Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Around Here Lately

acrylic and ink on paper

Would you believe I am still working on the commission painting?  The reason it is not finished is because I've been doing so many other things like painting Kaleilu above...

and sketching...

and watching this Star of Bethlehem that a sweet lady gave me in August slowly open up and then dry out...

and painting a room in our basement...

and contemplating what color to paint this wall in my studio...

and listening to beautiful music...

and enjoying evening fires...

and autumn colors...

and pretty sunsets.

Life is busy, but I always try to slow down whenever I can.  I caught this sunset as I was pulling out of a Walmart parking lot. 

Hope you have time to watch the sky this week.

♥ Lisa

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This Weekend

This weekend there was a little bit of sketching (among many other things).

Music inspiration thanks to a piano-playing son.


And some kitty time with our new princess (and hopefully mouse-catching) Mitsou.

How about you? what did you do this weekend?

❤ Lisa

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.