocks and sit and wile away the afternoon painting rocks. I always remember it as being fun! So that is what I did yesterday. Paint rocks. When they’re finished, I’m going to put them in what we are calling the “circle garden”. See below.This is an old…

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Christmas in Baja

This is where we’re staying. I’ve uploaded photos of the garden and the casita. We’re working on projects and will be painting the outside of the house and garage in the near future as well as working on all kinds of other projects! We’re nearing Christmas but with the nice weather here in Baja it doesn’t quite feel like it. But on Tues. night we’re going to The Secret Garden restaurant for their Christmas dinner celebration which will get us…

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I'm painting tonight

I’ve been painting tonight. I’m working on another commission as well as some new work inspired from my travels to Costa Rica. I like the idea of fire flies and dragon flies. I saw both on my trip. I’m going to put some in my paintings. I’ve also been working on getting some Christmas cards designed as well as some others and put on my online Greeting Card Store at http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/lgrugercardstoreI used the snowflake art from my 2007 Jubelale painting…

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