Friday, November 21, 2014

On a Warm Day in Autumn

On a Warm Day in Autumn
mixed media on panel 5 x 7 inch

This is another small painting inspired by our recent road trip between Kansas and Texas.  The pretty farms make you want to stop, plop a blanket down smack-dab in the middle of a field and have a picnic.  That won't be happening though because it turned really cold, even in Texas.

Thank you for all your nice comments and helpful tips on the last Autumn painting.  These are fun to do.  I really need some better brushes though if I am going to keep on painting these tiny faces, so I plan to find some this weekend.  What are you doing?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Three Autumns Past

Three Autumns Past
mixed media on panel 5 x 7 inch

We took a road trip last week between Kansas and Texas and this was inspired by the land that is flat and the trees that are few, where food is grown and cattle graze. 


I used a vintage photo as inspiration for the young woman and my own drive-by photo from the trip for the landscape.  I should add that I used these very loosely as you can probably tell.  Her teeny tiny face was pretty hard to do.  I think I need a smaller brush even though I used a size 0.  Do they make a smaller size?  I've looked but I can't find anything smaller.

I hope you had a good weekend!  See you soon with another landscape-inspired painting.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lollipop

"Lollipop"
mixed media on panel 5 x 7 inch
available here


I was at the bookstore the other day and there was this young lady with bright orange hair and a gray coat.  She looked both funky and adorable at the same time and that is what I tried to capture in my painting.  

I hope you have a great week and that this weekend you get to have all the lollipops you want.

♥ Lisa

Friday, November 7, 2014

Being and Birds

 Just Be
mixed media on panel 5 x 7 inch

Just Be are two of my favorite words.  They help me calm down when things are going wild in my life.  This red haired lady looks like she has Just Be down, doesn't she?  So calm.  So collected.  I am  better at Just Being than I used to be...it has come with age and a lot of contemplation.


The Avian Samaritan
mixed media on panel 5 x 7 inch
available here

I haven't rescued any birds lately, but I would if given the chance.  I love birds and I am missing their songs now that the weather is cooler.  It is becoming quieter in the sky.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend and that you get to Just Be.

♥ Lisa

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Laurette as a Child

 Laurette as a Child
mixed media on paper
4 x 6 inch

Matisse did a painting called Laurette's Head With a Coffee Cup...an interesting painting with an interesting title.  The colors used in my painting were inspired by his work.  The composition was a mix of imagination and the use of a vintage photo of a little girl.  Her tiny face was painted with oil.



It is hard to believe it is November already!
Have a great week!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Around Here Lately

Kaleilu
acrylic and ink on paper

Would you believe I am still working on the commission painting?  The reason it is not finished is because I've been doing so many other things like painting Kaleilu above...


and sketching...





and watching this Star of Bethlehem that a sweet lady gave me in August slowly open up and then dry out...


and painting a room in our basement...


and contemplating what color to paint this wall in my studio...


and listening to beautiful music...


and enjoying evening fires...


and autumn colors...


and pretty sunsets.


Life is busy, but I always try to slow down whenever I can.  I caught this sunset as I was pulling out of a Walmart parking lot. 

Hope you have time to watch the sky this week.

♥ Lisa

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This Weekend



This weekend there was a little bit of sketching (among many other things).


Music inspiration thanks to a piano-playing son.

                 

And some kitty time with our new princess (and hopefully mouse-catching) Mitsou.

How about you? what did you do this weekend?

❤ Lisa