Kimberly McGuiness Art & Design

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

January 10, 2019

Optimal Wellness for Your Body, Mind & Spirit

I'm always looking for natural and motivating ways to keep myself grounded and present in life. I've come across this free event I thought would be helpful for some of you. I like to share things that are inspirational, educating and inspiring in our self-care. Hope this is something you've been looking for and I'll continue to share as I come across these types of events. Info is below and it's FREE!!
Are you weary of the latest trends and workout fads or confused by conflicting nutrition advice?

Do you struggle to find effective, alternative treatments that can help you heal and prevent illness as well as increase your vitality and support you in navigating daily life with greater ease and grace?

Are you fascinated by the expanding fields of integrative, energy and herbal medicine — and looking for vetted teachers, reliable resources and proven methods?

If so, I hope you’ll join me for the Winter of Wellness where 30+ leading doctors, teachers, healers, coaches, and practitioners will show you how to SUPERCHARGE your whole life and revitalize your wellbeing on every level.

And if you’re a healing practitioner or a coach yourself, you’ll tap into a diverse array of wellness resources and innovative techniques during this comprehensive series that’ll support you in your work with clients and patients.

Free Online Event
Winter of Wellness
January 14-18, 2019




Presenting at this unique, 5-day series are Gregg Braden, Dr. Sue Morter, Daisy Lee, David Crow, Holly Tse, Arjun Das, Alison Armstrong, Wendy DeRosa, Koya Webb, Tom OBryan, and many other top experts in their fields.

RSVP here for Winter of Wellness — at no charge

Here’s what you’ll discover:
  • Healing with medicinal plants & herbs
  • Applying essential energy medicine principles & techniques
  • Eating for a thriving body, community & planet
  • The health benefits of true romantic intimacy
  • Using herbs and essential oils for musculoskeletal pain and inflammation
  • Treating chronic illness, pain & fatigue
  • Activating the creative brilliance inside you for your neurological and psychological wellbeing
  • Combining neurology, integrative medicine & mindfulness for optimal brain health
  • The relationship between our health & the health of our planet
  • Healing your children of chronic health issues due to toxins in our environment

And SO much more….

I hope you’ll join me and discover how you can experience the freedom and joy that’s available to you when you are living in alignment with your entire being… body, mind, and soul.

Register here for Winter of Wellness — at no charge
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January 5, 2019

Star Catcher: I finally caught one!

whimsical line and shape art with figure in yellow hat; stars on face and clothes
©Kimberly McGuiness
Remember laying in the grass as a child and looking up at the stars wishing you could catch one of them? Besides Hundertwasser, this is the inspiration behind my newest piece, 'Star Catcher'.

I love the shapes, lines, and colors of this piece. Although it's inspired by Hundertwasser and his life work of bringing humanity and nature together in harmony, I've finally developed my own style under his influence. I'm so excited and simply overjoyed about this new growth in my work.

I honestly feel like I've caught a star and I'm forever grateful. My art has been a wish for so long in my life. Always wondering if I would be able to become a working artist, what my style would be like and how it would develop. Even though I have my hands in other mediums and experiments it's always the practice with each piece that helps me to grow into what is already waiting for me to know, learn, do and then share with the world.

This piece is a 9x12 mixed media on mixed media paper. I used watercolor, ink, salt. I also like to digitally enhance or manipulate a piece in Photoshop. For me, it's a way to take full advantage of technology to bring about different versions of the same piece giving it endless possibilities with color and shape. This is the result I kept from the image above:
whimsical line and shape art with stars, swirls and circles
©Kimberly McGuiness
I love how this digital piece ended up presenting itself. Thanks for looking! Feel free to pin, post, share & tweet :)
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November 19, 2018

Give Thanks

a picture with a pumpkin, sunflower and the words give thanks
©Kimberly McGuiness
Give thanks as you go about your week maneuvering through the hustle and bustle of, cooking the turkey, family & friends, travel and shopping remember to give heartfelt gratitude along the way mixed in with some patience in your pocket as you stand in line.

Reflect on your blessings, the love you have for others and that they have for you. This can be a very sad time of the year for some and this year it is for so many to so reach out, give a random act of kindness to someone. Love each other. Give hope. Give peace. Give laughter. Give hugs. A smile. A song or two.

The blindness of color reveals the brightness from within. Take a moment to see the light, the love, the peace we each have to offer within us in our own unique way and share it! Over and over again.  Share kindness, compassion, joy. Be the light others want to follow and share. Be the smile others may hardly ever see. Be the laughter some may never hear. Be the hope, the peace many wish for but rarely see. Give thanks for all you are and where you are in your life. You are worthy, blessed, beautiful and kind and truly make a difference. I'm forever grateful for each and every one of you. May your harvest be abundant and the laughter, smiles, hugs, love, peace, and hope never ending!
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November 13, 2018

Look Book Series 16: Glue Books

small books made using glue and scraps of paper

Glue books are super easy and so fun to make you can't stop at just one! It's a great way to use up all the little scraps of paper from other projects and make something new. Here is a little 5-minute video of a flip through for the ones I created. These glue books were inspired by my creative friend Robin Mead & Nik the Booksmith. Enjoy.


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October 26, 2018

Spoonflower: A New Collection Featuring My Art

Fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap what's there not to love! For the people who sew in my life, I'm happy to announce you can now order from my Spoonflower Fall Collection for any of your sewing needs. Looking to freshen up your space or need some gifts wrap? Not to worry Spoonflower is your place with custom designs from collections you'll love. The designs are fresh, unique and created by the artist themselves with loads of love and heart and soul magic. To get you started, have a look at these collections in the shop, I'm sure there is something you just can't live without! Thanks so much for taking the time and the support Happy Creating!


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October 2, 2018

Gaining Empowerment Through Self-Care, Creative Play & Fun

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©2018 Kimberly McGuiness
How many times have you felt empowered to take a chance? Take a leap of faith? To just go for it? Whatever 'IT' may have been?

Empowerment is defined as “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life."

Looking for something to move us forward in a positive way these days can be a task in of itself, right? The world is full of uncertainty and heavy energy.

Gaining empowerment through self-care, creative play, and some fun is a must these days. With each card, you pull empower prompts to give you what you need to know or to be reminded of to get your day jump started. It could be art journaling, painting, meditation, being with friends, it's whatever the prompts bring and means to you.

Personal empowerment begins with a bit of self-awareness. Knowing and recognizing your strengths and weaknesses can go a long way in having a realistic view of oneself. This deck of cards may be able to help you along that path.
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©2018 Kimberly McGuiness

This is a glimpse of what the front of the cards looks like. The artwork is my own and comes from the 50 best cards from #the100dayproject.
They are bright colorful and have a wonderfully smooth finish on both the front and back. They are 2 3/4 inches wide x 4 3/4 inches tall and feel so yummy to hold!

The back of each card has 2 questions and a prompt related to the word on the front of the card. They are the perfect starter card for personal or group art classes or journaling.

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©2018 Kimberly McGuiness
To get you started here are some other examples of how the cards can be used......

-Leave one on your co-worker's desk and at lunchtime answer the questions in a group.
-Leave one with a tip to the waitress
-Include one in your bill payment you mail
- Include a single card in each of the holiday cards you send out this year
- Use the cards at family dinners or get-togethers as conversation starters. Let one person draw a card and let each person at the table answer the prompts.
- Randomly leave one on a table at a coffee shop, library, etc.
-Use with other cards decks & for affirmations
-Use prompts with your children on a game night as conversation starters
-Use them in book club groups or other monthly meet-ups

I've been working really hard the past several months to bring you this 50 card deck of Empower Prompts for Self-Care, Creative Play, and Fun! I can't tell you how happy and excited I am about this, it's a dream come true for me and I hope you find value in this deck and that they truly enrich and empower your day!
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September 25, 2018

Hundertwasser and Architecture: Harmony with Nature & Man

My journey continues with Hundertwasser inspiration and his belief that architecture should be in harmony with nature and man. Here are a couple of my latest pieces. I have more in the pipeline I'll share as I get them complete. ~enjoy

©2018 Kimberly McGuiness
 
 



'Friedensreich Hundertwasser started out as a painter. Since the early 1950s, however, he increasingly became focused on architecture, writing and reading in public .’ advocating natural forms of decay. In 1972, he had his first architectural models made for the TV-show ‘W√ľnsch dir was', in order to demonstrate his ideas on forested roofs, "tree tenants" and the "window right" of every tenant to embellish the facade around his windows. In these models, Hundertwasser also developed new architectural shapes, such as the "eye-slit" house and the "high-rise meadow house".[1] ~source Wikipedia



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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! :) 






 







































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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

Hundertwasser.com

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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



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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


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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 :)
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