Granny’s Favorite Things! Countdown To Christmas -Gordon Lynch and His Wall of Art!

I and my character Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt (Granny) fall in love with certain artists, companies, places and their products. On my website, Julie Seedorf, I will be adding a page featuring my Favorite Things. I know I am not Oprah and I am sorry I can’t afford to give away some of My Favorite Things. What I can do is share them with you so they can become your Favorite Things and you can enjoy them too. During the end of November and the month of December I will be sharing art, books, artists and other items I have on my list of Favorite things.  Join me in my journey. I will add to the pages on my Blog and website the favorite things I highlight here.
I am starting my journey of sharing with someone I met this summer in Osakis, Minnesota, his name is Gordon Lynch. I can’t resist antique stores and as I wander through them looking to find whatever my eye catches. On the day I snooped in Antiques Osakis what caught my eye was artwork by Gordon. Not only can he draw but uses old records to create stunning pictures of celebrities that complement his drawing. My impression of his is that he is a very humble man. He graciously granted me an interview. Make sure you stop at the slide show and look at a few pictures I took that impressed me.

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Who is Gordon Lynch?
Born Osakis, grew up on small farm near Eagle Bend. Went to Alex Tech for advertising art, worked in Jamestown, ND and Sleepy Eye, MN in advertising. Married Rosemary in 1983 and moved back to Osakis. Built our home while working for Fingerhut and when they closed I went back to college for my Bachelor of Fine Art in painting at St. Cloud State University. Also have degrees in microcomputer and general business. Ran a couple of businesses and wound up as a HR manager for about 12 years until I decided to semi-retire and pursue other interests. We have three grown children. Katie teaches spanish at Strive Academy in St. Cloud; Erin has a post-doctorate position at UC Davis in California; and Zachary is majoring in business at St. Cloud State University.
How did you end up in an Antique Store in Osakis?
Well, my wife started as a dealer there several years ago and after I came up with this technique I’m using I thought I’d display a few paintings there. As a lot of people showed interest in them and they sold I started painting more. That was about 3 seasons ago.
When did you start painting and drawing?
I started drawing early, as a child probably 4 or 5. In those days we didn’t have a lot of toys, but I could draw things like rockets or cars etc. and I drew all through school. In high school we had a visiting artist during my junior and senior year that helped me become interested in art in general and that’s when I first painted with oil paints.
What gave you your idea to create art out of old records?
I really don’t know exactly. But, at least for me, when I’m seriously interested in something it’s always in the back of my mind. That’s when the ideas come along – this one worked – most don’t.
What are the missteps you made along the way to hone your talent?
Too many to mention, I’ve tried a lot of things.
How do you decide your subjects?
I listen to a lot of music and normally paint musicians that I like. I have done a few commisions and will do more, but this is a hobby and a pastime for me so I don’t want to turn it into a job.
What other type of art do you create?
Nothing at the moment.
Where can we find your artwork?
I will be showing them at Antiques Osakis again next season, starting in May. I may possibly show some this winter at Bumbledee’s Antiques and Art in St. Cloud, MN.
Anything else you would like to add to this interview?
Thank you, I appreciate your interest in my artwork.
I would like to thank Gordon for granting me this interview. It was a blessing to meet someone with this gift.

Quirky Favorites!

I fall in love with things that are unique. I am not famous but I decided to pretend I am Oprah for one day and list some of my favorite things. Sorry there are no giveaways like Oprah since I am only a pretend Oprah for the day. Although I suppose we could pretend there were pretend giveaways.

Here are a few of my favorite things.

Tiny Houses

I love the tiny houses that they feature on http://tinyhouseblog.com/. There is something that hits the simple side of me about living in a small space. I certainly couldn’t collect all the things that I do now but my life certainly would be a lot simpler. These tiny little houses speak to my heart. Maybe someday I will be able to own one.

Lovely’s By Laura

I very seldom fall in love with jewelry except for weird unusual earrings. The cuter more unusual they are the better I like it. I was very surprised when I fell in love with the necklaces from Lovely’s By Laurel. These necklaces are unique and beautiful. The designer weaves her imagination into intricate designs. I can’t dismiss her earrings either. This jewelry could be worn by the rich and famous. I will pretend I am rich and famous when I wear and buy some of her creatively made jewelry.

Goat Milk Stuff

I do have Oprah to thank for this. I found Goat Milk Stuff through her magazine and her recommendation. I ordered my first soap a few months ago. I started with the Lavendar and Castile Bar. It was creamy on my skin. I had been suffering from dry skin and the lavender seemed to help. I used the Organic Castile on my face and loved it.  It might be my imagination but my 62-year-old skin seems better and the blackheads seem smaller. I recently added the laundry soap and the shampoo bar. I was not disappointed in them either. Plus it feels so luxurious to use these products because they smell so good. The other thing I like about this company is the easy availability to get in touch with them if you have any questions.

Coffee

My life revolves around having a coffee cup in my hand. The aroma speaks to my senses.  There is nothing better than starting the day with a good cup of coffee. The aroma of coffee reminds me it is time to chill out and take a break. I have a couple of favorites. One of my favorites is Door County Coffee. They have many flavors available Maybe what I like about Door County Coffee is that I can close my eyes and visualize the beauty of Door County. It takes me away from the present for a little dreaming.

I also found a new coffee shop that I love. It is Prairie Winds Coffee. They do pour over coffee so they can create any taste. Their beans are also roasted in Minnesota. I can stop for a time out with flavorful coffee and delicious treats and carry that taste home to my own coffee maker.

Wine

I am not much of a drinker but I do like an occasional glass of wine and I find my favorite wines usually come from area vineyards. Since I don’t drink a great deal of wine I wouldn’t take my advice on which wine to try. I would check out local small vineyards. They are fun to visit. Locally I love the wine from Indian Island Winery. My favorite is Dream Catcher. It is a semi sweet red wine. Another winery I like is from White Oak Vineyards near Des Moines, Iowa. Again one of my favorites is their Celebration Wine which again is a semi sweet red wine. I haven’t checked out the other wineries near my home but hopefully that will happen in the future.

Beer Finding WebSite

I don’t drink beer. Many people do. If you live in the Twin Cities and want to find out where you can find your favorite specialty beer than you need to check out findabeernow.com. Plug in the beer you are looking for and it will tell you which establishment is serving it. It might seem strange that I recommend a site like this but I know the owner of this website. Plus I feel this was a clever idea.

These are some of my favorite things for today. They are items and places I like. You may feel differently. I receive no kickback from these sites, just the joy of using their products. Use everything at your own risk they may bring you too much enjoyment. I will list the websites in the links on the side. It was fun playing Oprah for a few minutes. Now I want to sing the song “Favorite Things” from the sound of music. I think I am getting too carried away. It’s time to chill out with that cup of coffee.