An Artist's Quest

A Fresh A Fresh Start: something old is new again


I painted a new landscape. That doesn’t seem like much of a proclamation but for me it sort of is. Let me give you a bit of background. As a young artist fresh out of art school most of my work was social, emotional, and spiritual commentary mostly figurative and mostly female figures. Then about 15 years ago a friend and benefactor, John Weaver, decided I should go to an artist retreat in the south of France to paint landscapes. I’m not sure why he felt so strongly about it but he just thought it would be good for me so he donated some money to The Bishop’s Ranch for staff education and made sure I was the first one to use it. When I got to France I hadn’t painted a landscape since I was a child water coloring in a Yosemite meadow along side my mother. To be perfectly honest I had a little art school snobbiness about beauty. I liked to wear the angsty artist label as much the next art student and create “meaningful, challenging” art which is code for not pretty and god forbid not cute! But by this time I had lived in the beauty of The Bishop’s Ranch for five years and to be perfectly honest my life was so lovely and charming that there wasn’t much reason to make angsty art. So I surrendered to the beauty of the landscape in France and put what I learned to use at home, churning out painting after painting, for a while painting a landscape a week! My catalog has over a hundred landscapes of the Ranch and surrounds. But suddenly I was bored I had over done it. The landscapes felt like an expectation, and I began to feel trapped. So I took a hiatus, diving into collage, encaustic, digital art, quilting and any other medium that wandered my way. But lately, the last 4 or 5 months, I’ve been thinking longingly of landscapes. Going for hikes taking photos thinking, that would be a good landscape, so when I found my phone full of such photos I thought the universe was trying to tell me something- PAINT A LANDSCAPE – and so I did. And you know what- I loved it. The process of translating a beautiful vista into a beautiful painting, reconnecting with my personal painting style and the comfort of my old friend Golden paints, a lovely number 2 round brush and number 4 flat – well it was like old friends meeting up after years apart and getting along like we’d never been apart. So you my faithful blog followers get the first look –November  Fog and Frost. I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed painting it… more to come, but definitely not one a week, I’m going to pace myself this time!


6 responses

  1. Sally Nole

    I really like your painting style. Glad you had the willingness to go back to a passion. Sometimes it’s hard to get out of the “been there done that “mode.

    January 7, 2016 at 5:10 pm

  2. Anne R. Blanton

    Thanks dear Lisa. How well I remember John Weaver!!! Happy New Year- Happy landscape painting, With love, anne

    January 7, 2016 at 5:59 pm

  3. Kitty

    Lisa, its beautiful!

    January 8, 2016 at 12:07 pm

  4. Pamela

    Lisa, I hope to prints are printing as I type. Yes, my dear, I wish to add yet another landscape to my homes walls…..(I know there isn’t much room left!). I will always love your landscapes. They are BEAUTIFUL, just as the person that paints them.

    January 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

  5. Looking forward to more landscapes! Love the way you portray the trees in this one.

    January 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm

  6. Gorgeous, Lisa! So glad to hear that you have found your way back to painting.

    January 9, 2016 at 10:10 am

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