Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Completed Commission and All About City Paintings

 Commission Painting
36 x 24 inch oil on canvas

The above painting is the commission painting I mentioned a few weeks ago.  It has been delivered to the birthday girl, which is my sister in-law.  My brother wanted to surprise her with one of my city paintings and requested a city with her in it based on a photo of her as a child.  In the photo her dress was flying straight up in the wind. A precious scene! It was actually taken at Niagara Falls, but in art we get to tell the story any way we wish.   

No Cars Allowed in Brooklyn
acrylic on canvas panel 11 x 14 inch

She loves the city and has always liked the way I paint them.  She really wanted the above painting No Cars Allowed in Brooklyn,  however my older sister "borrowed" it once and I never saw it again.  It now resides in her home, but who can argue with their older sister?  :)

Funny story:  No Cars Allowed in Brooklyn was an early painting and I had actually tried to paint a scene from a photo I took in New York City, but the two trees I had painted looked like they were in the street and I didn't know how to fix it.  So I just painted in more trees and gave it the title.
Like I said, we get to tell the story any way we wish.  :)

Big City
acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 inch

Above was the very first city painting I ever did.  I drew my inspiration from a video I had seen on Youtube, but I don't remember the who, what or where, I am sorry to say.

Commission painting
mixed media on canvas 30 x 24 inch

And while we are walking down memory lane, there is this painting, another commission piece from last year.  This one was started with scrapbook papers for the buildings and then painted.  It's a technique I used before...

Scrapbook City
mixed media on paper 12 x 12 inch
2011 sold this piece.  I planned to do more of these paintings with scrapbook paper because there is a depth to them that I really like.  Time, time, time...always an issue.

Olive City
oil on paper 9 x 12 inch
2014 sold

Painting cities is a great way to explore color in a simple way.  I say simple because it is just a lot of painting squares and rectangles.  You can explore brush marks too as I did in Olive City

Brooklyn from a Boat
oil on paper 9 x 12 inch
2013 sold

I also love to paint cities as a way to revisit them as in Brooklyn from a Boat.  This always brings me back to that boat ride my husband and I took around the entire island of Manhattan.  Happy memories!

City Beneath the Pale Sky
mixed media on panel 9 x 12 inch

Usually my cities are from my imagination though, my favorite way to paint.  This one got a little crazy in color, but there was something that just said to leave it as is.  I think I see many more city paintings in the future.  When there is time of course.

Whether you live in the big city, or in the country, or in between, I wish you a very 
Happy Thanksgiving!  Thanks as always for your friendships, your comments and for looking!

♥ Lisa

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Autumn Paintings and Our Son's Concerto Concert

Yellow Farm in Autumn
mixed media on panel 5 x 7 inch

When our son moved to Texas, that of course meant driving back and forth for visits and that is how this series was born.  I have done four paintings now inspired by some photos I took while driving by farms and fields.  The fall colors vary quite a bit, and even though they are not a New England "WOW", they are subtle and very lovely.

Alvera Ranch in Autumn
mixed media on 5 x 7 inch panel

I did find some tiny brushes for the tiny faces, just some cheap ones from Michael's that I have not used yet.  Detail brushes never last long, especially with acrylics.

At times I exaggerated the color quite a bit.  You can see how I put the composition together here, drawing inspiration from my own photo and from one of many vintage photos given to me by Patty. (Thank you again Patty.  I us these photos a lot, especially when I sketch in my books.)

Speaking of Texas, this is a photo from a concert at UT Arlington.  Our son is in the master's music program there and won a recent contest for a place as a soloist in a concerto concert. That is him playing piano in the photo.  It was so beautiful and we were so proud of him.  Tears, tears, tears.

Below is a video, not of him, but of the piece he played...all by memory.  I can't even remember my age sometimes.  For those of you that love classical music, this was the only piano concerto ever written by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov.  It is a beautiful and dynamic piece with slow and poetic movements and blazing fast parts.  It is truly a treat for the ears.  I hope you will enjoy it.

Have a beautiful day.

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


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 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 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!