An Artist's Quest

It’s my Birthday today. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Today is my 5oth birthday.  And while for the most part I have been approaching the “Big Day” with a shrug, now that it’s here I find myself a jumble of mixed feelings.  Mostly I am grateful for all the people in my life who have been a part of my journey up till now, yes including you gentle reader.  I have been blessed with wonderful family and friends and talents that I have had the amazing opportunity to explore and share. But still there is a tiny catch in my throat; a pressure behind the eyes that I can’t deny took me by surprise this morning.  Something has surely passed and gone. And with that passing something new is coming, a new phase of my life has begun.  My son turned sixteen last month and got his drivers license, he is beginning his big step into independence entering a new phase. Believe me this is a thing I am very happy about, but it does mark a shift, a focus change for me, a looking inward and reaching outward.  A tiny tug of war in my chest, that has my heart racing with both anticipation and fear.  I am at the threshold today, take my hand, I share it with you.

These two pieces are Chin Colle Monoprints.  I recently  got a large die cutting machine.  The roller on the die cutter works like the roller on a printing press.  I am thrilled to have a way to make prints at home.  In the past I have had to go to a print studio to make prints, you can expect to see more monoprints in the future.

20 responses

  1. Vivika

    Happy Birthday, Lisa, and may your next 50 years be blessed with health, inspiration, and contentment.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

  2. Jane

    Life at 50 is great. It is certainly full of many transitions but I find for the first time I am able to fully explore them.
    This is the week for celebrations. I have 12 oft English family arriving tomorrow including my sister who I also about to celebrate her 50th . I’ll toast you also when we raise our glasses tomorrow!
    Of course there will also be plenty of toasting and pulling of the heart strings on Saturday at our ‘baby’s’ wedding .
    Enjoy 50 and all it’s blessings, the joyful ones and the challenging ones.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

  3. Shannon

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA!!!!! You are exceptional at any age. I congratulate you on navigating yours years with grace, style, and MOXY, (and in such an efficient manner).


    August 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

  4. Julie

    Happy Birthday Soul sister! You have described it so well, this being 50. The passing of time, the sweetness of life. You are a gift to me!


    August 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

  5. ted and joan

    Each day we look up on the wall to see one of your very early paintings. The “intelectual phase”. It is a reminder that you have been and still are in our lives. Your art has become so joyous and full of life, it obviously reflects your beautiful life. We are so please to follow you. Happy birthday. It’s a great age to be! Love, Ted and Joan

    August 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

  6. Happy birthday friend! I loved your blog and illustrations, I’m following your now and on. I am Mexican, illustrator in my spare time and my birthday is coming in some days: Agust 26th!

    August 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

  7. Rosie Dixon

    Happy Birthday Lisa, from an 84 year old fan. I’m here to tell you that I am happy and the best is yet to come!!!!!!

    Rosie Dixon

    August 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

  8. Val

    Happy birthday, Lisa! Artists never grow old, they just keeping creating.

    August 21, 2012 at 11:49 am

  9. doug wade

    Happy Birthday Lisa. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. I’m glad I know you. Your a wonderful person with a beautiful soul. Not to mention my favorite artist.

    August 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  10. Jeanne

    Happy birthday from Eric and Jeanne. We wish you a wonderful and delightful next 50 years!!!!!!! Love you,

    Jeanne and Eric

    Sent from my iPad

    August 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm

  11. Have a wonderful happy birthday day! This next season of life is even better than the last and with your great gift you will be able to share with us all how it looks and feels in vivid color – I am always looking forward to what comes next!

    With love – Janelle

    August 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm

  12. Happy happy birthday my friend! So happy to have shared much of your life’s journey with you. xoxo

    August 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  13. Pat Moore

    Happy day Lisa. Thanks so much for keeping this blog going and giving us the gift of your art and your thoughts! So glad you are in my life, and those two others who make up wethree. xoxo

    August 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

  14. Happy Birthday. I love your mono prints – absolutely beautiful.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm


    Lisa, Happy 50th Birthday…. So glad you were born…. much love, jeanie


    August 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

  16. Calen Swift

    Lisa! You are so amazing. A very happy birthday to you, with TONS of love! xoxo Calen

    August 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

  17. Mary Anne

    Happy Birthday Lisa! May God’s blessings be abundant for you today and everyday.

    A favorite quote: “There’s no retirement for an artist. It’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.” Henry Moore

    Enjoy your special day….Mary Anne

    August 22, 2012 at 6:41 am

    • Wow! thanks for the wonderful outpouring of love, support and encouragement. My little boat of life is lifted by all the love! Lisa

      August 22, 2012 at 9:17 am

  18. Ingrid Hendrix

    Happy birthday, Lisa! Thanks for the post. I’m right behind you and having similar feelings- although no teenager to experience! Have a wonderful day!!

    Sent from my iPhone

    On Aug 21, 2012, at 11:13 AM, “Lisa Thorpe’s Mandala Challenge ” wrote:

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    August 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm

  19. Dear Lisa, wish you late happy birthday, lot of inspiration, love, balance and occasional yoga class.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

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