Entries Tagged as 'inspiration'

book addiction

March 18, 2014

My name is Lisa and I have an art book addiction.  There are worse addictions to have, right?  At least that is what I keep telling myself.  So I thought I’d share a few of my recent favorites.


Contemporary Art Spaces is like driving around at night so you can see inside houses, but with art studios.  I can’t tell you how much I love this book.  Also, Painted On 21st Street, work by Helen Frankenthaler, is really lovely.


what inspires you

November 21, 2013


Lately I’ve been looking at a lot of art books and trying to be better about keeping a sketch book.  I’ve also been trying to devote at least a little time each week to ‘playing’ without worrying about the end result (which is strangely hard to do).

top row: Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Drawings on a Bus’

bottom row:  ‘playing’ with pink and green and my sketch book

Working On. Listening To.

August 27, 2013



The High Highs ‘Bridge’

summer days slip away

July 20, 2013




I feel like summer just began and simultaneously is almost over, sigh.   The days are full trying to get work done, portraits completed, a site redesign/relaunch and the usual here and there of getting kids to camps and adventures.  Oh, and getting the odd vacation and general summer enjoyment in.  These are a couple polaroids I took on a recent trip to the beach.  I will  be back next week with a new site to share!  Have a wonderful weekend!


Color inspiration: spring

March 18, 2013


happy friday!

March 1, 2013


There are just too many things to love about this image, I wish I had the original source (anyone know?).  While streaking into the forest is not on my list of plans this weekend, I’m sure we’ll come up with something.  Have a great weekend!  I am planning on adding several new originals to my shop next week, so stay tuned!

image via Kauffman Mercantile


February 28, 2013

I am coveting this book and this gorgeous book stand.  They would make quite the handsome pair, no?




book discovered via, book stand via

Working On. Listening To.

February 12, 2013



Of Monsters and Men

Obsessed With

February 11, 2013

Searching For Sugarman.  We watched it this past weekend and I can’t get it out of my mind.  The story of this man is beyond unbelievable (you couldn’t write this) and inspirational.  That a man could have such a huge impact on the world and never be aware of it really struck me.  See it, now!

This looks good

February 6, 2013

Beauty is Embarrassing

found via Danielle

Working on. Listening to.

February 4, 2013

working on….


listening to…

happy friday!

January 25, 2013

I have the makings for a good weekend.  A new book to sit down with (discovered via Victoria), and some nice new brushes.


wise words

January 8, 2013


“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up & get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part & a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you.”

I came across this Chuck Close quote on pinterest and thought it was a great inspiration for the new year.  I can get distracted with so many ideas of what I want to make, that I don’t stop and actually ‘make.’  This is good kick in the pants reminder to just stop and do.  Sounds simple, but one of my new year’s resolutions is to hold myself to painting every single day.

P.S. a veritable treasure of inspiration at Wisdom

(photo for Wisdom by Andrew Zuckerman)

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012




November 26, 2012

this quote from Georgia O’Keeffe this sunny Monday morning…


“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” -Georgia O’Keeffe

found via

Loving obsessively

October 26, 2012

the idea of this trip.  You see, I have a fondness from watching the world pass by through a window.  It may have something to do with the long road trips my family used to take every summer across the country when I was a kid (vw camper van and all).  I think I’ve seen every state from the midwest westward, through the window of said van.  I’d love to give our kids this experience and this seems the perfect way.  I’ve had atleast one kiddo home sick everyday this week, so that may have a bit to do with my current state of wanderlust, as well.


image via Hula Seventy

Working On. Listening To.

October 23, 2012

Working on a nearly there painting, I love the dark inky quality of dusk.


Listening to The Head and the Heart


My Weekend Inspiration

October 22, 2012

Over the weekend I watched this amazing documentary about one of my favorite artists, Gerhard Richter.  I loved it, I could watch him paint for hours and hours.  So interesting to watch someone else work, so many of the things he said really resonated with me.  I particularly related to his feeling on being watched while painting.  He said it was worse than being in the hospital!


On the Island

October 22, 2012

some pics from our day out on Sauvie Island for some pumpkin picking…


how about a collective ‘awww!’

September 25, 2012