18 November 2014


differentiality...it's not a real word, but it should be..
a word about
differences and alikeness-es too.
  this is a conversation i would have had with my dad. 
he would have known what i meant.  i always had questions for him and he always acted as if i were brilliant for thinking of the question. 
 always, he would consider and always say,
"you have to find the pattern"

so true, isn't it?

when mia was about 3yrs, she said one day,
"mama! life is just a bunch of patterns! right?"
YES! yes, it is!
and to find a pattern you look for the difference in the sameness...you follow?
i am going off the track.
on with the pictures! {maybe then i'll make sense}
first...the november sky...

see differences? likenesses?
see the moon rising in the evening?
she was over my shoulder in the morning
how about my 2 paintings of sisters
do you see differences? 
or similarities?
 how about when they are separated?

my mom told me nothing is ever the same again~ever.
it just can't be. and it shouldn't be.
and she's right, isn't she?
because everything is fluid...maybe that's part of it...

*another tangent*

i remember watching a news program with dad
{it must have been 60 minutes}
in that show, there was a segment where they showed a face
and then a picture of the face transposed
as if it were 2 left sides or 2 rights.
this has stuck with me for over 30 years. no one remembers it.
wish dad was here to tell me it was true.
but then maybe i made it up...who knows.
i tried it on my own face.
i could not pick the real me out of a crowd,,,
but it was fun to learn my face 
is pretty symmetrical

what do you think?

interesting to think about.
 and the results would be different every time
(if you would believe my mom)
and the patterns would solve the puzzle
(if you would listen to my dad)

in the above picture i was conscience of keeping my head straight
(like a mug shot)
when i tried before...

i tilted my head
like i am apt to do

and here is what that looked like

my point is:
i am a listener, a learner and a thinker,
and for that, i have my parents both to thank.
they really were(and are) the best parents
a person like me
could have ever been matched up with.
(i know dad, i am ending the sentence with a preposition)
let me try again...
my parents and i were (and are still) a match made in heaven.

stay. fluid.
and love.

13 November 2014

this week....

what have i been up to?
the usual for me.
and reading
and thinking
and opening packages.

the nice thing about selling one's artwork...
is the vacuum it creates
allowing new art to fill the void.
9 x 12 acrylics on paper
'i will not be afraid"
20 x 10 acrylics and collage on wrapped canvas
there is some money to spend
on paints & brushes
and slippers.
and a magical necklace from an artist friend.
crystal dreams amulet by Mermaiden Creations
which looks so priti with my new cashmere sweater
($4) from the charity shop.
and books!
books for 50¢
Product DetailsProduct Details

these are the 2 i've red this week...both worth a read.
and then there are times when a book becomes a movie.
Product Detailsand often, the result is disappointing.
but in this case, the hbo mini-series was super entertaining, not better,
not worse than the movie...just different experiences
between reading and watching. my favorite actress is frances mcdormand...

also this week the postman brought me 2 packages that
came as a complete surprise!
one from my dear friend and confidant gemma
a vintage artist's box
and a painting from the artist herself!
the other from my ever-thoughtful sister
the most sumptuous bag in navy blue filled with treasures
and a book by jacqueline bouvier and her sister,
(i had no idea such a volume existed)
you may think me spoiled.
and you would be right, i am.
but i deserve it.
here is a drawing of mine from 1998
crayon and marker on newsprint
what a difference 16 years makes.
♥love to all♥
PS: here is the preview to olive kitteridge,
i hope you can find a way to see the film!

03 November 2014

right now...

outside my window:
it is november, 
 the leaves and the temperature are both falling,
morning arrives later with evening right on her heels
and the hours in-between are colored in melancholy
and remembrance...payne's gray 
                in my studio:            
the pot of payne's gray beckons
and some bronze yellow too
saint frida, patron saint of women artists.
{according to me}

on my mind:
turning 50 in a few days
and thinking what a perfect age this is!
no children underfoot
steady hands and pretty good eyesight.

on the stove:
fra diavlo chili
most thankful for:
becoming more aware of  the language of the universe
all the blessings that fall straight into my lap
{when i get out of the way}
blessed be.

19 October 2014

after the party...and art journal pages

last sunday we hosted the first
art & wine occasion in our home.
you may remember the state of my art studio in my last post,
but, of course i had it as tidy as possible by sunday.

this is the last picture my camera took...it then decided to expire.

i think it went well, but being a person that spends 80% of her time alone,
i was totally over-whelmed and it will be a very long time
before something like that happens again.
{like maybe never}
i mean, there were a ka-jillion people here...all talking!
i had been concerned about talking to strangers
and explaining my artwork, but, 
quite honestly, most seemed more interested in the wine
and talking about themselves,
it wasn't all bad,
i did meet 6 people that i wouldn't mind seeing again. ☺
{and as a grateful aside...i did sell a few pieces}
luckily, before my camera broke, 
i took pictures of my pages in the last journal for this year...
my friend (wright story) kat's journal,
which focused on the artwork of jennifer judd mcgee.
jennifer is a living artist, so i had to be extra careful
not to copy her work,
but to be inspired by her.
this page is a wine box...the colors and the illustration reminded me of jennifer's art
and so why not? i even reused the circle-bit to make a secret
window for a hidden message.
and the cardboard was perfect for sewing this little sampler on the reverse side.
i am not sure if jennifer's art includes sewing, but i know kat's does.
fabric-collage, flowers and love ♥
little wooden flowers found at the charity shop let me get out my beloved
wood-burning tool...a print of one of my first painted faces (mia)
 and a few of ee cummings words.
jennifer does beautiful paper-cut quotes
so i tried my hand at it ☺
for the collaborative book cover, i added some
flower shapes i did with my spirograph

remember the spirograph? invented in 1965 it is almost as old as i am!
it was one of my very favorite 'toys'
i am out of pictures,
so i guess i should be out of words too.
i'll be back when i have a new camera...
because, i have finally have been coming back to myself
{and messing up my art studio again}
love to all ♥

06 October 2014

new{s} & paintings & a video

i am sorry for the silence, but...
i have been so busy in the studio
and around the house,
sometimes writing about it all can be daunting,
so, perhaps this time i will just catch up
with many pictures
and fewer words.
guadalupe in a round vintage frame

lots of painting on rocks...fun ☺
these pebbles will be party favors for the guests
of our little gathering
the little gathering is turning in to more of an occasion!
i don't have many friends, but deb has...
it will be {hopefully} like an art gallery showing.
here is a 'found' bench i re-did...
and then pooh added fur and a few claw marks
finally traded in our 1950 range 
just a wee range, half the size of the old one...
and we found that cupboard beside at the antique shop

there is so much about the kitchen that isn't priti,
but that's ok...always save some work for tomorrow ☺
there is priti studio...looking like a bomb went off,
that would never do...
i have guests to impress!
can you believe it??? I had to make it b&w
so it wouldn't be too over-stimulating for you.
if you are clicking on the pictures {and i hope you are}
this would make the perfect game...
find 60 paintbrushes
1 wine glass
7 prayer candles
2 sweaters...etc 
oh! and you can't see it. but there was a lightbulb that needed changing.
when i went in the closet for the step-ladder
{see, i am organized, lol}
anyway in the closet is also where i keep the paintings
that have made me mad.
so. naturally i saw them in there
and decided it was much more important to finish them
than it was to clean the studio
{i did change the bulb though}
all she needed was to change the background,
paint the frame...
and surround her with a poem/prayer
this one needed everything, but now she is full of meaning
and i love her ♥

and finally
my masterpiece of the group...
this painting was incredibly frustrating for me,
but i took pictures along the way
and made a video.
the miraculous mother
the video is about 3 minutes long,
i hope you like it...
i have more to share, but anymore today would just be ridiculous!
Love, Lisa