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Sparking and Savoring the Artful Life

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JOy Stuff!! The Art of Noticing. A new online class 🌼😀🌿

JOy Stuff-An Online Class with Lynn Whipple

I would love to share with you my favorite ways to celebrate delight in our everyday lives. Working in my JOy Stuff sketchbook has opened up a whole new way to make art, move my hands and soak in appreciation. It has been a wonderful addition to my world and gets me off to an artful, positive and grateful beginning to each day. The best part, other than that it is fun, is the way I feel connected to the things I love!

Come join me and our super supportive, fun-loving online community as we draw, paint, write, make paper with a Gelli Plate and play. 😀 We will collage and create delightful pages and fill them with meaning. And we will extend our gratitude to others by making tiny thank you notes to love letters and more. Let’s create a joy based and portable art studio in our sketchbooks.   Starts October 3rd! Click here for more info! 

With loads of JOy!

 xoxo Lynn



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Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting Retreat!! April 18-23, 2017 New Smyrna Beach, FL

My husband John and I are thrilled to host the Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting Retreat in one of the most beautiful and nourishing settings in Florida. Atlantic Center for the Arts is located in a nature reserve, just a few miles from New Smyrna Beach. We will be working in the painting and sculpture studios in this architectural award winning space, and will stay in simple and peaceful housing on property. For more information and registration click here!


Big Bold Blooms 2!! New online class!


It’s here!! Big Bold Blooms 2!! Let’s paint, draw, play and have fun as we create mixed media paintings using beautiful, abundant flowers as our muse! I am excited to share with you new techniques, new layers, and new tools! We will start small, in our sketchbooks, then work on several medium sized canvases and go all the way up to one big, beautiful bloom painting…36×48! This 5 week, 10 lesson class starts soon… October 3rd, 2016.

Join me and our super supportive, happy and generous online community, as we celebrate the joy of art making together!  click here for more information!! 


Blooms Class Givaway! 

So happy to be giving away a free Big Bold Blooms Wild Painting online class! And thank you Gracie of Tea and Cake with Gracie for the lovely chat and interview!

Be sure to leave a comment on the Willowing Arts blog to be in the running for a free Blooms Class!!



Cherry Creek Arts Festival 2016 Poster!

YAY!! Happy and honored to share that my painting “Fresh Wild Flowers” has been chosen as the 2016 Cherry Creek Arts Festival Poster! July 2,3,4 in beautiful Denver Colorado! Stop by booth 153! Here is a link to the show and poster shop!      xoxo Lynn 



hello blank page 

How shall we meet the blank page…

Playfully, and with both hands 🙂

And maybe some music?




Repeat 🙂



Spinning through the holidays :)


Sending love and a little invitation to take a few minutes, just for yourself. Sneak off 🙂

Wishing you a very happy holiday season!!



Collage for The Documented Life Project

I’m excited to be a featured artist for Art to the 5th’s Documented Life Project
This weeks challenge asks us to use ephemera, old photos and to focus on memories.
Our Prompt quote is by the very popular singer, songwriter Jim Croce, “All that I have are these to remember you. ”

Of course, I do LOVE an old photo and some fabulous found paper, so I set about to build a small flower bouquet of family members, held by a sprite of a young gal.
Here are some photos of my process, see if you can spot the finished piece 🙂










My supplies for this challenge include: gloss medium by Liquitex, acrylic paint, white, red, raw umber for a wash, pencil, found images, old maps, pages from old magazines.
I started by laying down collage bits, chose my “hero” image, added more photos for small flowers, edited with white paint, smudged with pencil around the edges of my collages and tied it all together with small taps of color 🙂
Thanks to everyone at for inviting me to play! I really had a blast with this challenge 🙂 great prompts!


Paper Stars and Stripes

Ah haaaa!! So the little paper stars have some new friends 🙂 some stripes made from vintage photographs, and some stripes made from old quilts.
This new mixed media piece I’m working on was recently commissioned based on another flag I did a few years ago. Here are a few images 🙂





Here is the original 4×8 foot Flag named “Democracy.”
This piece now lives happily in a lovely little bed and breakfast in an old firehouse in Harvard Square.
Happy Forth of July wishes to you!


Paper stars for you

Working on a Comission tonight … Can you guess what these are for?

Wishing you a happy creative week! Xoxo