Thursday, April 24, 2014


Chair Number 1
4x6 inch acrylic and oil on paper

Months ago, I started collecting images of chairs on my Pinterest with the intention of using them as inspiration for paintings.  However, not one of these came from those images.  They are imaginary chairs.

Chair Number 2
4 x 6 inch acrylic and oil on paper
 And in these simple chair paintings I discovered how wonderful it is to put down acrylic color first and then paint with oil.  You get a wonderful vibrant color that comes through.  You can draw the chair by scratching into the paint, or just leave bits of color visible.  These are all listed on Etsy.

Chair Number 3
4 x 6 inch acrylic and oil on paper

On a side note, recently I discovered Paul Taggart's YouTube channel with video after video on painting in watercolor, acrylic and oil.  If you are self-taught like me, you will really appreciate these videos.  Check them out.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What to do With Leftover Paint

Small Old World
6 x 8 inch oil on linen
 After painting Releve' I wanted to get away from figures for a while in my paintings.  I painted birds and go-to subjects when I want to study color more than form.  After the above painting was done, there was a lot of oil paint left on my palette.

So Sue was born.
I can never stay away from figures for long.

6 x 8 inch oil on linen
I am ending my post right here...the weather is perfection today!
Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Why I Can't Seem to Finish the Yard Work

Charcoal, graphite, water-soluble graphite,
and acrylic on 9 x 12" Arches creme cotton paper

 Kansas gets a lot of wind and it's very difficult to rake leaves when it's blowing 20 to 30 miles per hour.  So the yard work is not done yet.  We have about 20 trees on our property and a gagillion Iris.  Fallen leaves and Iris beds can be a tedious combination because you have to take care not to destroy the flower buds, so I pull the leaves out by hand.  

I did manage to get the leaves cleared away from the Daffodils.  They are so pretty this year.

And my exhibit is up and running at City Arts. It looks beautiful thanks to the Artistic Director, Marilee.  It will be there until May 24.

I am doing a lot of painting and drawing, so plenty to post later.  The paintings are in oil and they need to dry.

I hope you are all having a good week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Drawing Drawing Drawing

drawings bound for Etsy tomorrow

It got cold today, so here I am on the computer again.  The weekend was amazing though weather-wise and we spent tons of time outdoors.  The temperature started dropping yesterday afternoon, so I started drawing.  Then this morning there was a light snow on the ground, so I drew some more.  Now the snow is gone, the sun is out and tomorrow is supposed to be 63.  I will be back out again...there's still more yard work to do.  

Friday, April 11, 2014


acrylic, papers, gel medium, crackle paste, tea bag, 
oil and cold wax and colored pencil
on 16 x 20 inch panel

Relevé is a ballet term that means to lift up or rise up.  To do this one must be strong and have good balance.   

Here's a little Ballet 101 for you...
stand straight up with your toes slightly turned out...
then lift up on your toes as high as you can keeping your balance...
raise your arms up high parallel along side your ears with fingertips towards the ceiling...
keeping a slight curve in your arms...
keep your abdomen tucked in and shoulders back...
now hold this position, but don't forget to breathe. 

   Do you feel the energy moving through you as your muscles are flexed and stretching? 
 That is relevé.  

You can apply this to life too...rise up above circumstances and you get that same surge of energy...
a head-held-high, confident, undefeated sort of state of mind.  
It's a good place to be.  
However keeping this position is the hard part...
it requires strength and balance. 



Happy Weekend to ALL.  Spring is here is full force and I don't want to miss it, so if I disappear or appear less often, you will know why.  I am lurking on blogs...commenting when I can.  You are all awesome and as always, I am so grateful that you keep coming here to visit.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rooms Exhibition at City Arts and a Peek at a WIP

Yesterday I delivered nine framed paintings to City Arts for my exhibit there.  I have so many figures in rooms now so Rooms seemed like the perfect title. 

These are all the paintings that went.  You probably recognize some of them.  They don't look so good against that busy rug, but you get the idea.

WIP detail

I started a 16 x 20 inch mixed media painting late last week.  It's very slow-going because there are four figures and a lot of little details.  Hopefully I will finish it this week.  

Hope you're having a great week!

Saturday, April 5, 2014


9 x 12 inch mixed media on canvas paper

Derek Jones has been doing these amazing portrait drawings using charcoal and gesso, so I wanted to give it a go.  I worked with charcoal and gesso for her face, but it just wasn't happening for me., so I added color.

HOW does he do it?  Here's a photo of it when the face was strictly gesso and charcoal.  Perhaps my trouble was the area was too small to work in.

Thlipsi in progress

The colors were inspired by this painting by Gina Brown.  I love the soft color of her recent creamy rose paintings.  Gorgeous.

There is a lot of texture with the crackle paste in her gown and the background and molding paste  in the foreground.  I stamped into the molding paste and then colored the lines and leaves with pencil and ink. I also took the end of my brush and stamped into the crackle paste in the upper portion of her gown.

This painting had a Greek feel to me and she looks sad, so Thlipsi seemed fitting since its meaning is sorrow.

I hope you have a great weekend!  Thank you for your visits and comments as always.

♥ Lisa