"The love of beauty is taste, the creation of beauty is art"
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Small Works of Grand Art"

"Ruby" 16x16 Oil. $500. "Ruby" is a part of my series of ballet dresses. She would be great for your little girl's room or just for you. I live in a house of boys so I love having one piece of feminine art just for me! You will find more works like "Ruby" all during the month of November at Studio M on Bennett.

Monday, October 25, 2010


"Solace" 9x12 custom framed painting. "Solace" is $350.Available November 4th for the "Small Works of Grand Art" show. I love painting the figure.It allows me to combine my undergraduate degree of exercise physiology and the study of the human figure with my love for creating. I am amazed at the beauty of the human form. Hopefully I conveyed that beauty with this painting.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Small Works of Grand Art"

"Small Works of Grand Art"
All works will be under $1000. I am participating in a show with 19 other artists in November. The opening will be on Nov 6th 2010. The painting "Fallen" is 8x10 and will sell for $250. Our goal is to create small oil paintings that you can enjoy and at the same time raise some money for Team Boobie-Que a breast cancer walk team.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Life's Lessons

Have you ever had time stop as you realized a major life moment was happening? Well, I did last week. I had the opportunity to work with a group of fantastic ladies who are raising money for their school. Our goal for the evening was for them to come to the studio and have a volunteer kick-off party. The key activity other than visiting and bonding as a team was for the ladies to help paint a painting that they can then auction at their fundraiser. Some people jumped right in and others held back but with a bit of coaxing, came up and participated.

The "AHA moment" for me came when one person came up and asked " how can you let other people mess up your beautiful creation? I don't understand how you can put so much work into something and then allow it to be destroyed!" I thought "what are you talking about, the mistakes are what will make the painting more beautiful and interesting plus I can always fix it!"

At that moment, time stopped for me. I realized that my art is an extension of my life philosophy. Not only do I love painting beautiful objects, places and people , but I also approach my work the way I view life. Don't sweat it, relish the mistakes they will give you a better product most things are fixable. Now... I have not always been this way.

When I was growing up, I would work and work to make things just right in whatever I did. I learned quickly that there would always be something that I would have no control over and inevitably, things would not be exactly the way I had envisioned them. Lucky for me I was raised by parents who already knew the secret of happiness in this world. My mother would share this bit of wisdom with me over and over and over-- " Sweetie, we don't worry about things that we can't change only the things we can." To sum up her point in another way, if it isn't life threatening then get over yourself and roll with what comes your way. Things may turn out better than you planned.

I have found that some of my most successful creations come from the worst beginnings or mistakes. I also have the wisdom of a little bitty bit of age that now as in my art, I approach life much the same way. I can only control myself and my reactions to what happens around me and how others behave.If I take responsibility for the things that I can change then I have to power to create a fantastic work of art. It's as my father has always said "Always take the high road,you may not win the battle but you will win the war. The war of creating a happy life!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New Palette, New Focus

I am in the process of completing this painting. I am extremely excited about this new palette of neutrals. What do you think?

Friday, June 4, 2010

So excited to take part in the West Georgia Community Foundations first juried art exhibit. The goal of this exhibit is for the artist to create works that express what community means to them. I created the painting to the right called. "Together there is Hope". My goal with this painting is to target what we all know in ourselves. That is we have to have the same vision of the kind of community we want but there are lots of ways to achieve that vision. As long as we can agree on the "what" we want ie: I want to live in a community where all people have a chance to flourish, I want to live in a community where I can walk to stores, ride my bike through nature trails and attend cultural events on a regular basis. I want to have access to healthcare , and know that my medical needs can be met. These are just a few of the things I want in my community. How to achieve these things? That is the easy part. What type of community do you want to be a part of?

So excited to take part in the West Georgia Community Foundations first juried art exhibit. The goal of this exhibit is for the artist to create works that express what community means to them. I created the painting to the right called. "Together there is Hope". My goal with this painting is to target what we all know in ourselves. That is we have to same vision of the kind of community we want then there are many ways to achieve that vision. I wish now we could go forward and work together to define the characteristics of how we should live together. It would be interesting.

Monday, May 17, 2010

I just finished this commission for a lady who is redecorating her house on St. Simon's. she wanted all five grandchildren in the painting and very soft palette. I have to say at first I was not excited about using such a soft palette but I am thrilled at how this painting turned out! We captured all the children and their personalities!!
Enjoy "Mimi's Angels"

Saturday, April 17, 2010

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"Forgotten" 44x44 Oil on Board

Monarch Towers Exhibit

I was contacted in March about hanging some of my work in the Monarch Towers in Buckhead. They have a gallery wall space in the lobby . Ten pieces were chosen, five barns and five dresses. Go by and check it out! The building where the restaurant New York Prime is located across from Phipps Plaza.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"Blue Streak"

In the Spring of 2009 I got a call from my studio mate who said " Lisa someone is here from a set design for a new movie that they are filming in Atlanta" I came to the studio to meet the designer and she chose "Blue Streak". In a few days I received a check for the rental of the piece. I still did not know what movie. After about two weeks the director brought back my painting and told me he was finished with the shooting. I asked if the painting would be in the movie and he said he had not finished editing yet so he could not make any promises.

I finally asked "What is the title of the movie and who is in it?"He said " Oh it is a movie with Kathy Bates, Tim McGraw and Sandra Bullock based on a book called "The Blindside"!! Unfortunately, the painting did not make the cut but Ido have a copy of the check!

"Blue Streak is 30x36 Oil on Board and is available for purchase at Studio M on Bennett, Tula Art Center 75 Bennett Street Atlanta GA 30309.