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NEW Painting: The Wizard is He

May 17, 2018

I don’t paint men often, in fact I’ve only done 2 male paintings so far and neither were based off someone from real-life. I really wanted the next Male character to be a Merlin of sorts, and knew this meant it’d be a painting of my Dad.


My Dad has always been a fan of fantasy artworks featuring wizards, warlocks and dragons. As a child if I had cash to buy him gifts for his birthday or Christmas, it was usually a fantasy art poster from one of the poster stores in the mall. 


I started out by drawing my sketch on the ipad and then had it printed on a larger scale so I could easily transfer my lines to canvas to ensure everything was in the right place. This is a common method I use for creating the custom characters, it ensures my guidelines are all in the right spots helping me paint the character to appear as much like the person in real-life as possible. 


I continue to work on my video content and this provided another great opportunity to work on both my camera angles & editing, while filming the creation process from beginning to end. Here's the full-length time lapse video!

I also post pictures and short clips of the process to my instagram page, this is where you can follow the day-to-day!



The original painting is being gifted to my Dad for his 50th Birthday. 


He's always hung the things I've made for him with such pride, I'm happy to finally give him something of quality to display! It meant a lot to me to be able to finish it in the Washington forests he loves so much!


Once I give this to him I'll ask for his permission to make prints of this piece.


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Thanks always for reading!


Much Love, 





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Entirely self taught, Artist Mindie Gum-Grivell works with both traditional & digital mediums. Most known for her colorful and wildly imaginative artworks, Mindie enjoys painting & illustrating a variety of subject matters and her execution always results in a bright and somewhat cartoon-like piece of art! 


It wasn't until 2010 when she first tried her hand at paint on canvas and struck with the insane creative force driving her to pursue more seriously. In 2014 her little family moved to Indianapolis, IN, which is where she began her art journey. With full-time focus she developed Aries Art NW, her personal studio & pop-up gallery for showcasing her variety of creations and concepts. Showcasing her artworks in public galleries, art exhibits and art fairs in and around Indianapolis, IN, Mindie has also had the opportunity to exhibit her artwork in other Midwest cities including Chicago, IL. During this time she also curated and executed her own art-tour of pop-up events & exhibits through Washington & Oregon in May of 2018.


In 2019 they returned to their roots in SW Washington State where she now happily resides with her spouse. She's almost always hunched over some sort of craft project or out showing her creations, but she also enjoys watching cartoons, reading and traveling. All things that also inspire her creatively. 


Mindie is partnered with the leading world-wide organization of female illustrators, animators, artists and comic creators Girls Drawin' Girls. Her artworks can be seen in their weekly social media updates and at their GDG convention & gallery events world-wide, including SanDiego Comic Con & more! Mindie is also partnered with Glowing Goddess Getaway and as a Goddess Guide she's responsible for leading a series of "Creating Through Cannabis" workshops and discussions, on location at their weekend retreats world-wide in addition to providing freelance Creative Director, Social Media Management & Brand Development servicesMindie has professional and creative experience in all facets of brand development. Beyond custom logos and graphics, Mindie's also skilled in curating unique and visually appealing social media feeds, using her graphic design and photography skills alike to visually build a unique and effective marketing campaign.

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