Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Transportation Comes in Various Forms

Transportation Comes in Various Forms
oil on canvas
9 x 12 inch
available here

This painting was inspired by a strange combination of ideas from my own sketchbook, the painting "A Virgin" by Abbott Handerson Thayer (google it, you will love it), and also my wild imagination and thoughts on the endangerment of bees. Not that placing the bees in helium balloons would help the situation, but in my mind it works for a painting.  :)
Painted in a warm yellow palette representing the beautiful yellows found in the various species. 

It is not summer yet, but it sure feels like it here.  90's-100 here in Wichita, Kansas!  Yuck.  I don't like the heat.  Never have.  I am from the east coast and I suppose I never got used to it!

Happy rest of the week to all my blog friends and readers.

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Baby Walker and the Story Behind it.

The Baby Walker
mixed media on cradled board
8 x 10 inch

There is a gentleman who I see frequently in my neighborhood who is always with his grandbaby.  I am assuming he is a grandpa, but perhaps he is a dad or an uncle or just a friend to the sweet baby.  He is either carrying her, or pushing her in a stroller and often I hear him singing to her.  

My art studio windows face the front of our house and on a day not too long ago he passed by strolling the baby and singing to her.  His voice was so lovely.  One of these days, I will say hello and tell him that a painting inspired by him and that sweet baby girl is now hanging at Tessera Gallery.  :)

Happy weekend to you all.

Thursday, May 26, 2016


mixed media on cedar board
11 x 22 inch

As I was finishing the details of this young girl, the white lace, which is actually a cupcake wrapper, was initially intended for the neckline of her dress.  I had placed it over her face as I was searching for the gel medium to glue it down and the way her eyes peered through the lace caught my attention.  I liked it, so there it stayed.

I took this piece to Tessera Gallery for Final Friday tomorrow night, so hopefully she finds a home.

Friday, May 20, 2016

New Chair Paintings

Fancy Chair in Brown
oil on paper
4 x 6 inch
available here

Many have said that chairs are like people...they have personality.  I agree and that is a reason I love to paint them!

Plain Chair in Brown
oil on paper
4 x 6 inch
available here

I made both of these by smearing oil paint on gessoed 140 lb watercolor paper.  The chair drawing is then scratched into the paint and allowed to dry.  The nice thing about working in oil is that you can smear over your mistakes and redraw.  And it's also easier to remain loose in the work.  

Have a blessed weekend. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

On a Lazy Day in Matfield Green: The Second Finding Faith Project Complete

After the incredible response that our first Finding Faith project received, I was really eager to get to work on the second, and we nearly pulled it off in record time. The video and photo shoot went perfectly.  So perfect in fact, that it seemed the "art gods" were with us once again...a funny saying that Faith and I have started to say whenever things are going very well. But then life happened...not in a bad way, but in a busy way...and the painting came forth like a slug.  I never thought I would get it done and was tempted so many times to just "call it good enough", but the perfectionist in me won't allow such an ending and I HAD to keep going until it was right.  Even though I am not striving to be a realistic painter on this project, it is important to me to capture certain details and moods and emotions in the painting that are present in the short videos that we create as well as the photographs.  For those of you that paint, you KNOW this does not usually come easily.  We have to work for it.

A little bit about our was shot in a very teeny tiny town called Matfield Green, which is a little over an hour away from Wichita.  This little place is nestled in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas and its population is 50.  That's right...50.  I did not forget any zeros!  It would be easy to miss it, except for the hilarious signs they have along Highway 177 reading "Matifield Green Next 3 Exits".   But they are not exits, they are just streets.  The 50 people in Matfield Green have a great sense of humor.  :)

We filmed at a place called Pioneer Bluffs which is a gorgeous public property with many uses.  It consists of lots of tall trees, a creek, an old cabin from 1859, which you will see in the project, and many other interesting buildings and barns.  We were lucky on the day of the shoot because there was not a soul there.  It was early Spring and Pioneer Bluffs was operating  on their Winter schedule, which means it was basically closed (thank you, art gods).  

Modeling for this project are my beautiful niece Faith and her handsome fiancé Sam.  They did such a fantastic job at the shoot.  It is not always easy because there is a little bit of acting necessary for this, and they have to put up with me constantly saying things like "turn your head this way...walk that, other way...look at me, now look away", etc.  Their patience was extraordinary the entire time.  They moved with grace and their expressions were brilliant as you will see in the video and photos.  I could not have asked for an easier pair to work with!  Thank you again Faith and Sam!

So here we go with a simple story told in film, photos and painting...


On a Lazy Day in Matfield Green

On a Lazy Day in Matfield Green
oil on canvas
24 x 30 inch


Thank you all so much for your incredible enthusiasm for our project!  It has been a joy to create these and the fact that they bring joy to others encourages me to do more.  Thank you again!

♥ Lisa

Friday, April 29, 2016


oil on canvas
16 x 20 inch

When I first began painting, I painted a work called "Purple Ladies" which was a hideously executed acrylic painting about gossiping.  There were three that was talking, the other with her head up to the sky laughing and the one in the middle standing with a look of distaste on her face.  I've always hated it when I hear someone being talked about. It's one thing to speak one on one to a trusted friend about things, but it's quite another to blab in front of a group that may or may not have had the chance to make their own judgments about the person being talked about.  So in my opinion, it's best to just keep the mouth shut.  

So anyways, I decided it was time to cover up my ugly painting and paint something more positive.  Now these ladies have the right idea...compassion.  That is how it should be.  Don't you agree?

frame detail

I had this frame that I believe came from a thrift shop and it worked perfectly.

I took it to Tessera Gallery.  Final Friday is tonight, but this piece is not on display yet because I was too late delivering it there.  Life is keeping me busy...working in the yard, working on the next Finding Faith painting, creating new pieces for the gallery and most exciting of all was our youngest son's master piano recital last weekend.  We traveled to Texas to see him play and WOW.  He has really grown in his music the last two years he has studied at UT Arlington.  We were in tears.  If you are interested in seeing video from his recital click HERE. If you are short of time, you can forward to the last minute and a half or so.

I hope to finish the second Finding Faith painting in a week or so, but until then, here is a another peek.  As you can see, there was a reason for that red flannel shirt.  :)

sneak peek detail of next Finding Faith painting
Have a beautiful weekend everyone!

♥ Lisa

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Small Paintings and a How the Finding Faith Project is Going

Wendy With a Watering Can
oil on panel 6 x 6 inch
 You can probably tell from my color palette that I am excited Spring has arrived.  I've been very busy in the flowerbeds cleaning them out, digging and planting.  Mud on my shoes makes me happy.  I was outside from 10 am to 9 pm yesterday, so obviously the progress on my next Finding Faith painting is moving along VERY slowly.  I did these small paintings over the last three weeks or so.  I am loving oil paints right now and vibrant colors.  I am working on new ways to paint flowers...always a challenge for me.

Flower Pitcher
oil on panel 5 x 7 inch

oil on panel 5 x 7 inch

Striped Pitcher
oil on panel 5 x 7 inch

Here's a little teaser from the next Finding Faith video (the music you hear in this snippet will not be a part of it).  The photos and video turned out great and the 30 x 24 inch painting is coming along.  It might be another couple of weeks before I am done.  If you have no idea what the Finding Faith project is click HERE.


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I wish you all a joyful end of the week!