Moody Black Clouds in My Paintings

Moody Black Clouds Palm Trees Sunset Photo

The other night when we were sitting and watching the sunset I realized where my moody black clouds come from in my work.

Moody black clouds sunset

I had never really thought about it before but there they were. The clouds that offered this inspiration. And here is an example of them in my art.

Blue is for River Dancing Cowboy Art

I’ve always said nature inspires me and here is the perfect example!

This cowboy print inspired by Darryl Purpose’s music is for sale in my Etsy Shop>

Hope you are enjoying awesome sunsets too!

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

New Digital Doodle Art Prints now available

Day & Night My Love's Delight II canvas wall art
Day & Night My Love’s Delight II giclee print on canvas, 11″ x 11″
Spin Around the World Canvas Wall Art
Spin Around the World canvas giclee print on canvas, 11″ x 11″
It Was A Magical Night Said Mr Owl canvas wall art
It Was A Magical Night Said Mr Owl giclee print on canvas, 11″ x 11″
Calling Forth Dreams whimsical colorful print
Calling Forth Dreams, 14″ x 11″, canvas print

I’ve started listing some of my new Digital Doodle Prints on Etsy.

I love combining my Photoshop skills with my art! I’ve taken my original paintings, scanned them and then posterized and enhanced them with digital white doodles in Photoshop.

I print them on a natural white canvas paper which has texture to it so they look like a real painting. They are unstretched canvas prints. I really love the look of them.

 

 

 

Whimsical prints with quotes and sayings

One of my favorite things to make besides my paintings are the items I make using pieces of my art made into other things like prints. I’ve just created a new line with words and quotes.

I’ve been saving lyrics, quotes and sayings in empty books since 1975 when my parents gave me my first empty book as a gift. I quickly filled it up and purchased another and now I have 6 inspiring books filled to the gills.

It made perfect sense to me to pair some of my favorite sayings and quotes with my art. What better way to use my skills as a computer production artist and fine artist but to combine them into this line of  prints.

Below is a selection of my favorites. The watermark does not print when you purchase it. They are list for sale in my Etsy Shop. The sizes are 8″ x 10″ (20.3 cm x 27.9 cm, 11″ x 14″ (27.9 cm x 35.6 cm) and 13″ x 19″ (33 cm x  48.3 cm).

Print with Saying

purchase To Share with a Friend print here>

Print with Quote

purchase Walking with the Trees print here>

Pure Joy Print

purchase Pure Joy print here>

Home Sweet Home Print

purchase Home Sweet Home print here>

Cowgirls Kick Ass print

purchase Cowgirls Kick A** here>

This one below is purely a digital creation without any of my paintings in it. I love the quote!

Rumi Quote on Poster

Purchase Let Us Fall in Love print here>

I’d love to know which one is your favorite.

And speaking of Love…Greg and I are getting married on September 22nd! More about that soon!

Peace.

She Wanted the Rainbow

We saw a lovely rainbow behind our house the other day.
It was so inspiring and peaceful to look at.

Rainbow behind our house.

Looking at rainbows, reminds me of a Dolly Parton quote…

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.”
– Dolly Parton

and my painting that was inspired by it.

She Wanted the Rainbow Painting

She Wanted the Rainbow Print >

And then, Greg and I, as we were looking at the rainbow, recalled the day that we drove through one.

It was amazing. We were driving in my truck to go downtown. This is when we lived in Bend. We saw a rainbow in the distance and we were admiring it. And then, all of a sudden, we were in the rainbow! It was like a prism. There were thousands of rainbows all around us. And then we drove out the other side! And the rainbow was gone. If we hadn’t both experienced it, no one would believe it! We were in awe. Never had we heard of this happening. It was exhilarating and wonderful and a “once in a lifetime” experience. So we love reminiscing about being in a rainbow. “Remember the time…” Brings smiles. Have you ever heard of anything like that? Being inside a rainbow?

Be Here Now

Sometimes, when I’m waiting for something, I have to remind myself to “be here now”. To be mindful that the present is where it’s at.

It’s easy to put myself into a stressful mindset, thinking about the future and where I want to be. And sometimes I can’t help myself to look back on the past to see how far I’ve been.

It’s this tug of war of past and future and that is where the stress comes in. If I can just relax and be where I am. In this moment, where everything is just fine, all will be well.

In this case, Greg and I are waiting to move to Prescott. We’re in this transitional period and sometimes we get a little antsy and wish we were further along then we are.

We are waiting on a house we put an offer on in Prescott, AZ. It’s a short sale house and you know how long those take! We want to hurry the process along but we just have to wait. Although we’ve put a deadline on ourselves that we will move on Oct. 31st even if the house doesn’t go through yet.

But when I start stressing about this whole situation,  I have to stop myself from living in the future or the past and remember to “be here now”.

I was looking at a print of my painting titled “See How Far We’ve Come” and I’m sure it represents Greg and I looking back at the path we’ve travelled.

"See How Far We've Come", Acrylic on Wood
"See How Far We've Come", Acrylic on Wood

We have done a lot in the last 4 years. We’re coming up on our 4 year anniversary of when we met each other.

It is fun to look back on past adventures and go through our photo albums of some of our trips. The memories bring joy and remind me that we are moving forward in pursuit of our dreams.

Yet, truly, it is the present, that we are living. The now. I keep reminding myself to live in this moment. Be happy with where I am and grateful for everything in my life.

I don’t want to be distracted by fretting about the future. I don’t want to miss out on what is in front of me right now.

It’s about trusting in the present and believing that everything is happening for us exactly when it is meant to happen. Yay! I like that idea. It’s so much less stressful to think that way too.

You are invited to my Online Art Sale

PeaceTreesOnlineSale

You are invited to my Online Art Sale where I have mini paintings of Peace Trees, ravens, hummingbirds, an angel, bicycles and more for sale.

Many of these paintings will also be available as prints in my Etsy Shop and some are on bookmarks and magnets.

If you’re thinking that an original piece of art might make a nice gift for yourself or someone else, I wholeheartedly agree.

I always liked the saying I once saw in a gallery in Portland that said something like, “The happiest people in the world own original art.” I like that. Makes me feel good about the original art I have on my walls. Happy, happy. 🙂

Another saying I like that Greg reminded me of when he saw my Peace Tree paintings, is “Peace, back by popular demand.” That is a good one, I applaud whoever thought of it.

If you like that saying, I found this bumper sticker online at Cafepress.

For all you peace lovin’ patriots, go here http://evolvefish.com/fish/TLS-peace.html

Peace to you all!

~ Lindy

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

The November Holiday Season Sweet Delight Divalicious Sample Box

I discovered a new form of advertising which I think is really creative and super fun! It’s the Sweet Delight Divalicious Sample Boxes! It is a Canadian business and their website is http://www.sweetdelight.ca/samples.html How it works is one can buy a sample box for $25 (Canadian) and inside you will find all kinds of fun things as samples, as well as some full size items! We all like to try things before we buy online and this is a great way to do so. For example there are soaps, jewelry, stationary, fragrances, artwork, etc, from some very unique and creative e-tailers. You can take a sneek peek inside the box by going here>

I’m participating by being one of the artists who gives samples that will be inside the box. The November Sample Box is a holiday season box and I’m sure by what I’ve seen so far, it will be fantastic! I’m contributing some mini prints that are signed by me on the back and come in clear cello sleeves and some people will also get one of my whimsical bird full size note cards too. When you receive your box, you won’t know exactly what will be in it but you will get 10-15 samples of different items, depending on how many people are participating. So it will be a surprise! These boxes sell out so you know they are very popular! I can’t wait for them to go on sale! It will be very fun!

Tiny Art Collection and "Shortpants"


I like tiny art. I’ve always liked to collect things too. So I’ve started a Tiny Art Collection of some of my Lyrical World paintings as very small prints. They will fit neatly in your own 5″ x 7″ frame. The actual image size is 4.6″ x 6.7″. You can see and purchase the first two at my Imagekind online store. Buy them as a petite print and I suggest the UltraSmooth Fine Art paper as the paper choice. I think it will be fun to have a Tiny Art Print Showcase for you to choose from. I’ll be adding images periodically and will keep you updated when I add more.

Speaking of small. Belle and Cody, our two border collies, have befriended the neighbors dog next door to us. His name is Solo but we’ve started calling him “Shortpants”. He is so cute and has the shortest legs when he is standing next to our dogs. I took a photo of him this morning. There’s something about his stance. His short little legs and barrel chest that sticks out when he prances about that makes him look like he’d be a great cartoon character.

Solo aka “Shortpants”