Art by Lindy Products on Zazzle

Colorful pillows

This is a post about some of my products on Zazzle.

First I want to share my new phone case which I love. It is so bright, with vivid color!

new-phone-case

Here’s a detail of it.

detail-phone

The great thing about zazzle is you can customize things. So if you want to add words or move the image around you can do that.

zazzle phone case

I recently had someone request a product with one of my designs on it. They wanted to know if I could put my teardrop trailer raven image on an apron.

I said yes! I can do that. So if you have an idea for a product that you would like to see my art on, send me an email to Lindy@artbylindy.com.

I’m always happy to create new items for people to purchase. Spreading the joy of art is one of my goals. And putting art on products is a great way to do that.

hippy teardrop trailer camper with ravenTeardrop trailer camper with raven apron

One of my favorites is my raven pillow.

Raven PillowLaughing with the Moon Raven Pillow

I also like this round clock.

Owl and The Pussy Cat ClockThey Sailed by the Light of the Moon
Owl and the Pussy Cat Clock

My art for She Wanted the Rainbow, So She Put up with the Rain
is a popular image and I like it displayed on a mug.

She Wanted the Rainbow MusShe Wanted the Rainbow,
So She Put Up With The Rain
Mug

Hope you enjoyed seeing these items.

To see more, check out the other items in my Zazzle Shop >>

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!

Painting Inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle Art

Big Girl Wings

A number of years ago I discovered the art of Niki de Saint Phalle, a French-Swiss painter and sculptor.

She created some colorful, full figured sculptures which I love! Here’s an example:

Niki de Saint Phalle [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Niki de Saint Phalle [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
I had created a few drawings in my sketchbooks over the years inspired by her work.

Then recently I did this painting and I’m pretty sure it was inspired by Niki’s art and my other painting titled She Wanted the Rainbow So She Put Up with the Rain.

Big Girl Wings
“Big Girl Wings,” 14″ x 14″, acrylic on wood panel,
$540, © Lindy Gaskill

Big Girl Wings is short for “She Wanted the Rainbow So She Put
on Her Big Girl Wings and Taught Herself to Fly!”

Then I created this print.

21604-Big-Girl-Wings-low© Lindy Gaskill, “She Wanted the Rainbow So She Put
on Her Big Girl Wings and Taught Herself to Fly!”

Archival paper prints in various sizes can be purchased
in my Etsy Shop
http://etsy.com/shop/artworkbylindy

Enjoy and don’t forget to spread your wings and fly!

~ Lindy

Spirit Bear Painting

Spirit Bear Painting

I love it when the unexpected appears in my paintings.

This spirit bear showed up as I was painting and I love that he did!

There is much symbolism in this piece and it feels very special.

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© Lindy Gaskill, “Spirit Bear Awakens the Sun,” 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood panel, SOLD

The sacred spirit bear is the keeper of dreams and memory. I like that the symbols float above him as if the dreams and memories are floating through time and space.

Spirit bear paintingI really like the night sky with the stars and moon too!

spirit bear sky

Learn more about the spirit bear here.

To purchase a print, go here>

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.

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>

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 Watercolor Artist Chris Ambrose Art Interview

1. Where are you from?
I reside in Garnet Valley, PA with my husband and two daughters.
2. How long have you been an artist?
I started to enjoy sketching and my original medium, chalk pastels, when
I was around 13.  I mostly created art back then for family members.  I discovered watecolors
many years later and never went back!  I’m primarily self-taught, but have taken classes in the past at a local arts center.
I’ve been freelancing for 8 years now.  I sell my work in galleries, restaurants and online.
3. What did you do before or during becoming an artist?
I decided to stop working my 9 to 5 job to become a stay-at-home mom after my first daughter
was born.  I soon had another daughter, so I didn’t have lots of time to focus on painting.  After my youngest
daughter entered grade school, I couldn’t wait to paint again!  Soon I was taking a few
classes at a local community arts center.  My instructor at the center was so inspirational,
and taught me how to just have “fun” with art.
4.  You have many beach and surf scenes in your paintings.  Tell us about your connection to these visuals?
I noticed one day while visiting a few galleries that there weren’t many vibrant beach/surf paintings displayed.
They were mostly traditional and I thought it would be fun to create something whimsical and outside the box.
I’ve never surfed, but have always admired the surf culture’s laidback attitude, which is why surf scenes
appealed to me.  Also, the beach is my favorite place to be with family and friends!
5.   Why have you chosen watercolor as your medium of choice?
Because it’s challenging but very rewarding.  There’s many techniques for watercolor and I still like
experimenting with them.  I feel that I learn something new each time I paint.
6.  How long did it take you to develop your own style?
Once I decided to paint my whimsical scenes, about a week or so.  I love painting in a whimsical style,
because I feel that I can be much more creative and authentic with my art.  Anything goes and it’s
all about color!
7.  What’s the most challenging part of creating your art?
Knowing when to stop and not overworking a painting.  There’s been a few paintings that ended
up in the trash can that way!  I’m sure a lot of other artists can relate!
8.  What do you want to say with your art?
Enjoy every moment, have fun and think outside the box once in a while.  You never know
what will happen!
9.  How important to you are the titles of your pieces?
Very important.  The viewer has to not only relate to the painting, but to the title as well.  I believe
once the viewer looks at the title, it can totally change their mind about what the painting is all about.
10.  Do you have an idea of what you will paint before starting or does come to you as you start creating?
I do a lot of doodling in my sketchbook and as I think of something I’ll jot it down in a notebook.
Then when I’m ready to paint, I’ll refer to my doodles and notes.  I also get ideas from just observing
the surroundings, especially when I’m at the beach.
11.   What’s your current or next art project?
Learning how to paint with acrylics on canvas.  I’m actually working on my first and will hopefully
complete it soon!
12.  What has been a turning point in your art career and why?
When I started selling in a gallery and restaurant in Sea Isle City, a beach resort town in NJ.
I will never forget that first sale!  My beach art is very much a niche market, so I’m always
researching beachside galleries.
13.  Where do you see Chris Ambrose five years from now?
Having lots of fun with painting and hopefully, more experienced with acrylics!
14.  Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d like to thank Lindy for the opportunity to display my work on her whimsical
paintings site and for this interview.  She is such a talented artist!

I first saw Chris Ambrose’s fun, colorful beach paintings online and new she would be a perfect fit for my whimsicalpaintings.com website which showcases 20 artists with a whimsical style of painting.

I’m a beach lover and often travel to Baja, also I love whimsy and color, so I was drawn to her lively beach imagery that enchants the playful, free spirit in me. I’m always curious what inspires other artists and how they work so I lined up an artist interview with Chris below. Hope you enjoy it!

Artist Chris Ambrose
Artist Chris Ambrose

1. Where are you from?
I reside in Garnet Valley, PA with my husband and two daughters.

2. How long have you been an artist?
I started to enjoy sketching and my original medium, chalk pastels, when  I was around 13.  I mostly created art back then for family members. I discovered watecolors many years later and never went back! I’m primarily self-taught, but have taken classes in the past at a local arts center. I’ve been freelancing for 8 years now. I sell my work in galleries, restaurants and online.

3. What did you do before or during becoming an artist?
I decided to stop working my 9 to 5 job to become a stay-at-home mom after my first daughter was born. I soon had another daughter, so I didn’t have lots of time to focus on painting. After my youngest daughter entered grade school, I couldn’t wait to paint again!  Soon I was taking a few classes at a local community arts center. My instructor at the center was so inspirational, and taught me how to just have “fun” with art.

Work Hard, Play Hard
Work Hard, Play Hard

4. You have many beach and surf scenes in your paintings.  Tell us about your connection to these visuals?
I noticed one day while visiting a few galleries that there weren’t many vibrant beach/surf paintings displayed. They were mostly traditional and I thought it would be fun to create something whimsical and outside the box. I’ve never surfed, but have always admired the surf culture’s laidback attitude, which is why surf scenes appealed to me. Also, the beach is my favorite place to be with family and friends!

5. Why have you chosen watercolor as your medium of choice?
Because it’s challenging but very rewarding. There’s many techniques for watercolor and I still like experimenting with them. I feel that I learn something new each time I paint.

Waves
Waves

6. How long did it take you to develop your own style?
Once I decided to paint my whimsical scenes, about a week or so. I love painting in a whimsical style, because I feel that I can be much more creative and authentic with my art. Anything goes and it’s all about color!

7. What’s the most challenging part of creating your art?
Knowing when to stop and not overworking a painting. There’s been a few paintings that ended up in the trash can that way!  I’m sure a lot of other artists can relate!

8. What do you want to say with your art?
Enjoy every moment, have fun and think outside the box once in a while.  You never know what will happen!

9. How important to you are the titles of your pieces?
Very important.  The viewer has to not only relate to the painting, but to the title as well. I believe once the viewer looks at the title, it can totally change their mind about what the painting is all about.

10. Do you have an idea of what you will paint before starting or does come to you as you start creating?
I do a lot of doodling in my sketchbook and as I think of something I’ll jot it down in a notebook. Then when I’m ready to paint, I’ll refer to my doodles and notes. I also get ideas from just observing the surroundings, especially when I’m at the beach.

Summertime-Fun
Summertime Fun

11. What’s your current or next art project?
Learning how to paint with acrylics on canvas. I’m actually working on my first and will hopefully complete it soon!

12. What has been a turning point in your art career and why?
When I started selling in a gallery and restaurant in Sea Isle City, a beach resort town in NJ. I will never forget that first sale!  My beach art is very much a niche market, so I’m always researching beachside galleries.

Beach-Fun
Beach Fun

13. Where do you see Chris Ambrose five years from now?
Having lots of fun with painting and hopefully, more experienced with acrylics!

14. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’d like to thank Lindy for the opportunity to display my work on her whimsical paintings site and for this interview.  She is such a talented artist!

Chris’s website: www.chrisambroseart.com

Greeting Cards by Chris:  http://artist.greetingcarduniverse.com/cardsbychris

Shop for Chris Ambrose Art products: http://www.zazzle.com/lovecolor

Thanks Chris for a great artist interview and for your beautiful, fun art!

~ Lindy

"Touching the Light: One Danced with the Fireflies" New Acrylic Painting

I made a print from my new painting. The painting is titled “Touching the Light: One Danced with the Fireflies.”

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On the print of this painting, I added these words:

May you be courageous in

spite of your fears and see that

as your life has changed course

you are surrounded with love.

May that light of love

illuminate darkened paths,

lighten your spirit and

help you to find your way.

Here’s the painting in my art studio. It is an acrylic on canvas that is 40″ tall x 30″ wide, the sides are painted black. The colors are very luminous from lots of layering.

This is the painting that started out being inspired from a rug that’s in our master bath. This painting came out completely different from what I intended. I was going to do a wall of petroglyphs between the trees but then lanterns and fireflies appeared and it turned another direction. Funny how things happen like that….sort of like Life.

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I dedicate this painting and print to all those who are going through a tough time right now.

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Wishing you peace and love to light your path.

– 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.

New Mini Paintings – Original Acrylic Paintings for Sale

I’ve been really busy getting some mini paintings created. I’ve been having a lot of fun making them!

Each one feels like a little colorful jewel. They look sweet all together especially when they’re hung on the wall in multiples. Some of them will be in a Small Works show opening on Dec. 3rd at the Tumalo Art Co. and some will be for sale on my website beginning Dec. 8th.

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I especially like these bicycle paintings. They are a little larger than my mini size which is 5 x 5 inch. I made them 8 x 8 inch which I like. It’s a little bit bigger size but still small. They’re painted on canvas with gallery wrapped sides so the image wraps around the edge. They’re wired and ready to hang.

A Spectacular Day for a Ride, 8" x 8", acrylic on canvas, $225
A Spectacular Day for a Ride, 8" x 8", acrylic on canvas, $225

I made these little paintings with bicycles because I heard about the Cross Culture: Bike + Art Love event which coincides with the Cyclocross Nationals here in Bend, Oregon. There are lots of events happening around town Dec. 9-12 that are bike and art related.

The bikearoundbend.com website says the event “pairs bike-centric artists with Bend businesses, inviting opportunities to meet the artist while enjoying a festive atmosphere.” What a cool idea.

So that got me thinking about bikes! If you know me, you know I love my mountain bike. So I thought it would be fun to make some little paintings with a bike in them. And it was fun! I like how they turned out.

Ride and Fly, acrylic on canvas, 8" x 8", $225
Ride and Fly, acrylic on canvas, 8" x 8", $225

I also liked this mini raven painting. The colors just glow in it.

Preparing to Fly, acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5", sold
Preparing to Fly, acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5", sold

Another one of my favorites is this one with the bird’s nest and little bitty blue eggs. I imagine it to be a ravens nest. Although raven eggs have spots on them and aren’t this blue…but still…it’s all from my imagination so it can be whatever I want it to be. Oh, the beauty of painting from one’s imagination. Love it!

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They Built an Elegant Nest, 5" x 5", acrylic on canvas, $95

I liked using the white paint to create the nest pattern. I might try some more of this. What do you think of this technique? I’d love to know your opinion.

Check out more of my mini’s on Dec. 8th where I’ll have them for sale on my website. If you would like to get a reminder email about the sale, sign up for my e-Newsletter.

I see it’s snowing a bit outside. It’s fun to watch.

Wishing you all things that glitter and sparkle!

~ Lindy

Inspirational Card Deck and New Whimsical Greeting Cards

As some of you know, I’ve been doing my positive affirmations on a daily basis. I like to pick an affirmation and then repeat it during the day. If you don’t know this now, then I will tell you…this commitment to yourself, committing to the possiblities of your dreams by saying positive affirmations and acknowledging where you want your life to lead, really works! It creates a shift. A movement toward  creating the life you want to live.

I decided to make myself a little card deck to help with this and now I’ve created some for you too. They’re in my Etsy Shop if you would like to purchase one.

Positive Affirmations Inspirational Card DeckInspirational Card Deck for the Creative Soul

I also made a card deck to help with people’s health goals. I call it the Positive Affirmations Card Deck for Wellness and Weight Loss. I put them on my fridge to remind me to stay healthy. You could tuck them in your pocket, purse or lunch bag for a little reminder during the day. Let it be a little whisper of inspiration for your soul.

healthdeck-3Positive Affirmations Card Deck for
Wellness and Weight Loss

I also have made some new greeting cards of my Magical Woodlands series.

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Magical Woodlands Greeting Card Set

The smooth finish on these cards and the vivid colors are just the way I like them.  I think they printed beautifully. You can see these in my Etsy Shop too. I also have some other new greeting cards and bookmarks too. Hope you’ll check them all out.

namastecard-2Namaste Greeting Card

hewhisperedcard-2He Whispered of Love’s Journey Greeting Card

aspenbookmark1Magical Woodlands Bookmarks

Wishing you a little magic!

"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 – some big angel fish and sting ray!

My fish in this painting although colorful are not as fancy as what I saw snorkeling. My painted fish are a bit trout-like.

I wanted to paint a family of fish with my aspen trees, with guardian trees looking over them.

Meet Me at the Guardian Waters“Meet Me at the Guardian Waters”
24″ x 30″
Acrylic on Board, Unframed
$750

Meet Me at the Guardian Waters detailDetail.

Water is a big part of our life. We love being near it, in it or on it. Greg and I love taking the dogs down to the river and hanging out. Or taking the boat out to one of the gorgeous mountain lakes around Bend. We like hiking along the river or mt. biking on the river trail. I knew fish and water would make their way into one of my paintings soon and they did.

“Meet Me at the Guardian Waters” Print available in my Etsy Shop. Enjoy!

"Leaning into Starlight" Whimsical Acrylic Painting

We have these cool starlight lanterns hanging outside on our deck. We bought them a few years ago in Mexico on one of our trips down there. I love them in the daylight and I especially love them in the evening. I was going to wait till this evening to take a pic of them but I couldn’t wait.

starlight lantern

These starry lanterns seem to have made their way into one of my paintings, hanging in the branches of whimsical trees.

I’m really fond of this painting below. It’s one of my favorites of the one’s that I’ve done recently. It’s titled “Leaning into Starlight”.

Leaning into Starlight

Leaning into Starlight
20″ x 30″
Acrylic on Wood
Unframed, $750

My favorite part of the painting are the trees leaning into each other and holding the star lantern. When I was painting it, I was thinking about the two trees being a couple and I liked that they leaned together, sharing the light.

Leaning into Starlight Detaildetail

I found out after I had painted these recent whimsical woodlands, that aspen trees grow in colonies and share the same root system underground. Wikipedia says “Each individual tree can live for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived. In some cases, this is for thousands of years, sending up new trunks as the older trunks die off above ground.”

Sometimes you’ll see a stand of trees that have turned color but another stand that has not. I was told it was because the one’s that have their leaves all yellow share the same root system with the others so they all turn color at the same time. That surprised me to hear that because I’d never thought of that before. I like this.

I’m now calling my whimsical tree paintings aspens rather than birch. I read online that birch don’t like hot, dry areas and since we live in the high desert I’m sure these are aspens. Although mine have no leaves. Yet. Maybe I’ll try some with leaves. What do you think? Do you think my trees need leaves?

Soon I’m going to make a greeting card of this painting as well as some for my other magical woodlands paintings.  When I have them ready, I’ll list them in my Etsy Shop.  You can find an 8.5″ x 11″ print of this painting in my Etsy Shop now. Hope you enjoy “Leaning into Starlight”.

Painting and Making Whimsical Recycled Garden Art

One way to bring a little color into your home is to make colorful garden planters using paint and recycled washing machine drums.

Planter1

I painted the one above last year. It’s great for cactus because they don’t need much water.

I made a bright flower motif one this year.

FlowerPlanter

I’ll show you the progression of one I decorated with a cactus design below.

I started with an empty washing machine drum that I cleaned up to look like this.

Planter2

Next I added a layer of color using oil paint and let it dry.

Planter3

Then I used black paint and sketched out my design from some drawings I made beforehand.

Planter4

Then I started filling in with color what I’d sketched.

Planter5

Planter6

Planter7

I’m able to get different shades of color by adding white or other colors together. For instance, the green is made with a yellow and blue mix. One shade has more blue in it and one has more yellow and white in it.

Planter8

I tried to add a little dimension to it by layering some lighter shades over the darker shades.

Planter9

Planter10

Then the fun part comes in when I get to add the details. In this case the needles on the cactus and the border along the top.

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I especially liked the little cross needles on the below cactus.

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This one was a fun one to paint and I especially like the way it came out.

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While I was painting whimsical garden planters, Greg was making this rustic chair. The back is made from palm stems that he recycled when he trimmed the palm trees. He had to cut the barbs off each stem or else one would get their clothes stuck on them.

Chair

The stems will eventually turn brown as the wood dries. We like the green color though, so he’s thinking of staining the legs and arms a green tint. We’ll see. Either way, I think it came out really cool and it’s comfy to sit in!

Have you made something lately? Would love to know what you’ve made.

Happy creating!

And the Winner is….

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I woke up today with anticipation…

because today….

is the day….

to pick the winner

for my

Whimsical Bird Art Giveaway!

Singing a Fiesta Song
Singing a Fiesta Song

So I wrote all the names out on two sheets of paper. There were a lot of names with 76 comments! (The blog post says 77 but I wrote a comment too… so minus one = 76!)

Yay! Thank you to all who entered my Whimsical Bird Art Giveaway!

It’s the first giveaway that I’ve hosted myself and I know I’ll do another one at some point because it was so much fun to meet new folks and I loved seeing what items people fav’d from my Etsy Shop.

So what is the best way to pick the winner?  I used a random number generator at http://www.random.org/ Everyone had a number attached to their name/entries on my sheets of paper.

And then I chose the number 47.

random numberAnd the winner is:

Michelle Shopped

Congratulations!

Visit her blog, One Woman’s Search for Meaning at  Michelle Shopped where she writes, “When my Molly was about 8 she used to think a favorite musician’s name was Michelle Shopped.”  🙂

Thanks again to all who entered!

♡ & ☮

Lindy

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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.

She Watched One Thread Blossom
She Watched One Thread Blossom

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.

A Small Dream in the Making
A Small Dream in the Making

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.

She Felt the Sun Beaming
She Felt the Sun Beaming

I’d like to make a quail painting sometime.  I just haven’t yet. Probably will soon.

She Sat on a Creative Nest
She Sat on a Creative Nest

What’s interesting is to see how my whimsical birds have changed over the years. Below is an early bird I made. My color palatte was a bit darker.

A Small Space of Rest
A Small Space of Rest

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just different. Change, I believe, is good for an artist. It shows one is growing in their art. I believe I have grown as an artist. Here’s another early one.

An Enchantment was Cast
An Enchantment was Cast

I like this quote from “The Mission of Art” by Alex Grey.

“Art is communion of one soul to another, offered through the symbolic language of form and content. An artist creates a sensible form, through harmonious use of the medium (paint, clay, music, and so on), which expresses content, by subject and feeling. We absorb metaphysical sustenance from the balance of formal means and expressive ends. Art expands the appreciator’s consciousness by providing a glimpse into the hearts and minds of strange beautiful humanity. Art is nutrition for the soul. The soul cannot thrive on junk food.

Many artists develop technical skills – they can draw, paint, or play an instrument – but seem to have little that is fresh, original, or worthwhile to say. Other artists really have something important to express but lack the skills or courage to express it. Rare is the artist with skill who offers a significant statement.

The only way to formal inventiveness and technical ability is to work and work, studying and perfecting the craft. Artists discover unique features of their medium that contribute to actualizing their personal vision. A well-crafted work of art requires discipline. Devotional labor lavished on a work of art radiates love and care to the viewer.”

I like to observe the changes in my art and celebrate that I’m still at it, still celebrating life with images that fulfill me, that bring joy and calm to my spirit. Work and work and more work at painting, perfecting my craft, as Alex Gray says. I try to be true to myself when I paint, even in the midst of grief, sorrow or disappointment. So here’s to staying calm and clear and bright and continuing to paint! flower

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:

"Singing a Fiesta Song" ACEO Print

One whimsical bird ACEO print titled “Singing a Fiesta Song”.
See all three of my ACEO prints in my Etsy Shop.
Whimsical Bird Notecards
Whimsical Bird Notecards
7 different card designs
7 different card designs
One pack of my whimsical bird notecards that
features 7 different card designs in each package.
Whimsical Bird Bookmark
Whimsical Bird Bookmark

And one whimsical bird bookmark.

The contest giveaway will run for one week from March 1st to March 7th, and the winner will be announced on my blog Monday, March 8th.

I will use a random number generator to choose the winner.

Also, please remember to leave your email in the posts so I can contact you if you’re the winner!

Note: Please remember to list each comment separately. If you put all your entries into one comment, it will only be counted once!

Here’s how to enter:

Do one (or all) of the following:

1. Go to lgrugerhanson Etsy shop and pick out your favorite item then come back here and post your choice (1 entry)

2. For new followers, follow this blog, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

3. Tweet about this giveaway, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

4. Follow me, lgrugerhanson on Twitter, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

5. For new Fans, fan me on Facebook, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

4. Blog about this giveaway, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

5. Heart  my lgrugerhanson Etsy shop, and tell me you did so as a separate comment (1 entry).

6. Sign up to receive my Art  e-Newsletter and tell me you did so as a separate comment(1 entry).

7. Make a purchase from my lgrugerhanson Etsy shop and tell me you did so as 5 separate comments (5 entries).

Thanks for participating and supporting living, working artists…like me!

Good luck  and good thoughts,

~ Lindy

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, whimsical fine art.”

www.whimsicalpaintings.com

How does it work? The website will have links to each of the artists websites where you can view the artists work and contact them for art purchases. As you know, I paint in a whimsical style and for me, it has been hard to find other artists who also have a whimsical style of painting. I’m not only a painter but I’m an art collector as well and I like to collect this type of art but it is hard to find. So I decided to create a website that features whimsical art so others don’t have to have as hard a time as I did in finding them.

So far the website has 4 artists but check back because the whimsicalpaintings.com website will be adding more artists soon. We are selective and the artists will be those that we feel are a good fit.

The website by Jeanne Williamson titled SmallArtShowcase.com which features small, affordable art pieces, helped inspire our website! We have linked to their site and also a site titled The Fine Art Department which is another website that features artists all in one spot.

I know our whimsical paintings website will fill up with artists soon! If you’re reading this, please retweet and also spread the word via your other social networks! Thanks!

Whimsical Mug

On my last post, I was saying how I love to make things. And I do. I just love making things with my art. That’s why I have Greeting Cards and my zazzle store. So I made a mug from my new painting “One Played While the Others Flew”. You can change the color of the inside of the mug which I think is really cool. I’ve put a saying on it too at the bottom in white that reads, “Love the Music. Love the Colors. Love the Art in You.” Hope you like it. I have one more new product that I’ll tell you about in another post. It’s not quite finished yet.

Painting technique video and whimsical paintings

I made my first artist videos yesterday. I’m going to be posting a few videos regarding my painting technique. They are short and a little rough around the edges but they were fun to make! The first one will be about how I start a painting. The others are about how I get the texture and line work in my paintings. I’ll post a link to my youtube videos after I get them finalized – so stay tuned. Also I’d like to know what kinds of videos you would be interested in seeing in the future? Please leave your comments and let me know.
The paintings I’m working on in the videos are my “lyrical world” paintings. Below is the very first stages of one of them. I just love the whimsical, jewel colored shapes. These paintings are my favorites to make! I’ll be posting some more images of them after they get a little further along.