Waiting for Miracles

Art by Regina Lord
Waiting for Miracles
12 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
(c)Regina Lord

Art by Regina Lord

My Frida painting at Krikawa Gallery sold (yay!!), so they asked if I could paint another to replace it.  This is what I came up with. A sweet girl waiting for miracles.

Art by Regina Lord

I didn’t have time to frame it out with wood, so I painted the edges instead.  I think it really works for this painting.

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Butterflies and Bikes

Art by Regina Lord
11 x 14 acrylic on mounted wood panel in floater frame
$250 plus s/h

Both of these paintings caused me a lot of trouble.  I started out with different ideas, but they took a drastic turn. I had to put both of them away for a bit to figure out how to get going with them. Somehow, I knew exactly what to do when I got them back out.  Sometimes a little time and distance is needed.  I am so happy with how they turned out in the end.

Art by Regina Lord
(sold!)

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Friday Favorite – Essential Oils

Better Essentials

I use essential oils a lot.  I make a ton of my own concoctions because I have a little bit of a phobia of weird chemicals in my food, beauty & household products. I’ve been making my own deodorant, cleansing oil, sprays, rubs and potions for the last 7 years or so.  You need good essential oils for this, so I am very lucky that Jennifer from Better Essentials  asked me to try hers out.  Of course, I said YES!!

I truly love them. They are pure, high quality essential oils at a good price and they smell fantastic!  I thought I’d share what I use these specific oils for.

1. Eucalyptus Oil: When the winter comes, this oil is great for colds and stuffy heads. It helps you to breath easier.  I can go through a couple of bottles of this easily.  I use for this for making a wonderful chest rub (see #8), a soothing bath, adding a few drops in our humidifier and I will put some in a spay bottle with distilled water to spay on our pillows. It is antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal so it does a great job of disinfecting.

2. Fresh Air: This one is new to me, but it is truly a breath of fresh air.  If you have two boys sharing a room, then this might be exactly what you need.  I don’t know what it is, but we’ve cleaned EVERYTHING and their room still smells…weird.   Well, a bit of this, 5-10 drops, in a spray bottle with distilled water really helps freshen things up.  I freshen up the sofa and the dog bed with this too.

Better Essential Oils

3 & 4. Orange and Lime Oil. I love citrus oils (this also includes lemon and grapefruit).  They smell so fresh, sweet and uplifting. They can really enhance your mood, perfect for afternoon slumps, destressing and decreasing anxiety. Hey, this just gave me an idea: maybe I should spray a citrus blend around my house just before the kids get home from school. Maybe it will help them with the after school grumpies?

Most citrus oils can be ingested–for dietary use.  Make sure you are using high quality oils (like these) and check the bottle (see pic above). Citrus oils can be added to your water – you only need 1-2 drops. I like to add a drop or two of lime oil to my salsa. YUM!  Citrus oils are also very helpful with removing adhesive gunk off of glass and skin (think band aids, medical tape).

I love, love, love the smell of lime. One of my favorite recipes for lime oil is for a Mojito Sugar Scrub. You need a small jar. Inside mix a 1/4 cup of sugar with 2 tbsp coconut oil (or any other oil you prefer). Add 10 drops of lime oil and 5 drops peppermint oil.  It smells soooo good you’ll want to eat it.

If you are interested in trying some essential oils, please check out Better Essentials. They are currently offering 40% off your first order.  Use coupon code WELCOME at checkout.

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Lots of works in progress

Art by Regina Lord

I’ve been working on these paintings for the last four weeks. You can see progress pics over on instagram. They are all in the final stages of being completed still needing a few tweaks here and there.  Once they are all done, I can take better photos of them and share them here.

I kind of have a theme going. Can you guess it?  It’s been an unplanned theme this year.  Lots of birds, blooms and butterflies. Oh, and a bike, just to  mix it up a bit. 😉

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Frida with Flowers

Art by Regina Lord
Frida with Flowers
8×10 acrylic on birch panel framed
(sold)

I started painting this Frida about 2 months ago and finally finished her a couple of weeks ago. I am really wishing I had made her bigger, but I didn’t know I was painting her until she just sorta showed up.

Art by Regina Lord

I made these last Saturday while watching The Book of Life, which I completely loved. Plus, I was feeling stuck on a painting that I was working on and these helped me to loosen up a bit.

They are little milagros on postcards that I painted really quickly, then added some pen lines to sharpen them up. They were a fun stress releaser and I now have some good ideas for some little 5×7 wood panels.

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Frida & Miracles

Art by Regina Lord
My Blood is a Miracle
16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas with wood framing
(sold!)

Quote reads:
“My blood is a miracle that, from my veins crosses the air of my heart to yours”

I was reading some articles about Frida, on click lead to another, and I found these words that Frida had written to Diego.  This is the image that came to mind when I read it.

This painting will be at the Krikawa Jewelry Art Gallery in downtown Tucson.

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 From Krikawa, “The exhibit is called Miracles & Milagros! The group exhibition features new art and jewelry inspired by the concept of the “miracle” and the spirituality of the Southwest. Miracles & Milagrosshowcases over thirty local and national artists. This exhibition is our homage to our community’s Mexican roots, and coincides with the beloved, annual All Souls Procession.”

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 6-9PM
EXHIBITION DATES: September 12th-November 14th

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Friday Favorites: pattern, color and line

Color + Pattern by Khristian Howell

There are all these little things that I have, or have been given, that I want to share with you and I’ve been forgetting.  So, I thought a Friday favorites round up was in order. (p.s. I started this post 6 hours ago, and now Friday is almost over!!  But, I’m posting this anyway:) )

All of these things are things that I REALLY love.  Really.  I have not accepted any compensation to share these items and there are no affiliate links. I promise to share only things that I absolutely love.

1.  Pattern + Color: 50 playful exercises for exploring pattern design by Khristian A. Howell.  (pic above) I LOVE this book! It is so pretty and I REALLY love pretty things. There is so much color inspiration and beautiful pattern ideas. Plus, information on multi-color palettes, exploring motifs, repeating patterns and so much more.  I actually won this book over on Kristian’s beautiful instagram feed and I am so happy I did. I think I’ve looked through it a hundred times. Please go check it out!

2. This one is a weird one, I know. Stellar Gaze Mineral Mascara.  I was sold initially by the pretty packaging. I’m a sucker for golden, twirly swirls and stars. But then I realized it was vegan and also cruelty free! I’m totally into that.  And to top it off, it works great for when I want to look fancy.

Sublime Stitching Iron-On Transfer Pen

3. Fine tip iron on transfer pen by Sublime Stitching.  You can transfer your own designs onto material and stitch them up, easy peasy! Where was this pen a few years ago when I actually had time to stitch! It’s great though, because I still have grand ideas of designing fun embroidery patterns. I could use this pen for that.

4. The Heartless Machine Guide to Drawing.  My kids were given this book as a gift and it has been a big hit.  It mostly sits on the dining room table all of the time, and we all take turns drawing in it. It is made up of partial line drawings and you make up the rest of the picture. Fun for the whole family!

5. Another weird one… dental floss.  See, I told you.  Dr. Tungs Smart Floss.  I am a firm believer in flossing and this floss makes flossing better because it just feels likes it’s doing a better job than the other kinds.  It feels a little like it is textured, like it is gently scrubbing between my teeth. And it glides nicely too.  My teeth are so happy afterwards–they are smiling right now just thinking about it.

Well, I feel better now having shared these with you.  Thanks!

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Winter and Fall

Art by Regina Lord
Acrylic on 8×10 birch panel
(sold~thank you!!)

Art by Regina Lord
Acrylic on 11×14  in hardboard panel
Framed in wood floater frame
(sold)

I am so ready for cooler weather, can you tell?  I am starting to feel a touch of coolness to the air in the mornings, but we still have at least a month (maybe two) of 90 degree days.  I am going to pretend I feel the cool breezes all day long though. Even my youngest is ready for pumpkin butter.

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Flower Girl

Art by Regina Lord
(sold)

A little 8×10 flower girl painting in a little bit different color palette than I’m used to. No blue in this one. 😉

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heArt Journal Magazine

issuesept2015

I’m in this September issue of heArt Journal Magazine. Have you seen it yet?

It is filled with lots of wonderful goodness by so many beautiful and creative souls!

Art journal by Regina Lord

I did a video tutorial on how to make this fun, little paper bag inspiration journal. It folds up into a sweet, little, compact square.

Art journal by Regina Lord

Plus, there is an interview to read too.

Art Journal by Regina Lord

To celebrate heART Journal Magazine has a given me a free issue bonus code to share with others.

Get your free issue of heART Journal Magazine today!

Simply download the app on iTunes or Google Play 
Then on your device follow these directions using subscriber code : Fall2015 (case sensitive)
• Install the App on your device
• Launch the Magazine
• On the Home Page, Tap on the Yellow subscribe button
• Tap on the Current Subscribers button
• Enter this: Fall2015 (case sensitive)

Or go to our cart for a pdf version. Choose the Sept 2015 issue and use coupon code Fall2015 in the check out process.

You will now be able to access your free issue. Remember, the code is case sensitive. For help with the coupon code, email heartjournalmag@gmail.com This code is good until Oct 15th 2015.

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