“Protected by Warrior Spirit” Whimsical Painting

Warrior spirit painting

Today I’m thinking about my latest symbolic painting. I don’t often share the symbolism behind a painting as I like the viewer to create their own story about it. However, I’m going to share a bit about my newest whimsical painting titled “Protected by Warrior Spirit.”

Symbolism of Protected by Warrior Spirit

It is not a warrior as in the traditional soldier, fighting type. Rather it is a warrior of grace. A warrior of the divine. Of Spirit.

It’s a concept more than an actual person. It’s a symbol. The colors black and red symbolize the life / death / life cycle which encompasses all of life. The feather of his spear represents a sharp yet forgiving nature.

For me, sharp means to use one’s mind for self development. To use one’s mind to figure out how things work. For truth finding. For using words wisely, to inspire others and for kindness.

A warrior spirit is mindful. He is aware of his surroundings. He protects those he cares about and helps them to be the best that they can be.

whimsical painting Warrior Spirit

A Spirit Warrior Website

I found this website called Spirit Warrior at khaledallen.com that talks a lot about what the Warrior Spirit means. They say, “A Warrior invests in herself, seeking to become her best self. A Warrior cherishes every moment, seeks to see every minute lived purposefully, even if that means at purposeful rest. A Warrior expects to stand out, to strive for excellence, and to pursue great goals.” I like that.

Warrior spirit whimsical painting

“Protected by Warrior Spirit”, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on wood panel, $375

Other Symbols in my Whimsical Painting

Some other symbols are a fish shape which represents food to nourish us. A moon shape representing the passing of time. Of life cycles. The shape behind the feather is a spiral of energy, representing a strong life force.

The space in his body is filled with petroglyphs. It shows that he is old and comes from ancient times. The white star and mandala-like line drawings in the blue background are magic lines of light that surround the Warrior Spirit.

A Warrior Spirit is nurturing. Hence, he is always there in my mind protecting me from harm.

To be protected by Warrior Spirit is a gift to myself and I like having him near to remind me to strive for excellence.

What do you think of the Warrior Spirit?

Would you like to know some acrylic painting techniques?

Studio in baja

I’ve made some acrylic painting techniques videos on my youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/c/lindygaskill

I’m going to try to post a video every week and see how that goes. If you have an idea for a video, please put it in the comments and I will try to address it.

Below are three new art videos that show some acrylic painting techniques.

The below video shows how I add black outline to my paintings and when I put a wash over the paint sometimes it makes the black line very dull looking. It’s important to go back over the black line with black paint to make the color pop!

My paintings have lots of layers of mark making. The below video shows more ways to add paint layers to a painting by using up some of my old paint.

After I have a lot of large areas of paint, I like to add some small marks. The below video shows some small mark making using some unusual tools.

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Gecko Painting titled “Mi Amigo”

Gecko painting

I was outside painting and getting a lot of layers down but it wasn’t turning into anything in particular. Then a little gecko came by and sat next to my painting as if to say “Paint me.” And so I did.

little gecko friend

He was like a little messenger. First I took his photo so I wouldn’t forget what he looked like. Then it was fun to paint him.

I’ve titled the piece “Mi Amigo”, acrylic on paper, 17″ x 21″, unframed.

Gecko painting

There are prints available in my Etsy Shop.

New Southwest Steer Skull Acrylic Painting

I wake up every morning to look at a small decoratively painted ceramic steer skull hanging on the wall in our bedroom. It was a souvenir from one of our Mexico trips. I love the decorations and color of it not to mention the symbolism of strength, protection and courage. I’ve been wanting to paint a steer skull acrylic painting since we moved to the Southwest and now I have!

Steer Skull Acrylic Painting
Courage Along the Path, 24″ x 30″, acrylic on wood, 1.5″ black painted sides, $995, © Lindy Gaskill

 

Detail Courage Along the Path
Detail of “Courage Along the Path”

 

 

 

 

Lindy signature
“Lindy” signature

Signing my work “Lindy” in the lower right corner on my whimsical paintings.
Always signing my full signature, date and title on the back of the painting.

Email me at lindy@artbylindy.com for purchase of paintings on my website or blog.

Happy New Year!

 

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New Acrylic Paintings

Some finished acrylic paintings.

 

Finished painting

acrylic bird painting

©2012 Lindy Gruger, They were Surrounded by Blue Sky,
8″ x 8″, acrylic on Canvas, $250

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Sketch to make above painting

bird sketch

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acrylic tree painting

©2012 Lindy Gruger, Totem Trees, acrylic on wood, 12″ x 12″, $395

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acrylic raven painting by L. Gruger

©2012 Lindy Gruger, The Raven’s Gift, 8″ x 8″, acrylic on Canvas, $250

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"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!