Daily Paintings in 2016 ... Traveling Painter in 2017
oil, pastel, acrylic and who knows what else
it's all about art, what else is there?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

5 am Motivational Chatter

Morning folks! I was happy to submit art again this year to Colorado Preservation Inc.'s Saving Places Conference. I sold these two paintings and it's great to have a portion of the proceeds go to this worthy cause. Read here about the places they are saving.

Cline Ranch 11x14 pastel

Colorful Colfax 11x14 oil

When we dropped off our art, I followed my buddy Debby McAllister down the street. I've mentioned before that we blend in downtown wearing our paint spattered old clothes - but Debby upped the anti by dragging a 1970's vintage suitcase along with her. These hard sided suitcases are a great way to protect & transport paintings.

All those people on the train - as we waited to cross the tracks - thought we were homeless at 7 am dragging a very old suitcase down 14th street. Little did they know she was dragging a suitcase full of beautiful art worth a couple thousand dollars. Judge not, right?


I woke up early today (as usual) and instead of grabbing my phone my hand landed on my fitbit - I pushed the button hoping to see the time and if I should get up or try to sleep a little longer.
Good Morning LISA! it flashed.
Then, Up & At 'Em! It's gonna be a great day! MOVE more! ... and I kept hitting the button, hoping to see if I could go back to sleep. And it went on and on ....

Apparently, this is called "motivational chatter" that starts off each morning that I put the tracker on. I usually ignore it but today, I've decided to turn my critical inner voice off, listen to my Fitbit and have a Good Morning and have a GREAT day. Hope you do too.

Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Resolutions Galore

I've neglected the blog friends here are highlights of the last several months.

I had a busy holiday season and the best part was my son graduated from college in December. Yay! He's staying in Iowa and I have my first trip planned for February. Iowa - brrr.
After returning from a fabulously fun 3 week painting road trip in October, I started sewing mittens for the Alzheimer's Association, you can read about that here.
Thanksgiving was spent in Kansas City with both kids, quick trip but nice.

I spent the day in my studio yesterday and found all my paintings from the last 4 months (and several road trips) stacked in piles. I've updated my website recently and hope to start uploading more of those hundreds of paintings I've done over the last two years. I'm posting often on Instagram and you can find me here.

Colorado Preservation Inc. has again invited the PAAC artists to submit paintings of endangered sites around Colorado. This is my interpretation of the neon signs on Colfax (on their save list).

Colorful Colfax 11x14 oil
For sale at the Saving Places Conference in Denver January 31st - Feb 3rd

A few of my New Year Resolutions: Clean art room, paint, sew mittens, sew wool blankets, eat right, exercise, be happy, go camping more, stop overbooking yourself, research artist in residence programs, do rug hooking, get healthy, stop stressing, do art everyday, figure out how to do my retail taxes without spending mega hours on it, go to the mountains, blog every week, travel, sign up for plein air events, keep your messy car clean, stop losing food in the car, get outside everyday, spend more time with family, create world peace  .... OK, most of that won't happen so let's just say BALANCE is my resolution. Do a little bit of everything I love and accept that it all won't get done. Happy New Year!

Found: a can of Rotel tomatoes has been in this box since my October road trip, along
with my oil paints and a random jar of Oregano. Thank goodness it wasn't oh ...
a piece of fruit or a turkey sandwich.

Clean art room.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Me & Bill Gates: Almost the Same Thing

Painting is on hold for a month as I'm firmly attached to my sewing machine. See, I have this obsession of making these mittens and selling them to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association. Read about it here. I've already sold 75 pair this year and have orders for at least 100 more. I've exceeded my goals and now to be honest - it's kind of a sewing frenzy.

Since the news of Bill Gates donating 50 Million to help find a cure for Alzheimer's ... I admit, I feel a little inferior. Like really small. But, I firmly believe if we all did just one tiny thing, that ripple effect will take over and each small act of kindness will make this world a better place. $50 million or $25.00 - it all adds up. I'd send Bill a pair but not sure of his address.

Contact me if you want to purchase some to benefit the Alzheimer's Association - we can pretend our contribution is as good as Mr. Gates. or

Batch #2 for the season

This group lined up ready to sew the cuffs

A custom order for someone that needed yellow fleece liner inside

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Week 34 Annisquam Lighthouse

I finally unpacked my paintings from my October trip to Gloucester, MA. I was gone 3 weeks, loved driving across the country and had a great time staying in various Air BnB's. I stayed with an Mennonite family in Lancaster, PA, an 1840's farmhouse in Connecticut (complete with bats in the barn) and a chic apartment over a flower shop in Iowa. I did a lot of sketches which I posted on instagram here.

I met many lovely people all along this trip which confirmed my view that people really are great everywhere. OK, except that guy in Florida with the hidden camera in his air BnB.  I didn't find any hidden cameras ... but then again I wasn't looking.

After returning from that trip, I repacked and headed to Canyonlands National Park with my husband. Being in a remote area of Utah with no internet or cell service is an experience everyone should try. I love the Needles district and there also happened to be a meteor shower that weekend - score!

Before you think I'm completely self centered and my happy world is all about traveling & painting - know that my heart breaks every time I see yet another news story about a mass shooting and it make me want to go to bed and pull the covers over my head and never, ever come out.
Instead, I remind myself how insignificant I am in the big picture of it all ... try and be a good person, love fully, have gratitude daily and give back as much as I can.

Annisquam Lighthouse - pastel 9x12

Painting on hold for November as I'm busy sewing. A HUGE thank you to my friends and family for purchasing them to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, and dragging around batches of 20-30 to sell to your friends. I've raised $2,000 already this year. Read about them here.
If you'd like some mittens for holiday gifts or want to bring a basket to your local bookclub, work or school - just let me know - Thanks so much everyone and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Week 33 Local Color

I'm currently painting on Cape Ann in Massachusetts. Today I set up to paint a house off School Street. This one house had a beautiful magenta/purple door and trim and lovely flowers - purple. You know me, I couldn't resist. It was the color ... the purple lures me in every time.

As it turns out, I picked a great spot. First, I chatted with the guy in the building next to me, he talked about lobster fishing, told me about the guy whose house I was painting and recommended the best spot for a sub. Then another guy drove by named Jeff, we chatted for a bit and it turns out he is an artist with a gallery down the street. We stopped in to visit. Amazing artist, check out his work here.

Then Willie (whose house I was painting) came out - took a picture and off he went. Turns out he's Willie Alexander, a musician who was in the Velvet Underground and wikipedia tells me he has a checkered past - I just liked his house.

After packing up, another guy parked next to my friend Stacey (painting down the road) and said - want some tomatoes? We said OK and got some tomatoes out of his car. I've been painting here for 4 days and have met so many colorful characters - all friendly and helping us find amazing painting spots.

I LOVE Cape Ann.
It has the friendliest people I have ever met ... and the best local color in every way.

Willie's House

Jeff Weaver's studio space in his gallery
beautifully covered in paint

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week 32 An Orange Kind of Month

The aspen trees seem to be turning earlier this year, I probably said that last year too. I've been painting aspen trees all week and had the pleasure of some fellow artists to keep me company.

Everyone dutifully wore orange as it's hunting season and we are surrounded by, and painting on, National Forest and BLM land. There was a little incident last year that made me paranoid and you could read about it here. Today, I headed towards Fraser and found this amazing group of trees on County Road 50. I wasn't the only one enthralled, every car driving by stopped to take a photo.

County Road 50
pastel 12x18

Artists with the heaviest backpacks ever
Cheryl wins! Sort of ...

(This from a few weeks ago)
Backpacker Lori on left -5 lbs.
 Painter on right 25 lbs."at least"
This is why we sometimes paint out of the back of our cars

 A favorite spot in RMNP - have painted here for the last 3 years
Requires a 30 minute uphill hike and 10 minutes of scrambling over boulders
with the cumbersome pack - but so worth it

Smart painters wearing orange!

Debby ... in orange!
Robyn - orange shirt under the jacket

laura gets to paint too! She's there ...

Jennifer - in the middle of a field with a very big canvas

Safe from hunters in National Park, no orange needed
Cheryl, Robyn & Anita

Another perfect spot 

Lounging safely in RM National Park and he knows it

Apparently, he didn't wear orange - National Forest

Get out to see the Aspen if you can ... and wear orange just in case!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Week 31 Animal Kingdom

It's that time of year when I spend as much time in the mountains painting as I can. Indian summer. Perfect weather (except for the smoke currently surrounding us). Aspen leaves turning. All kinds of reasons to be here. I'm very lucky to live in Colorado and appreciate it every day.
So, we have a hare living around our property, I've seen him a couple times this summer. It's either a jackrabbit or a snowshoe hare. It's as big as a medium sized dog, not a little fluffy bunny, so a hare either way. Google teaches me a lot.

Sunflowers are everywhere and along every highway in town
next time you are frustrated with traffic try and look for the sunflowers

Indian Paintbrush still to be found in the high mountains

Fluffy fox

White tailed jackrabbit or snowshoe hare - I can't tell

Driving through open range means you encounter this type of traffic
He refused to move even as we slowly crept up on him with the car
I moo'd at her "Moooove"!