Drawing Valentine’s Cookies

I’ve been drawing Valentine’s cookies this past week. Inspiration came by the images I saw on social media. Beautifully decorated Valentine’s Day cookies seem to be everywhere. Treats are much more bearable to be inundated with when cruising social media than the other news found there. Sanity in sugar is my motto therefor I will succumb and create my own non-baked yummies by drawing Valentine’s cookies.

Six Valentine's Day cookies in red and white.
No bake cookies are great for the waistline.

It was quite fun creating patterns like those above. It has given me inspiration to do something similar with different shapes. Let’s see where this leads me.

For now I’ll show you what I’ve done using the pretty red and white heart cookies drawn above. Whether you need a Valentine’s day card, enjoy simple design or love hearts I have created a variety of fun and pretty merchandise for you. Cute espresso cups, a rubber stamp and knob pulls are a few items found in this collection found in my Lasgalen Arts Zazzle store.

For more variety of gift ideas my Lasgalen Arts Redbubble store includes studio pouches, hardcover journals and more. Just click through the women’s t-shirt model below to see everything there.

T-shirt model with grey shirt and six red and white hearts design.
One of forty-six lovingly designed items.
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Tangled Up In Blue

Have you ever been inspired by another persons artwork or something you see on the television? This next piece, Tangled Up In Blue, has its’ roots from a satirical political tv show. Behind the desk of the star is a projected abstract image all in blues. I was fixated on the artwork trying to figure out if it was watercolor or acrylic based. Various opacities of blues in circles and swatched grabbed my attention four nights a week. What started as an action to get that image out of my head became something else entirely.

Inspiration takes on a life of its’ own when acted upon. However, I did start out as trying to mimic what I saw on the tv. Using acrylics, I heavily watered down a base blue to start. And that is when the painting and my muse, decided to go off on another project all together.

Square canvas with watered down blue acrylic paint.
The first blue wash layer of paint. Flecks of blue and white fluid lines gives the painting a watery effect.

Sometimes colors effect the direction of what I paint next. I loved the water vibe I got from the first blue wash but didn’t want to go in that direction. I needed more “hardness” with layers of blue and a shock of something else. This really got me thinking about opposites pulling on each other.

As I continued adding layers of darker and darker blues, my Neanderthal cave painting women, who lives inside of me took over. The blue washes become darker and I felt I needed to drag color out of the painting using the hard edge of a small piece of linoleum. Fluidity came back to me and I added waves of blue and black to the left of the painting. What was missing was the message my sub conscience was trying to put forth. The Yin Yang symbol tied it all together.

Blue and black abstract painting with waves, lines and Yin Yang symbol.
The message is clear… it is balance. Fluidity and rigidness.

I very much feel I followed that inner voice and I’m quite pleased with the results. Below is a sample of this piece and is available from my Lasgalen Arts Rebdubble shop. Shown below are 1″ acrylic blocks suitable for home or office.

Acrylic blocks with blue and black abstract painting design.
Click on the image to see all items for sale.
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Popping Poppies Painting

The Popping Poppies painting was a revisit to the first paint medium I’d ever used 20+ years ago. Taking out old watercolor paints was like visiting old friends. I was emotionally attached to my Windsor and Newton’s metal tubes of Manganese Blue and Davey’s Gray. Many of the tubes were rolled up so tight there was no paint to be extracted from them. Most of the paints were too old to salvage and I regretfully had to throw them away.
However, I did have new fresh paints waiting in the wings. Not as high quality of as the old paint but a good middle of the road variety from Michaels called Artists Loft. There was a project I had in mind so I began by creating a green and yellow wash.

Watercolor painting using green and yellow watercolors.
Simply saturated the cold pressed paper with water and added colors.

I had started the painting while outside we were experiencing a blizzard. The colors of spring were on my mind and knew painting popping colors would be good for the soul that day. Poppies are one of my favorite flowers. And if you’ve ever read any of this blog you know they have been the topic of painting before. Just use the Search box on the top right of the sidebar to find those posts.

Bold red poppy flowers painted with watercolors.
The painting after adding bold red poppy flowers.

The next step was to add black lines to this painting to create abstract definitions of leaves, flowers and buds. Full disclosure I used an extra fine point Sharpie. Yeah, pretty professional don’t you think? lol Truth is, I like Sharpies and just my luck I had an extra fine in black.

Watercolor painting of green leaves and red poppies.
The result is an abstract of leaves and poppy flowers and buds.

I’m pretty pleased on the results. I created a small run of products for my Lasgalen Arts RedBubble Store. Below is the link to a small collection of customized gifts to share.

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Little Winter Folk Art Painting

It is the new year and time to take stock and think about the future of where my art is going. Part of the assessment is over and my muse compelled me to collect this pile of new canvases indicating I should use them.

A pile of unused canvases on a table.
All purchased with projects in mind.

Inspired by the great “bomb cyclone” of 2018 and the deep freeze which proceeded it, my first painting is this little winter folk art paining. The abstract artist in me wanted to represent the hills of snow with patches of gray, white and blue indicating distance. Honestly I had more fun making those patches which led me to believe the next painting would have them. Those little quaint Colonial homes are painted with classic America colors. The tall bare tree includes two cardinals of bright red.

Folk art painting of snow covered hills, houses and tree.

 

Just for fun I’ve created a recipe template notebook with custom title and my little winter folk art painting on the covers. You can find this item in the Collection below.

Winter recipes notebookWinter folk recipes notebook and pages.

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Wintery Blue With Snowflake Pattern

Today I am featuring the newest design called wintery blue with snowflake pattern. Outside the air is bitterly cold and we have had our share of snow thus far this winter. Though I am toasty warm inside I’m still creating this seasons’ new offerings to share.

It all started when my daughter and I were drawing snowflakes. Inspired by something we saw on Pinterest our art pads were coming up with a variety of styles of frosty snowflakes.

Pencil drawings of snowflakes.
Just a sample of snowflake drawings.

After the snowflake session there were too many to choose from for a new design. I chose two and used my iPad to draw them in digital form. I wanted a simple yet modern background and created a tri-blue pattern that would work well with cell phone cases, pillows and more. The result was what you see below.

Three blue stripes with thin snowflakes on top.
Wintery blue and snowflake pattern.

I’m very pleased with this simplistic winter pattern. It does work well with many of the items I sell online. For example it was easy to create a custom iPhone case with a name you could change. To the right is the entire collection from Lasgalen Arts on Zazzle.com.

Apple iPhone X case with blue stripes and snowflakes.
Also available for the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy models.

In my Redbubble shop there are non-personalized items such as travel mugs, studio pouches and large floor pillows. Click through the hardcover journal below to see everything.

Hardcover journal with blue stripes and snowflake design.
1 of 30+ Winter Blue Snowflake designed items found in my Redbubble shop.
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Silver Gray Bokeh Snowflake Christmas Collection

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.

Picture of three different styles of Christmas cards
Silver Gray Bokeh Snowflakes Cards

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.

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Humpty Santa Claus

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.

Round egg Santa Claus drawing
Humpty Santa Claus before his wall accident.

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.

Because Christmas time is almost here I have created these collections to share with you. On any given day many of these fun products are on sale too! Below images takes you to my Lasgalen Arts Silly Santa Christmas Collection.

And below also takes you to different designed gift ideas from my Redbubble Humpty Santa Claus And Ho Ho Ho Pattern collection.

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Inspiration From Ancient Mexican Sun Pattern

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.

My inspired Aztec sun includes the sun and its rays.

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.

Red and black Aztec patterned throw pillow.
Linked to the Aztec Sun Pattern floor pillows and more.

And this collection below includes even more. I particularly love the cool black and white leggings with my sun pattern.

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Rio Grande Cat

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.
Southwestern designed cartoon cat.
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.

I also have added this design in my Redbubble store where you will find other product types not found on Zazzle.

Rio Grande Cat Studio Pouch. Click the image to visit the store.
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