Today I feature my silver gray bokeh snowflake Christmas collection. Thought I am an artist I do like to create stationery suites using digital elements. The creative process is very much the same. You have to plan out the vision to offer something someone will truly enjoy.
Christmas is a magical holiday filled with wonderment and dreamy scenarios. That is why I chose a silver gray background with soft bokeh spots and tiny snowflakes for this stationery suite. I have created three different card types to suit your holiday needs. The first is a traditional flat photo card measuring 4″ x 8″ vertical direction. The second choice is a flat 7″ x 5″ horizontal. And the last card time is the traditional 7″ x 5″ greeting card format with custom seasonal message inside. All cards includes a holiday greeting of Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Also included is a family name and individual names too. And lastly, a photo template where you can easily add your own photograph.
Also in my silver gray bokeh snowflake Christmas collection are matching products including address labels, stickers, paper plates and napkins. One last matching product you won’t want to miss. A silver metaled ornament measuring 2″ x 2.8″; thickness – 0.13″ with the same design elements including custom photo template as they cards. Very the silver gray bokeh snowflake Christmas collection by clicking on the collection image below. This elegant Christmas suite is only found in my Lasgalen Arts Designs store on Zazzle.
Oh my goodness have you seen my Humpty Santa Claus drawing? He is brand new and a lot of fun to look at. Inspired by the Mother Goose nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty who sat on a wall and lived to tell the tale. My Humpty Santa Claus is as round as an egg but still manages to keep his pants up. He has a big fluffy beard and mustache. His blue eyes twinkle too. His little pointy elf boots are fleece lined and ready to make your holiday jolly.
To make this an even more fun design I added a red and white ho, ho, ho pattern and paired them together for a whimsical Christmas design. I had forgotten who fun Christmas designs are to make. Mixing and matching different holiday elements I came up with funny designs for all kinds of gift ideas.
Primitive art intriques me including ancient Mexican design. Inspired by a book entitled Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico authored by Jorge Enciso, I created my sun pattern. The book includes Aztec, Mayan and other indigenous peoples simple line art used as stamps for trading in ancient Mexico. There are animals, natural elements and people designs. Although the designs can be simple the larger motifs are quite dramatically intricate in form.
There are times I create something like this with home decor products in mind. I like adding a bit of primitive into urban settings. I chose pillows, blankets, duvet covers and more. But I also added phone cases and journals to the mix. There are too many items for the home and personal use to add here.
The images go directly to the products many of which are on sale seemingly all the time. The first is a new throw pillow perfect for a family room or dorm room too. The link leads you to my Lasgalen Arts Redbubble store.
And this collection below includes even more. I particularly love the cool black and white leggings with my sun pattern.
I had a lovely surprise to learn a customer loves her pillows. It seems someone had purchased my Blue Cat and Seven Poppy Seed Pods paintings on pillows from my Lasgalen Arts Redbubble store. I was so excited to see her comments on twitter and a picture. I love seeing my work being enjoyed in their new settings.
If you have read my blog before you know that often times I am inspired by what I have been dreaming at night while sleeping. I’ve been thinking about Native American textiles as of late. Occasionally I dream of the colors and patterns of southwest designed rugs. In the morning I decided to look through a book I have owned for many years.
After searching inside the covers of the book it came to me what patterns and colors I had envisioned were found in the Rio Grande valley. The blanket which caught my eye was a Rio Grande blanket, ca. 1880s. The weaver had used desert colors such as ochre, turquoise and red clay to create a jagged diamond pattern. The rug can be found in a book entitled Rio Grande Textiles, compiled and edited by Nora Fisher, published in 1994 by the Museum of New Mexico Press.
The subject of textiles is not something I generally have great knowledge about. As I mentioned earlier I am drawn to them. I thought I could use the diamond inspired design in a design that would be fun for kids. The Rio Grande Cat was born, at least in my mind it took shape after brainstorming late at night.
I truly love earth tones of colors and I tried to mimic the colors found in the rug on the cat’s forehead design. I chose a sun weathered brown for his fur to represent the color of native peoples skin.
I have created a collection of Rio Grande Cat gifts for children. Many of these items have a matching teal name which can be customized by you. I found the kitty also makes a great pattern on his own.
Once again I am totally blown away with how my paintings look on ordinary things. I decided to create a wall clock using my Vinca Vine floral painting on Zazzle.com. I don’t take lightly the fact that this is my art and there are some who believe you are selling yourself short by adding the work onto products to sell. I don’t agree with that philosophy and here is why.
Art was never meant to hang in someone’s private residence alone. Nor was it for only hallowed halls of museums. Art is for the masses to enjoy, despise or move to create revolutions. I do create art for my own satisfaction. Regardless if I am painting, working with mono prints or creating digital patterns, I find the process of creating a cathartic exercise.
The outcomes are pleasing to me and I like to share them in various ways. I chose to add my work onto products people would use for everyday use. Sometimes my paintings becomes a wall clock.
The vinca vine painting wall clock was a birthday gift to myself. Zazzle has acrylic clocks that are available in two sizes of round and one of a square variety. I found the package to be well packed to ensure the clock wouldn’t become damaged in transit. The quality is top notch with the acrylic being a safe thickness but not too chunky. On the back is a battery case with an easy to hang fixture as well as a white plastic piece below them to keep the clock hanging properly on the wall.
The printing is amazing showing brush strokes from the canvas and the easy to read numbers I added are clearly printed. All in all I give my vinca vine painting wall clock five stars! Click on the image and read more about my new vinca vine painting wall clock.
This summer the weather has been either beautiful. To find inspiration in a beautiful day you have to expect the unexpected. You have to be willing to take whatever comes and to be spontaneous. Most times you don’t even have to look for it.
And so it started
I’d like to tell you about a beautiful day that had endless solid blue skies and big clouds with definitions. That day was filled with activities I enjoy most. It started with early morning coffee on the deck. I’m not talking 7 a.m. but 5:00 a.m., a half an hour after the morning sky starts to turn from black to tired gray. A bird was calling in the wood that I’d never heard before. The call was so clear the cliche “cut through the air” came to mind. I sat there for a long time before going inside.
The garden is looking great this summer. We have had a fair amount of rain in the evenings. My Lenten roses have had two blooming cycles! The variety of lilies are extra tall and the hydrangea is loaded with blooms. Whilst finding the hidden weeds to pull I was delighted to see my first blue dasher dragonfly of the season. He was beautiful and enjoying a sit down in the early morning sun on a phlox stalk.
Sitting in the Adirondack chair with my big floppy hat reading a great book. I try to read once a day when events will let me. Reading, like gardening feeds my soul. Up until that time the sun was relentlessly beaming down making the woods smell heavenly. A shadow cast down and for a moment my eyes on the page sighed a sigh of relief. Looking up I saw clouds, big burly clouds of white with gradients of gray. They were handsome so I decided to try and take a picture. Below is the result.
Dinner table conversations with my family sometimes gives me inspiration for my work. I have two nearly adult children home for the summer. Though I see how much they have matured, I realized my job as a parent is to keep encouraging them to follow their passions. Reaching goals or having dreams doesn’t stop at a certain age. In fact, if you think about it, aspirations and goals never stops in a human life.
We all need a little reaffirming of our dreams so I decided to do something with the picture of clouds I had taken earlier. The results are the canvas print and tote bag shown below.
The painting 7 Poppy Seed Pods was first inspired by color choice. While visiting a friends garden I found she had a mass of spent poppies. I’ve always been intrigued with poppy pods shape and color. Their color is a silky blueish green and they wear little crowns of brown tipped with yellow giving the illusion of little heads. Cut those poppy seed pods in half horizontally and you have a wonderfully symmetrical flower shape inside. Call me a nerd but I find it facinating how mathematics shapes our world in this way.
The background choice is terracotta. This brownish red works so well with the beauty of the 7 poppy seed pods I’ve painted in this piece. Like my Vinca Vine painting natural colors just pop when paired a terracotta brown.
The latest endeavor to capture inspiration is called White Lotus. My 18 year old son has made music using electronic software since he was 10. I find his style changes as he matures and his latest personal cd was magical. One track in particular inspired me to paint this white lotus on a green lily pad. I could see in my mind’s eye the blue water rippling in the sunlight creating small waves by the white lotus.
I find depending on the music my paintings reveal what state of mind I am in. I’m very happy with this simple painting. It shows the calm inner feeling I was experiencing while painting this piece. Hope you like it, thanks for viewing.
Be The Water was inspired by the iconic Kung Fu master Bruce Lee. Though I’ve never seen a Bruce Lee movie, I was taken by his style and charisma with a video I saw on YouTube. In this video he speaks of how water is formless. When you put water in a glass it becomes the glass. I’ll let his own words tell you.
As you know I enjoy abstract and water is easily created conveyed with fluid brush strokes. Blending long sweeps of greens, yellows and white to give the impression of flowing water. The paint was acrylic and I wanted to give a modern feel and added the words “be the water”, a play on Bruce Lee’s own words.