14 July 2014

where i am today

when katherine jeanne wood {miz katie} invited me to join a virtual blog tour
i had to accept...i am such a huge fan
of her artwork
it is just so different than anything i could ever paint.
for me, this quote describes katie's paintings:

"learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them as an artist"
~pablo picasso

if you aren't familiar with katherine's work
here is the link to her blog and her you tube channel

now.
about me.
i belong to 2 collaborative art groups
so i am always working in art books;
here is a page i did this week.

after 15 years together deb and i signed the marriage contract so this face is a fusion...those are her glasses on my eyes & her big smile with my little teeth ☺

i also have 2 canvases i am working on
and
then there is the garden to be adorned
as you can see
i walk around with a head full of ideas
and a paintbrush.
but
there is plenty of time spent
with my feet up
a book
and a glass of wine.
my process...
this is where i am today...
if any of you would like to host a virtual tour of your own blog,
just let me know and i will help.
thank you katie for including me...xo.
love,
lisa

09 July 2014

an abundance of art!

i have tons of work to show
all done in art journal collaborations...
{which; i am realizing takes a lot of time}
for me, 
each book is the essence of the person
and i wish to compliment and hug each of my friends
with the work i put in their books.
and so,
i start with a "buffer" page
it takes me forever to do what i feel in my heart.
add to that
themes
and wonky pages underneath...aarghhh!
where shall i start?
at the beginning of where i left off, i suppose,
without too much commentary.
tracy dove~love
and that all started with the jimi USPS stamps and a funky dollar bill
and a question
answered by william strafford

and then, by priti lisa ...that's me!
do you see those stamps?!? click on the picture :)
don't bother to read what i wrote...i forgot to write down my favorite line...
about the rusty halos! sheesh!
but i am not done sheesh-ing myself...
priti~bird! but her feet!!!
i didn't finish painting her feet!
i didn't notice until i was loading these pictures to my blog!
sorry judie...i am so ashamed.

i am also ashamed to tell you...
{i cannot mimic living artists}
...at least not on purpose
i was to be inspired by anahata katkin
and 
at least i tried to capture her warmth, her humor, her colors
{do you notice the 8 in her right eye?}
it is carved in there; to represent the eight of us.
this artwork doesn't look like anahata's
or mine
but it does look like a million other's,
don't you agree?
i wasn't "out of my comfort zone"
because
i don't have
the confidence or the feeling of
"yeah, i've got this"
i haven't reached my comfort zone yet...
sometimes i think
challenges like this
are just avoidance,
you know?

love and love. 
ps: sorry. i lied.
that was a lot of commentary.

30 June 2014

an artist's view

it is sunday night as i write
of my week with my artwork.
there is no video.
there were no pictures taken
in the moments of digging through rubbish,
the sawing, constructing and painting of the frame
which would become the heart
of this artwork.
sometimes i am not sure of the how or the why
but,
i do know that this one
made me someone
i only had caught a glimpse of before.
i like building my own canvas
as much as i like painting
upon it.
i love scavenging through my own collection
of scavenged objects 
to find what wasn't there before.
me.
and 
my art-ly-ness.

real art
cannot be reproduced or diminished
we are real people
with real voices,
real instruments,
real energy,
and real anguish.
we stand with our hearts in our hands
saying
'this is me, please love me'
we are 
a heart, a soul, a memory
we are human.
humans expressing the godliness we all have in common.
the point
of life is to find your way home,
to wrap yourself in love
to become
ever you
ever you!
however crazy it seems 
the grandness of life is found in the arts...
dance, sing, write choreography, poems and books,
paint and dream of possibilities,
stand for peace and love,
live life and
love it!
{and each other}
 Lisa

linking to mondays with mary at hettienne's blog:

21 June 2014

beneath the surface {a video}

just me sharing a new painting...
while rooting around in the garage
I found a stone-like slab
perfect for painting on...so i did!
and i made a video for you...
look at the difference between 
my sketch
and the final painting!
i am so glad i documented it...pretty much the way i work.
beneath 
she is for sale here
and the video is below,
love,
lisa



16 June 2014

Painting Piper (a video)

my cousin's wife asked me to paint a picture of their 
black lab, piper as a surprise gift from her to him.
OH MY!
i don't paint animals...do i?
can i?
can i say no?
ummm...no.
maybe &
(hardly) never.
so i tried.
first i made a canvas from tongue & groove floor boards
from the 1800's
then i lit a candle
said a prayer
and painted...