Maggie’s Red Bag Print


Maggie with red purse lillibridge dakota 1966 print

I am getting a little obsessive making prints from my art and photographs. However, I think a little creative obsessive behavior is a wonderful way to put off doing the more mundane things I’m not interested in doing right now. I made this print from a photo I took in April at my studio. I know that I have a lot of artists before me to thank for the concept, but what I am pleased with is that I figured out how to do this with my own work using Adobe Illustrator.

I am off to do the less interesting things required of me. Errands, cleaning, phone calls etc.

Have a great weekend!


The beauty & dangers of Photoshop


Bird Print with Lillibridge painting

Here’s the manipulations of one of my paintings. It doesn’t even look like the same art form and yet I was quite happy with the results. I thought it was cool, but it is entirely different and no one would look at the grey and pastel print and quickly identify it as Lisa Lillibridge’s work. In art this alteration (especially when done by the original artist) seems OK to me. However, the bombardment of images my 14 year old daughters are subjected to that have been seriously altered is NOT.

Ralph Lauren

Here’s a great article about photoshopping images in fashion. And I’m happy to let you know that I stumbled upon a remarkable online fashion magazine that doesn’t photoshop their models at all-VERILY magazine. Quote below and a link to the magazine. BRAVO Verily, you’ve been bookmarked. Great content. NOTE: I am not paid for this endorsement.
“Whereas other magazines photoshop to achieve the “ideal” body type or leave a maximum of three wrinkles, we never alter the body or face structure of our models with Photoshop. We firmly believe that the unique features of women — be it crows feet, freckles, or a less-than-rock-hard body — contribute to their beauty and therefore don’t need to be removed or changed.”

The funny thing about writing a blog…

is that I am usually writing as my own pep talk and hoping that something I have to say resonates with someone somewhere. I by no means have all of these amazing themes and techniques for living figured out. I am simply trying. Trying to make meaning. Trying to live my values. Trying to utilize my potential. And when that all seems to big to deal with—a nap, a beer and bad television are my best friends. I have come to realize that actually caring, trying and seeking some awareness of our strengths and weaknesses is a big leap of faith for our own growth and development. It’s a very ziggy zaggy path, but worth the effort every time.

John Wooden quote Lisa Lillibridge dakota 1966


clarity dakota 1966 lillibridge

Today I am seeking: FREEDOM FROM DISTINCTION OR AMBIGUITY. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Generally those are a few of my favorite things, but today I need to be mission driven and wrap some things up I’ve put off too long. Good Luck with your clarity quest if that is what you’re seeking today…otherwise enjoy the often delightful sense of ambiguity that is all around us all the time. LONG LIVE AMBIGUITY!

Why do we beat ourselves up over what we DIDN’T get done?

Lillibridge week of productivity dakota 1966

I often find myself at the end of a week wondering what I have to show for it all. Since I live a creative life with a constantly emerging curriculum it’s a challenge to not beat myself up over what else I would’ve accomplished. This week I decided to see things differently. Instead of looking at my list of what I didn’t accomplish, I made my list of what I DID and it was pretty interesting. I sometimes long for a narrower focus as I written about before, but the variety of stuff I do is interesting and puts me in contact with a lot of people who really fuel my creativity.

I spent time with my former studio mate, Chicago Artist—Adam DeVarney and we had an amazing conversation that if it had been all I did this week—it would’ve been enough. Check out Adam’s funky work. LINKS BELOW

Jane Frank is a Burlington Master Goldsmith and jewelery class instructor who I am doing the branding and marketing for. We had a reporter come this week to do an article on Tuesday and the photographer came on Thursday to talk about her new WERKSTATT/workshop. I can’t wait to see how the story turns out in next weeks SevenDays (Burlington, Vermont’s alternative weekly paper). She has a great story and does beautiful work and it has been a pleasure to be on her team. We’re doing a trade and I am getting a pair of her chandelier earrings for my design/branding efforts. A great deal for both of us. LINKS BELOW

I also am trying to source the right tote bag for my kids summer business The Town Neck Company. It is a business trying to bring awareness to a barrier beach in Cape Cod where my husband grew up and we spend out summers. Oh, and I had the pleasure of getting upstairs at Champlain Leather in Burlington, Vermont and seeing the workshop. LINKS BELOW

It was my daughters 14th birthday on Saturday so there were some festivities over the weekend. I’ve spent time with friends, cleaned things out, taken loads of things to Goodwill, worked in the garden and taken 3 NIA dance classes at The South End Studio in Burlington (to keep my back from going out which renders me unable to do my work on the computer). LINK BELOW

I had a big group of people over for brunch on Sunday and it was great to hang out at such a mellow time of the week. It’s always pretty fun to have a glass of Prosecco and a bagel in the morning. I cleaned out cars and ran all of the regular household stuff we all have to do. My husband, Jeff Govoni was gone on a leadership camping trip in the rafting down the Colorado with an incredible group of people. He was so remote there was only a satellite phone so it was just me and my kiddos this last week. He’s a leadership coach and this was quite a journey with interesting business leaders from around the globe. LINK BELOW to his site too.

So, the next time you’re temped to be hard on yourself for things undone on your list. Make a DONE LIST for the week and pat yourself on the back. There is always next week. Happy Weekend!

Bracelet Photo + Illustrator = Print Design


Lillibridge leather bracelet photo print

I shot this photo of the bracelets at Champlain Leather in Burlington, Vermont yesterday. For some reason after I downloaded the photo I kept thinking about the image and I kept seeing the photo (in my mind’s eye) turning into something else. Well, at midnight I finally got the chance to see create what I was seeing in my head. Funny, how a rather ordinary picture of leather bracelets can end up looking like an art deco print. I love what the American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch says that French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard said, “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” Ain’t that the truth.

Here is the Jim Jarmusch quote in its entirety.

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

Urban Landscape

I love everything about this photo. The blue dot on the sidewalk, the garbage behind the car and obviously the color. What a magnificent snapshot of a great American city. WOW! Nice work, Jeremy.


Urban Landscape


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