2017 ~ Kimberly McGuiness Art & Design

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

December 30, 2017

Blue Muse~ She Who Seeks Stillness

This piece is inspired by Shiloh Sophia and her session in the #womanunleashed online retreat. But you know what the best part about this piece is? I recorded my time with her, listening, struggling, listening more, struggling more, but I kept listening to what she had to tell me and show me. 
©2017 Kimberly McGuiness
There are 5 video 'sections' raw unedited I want to share with you because you will see the struggle, you will see the listening, you will see life around me continue to happen,you will see the process of her evolve into quite meditation, and stillness reminding me to forever be still and listen to the muse and what she has to offer, what she has to tell and show.

This is a 16x20 on wrapped canvas I used acrylics and 2 coats of protective spray. Enjoy the videos I hope you find value in them and perhaps there will be a message you take away to help you where you are in this moment. Comments are welcome below and should you be called to create by your muse I'd love to see your process and here your story, just post them below. Thanks for being here. 
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December 19, 2017

My New Friend~Rosina Rosa

She carries with her a starry wand and magic glass vial of rose petals, butterfly wings and dream dust. Her heartfelt sincerity gives guidance on her tiny wings allowing her to bounce about granting wishes and helping make dreams come true. She encourages the seeds of possibilities and holds the key to what could be possible. So dream your dream, make a wish and reach for the stars my lovely, you may just catch one.


Meet ‘Rosina Rosa’ she is approximately 5 inches tall x 4 inches across the base; she is one of a kind with such a precious little soul.


I used acrylic, chenille stems, paper flower, beads, safety pins, wood, yarns, glass, metal, faux gems, glitter dust, real found butterfly wing and rose petal from this year’s garden, Styrofoam and fabric from Nepal.
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December 14, 2017

Breath in the Magic

She is infused with energy from the ancients, love from the divine and anointed from the heavens. She brings with her the scents of lavender, rose, patchouli, frankincense, myrrh, and cinnamon, jojoba and apricot oils. Take a moment to breath in the magic.


Close your eyes take a deep breath and exhale and as you exhale invite life’s majesty, life’s miracles, and all that is sacred to you and breathe in the magic of those that fills your heart the most.

This piece is a 12x16 mixed media on canvas panel. I used acrylic, paper, ink, yarn, feathers, and faux gems. 
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December 5, 2017

Angels Amung Us

Angels are so beautiful no matter how you draw or paint them. They can be simple or complex and they still evoke such a grace and beauty, such a presence of comfort and joy.
©2014 Kimberly McGuiness
©2014 Kimberly McGuiness
                 
©2014 Kimberly McGuiness
Depending on the mood when I start my piece it can be very detailed as in the first angel above left to more simple then not so complex. Either way the piece kinda tells me what it wants to become the more I get into the work and it just evolves. My wish is for you to enjoy them as much as I did creating them. ~Blessings~
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November 30, 2017

Lady Peacock

Lady Peacock comes from a faraway land where the savanna meets the rainforest and where she is a keeper of the peafowl. The savanna holds many seeds of life and the forest is lush and vibrant with music and majesty. She tends to each brood of hatchlings every month in the dense woodlands when they are born, keeping and protecting them from harm as they grow and become the voices of the rainforest. She blesses each peafowl daily with her blue rose which carries in it the qualities of vision, royalty, spirituality, awakening, love, refinement, and renewal. Lady Peacock also conveys her nobility, protection, Holiness, and guidance to all she encounters reminding each of us of our own integrity and beauty we can achieve when we strive to be our true authentic self while being ever watchful of our encounters along our path.

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Lady Peacock also conveys her nobility, protection, Holiness, and guidance to all she encounters reminding each of us of our own integrity and beauty we can achieve when we strive to be our true authentic self while being ever watchful of our encounters along our path.  Lady Peacock is 11x14 mixed media on smooth bristol. I used Prismacolor colored pencils, gelly roll pen, watercolor, white-out pen, black fine line Posca pen, acrylic, and decoupage glue under her hair for texture thanks bunches for taking the time to read her story.
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November 22, 2017

Give It A Go & See If It Fits

I've been blessed over the past few years to meet some amazingly creative artists from all over the world. Each one with their unique style and approach to their work who have also be inspired by someone or something else. They then took that inspiration to experiment with, play around with, and get their hands dirty in it, all to come up with their own 'spin' ending with a creation that fits their style and sense of wonder and imagination.





















The above photo is no different. The inspiration for these 3 little bowls came from several of my artist friends. I took their inspiration played around with it, got my hands dirty in the process and these paper clay bowls I made for myself are the result of my experimentation. They are not very big, they are organic and made by hand using stamps and tools for mark making in the clay. I used an antiquing medium, metallic paint and gold gilding around the edges.

So I say go for what ever may inspire you!  Especially if it is calling to you with such vibrations you cant let it go. Your process maybe similar but the end result will be different. Once you are done you may find it may not be a good fit for you, it may not fit well with your muse and that's ok. Listen to what your piece is telling you. For me I have learned, and I'm still reminded, by each piece I create that they have their own voice and if we listen closely it will guide us along the best path for their creation or not. It may not be at our speed and perhaps that's the lesson. But, listen and be amazed in the end of the energy, the life, the soul work and the message meant to be spoken, it's a piece of you!
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October 22, 2017

We Stand Together

All blood flows red. All hearts have a beat. Our eyes, the windows to our souls. Our backgrounds, different and unique. It matters not our backgrounds, our color, our flaws, weaknesses or strengths. 
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We stand together united in compassion, respect, and forgiveness for each other. We stand together, united in our dreams for ourselves and each other. We stand together as the voice for injustice and prejudice against us and others who can not stand for themselves. We are united in power, love, heart, cultures, sacred beliefs, and soul. We are game changers, rule breakers, and lawmakers. Every woman is our sister. We will always stand together!
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October 12, 2017

Look Book Series 11: Julia's Heart Magnets

Julia loves to help make things, especially when they are her own. Enjoy this lookbook of her making all the 'I Love You' magnets from the pre-order list. They all will be ready to ship very soon. Thank you so much to everyone who ordered Julia is so beside herself with excitement!







To learn more about Julia visit her blog 
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September 29, 2017

Art for Christmas 2017

Join me and 27 other artists from all over the world who are coming together during the entire month of October in an online fundraising event called Art for Christmas. Curated and facilitated by my artist friend Natalie Mecham, each artist will be donating a portion of the proceeds to help buy Christmas for children in need. Through the Salvation Army Angel Tree program, we hope to buy Christmas for 15 children. These are the original pieces I'll have up for bid in the auction on October 6-7.

Join the Online Auction To Bid 

How can you help us reach our goal to buy Christmas for these children? Join our group on Facebook where this amazing month-long auction will take place. Share this blog post across all your social media channels and invite your connections to do the same and invite your connections to the auction. Here is another small sample of the art that will be offered during the entire month of October.
Join The Online Auction to Bid
You get new incredible art while at the same time supporting a good cause. Natalie will also have a great giveaway, all bidders will be entered to win one of two free spots in 21 Secrets Tell Your Story online workshop. You can learn more about this class by visiting her website www.NatalieMechamArt.com.

Please join us and help spread the word so we can bring Christmas joy to children in need.
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September 21, 2017

Life Book 2018

Join me and other artists and teachers from around the world in Lifebook 2018!

SAVINGS EXTENDED


“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU”
is a year-long mixed media art class
organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.


Get More Info & Signup Here

Tam is joined by 34 incredible artists, crafters, and healers who are all gearing up to share their art, crafting and personal growth techniques with YOU! With a holistic approach to creativity, self-development, and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! This year you will also be able to try out other art crafts like art doll making, photography and jewelry making and we will also provide you with nurturing and nourishing personal development activities (like yoga and conscious dancing) to support any personal development you’re undertaking. Your final book with your artwork in it will function as wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! Lots of glorious goodies this year! Don't miss it Signup today!
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September 19, 2017

Summer ATC Swap Ends Friday

The Artists Trading Card Summer Swap ends this Friday! There are still some cards left if you want to trade you can find them in my group on Facebook Kimberly McGuiness Art Coterie the album is pinned at the top of the page.


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September 18, 2017

Queen of Clubs

Introducing the 'Queen of Clubs'. She has compassion, love and a soul full of never-ending drive to share her knowledge and help others move forward in a positive direction. She is a leader, a teacher, a mother, a friend who is forever seeking acceptance and validation in her work. She strives to make a difference in her life and in the lives of others and at the same time fears to share her deepest struggles keeps her bond to her wounds beneath the layers of her life.  Yet, she is strong and always stands her ground for what is right and true for herself and for others, even if she is the only one standing!
©Kimberly McGuiness
'Queen of Clubs' is created on 11x14 smooth bristol paper. I used watercolor, ink, colored pencil, gelatos.
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August 23, 2017

Keeper of the Hope Jar

When I was in high school one of the classes I could not wait to get to was mythology. I loved the stories and the details of how they came to be, one of the reasons I’ve always been so fascinated with Greece I guess and comparable places like Egypt, and others in the world. I just love all the ancient architecture, how they were able to accomplish so much grander in their building skills, color, and art!

©Kimberly McGuiness
The myth of Pandora’s Box has been fascinating people for centuries, catching the imagination of countless artists, who created frescos, mosaics, and sculptures depicting Pandora and the mythological facets surrounding her. The story goes Pandora was given a box or jar by Zeus with strict instructions not to ever open the container. Her curiosity finally getting the better of her she opens the box only to release all the evils into the world. Becoming afraid of what was happening around her, she quickly closed the box just in time to keep ‘Hope’ inside.

In my latest piece ‘Keeper of the Hope Jar,’ the jar represents Pandora’s box the word on the outside written in Greek means ‘Hope’. The peacock represents new beginnings, rebirth, nobility, holiness, guidance, protection and watchfulness. The woman represents a keeper of that which is sacred, like a mother with her child, forever protecting, guiding and bringing knowledge and hope to dreams and aspirations.
©Kimberly McGuiness

The ancient Greek ruins represent opulence, strength, courage, and destruction. In the end, for me, 'Keeper of the Hope Jar' is she who reminds us of hope. She, who is forever watchful, guided and guarded by her holiness to always keep ‘hope’ close to spirit, heart, and soul. She who will always remember that even after the most devastating storm, fall from grace, or hurt from one person to another guided by darkness there is and will always be ‘hope’.
©Kimberly McGuiness



The story of Pandora reminds me of all the things we hope for ourselves, others and all of the humankind. Art gives the opportunity to express all that is deep in my soul with the ‘hope’ each piece will bring a message to each new viewer intended specifically for them. Whether it be techniques or lessons my wish is we listen from where we are today to the whispers and knowledge from the past, and use this wisdom for a brighter tomorrow even if only in our little corner of the world. Always remembering the hope, that through the centuries has never abandoned us but instead been keep safe in our own containers of heart and soul for us to share and bring to others when they need ‘it’, (HOPE) the most.
©Kimberly McGuiness
This is a mixed media piece on 11x14 smooth bristol paper. I used joint compound, acrylic, watercolor, ink, gel pen. 'Keeper of the Hope Jar' is #2 in my 'Around the World Series'.
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August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day Photo Shoot In The Studio

Besides being an artist, getting my hands in all kinds of things for my next mixed media project, I like to also dabble in photography. I've loved it my whole life. I guess it's something enduring about a moment captured in time. Knowing you will never get the exact moment back live, the visual will be an eternal connection. Nature, flowers, butterflies bouncing about in my garden and any other happenings from the petals and stems of natures canvas are my most favorite to photograph. But today is a photo shoot day in the studio.

I'm photographing my work for my website and some other projects coming up using my makeshift lightbox.


















It's a process for sure because after all of this photo taking things then move to the editing, cropping and Photoshop is my go to for it. I'm not an expert in either Photoshop or photography but I'm always learning and what I do know currently works for me.
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August 3, 2017

Butterflies: A Reminder Time Is Short

Each element from beginning to end in this latest piece of my work is one that was led by intuition and spirit. Birthed from an idea and transformed into meaning and purpose.

©Kimberly McGuiness

Last year we had a butterfly nursery of sorts in the garden with a host of fluttering little canvases flitting about from flower to flower. We watched as some eggs were laid on the passion flower vines to begin their early life as a caterpillar. Seeing the tiny little things grow from no more than a speck to a very hungry caterpillar munching away on the host plant and fruit is nothing more than amazing.

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We watched as each caterpillar knew when the time was right to find a good hooking up spot. Beginning the process and retreating within the chrysalis where it undergoes a transformation only to emerge reborn as a beautiful winged butterfly.

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For me, butterflies bring hope, joy, creativity and the possibility of transformation we may be seeking within ourselves. We too can experience alteration when we retreat to our own cocoon and open ourselves to receiving the knowledge and magnificent miracle that life can bring. Butterflies are a reminder through its own short splendid and magical life that time moves quickly. The divine presence and magic in all of life are to embrace and tune into the needs to be enjoyed now in every moment, within every breath across all humanity…..time is short.

©Kimberly McGuiness

I had so much joy in creating this mixed media piece. My hope is you find some joy in it too. I used, repurposed wall paper for the substrate, acrylic, cheese cloth, paper, vintage music, joint-compound, stabilo all pencil, ink, Liquitex gold acrylic, molding paste, 3 coats of protective spray.
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July 21, 2017

Joint Compound & Cheesesloth

My newest collection.... 6x6 mixed media on wrapped canvas using some of these elements, joint compound, cheesecloth, acrylic, paper, glass, metal, feathers, tiny rose petals from my garden, glitter, buttons, lace, yarn. I hope you like it -enjoy






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June 23, 2017

The Butterfly Tree

A gathering place for transformers in flight to replenish the vitality of their painted wings with the sweetness of the flower, giving them the strength to flutter about in my presence reminding me that no matter how high the mountains I may have to climb, or the potholes or bumps along my path, when I stay focused on the goal anything becomes possible and I can transform my dreams into reality, flutter by butterfly you are a painted canvas in my garden. ~Kimberly McGuiness

©Kimberly McGuiness~Contact me is interested in purchasing this original piece
This is an 11x14 mixed media on Strathmore Smooth Bristol. I used watercolor, ink, paper, salt, matte gel, acrylic, white uni-ball Signo pen, black Posca pen, protective spray. Thank you for looking!
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June 13, 2017

Look Book Series 10: Creating Artist Trading Cards

In this Look Book post I share with you the steps to creating a background for my ATC's or Artist Trading Cards I'm making for the Summer Swap over in my group. I love making backgrounds to use in my mixed media projects here is another Look Book on creating backgrounds you may find helpful for your projects. ~enjoy

supplies I used to create the backgrounds

I used a large piece of packing paper or news print paper
 then I squirted paint on the paper and rolled over it with a brayer

keep repeating adding paint and rolling over it with the brayer
turning your paper a quarter turn in any direction after each color
this adds interest and moves the paint in different directions
keep adding color until you are happy with it

when the paint layers are dry you can use stamps you've made yourself
or store bought, here I've used both, you can also add shapes of your liking
using tops from glue sticks, washi tape container, a glass, empty toilet paper roll.
Th pink looking circles in this photo are made from a used lamp part that was no longer needed.

once the paper is dry turn it over and glue your cards face down onto the paper.
I like to use playing cards because they are the right size and can be found for $1 at dollar stores

Use your brayer to go over the cards as you glue them down to secure a good bond.
I used Liquitex Matte Gel. I would not recommend Mod Podge, it's great for somethings
but in this application not so good. When you mail you cards they will get stuck once
heated up from being in the mail. This can create a less than nice
looking card for the person receiving it and possibly unusable.

Once your cards have dried overnight cut them out.
Now you are ready to art up your stack of yumminess however you like! 

Don't forget to add info about your ATC to the back. Check out what I created and use for mine. Hope you've found this useful in some way. I'd love for you to join us for the Summer Swap over in my group!
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June 6, 2017

This Time I Fell In Love

So way back when, actually years ago, I came across Artists Trading Cards (ATC) and didn't really pay them that much attention, they seemed like a lot of work and at the time I didn't really want to get into creating them. Well ATC's has crossed my path again and this time I fell in love! I'm in a couple of trading groups and I have to say they are so much fun! Meeting people making new creative friends, for me it's how I travel the world and I love it! So what I want to do is this.... I'm going to be making a 52 card deck of trading cards for members of my group to trade with me. My goal is to do this 4 times a year, one deck for each season and we'll start with summer. Why 52 cards? Because I can get them at the dollar store for a buck, they are already cut and are the right size and thickness. I just need to art them up and add the info on the back.
Join Today, I Trade anywhere in the World with a mailing address!

It would make me so very happy if you wanted to participate. All you have to do is join my Facebook Group, Kimberly McGuiness Art Coterie your investment is your creative time and cost of a stamp.

What is the Coterie? This is a group of like-minded people who are my friends, collectors of my work or who just want to follow along and support my art journey. I'll post behind the scenes happenings from the studio, my work for sale, trade, giveaways, info, tips, and techniques which have helped me along my art journey. Group Members and newsletter subscribers will also get first notice of sales and special offers happening in my online shops. If you are new to my work, when you sign up for my newsletter you'll get 4 free coloring pages created by using my own artwork. See you over in the group!
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June 1, 2017

I've Been Doing Some Trading

Artists Trading Cards are so fun to create. They are little works of original art on a 2x3 card, a deck of playing cards are the perfect size and you can find them at the dollar store! Strathmore has more info about ATC you may find interesting.
Here 's my stack of yumminess headed out next week for an international swap.

©2017 Kimberly McGuiness

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May 30, 2017

Now Selling on Pixels

I'm so excited to announce....I'm now selling my latest work on Pixels.com. Check the shop for recent work on home decor, bags and covers for tech devices. Here is the offerings so far, just click the image to go right to listing to order.

Shop these pieces today!


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