Saturday, June 7, 2014

Millie's Midnight Sanctuary

Millie's Midnight Sanctuary
mixed media on 9 x 12 inch birch panel
available here

This makes number 90 out of the available paintings and drawings I have in my Etsy shop.  Ninety!   That's my cue.  My cue to take a break.  I am hitting the sketchbooks for a while.  I am going to create just for the sake of it and I know it's going to feel great!  

Millie was based on one of my sketchbook sweeties...tiny sketches in a tiny Moleskin. I really liked the long sort of messy hair in the sketch, but in the painting it just didn't work.  So I sanded it off and there was the happy accident of the headpiece.  It just seemed to go perfectly with her lacy gown.

For the detailing I used a white Gelly Roll  pen that you can buy just about anywhere.  I love these pens and use them a lot in my art.

Millie as a sketchbook sweetie

Wishing you all the happiest of weekends.  Maybe I'll be back Monday with some fun sketchbook work.  Thank you for your visits and comments...they mean so much. 

32 comments:

  1. I really like your style, Lisa. This piece is so cool! What does a birch panel look like, where do you get them, and how do you pretreat the panel for painting? I'm intrigued!

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    1. Hi Katherine, thank you so much. The birch panels are nice and here is the link to them:
      http://www.dickblick.com/products/baltic-birch-panels/
      They do bow a bit with wet media, but not too bad. I pretreat mine with gesso...about two coats before painting on them. They give a nice texture to the art, but I don't always use them. I like the Mona Lisa Gessoed Hardbords the best. Hope that answers your question. Have a great day today!

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  2. holy moly, i'm impressed that you got millie, a table, chair, and window in the tiny moleskine!! i do love her sanctuary and the way you painted it...

    happy weekend, my friend...

    xoxo

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    1. again...it's that tiny mechanical graphite pencil...love it! If you had not told me about it ages ago...what would I have been doing this whole time? It is THE pencil.

      Thank you Lynne. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Myra...shall we go watch a ballet together? :)

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  4. Another great dress....and rug too. Pattern on pattern. By all means take a breather and enjoy. xox

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    1. I'll take a breather if you will Corrine. :) xoxo

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  5. Another wonderful and imaginative painting. I get lost looking at all the details. Love them. You are a master at patterns.
    Yea - more sketch book stuff coming up!

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    1. Hi Julie...thank you! I am not sure I am a master at much of anything, but I do love patterns and strive to make them strong...so I'm tickled you took notice of them.

      xo

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  6. I love the dresses you give your ladies. I look forward to seeing some more of your sketches.

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    1. Hey Fuzzie Fingers! Thank you. Dresses are so fun and painting them on my figures is probably the equivalent to playing with dolls as a child. I guess I never did grow up. Hee hee!

      Have a good day...paint!!!

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  7. Excellent colors and perfect pattern in her dress as always. (love the rug!) So many details that I don't know where to look first.!!

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    1. Hi Hilda...thank you!! There is a Persian rug store in our downtown area and I would love to go in there and shoot some photos of their rugs to help with future paintings. I could look on the internet, but going to a rug store would be so much more fun I think!

      I have been thinking a lot about your amazing animal portraits...those dogs!!!

      xo

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  8. Your style invites the viewer in, Lisa! Intriguing patterns throughout!

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    1. Thanks so much Dean. I am thrilled you stopped by!

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  9. I am amazed at the outcome specially the intricate details of the rug ~ Just to clarify, the painting is not mine but I couldn't find the artist who did it ~

    When on a break, I highly recommend couples dancing and lessons as its really fun ~ Wishing you happy week and Blessed Sunday ~

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    1. Thank you Grace and for taking the time to clarify. Sweet painting you chose!

      Dancing...YES! :)

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  10. 90 wow! I don't think I have ever had that many paintings in my shop!
    This painting is very mysterious to me! I love it ;o)
    Have fun creating ;o)
    I hope you're having a great weekend ;o)
    Hugs ;o)

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    1. It's because your darling crows all fly away dear Stacy. :)

      Thank you and you too! xo

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  11. Thank you for visiting me and your kind comments Lisa. Love your mixed media paintings. Annette x

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    1. Thank you Annette. Have a lovely weekend.

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  12. As always, I love your paintings. This one seems rather mysterious to me. I love all the textures and patterns you've achieved here. Beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you Janet. I know you love to doodle patterns a lot. I would probably benefit from doing more of that! Thanks for dropping in!

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  13. Love the texture and the mystique of this piece!

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    1. Using sandpaper on a painting will sure create texture. I remember when I first heard of sanding I thought it was CRAZY. What??? You spent how many hours getting to where you are and now you're going to sand it off??????!!!! What? But it is nice. :)

      Thanks for your comment JanettMarie.

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  14. LIsa, your work always is so full of story! Look that textured wall, the beautiful floor, and I mean look at her...beauty from within in her best dress!! I looooooove your art! ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

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    1. Hi Conny, thank you for your kind words. I have really enjoyed watching your paintings on Facebook. You have been so prolific. Good for you! I will be by soon to see your blog. Now that my shows are done, I will have more time (I hope I hope). xoxo

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  15. I really enjoyed this post and work = )
    Congrats at creating 90 works...YOU do need a break for sure = )

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    1. Hi Sue and thank you. It's actually A LOT more than 90. That is just the number in my shop. I have no clue how much I've created...many I've kept, painted over or sold. Sure is fun, isn't it?

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  16. Nothing better than spending time with your sketchbook! I love this painting...and yes, the headwear looks exactly right!

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    1. Thanks Celeste! I know how much you enjoy your sketchbook time also.

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