What we focus on can give us more clarity OR get us to hyper-focused, losing sight of the big picture. For me, I think this is a crucial distinction to understand right now. Take a look at the very subtle differences in the photos. I focus on the fungus in front and the whole picture shifts. I focus on the fungus in the back and everything changes…even the light a little bit. Perspective.
I feel this shift a lot when parenting teenagers. What do I need to pay attention to right now? Should I use a different lens here? Why am I so focused on this right now? Should I take a broader look OR get in there and really explore one singular issue, letting other things fall out of focus?
These are really hard questions for me to manage in a split second. However, as a very visual learner, a subtle shift in perspective made more sense to me when I thought about it in terms of photography. What we focus on grows and sometimes we need a ridiculously wide lens and sometimes we have to hyper-focus.
I chose to focus on these mushrooms and not focus on other thins for a few minutes. Aren’t they magnificent?
I did a three day workshop with Elizabeth Bunsen last week. This is one of the prints I made with indigo and rust. I wanted to take my print and add the prairie influences that are speaking to me right now. I used my photographs and one of my leather pendants in one of the circular spaces on the print. I’m not sure which image I like best. They seem like very different art forms now.
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.
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.
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.