December 31, 2011

Hello 2012!

2011 was a good egg. It was filled with exciting new opportunities and challenging adventures. But a new year brings new grounds to play in. =)

So in a feeble attempt to ensure 2012 is even better than the previous one, I'm going to do what I do best: make lists.

Lisa's 2012 Resolutions

Art:
Secure a solo exhibition in an art gallery/venue
Sell my prints in a store in NYC
Take real days off
Visit a gallery/museum twice a month
Cozy up my studio space

Self:
Bake macarons
Eat Laduree macarons when in NYC
Bake streuselschneke
Get a tattoo
Spruce up the house
Perform one random act of kindness a month
Read a book a month



That's it for now. I may be adding resolutions as I think of them......but I most likely won't.

I gotta keep it real. And attainable. (for the most part)

So long 2011! HELLO 2012!!!

December 19, 2011

Christmasitis

Ever experienced senioritis*? Well, I've got Christmasitis**. Today was a total wash. I did nothing.

But then my lazy butt felt too lazy and decided to tackle the dreaded...artist statement.

Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson - Genius

Yeeuuupp, that's about right.


*The utter lack of motivation one feels as a high school/college/old-aged senior because you know the end is near.
**The utter lack of motivation to do anything other than drink hot cocoa, munch sugar cookies, bake pies and watch Christmas movies because you know the end is near.

December 15, 2011

If the Art Store was High School

This post will likely make no sense. I am merely procrastinating because I don't feel like drawing or painting or wrapping the mountain of presents I have waiting for me.

If Art Supplies Were High School Stereotypes*

Graphite - Emos. After long sessions laboring over their meticulous and delicate shading, they discover the soft grey dust is now smeared all over their fingertips and clothing. They ponder. Then they cry. Why, cruel world? WHY?!
Pens - Nerds. Can be found heatedly debating the merits of ballpoint versus gel. Can only agree on the necessity of pocket protectors.
Ink/Fountain Pen - Hipsters. Fountain pens are so throwback. And anything throwback is good. Technology be damned.
Markers - Lisa Frank wannabes. Their favorite color is rainbow. Favorite element is glitter. Favorite animal is unicorn. And favorite word...sparklelicious.
Spray Paint - Badass, cool guys. They wear pants slung so low they defy gravity. They inhale each other for a good time. They wear their street painting clothes as a badge of honor. They also live in cardboard boxes. The most badassedly tagged cardboard boxes.
Acrylic - Idiots.
Watercolors - Hippies. Girls named Sunshine and Rain. Boys named Simon and Garfunkel. They love sepia tones and Instagram and anything else wishy-washy-fadey. Ironically, they don't wash their hair.
Crayons - Infants.
Pastels - Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Get off the bus and walk home.
Oil Paints - Cool kids. Everyone wants in but most are intimidated. Also known as the untouchables. Because they cost so damn much.
Colored Pencils - Social climbers. Just a hop and a skip away from any of the other groups. If only they could decide which one, they'd be gellin like Magellan.
And as you can see...I use a little bit of everything. I don't know what that makes me. Oh, but I don't use pastels. You weirdos.


*Disclaimer. These are all merely my own personal observations and opinions...which apparently everyone is entitled to...so there. Please do not feel offended or rejected or angry. I can't help it if you are a loser medium. Go sit in time out and keep eating that paste.
**Disclaimer Part Deux. This is obviously in jest. =D Merry Christmas!

December 11, 2011

Repeatedly Inquired Queries

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of art showing and art marketing and art fairing. And amidst all the hustle and bustle, I noticed I kept getting asked the same questions over and over again. So, in an attempt to answer some of those seemingly frequently asked questions, I have decided to compile a little frequently...asked....questions.....list of....FAQs.....

Lisa's List of Questions that Pop Up Time and Time Again

When did you first start to draw?
I love this question. I really do. It's because this question pops up in every interview I've ever read about any artist. And the answer is always the same. Just about every artist will tell you they started drawing as soon as they developed the motor skills to grab a crayon. But...isn't that true for...everyone? Every booger picking* kid loves to draw. The only difference between an adult artist and an adult non-artist is the artist never stopped drawing. BUT. If you're really asking when did I first take my art seriously? About 3 years ago. Around 2008. I'm a late bloomer.

What is your process? Lots of sketching.

Where do you get your ideas?
I am heavily influenced by children's stories, fairy tales, crowded cities, fuzzy animals and shiny things. However, I have found inspiration in obvious places (visiting galleries/flipping through art books) and less than obvious places (shape of a car/looking at things while squinting). You'd be surprised by what you see if you really take the time to look. As for the actual drawn images and concepts? I have no idea. The best I can explain it is...they come as flashes/glimpses and I just try my best to capture that image/feeling. I am lucky to have a very strange imagination.

Why houses and buildings?
I love cities, I love buildings and I love the romantic/nostalgic feelings we have towards our homes. I like to think the homes in my drawings help connect and draw out warm/fuzzy feelings. I like to imagine the stories and secrets the walls of a building could tell. But I draw buildings also because of what I don't draw: people. I don't like drawing people. So my buildings become my own little world of characters.

Are you an architect?
Nope. I can see why you'd ask. But nope.

More sketching and fine tuning.

Did you study art in school?
Nope. I have love/hate feelings about art school.
Love: I'm sure if I ever went to art school, I would be exposed to a bunch more mediums and techniques, I would actually have some art history knowledge and I'd have a better art people network.
Hate: I don't really believe art is something to be taught. I don't like being told how to do something and the right/wrong way to do it. I'm stubborn and I learn best from making my own mistakes.

Do you do this full time?
As of January 15, 2011, I proudly/timidly call myself a full-time artist.

And even more sketching. The back of my door is the best large-scale sketching spot. :)

You exist?!
My absolute favorite question EVER. And...actually...only asked once. But it made me feel all special and unique like a unicorn or a pixie or a pocketcat or a narwhal**.


*Or booger eating. Am I alone in this? Salty. Like Play-Doh. The more you know. =)
**Narwhals apparently...EXIST?!?!!??!!?