Pssssst…There’s a BOGO Sale Going On!

Hello Friends! I have been cleaning up The Big Shop (my online store) and polishing up the pages. It looks SO much better!!! I also added some new Art Prints, and Original Art!

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To celebrate I’ve decided to run a BOGO sale on my Art Prints!  It’s a great time to get 2 for 1!  You can give one as a gift….Mother’s Day is coming up…and keep one for yourself!

SALE RUNS THROUGH WEDNESDAY!!! Hurry on over and see what’s in The Big Shop BOGOART

 

I appreaciate  your support. I really don’t intend to be a starving artist, and with your support, I won’t have to!

 

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New Art Classes on the Calendar

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Making art has been part of my life for many years…..as well as teaching. I truly enjoy showing and sharing the fun of creativity. When students come into an art classroom, there is often a bit of nervousness and doubt. My goal is to put them at ease and explain that we are just going to ‘play’ with the art supplies.

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It is such a pleasure to see them relax and have fun.  With most of my classes, we are working with very forgiving mediums, and creating projects that are more about the process than the end product.

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I am always delighted at the end of the class to see happy faces and incredible finished products.

Here are some pics of the upcoming classes. Click on the image to learn more about the classes.

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Come and join in one of our classes at Creative Cove Studio.  We’d love to see you!

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Be True To Your Divine Self

thank-you-hands-GratitudeThere have been many times in my life when I have had to just stop and say THANK YOU to the Universe for the gifts bestowed upon me.  My life has not been easy, but it has been blessed.

One of the most recent blessings is my new art studio at Creative Cove Studio in Sarasota, FL. Now that I have a studio again, I have been able to paint more.

Be True To Your Divine SelfAnother blessing is the gift of this painting Be True To Your Divine Self.  After reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, I was reminded that all I had to do was show up, be present, and let the Universal Energies come through me. I had to surrender…..and I did.

The day that I began this painting, I stepped up to the canvas with no ‘painting’ in sight. It was just me and the blank canvas. I poured some of my favorite colors of paint on my palette, burned some sage, played some of my favorite music and began to just ‘dance’ with the creative vibes. I started making marks, blending colors, letting my brush play on the canvas. I got my fingers into the paint too, and felt the joy of creating like a child again. I allowed my thoughts to just wander, and not focus on the artwork.  I let the Magick in!!!!

At one point, I stepped back to grab some more paint and looked at the canvas from a distance….and there she was dancing right out of the paint…calling to me…the Divine Feminine Energy called to me and I answered.  I danced with her. I allowed her to show me where she wanted to take the painting….and we danced and we played late into the night.yummy paint color

After several painting sessions like that one, more magick flowed through my brushes.  The nudges from her whispered ‘do this’ and ‘try that’. I explored, and fearless made marks as she guided me to paint her message.

As more of the painting developed, she showed me symbols, and shapes to add that were indicative of the Divine Feminine. My paint brushes glided across the canvas like butter, like they knew exactly what to do, and how to do it. All I had to do was allow it.

 

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The Divine Feminine Shape – 8 = Infinity

 

Vesica Pisces

Vesica Pisces – Sacred symbol for the womb

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Lotus Flower – Divine Feminine Beauty and Manifestation

12 Archangels and Trinity

12 White Lites – Represent the 12 Archangels of Creation – who together, when their energies combined become the sacred 13. Trinity – Blue rings symbolize the Trinity of the Divine Feminine energies.

Inverted Triangle

Inverted Triangle is the alchemy symbol for water/flow. It is also the symbol for Femininity. (See the Grandmother Spirit peeking out of the clouds?)

I added the Cosmos in the background because that IS Divine Feminine. As I was painting the clouds in the lower right hand corner this face was staring back at me. See the Grandmother Spirit there in the picture above? I did not paint that. I was painting clouds. She formed in between my brush strokes(Magick!). I left her just as she created herself….right there in my painting.

Throughout the process, and even now that I am done, there has been Gratitude. Gratitude for all of the steps that it took to get me here,  to this point. Gratitude for all of the life lessons, and journeys and adventures that helped me get to the place in my life where I am AWARE of these things. Gratitude for letting me be an artist in the truest nature by helping me to Be True to My Own Divine Self. And most of all, Gratitude for letting me be the one to create this amazing Divine painting!

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This Magickal painting titled Be True To Your Divine Self is for sale in my shop. Perhaps she is calling to you….just like she did to me.

This painting is now offered in my Big Shop.

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Happy Spring Equinox!

Hello there peeps! Happy Spring Equinox!

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It has been a gorgeous day here in FL. Spring has definitely sprung! The Spring Equinox is all about new beginnings and I’m feeling it! I was in such a good mood I added a whole bunch of original art for sale and some new art classes. Check it out by clicking on these links!

Art Classes

MERMAID CLASS

Originals for Sale

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By the Sea – Recycled Art Class – Monday, April 10 6-8PM

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Click here to register for the class.

By the Sea, recycled art class. Come make some fun beach art using recycled materials, along with a variety of embellishments. In this class we will work with a collection of mixed media materials including  modeling paste and collage art to create a one of a kind piece that has your signature on it. This is an easy going class that allows you to play with the art as you create a piece of art to take home.

So, come play with me and see how fun it is to turn trash into treasure!!

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Mermaid Painting Classes at Creative Cove Studio

Hello Peeps! I am excited to announce my first class at Creative Cove Studio in Sarasota, FL.  This is where my new studio space is. I am settling in and loving the energy there. Please come join me for my very first class there!

Two class dates available:

Monday, April 3, 6-9PM & Saturday, April 8, 1-4PM

Click on this link to register for class. Mermaid Painting Class

MERMAID CLASS

Come swim in the sea of Creativity as we paint this beautiful mermaid together.  This is an acylic painting class on 16×20 canvas.

No previous painting experience needed. Canvas and all art supplies are included.

Just bring yourself, and a smile for an evening of fun!

I am teaching this class at the beautiful:

Creative Cove Studio

7650 S Tamiami Trail – Suite 7

Sarasota, Florida, 34231

Click on this link to register for class. Mermaid Painting Class

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Studio Play – February – Lighthouse Mini

Hi guys! I was playing around in the studio yesterday and decided to prep a bunch of surfaces for some new work. I got some great ideas from other artists about using some recycled materials for backgrounds that I had never thought of and decided to try it out. I literally combed through my garbage bag near my work station and dug out some packaging that I had thrown away. I gesso’d it up, and began to play with it.

In this blog post I am sharing the transformation of the packaging strip in the photo below, marked This One. I will show how I took this packaging and transformed it into a piece of art – my Lighthouse Mini!

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The first thing I did was add a gesso layer to the front and back of the cardboard packaging. After the gesso layer, I added some dimension and stability using modeling paste and some stencils.

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I then added some paper layers to the front and back. By this time, it was firm enough to work on, and there was no indication that it was ever a piece of packaging!

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I added some pigment so some of the modeling paste and added a bit here and there.

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Then I added some bits of this napkin (which did NOT come out of the garbage). I love using these beautiful napkins in backgrounds. I find that I prefer to open the napkin up and separate the layers so that I can use just the printed layer like tissue paper. I add this layer with matte medium or decopauge glue. I literally melts into the cracks and crevices created by the previous layers and looks amazing.

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Once I had my background down, I added some paints and  a bit of ink to it, then finished off the piece with my embellishments. I used some die cut paper decor, a bit of burlap, vintage ribbon, twine and of course a sea shell.

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It’s a little shiny because it was still a little wet when I took the photo. I cover everything with a coat of matte medium so that it has a flat look because that’s just what I prefer.

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I love the way it turned out. There’s no way I would look at this and know that it was made from recycled packaging!

Originally, I wasn’t planning on making this a tutorial. I just took some shots while I was working just in case I wanted to review them later. Anywhoo, I hope you enjoyed it!

~Danita Lyn

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Studio Play – January

Studio play is such a joy for me because I can create with an end goal or specific Ifinish line. I literally just allow myself to play and experiment with whatever is on hand. I never know what is going to come of it. Some I love, some….not so much. Some I keep, some I do not. Some I completely paint over with gesso and start over, because I can.  I allow myself that freedom, and it really provides a nourishing nest, so to speak, for the creative juices to swirl and gather.

One thing I’ve learned through this studio play time is that if you show up, with your brushes up, the creative gods will rain down upon you and shower you with lots of ideas, nudges, and whispers….but you gotta be ready to receive.

In this recent session, I created these 5 piece, using new colors, trying new things. I don’t loooooove all of them, but I love the time I spent making them.  So, here’s to more and more studio play time….where I will show up….with brushes up… and await for creativity to rain down upon me.

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There Are No Mistakes

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“There are no mistakes.” – Oprah shares her thoughts and feelings about our Journey.

Sometimes we get distracted on our Journey, and other times we just feel plain lost. Oprah has a beautiful way of lifting our spirits in this video. One video can change your life.

Every moment of every day we get to choose, and those choices either take us closer to our Intended Journey or away from it. It is always a choice.

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