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      Permanent Brush Strokes

      Painting is Messy!

      Painting is Messy!

      A metaphor for Life? (Art imitating Life…or visa versa)

      Hi my art loving friends. I have a confession to make…I’m a messy painter.

      There, I said it.

      I often have paint up and down my arms, spots on my face and in my hair, always under my nails and on my ring. I’ve gone through multiple aprons that I wear to “protect” my clothes underneath, which is laughable because I can show you pants and shirts that are crazy-covered with overspray or drips coating all articles I wear in the studio.

      I don’t wear gloves as many of my contemporaries do – which would keep my hands in better shape. Actually, I like the feel of paint on my skin and don’t mind washing it off. I bet you can imagine what the floor of my studio looks like! LOL!! Believe me, my husband is grateful I have a studio separate from our living space to create. Painting is a messy business! At least that’s what I found. I marvel at my artist friends who literally paint in their everyday clothes and never get a speck on them! Amazing!

      What’s the significance to tell you all this? There isn’t any deep metaphor here, other than the revelation that I don’t avoid being messy. In fact, when I was a kid – I liked playing in the mud, being covered in sand, going into the creek to find the tadpoles and yes, when I cooked anything, it likely found its way onto the counters and floor! The irony with this story is I like my house kept neat and tidy, and I certainly don’t like a messy kitchen when I’m cooking! Maybe I’m channeling my pre-teen creative when I’m in the studio, or simply not getting bogged down with the need to keep my creative space pristine. Arms and knives flying, music playing loud, going from canvas to canvas unwrapping the visions in my head…there’s magic in the process of creating, especially when it’s with abandon!

      Ahhhhh…

      If there’s one thing I deeply appreciate about 2020, it’s coming back to this place of creating with messy abandon! This year is messy. Life can be messy. Those things don’t feel good, BUT if you can find a way to walk through the messy in a clever or creative way, I think you will find, like me, there’s peace in the messy, there’s even joy in it! No, not everything in this season is joy-filled – believe me, I feel that first hand! But there’s still peace and joy to be found.

      So my art loving friends, let’s do this messy life together! Celebrate the good, encourage in the difficult and create beauty in the in between.

      Cheers,

      —Lyn

       

      Season Of Change?

      Season Of Change?

      Featured above, detail of "Nevertheless, Love" / 18 x 24 / Acrylic on canvas / Available

       

      I hear it’s autumn in North America, the 107 degree temps last week tell a different story, but this is 2020 and nothing seems remotely “normal” about this year. Still, I’ve noticed a refreshing crispness to the air in the mornings which make me hopeful that it will indeed become sweater weather soon enough. At least by SoCal standards.

      As for life in the studio, I want to thank those of you who ventured out at the end of last month for the Art Along The Coast studio tour! We connected with both old and new friends and had some terrific sales (despite the oppressive heat). All-in-all, I was incredibly grateful for the experience!

      But it is September and I’m excited to announce we are heading to Las Vegas this weekend for the Vegas Auto Fest at the Red Rock Country Club, Saturday, from 10a – 2p. They are touting it’s “Car Week in a day” – how fun is that?  If you’re in the area, please come by, say hi, see the cool cars and add some art to your collection. We’ll be staying for the weekend, so let us know if you’re in town!

      In November, the 36th annual Mission Fed ArtWalk, a celebration of visual and performing arts, will actually be taking place…in person…the 7th & 8th, in Little Italy San Diego! I say WOOOOO HOOOOO!!! I’ll send more information as we get closer, but suffice it to say, as of this moment, we will be there!

      Finally, many of the Festival of Arts artists who participated in Art Along the Coast last month saw how much the event meant to our patrons, so we are developing a Winter edition scheduled for early December. I’ll let you know the particulars at a future date.

      In a year where so many shows have been cancelled, we are incredibly grateful to have three more events coming up this fall. All are outdoor events, strictly adhering to the health guidelines, the event promoters, the artists/participants and the attendees all want to stay healthy and continue to have these activities available, so we are willing to do what it takes to keep moving forward. THANK YOU for your continued support, commissions, purchases and encouragement – such a treasure to me.

      So enough about me, how are YOU doing?? For many, being isolated, even with your family, is challenging – perhaps even difficult. I want you to know you are valued, respected, appreciated and cared for…by me…even if its simply through the receiving of this email. Wrapping you in a big virtual hug as we continue to navigate this unprecedented season of history together.

      Continue to live beautifully,

      —Lyn

      Something To Celebrate!

      Something To Celebrate!

      Featured above, "More Than Enough" / 24 x 12 / Acrylic on canvas / Available

       

      As we celebrate our twenty-seventh year of marriage and the six year anniversary of LHS, we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic and national economic crisis. Yikes, not an ideal way to celebrate, but God continues to amaze and provide in incredible ways!

      When I started this business years ago, our kids were just starting middle school and I had been prayerfully considering how I could participate in helping my man retire sooner than later. I would have never anticipated the very clear answer I received was: “Paint”.

      Rewind to back when I went to art school (oh so many years ago), my dad encouraged me with this sage piece of advice, “Do what you love, and find a way to make a living at it.” For me that took a couple decades to realize. Some tough life events, a career in business, making the time to be mom to our kids, all these experiences helped prepare me for what God would have me do! Honestly, I wasn’t expecting “Painting” to be the answer, I mean seriously – there are a ton more “normal” vocations that could have yielded much more stable earning opportunities! But painting? Really God??

      I pondered this revelation internally for over a week before discussing the topic with my husband. His initial reaction was “I’m sorry, you want to do what??” I could only respond with, “I don’t just want to, I believe I’m being called to it. Painting?! I’m telling you I didn’t come up with that nugget on my own.”

      He said to take a year and see if it’s really a thing. So, I did. That was six years ago. Last summer, Rob was able to retire and now we are building and nurturing our small but growing art venture together. What an incredible gift: intersecting our life and creative journeys. It hasn’t always been easy and we continue to face our share of bumps along the way, but I can see clearly how these life experiences brought me to this place, and how when I heard the call to “Paint” all those years ago, even though I was nervi-cited (nervous and excited) about stepping into the unknown…I’m grateful I did!

      So, let me encourage you, maybe you find yourself feeling called to “do what you love” but can’t see how you could make a living at it. Don’t give up, maybe it’s just not time yet. Keep taking steps toward your goal and know the experiences you have now will shape you and your perspective as you move into your future endeavor, whatever that may be! I don’t know what my art career would have looked like had I started straight out of art school (I’m guessing not very good), but I am confident that without the culmination of all of these life events (and God’s grace) I would not be on the adventure I’m on today.

      So HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to team LHS! And Happy Anniversary to my man!! I couldn’t imagine being on this adventure with anyone else.

      Have a beautiful July my friends! You continue to bless me with your support and encouragement.

      —Lyn

      PS: Please share with me the dream you long to fulfill, and I will pray with you on the timing of launching into it with you!

       

      Summer Festivities

      Summer Festivities

      Featured above, "This Moment" / 24 x 24 / Acrylic on canvas / Available

       

      With May comes warmer days, paddleboards, BBQ’s, giggles from the neighborhood kiddos playing with their siblings and several special life events: my husband and business partner’s birthday, our Rock-a-versary (eight years already!!), and the season to celebrate those special moms and dads in our lives!!

      For those unfamiliar with why I started painting again: eight years ago, I went through a catastrophic (and might I add a freakish) burn incident after a beach outing with my girls when I picked up what I thought was a piece of amber, ended up being a piece of white phosphorus. It left me in the hospital for 10 days with second-and third-degree burns, six surgeries over the course of the next year along with occupational therapy to get one of my hands working properly again. I never would have thought it, but I believe God used that experience to draw me back to painting and this amazing creative journey. Although one of the most trying times in my history, I am incredibly grateful for the life lessons it taught me. So much so, we celebrate this life-event annually with what we call our “Rock-a-versary”. Long story for another time…

      In addition to our personal family festivities, we can’t forget Mother’s and Father’s Day! Although Mother’s Day has just passed, Father’s Day is just around the corner, and…it’s really never too late to honor the incredible women and men in our lives with the gift of fine art. This year, in addition to the wide array of LHS originals and limited-edition paintings available online, I decided to also offer something completely new…Gift certificates!

      Knowing how “unique” each of our parents are, instead of trying to decide on a work for them, why not give them the opportunity to select it themselves? Cards come in a variety of amounts, are delivered by email and contain instructions on how to redeem at checkout. If you would like to request a specific amount not already offered, no problem, just let me know. Recipients can then shop our website at their leisure or commission an original piece of their own. Easy pease, right?

      But wait, there’s more! We also have exciting news as a result of our recent partnership with UPS. LHS is proud to now provide FREE ground shipping for all US deliveries as well as significant savings on domestic air, freight and international shipping. Let’s start shipping some art!

      Alright sweet friends, I’ve had more than enough to say this time around and it’s time to get back to the studio. Please don’t hesitate to bounce a reply back if you have any questions or comments. I’d love to hear from you.

      Be well, be safe…

      —Lyn

      Faith, Hope & Love

      She Dances 48x24

      Featured above, "She Dances" / 48 x 24

       

      To mention COVID-19 or not to mention COVID-19, that is the question…Seriously crazy times we’re living in right now!

      Originally, I was going to tell you about the amazing show we had in Amelia Island Florida and then talk about the great shows coming up this month and next. However, the five events scheduled through the end of May have all been cancelled or postponed until Fall or 2021. So instead, let’s just focus on the positive stuff.

      Breathe in…breathe out.

      The Amelia Island Concours was a really great show! The event was well attended, the weather was beautiful and we were able to connect with many old and new friends. It’s truly an enjoyable event for us and I was so thankful that we had the opportunity to get this one under our belts to start the year as it gave us some much-needed momentum to prepare us for the coming weeks ahead. We returned home from Florida the evening of March 10 and later that week, the Corona Virus changed the world.

      Since I work from my studio in solitude, there’s very little that has changed in my daily work life…except my kids are home all day, and it’s raining…a lot lately. But as an extrovert who has regularly scheduled activities to keep me socialized, this whole “social distancing” business makes me a smidge nuts. I live in Orange County CA, and as most places nowadays, we are on mandated “shelter in place” orders. Only allowed to go out for essential needs. Okay, I can do this…but for how long?

      Texting friends. Calling family. Checking on neighbors. Painting. New projects for collectors (thanks friends!). Doing an inventory for supplies. Organizing the studio and storage unit. Reading. Praying. Playing games with the kids (when they comply/are forced to). Binge watching dumb series on Netflix and Prime. AVOIDING THE NEWS. Finding creative ways to support our local small businesses. Well, that took care of the first 10 days…now what?

      What are some ways that you’re staying healthy, positive, grounded in your quarantine zone? Please share!

      I know that in all this fear is our enemy. There are a ton of reasons for me to spin out with anxiety these days, and I won’t lie, I’ve tiptoed into that dark abyss once or twice over the past couple of weeks. But God, in His infinite grace and mercy, has continued to meet my doubts and fears with an unexpected project from a collector, or an encouraging call from a dear friend who knows her “social” friend is in need of a good laugh. God is good that way!

      All and all I need to keep reminding myself that even in the midst of this scary and perplexing time that there is still beautiful and good things to be found. Hope still shines in the darkness if you look for it. It’s that discovery that called me back into painting years ago and what keeps me going now. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll even be thankful we experienced the Great COVID-19 lockdown of 2020?

      Be well, be safe and simply know that in the quiet of my studio, I’m praying for you.

      —Lyn