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Wayne’s World Movie Inspired Art

Yesterday was Alley Art Festival here in Aurora, IL. It’s such a great little art fair only 1.5 miles from our house. It’s one of my favorite things about downtown Aurora and favorite days of the year when I get to meet art lovers living in my community and hang out with my favorite local artists! Of course I had to have some Aurora inspired art, which to me being a non-native Auroran, meant something Wayne’s World movie inspired.

During the 2017 25th Anniversary celebrations of the movie in downtown Aurora, the local gallery and custom frame shop, If These Walls Could Talk, hosted a poster design contest. Mine didn’t win, but sold. Plus, I did get a cool photo of Tia Carrere in front of my design!

Tia Carrere at If These Walls Could Talk Custom Framing and Gallery in Aurora, IL.

Below is a design based on the poster that I had for sale at the festival. I’m thinking I might add in a photo of Aurora in the background too. What do you think?

Wayne's World Car Art Print
Party On Aurora Wayne’s World Art Print

Here is a link to buy the print.

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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Dear Jerry

Dear Jerry Saltz, I read your Instagram post about singing “Jolene”. Well, I’m not in school any longer, graduation was a LONG time ago, but I thought I’d try it anyway with a little twist. Here are the lyrics I wrote sung to the tune of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. (For those of you who don’t know, Jerry Saltz is a very famous art critic in New York.)

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry
I’m beggin’ for a positive critique
Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry
Please give me a positive critique

My corporate jobs were excruciating
My anxiety was elevating
Art ‘s the only job for me, Jerry.

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry
I’m beggin’ for a positive critique
Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry
Please give me a positive critique

My husband’s patience is running out
No matter how I cry and pout
Art ‘s the only job for me, Jerry
I had to sing this song for you
My happiness depends on you
And whatever you decide to say, Jerry

The wallpaper is peeling off
The basement leaks in many spots
It’s raining and I’m goin’ down to mop
Now, I’m grateful for my mild success
I sometimes even get a check
But it’s not enough to pay my share of bills

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry
I’m beggin’ for a positive critique
Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry
Please give me a positive critique

Jerry, Jerry, Jerr-eee-eee-ee

Here is the link to the video of me singing acapella: https://youtu.be/x1AJBo_Hly4

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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16 Free-ish Ways to Support the Artist in your life

If you want to support an artist, me, for example, but don’t need or can’t afford any art, then consider this list of FREE to low-cost ways to support the artists in your life:

  • Follow on social media
    • Instagram
      • Follow
      • Comment on the posts
      • Tag and hashtag (For example, @LauraLynneArt and #LauraLynneArt)
    • Facebook
      • Like the page
      • Follow the page
      • Like the posts
      • Comment on the posts
      • Post to the page
      • Share the posts
      • Tag photos of your art
  • Comment on blogs.
  • Favorite Etsy Listings
  • Favorite Etsy shops
  • Please share, share, share everywhere (with tags, links and credits please)
    • Share on Pinterest
  • Write a PR article and send it to your paper.
  • Feature art on your blog with the artist’s permission, of course.
  • Write a blog about art.  (Let’s trade!  Please contact me.)
  • Tell your favorite interior designer about your favorite art.
  • Tell your favorite gallery about your favorite art.
  • Sign up for my email list to receive a newsletter.
  • Write a grant.
  • Pin business cards on a community boards.
  • Exhibit and/or sell art at your high-traffic restaurant or business.
  • Attend an art fair (free to minimal entry fee).  View my schedule.

Do you know any other free ways to support the artist in your life?  I’d love to read your comments.

(Of course, there are ways to support your artist without taking up more wall space…  Want a beautiful painted calendar page printable each month?  Sign up for a Laura Lynne Art membership here:  www.patreon.com/lauralynneart.  Depending on your level of membership, you will get exclusive members only content, discounts on art, yearly art packages, etc…)

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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8-21-17 Total Solar Eclipse Art

On Monday, August 21st 2017, our family had a little solar eclipse party.  But, first I spent a little time creating the eclipse art below by using the computer to merge two of my original collages.

Blue and Orange Total Solar Eclipse Paper Collage Art Print by Laura Lynne Art
Dark Star, Digitally Altered Paper Collage, 2017

We had read online about some fun, silly things to do during the eclipse, bought some paper viewing glasses and got our mason jars of water ready to get infused with eclipse light.  My husband turned on a Dark Star compilation by Grateful Dead and drank Moon Man beer.  We watched the eclipse and talked about our goals for the year.  I’m so grateful to have this fun family and for all we have created!  Happy Eclipse Day, USA!

Here is another version of the eclipse sans butterflies:

Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun paper collage art by Laura Lynne with planets stars and galaxies and moons
Dark Star III, Digitally Altered Paper Collage, 2017

Did anyone else see this through their eclipse glasses?  No?  Hmmm…  😉

To purchase prints, please go to my shop.

 

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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.

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Musky Fishing Story and Illustration

A child loves their parent, a teen pushes them away, and an adult… well, I can look back on it all.  Sometimes I wonder what my Dad was thinking and sometimes I look back, smile and think, “Wow! He taught me that.”  Story telling and jokes are some of the areas where my dad excelled.  He has a way of bringing his stories to life, especially the ones about animals.

One of the stories my dad told us growing up was about a man who got his toe bitten off by a musky while fishing in Wisconsin.  It’s partially a true story, although his toe didn’t get bitten off completely.  It was good enough to scare my sister and I.  We swam in a musky fishing lake daily in the summer, living only a block away from Pewaukee Lake in Wisconsin.  Sometimes when I would swim, I would wonder about the big fish with teeth swimming around in the lake next to, or below me.  In reality, they were scared of me, but the story was always in the back of my mind.  This print is based on that story and the beautiful sunsets we would see that seemed to turn the lake and the sky completely orange.

hunter orange musky fishing nursery art illustration
Orange Musky Illustration

The muskellunge is very large compared to the small fishing boat.  It reminds me of going fishing and wondering if I’d catch that huge fish this time.

Thank you, Dad, for your story telling, exaggerating, and teaching me about the great outdoors!

To buy a print of this hunter orange musky fishing art illustration, 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.