Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Painting Technique Inspired by Mr-Seo Logo

This Mr-Seo logo was created by graphic designer, Esther Kang, and it belongs to my boyfriend Greg's company, I love the logo and I've been looking as it a lot lately. To me, those white dots in a semi-circle are a glow of energy, it reminds me of growth and also of individuals and energy, all of us connected to each other (this is my own interpretation and not a reflection of mr-seo's) whether it be via the internet or just in life. This logo and it's glow has inspired me to use those little white dots in my new paintings. I'm a big believer that everything in our universe is connected. Everything is in a relationship with everything else. I like to use glowing elements in my work to represent this energy. And now I'm using the white dots as another element to represent energy and connection.

"Singing a Fiesta Song"
6.25" x 6"
Acrylic on Paper

"Two Ravens Sit and Reflect III"
6.25" x 6"
Acrylic on Paper

Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday's Todos Santos "An Artist's Day Notes"

that we had a chance to visit with Todos Santos
artist Charles Stewart on Wed. in his art studio (he's 86)

a red and black spirit man painting

Greg having a conference call on Skype

gold and black

the life I am meant to live

having dark chocolate to put in our coffee

the 4 tomato plants we found in the yard
will thrive after we transplant them and get them some water

to do some weeding around the new just planted
palm trees
this weekend

Flowers, Palms and Sunlight

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Things to know when buying original art

"Red Dog Sleeps by the Light of the Moon"
20" x 16"
Acrylic on Canvas


1. Always get the bill of sale from the gallery or individual when buying an original piece of art.

2. I like to get a Letter of Authenticity from the artist- this will often come with an original piece of artwork.
It should have the title of the piece, the medium or how it was produced, dimensions, date, number in the edition if it is a limited edition print, signature of the artist and any other names the artist goes by. For example, I sign my artwork L. Gruger but my name is Lindy Gruger Hanson. Also is should include the names of people or companies that helped produce the art, and complete and current contact information. There is some controversy over what constitutes a valid certificate. A valid certificate states that the art is unquestionably by the artist who has signed it.

3. The artist's resume and bio.

4. The artist's Artist Statement

5. If you like a piece and want to buy it, make sure you know what you are buying. Is it an original painting, limited edition print, open edition print, a reproduction?

5. Find out how to care for your new art piece. What is it made out of? encaustic, metal, glass, plexi glass? Does it need special care and does the artist have some care instructions to give you? Is it printed on archival paper that will last?

6. Before buying a piece of art, get to know the artist. Visit their website, go to gallery openings, get on their email list, read their blog. Sometimes an artist will have unshown or older unsold pieces of art in their art studio. Set up a studio visit! You might be able to find a really unique piece that way.

7. If you know someone else who has purchased from the artist, talk to them and find out their experiences.

8. Don't be afraid to buy a piece of original art if you love it! It will bring you great joy every time you look at it and that alone is priceless!

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Story Behind My "Proud Eagle" Painting

"Proud Eagle"
Acrylic on Wood
Framed: 27.5" x 19.5"

I painted "Proud Eagle" when I was working on a series of paintings for a show that had a Native American theme. I love painting birds and have painted many from my imagination and from watching the birds around me. After it was finished, I decided to dedicate it to my father, Edward Gruger, who died of cancer on Jan. 13th, 2008, and my two nephews. All of them proud Eagle Scouts. My father was especially fond of his memories and accomplishments as a boyscout and would retell stories from this period of his life. My youngest nephew was receiving his eagle scout badge the summer I painted "Proud Eagle" and I was there helping out on the day he did his Eagle Scout project. I was proud of all three of them for committing to becoming and receiving this honor!

I'm very interested in symbolism and learning different meanings behind icons and certain images. There is a lot of symbolism behind the "eagle" image. According to, the Eagle, can carry prayers and many Native American nations consider this bird to possess courage, wisdom, and a special connection to the Creator which echos my thoughts about the eagle. I think of my dad in that way, possessing wisdom and courage. I wanted to paint my eagle with a coat of many colors. And later I found out that a coat of many colors can symbolize a relationship between father and son (Genesis 37). I like the idea of dedicating a painting to these three men and I think of them and their accomplishments when I imagine this painting in my mind. I'm still hoping "Proud Eagle" can find a home with someone who appreciates his coat of many colors and finds beauty in the eagle image!