Elspeth McLean

It is an amazing and magical thing when you get to meet someone you “know” from online. Last weekend, I was so very lucky to meet Elspeth McLean. Truly, the absolute highlight of my weekend.  She is a gorgeous and shining soul and words cannot describe how radiant, lovely and joyful she is. I feel so honored to have met her. She decided to take my Ganesha painting  home with her too.

Have you seen her dotillism artwork and mandala rocks? They are so amazing. I am very lucky to have two of them! They are beautiful, peace and heartfelt treasures. She has the loveliest video on how she makes them here.

Ganesha - art by Regina Lord
Ganesha ~ New Beginnings
Art Prints Available

A little bit about Ganesha:

Ganesha (aka, Ganesh, Ganapati, Vinayaka) is the Hindu deity known as the remover of obstacles, the deva of wisdom and new beginnings. Often times, Ganesha is honored at the beginning of a journey, ritual or ceremony.

There are many variations the iconic Ganesha, and also many symbolic meanings. For example, the big head of the elephant symbolizes “big think”. Small mouth means to talk less, big ears for listening more. Open hand for blessing those on the right path and the hand carrying a “sweet” bowl symbolizes the rewards of hard work. The big belly is for digesting both the good and bad in life. There is more, not depicted in this version, but I love all of the symbolism and meaning of the wise elephant.

Art in the Garden -- Tucson, Arizona

A few pics from my art show over the weekend, Art in the Garden.  What a beautiful venue.  The lovely host, Glennda, actually has the show on her beautiful property twice a year. The guests get some tasty food, beautiful music and fun shopping.

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Prince Roger Nelson - Art by Regina Lord

I was so sad to hear the news about Prince, a few days ago. He was such a huge part of my youth, so many songs bring back memory after memory. Lots of dancing and singing with my friends, MTV videos, cassette tapes, posters. Sigh.

Prince Roger Nelson - art be Regina Lord

I will be forever thankful that I grew up during the time of Prince.

His music lives on.

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Drifting, floating, dreaming

Art by Regina Lord

A fun little painting I did for Love Art Happy Life e-course. A painting inspired by the amazing Marc Chagall.

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Spring Desert Blooms

Spring Desert Blooms - Photos by Regina Lord

I have really been enjoying the glorious spring weather we have been having here in the southwest, aside from the strange hail storm we had yesterday.

The cactus are in full bloom right now.  Some wonderful color inspiration, don’t you think?

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Creative Kismet Zipper Pouches

zipper art pouched - art by Regina Lord
Coin Purse Zipper Pouch

I wanted to share these little zipper pouches that I had made. I wanted to test out whether I would sell them over the holidays.  They turned out better than expected. In fact, the photos don’t do them justice.

coin purse zipper pouch - art by Regina Lord
Large Zipper Pouch

The colors are bright and crisp and the fabric is very durable.

There are only a handful in my shop, so grab one now!

Use coupon code SPRING for 25% off everything in my shop.

Sale ends tonight!


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Spring Update and Sale


To celebrate my healing belly, the beautiful weather and arrival of Spring, I have listed a bunch of new art prints and a handful of zipper pouches that I’m trying out. AND, I’m having a little sale too!

25% off everything in my shop. From now until Wednesday at midnight.
Use coupon code SPRING at checkout.


Need help framing and matting your new art prints?  Check out my new frame guide HERE.

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Succulents and Adobe Houses

Succulent Wood Slice Ornaments - art by Regina Lord
1.Purple Succulent 2. Green Succulent 3.Blue Succulent
Acrylic on Dogwood Slices with Wire Hangers

I’m in love with succulent plants. They are just so perfectly amazing and beautiful. They inspired these little wood slice ornaments.

Wood Slice Ornaments - Art by Regina Lord
1. Casa Blanca (sold) 2.Antigua Iglesia (sold) 3.La Casita de Adobe
Acrylic on Dogwood Slices with Wire Hangers

And adobe houses! They are so magically perfect in the southwestern desert landscape.

Potted Succulent - Art by Regina Lord
Potted Succulent
5×7 on cradled wood panel

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New art

Leaping Rabbit - hare or bunny Art by Regina Lord
5×7 Acrylic on mounted wood panel

I’m back on track and I have a weeks worth of art to share.

This little hare above was made on February 29th to celebrate leap year.  Just now getting around to sharing it here. It’s been mounted it in a floater frame and makes a lovely reminder of spring.

Art by Regina Lord
Vase with Flowers
8×10 Acrylic on cradled wood panel

These were both taken to Tohono Chul Gallery. The show I am in is up until April 24th and they needed more art. My art has been so very well received by the visitors and I am so very thankful. I think I have sold 15 original pieces so far. I took a bundle of new art, ornaments, matted prints and a few new art pendant necklaces. I will share more over the next few days.

Happy Weekend!

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My ruptured appendix story

ruptured appendix - Regina Lord

If you follow me on instagram or Facebook, then you already know that I was in the hospital last week for a ruptured appendix.   If you don’t know the story, then please read on…

Quick disclaimer: Always, always get checked by a doctor if you are experiencing appendicitis pain, which is generally a horrible pain in the lower right side of your abdomen.  Unless, that is, you are like me and don’t have the textbook symptoms.

I thought I had food poisoning, the Wednesday before I went into the hospital. I was experiencing abdominal pain, but it was in the center of my tummy above my belly button. I also couldn’t eat and had some nausea and vomiting–nothing horrible though. I mean, I was driving the kids around, making dinner and doing my normal thing. I did have to lay down for a bit, but nothing alerted me to needing to see a doctor — I am also a nurse who knows the standard signs and symptoms of appendicitis, none of which I thought I had (this can also be interpreted as: stubborn with an unwillingness to see a doctor or go to the hospital unless ABSOLUTELY necessary). Am I breathing? – yes. Am I bleeding?- no. Then we are all good.

By Friday, the pain had eased and I was feeling better.  The pain had eased because my appendix had ruptured. The appendix doesn’t always burst, it can be more like a slow leak. So there was pressure, pressure, pressure then a slow release, which was my appendix rupturing. This slow release of pressure had allowed me to no longer feel that irritating pain in the middle of my tummy, I was no longer experiencing nausea and I was keeping food down.  I thought, well that was weird, but now I feel a lot better.

That is, until Sunday, when I started feeling nauseated, but this time with fevers.  It wasn’t until Monday morning that I started experiencing pain to the touch, in my lower right abdomen. Ah-ha, now that is my appendix, at which point I headed into the hospital.

After a grueling 6 hours in the ER triage chain, I finally got a CT scan, initially confirming that there was indeed “something brewing around my appendix” and later confirming that it had ruptured, probably several days ago. I couldn’t believe it! Here I was, laughing and chatting with my husband, not feeling all that bad and I had a ruptured appendix! Everything I knew about appendicitis was thrown out the window.

What had happened (and what sometimes happens to other people) is that my body walled off the infection protecting me and the rest of my body.  The protocol nowadays, in this particular instance, is to avoid surgery which can be dangerous with a high likelihood of exposing the rest of the body to the infection and possible loss of part of the colon. I freaking LOVE my colon, thank you very much! Thank you Dr.A for knowing not to cut into me. The new treatment includes IV antibiotics combined with fasting (no food or drinks) for a few days while getting IV fluids. This takes the burden of digestion away while allowing the antibiotics to work and the body to heal. It worked for me, because within 24 hours I had very little pain and no fevers and felt almost normal by the end of my stay. I was able to go home after 5 days and 4 nights in the hospital (which is not the best place to get any rest, btw).

ruptured appendix - Regina Lord

I will be on oral antibiotics for 10 days and on a soft diet until further notice. At least, it is my own home-made food that I will be eating. I will happily take it. And, I will have surgery to remove, my hopefully calm, quiet and uninfected appendix in 3 months.

Now, I am trying to get back on track and deal with the side effects of oral antibiotics. I also have a ton of emails to reply to and overdue deadlines, so it will be quiet around here until and can get caught up!

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little bee

Art by Regina Lord

The top pic is a progress photo when I was painting this.  Silly me, I completely forgot to take a picture of the finished painting before I took it over to Tohono Chul gallery. Lucky for me, the very kind people at Tohono Chul snapped a pic for me to have for my records and to share here.

Art by Regina Lord
5×7 Acrylic on cradled wood panel

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