Sunday, May 1, 2022

Around Here Lately

 

Simply Worth Noticing
oil on canvas 20x16 inch

It has turned so green here in Kansas.  I have been buzzing about the house and yard, planting flowers in pots and planters, and taking long walks in my neighborhood and nearby parks.  


Room With Yellow Chair and Shadows
oil on canvas 18x18 inch

I was painting a lot, but that has slowed down quite a bit.  The warmer weather always beckons in both work and play.  And I am working on other projects which I will share about in the future.


Interior With Two Cats
mixed media 9x12 inch


The above painting was inspired by scenes from my own house.  We sadly had to say goodbye to one of our cats in March.  Our sweet Peet was 17.  




Peet
2005-2022



I wish to close on a lighter note to share a short video of a hike I went on recently.  It is at Swanson Park which a nature preservation area close to my home.  I hope you enjoy it.  

Until next time.



Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Some Joyful Art for March 1st

    

Evening Walk With Cloudy Moon and Star
oil on cradled wood 12x16 inch



It is March 1st and as the Robins sing and the earth warms up, it feels like a good day to share some art.  All of it infused with a joyful spirit and hopeful thoughts.  I think we could all use that right now.




Wooden House at Day
oil on panel 5x7 inch





Abandoned House
oil on panel 7x5 inch




Two Wooden Houses at Night
oil on panel 5x7 inch




Woman Napping With Cat
oil on wood 12x9 inch


All paintings are available in my Etsy shop.  

Wishing everyone well today and every day.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Sharing Ludovico

 


Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist and composer.  I have been hearing his beautiful music coming across my Pandora stations for a while now.  I shared a couple of pieces with my son who is also a pianist and he told me that one of his students is learning to play this one called Night.  The music and this visually stunning video was mesmerizing.  The simple and multiple symbols and trees and marks were all drawn by Ludovico.  


This quote is from the description on YouTube:

Says Einaudi: “I saw new frontiers – on the edge between what I knew and what I didn’t know – that I had long wanted to explore: creation myths, the periodic table, Euclid's geometry, Kandinsky’s writings, the matter of sound, and of colour, the stems of wild grass in a meadow, the shapes of the landscape. For months I wandered in a seemingly chaotic mix of images, thoughts and feelings. Then, gradually, everything came together in a dance, as if all the elements were parts of the same world, and myself within it.”

Friday, December 31, 2021

Goodbye 2021

 


2021 was a good year for me and my family.  I am grateful given the times we are in right now.  I never want to take anything for granted.  


I made my annual end of the year video and here it is with paintings infused with life.  


I wish you all a very Happy New Year and I hope 2022 is good to you.  

Cheers!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Most Beautiful Autumn

Farm House
oil on panel

This Autumn was the most beautiful I can remember in Kansas.  I probably walked over 150 miles in November alone trying to see as much color as I could, and there are still trees that are glowing yellow and red and orange.  


Bartlett Arboretum
Belle Plaine, Kansas



I created this video to try to capture both my art and the events and sights of the month.  I hope you enjoy it.


Tuesday, November 2, 2021

October Paintings and a Bit of Life

Bedroom With Starry Walls
acrylic on wood
sold

 October was a beautiful month in Kansas.  There was a nice mix of warm and cool days, and I spent as much time outside as I possibly could taking long walks in various local parks, sitting on the porch sipping coffee, sketching at the Botanical Garden and on my own patio in the evenings.  It has been a month full of activities and time spent with family and friends either in person or virtually.  Life is good.


Hammock
acrylic on wood
available on Etsy


There is Beauty in Fading
acrylic on wood
available on Etsy


detail

After spending time at the botanical garden, I am even more fascinated by spent flowers and leaves.  There is a beautiful elegance in the way they curl and their faded color.  I tried to add this fascination in the above painting.


Morning Light
acrylic on wood
(sold)

Mornings are spent inside now, cuddled beneath a fuzzy blanket with a cup of coffee and Hurley at my feet, and sometimes Mitsou in my lap.  Peet does his own thing pretty much all day.  He's earned the right to in his 17th year as a cat. 

Serve
acrylic on wood
available on Etsy


As I scroll through the pictures on my phone I am reminded of all the wonderful things that happened this month.  I took the initiative to get really active with all the events and places my city and beyond has to offer.  Trying new food, exploring museums, gardens, shops.  I went where I could, when I could and it filled my heart and inspired me so much.  I get in a rut sometimes, and exploring my own area always does the trick to pull me out of it. 

Bartlett Arboretum
My first visit to this beautiful place.


One of the events I attended was a symphony concert in a small town nearby.  I was telling my son, who is a musician that it would be great to find a podcast that discusses specific pieces of classical music for people who want to know more of the history about it.  Of course in this world there IS one that exists and I found just the perfect one in my search.  It is called Classical Classroom , and Dacia Clay does a wonderful job interviewing different musicians, directors and such about various topics, pieces of music, composers and instruments.  It is really educational and so interesting.  I started with episode 72 about Beethoven's Fifth.  Eye-opening!

Until next time!

Lisa


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Music and Paintings

 


My son is a pianist and he recently posted this lovely work on his YouTube channel.  I wanted to share it here.  I think it is so beautiful and one I had never heard before.  His style of playing is so expressive.


The Daughters of Elise
oil on cradled wood 12x16 inch
available here


This one of my more recent paintings.  It was inspired by a vintage photograph of a group of women.  I wrote a poem to go with it, something I have enjoyed doing lately, and I also created a short narrative video as well.   You can click on it to play.  




The Daughters of Elise

Elise had six daughters

All so close in age

She raised them to be strong women

Without a helping man's wage


The oldest had the most beauty

The second the purest of heart

The next three were closely knitted

The youngest the purest of heart


Elise was stoic, but friendly

Tired, but full of peace

And once her daughters were raised and gone

She folded her arms, closed her eyes, and embraced her sweet release