Wednesday, April 30, 2014

INSPIRE

Out and About 
                     
The Salton Sea

The Salton Sea is one of only three natural lakes in California, and it's larger than both Lake Tahoe and Mono Lake.  It's a wildlife sanctuary with more than 400 species of birds.




During its heyday, in the 1950's, thousands of Californians would head out to the sea on Friday and spend the weekend boating, fishing, swimming and sunning on the beach.

In recent times, however, more water gets evaporated out of the lake than is deposited into it.... Millions of tons every year. The boating, swimming and beaching is gone.  The sea has gotten saltier and saltier every year.  But there is still some Tilapia to be caught. And you can see people fishing almost every day of the year.



The Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is inspiring any time of the year with its abundant wildlife and beautiful blooms.  Colorful foliage and flowers against the beige desert floor and grey-blue water........



Monday, April 28, 2014

CREATE

In the Studio.....



Note Cards

This new set of four note cards are prints of my acrylic paintings.  The pops of color and abstract designs work well for these flat cards with blank backs.  Just waiting for your message!  Offered as a set of four different cards with recycled, kraft envelopes.

Great for any occasion, don't you think?


note card set: 
www.lindamariedesign.com

Friday, April 25, 2014

INSPIRE

April Color of the Month......                      
YELLOW

 I love color.  It inspires me and makes me very, very happy.  

It's nice that yellow is April's color.  This is a month that, along with the hint of warm days to come, can be rainy and damp and could use a bit of brightening up.  Well, not where I live. Here in Palm Desert it's already in the 90's..  But I am remembering my time back east.

Yellow is such a happy color....The flowers, the sun, golden sunsets.....smiley faces and let's not forget the Daisy....April's flower of the month!

The abstract paining below is one of mine and I must have been inspired by yellow when I created it.  The other four pictures are from Pinterest - one of my favorite haunts!  

Thanks for stopping by.





Wednesday, April 23, 2014





CREATE

In the Studio.....

Here are some cards that I had professionally printed.  My cards are prints of my Whimsical Girls original mixed media paintings.  I love adding paper and other fun stuff to my work.  Doilies become dresses and ferns become wings...

Here's one set...

And here's the other one...


My Whimsical Girl paintings, prints and cards reflect my desire to inspire and encourage good feelings and smiles in girls of all ages.  

I'm getting ready to create some more girls....

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 21, 2014

INSPIRE:

This week’s inspiration is COLOR


I love it.  You can tell from my art, that color is pretty important to me. And, there’s so much color in nature that I find it quite easy to be inspired. 





The color wheel, below, is the starting point for every artist.





And, here’s a little poem I found that sums it all up....and more!



While walking in a toy store
The day before today,
I overheard a Crayon Box
With many things to say.
I don't like red! said Yellow,
And Green said, Nor do I!
And no one here likes Orange,
But no one knows quite why.
We are a box of crayons
That really doesn’t get along.
Said Blue to all the others,
Something here is wrong!
Well, I bought that box of crayons
And took it home with me
And laid out all the crayons
So the crayons could all see
They watched me as I colored
With Red and Blue and Green
And Black and White and Orange
And every color in between.
They watched as Green became the grass
And Blue became the sky.
The Yellow sun was shining bright
On White clouds drifting by.
Colors changing as they touched,
Becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
They watched till I was through.
And when I’d finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did the Crayon box
Had something more to say….
I do like Red! Said Yellow
And Green said, So do I!
And Blue, you are terrific!
So high up in the sky.
We are a Box of Crayons
Each one of us unique,
But when we get together

The picture is complete.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

OUT AND ABOUT


I recently had the chance to visit CALICO, an old, somewhat preserved ghost town in southern California.  The town was started in 1881 when Silver was discovered there.  And, during its heyday, from 1887 to 1904 it produced $86 million dollars worth of silver.  That's when silver was $1.63 an ounce, compared to around $20.00 an ounce today.  The town up and died when silver dropped to .63 an ounce.


Calico had more than 500 mines, 1,200 residents, 100 saloons, a China Town section and a red light district.  The town was officially donated to the County of San Bernardino in 1966, and is a regional park.



Calico is open all year and features a ghost haunt and Calico days in October.  There is a cute, little restaurant and beer garden and a narrow gauge rail train that takes visitors around the actual mine sites.


It was a fun couple of hours and a great way to get out and be inspired by nature.  I can't wait to get back into the studio!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

SUNDAY SKETCHES.....


Well, I was so busy this week I didn't get a chance to do any new sketches....  So I'm including one of my "girls" from a bit ago.

Fiona, the fairy.

I got interested in doing some mixed media girls with messages after volunteering with an organization that helps girls that have been sexually trafficked.  And, we also work on helping girls with self-esteem issues.  I thought making some prints and cards that might appeal to young girls can only help....

Anyhoo....

Here's Fiona.  Hopefully I'll be able to do some art this week, although we will be out of town for three days...we'll see.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Happy April.....

Yes, the weather is warming up – especially here in Palm Desert, California. The days are longer and the birds are chirping. Flowers have burst upon the scene almost everywhere and while there’s still a bit of a chill in northern areas, you know great weather is just around the corner. Right?
And, speaking of flowers and all things spring, here’s Flora, my newest mixed media painting celebrating springtime. I love spring and what it symbolizes and just had to paint something to honor the season. Flora was the Roman Goddess of Spring and Flowers. She was worshipped at this time of the year in ancient times and even had a temple built for her. If only.
Flora was depicted by many great artists of days gone by, Botticelli, in his Primavera, and Veneto to name just two. Contemporary artists have also painted their versions and mine is a little whimsical girl with her basket of flowers and leafy fairy wings.
 Spring may not have sprung quite yet, but almost.


 So Happy Spring Everyone!