Bicycle and Raven painting

Bicycle and Raven painting

I just got my mt. bike tuned up and it’s been fun riding it! The gears weren’t shifting properly but now they are all good!

I love my bike and I love creating bicycle and raven paintings. I have quite a few of them now.

Here’s the latest one.

I titled it Yay! Joy Ride! because that is how I feel when I’m riding…I feel pretty joyful and happy! I think mt. biking was the first time I ever felt the word “glee”!

bicycle and raven painting
If you would like to purchase this painting, email me. It is $375.00, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood panel. It is wired and ready to hang.

close up of bike and raven painting

If you would like to purchase a print, go to my Etsy Shop.

Colorful Tree Art – Watch the Sun, Follow the Stars

Colorful Tree Art – Watch the Sun, Follow the Stars

Sometimes I visualize a story behind my painting and write a few words to illustrate it as if my image were in a storybook.

This is what came to me for this painting titled “Watch the Sun, Follow the Stars.”

“If you look up during the day you can watch the sun. It moves over the forest and fields. At night, branches cover overhead like a blanket of thorny thicket. I make my way through the forest by following the stars as they peek through the branches. I look over yonder and see shooting stars fall like fireworks in the sky. I know life is a miracle and the forest holds magic.

There was one tree that was my favorite. It was an elder Tree. As ancient as the sky is wide.

It wore the tapestry of it’s knowledge, etched in patterns and colors to match the rainbow….”

21507-Watch-the-Sun,-Follow-the-Stars-low© Lindy Gaskill, “Watch the Sun, Follow the Stars,” 12″ x 12″, acrylic on paper

Prints are available in my Etsy Shop

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>

New whimsical “Peace” tree commissioned painting

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A new whimsical tree commissioned painting.
“Jewel of the Forest”, image size 5″ x 7″, acrylic on paper, sold

For your own custom painting made to order, go 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.

My peace tree painting inspired 7th Graders in Illinois

On occasion, I’ll get an email from someone who has seen one of my images online or visited my youtube channel and lets me know they’re using my painting technique or image to inspire their own paintings or life.  I feel honored and humbled that my art is touching so many people! And I appreciate the feedback, it keeps me doing what I’m doing, creating uplifting art!

A couple weeks ago, I got three emails in one week from three separate individuals. I thought to myself, Wow, I love that my art is reaching out to people!

The painting of mine below, titled “The Trees Sing to the River,” inspired a classroom of forty 7th graders in River Forest, Illinois. I am so happy that the dancing, magical nature of my whimsical, peace trees have touched people.

 “The Trees Sing to the River”, © Lindy G. Gaskill

A woman contacted me and wrote about my painting, “I was looking for a project to do with some 7th graders. I was struck by the bold colors, richness and playfulness of it. My daughter goes to a Catholic school, and they have an auction at which the students’ class projects are auctioned to raise money for the school. The 7th grade students produced a 3’x4′ canvas collage that is very similar to yours…and it’s absolutely beautiful!”

She wanted to know if it was alright with me to use my painting as their inspiration and to auction off the kids work. I said yes.

When I get a request such as this, when the layout is so similar to mine, I ask that my name and website be mentioned to show where the inspiration came from. She was happy to do so.

This is the painting the 7th graders created.

They came up with their own twist on how to produce it. I was told, “The kids were divided into groups and given strips of black roof tar paper & oil pastels & white paint to make the trees. Each student was given a chance to work on the background also. Lastly, they all signed their names on one of the trees. It’s truly a beautiful masterpiece…” And you can see that it is!

You can also see the signatures in the bark of the tree below. What a great idea!

If you would like to go to the online auction, go here, item #319>

The description of it reads, “St. Luke 7th grade is packed with artistic talent! Each student artist has worked a bit of magic into this one-of-a-kind multimedia masterpiece depicting an enchanted birch tree forest with rich colors and whimsy. Try to spy your artist’s name hidden in the forest! The 7th grade collage project was inspired by a similar painting by Lindy Gaskill, a respected artist from Prescott, AZ. Her work may be viewed and purchased on her website: www.artbylindy.com.”

I’d like to say to the 7th graders who worked on this project, thank you for sharing your art with me and the world! I hope your creativity inspires others too!

If you’d like to see more of my whimsical, “peace tree” paintings, go here>

Take care,

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.