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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Adeline and Sue on a Thursday in 1935

Adeline and Sue on a Thursday in 1935
Mixed media on 16 x 20 inch cradled panel
click photos to enlarge

As long as this painting took to do it was sheer joy from beginning to end.  I used an old photo of two women and it was dated October 17, 1935, but that is all. So I looked up October 17, 1935, but I couldn't find anything significant about that date other than it was a Thursday, thus the title.  I wonder what the ladies in the photo were doing posing in front of a house on a Thursday.  Having tea? 

As you can see, I did decide to cover up the open area in her dress, but not entirely.  Thank you for your feedback on that.  It really helped.  I added flowers too.

Their faces are painted in oil.  I love doing faces in oil.

I layered and sanded a lot.  You can see some of the scratches from the sanding.  I like that look...kind of aged.

The work is on a cradled 1 1/2 inch deep panel...what a nice substrate to work on.  They are a bit pricey and take up a lot of space to store, so I won't be using them often. 

The art looks so different everywhere you photograph it.  This will be listed on Etsy tomorrow and then I will take it to gallery to hang on my wall there.  I am allowed to do both, which is nice.

Hope you are having an amazing week!

♥ Lisa

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Work in Progress, My Mom, a Sketch and a Pair of Slippers

Almost finished WIP
16 x 20" mixed media on cradled wood
 Lately I've been saying to myself, "Lisa, you need to layer more in your paintings.  Stop finishing them too soon!"  And that is what I've been doing with this one...trying not to finish it too soon.  

WIP close-up
 I can't believe I am admitting on a public blog that I talk to myself, but I am guessing every artist does.  Am I right?  Come on, admit it.

By the way,  my husband says the larger revealed area in the pink dress is too distracting.  Do you think he's right?  I think it looks like part of her dress, but I've been looking at this painting so darn long, my eyes are crossed.  

My mom
 I took a break from painting Saturday and went to the Wichita Art Museum with my mom.  We saw an exhibit called Paul Cezanne's Apples, but not one painting was by Paul Cezanne.  Go figure.  The whole exhibit consisted of some excellent still life paintings by other artists, and the exhibit title was only about Paul's quote "with an apple, I will astonish Paris".  Okay, whatever.  But it really was a great exhibit.

Doesn't my mom look great?

sketching from old photos in 4 x 6" sketchbook
I have been trying to do some drawing too using the old photos that were gifted to me.  I was looking at this woman and WOW is she gorgeous.  Remove her glasses, take her hair down, put some modern clothing on her and she would be a fashion model.

my feet donned with new slippers
And lastly, I got new slippers.  I just thought you would want to know.

♥ Lisa