January 23, 2012

Year of the Dragon

What's Making Lisa Happy Today:
Valentine's Day approaching
Buying stickers with my Chinese New Year loot
Restocking beloved shops with prints

What's Pissing Lisa Off Today:
Chinese New Year indulgences =X
Tiny Tower
The word "yaw"

January 17, 2012


It was bound to happen. With all it's sugary sweetness, my art was bound to take a little detour into darker waters. I knew it would happen eventually but I did not expect it to turn so soon.
Current project: Creating my own tarot deck

Current sources of inspiration:
  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - The plot is ok...but the circus descriptions and imageries are amazing.
  2. Charmaine Olivia - Love her or hate her, the girl is committed. She truly embodies her art. Her entire appearance, persona, lifestyle, environment and paintings are all rolled up into one witchy, gothic, otherworldly aesthetic. I'm starting to wonder if she is cleverly doing that on purpose.
  3. Edward Gorey - The best example I've found of tongue in cheek macabre art. I LOVE how he manages to walk that fine line between funny/devious/innocent/twisted...basically all the things I'm striving for right now.
  4. Edward Scissorhands soundtrack - And a couple others from Danny Elfman. The perfect arting background music.
So, watch out...Lisa's venturing into a new, gloomier genre. And as with most things I get really excited about, I'm going into this full-assed (as opposed to the half-assedness I save for things like mopping the floors). Which means I need to do my research. Which means I need books. Which means I order things like the encyclopedia on the occult.

No. I'm serious.
See? I even full-ass nerd.

January 14, 2012

Caramel deLites

Hmm...haven't done a happy/pissy update in a while so I'll make up for it here. =)

What's Making Lisa Happy Today:
Morning routines.
Food trucking, crayon arting and food gorging with the girlies.
Officially starting my tarot project.

What's Pissing Lisa Off Today:
Someone egged my car. I am not amused.
Smudgey hands...one of the downfalls of being an artist.
The Miss America pageant.

January 11, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

It's a little early...but really it's not because Valentine's Day stuff is already replacing all the Christmas stuff on store shelves. [insert sad face]

And I think all this Valentine propaganda is working because I woke up this morning with Valentine's Day thoughts infiltrating and squatting in my mind.

So, in an act of defiance...and because, despite what they claim, Hallmark doesn't have a card for every occasion...here are a few quickly sketched out Valentine's Day sentiments you might need in your arsenal.

Other close contenders were*:
"Buying me chocolates won't buy you love."
"No, I don't want to be your girlfriend."
"You're creepy."

*Not taken from personal experiences at all.

January 10, 2012



What's Making Lisa Happy Today:
Beautiful rose scented tea

What's Pissing Lisa Off Today:
Uninvited chair mates


What's Making Lisa Happy Today:
Tarot cards, tarot inspirations and tarot interpretations

What's Pissing Lisa Off Today:

January 8, 2012

Park City

What's Making Lisa Happy Today:
Coming home to this.

What's Pissing Lisa Off Today:
Leaving this.

January 7, 2012


What's Making Lisa Happy Today:
Winter wonderland*

What's Pissing Lisa Off Today:

*What I neglected to capture in this photo was The University of Texas flag waving boldly in the snow. Go Longhorns! (In actuality, I have just about...zero school spirit. My real purpose in photographing this house was less the alumni pride and more the cutesy, cozy, rustic cuddliness of the house.)
**Note the tarot cards. Uh oh, Lisa's art may soon be taking a bit of a dark turn!?!?!

January 6, 2012


What's Making Lisa Happy Today:
Solo movie trip

What's Pissing Lisa Off Today:
Impatient bus rides

January 5, 2012


What's Making Lisa Happy Today:
A million tiny carved stone animals

What's Pissing Lisa Off Today:
Class cancellations

*I'm already skeptical how long I'm going to keep up with these statuses.

January 4, 2012

Hocus Pocus

What's Making Lisa Happy Today:
Magic and tarot cards

What's Pissing Lisa Off Today:
Forgetting my bathing suit

January 3, 2012

Old School

I'm bringing it back*.

What's Making Lisa Happy Today:
Sparkler photo tricks

What's Pissing Lisa Off Today:
Cat scratches

*Back in the old days of midterms, study sessions, 6th street adventures and dining hall dinners, I used to keep my AIM profile updated with my daily happy/pissy status. In an effort to update this blog more than I've been, I'm bringing it back, baby!