Monday, January 7, 2019

Cows and Chairs, Horace Pippin, and Past Paintings

Cows and Chairs
oil on canvas
11 x 14 inch
I have been enjoying doing these paintings with playful combinations.  I started on another idea, but it will be the last for a while because I want to get back to painting rooms and figures.  I am sure the inspiration for this one stems from growing up in Kansas and my love for chairs.  A friend said she can now imagine cows being like spotted leather chairs out in a field.  I love that.  

Recently I discovered the work of Horace Pippin.  I love the intimate family rooms he composes and his use of patterns, particularly in some of the women's clothing.  

Horace Pippin's "Domino Players" 1943

Horace Pippin's "Asleep" 1943
I bought the book I Tell My Heart:  The Art of Horace Pippin and it is a gook one with plenty of colored photos of his art and a lot of information about him.  He was self-taught.

I like to revisit old paintings from time to time and these two are from January 2014, five years ago.  My style has changed in ways, not in others.  I used to work in a lot more mixed media than I do now.  I prefer oils these days because I think the colors come out more vibrant when I use them.

Bree in a Dreamweaver Coat
mixed media

Winter's Blessing
mixed media
I hope your new year is off to a great start!

Until next time!
♥ Lisa

Monday, December 31, 2018

Alpacas and Chandeliers

Alpacas and Chandeliers
oil on canvas 11 x 14 inch

When we first moved to Colorado last April, we stayed temporarily on a ranch in a loft apartment above a barn.  It was primarily a horse ranch, but the owner had a small herd of alpacas.  Ever since staying there, I have wanted to paint them and I finally did.  Why the chandeliers?  No other reason other than I thought it was a funny idea and they were fun to paint.  Alpacas themselves are funny looking creatures.

This is my last painting in 2018 and boy did the year fly by.  So many changes, so many activities. I am not as prolific a painter as I used to be, but I sure did explore our new state.  Vic and I love to take hikes on New Years eve, but this year it's 12 degrees and snowing which is why I am doing a blog post instead today.  I love walking in snow, but the temperature isn't hiker-friendly, so we did our hike yesterday.  It was a fun day...seven miles, lots of just taking it in.  Here's a couple of scenes from our time in Roxborough State Park.



I am looking forward to 2019.  May there be more days like yesterday in the coming year!

Thank you for following this blog and I want to  wish you a very Happy New Year!  May the year be all you hope for.

♥ Lisa

Friday, December 21, 2018

Merry Christmas!

from 2016
Mother Christmas
I have been sharing winter themed paintings from years past on my Facebook page and Instagram since the season has become so busy that there really isn't time to paint.  Some of my favorite artists share older art as well, and I really enjoy it when they do, so I am following their lead.  This painting is the one I shared today.  


Last night Vic and I went out for dinner downtown in Castle Rock and I was so excited to see the lights.  They are all over the area and Vic drove me around so that I could pop in and out of the car taking some photographs.  I am like a child in a toy store when I am surrounded by a multitude of things to photograph, I get so excited and inspired.  These are just a few from last night.  One thing I love about Colorado is how there are so many people outside.  People love the outdoors here.   




My favorite photo is the one below.  It's just such a serene and peaceful sight to me.  The warm glow in the houses, the streetlights, a few Christmas lights...and that mailbox...I love it. 


I will be back some time after Christmas with some new work to share.  Think Alpacas!  :)

Until then, Merry Christmas to you all and thank you SO much for following my art and for all your support here and on social media and also for buying my art.  I appreciate every bit of it and you have helped me to keep going!  Thank you always.

♥ Lisa

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Three and a Dog in January

Three and a Dog in January
oil on board 5 x 5 inch
available here
I like the number 3.  Always have for some reason.  It goes way back to those School House Rock jingles that aired on Saturdays during morning cartoons.  Anyone remember those?  My favorite was "3 is a Magic Number" and I just found it on YouTube.  You can find anything on YouTube.



Speaking of YouTube, last night I was exploring some new music to add to my iPhone.  I always have music playing whether I am in the studio or cooking or doing housework, and of course while driving.  I try to listen to podcasts from time to time, but my mind drifts too much while I am busy doing other things. Anyways, last night I stumbled onto this really great video with Martin Sexton and these other amazing musicians.  I once saw him in concert in Wichita and he was really good.  Here they are performing John Prine's Angel from Montgomery.


Until next time!
♥ Lisa

Monday, December 3, 2018

Winter Sisters and Their Cat

Winter Sisters and Their Cat
oil on cradled board 5 x 5 inch
available here

I actually started this painting last year and then set it aside and forgot about it until I was picking up my studio recently.  I used an old photo dated 1925 of two little girls unknown to me and I've been calling this series "Past People" portraits.  I love painting them because it feels a little like honoring their memory. I find myself wishing I could somehow look through a window and see the real moment these photos were taken, to understand a little more of who they are and where they lived.  

Now that most photos are digital, don't you wonder what will happen to the memory of us once time marches on?  Fewer of our photos will end of up in a box at some antique store, and what about our blogs?  Our facebooks?  Our own computers where all our photos are stored?  The other day I uploaded 3,000 photos!  What will happen to those in 100 years?  It would be interesting to know, wouldn't it?

Until next time!

♥ Lisa

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Night Beach: The Last of the Cape Cod Series

Night Beach
oil on canvas 16 x 20 inch
sold
This is the sixth and last painting in my Cape Cod series.  As I wrote before, I painted the first painting last year which was sold.  All the others were painted this Fall.  I could probably keep going with this, but I think I am ready to paint other ideas.  Maybe I will come back to it.  Maybe not.  I change my mind often, so who knows what will happen.  I've learned not to promise anything because that way the ideas flow more freely.

I can't believe Thursday is Thanksgiving.  We will be traveling back to Kansas to visit our family and friends.  I am really looking forward to it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all who live here in USA!

Until next time!
♥ Lisa

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Kite by the Sea

Kite by the Sea
oil on canvas
12 x 16 inch

Another work in my Cape Cod series.  I will have one more to share and then on to something else.  I have many ideas bouncing around in my mind right now.  With the approaching Season and the beauty of Colorado, it's not hard to find inspiration.  As the weather cools my walks grow more peaceful and thoughts deepen.  Cozy nights listening to classical music or watching a good movie add to my growing list of ideas.  

Until next time,
♥ Lisa