April Desktop Wallpaper Calendar and New Painting

April Desktop Wallpaper Calendar and New Painting

Click on the image below and then download the 1600 pxl x 900 pxl wallpaper for your desktop.
It’s my birthday month so I’m celebrating! Have a terrific April!

April 2014 desktop wallpaper

This wallpaper comes from my new painting titled “We Love Local Artists.” You can see the full painting below. It’s 40″ x 30″, acrylic on wood. I have an 8″ x 10″ print available in my Etsy Shop too.

We Love Local Artists Painting

New Hippie Flower Power Van painting

New Hippie Flower Power Van painting

This is a new painting titled “Flower Power. ” It’s 20″ x 20″, acrylic on wood.

I’m loving how the flowers came out in the background and I love the color combination of purple and orange. The stenciled word “Flower” can be seen going up the side of the painting. I like putting semi-hidden words in my paintings.

There is a print for sale of this painting in my Etsy Shop>

Do you have a VW Van story to share?



100 My Little Buddha painting series

100 My Little Buddha painting series

I’m creating 100 My Little Buddha paintings based on a project I did awhile ago.

Back when I lived in Bend, Oregon I did a project where I sketched a Buddha a day for 100 days. Now I’m taking these little sketches and making a My Little Buddha painting from them. I pick a sketch and use it for inspiration to create the 5″ x 5″ painting.

Here are the first 5. I’ll put them here on my blog when I have more finished.

They are on sale in my Etsy Shop. Click on the title of each painting to go to their listing page on Etsy.

My Little Buddha I – SOLD

My Little Buddha II

My Little Buddha III – SOLD

My Little Buddha IV

My Little Buddha V




Painted Magic Wand

Painted Magic Wand

I love making things and collecting things. Sometimes I’ll see something and think to myself, I could make something out of that.

That’s what I thought when I found this piece of cactus wood. I was thinking of maybe making a mobile out of it. But then I was moved to paint it.

And then when I picked it up, it felt like a magic wand. I’m sure it’s filled with creative energy. 🙂

cactus-wood5 cactuswood-1 cactuswood-2 cactuswood-3 cactuswood-4 cactuswood-5a

It’s for sale in my Etsy Shop.

What have you made lately? Anything cool?

A Red Snowy VW Bug Painting

A Red Snowy 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.

Art – Spirit – Soul

Art – Spirit – Soul

It has been said that it is the spirit within that counts. And with art, I would say that is true. Art touches the soul in invisible ways.

Art. Spirit. Soul.

Art lovers, they know a thing or two about that. They know that the spirit can be lifted by gazing at a piece of art they love.

They know that art that touches their soul has got to be in their life. Whether it hangs in their living room, plays on their iPod or dangles around their neck. It is to be in their life.

But then, there are those who say why don’t you be practical.

Huh! We know that art is the passion that overrides the rule.

Art lovers – they purchase artwork instead of that air conditioner to stay cool.

It can make no sense to want to own that shiny, glittering wrist adornment when the car needs an oil change. But we do.

Art stirs an emotion in a flutter of a heartbeat. The practical can’t take us beyond our dreams. Owning and creating original art helps us to do that!

It lifts our spirit and helps us fly and experience life in a deeper, more meaningful way!

art spirit soul

A creative way. It helps us down the path of a soulful life.

A way that is about feelings not heard out loud but felt inside. And, not explained with practicality.

I love art and having it in my life!

I’ve heard it been said that the happiest people in the world are those that own original art. And creating it too!

Maybe, just maybe, that might be true.

Take the power to make your life happy with original art. I know I will continue down that path!

She Wanted the Rainbow and a Rainbow Tattoo

She Wanted the Rainbow and a Rainbow Tattoo

My painting titled “She Wanted the Rainbow, So She Put Up With The Rain” has inspired a tattoo on a woman who has admired it.

She told me she found the image on Facebook and she was so inspired by it that she got a tattoo of it. She decided she wanted to find me to let me know. So she did a search and found the image which led her to my Facebook page where she was able to contact me.

This is what my original painting looks like. You can find it as a print in my Etsy Shop. I have it as a 5″ x 7″ or an 8″ x 10″ giclee print.

She Wanted the Rainbow

And this is the tattoo.

She Wanted the Rainbow Tattoo

Wow, that’s pretty cool!

Jan. 30 2014 – An Artist’s Day Notes

Jan. 30 2014 – An Artist’s Day Notes

to enjoy the taste of a fresh baked banana muffin

for when I get up early to start my day

healthy from doing a detox diet

it’s nearing the end of the month already!

the furnace that is warming our house

a painting about Peace

making time to read

I can stick to my scheduled studio time today

to do some traveling in the Spring with Greg


Studio GnomeStudio Gnome

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>

Dec. 17, 2013 – An Artist’s Day Notes

Dec. 17, 2013 – An Artist’s Day Notes

to enjoy the lights on our Christmas tree

for Greg’s new job

thankful for where I’m at

a cute card on my desk that lifts my spirit

Christmas music

2 big paintings

eating dark chocolate

to keep doing yoga in the morning
on a regular basis in 2014

new marketing ideas for my art


The Whole World is My Home

© Lindy Gaskill, “The Whole World is My Home”, 5.5″ x 5.5″, acrylic on wood mini painting

My Little Home Mini Paintings Sale

My Little Home Mini Painting Sale

Each mini painting is 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, acrylic on 1/4″ wood that
is set on top of a 1/2″ wood block. Sides and back are painted black.

Each one has felt bumpers to protect your wall and a claw tooth hanger
so they are ready to hang or wrap up for gift giving.
I’ve signed, titled and dated each one on the back in silver ink.

Click on the image to see more photos of the painting or
click the buy me button to purchase.
$75 ea. includes free shipping in the U.S.

Let me know if you would like your sweet little home painting
gift wrapped for free when you go to purchase.

My Little Magic House


At Home in the Country

My Home Weathered the Storm


My House of Faith


Peace and Home


The Whole World is My Home

There are Stars on the Inside


Thanks for viewing my mini paintings sale!

Happy Holidays to you!


Handpainted Raven Christmas Ornaments for sale

Each year Tumalo Art Co. gallery in Bend, Oregon puts out their anticipated trees full of original, fine-art ornaments for sale. Many are hand-painted originals made by the gallery’s artists!

I’ve made a few handpainted raven Christmas ornaments and sent them up to the gallery.

raven christmas ornament

These are snowy ravens on ceramic snowflake and star shapes and tied with a festive red ribbon. I wrote Merry Christmas and dated and signed them on the back with silver ink.

If you would like to own one of my original ornaments and you’re not in Bend, Oregon, call the gallery asap and let them know you would like to purchase one. Ornaments go quickly and I only sent a few.

Tumalo Art Co. Gallery

Phone: 541-385-9144

450 SW Powerhouse Dr. #407

Bend, Oregon 97702

Email: tac@bendtel.net

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I’m decorating for the Holidays today. And we’re supposed to get snow tonight!

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas! 🙂

Do what you love and go on a fantastic journey.

This is post 10 in my 10 post blog series on using Beth Kempton’s PDF titled “Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.”  The Steps and journal prompts are taken from her PDF. You can also join Beth’s Do What You Love e-course, which will help you with a step-by-step process in finding your true passion to get on a path to doing what you love!


Journal prompts: There isn’t a journal prompt in the pdf for #10.

But there are some suggestions to try such as, “Declare to your friends and family that you are choosing to do what you love, and put a plan in place to embark on your journey.”

Flying Fish painting

© Lindy Gaskill, “A Fantastic Journey”, 24″ x 30″, acrylic on wood

When I was young, like in high school, I thought that I would like to have a career in the arts. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a fine artist or a graphic artist. (You can read more about that in my Artist Journey Series on my blog.) I eventually chose the commercial art route and got a degree in Fine Art specializing in graphic design. Fortunately it also allowed me to do my fine art on the side as well.

I tell people I’ve had a dual career as a fine artist and a graphic artist. It’s been a good mix for me. And now as I get more into licensing my art, my graphic design background is even more helpful.

I feel very grateful I’m able to follow my passion in the arts and make a career of what I love.

I hope if you’re not doing what you love, that you will look into how you can change your life’s direction and connect with your true calling. Good luck and good thoughts to you!


Be all that you can be

This is post 9 in my 10 post blog series that I’m writing using Beth Kempton’s PDF titled “Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.”  The Steps and journal prompts are taken from her PDF.


Journal prompts: Which aspects of my personality have taken a back seat lately?
Which aspects would I like to see more of in my life, and how can I bring them forward?

Lindy teaching

Lindy as teacher.

We are so many things and we play so many roles. We are a combination of everything that we do, and feel and say and act on. I am woman, artist, friend, wife, computer artist, painter, dancer, cook, kayaker, bike rider, child, aunt, graphic artist, (plus so much more) and now teacher .

I recently put myself in this role. Teaching has taken a backseat in my life but lately it is one aspect that I’ve been wanting to develop.

Isn’t it wonderful, when the student is ready, the teacher arrives.

For me, it was a student that arrived.

I’ve never taught a class before but I took on a private student and held lessons for a couple weeks in my studio.

We had a blast! So much energy and emotion went into these paintings. I love what my student created!

He really started to develop his own style which is what every artist wants – to develop their own fingerprint and recognizable work.

In my teaching, I used a combination of everything I’ve been taught by my own teachers and of course, my own personal techniques and processes. It was a learning experience for my student but also for me.

I learned what works, and what could work better. I was open to what developed. I leaned into trust and the reward of letting go and so did my student. It was really fun!

So I would like to put it out there, if you are interested in private painting lessons, contact me and we can set something up.

If you can be all that you can be, what aspect would you work on?

Happy painting!

Number 8 blog post in Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love

This is post 8 in my 10 post blog series on Beth Kempton’s PDF titled “Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.”  The Steps and journal prompts are taken from Beth’s PDF.


Journal prompt: What could be possible if you just tuned out the negativity and followed your heart?

This is an appropriate journal prompt because although Beth is talking about emotions and getting rid of negativity, the shoulds and should nots and following one’s heart, I am thinking of it in a literal sense.

We are in Mexico right now for another week and boy did we ever travel light! We packed one suitcase with both Greg and I’s stuff in it and paired it down to the bare minimum.


Baja Art Studio

How many times have you traveled somewhere to find upon coming home that you didn’t wear or use many of the things you had brought along? This time we didn’t want that to happen.

We came by airplane so we wanted to travel the lightest we possibly could. It meant taking a minimum of art supplies as well.

So I packed two paint colors, white and phalo blue and brought along a gessoed wood panel and some brushes and that is it for supplies! I decided to try painting a mono colored painting in blue shades. I’ll show you some photos soon.

How do you feel about traveling light?

Number 7 blog post in Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love

This is post 7 in my 10 post blog series on Beth Kempton’s PDF titled “Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.” You can check back here to see 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and the first post here. The Steps and journal prompts are taken from the PDF.


Journal prompts: What big things have you achieved in your life so far? (Big thing = something you are proud of, not necessarily to do with work) If you trace it all the way back, what was the very first step you took towards that? Do you remember how you felt? If you could go back in time and speak to yourself back then, what would you say?

Raven Art Kindred Spirits

© Lindy Gaskill, Kindred Spirits, 8″ x 8″, acrylic on wood

These are big questions. It made me sit back and think awhile. It made me look forward to the future and look back at my past.

I would have to say one thing that was big was moving to Prescott, Arizona from Bend, Oregon in 2011!

I remember how it felt. It seemed overwhelming! Having to pack up all our stuff, sell our house, find a new one in Prescott and then move! We had to break the steps down or I don’t think we would be where we are today. We made lots of lists too which helped stay organized.

But first it took visualizing where we wanted to live in Prescott. Once we decided we were going to move there we had to start looking for a house to buy.

I recently rediscovered a notebook I had written in before we found our place. It was a list of all the things we wanted in a house and property in Prescott. It was a list of 30 items. The place we bought has 25 of those items. I love that we found a place so close to what we were looking for. And what wasn’t there when we first bought it, is now as we have turned it into “our” place and transformed it to what it is now.

If I could go back in time and speak to myself back then, what would I say?

I would say, “I hold no worry.”

That sure would have relieved a lot of stress! Everything turned out and we really didn’t need to worry about anything. Looking back it is so easy to see. But when I’m in the midst of a stressful situation I tend to be a worrier. It’s something I’m working on for sure. Here’s a good story about those lessons.

What about you? Any big things happening in your life and how are you feeling about where you are now?

Number 6 blog post in Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love

Well I was trying to do a 10 day series but it’s turning into a 10 post series instead. So this is post 6 in my 10 post blog series on Beth Kempton’s PDF titled “Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.”

Beth says, it “is a simple 10-step guide to help you be more present, get quiet and focus. It will help you see more beauty. It will let you travel lighter. And it will get you on the road to doing what you love, for life.”


Journal prompt: When was the last time you surrendered to being a beginner and started something new from scratch?
Did you find it frustrating? Exciting? And what good came out of what you learned?

This got me thinking about when the last time I felt like a beginner was. And I thought of my recent home project and how we can’t be afraid to jump into something just because we’ve never done it before.

I’ve never made a flagstone walkway before. It started out looking like this. A dirt path.

It seemed a little overwhelming. But I took it one stone at a time. Fitting each piece next to another, it felt like I was putting together a puzzle. I plugged along. It took more than a day.


And then the rains came and washed away a ton of the dirt that was between the stones!

Grrrr. Frustration set in for sure. I had to take out a huge section and reset the stones and put them back like they were.

Greg helped put mortar between them so they won’t wash away next year during the monsoon season. He also put up a wire fence along the edge of the walkway. I’m going to put vine loving plants along it that will grow into a lush, green wall. Maybe I’ll plant honey suckle or jasmine.

flagstone walkway

And what good came out of what I learned?

It feels good to create something I’ve never made before just like how I feel when I make art. Taking a blank canvas, and this time it was bare dirt, and putting something on it to make it look good. I can’t say my walkway is a work of art but it does feel satisfying completing it!

What have you done that makes you feel like a beginner?

Artist Interview: Susan Medyn Colorful Fine Art Paintings

I first saw the colorful paintings of Susan Medyn when she emailed me about being on the Whimsicalpaintings.com website. I was instantly taken by her unique paintings brimming with imaginary animals lounging or romping in festive landscapes of pattern and color!

Each painting seems to tell a story about the relationships of the animals to their surroundings. I love how they draw me in and make me look for the details such as the little birds in the trees or faces in the flora.

Below are some questions and answers for you to read more about Susan and her work.

All the images are 12″ x 9″  watercolor on Aquabord and varnished.

Susan Medyn paintingHere There and Everywhere by Susan Medyn

Will you tell us a little bit of background about being an artist and why you create art?
I started painting 37 years ago. I was dating an artist and he spent many late nights working. I found I could not keep myself from playing with the art materials and began making imaginary creatures. I quickly found myself compelled to create, using ink and watercolor as my medium. I initially began making drawings that were meant to be bits of stories of my life but quickly transcended into fantastical landscapes filled with flora and fauna of my own making.

What do you like about working in watercolor?
I love the play of color on the paper, the absorbency, the ability to work nearly anywhere and the look I am creating.

You are using colorful, whimsical imagery filled with fantastical creatures and fauna.When did you begin painting in this style, and what inspires you?
I made my first adult painting around 21 or 22. It was an imaginary creature gradually transforming into other creatures. I still have the first dozen paintings I made.  I sometimes put them out at open studios for comparison. I’m inspired by nearly everything. The old fashioned  bathtub drain toggle always looked like a face to me. Leaves on plants are mini jungles. I particularly love incorporating neolithic figures and images from the greek orientalizing period. Indian patterns and Polish decorative egg patterns all seem to weave their way into my works. I love going to museums. I get lost looking at paintings by the old masters. Rusted metal found objects are magnificent patterns and imagery. I am inspired by book plate covers, pattern books, animals in art, old postcards. I don’t know how, but my work flows from hand to paper and my memory play with designs. Three years ago I made a commitment to paint daily — as though I don’t already have enough paintings. I have made over 800 paintings in my 36 years as an artist.

Susan Medyn painting titled I like it that wayI Like It That Way by Susan Medyn

Can you explain your creative process?
Whether on paper or Aquabord, I always start out making my drawing in with a number 3 pencil. I make a rough outline of a landscape and then fill the page with a few central creatures. From there a story evolves where I add other creatures listening in or chatting one another up. I often try to hide several within the landscape, sort of a peek-a-boo, like when you suddenly realize there is a snail on a piece of kale you have picked, or a bird in a bush you have walked by. I revise my drawing several times. I erase the pencil marks and decide on my color scheme before inking it with a  crow quill pen. I paint the principal creatures and then work from there.


“I do like when people find my work curious and funny and visually pleasing.”


How do you want someone to feel when he or she views your colorful paintings?
Sometimes I add a story to my painting and find this helps the viewer to understand my work. But mostly I am making images that I am driven to create. I do like when people find my work curious and funny and visually pleasing. That is how I find it. I am disappointed when people ask me if I ever considered illustrating a children’s book.

How important is the title of a painting to you and when and how do you title a piece?
A lot of thinking goes into my titles. I usually go through several names before I settle on one that feels right.

I understand that you do some work as a therapist. Do you have any thoughts on art and healing that you can share?
Yes, I am a therapist and have been seeing individuals and couples for 23 years. I believe art and the process brings a level of understanding to aspects of one’s life. I recently had a bout of cancer and later realized my chat room name was “paintingmywaythru”. Nothing deep there, but it was an almost an unconscious expression of how I was going to use my time to get through treatment. Children especially make art to express their feelings and yet as we begin to grow up it is as though drawing and painting are left behind. I believe laughter, self exploration and self expression are tools to healing.

Egyption Jungle painting by Susan Mendyn

Egyptian Jungle by Susan Medyn


You have a section on your website called the Hurricane of ’38 photos. Can you tell us what that is about?
One day I happened into an antique store in Rhode Island that had the craziest things. The owner manner was unnerving. Showing me one thing to another, even showing me a 50’s bar he had for sale in his basement. As usual was drawn to the stacks of paintings and photos. I found a small packet of pictures taken with a Kodak Brownie camera. They showed the aftermath of the Hurricane of 1938 which devastated Rhode Island. I asked how much they were but the owner tried to get me to buy an autographed photo of a former baseball player. I was ready to leave when he named a price. I sent them to The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration for them to copy so that they could be in their public record.

Do you have any advice for emerging artists who are just starting out?
Work as hard as you can. Do what you love. Don’t be afraid to experiment, create everyday, push your limits, take time to reflect and evaluate. Your goals and your abilities may not be in sync for quite awhile but be kind to yourself and keep on working. Listen to advice from other artists, keep what feels right for you and store what doesn’t. Take classes, play, listen to your creative spirit, spend time in museums, think outside the box, learn the language of art.

Fish Finder Painting by Susan Mendyn
Fish Finder by Susan Mendyn


What’s your current or next art project?
I am working on 6 paintings right now.  2 are commissions, 1 a small work, and 3 are larger sized dense jungles that I am painting for an upcoming exhibit in Belgium.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share?
Although I have a day job 3 days a week, I do look forward to a point in my life where I can focus mainly on painting. I love making art. I love gardening, fishing, swimming, traveling, being with my family and 2 cats, enjoying time with friends and looking at the landscape. Reading is my main escape and I can’t go a day without picking up a book.

Thank you Susan for the great interview!

If you would like to see more of Susan’s work, visit her website at http://susanmedyn.com/

On her website, Susan says subscribe to her blog posts by “email for a chance to win a giclée or another goodie monthly.” How fun is that?

Number 5 blog post in Zen and the Art of Doing What You Love

I am doing a 10 day blog series on Beth Kempton’s  PDF download titled Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.” This is Day 5.

Beth says, it “is a simple 10-step guide to help you be more present, get quiet and focus. It will help you see more beauty. It will let you travel lighter. And it will get you on the road to doing what you love, for life.”


Courage Along the Path by Lindy Gaskill

Step 5:  FOCUS

For focusing, Beth suggests listing the things you want to accomplish and then categorizing them under a theme and focusing on one theme a week, immersing yourself in that theme and seeing what comes from that. I like that idea.

Journal prompt: Now you have considered this particular theme intensely for a week, ask yourself the following questions:
How do I feel about this theme now?
Do I want to move forward with it?
If not, why not? If so, what do I need to do next?

Focus has been my word for 2013. During the year I’ve been writing in the morning my 3 things I want to accomplish each day. I’ve been mostly good and accomplishing my goals.

I have a few areas of interest in running my business that I am focusing on.

They are:

1. Promotion and art marketing, including my monthly newsletters, emails to my Collector’s Circle and PR including social media, press releases and finding new collectors

2. Invoicing and financial tracking

3. Production, painting and studio time.

4. Keeping my supplies stocked

5. Growing as an artist with community and taking art classes for inspiration

6. Website maintenance and inventory

7. Licensing my art,  printing giclees and greeting cards

8. Online shops such as Etsy and Zazzle

9. Working with my existing clients, private art classes, working with my art galleries

In other areas of my life, I’m also trying to be focused. For example, I’ve been on a health kick and have been doing yoga everyday. It is starting to become routine and something I look forward to. I’ve also been focused on eating healthy foods and taking good care of my mental as well as physical health.

One can compare one’s life to doing yoga. When you fall off the mat, all you can do is get back on.


How’s your Focus?