Tuesday, December 7, 2010

It's not JUST about the art

Alright friends...usually I just post art, and completely art related things. But I've been thinking lately - and this could be a scary concept if it's not put down on paper in the form of an illustration! :) But I thought I would share my thoughts here.... after all, what is a blog for, if not to share?
So, it's not a surprise. I occasionally suffer with anxiety.....I say 'suffer' and it makes it sound like a disease.....let's rephrase....I occasionally have to DEAL with anxiety...much better! And much more suited to how I actually feel about it. It's a rather large annoyance. And I know I'm not the only one. Something about the creative mind and anxious tendencies seem to go hand in hand. Not ALL of my artist friends deal with this but I would say a fair share of them do.
Now, most of the time I feel fantastic, extraordinary, and exceptionally great. But take me out of my comfort zone and it's like feeding Gremlins after midnight! - It's an all around bad idea! And I so badly wish this wasn't the case. I can see myself doing great things and I have this vision of myself and who I want to be and how I want to feel...but some days it's nothing but a fight. I've become quite excellent at sabotaging myself - I've just about mastered it. And I can do this so easily because I know it's easier to believe negative things about yourself when you struggle than it is to believe the good. It just doesn't make sense. You would think that you shouldn't have to fight so hard to make yourself believe the good things about yourself.
So here is what I know.....Anxiety is a BIG DUMB UGLY PUSS INFESTED LIAR....thats right...I said it! It's a really gross visual but for the amount of times it's made me literally riddled with fear and adrenaline and sick to my stomache, the description fits perfectly! Once anxiety has crept up in there, deposited the negative seed, telling you things you can't do, it is the biggest fight of your life trying to eliminate it, or in the very least quarantine it and every feeling that becomes associated with it. You can see how one might become exhausted if this were to go on for a lengthy period of time. I have dealt with these garbage lies on and off for about 8 years now. Just when you think you've got the hang of it and evicted the whole thing from your life, it rears it's ugly head and changes the game once more.
Recently we moved to a new city. The months leading up to this move weren't, in any way, easy! And that's not just coming from someone who deals with anxiety....it would have been a gong show for anyone of sound mind! But we did it. I learned new things every day and to say I was 'tested' a lot of the time would be a rather large understatement. I did things on my own I never thought I would have to deal with in a million years but I did. I made sure I did what I had to do for my family. I took on the responsibilities so no one else would have to. I was a grown up! ...so now...months later...why does the whole thing freak me out? I feel like as far as I'm able to go on the 'positive' end of the scale, I have to make up for it by taking myself equally down the other (negative) end of the scale. I 'get' balance in life....but that kind of stuff shouldn't be the things requiring a seesaw and a graph.
These days I get nervous to go places alone. It's like I need my husband there just in case....why? I never had to worry about that before! I would drive wherever my little heart needed to go and it was never a big deal. I had the confidence and security to know I was fine. What happened to that? And when I start to worry about where those things went, It snowballs into other things. I worry about 'what if I regress to the point of being a recluse? What if I get so scared I just can't even get in the car anymore? What if something happens to me while I'm out? What if my anxiety becomes to be so much that it interferes with my husbands work/school? What if I'm not reliable to my friends or family?' ....notice a pattern here? Those two little words are enough to bring everything crashing in on you. Everything you ever believed in can be completely obliterated with those two eensy teensy little words.....what....if....
UNLESS..... :)
You can manage to build a defense against them. There are 2 other words that are trying to take over in the competitive rankings for 'Worlds Most Powerful Words" .......so.......what.....!!!! By saying those two tiny words in the immediate aftermath of a 'what if' statement, you can blow it right out of the water! 'So What' makes your 'what if' statements look like and otter wearing underpants - completely ridiculous and almost comical, if you have that kind of sense of humour!
The things I seem to be most afraid of are all things I know better than to worry about. Anxiety causes you to spend too much time on the problem rather than bothering about an actual solution. And I'm tired of being my own problem....I need to get out of my own way!
Now, here comes the cliche.......Art has been my therapy. How many people say that? It is one of the statements in this world that I know to be the most true. For as dark as my thoughts have been some days and for as hopeless as I've sometimes felt, my brightly coloured fantasy illustrations have done nothing short of a full out rescue mission. When you see my creations you might think about how fun they are, or pretty, or colourful, or happy. This is the world I create for myself. The one I ACTUALLY believe in. It makes me happy to be surrounded by the colours. They're physical reminders of how beautiful my true self sees things - myself...this world....and everything in it. And I thank my other artist friends for doing much the same for me. They've created pieces of art that are more than 'cartoons' or 'something funny', or 'colours on paper'. They've created an entire universe for people like me to wander around in and find themselves. It truly is a Wonderful and Beautiful World (Louis always said it best!)
So I want to say, I'm thankful for my husband for being one of my many rocks - he is the biggest one I know. He's supported me and told me things I knew were true even when I couldn't get my own mind to listen. I thank all of my family for supporting me through everything and never giving up on me. They see me for who I am. I thank my friends for being that blanket of support, even if they didn't know they were sewn into it at the time. And I thank my artist friends, for helping me create a beautiful and wondrous world of things some may think are mythical - when in fact the rest of us know how truly real it all is. It's more than JUST art...it's everything we are!

I wake up every morning, and no matter how tough some days seem, I know there are better ones coming, and I am ALWAYS grateful for the gifts I have in this life and all the things I haven't yet discovered in this pretty painting! ....just thought I would share :)

Monday, November 29, 2010


Hello friends! I'm posting this because I have a sale going on in my Etsy shop that I don't think you'll want to miss! Its for one day only and you can score HUGE bargains that you wouldn't normally find otherwise! Heres the Sales list

4x6" prints - 20% off all day
Originals - 30% off all day + bonus sale (see below)
Everything else excluding Gift Certificates - 15% off all day

BONUS SALE! If you're in my Etsy shop between 6pm and 8pm EST you will be able to save 40% off original pieces of art! This has never happened before and I assure you it won't be a regular thing so make sure that if you've had your eye on an original, you snag it now!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Hi Friends! I have something new to share with you today! I now have BOOKMARKS for sale in my Etsy shop! I have 6 different kinds: Mad Hatted Mermaid, Lani, Hali and the Magical Lilly Lagoon, Trinity, Tropical Snowmaid, and Mermaid Masquerade: Aquamarine. They're approximately 2x6" in size and come with a nice glossy coating. They're very sturdy and perfect for holding your spot in your book instead of folding the corners! Your books will thank you! :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bryn and Tup and The Butterfly Parade!

Alright! So this little beauty above is the first completed ACEO I've done in quite some time! She's also currently up for auction on EBay starting at $1.00 with no reserve price and FREE SHIPPING! There's been no movement as of yet so you may just get lucky and snag her for a buck :)

And also, Bryn and Tup is complete! They've already been sold and are off to a fabulous home but there should be prints available soon! I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this piece turned out. It was SO much fun to make!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I'm throwing up a super quick blog post right now - don't even have a picture to share because i'm not on my own computer! BUT i figured I should share that i'm having a 30% off + free shipping sale going on in my etsy shop! If you're interested go here: Etsy Shop Originals and take a peek! You might find something you like! :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Hello everyone, and meet Bryn! She is the latest addition to my little family of lovelies! Beetlejuice was on TV the other night and I frantically jumped up and down like a 5 year old child yelling 'Beetlejuice is on! Beetlejuice is on!| ...then proceeded to grab my drawing board, paper, pens, pencil, and erasers and happily draw while watching the movie...this was the outcome. I was very content and in return, am very pleased with the way she arrived. So much so that i'm debating as to whether I should add a background to her at all. I already have my colour scheme but she's just so cute! Anyway, just thought I would share!
Also, to my Canadian friends, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all found a ton of things to be thankful for! :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

As I mentioned in my previous post there is a sale going on in my Etsy shop! All the details are in my shop announcement and I've also made it an event on my Facebook Fan Page! I was able to figure out a way to automatically reduce the prices on my items so no one has to worry when it comes time to check out! :) YAY! that Tim Adam is a real genius! So pop on over and check out the sale - the prices should be live by 10:10am EST Wed. Oct 6th! YAY! :) Hope to see you all there!

Monday, October 4, 2010


There's a sale going on in my Etsy shop right now! You can save 15% off your entire order! YAY! This includes items already on sale as well as originals. However, it does not include shipping, custom pieces, and cannot be added on to another discount code! The sale will last from Monday October 4th, to Monday October 11th! So if there's something you've had your eye on, hurry on in and grab it up before it's gone! It's the perfect time to start your holiday shopping! :) http://www.etsy.com/shop/taurmailyn

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I'm MOVING! FINALLY! ahaha! It's been a 5 month process. But we finally sold our home and we found a new one and will be on our way SOON! :)
So I've got some projects I've been working on. This one is a piece i'm doing for a friend of mine. A fantastically wonderful friend and her daughter. They're magic! :) So it makes sense to make them into mermaids! I wasn't sure about it at first but I'm starting to really love this piece! This is just a WIP but I wanted to post SOMETHING! So enjoy! :) I have more projects IN THE WORKS but they're secrets yet! :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

HELLO! So, here is the second piece in my Zodiac series. Taurus! :) She's not yet for sale on Etsy or Ebay - I've been hoarding my originals lately because I have an art show coming up in a couple weeks and I need to have stuff to show people! However, if you're really interested in any of my pieces, contact me at maigan_lynn@hotmail.com and we can discuss the possibility! What I do have for you are the finished Taurus as well as some detailed pictures. I LOVE this piece! I love them all but being a Taurus, this one's special for me!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Challenge at Oh Alice!

Hey Everyone! Just thought I would pop in quickly and let you know about a blog I started following called 'Oh Alice'. It's a fantastic place that holds challenges for your creative mind. Anyone who loves them a little Alice in Wonderland will love this blog. Sometimes you can even win prizes for participating! This weeks challenge is to create a card, journal page, scrapbook page, whatever, using sea-life! It's an under the sea challenge. HOW EXCITING!!! So if you're interested head on over to Oh, Alice to check it out and submit your stuff! This contest ends Friday, July 23rd at 8pm CST so there'st STILL time! I've submitted my good ol Mad Hatted Mermaid but have taken myself out of the running to win a prize. I just thought I would share this deliciously creative blog with all of you! Enjoy!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

New work for sale!!!

Hi Everyone!!!!! It's been a while because things around here have been a bit of a gong show but I'm finally back into creating some art work! YAY! I missed it sooooooooo much! Things in life just don't seem right if I'm not drawing or painting! So here is my newest: Trinity and hse has some LOVELY jellyfish friends! She's currently for sale on Ebay starting at $39.99U.S She's a 5x7" piece so that's QUITE a deal. OR if you're impatient (like I sometimes can be if I really like something! lol) you can purchase her outright for $54.99U.S.

I also have a new project on the go! I'm working on a zodiac series and I'm SOOOOOO excited! You can check out the WIP pictures on my Facebook Fan Page!
AND (I know, as if that wasn't enough!) I'm booked to be in an art show on August 15th in Kingston Ontario. Thats the city we're currently in the process of moving to. It's for an excellent cause. It's a Women's Art Festival and 20% of all the artists profits go towards women's organizations! SO EXCITED!!!!! So if you're going to be in the area, it's a HUGE show with about 200 vendors all sharing their creations. If you need directions you can either contact me or go here: Kingston Womens's Art Festival 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Meet Kitten! My latest lovely posted for sale on Etsy! She's quite sassy. This piece was hardly any work for ME because I was told by Miss Kitten how she would be placed, what she'd like in the picture with her, and just what colours she should be painted. I didn't have much say! :)

Monday, May 31, 2010

New art!

ALRIGHT! I've been a bit of a slacker. For those unaware, my husband and I have been in the middle of renovations because we're moving. He's going to be going to school (as his job!) so we need to move to a new city...in the midst of reno's i've managed to injure myself....SO...i do all this one handed! lol!
But I do have new work to share. I had started her a LONG time ago but now she's done! She's super cute!

Happy Cupcake

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Facebook Fan Page giveaway!

So I'm doing a fun little giveaway through my Facebook Fan page! There are 2 drawings for 2 prize packs!
1) Canvas Tote bag with your favorite image (of mine) on it with optional personalized message/name AND your choice of 4x6" print
2) 20 page colouring book featuring my lovelies and a 4x6" print of your choice

How can you win?!?! If you're a fan on my Facebook fan page, all you have to do is take a peek through my Etsy shop and post on the 'Giveaway instructions post' ON my Facebook Fan page which of my images are your FAVORITE and you will be entered into both draws!....thats it...you don't have to post on your blog (though you can if you want), you don't have to spread the word in any way (though you're welcome to if you like!). I just want to simply thank my fans! However you have to be QUICK! You have to have your post in by 10:30pm EST on March 11th, 2010 (thats tomorrow night!) in order to be included! Hurry! You don't want to miss out!!!! :)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

My Etsy Shop featured on Etsy Inspired Blog!

What a wonderful weekend! Yesterday I was contacted by a lady on Etsy to say that my Mad Hatted Mermaid puzzle was featured in her treasury and today My shop is being featured on the Etsy Inspired Blog thanks to my friend Ashley!!! So exciting! If you've never visited the Etsy Inspired blog before you should! They post Etsy shops for inspiration, ask you to make a creation inspired by that shop, and post a link to your creation for that day and sometimes you can even win prizes! If you make a creation inspired by my Etsy Shop you can post a link to your creation on the Etsy Inspired Blog and have your name entered to win 3 4x6" prints of your choice from my shop! :) I LOVE PRIZES!!!!! Plus, this week is also sponsored by Glue Arts and you have a chance to win a gift bag from them as well! :) So much fun! Can't wait to see all of your creations!!!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New listings on Etsy!

Another puzzle for sale in my Etsy shop! :) I thought this one was fitting since March is the month for the Mad Hatter - unofficially. The new Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland is coming out so to me, this all seems fitting! The puzzle is 252 pieces and ends up being 10"x14". EXCELLENT quality! I love these puzzles! I also have some originals listed in my Etsy shop now. If you're really interested in one of them you have time to save your pennies! Etsy has a longer window to play with than Ebay does - so the listings won't be over in a week (Unless they're sold, of course!). You can click on any of the underlined links above to get to the puzzle, originals, or just my Etsy shop in general! :) HAPPY MAD MARCH! And a very Merry Un-Birthday to you all as well! ;)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

And VOILA!!!! The painted, completed, lovely, twins! Tweedle and Tweedle Dum! They're now currently for sale on Ebay! If you'd like to check them out you can click here ---> Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
Thanks for looking!!!! :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Tweedle Sisters!

So, the new Alice in Wonderland movie is coming out in March, and as you know by my previous post, I've been busy with my creations! When I told my sister that I wanted to create a Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee mermaid piece she said "OH! Make them like you and me!" So I did! Now, they don't LOOK exactly like us but they're fashioned around us. They are sisters with many similarities but also differences. This is a Work in progress so it's obviously not done but I couldn't wait to share! :) Enjoy!

Monday, January 25, 2010

How about a little Mad Fancy? As some of you may know, a new version of Alice in Wonderland is coming out in March, starring Johnny Depp (YEAH!) as the Mad Hatter. I have another version of the Mad Hatter as well - it would seem I have a series! :) This one is currently for sale on Ebay and you can click HERE to bring yourself to the auction! It ends on January 31st, 2010, at 7:54pm PST!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sweet Flamingo Love

Ok, so it's fitting that this is just in time for Valentines Day but it wasn't at all intended that way! I had started this piece last year. I had drawn and inked it out and left it for a while. And then in the summer I had started painting it at one of the art shows I had attended, but never finished the piece. So FINALLY it's done! And it's so sweet! They're soooooo in love!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So Fairy Pretty!

Hello everyone! FINALLY a new post from me! I have a new piece to share - the first one of the new year! I hope you all had a fantastic New Year by the way! I definitely did. I've had some adjustments to make - hence the lack of art productivity but I think I'm getting back on the wagon...FINALLY!

So I want to share "He Loves Me...He Loves Me Not..." with you! Just in time for Valentines day. This lovely is currently for sale on EBay! <---click and it will take you there! Thanks for stopping in!