Monday, April 3, 2023

Newest Painting and What Inspired It

Dawn Has Broken
oil on cradled wood panel 11x14 inch
available for purchase here

 Two years ago I was visiting the Nelson Atkin's Museum in Kansas City, Missouri and saw The Record Player by Karl Hoger I was very moved by it, so later on I made my version of it and infused it with memories of spending hours and hours listening to records and with a love of painting intimate interiors and shadows and light.  I think my version is a little bit more joyful, but given the time he lived in, it's easy to see why his is a bit dark.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Spring is Coming


Flowers Citron Green
oil on panel 6x6 inch

Winter is a wonderful season of rest.  One can sleep more with the extra darkness and cozy up for some good reading and movie watching.  But come March, it is common for a craving of color and warmer temperatures.  That craving often shows up in my art.

original art doll

cilantro started from seed

My first pot of the season is full of cilantro!  I am planning on growing some other herbs and vegetables this year.  Growing food will be a learning experience for me.  Tomorrow I will be joining a group of local urban growers with Montiel Farms to plant potatoes.  You're never too old to learn new things!

Friday, March 3, 2023

Drawing a Charcoal Portrait: A Demonstration Video in Real Time


Once in a while I pull out the paper and charcoal sticks and make a portrait.  It is such a relaxing thing to do and it helps me to sort of reset my art practice if I am stuck. This time around I decided to record it on video from start to finish.  I hope you enjoy watching and that you will feel inspired to try one yourself.  The links to the paper and charcoal are in the description box below the video.  

Monday, February 20, 2023

Watching the Biggest Little Farm

 If  words like environment, ecosystem, farming, nature and rewilding spark an interest in you, then you will likely LOVE this documentary.  I have watched it twice now as these topics have been very interesting to me for some time.  There is now a second documentary as well, but I have not seen it yet.

My house sits on about 1/2 acre of land and this year I plan to start in making it into something more purposeful, yet beautiful.  My goals are nothing like what is shown in this film, but there are a lot of areas of inspiration for sure.  

I hope you love the film too.  Enjoy!

Friday, February 17, 2023

New Little Paintings

Living Room With Turquois Pillows
oil on linen panel 7x5 inch

I have created quite a few small paintings lately.  Here are the dry ones so far.  They are all available in my Etsy shop.  I think I am craving color like many people do this time of year. 

Cup of Pink
oil on cradled wood 4x6 inch

Little Flowery Landscape
oil on cradled wood panel 4x6 inch

Thursday, February 16, 2023

This Painting is Finally Home

Cafe in Tribeca 

If you have followed my art for a while, you may remember this painting from 2015. It was painted back in the day when I was at Tessera Gallery here in Wichita. It was inspired by a visit to New York City and a cafe there in the Tribeca area. The figure sitting at the window to the left is a nod to one of my favorite Edward Hopper paintings called Chop Suey. This painting has been all over the place from the gallery here, back to my studio, then to Colorado while I lived there where it was in a show in Colorado Springs and in then in the background photo of an interview  I did with Colorado Homes. We were smack dab in the middle of moving back to Kansas when that interview was done, boxes everywhere and the pandemic was in the beginnings.  The painting traveled with me back to Kansas, went on a long term loan with someone I trusted to keep it, and then back to my studio to be listed once again on Etsy. I often paint over paintings this old and this one did have a retouch on the waitress at one point.  Her neck and posture bothered me, so I repainted the whole head and face. Anyways this painting is finally home, purchased by a long time collector and it's back in Colorado.  I am so so happy and grateful for this because it was always one of my favorites.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Another Video Creation


Creating short and entertaining videos has been a thing I do for many years now.  I watch a lot of YouTube videos myself at night just before going to sleep.  They say the computer screen lights are not a good thing as it can disrupt your sleep, but it has never seemed to bother me.  I love to watch videos on art, interior design, but especially on quiet living, minimalism, or living with intention.  It often inspires me to take the thousands of videos and photos I take while out and about and put them to good use.  Like using them to make this little video.  It is about a two minute nature walk through one of our local parks here in Kansas.  

If you are a YouTube subscriber, you can find my channel under Lisa Graham Art.  I post new videos periodically on painting, drawing, hiking, and lifestyle.  I would love it if you subscribe to my humble little channel.

Until next time.