a subtle shift in perspective…

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.

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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? 

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Rust, memories and the wisdom of Willa Cather.

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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.

Thank you Stephen Mease Photography.

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I hope my friends and my daughter felt as beautiful as they looked!

I can see my whole collection 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.

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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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Big projects, a few hours before guests arrive? Sure.

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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From their website:

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unplanned black & white attire

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when worlds collide/part II

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1. A side street in Florence, Italy

2. Dog Days Celebration, Burke, South Dakota 2014

when worlds collide.

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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.

summertime…and the feeling ain’t so easy.

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“I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.
—Ulysses S. Grant
I wish I was one of those moms who just can’t wait for her kids to get out of school.
I am not.
SUMMER 2015
For my 15 year old twin daughters:
—I will try to not be angry when you’re watching reruns of the Kardashians at noon.
(This will last until the 5th of July and then all bets are off on my tolerance level.)
I will pay you to read classic novels and you will thank me, refuse payment and we’ll have dense philosophical conversations about the book late into the night. Hey, a mom can dream, right?
When in doubt, picking up trash is a time honored pastime from my childhood.
—If you make a list of fun things you want do with me, I’ll try to make them happen.
I want to love you more than I’m angry every single day.  Please just pick up your room and do the dishes and don’t leave wet towels everywhere.  My needs are simple. Your life will be much easier if you do these three things.  Have you heard the term, “choosing the path of least resistance”?  Learn it.  Live it.
Here’s to a great summer of 2015!