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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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Colorful travels this week!!

So happy to be with pals celebrating the Festival International Cervantino this week. We are roaming the inspiring streets of Guanajuato, Mexico together… Drawing, taking photographs, trying all the different flavors and listening to music 🙂 from Authentic Romanian Gypsy music to dozens of Marachi bands and every type street musician you can imagine…. Wonderful!!

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Crayons at breakfast …

So much fun to travel and visit with friends. Music, art and of course yummy food! In Kansas City recently for an art show and had a great time with our pals Chris, Kyle, Kemper, Paul, Jim, Jimmy, Lisa….. Love yall!!

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Rock, Paper, Scissors! Inspiration and art in the great outdoors!! Starts tomorrow

Join me for this fun class where we will make art and play outside! STARTS TOMORROW!

We will be drawing, painting, photographing and combining things in a fresh way.

Part of the “Lunch hour ART series” you can enjoy three bite sized, playful, online lessons this week!

There is so much to love in our beautiful, natural world. We will be inspired by nature’s wonderful designs, shapes, colors, textures and more! I would love to see you there!

click here!


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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 🙂

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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 🙂
Enjoy!!
Thanks to everyone at Arttothe5th.com for inviting me to play! I really had a blast with this challenge 🙂 great prompts!


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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 🙂

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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!


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Paper stars for you

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

Wishing you a happy creative week! Xoxo

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