~~Mixed Media~Digital Art~Home Decor~Gifts~~

September 17, 2018

Are You Feeling Blessed ?

Think about this for a minute.....

©2018 Kimberly McGuiness

Blessed and being blessed to me means having the gratitude for being able to do the things I want to do without worry. I could name way more than 3 but my top ones are my daughter, my husband, my art. What about you? How do you feel blessed? What does it mean to you?

August 9, 2018

Look Book Series 15: The Mayor

“If the artist is not completely surprised at what he is painting, then it isn’t a good picture. I want to be surprised by my own pictures. I want to keep on discovering my own pictures.” ~Hundertwasser

©Kimberly McGuiness, inspired by Hundertwasser

My Hundertwasser inspired journey continues with this 20x20 piece titled, 'The Mayor'. A repurposed wrapped canvas is the perfect fit. Enjoy the lookbook and feel free to share, post, pin, and tweet! :) 



August 7, 2018

Look Book Series 14: City Center

"When I paint, I do not try to force the process. I allow myself to be led. That way I cannot make any mistakes.” Hundertwasser had a lively imagination and plenty of ideas. Some of which he turned into paintings and others into buildings. He had a love for nature that was important to him throughout his life. It was the subject of his speeches and made him want to build and live in houses which were in harmony with nature.
©Kimberly McGuiness, inspired by F. Hundertwasser

As in Hundertwasser's quote above I just listened for direction and let the piece led me, the first time I’ve ever done that for an entire piece, that I can remember it was truly a special experience. No right or wrong but just doing what was requested. I hope I was a good steward with this 20x24 piece, titled, "City Center" in that it speaks to his vision and life’s work. I believe I’ll be in this place of harmony for a bit……enjoy the lookbook. Feel free to share, post, pin, and tweet! :) Additional resources below.



Other places of interest  The Hundertwasser Foundation

Hundertwasser's 82 works on WikiArt



July 19, 2018

Online Storefront Now Open

WOOHOOO!!!! The new online storefront is open to the public all across the world!! I'm so super excited and I can't seem to put into words how happy this makes me! This project has been a lot of work and I'm so super proud of the results.

Currently, the shop offers over 75 mixed media, home decor, and gifts, digital art pieces will become available by the end of the year. Be sure to check the shop often as pieces will be added.

I'm forever grateful for your patience and support as I worked to build this online shopping venue for you. I hope you enjoy the shopping experience and that I've made the process easy for you. I welcome any feedback you may have on your time spent in the shop.

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Again, thank you so much for being here and following along on this creative journey with me. Your presence and support really mean the world to me. Thanks, bunches for taking the time to browse and shop. 

July 3, 2018

2nd Publish with Just Mixed Media

Scott Publications
WOW!!! My 2nd publish with Scott Publications! Last week I received a copy of the latest edition of Just Mixed Media magazine with my work published inside! I'm so super excited and grateful to the editor for her generosity of a full page and two 2 full page spreads featuring my work! 

Order your copy today to see the full collection


June 21, 2018

Woman Unleashed Online Retreat

Hi, my lovelies just wanted to make sure you knew about this offering, It's totally FREE and happening NOW! I've participated in several of these retreats and love them. Hope you give this a look and better yet sign up!

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June 14, 2018

How to Make Leaf Bowls

I love nature and when I can use elements of nature in my work I love it even more. These leaf bowls are a great example. They are made using red bud leaves and wild grape leaves from our property. Watch the 15 minute demo video for what I have found works for me and I hope it gives you inspiration to make your own nature inspired pieces. Thanks bunches for taking the time to have a look. Feel free to post, pin, tweet, share :)

leaf bowls made using paper clay
Photo Credit ©Kimberly McGuiness


June 12, 2018

The Court Jester

***SOLD*** The Court Jester is #4 in my Santos Cage Doll and art doll series. She is laser cut from eco-friendly 3mm wood fiberboard by PaperWhimsy. She stands approx 9-1/2" tall. Her arms are movable and she holds a curious collection in her box including a small white moth in her glass jar. The beads are glass and hold many curiosities themselves. The metal key and butterfly are a reminder that transformation is the key to growth and discovery. Take the time to 'see' the magic in the details around you.

I used wood, faux gems, napkins, paper flower, metal, glass, and brads for the arms.

You can order the blank kit at PaperWhimsy I used for this cage doll. Also these are made to order and can take 14-21 business days.

Thanks bunches for taking the time to have a look. Feel free to post, pin, tweet, share :)

June 5, 2018

Santos Cage Doll: Rose Swan

Rose Swan is #3 in the Santos Cage Doll series. She is laser cut from eco-friendly 3mm wood fiberboard by PaperWhimsy. She stands approx 7-1/2" tall and the skirt is approx 5-1/4" wide. 

I used wood, faux gems, acrylic, napkins, paper flowers & leaves, white feather boa, feathers, grass bird nest. 

You can order the blank kit at PaperWhimsy I used for this cage doll. Also these are made to order and can take 14-21 business days.

Thanks bunches for taking the time to have a look. Feel free to post, pin, tweet, share :)

May 24, 2018

Leaf Bouquet: Inspired by Nature

I’m always inspired by nature. I’m amazed at how the tiniest of seeds can create the most beautiful bouquet in the garden or yard. There is so much texture and pattern in so many things around us, every time I walk through the garden I see something different.
© Kimberly McGuiness
Leaf Bouquet, inspired by nature, prompted me to create this original piece. I just love the colors and patterns. I really had no plan when I started to draw this out it just developed as I started putting pen to paper. Fans, followers and collectors of my work have helped to make Leaf Bouquet my most popular piece to date.

May 22, 2018

Santos Cage Doll: The Garden Fairy

The Garden Fairy is #2 in my Santos Cage Doll Series. She stands approximately 7 1/2 inches tall. The doll is laser cut from high-quality eco-friendly 3mm wood fiberboard by PaperWhimsy. I've only recently discovered them and so far I'm in love with the products I've received from them.

I used wood, faux gems, acrylic, napkins, metal dragonflies hanging from her wings(the wings I already had on hand and did not come with the kit), metal flowers, and I also added a hand-made paper clay ring dish in her cage. This dish is easily removable and this little Garden Fairy will keep your rings, earrings or small crystals safe until you need them again.

© paperwhimsy.com

You can order the blank kit at PaperWhimsy I used for this cage doll. Also these are made to order and can take 14-21 business days.

Thanks bunches for taking the time to have a look. Feel free to post, pin, tweet, share :)

May 16, 2018

Santos Cage Doll: The Butterfly Queen

I've been doing some research on creating art dolls and Santos Cage Dolls in particular. I've always had a love for them but just recently learned that the Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint. While learning more about their history I fell deeper in love with them.

This first Santos Cage Doll titled , 'The Butterfly Queen' is #1 in a collection of art dolls I'm hoping to be creating. I'm not sure how many will be created, the size, the medium, etc it's all a work in progress. This is a new path, which as an artist is one of my many creative paths I (we) tend to be navigating and learning from all at the same time. I hope you enjoy this first 6 3/8 inch tall art doll. I used wood, faux gems, washi tape, acrylic, napkins, & silver metal butterflies she holds in her hands.Thanks bunches for taking the time to have a look. Feel free to post, pin, tweet, share :)
See this piece up close in the shop and purchase here. 

May 11, 2018

Around The World Through Art

I'm taking a couple online classes this year to work on skills, techniques and see how they apply or not apply to my own style of creating. I love trying new things I learn from others and putting my own twist on them. As in these 2 pieces from the first lesson taught by Robin Mead in Around The World Through Art hosted by Olga Furman .
©Kimberly McGuiness, inspired by Robin Mead

©Kimberly McGuiness, inspired by Robin Mead

It's a great way to 'travel' the world and make new friends along the way and the talented teachers Olga has lined up for us is beyond fantastic! You can sign up and learn more on the website and when you do sign up send me a message or comment below on this post that you did so I can say HI ! I hope to 'see' you in class! :)

May 1, 2018

Lookbook Series 1: A First Quirky Bird

A re-post from 2015, one of my first quirky birds......I'm starting a look book series showcasing the process behind the scenes of my work in progress to the finished piece. I'm not sure how often I will post the series it will depend on the piece and other timeline commitments, but I do have a few to get us started. So here is the first of many to come....Enjoy!

All Images ©2015 Kimberly McGuiness

Thank you for taking a few minutes to have a look! I'm forever grateful! 


April 10, 2018

I Give It All To You

One of the things I’ve learned when creating my art is to ‘listen’ to the piece and what it wants to become. When I start a new work I have a vision, thought, idea or whatever you call it, it’s a starting point. Once I get to building the basic foundation the art begins to ‘reveal’ what it really wants to express. Not all pieces are like this though. Once the foundation is created for what I thought in my mind was going to be a great piece, I wasn’t ‘feeling it’. The work then just sits, hanging out in the studio around all the other goodness happening, moving from one spot to the next until I ‘know’ what it wants, what the work is calling or screaming for,(sometimes at 3am) but until this happens, the work could be hovering about for weeks! I know my artists friends know exactly what I’m talking about, it’s madness, but in an awesome way in the end when you step back and finally see how the piece exposes itself.

However, in this instance, I was gently guided from one section to the next for ‘I Give It All to you’. I started with a sketch that came to mind which stayed in my book for a few weeks. Not because I didn’t know what direction it was going, but because I had other commitments to finish for clients. I was rather anxious to get my hands going on this one; I ‘knew’ exactly what the work was going to be …again so I thought! 

In creating this piece, I wanted to show with the texture of the heart both inside and out how sacred our heart space can be with the valleys of despair and darkness, the ridges of triumph, the rips of lost love and friendships, the tears of unconditional love, denial, anger and forgiveness. I know for me, very few are allowed in that space. God is one of them and He knows each valley, rip, torn and ridged peace of my heart and life.

When putting together pieces of this work, I felt surrounded by His Love and direction. It was if to ‘show me’ how easy it is to give it all to Him for healing. No matter the condition our heart, God can heal it, through the cross and nails of the piece to the rope which bonded Him is a reminder to us this is possible. I learned more how to listen and be guided by the presence of that which can heal through my art, my heart, my life and by sharing the work with you.

I’m currently enjoying this piece in my studio as a daily reminder to Give It All To Him. Just as the gradient of color lays the groundwork of this piece, it too is a reminder of trials and tribulations out of darkness guided by the light to healing within each of our hearts and lives. My blessing for you is this artwork resonates with all who see it in a way that can move you forward in a more positive way in your life.

Let me know in the comments below how this piece makes you feel and share this post with a friend, they may need to see this today.

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