If I was invited to my own studio…

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I would think it’s a co-op of about five different artists and I wouldn’t even know what to pay attention to.  No wonder when I get there I’m not always sure what I’m going to work on—I want to do it all and sometimes, unfortunately, that’s immobilizing.


I think at this stage of my life I am seeking a more direction.

I don’t want to get static or rigid, but good grief, I think there’s a space in between.


I’ve decided to take a few minutes, get quiet and see what I want to work on BEFORE I take off for my studio.  I’m hoping that simple act will get me more focused and deliberate.  I’ll let you know if it works…but I might forget and you may need to e-mail and ask me about how it turned out. It seems like this just might be a natural state of our world…but I want to fight it.  There are so many things to pay attention to that it’s overwhelming.  OK, off to the studio, but first, I want to check out that song, book, technique, read my e-mail, the news, oh there’s a video I bookmarked…aaaarrgggghhhh.

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Sometimes we need to take a look back…

to understand some creative processes.  This was the very first bird carving/painting I ever did.  I was attempting to create an original show for my friends, Alison & Andrew at Mirabelles Cafe in Burlington, Vermont.  Someone had cancelled their show that month and they needed artwork fast.  Oh, how I love the challenge of a deadline.  I prefer to show new work so I created this show in about 48 hours.  I went out to the dumpster behind my studio in 2008 and I found some old pallets. I carved the birds on this pallet using a screwdriver because I’d never done this kind of work before and I didn’t have any tools. I created six new pieces and hung the show. It was the beginning of an entirely new process for me.

If you’re ever in Burlington, Vermont—I highly recommend Mirabelles for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea and pastry.  Please tell them Lisa sent you.

http://www.mirabellescafe.com/

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2008 pallet carving/painting

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2012 piece titled, “Community” carved & painted on a counter top piece from a renovation site in a friend’s neighborhood.

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Thank you Seven Days!

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/lisa-lillibridge/Event?oid=2538720

Our local alternative weekly Seven Days gave my show a “shout out” this week.

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inspirations & a finished piece

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She is almost ready to make her debut.  She has to dry first and get some shoelaces.

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PROCESS: This hot air balloon piece is titled, “untethered”.  Here are pictures of four stages of my creative process.  This is very time consuming work and challenging to create so many new pieces in just a few weeks.  It’s a lot of waiting for the last layer to “cure” before I can sand, carve and seal.  I love every part of the process and there is so much discovery in each piece I create.  This work is very meditative for me.

I am hanging the show this Thursday at an amazing vegetarian restaurant in Burlington, Vermont—Revolution Kitchen.

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before & after

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I am working on a new series and my muses are: flea market discoveries, mid-century palettes/patterns and old carnival signs.  I am trying to keep my interpretation very loose and original.  It’s so damn hard to be original.  I plan to give it my best shot this week. I’ll post as I get pieces done and I promise to show my mistakes too. Wish me luck.

my art wants a change of scenery too.

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I am getting tired of the cold.

I think my paintings are too.

Look where they ended up?