Action on Inspiration

“Action on Inspiration”

As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, I combined my 2 passions ,Art and Horses, into my art business name.

In a recent conversation with a friend I realized that I really do take steps and efforts to incorporate each into my life. It’s not just business. It’s having these things in my life that fulfills me.

I work part-time on a horse farm in the mornings. I do love the barn environment and feeling close to horses and nature. I feel connected to what’s around me.

I also have been enjoying eating my lunch at the farm when I’m done. I can sit near the outdoor arena and watch horses being ridden. I can just relax and gaze over the farm land of grass hills and trees that line the property. I can gaze up at the sky above.

In these moments I’m observing and thinking about things. I find myself thinking about images and being inspired by what’s around me. It’s these things that may find themselves into one of my art works.

You can’t just sit home waiting for inspiration to happen. It’s takes action. Going some place, doing something, and being out there — that will lead you to finding what inspires you.

So get out there. Explore and get inspired.

 

Feature Art/Product:

Dressage Horse and Rider

scratch board

Original and Prints available for sale.

Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

Art News

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Mill Gallery
Exhibit June 19 to September 4, 2014

Reception; Thursday, June 19
5:30pm – 7:00pm Music

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Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Art and Horses

“Art and Horses”

Back in 1990, I started my art business and I chose to name it Lisa’s Art & Horses.
I chose ART & Horses because these are the two things that I am passionate about.

My mom would attest to how I’ve been drawing since I could picked up a pencil. I have spent many hours drawing, painting and creating works over the years.
My parents, teachers, and others would comment and encourage me to keep doing it.
I felt an amazing connection when I’d share my art with others.

I’ve spend time creating, honing my skills, and sharing my art with others. Thus the ART.

Horses
Well, I fell in love with these beautiful creatures on my first pony ride. I thought they were just beautiful. I felt “on top of the world” up on their back as someone led the pony I was on around the farm.
I read books, practiced drawing them, learned to ride them at horse camp, honed my riding skills and made sure I took time to be near them throughout my life.

I found a pattern when I reviewed my life. It is that through my school years, through job experiences, and my personal life, Art and Horses have been woven into it.

One job I held for about 11 years was an ornamental embroidery job, where I used my creative skills.
In my free time I took riding lessons to fulfill my “need to be around horses”.

With my art business, Lisa’s Art & Horses, one of the things I created was a line of Horse T-shirts that I have sold at craft fairs, art festivals,, and Horse and Rider stores.
And I’ve done countless images of horses over the years intermingled with other art.
Oh, one art project I was involved in had me create six Horse masks for a theatrical group’s production of “EQUUS”.

Presently I have a part-time job working at a horse farm, while I continue to create art works. .

So one can see where I came up with my art business name and that it does seem to resonate and reflect my life. Art and horses intertwined.

Presently on exhibit at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative 2014 Summer members exhibit.

scratch board

See exhibit info in Art News.

Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

Art News

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Mill Gallery
Exhibit June 19 to September 4, 2014

Reception; Thursday, June 19
5:30pm – 7:00pm Music

Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Life Long Love

“Life Long Love”

Art has been an important part of my life.

In my life it’s encompassed learning to draw and paint, studying other artist as the masters and creating work.

It is very much an important part of my life.

It’s enriching to read about other artist’s life too.

One of my favorite artists is Renoir. He was one of the great Expressionist.  I love how he captured light and a mood in his colorful paintings of people.

I received a book about Renoir’s Life, Art and Letters.

One of my favorite paintings is “ Dance at Bougival”.

I’ve seen it live at the Fine Art museum in Boston, MA. I feel like I can feel the two dancers swaying with each other admist the dance.

Renoir would produce paintings through his entire life. Even when he developed rheumatiod arthritis later in his life, he found a way to keep on creating. Creating was at the center of his life. In that lifetime he and his fellow artists, like Monet, would explore and create a new movement called expressionism.

He would die in 1919 at seventy three yrs old. His paintings would continue to be exhibited and viewed by people.  Even today one can visit museums and see the work of the masters through time.

I’ve always sort of had a sense of always doing my art throughout my life too. I’ve felt like I am meant to create art, as Renoir had been. I don’t know that I’ll create an art movement or not, but I’ll always strive to do my best work.

My mom comments that I started drawing when I first picked up a pencil. I’ve kept at it through the years: learning, studying, working, and creating.

Recently we moved my mom to an assisted living place. My sisters and I are in the process of getting the old homestead in order for sale. I came across a couple of pieces of my art work from my high school yrs.

I took oil paintings lessons with a local well-known artist, Lee Parsons, in the early 1980′s.

Around that same time period the movie “The Black Stallion” came out. Of course I went to see it.
I did my own Black Stallion painting in the oil painting class.

This oil painting is my version of the Black Stallion.

I also have a charcoal drawing of a herd of horses. I entered this art work into the Randolph Art Association’s Student exhibit. I received my first 1st place ribbon for my art work.

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I continue to do my art work. I have done some really neat creative projects and have had some exhibits of my work.

I plan to always take the time to make art no matter how old I get. I’ll be approaching in a couple of years – the golden jubilee, – 48 this Feb. 7. So thinking of such things. I plan to create art throughout my life time as Renoir did.

One is never too old to create.

Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

Gift Certificates available.

 

Art  News 

 

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Horse in Snow

 

Drawings of Horse in snow.

 

I volunteer on Mondays at a therapy riding farm.  I do cleaning and enjoy just being around the horses.  The horses are set in paddocks with open stalls so they have some liberty when they’re not in a lesson.  I like watching them.

It has snowed a few times this winter here and there.  When the roads are good I go do my volunteering.

The horses have their winter blankets on.  They lie in the snow to conserve heat.  They also seem to like to have a roll in it too.

Enjoy

 

 

A Piece Out in the World

“A Piece Out in the World”

I am an artist.  I create.  I collaborate.  I share my art with others.

These statements have held true for me and show up in my life.

Enter my EQUUS mask.

I have written about my “EQUUS” horse masks before. It seems I get to write about it again.  The story continues.
There is a continuing journey filled with opportunities that show up.  Opportunities that need to be considered and acted on.

In this case: William Shakespeare’s   “Midsummer  Night’s Dream”

Our Friend, Brian, is involved in directing “Midsummer Night’s Dream”  in Malden, MA with the Oak Grove Improvement Association.   They have set up a series of “Theater in the Parks” for the month of July.

My  family is involved.  I am the graphic artist, and my kids are playing the little fairies. (too cute)

“Midsummer Night’s Dream” has a play within the play.  One character wears a donkey mask. So there was a need to have a donkey mask.  So one of my EQUUS masks was modified accordingly to be a donkey mask.  Cool, yes.

The thing about my EQUUS masks that is interesting to me is that this art work has endured.
I created 6 EQUUS masks in 2000 for Ubiquity stage’s production of “EQUUS”.  They are masks/ props.
A lot of props go to the way side after a production.  Yet not these masks.
Over the years these masks have been used in 2 plays, one Halloween costume, and 1 art exhibit.  And now another play added.  A friend mentioned the word “Enduring”.  hmmmm

How is this?
This is something to ponder.

Perhaps I should just enjoy each opportunity as it comes.

I’ve enjoyed the events and connections along the way.

I look forward and wonder  what’s ahead.

I feel a commitment  to share my art with the world.

My EQUUS mask as Bottom’s donkey mask in “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

Please feel free to contact me with questions on art/products and/or comments at lisa@lisasart.com

 

 

Art  News
“William Shakespear’s Midsummer Night’s Dream”
presented by Malden Shakespear Project
Oak grove Improvement Association
Saturdays in July at 5:30 P.M.
Le Cadeau du Cheval

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!
Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.