Wednesday, October 22, 2014

From Sketch to Painting

 Sweet in a Rosey Hat
mixed media on panel
9 x 12 inch

Revisiting these paintings that are all based on my sketchbook sweetie drawings.  Seeing these side by side makes me want to paint more of them, but I am knee deep in the hoopla with the commission painting and other projects around our house.

 Madame in Gray
mixed media on panel
9 x 12 inch

Seeing these also makes me long for working in mixed media.  I have been so partial to oils lately. I want to take out my oil pastels and Pitt pens again.

How about those pursed lips on Madame in Gray?  She could be a snob with that face and garb, but I don't think she is.

Chair with a Yellow Rose
mixed media on panel
9 x 12 inch

The sketch is a lot different from the painting in Chair with a Yellow Rose, however they look how they look.  It is not usually up to me.  I just roll with it.  :)

Have a great day!

♥ Lisa

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tale of the Quiet Robin

In a yard...a Kansas yard, there were flowers, and trees and shrubs and birdbaths and feeders... all for the sake of prettiness.

And there was a robin who liked to visit there.

And one day while this robin was enjoying his drink and solitude...

another robin came along. 

and another, and another...

"Whatcha doin'?!!!"  one of the visitors screamed.
He spoke so loudly and with great annoyance.

Even the others seemed irritated by this talker.

And then another tried to crowd in.  
"Are you kidding me?" the original robin thought.  "I just want some peace and quiet".
So he decided to sacrifice his drink...his place of perching...

and head to quieter place.

The End


Last week while eating some lunch, this whole scene took place through our dining room window.  It was so entertaining to watch and a joy to photograph.   I have no new art to show you because I am working on a commission piece right now.

Have a beautiful and quiet weekend.

♥ Lisa

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

No Waiting

No Waiting
oil on paper 
9 x 6 inch

There is a wonderful pizza place called Grimaldi's in Brooklyn, NY. There is usually a wait outside the door, but the day we were there we got right in. There WAS a line that day, but we were only a party of two so we didn't have to wait. Lucky us. 

I hope you are having a great week and not having to wait for anything.

♥ Lisa

Monday, October 13, 2014


mixed media on paper
9 x 12 inch

I never did learn to sew very well.  My mother taught me how to hand sew a simple hem.  She actually used to darn socks using a light bulb to stretch them out so that she could mend them.  "Who in the world sews socks???  Why not just buy new ones?"  I once asked her.  "Mothers with six children," was her answer.  "Oh"...said me.

When I was pregnant with my first child, my grandmother, who was a seamstress back in her working days, helped me sew some maternity clothes.  They were corduroy overalls and I loved wearing them even though they made me look like an elephant. They really did...they were gray.

 I never did take to sewing though.

sketchbook sweetie
graphite and colored pencil

The painting was inspired by this sketch in my sweetie book (a tiny moleskin) and a recent conversation with a friend who likes to sew.

Hope you had a great weekend.  Thank you SO much for all your very kind comments on my most recent paintings.

♥ Lisa

Friday, October 10, 2014


mixed media on panel
9 x 12 inch

It was kind of an amazing experience painting this.  I really cannot explain it in words that would make sense, but I can tell you a certain and special peace came to visit me once it was done and it made me wish the painting session could have lasted forever.

Here are some close-ups.

Happy weekend to every one of you.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ancestors of the Tapestry

Ancestors of the Tapestry
oil and cold wax 
9 x 12 inch gesso panel

This painting has been shown in progress a couple of times on my blog.  I was not sure the mega-texture was going to work with this, but it was kind to me.  

Some areas were easy because of the texture, like the flowing hair on the figure on the right and also the grass.  Other areas were more of a challenge. Take the arm, for bumpy.  However, once I added the lace sleeve, that seemed to cure the problem.  

Here are some close-up views.

Happy week to you all.  More work to show you soon.  I've been painting a lot.

♥ Lisa

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Around Here Lately

Hold Onto Him
oil on gesso panel 5 x 7 inch
available here

This week I have been painting like a mad woman...almost literally. I really tried to just let go in this one, but I like the look of loose and free, don't you?  

We adopted a new kitty...this is Mitsou.  My friend lives in the country and called me up to say a mother cat had abandoned her litter of kittens at her door.  After losing our cat Bean last Spring, it was just a matter of time before we caved in and took in another one.  We have always had at least two cats...they keep the mice out of the house.

 Mitsou is named after the childhood cat of the artist Balthus.  Last year at The Met in NYC I saw the exhibit of his 100 drawings done at age 11 depicting the life of his cat Mitsou, who disappeared and never came back.  It was a sweet exhibit and the drawings that touched me most were of him holding a candle, walking the streets and looking for her in the night.  I told myself that would be a great name for our next cat.  Now more that ever, the name Mitsou seems fitting after losing our Bean.  They would have played together well...she is spunky like Bean was.  

This is Peet...our other cat.  He is not a very good mouser.  He's just sweet and shy and that's about it.  However he does play fetch.  Did you know some cats will do that?  He brings us his rubber bracelet (we call it a mouse to encourage his occupation) and we toss it... then he brings it back...over and over and over.  

I've been taking care of Hurley too.  He had a small tumor removed from his back and has needed some TLC.  The result was benign thankfully.  It seems to be all about animals in this post, doesn't it?  But we love our pets!  They add fun and joy to life...and make great art subjects.  :)

I started this 18 x 24 inch oil painting during the weekend.  It was inspired by a scene of a couple reading on their front porch in an area called Riverside where I love to walk.  There is a wonderful mixture of quaint old houses and beautiful nature there.  

I am always doing these little sketches in my Sketchbook Sweetie book.  I try to do one each evening.  As I've stated before, these sketches are a great source of inspiration for my paintings.  

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous giving a great excuse to sketch outside.  

I've been looking at some Egon Schiele work in the book of his drawings and watercolors by Jane Kallir.  I even did this little watercolor rendering (on the left).

Plum Chair
oil on panel 5 x 7 inch

I painted a purple chair.  This one is bigger than my usual chairs and it's on a panel rather than paper.

oil on panel

Lastly, I am still pecking away at this one.  I have not touched it since class last Tuesday, but I can say I feel it's getting close to finished.  As you can see a new figure on the left has found her way into this piece.  I was layering color and there she was.

I hope you have a great rest of your week!  

♥ Lisa