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Mural for Domestic Violence Awareness

Mural illustration art for domestic violence awareness

I can’t tell you how excited I was to be chosen for this project, and then again to be chosen to create an artwork for Mutual Ground, a domestic violence shelter and education non-profit. Dani Hollis, Executive Director of Water Street Studios, had an idea to have local artists collaborate with local non-profits to create awareness of their services in the community. This mural was created for Mutual Ground, funded by Batavia Woman’s Club, and hangs at Water Street Studios through a busy pedestrian walkway.

A Little About the Concept:

The ideas I talked about with Mutual Ground were going from isolation to community (isolation represented by the solitary house and community represented by the birds and butterflies) inspired by reading “Beth’s” story from their summer 2019 newsletter. Beth says “[Mutual Ground] was the best thing that has happened to me and my kids. I thought I was the only one, but I found out a lot of people go through this.” Mutual Ground talks about going from dark to light represented by a gradient in the background colors. The swallow is a symbol of hope, butterflies are a symbol of change and life. I put tears/raindrops coming from the closed blinds on the house windows. Purple is the color for domestic violence awareness so that color was included in the clouds and bird. Lace was included on the clouds and the on the bird to represent the behaviors that are passes down from generation to generation like grandma’s wedding dress or grandpa’s watch (some of the shapes on the feathers like hands on a watch). Cynthia Kieckhefer, of Batavia Woman’s Club, when I was donating a piece for this year’s auction, told me about an organization that helps people with the legal aspects of leaving their homes and marriages. Their symbol is a phoenix, which I love, as a symbol of rebirth and renewal. The swallow/phoenix rises out of the fire, aware and healed now, and transforms their life and the lives of their children. I hope this mural inspires people to get the help they need to break the cycle.

Mural illustration art for domestic violence awareness
“Soar”, 2019, Domestic Violence Awareness Mural for Mutual Ground

The art is also inspired by song lyrics by Brandi Carlile. Here are some of the lyrics:

I found myself an omen and I tattooed on a sign
I set my mind a wandering and I walk a broken line
You have a mind to keep me quiet
And although you can try,
Better men have hit their knees
And bigger men have died

I’m gonna raise, raise hell
There’s a story no one tells
You gotta raise, raise hell

The original art was created by painting paper and cutting it into shapes. I also use my own photography and/or public domain found images printed on archival paper. Other materials I use are archival tissue paper and acid free metallic papers. The original art will hang in the offices of Mutual Ground. The mural was created by scanning the original art then printing it on aluminum panel. (Thanks to Fast Color Print in North Aurora for the excellent work on the print!)

Press Release:

Here is a copy of the press release if you’d like to read more about the mural and this project: Batavia, IL—The kick-off of Water Street Studios’ Activate the Alley pARTnership project is here!
Mutual Ground will be the first organization to reveal their mural in a series of murals highlighting local non-profit organizations at a Mural Reveal party on Thursday, October 17th from 4:30-6:30pm at Water Street Studios. The Activate the Alley pARTnership project is in honor of Water Street Studios’ 10 Year Anniversary. Water Street Studios is pairing ten local artists with ten local nonprofit agencies to create outdoor, public art murals that illustrate the programs and services that the nonprofit offers to the community. These murals will be on display in the alley leading up to the entrance of Water Street Studios.

Mutual Ground has served our community for more than 40 years with the mission of providing education, awareness, and life-changing services that empower individuals, families, and comhttps://lauralynneart.com/product/swallow-phoenix-illustration-art-print/munities to end the cycle of domestic and sexual violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – the entire month of October is devoted to remembering those victims who have died, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence. According to Kathy Melone, Advancement Director at Mutual Ground, “We are thrilled to partner with Water Street Studios to promote awareness of our mission and services, and add beauty to our community. We want to make sure that everyone that needs our services knows that we are here to help, everyday of the year, free of charge. This mural will be a beautiful addition to Batavia and remind victims and survivors of domestic violence that they are not alone, and there is hope.”

The mural design was created by Laura Lynne Art. Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. According to Laura Lynne, “A good design, or work of art, can help people to understand a subject more deeply. It has the power to make a strong emotional impact that stays in your memory longer than words alone. My goal was to achieve that with this art.”

The mural creation for Mutual Ground was generously sponsored by the Batavia Woman’s Club. “We are honored to financially support this wonderful fusion of our nonprofit community. Water Street Studios is a shining example of innovation as it merges art with crucial nonprofits like Mutual Ground. This breathtaking mural is not just an art installation, it is a stunning symbol of what we can create together. All our efforts are magnified when we can work together to address the very real needs of human beings in our community, from our artists and Water Street Studios that supports them, to Mutual Ground addressing the needs of women and children who suffer from domestic violence. This blend of community stewardship makes us so proud. The ladies of the Batavia Woman’s Club will find themselves turning down First and Water Streets much more frequently, as we slow down to look at this beautiful mural. We are happy to say we helped create it.”, says Cynthia Kieckhefer of the Batavia Woman’s Club.

You are invited to join us at the Reveal Party on Thursday, October 17th at 4:30 p.m. We will announce the reveal of the mural with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Batavia, Geneva, and Aurora Chambers of Commerce, followed by a cocktail party in the Dempsey Family Gallery. In addition to her contribution as the artist on the mural, Laura Lynne will be donating 40% of the proceeds of any of her artwork sales at the Mural Reveal party to Mutual Ground.

This mural is one of ten murals that will be revealed between October 2019 and August 2020. “This project was created to elevate our nonprofit community in a way never done before. At Water Street Studios we understand that our greatest asset is our artist community and we want to utilize our best resources to help lift up our fellow nonprofits,” says Danielle Hollis, Executive Director at Water Street Studios.

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Thank you so much to Dani Hollis of Water Street Studios for dreaming up this project, Kathy Melone at Mutual Ground for being an excellent contact outthe creation of the original mixed media art for the mural, to Batavia Woman’s Club and The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley for sponsoring this project. Thanks to Joe at Fast Color Print for creating the great reproduction of the original art and print for the mural.

Laura Lynne Art Portrait Photo

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.

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Vertical Mural Plans

Hello! I wanted to share with you some mural plans for tall, vertical walls and some good news! The Astronomer Turtle plan was picked for one of the 2019 Oak Park Mini Murals! I’m really excited to start working on this design and quote. It has been one of my most popular prints as the originals are in a private collection.

artwork for a mini mural in Oak Park, IL. Astronomer turtle with vintage telescope and Serbian proverb.
Astronomer Turtle with Proverb is the design chosen for one of the 2019 Oak Park Mini Murals
Mural Plan for vertical wall of a blue sun, hills and flowers
Tall, Vertical Design of “Scarlet Begonias”. This design can be adjusted to be even taller, if necessary.
Blue and purple dragonfly with water lillies and lotus flowers for tall vertical wall
Dragonfly mural design for tall, vertical wall. This design can also be adapted to be even more vertical.
Laura Lynne Art Portrait Photo

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.

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Bloom Where You’re Planted Quote Art and Public Mural

Utility Box Mural with flowers and Bloom Where You Are Planted Quote

I chose the “Bloom Where You Are Planted” design for the utility box mural in downtown Aurora as a message of love and hope for the community. There are so many people working to make Aurora a better place to live, and it seems to be working. The downtown has changed dramatically since we’ve moved here in 2008. The musicals at the Paramount are incredible, the new murals have really brightened and livened up the city. Public areas are being remodeled and some excellent restaurants and coffee shops have moved into downtown. Beautiful butterfly gardens dress up the streets. Aurora Downtown, city workers and volunteers help to host fun free events, like First Fridays, Alley Art Fest, and others. I hope my mural has added to the positivity going on in downtown Aurora and that we see even more growth and roots here.

Bloom Where You're Planted Quote Wall Art in Navy Blue and Pink
Bloom Where You’re Planted, Color Altered Archival Print Reproduction
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Over ten years ago I moved to Aurora, IL from Milwaukee, WI. I had lived in Wisconsin for 30 years before moving to Aurora, owned a home, had a good job, and felt very connected to my community. Aurora is growing on me, however, there are many things I miss terribly from my previous home state – the nature, lakes, parks left mainly in their natural state, and living closer to my family and friends. So, I made the art to remind myself to be present and thankful for what I have – to work on making our home a nice place to live, planting a literal garden, and to work on making friends and connections here.

Utility Box Mural with flowers and Bloom Where You Are Planted Quote
Bloom Where You’re Planted Mural in Downtown Aurora Illinois, 116 W New York St

If you are interested in a mural indoors or out, please contact me to arrange your free consultation today.

Laura Lynne Art Portrait Photo

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.

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Grateful Dead Lyrics Inspired Art

Grateful Dead lyrics can be so beautiful, mysterious and with lovely nature references.  The piece below was inspired by the song, Ripple, written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia.  Here are some of the lyrics:

“If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?…
 
Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow
Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again…”
 
grateful dead song lyric inspired art poster design of ripple, harp with no strings, trippy hippie artwork by artist Laura Lynne
Ripple #2, 2018, Digitally Altered Mixed Media Papercut Collage
 

 

Often, I’ll digitally alter my art to create a few different color versions for prints.  The original hand cut paper collage was light green and white, but I really like how the red and light blue one turned out.  (Sometimes I like the digitally colored versions better than the original!)

Grateful Dead Fan Art based on ripple song lyrics with ripple, musical bars, harp with no strings
Ripple #2, 2018, Digitally Altered Mixed Media Papercut Collage

Prints are available in my shop.  All prints are archival, printed with ink on 100% cotton fine art paper.  They are open edition because they are giclee prints AND it would suck if my favorite musicians only released 200 copies of their songs.  I would never do that to you.  🙂

Also, check out my Scarlet Begonias lyric inspired piece and Dark Star inspired art here.

 

Thank you so much for visiting!

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com.

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Dragonfly Art and Change

Illustration of black and white papercut collage dragonfly flying over lily pads and lotus flowers

On one of my trips to Wisconsin I laid on a hammock and looked up at many dragonflies zipping around at a fast pace to catch insects.  I see them on ponds and watched them gliding over the water and resting on lily pads while canoeing in northern Wisconsin.

The dragonfly is a symbol of changing direction in your life.  This piece was commissioned by someone who’s mother was going through a major life change.  Here is the finished commission piece I completed in 2015.

dragonfly papercut collage with green lily pads and pink lotus flowers over blue water
Dragonfly, Mixed Media, 2015

Clients responded to this piece so much that I went on to edit it and change the colors and composition digitally to create two more pieces:

 

To purchase prints, please visit my shop.

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com.

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Murals, Portraits, and Illustrations

oil on canvas portrait painting by chicago aurora artist Laura Lynne

You know that I can do collage, but did you know that I can also paint?  My degree is a BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing.  Here are some examples of new and old paintings:

family tree mural
Family Tree Mural in Progress, 2015

Above is a large scale mural I did for my sister.  It went from floor to ceiling on their high, Victorian era home walls, and wrapped around half the room.

Below is a commission for a cute holiday festival poster I did for a Waldorf school using gouache paint.  Gouache paint is lovely because it can be thinned to a watercolor consistency or used without much water, like acrylics.

painting of Santa gnome bringing snow to village before winter Christmas Holiday
Let it Snow, Gouache on Wood, 2015

This is an oil portrait painting I did using a photograph that I took of my grandma.  She meant a lot to me and shared her love of plants and gardening.

oil on canvas portrait painting by chicago aurora artist Laura Lynne
Grandma, Oil on Canvas, 2001

Below is an owl illustration commission, painted on a puzzle.  This was done for a pastor’s church sermon.  Everyone got a piece of the puzzle to assemble as a group.

hand painted puzzle with owls on a branch and a rainbow behind
Always Room for One More, Gouache on Puzzle, 2017

If you are interested in commissioning a painting, mural or a portrait, please contact me.

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About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.

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Finding Bighorn Sheep

In 2015 I was asked to create a bighorn sheep collage for a baby boy’s nursery room by my cousin who grew up in Colorado.  We took many trips to Colorado in the summers to visit and I never saw a bighorn sheep.  My family was huge on spending time outside and visiting National and State Parks growing up.  Even on those trips, I never saw a bighorn.

bighorn sheep climbing mountain with wildflowers
Bighorn Sheep Illustration with Wildflowers, Paper Collage, 2016, SOLD

Finally, in May of 2016, I went on a trip to South Dakota with two friends.  We saw so much wildlife at Custer State Park, but no sheep.  Every time we ventured out from the hotel, we saw a sign that read “Bighorn Sheep Crossing,” but no herds were to be seen.

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Ram and Magpie, 2016, Paper Collage, 11×14″, $650

On the last day of the trip, we went to the Badlands on our way home.  Our plan was to go hiking through the hills.  We drove around a bit and that’s when we stopped to see an overlook.  There on the steep cliffs were the sheep, soaking up the sun!  It was so exciting to see some in nature after studying them for the collage art.  It was spring so they didn’t have the horns yet, however.  Next time I want to visit in the fall to see the beautiful horns!

Visit my shop to purchase prints of the sheep and see other woodland and mountain animal art.

I also have a digitally altered color set of prints too.

Ram and magpie in the mountains with wildflowers
Ram and Magpie with Wildflowers

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About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.

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Preschoolers Collaborate on Art for Auction

Blue flower collage collaboration with preschoolers with monarch butterfly

Objects that we create seem to have some of our own inner magic infused.  I wish you could see this flower still life in person because you can feel how magical it is with 15 flowers made by the cutest preschoolers in Aurora, Illinois (and 2 by their teachers).  Here is one of them:  dsc_0494It was so much fun talking to the kids about art and the shapes they saw in the flowers.  They cut out shapes and used some of the shapes I provided too.  Then, used gloss medium with paintbrushes to create their flowers with minimal direction.

When I first took the flowers to my studio after working with the kids in their classroom, I was a little nervous about how I was going to make the collage look like a cohesive design.  All the flowers looked so different, and some were so abstract it was hard to make out a flower shape, which I loved about them, but also felt challenged.  Something else that I love about the flowers is that they are unpredictable, beautifully textured and layered.

blue flower collages made by 4 and 5 year olds
Individual Flowers Made by Preschool Class

I didn’t want to add too much to the kids’ flowers for a few reasons.  1.) I wanted them to recognize their flower art and be proud of it. 2.) I feel like changing someone’s art may make them feel as if their art/they aren’t good enough.  In the end, I did add to a few of them for design and composition purposes to make a more cohesive piece that may draw more money for the auction. They are all so beautiful!

Here is the finished piece:

monarch butterfly and still life blue flower collage with painted vase
Still Life Flower Collage Collaboration, Mixed Media, 2017

If you are interested in a flower collage workshop for kids or adults, please contact me. See more of my work here.

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About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.

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Commission Art Using Flower Symbolism to Create the Perfect Gift

The mid century modern style flower artworks I did for my sister are deeply meaningful.  I loved discovering that flowers are a secret language.  My sister and I don’t always get along, but it was so nice to create these pieces as a way to offer peace and strength to her.  Here are some of the meanings for the flowers I used below:

Reeds symbolize music
Garlic symbolizes courage and strength
Star of Bethlehem symbolizes atonement
Periwinkle symbolizes sweet memories

The image on the left shows the original collage colors.  On the right, you can see that I like to play around with color on the computer too.  Changing the color gives the pieces a whole different feeling.

Here is another flower collage using some of the same flowers:

Reeds symbolize music
Garlic symbolizes courage and strength
White Tulips mean forgiveness

If you’d like your own flower painting or mixed media art to give as a meaningful custom art gift, please contact me.  If you’d like to buy a print of one of the flower collages above, please visit my shop.

Laura Lynne Art Portrait Photo

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.

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“You’re My Lobster!” Custom Friends TV Show Inspired Art

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here is my latest, silliest collage based on Pheobe’s, of the show Friends, lobster love idea.  Pheobe says to Ross regarding Rachel when he gets sad about her possibly dating another guy: “She’s your lobster…. It’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life.  You know you can actually see old lobster couples walking around their tank and holding claws!”  Aw, Friends.

lobster playing trombone and lobster playing guitar in boat
You’re My Lobster, Paper Collage, 2017

This collage was made for two musicians in Milwaukee, Michael Clobes of Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns, and Chrissy Dzioba of The Whiskeybelles (I’m a huge fan!).  My good friend, Chrissy, commissioned the illustration art as a Valentine’s Day gift and wanted to represent the cities where they are from in the collage.  Santiago, Chile is on the left and Milwaukee is on the right.  Michael plays an Edwards trombone and the guitar in the art is Chrissy’s custom Gibson SJ-200 Bob Dylan Player’s Edition.  They are just two cute lobster musicians floating around in their row boat, and so in love.

guitar collage with cowgirl boots handpainted details
Collage Detail, Guitar and Cowgirl Boots, 2017

Check out The Whiskeybelles here: www.whiskeybelles.com

Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns: www.cold-sweat.com

If you’d like a custom collage with your lobster for an anniversary gift (paper year, perhaps?), engagement present, or any other occasion, please contact me.  And, don’t worry if you haven’t found your lobster yet.  I never thought I’d find mine, but it happened.  Love to you all!

Here is a link to purchase this lobster print.

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Laura Lynne Art Portrait Photo

About the Artist/Author: Laura Lynne is a mixed media hand cut paper artist and muralist living and working 40 miles west of Chicago in Aurora, IL. She uses her photographs, metallic paper, and painted papers to create boldly colored, whimsical artworks. To see more of or buy Laura Lynne’s original art, pet portraits, illustrations and jewelry, please visit www.lauralynneart.com/shop.