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
8×10 acrylic on birch panel

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

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.


 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

Art by Regina Lord
Acrylic on 11×14  in hardboard panel

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

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


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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The Girl with Antlers

Art by Regina Lord

I’ve been working on a series of girls for my 2016 calendar.  Many of the girls are from earlier this year and then there are 5 new ones that I have been working on.

I keep forgetting to photograph them, but I will be sharing them very soon.

This one is a whimsical gal with magic in her antlers. She likes to give little nudges to help you get out of a rut.  That’s what she did to help me —  she was the first of five, so I guess her magic worked.

Thanks so much for all the comments on my last post!

<3 <3 <3

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Making real connections in a social media world

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.  How do I make real connections to real people with the chaos and constantly changing social media platforms?

Long lost are the days of keeping and having a thriving blog with an active community of followers.  I’ve met so many amazing creatives throughout the last 10 years (my blog will be 10 in October). We would visit each other’s blogs, leave encouraging words and support and build relationships. I still keep in contact with a handful of these people, but now it is through fleeting little nuggets of info on FB, instagram or twitter. I am completely guilty myself of not visiting blogs anymore. Sadly, many of them have had no posts for a very long time. I myself, have not been able to keep up with my own blog. It’s sad. I miss my friends. I miss those connections!

Are we shooting ourselves in the inter-web foot, by losing these connections looking instead for a simple thumbs up or heart?

I know. It’s hard.  Keeping up with everything will leave you with your head spinning. Truly it will! That is why I am trying to streamline and eliminate the unnecessary. I have to if I want my creative business to truly work. We simply cannot do it all.

Facebook is at the top of my list.  I truly and deeply dislike Facebook.  I have been putting it in the category of ‘necessary evil’ for a really long time.  I know a lot of people really love FB. This is not a slight against you, I promise.  It just doesn’t make sense for creative business owners like me. Here’s why:

1.  It’s a time suck.  If you have your own business, you need never go on to FB.  Lots of valuable time will be wasted there when you should be working on your passion. I never look at my FB feed and I rarely post there. So, please don’t ask me if I saw your post. I didn’t.  Not because I don’t like you. It’s because I don’t have time and I know the trappings of FB. Any posts on my personal feed come from select photos from my Instagram and a few event updates. Mostly, they are food, dog and kid related, because it is one way to connect to my mom, other family members and local friends.

2. Your photos and info are not your own. Everything you put on FB is kept FOREVER in their archives.  All of your photos* belong to them too. Yes, it’s true.  And they know everything about you, that is, all that you are choosing to share and everything they gather from your searches on the internet.  They are mining all of your info and using it for advertisement focused on your individual likes and dislikes. Google does this too and it just really creeps me out. I understand they need to do this to be a profitable business, blah, blah, blah, I just don’t like it.

*Side note about photos and art. Although I am not super worried about my photos and art being on FB, I still feel the need to exercise caution.  Almost all photos I post there are through Instagram (which is also owned my FB, btw) which means they are small and poor quality.   I put my watermark on all artsy photos whenever possible.

3. Not everyone will see your posts.  FB uses an algorithm to calculate who gets to see your posts. This will be happening on Instagram now too.  Did you know this?  For example: I have 2700 followers on my FB biz page. On average, only 300-400 people will see what I post there. That is about 12%.  TWELVE PERCENT! This means, a whole lot of time and energy and very little views. Another time suck.  In order for more of MY followers to see MY work, I have to pay  to “boost” my post views.  I did try it a couple of times. It increased my likes & page views, but there were very few click throughs or purchases.  Which leads me to my final reason….

4. My sales have not increased with the use of FB. As an experiment, I made it a goal to increase my followers on my biz page by 1000 in a year. I went from 1100 to 25oo. How did I do this? I posted a lot. Two-three times a day with lots of inspiring quotes, lots of process pics (showing the progress of an art piece) and a few art sale posts thrown in for good measure. What I realized, was that it wasn’t really increasing my sales. I would get a few sales here and there that came from FB, but nothing that made me want to continue the amount of energy I was spending. Likes are fine and dandy, but they don’t really pay the bills.  I’ve since slowed my posts to 1-2 every few days which is much more manageable when you are trying to create.

Where my sales have increased is through my local efforts.  Doing art shows and meeting real people who can meet me and see my art in person, this is where the magic has been happening.

All this above to say, I am not leaving FB.  Instead you will see a HUGE decrease in efforts on that platform.

As for other platforms?  I’m not keen on Twitter because I’m a visual person.  I’m also investigating MeWe.

What is the golden answer? I’m not sure. For now, Instagram seems like the prime choice, which it actually is for me–except that it is owned by FB and they are desperately trying to monetize it further, which means more changes are coming.

It will have to do for now, because it’s pretty, quick, easy, fun and truly a place to share my art and bits of life, without getting constant notifications from FB to boost my post. So, you can follow me over there if you are interest in what I’m up to: @regina_creativekismet

In a magically perfect world, I would bring everyone back to blogging along with an Instagram type platform not owned by FB.

Would love your thoughts on this topic. What platforms do you love the most and what do you think about periscope?

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watercolors – sea goddess

Art by Regina Lord

Tried my hand at flesh tones with watercolors.

I used Venetian brown with a hint of gamboge, cobalt violet and a touch of quinacridone magenta for the cheese. And, of course, black and white. I ended up using my white sharpie paint pen for the highlights.

Very fun exercise, despite it being a bit tricky to not make the skin look streaky.

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