22 August 2015

my remedy

july was full
and yet;

it was a tough month for me
emotionally & physically.

july was...
painting a harlequin wall in the dining room 
cracked pepper &
churchhill hotel navajo white
{kept fresh in a gelato container}

painting the kitchen walls with the same white

and painting the yucky cupboards
in these shades of green & blue:
enchanted and vintage
            cleaning&clearing the insides
                   you need just a few dishes, vitamins, coffee and pirate booty

 july was
 broken dreams,
unfinished sorrows
& half-hearted beginnings.
and i know
physical & emotional health
are partners.
and that sometimes
people you love
say things
and do things
that wreck you.
you know?
i became unraveled.
does this ever happen to you?
i've been on this path before...
i know a remedy
for healing:

you have to pick your self up
do something about your hair
{thanks mia!}
and focus on color
{and name the colors}
you must buy wool
in these colors:
& tomato & basil
parmasan & crushed-pepper & olive-oil

and then make blankets.
 you must read poetry...
and you must go shopping for celery...
and come home with tiramisu gelato.

you must look
for brave flowers...
and you must launder
 old, {mostly}white nightgowns.
and buy new
 nightgowns in white.
you must do all of these things;
and soon,
you will be good as new.
i will be back
at the end of august...

30 June 2015

june...a white nightgown in the afternoon

in a perfect world, it would always be june and i would only wear white. 
these past 30 days have been so full.
all of it so fulfilling.
we decided on a name for mia's business within the business
click this picture to see more.
when you arrive, please click her 'like' button:)

i wish i had more pictures to share...it is such a pretty place.
i completed 4 paintings in june...
2 small
and 2 big
a mama and baby elephant
for mia's first apartment.
{a video on the process is at the end of this post}
this 6x6 for a friend
to the lighthouse
this passage continues to inspirit my secret-self
so much of my art comes from my love-affair with wordsmiths...
like this painting on a door:
self-portrait in acrylics
with words from an 18th century love letter 
this painting an anniversary gift {16 yrs}
i copied this letter into a card
so long ago...still brings back the same feelings.
the 4th painting is for another friend:

in boundless measure
acrylics&collage on wood

so, lots of time spent in my studio.
but also in the yard
rosary garden weeded & mulched...
waiting for summer flowers.
and in the kitchen
all organic ingredients:
new potatoes, zucchini, spring onion, parsley,
parmesan & eggs from un-caged hens
and washing dishes at the opened window
frida is bird-watching.
every tail twitch smells like basil ☺
sunning in the sun-room

it must seem as if i have only 1 child
and 1 cat
but i have 2 children 
and 3 cats...but
the girls are the sort that like me best.
acrylics in art journal 
so that was june
tomorrow begins a new page.
{i hope you enjoy the video}
love, lisa

30 May 2015

farewell may...

what a wonder-full month you were!
so much joy!
so many projects!

i transformed a small chest of drawers
{2 fridas ☺}

& this tall one for my unmentionables
{and hung new blinds}

fresh paint and knobs
for this vanity
because this baby girl passed her state board
and is joining the family biz!
so proud of mia♥
oh! of course i was painting pictures too...
but there was mother's day!
& laundry on the line...
and wine!
oh! yes, i was still painting in-between...
there were beds to weed
 may flowers to love
and biscotti jars to fill with verbena 

 and cement blocks to make useful
 there are always books to read
and saints to paint...
st luke, patron saint to physicians,
healers & artists
st therese of lisieux
patron to flower-people
kit in a flowered frock

my commission
{video on the painting at the end of this post}
st. maurice
st. martin de porres
may was the finest month this year.
{so far}
this video shows me painting my month-long project...
"the angels"

Xo, lisa