Monday, August 13, 2018

The Big Goose Makes It To Regionals! (and other news).

I applied and have been selected as a regional finalist for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. An art award, the top prize is a round trip to present my art at Miami Art Week! 

Anyway as I figure out the fine print of the details I wanted to let you know I will be exhibiting the selected painting, The Big Goose on:

Wednesday, August 29 @
Artscape Sandbox
301 Adelaide St. West
Toronto ON M5V 2E8
Event time 7-9pm

It is mandatory that I attend and I am encouraged to invite friends!

Regardless, this is the first time The Big Goose painting will be publicly exhibited and it would be nice to see you!!

As for the other parts of my practice, I finished my red and blue lizard painting, I still have to photograph it, I started a new painting (an albino squirrel in a room of cherry blossoms), I currently have 3 lizard paintings up at bG Gallery in Santa Monica, California (see previous post) and I scored a big painting sale online too! The Polar Chair II finally has a new home. 

Well that's it for now, thanks for your continual support and interest.

💌 Lisa 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Lizards On The West Coast

I'm Participating in a group show this summer:
144 Space Inaugural Exhibition
Receptions: Aug 4, 6-8pm, Aug 18, 6-9pm
3009 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica CA USA 90405
Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-6pm
For more info:
Email with subject line “MAILING LIST” to join the monthly mailing list for news & events!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Progress Report

Started a new painting already. I had the idea in my head for awhile. It's a Red Headed Agama lizard, basically it's a pretty thing with a red head and a blue body. I want to make him camouflaged into a blue room with only the head sticking out in red. Another alpha male marking territory and or attracting a mate. Nature is so pretty and it just happens! See previous post for my take on this series of lizards in rooms I seem to be occupied with right now. Anyway, it took me a few tries (erasers and paint- overs) to get the composition and all the contours right, exactly how I want them. The carpal tunnel  has been intermittent. I am taking hourly breaks, wearing the brace and just got introduced to some stretches and massaging options. Every day that I get to paint has been a blessing and I am very thankful.

Frilled Lizard Photoshoot

Results from the Frilled Lizard Photoshoot

Frilled Lizard acrylic on canvas 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches 2018 $500

This painting is part of a a giant lizards in rooms series I'm working on. I like lizards, I like how they come in all different patterns and colours. Each species is pretty unique and have somehow adapted and evolved in their own special way for survival, like a natural talent. I like enhancing their characteristics within the sheltered space I have provided for them, making them look good in a protected place where they might belong. I love celebrating their differences, watching them thrive in their prospective environments, it allows me to discover things within myself. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Frilled Lizard Has Arrived!

Process shots showing some of the steps it took. I'm wearing my wrist brace because of carpal tunnel.  

Getting the drawing contours in first with a tiny brush then filling in the big areas with a larger brush. 

Busting out the teeny tinies. I took good care of my brushes this time around and 1 teeny tiny did the trick.

Using a flyer as a palette surface. Note all the different yellows, some warmer than others, some darker than others. I love painting shadows, they sure give a thing depth.

Some final colours, fine-tuning the colour decisions. I'm largely working within a tight spectrum of charcoal grey so I have to add the variations carefully. Everything's relative though so it's really about stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture before finalizing my choices.

I added just a bit of pink to this painting, I couldn't help myself.

Mapping out the grid to get the pattern right.

 I love patterns because they give the vision field rhythm.

Mixing a bunch of different blacks, guess it's hard to tell here but some have a smudge of blue, others red and others slightly grey. 

Last minute just decided it needed something in the corner here.

I'll photograph it tomorrow if the lighting is right. That's my journey although I've already begun the schematics for the next painting already so you're just a couple hours behind. Thanks for keeping up 😊

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Oops, this post is late too. Every year the peonies come out around my birthday in June. Below is a bunch I got this year! I ended up using it as a reference photo for the Furry Lisa meme above. It didn't take me long, maybe 30 minutes? I just drew the peonies on top of the original painting with the computer. I like how it turned out and I'm a big fan of different shades of pinks and reds together so.. Why do I do these? I don't know, it's a real accessible way to get a bunch of ideas across. The concepts are time dependent so it does force you to come up with a new idea on the spot and knowing you have sort of a deadline to complete it. I live for the rush! Now if I could only share it on time on here..

I sold a painting!

Last parting photo with the Narwhal, I love selling paintings! Forever exciting, this one's going to be a wedding gift as requested from the bride. Congrats to the happy couple!! The painted universe is expanding.

Narwhal acrylic on canvas 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches 2017