Sunday, May 19, 2019

Men in Paintings

Fahreinheit's Books
oil on canvas panel 9 x 12 inch
I do not paint men in my paintings very often, but I do enjoy it whenever I do.  So different from the female figures.  These two paintings are inspired by people I have seen while out and about.  One man was at a used bookstore that I went to with my daughter in-law, and the other was seen while passing by on an evening walk.  

Evening at the Office
oil on canvas panel 9 x 12 inch
available here

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Spare Bedroom, Shower Dog and Morning Pancakes

Spare Bedroom
oil on canvas 20 x 24 inch

I am painting a lot these days.  I am a little bit behind on posting my paintings here.   I do post regularly on my Facebook page and especially Instagram, so please find me there.

Shower Dog
oil on paper 9 x 12 inch
available here

Morning Pancakes
oil on canvas 12 x 16 inch

Friday, April 12, 2019

Art Studio

Art Studio
oil on canvas 9 x 12 inch
I shared a photo some time ago on my Facebook and Instagram of the reading corner in my art studio and decided it would be fun to paint after a friend suggested it. The art hanging on the walls is loosely from my own. The one above the chair is "Tahmoor's Table" which is actually hanging in the show in Colorado Springs right now (over May 1). The lamp was made by my oldest son using a piece of wood he had cut while working as a hot shot several years ago. My cat tipped it over once and broke it. I had it repaired because it is so special to me.

Thursday, April 4, 2019


oil on canvas 20 x 24 inch

I finished this painting last month, but all of the titanium white took a while to dry.  This is taken from a scene in our home.  We have this cushion ottoman with a busy floral pattern that serves as a coffee table.  One evening I sketched the scene and right away felt like painting it.  The pattern was a lot busier than this at first, but I toned it down.  The book was originally Bob Dylan's autobiography, but I took liberties to change it to something more feminine.   The dog painting here is of an actual original sketch by David Lloyd  that I purchased years ago and the plant was my mother's.  I tried to be more loose here, but it didn't really go that way.  I am ok with that though.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

29 Years

Vic and I are celebrating 29 years of marriage March 10.  It is so hard to believe how much time has passed.  It has gone fast, yet it feels we have lived 10 lifetimes too.  So many changes.  So much life. To spend so many hours with one human being is no small thing so we celebrate with grateful hearts knowing we have beat many odds thus far.

I took this sweet photo in selfie style while on a hike at the end of December.  It was a happy day and the weather could not have been more perfect.  We had lunch perched on a bench overlooking Roxborough State Park in Colorado and we even built a little snowman like a couple of kids.

Happy Anniversary to us!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Great Grandma's Kitchen and Around Here Lately

Great Grandma's Kitchen
oil on panel 16 x 20 inch
available here

A while back I painted an image in my sketchbook of my great grandmother's kitchen from memory.  All I really remember is that there was this very bright red and white checkered floor that felt like you were stepping into some sort of candy land or something.  I also remember there was a dark back room where there was a bed and coat rack that always had a hat on it and it scared me enough that I never went into that room.  My older siblings said that my memory was pretty close to the real thing so I decided to do an actual painting of it.  I did not make the back room a scary one though.


Yesterday was my birthday and Vic surprised me with a dinner reservation at the most romantic and quiet restaurant I have ever been to.  It is called Gabriel's and it is only a 15 minute drive to the small town of Sedalia, Colorado.  The food was amazing.

Chandin's cows

A couple of weeks ago I went back to Kansas to watch over my grandson for a week while his mom traveled.  I took him with me on a photo shoot with one of my friends and loaned him my little Powershot camera.  My friend and I like to roam around in her truck looking for interesting things to photograph, hopping in and out each time we see something.  After giving my grandson a quick lesson on the rule of thirds, finding interesting subjects, and paying attention to light, we meandered along backroads all the way to Douglas, Kansas.  He really got some great shots.  Once we got home he picked his favorites and edited them after I showed him how to use a simple program on my laptop.  He is only ten years old and is very artistic.  I asked him if he enjoyed photography and his reply made me laugh:  "yeah, but it really isn't my thing".  He prefers to draw marvel characters.  :)

I love this kid.  He was a trooper for going along and joining in the fun.

Chandin's woods
Chandin's closeup  of growth near the river
(his favorite)

Here are a few of  the photos that I took.  It was a very cold day.

Until next time!
♥ Lisa

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Art on the Mesa Art Show

My wall at the Gold Hills Mesa Community Center

The Art on the Mesa Art Exhibit at the Gold Hills Mesa Community Center in Colorado Springs opened on Thursday February 7 and it was a great night.  A lot of people braved the cold and dark to come out and see the show.  I was so happy to be feeling up to it as I had oral surgery that turned out to be more extensive than I thought and it had been a rough couple of weeks.  This is my first time showing publicly in Colorado since moving here last April.

I took very few photos during the evening because I was so busy visiting, but I did get some of the beautiful venue the day we hung the show which are shown below.   It was a joint show with artists Phyllis Davis and Lelia Davis (mother and daughter in-law), and I have really loved getting to know them a little more.  The show was curated by artist Carol Naylor who teaches watercolor batik.  Phyllis, Lelia and I plan to take her class which we hear is an absolute blast.

Lelia Davis' work, hanging in progress

Phylis Davis

The views at the community center are spectacular.

I loved the comments I received during the evening.  Words like "unique", "primitive", and "story telling" were said repetitively.  For any painter, it is always encouraging when people respond to your work and take the time to study the paintings.  At this showing, people seem to like my interior paintings the best, which I am standing in front of.  (You can see them in the first photo of this post).  There were also a several that questioned the meaning behind They Have Come to Bring Us Spring and I was pleased to know that most had guessed it correctly. 

The show will be hanging until May 1, so if you find yourself in Colorado Springs you can check it out.  It is free and open to the public.

 Gold Hills Mesa Community Center
142 S. Raven Mine Road

Until next time!
♥ Lisa