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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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!

Lighthouse Mini by Danita Lyn

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.

Lighthouse Mini - 01 by Danita Lyn

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.

Lighthouse Mini - 04 by Danita Lyn

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.

Lighthouse Mini - 05 by Danita Lyn

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.

Lighthouse Mini - 07 by Danita Lyn

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

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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Tribal Gypsy

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Tribal Gypsy

It’s been a while since my last post on this blog. Life got a bit overwhelming. My mother was very ill over the summer, and I went to take care of her and I’m happy to report she’s much better now. My daughter got married in October, and as you an imagine, that took all my attention for a while. It seems that things are now creeping back to a state of normal, and for that I am grateful.

Being able to spend a little more time in the studio lately has made me happy and allowed me to create this beautiful Tribal Gypsy. I love her, she seems earthy and grounded.  I have recently been asked to show my work in another gallery, Enchanted Notions, in St. Petersburg, and I took her there yesterday along with a few other new pieces.  Christy, the owner of Enchanted Notions, is incredibly wonderful, and so supportive.  I can’t express how grateful I am that we have met, and become friends.  I adore her.  I am SUPER excited to break into the St. Pete art scene, and it just feels right (if ya know what I mean). So if you are in the St. Pete area, go check out her shop, where she has many treasures and trinkets for you to enjoy.

My Flickr account has been compromised, not sure how that happened, but I will have to get to work on reloading all my pics (which is going to take a minute).

Prints will be available of all of my work soon on Etsy. I’ll give a shout out when that happens.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a WONDERful day!

Playing in the Paint

I have been working on some pretty intense paintings for a while now, requiring a lot of my attention.  But, for the last two days, I decided to take a break from all that and play in the paint for a bit.

I love to do mixed media work, playing with materials, and seeing what develops.  The painting just seems to grow on its own.  I had a lot of fun with the ideas, and all the bright colors….and created some new fun pieces.

Let me introduce you…


This is a new painting I have recently completed.  It reminds me of meeting someone new…and that fearful moment of nervousness that comes with it.

Do you ever get bashful when someone wants to introduce you to someone else?  Sometimes I do, not always, but sometimes.  I get all jittery inside, and feel bashful, and a tiny bit nervous.  That moment happens, and you shake hands, make the connection, and then…poof…it’s gone…as if someone waved a magic wand.  Then, I find myself saying(to myself) ‘That wasn’t so bad’.

I’m not sure why I even get nervous in the first place.  Am I nervous because I don’t know if I will like them? Or will they like me? Do I have lettuce in my teeth? Why are my palms sweaty? Do you go through this too or am I all alone?  What is it we are afraid of? Are they afraid of it too?

Be Free

What does it mean to Be Free to you? Everyone has a different concept.

There are many things that come to mind when I think of the words ‘Be Free.’ To me, it refers to a way of life; to live free of burden, to live with a light heart, to live worry free, and to love freely.

What do you think of when you read those words?