I love when the creative process starts to “click”…when it goes from conceptual to…HERE WE GO. My inspiration is silent film stars meet bohemian modern and this image of Gloria Swanson is my muse.
After months of hunting for fabric, trim and pieces to alter—constant sketching and research—it’s time to look closely at the details of the collection that will make it “walk” really well down the runway. Here are a few of the inspirations. I tried to alter my palette to include more grey. But, I keep coming back to these warmer tones. I guess I shouldn’t fight it.
These are a few of my photos from over the weekend. I haven’t been creating things and it makes me really kooky when I don’t. I mucked around with my images to fuel my creativity. It helped a lot. I hope you enjoy them.
They were shot on:
Martha’s Vineyard while staying at a friend’s house—Blue Barque (Thanks Jen & Dan).
Town Neck in Sandwich, Massachusetts where (Thanks Jim & Iris) cooked over a beach fire last night. Oh, the joys of summertime. Thanks for the memories, folks. My heart is full.
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.
2008 pallet carving/painting
2012 piece titled, “Community” carved & painted on a counter top piece from a renovation site in a friend’s neighborhood.
I think you know by now that I’m a big fan of projects. I think it’s a perfectly good idea to sand and coat my outside tables a few hours before 35 people show up at my house for a 4th of July bash. My husband, Jeff thought it was a little kooky, but he understands and he’ll love how they turned out.
Here are some before and after photos of our outside tables. What a difference a little sanding and sealing does, huh? My favorite product and again (this not a paid endorsement). However, if VERMONT NATURAL COATINGS happens to see this post and would like to send a few gallons my way, I wouldn’t be angry. So many things need to be sanded and sealed. Now the water will just bead off of these surfaces and they aren’t splintery to the touch. I better start slicing the watermelons and icing the beer and sodas down before the crowd arrives.
Happy 4th of July folks!
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1. HWY 10 in CALIFORNIA (Phoenix to Palm Springs)
2. TOWN NECK BEACH approach, Sandwich, Mass
1 & 2. An abandoned farmhouse somewhere in Gregory County, South Dakota.