An Artist's Quest

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Seeing in Double & Triple & …. the Joy of Working in Multiples

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painting in my latest BREATHE series

Hello dear readers, I promised I would get back to blogging more regularly and here I am! I’m excited to be the guest blogger for Stencil Girl stencils this week and I want you to check it out at stencilgirl talk. They gave me 4 stencils of my choice from their vast collection and asked me to cut loose and produce. The post walks you through all the steps of making my latest expressive paintings – not a surprise I revisited a theme that keeps popping up in my work – BREATHE.

When I’m working on these expressive paintings I like to have a whole bunch of canvases and wood panels to work on at one time. I think that frees me up to experiment more with pattern and color combinations so no one piece gets too precious. I really can “mess it up” because if I do I just add another layer and push the composition to a place I like, if it doesn’t work – no worries I have 10 other canvases that I am experimenting on. This time I used my stencil girl stencils for pattern then cut my own stencils for the figure and the lotus to create my focal point. I have made that stencil in 3 sizes so I can experiment with scale and repetition. I am happy with what I came up with.

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a sampling of paintings now available in my Etsy shop

I just posted all these paintings on my Etsy Shop. I have painting in these series and others for small 6×8” pieces for $20 up to 18×24” pieces for $275 and everything in between. I hope you’ll check out my shop and see detail photos of this entire series and my guest blogger post on Stencil Girl Talk to see all the steps in making the work.

Until next time – be well.

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Time is Racing

Somehow I can’t keep up with my life these days; well that’s not quite true, I’m keeping up but just barely.  Workshops are happening, my work at The Bishop’s Ranch is happening but I feel stuck in quick sand, I’m running but it feels more like slogging.  I keep thinking I’ll get caught up – today is the day – and then the next day is the same. I’ll keep trying – I promised to blog more but bare with me.  I want to keep you in the loop about what I’m up too so….

This weekend I taught this weekend at The Bishop’s Ranch my Winter Creative Workshop. It was all about making art papers and making personal, artful gifts and cards with the stenciled, stamped and sprayed papers, take a peek:

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But wait there’s more! I’m having a Studio Sale December 1st-3rd, here is a preview and a link to details STUDIO SALE… PLEASE COME AND INVITE FRIENDS:

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Still MORE! Commit to your creative self in 2017 come make art with ME! WORKSHOP INFO

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Inspiration: sending it out and getting it back!

I'm holding the cardboard mask while my son sprays a design with spray paint.

I’m holding the cardboard mask while my son sprays a design with spray paint.

Ivan next to his cool designs...inspiration in action!

Ivan next to his cool designs…inspiration in action!

Those of you who have been watching my blog know that I have been loving the spray paint these days! I’ve been using it on fabric and encaustic collage and enjoying the layered results. So when my son wanted to design some t-shirts he was inspired by what I’ve been doing to try spray paint and stencils. He leafed through his sketchbook and found some bold images that would work great. Then he cut his stencils using a heat pen on clear acetate and was ready to spray. All summer he has been spraying and making cool stuff using his designs layered over some pattern stencils from my stash. For his birthday all he wanted was to have some friends over and have a t-shirt spraying party! I love that I could share the creative process with him and I’m blessed that I got to watch and learn as he tried different color and pattern combinations – inspiration coming back at me. Pretty soon my demi-adult will be back at college diving into his visual studies major- WOW – I can’t wait to see where the inspiration goes!


On the Make

me sporting a blouse I made with my SF fabric

me sporting a blouse I made with my SF fabric

I have been making stuff and dreaming of making stuff all kinds of stuff.  My followers may remember the Urban fabric I designed using photos from my trip to NYC earlier this summer (see post https://lisathorpeartist.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/).  But I’ve been making more stuff.  Here’s my latest.

up close of the San Fransisco fabric features, classic SF metal work, graffiti, stone structures and more.

up close of the San Fransisco fabric features, classic SF metal work, graffiti, stone structures and more.

This fabric fun inspired me to design a San Francisco fabric.  Having lived in SF for over 10 years the images of spiral metal gates and stone work from Golden Gate park are near and dear to my heart.  So here is a knit top I made with the featured fabric.

purse made with my NYC urban fabric

purse made with my NYC urban fabric

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Now that I’m on this I just can’t stop.  I created a photo montage fabric of old barn wood that I have just ordered to be printed and can’t wait to get my hands on it to sew up.  I also was commissioned to create a photo montage fabric of a camp in upstate New York, the fabric includes wonderful old signs, worn door handles, window frames and more…. I’ll keep you posted on what comes next!