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Moonlight Picnic

It’s officially summer here. The hot kind. I’m not saying I’m a total summer scrooge but…I am saying that today’s triple digit heat is not my jam. The upside of a heat advisory is staying inside to clean and spruce up the office, drop of an order at a local (air conditioned) shop and remember how much I enjoy cold watermelon. Sort of like a snow day in reverse.

I’ve got summer inspired paintings on the easel. Picnics and pools, waterfront and watermelon.

Moonlight Picnic is inspired by several scenarios. I recently discovered a southern Oregon bespoke picnic event planner (that’s a thing now) and was so charmed by their photos, offerings and even better, news from a friend who booked one and said it was amazing. I’m also trying to lean into a few more outdoorsy summer activities…next up, I might even have a pickle ball racket in my hand! I painted Moonlight Picnic as an homage to summer, slowing down, outdoor beauty that isn’t “outdoorsy” in that REI camping gear kind of way. It’s also a big piece! There was something about a rolling lawn that wanted a spacious canvas.

Wishing everyone a peaceful double digit heat kind of summer Sunday. xo

“Moonlight Picnic” 24×30″

Quinceañeras & Everyday Unicorns

Fifteen summer solstices ago—give or take a matter of hours—I wrote my first blog post here on Wordbody. There have been many books and paintings since then. Many things lost and a few things won. I’ve shared most all of them here. Some posts are long, considered essays. Others are the equivalent of a photo and caption. Some I think about for weeks. Others pop into my head the day I decide to post, inspired by a word or image. Like this one. 

 

You can easily guess at my inspiration. I came across this stuffed unicorn on my walk. It was much larger than it looks: almost five feet long, lying right there on the shoulder of our country road. I couldn’t help but wonder who had lost it, dumped it, or left it. 

 

These days, a unicorn is often a metaphor for a uniquely successful start-up or entrepreneur. But once upon a time—back when the equivalent of television was stained glass and tapestries—it represented qualities like purity, freedom, gentleness. 

 

I don’t have a grand plan for this post—it’s one of the quick ones. But to honor my blog’s quinceañera, I wanted to give her a gift. Not the dirty stuffed unicorn but what that mythical being once represented. Actually, I’d love for the world to give itself those gifts. Purity doesn’t have to be unique. Freedom doesn’t have to mean a financial boon. Gentleness doesn’t require a horn growing from the middle of our heads. Really, it’s a gift to know we can cultivate these things right where we are. 

 

Happy birthday, Wordbody. May the next fifteen years be full of everyday magic, too. 

 

Ladybug

It’s a sign! Is it just me or does anyone else see ladybugs as a good luck sign or when they’re thinking of a loved one. Occasionally (very occasionally), paintings will appear and literally pop off the paint brush and tell me, well, this is what’s going on the canvas today. This was that painting!

Hello, Lady Bug! She’s watching over my art studio right now, a reminder to me, that paintings do sometimes materialize out of thin air. (Good reminder for the 95% that don’t! ha!)

In other news, lots of new Postcards and Greeting Cards are in the shop. A summer series painting collaboration just landed at Watson Kennedy, all paintings by contributing artists are 6×8″and all are under $200. I went on a little trip to Colorado to visit a bestie and, on the home front, I laced up my running shoes for the first time in…awhile. Running for 30 minutes three times might not count as a new routine but it’s better than the olympic level sloth I was training for during pandemic.

What else? I’m working on a variety of Souvenir Series, pieces based on iconic geography, states and landmarks. Very fun! Also, still loving my weird passion project of birds, parakeets, parrots, peacocks and all feathered friends and winged creatures.

Happy June, friends! Hope there is travel, creativity and rest, maybe all at the same time!

“Ladybug” 10×10″

Online Study Through The Art Students League Part 1

Hi!  Off and on over the past two years I have been taking online classes through the Art Students League of New York.  And, it has been quite the learning experience. Before I go any further, though, I would like to share my personal recommendation for online studies through the Art Students League. Also, I …

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Speck-Sized Faith

O sweet seed—

you small not yet,

smaller already.

The final flower waits

in speck-sized faith.

Come forth—unfurl 

the gentle petals

of patience.

Greetings from…

Hello there and greetings from…you tell me! I’m on a creative mission to expand my Souvenir Series of paintings, cards and postcards. I’ve already got California, San Francisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Victoria, Paris, Bermuda, Washington, D. C. , Pacific Northwest and…where should my paint brush travel next? The working list is NYC, Chicago, LA and more but I’m always on the hunt for fun suggestions. Key West? Marfa? New England?

In other Carpe Diem news, Postcards are the latest and greatest in the paper goods world. I’m loving printing new designs that don’t quite fit the greeting card format…they’ve found a home! I’ve always enjoyed buying postcards at museums or galleries so it’s a fun full circle to be printing my own. Greeting Cards are still my first love but nice to expand the line and fun to open new boxes of product. (Today!)

And here are some answers to questions I get asked on IG or email…

  1. Fancy Envelopes are always assorted and include newest designs I have in stock and include mailing stickers so they can be mailed)
  2. Shipping is really free (within the United States.)
  3. I will ship a gift and include a note that it’s from you, just have to put in in the “notes” section of the order.
  4. Shipping lead time is about 2-3 days from time of order. If ever it seems too long, don’t hesitate to email me!
  5. I pack your order and love including extra goodies.

Happy Monday in May! I’ve decided to stop saying, can you believe it’s…May (June, Christmas….already!!) I guess it’s nature’s sense of humor to have January and February last for several years to have the rest of the year go by in minutes.

Mindy xo

“Pacific Northwest’ 20×24″

Greetings from…

Hello there and greetings from…you tell me! I’m on a creative mission to expand my Souvenir Series of paintings, cards and postcards. I’ve already got California, San Francisco, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Victoria, Paris, Bermuda, Washington, D. C. , Pacific Northwest and…where should my paint brush travel next? The working list is NYC, Chicago, LA and more but I’m always on the hunt for fun suggestions. Key West? Marfa? New England?

In other Carpe Diem news, Postcards are the latest and greatest in the paper goods world. I’m loving printing new designs that don’t quite fit the greeting card format…they’ve found a home! I’ve always enjoyed buying postcards at museums or galleries so it’s a fun full circle to be printing my own. Greeting Cards are still my first love but nice to expand the line and fun to open new boxes of product. (Today!)

And here are some answers to questions I get asked on IG or email…

  1. Fancy Envelopes are always assorted and include newest designs I have in stock and include mailing stickers so they can be mailed)
  2. Shipping is really free (within the United States.)
  3. I will ship a gift and include a note that it’s from you, just have to put in in the “notes” section of the order.
  4. Shipping lead time is about 2-3 days from time of order. If ever it seems too long, don’t hesitate to email me!
  5. I pack your order and love including extra goodies.

Happy Monday in May! I’ve decided to stop saying, can you believe it’s…May (June, Christmas….already!!) I guess it’s nature’s sense of humor to have January and February last for several years to have the rest of the year go by in minutes.

Mindy xo

“Pacific Northwest’ 20×24″

Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan Rescheduled

February 2022 Exhibits: Members Show - Summer Heat, by Brenda Mills Brannan
Summer Heat, by Brenda Mills Brannan

Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan Rescheduled:

Fluid Art with Brenda Mills Brannan has been rescheduled for June 2022. In this class, you can enjoy learning about the techniques artists use to produce Fluid Art with plenty of time to practice them yourself! Art Presence member artist Brenda Mills Brannan wants to share her experiences, inspire you, and let you, too, experience the challenge and fun of fluid art. Join her on four Wednesdays—June 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd—from 1:00 to 3:30. All skill levels of painters are welcome. Visit Brenda’s website to see gorgeous paintings created with these fluid art techniques.

Cost: $100
Minimum 6 students, maximum of 8.
Supplies: Some supplies are provided; upon registration, a list of additional supplies you’ll need for this class will be sent to you.

June 1st, 1-3:30 pm:  Fluid Art Technique: Alcohol Ink. One-hour demonstration. A small hands-on project for the last 1 1/2 hours.
June 8th, 1-3:30 pm:  Fluid Art Technique: Acrylic Pour. One-hour demonstration. A small hands-on project for the last 1 1/2 hours.
June 15th, 1-3:30 pm:  Fluid Art Technique: Resin Painting. One-hour demonstration. A small hands-on project for the last 1 1/2 hours.
June 22nd, 1-3:30 pm:  Q&A session on Fluid Art Techniques, plus time to catch up on your projects.

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Palm Springs Art Museum Trunk Show in December ’22

Wendy Gell Palm Springs Art Museum Trunk Show December 2-4, 2022

 

I just got back from a short visit to Palm Springs. While I was there, I visited the Palm Springs Art Museum, and after seeing my recent work, they invited me to have a trunk show in the Museum Store! I’m so excited! Please join me on December 2-4, 2022 in this beautiful city and consider the fabulous jewelry I’ll have available. There’s a lot to enjoy at the Museum, including their Persimmon Bistro and Wine Bar. So click the link below to explore their website and plan a day of art & culture around my Palm Springs Art Museum trunk show. And soak up the compliments along with the sun while wearing your sparkling new Wendy Gell jewelry!

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Creative Nest

I’ve recently started traveling again and it’s made me double down my appreciation for the creative nests we have built ourselves over the past couple of years. It’s a jungle out there! Airports, people, pushing, shoving, nonsensical questions…and that was getting through security at my local airport! I think everyone is a little dazed and confused. And i might prefer my wild life on the walls and inside my creative nest.

I’m ready to travel, really I am. But with a little hindsight, I am incredibly grateful I had a creative calling during lockdown and was able to thrive in my nest. No, mine is not a be-ribboned mauve pink salon with a life sized parakeet peering in…but I wouldn’t be opposed. I have grown to feel such comfort and solace surrounding myself with family treasures, furniture that has been passed down and meaningful art. I think I was on the road so much for so many years I never realized I was a homebody that just didn’t know it yet.

Here’s to our creative nests–in all their colors. The comfort, the home base, the smell of a good candle, the strong coffee in the morning, the fresh tubes of paint and the time to enjoy all of them. And filling up the creative well enough that travel sounds like a good idea. xo

Creative Nest” 20×24″