Saturday, September 11, 2021

September 2021

 September 2021

I'm home after a road trip through the southwest with my husband. Our main destination was New Mexico, and Santa Fe.

I'd always wanted to go to the SWAIA Indian Market held in August each year.  Last year it went online.  It was fun to attend this outdoor market and see the finely made work by many artists there. This includes fashion design, basketry, weaving, fine art and jewelry.  These are some of the finest and innovative contemporary artists working today, in my opinion.

I had been reading a biography of Georgia O'Keeffe before we left on our trip, and continued to read it as we traveled along. In Santa Fe we visited the O'Keeffe museum which was a real treat, especially while immersed in the book.  The book is "A Life: Georgia O'Keeffe" by Roxana Robinson.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Later in our trip we visited her home and studio in Abiquiu and also the Ghost Ranch that had inspired her so much. I loved being at the Abiquiu place, seeing her garden and rock collection, her kitchen and studio space with it's view of the hills and the winding road.

The last night of our trip we were in Zion National Park, and we sat out on the balcony of our room watching bats, dragonflies and hummingbirds dancing around grabbing bugs. A beautiful dance.

Back at home we were confronted by the in-progress remodel of our home in Ojai. It's a thorough, dusty, noisy remodel with windows and doors and gates coming off and on again.

Anxious to get back to work, I wondered where I could go and bring my two small dogs along with me.  Due to the kindness of a neighbor I am now set up to work in her kitchen near our house.  There I have been able to get back to work, and have finished a painting that was started before we left on our trip.  It's called "Epiphyllum & Parasol". At 15x12, it's a bit larger than the size I usually work in.  I had lots of fun making it, and now I've already begun work on my next one which is about artichokes and hollyhocks.

I'm thrilled to say that one of my paintings will be exhibited at the Santa Paula Art Museum in the Working from Home show. That show will be up through January of '22. I've just entered their Art from Ag show that will be displayed in the Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula.  Fingers crossed that one or more of my two entries will be accepted.

In the meantime, I'll be in my remote location studio, which I am calling Fitz Studio or F Studio, with my two little dogs, working and waiting for the remodel to be finished.

Painting shown here is "Strawberry Lemonade", a 14x14 artwork,  that I entered in the Art about Ag show.

Thanks for stopping in, I'll be back here next month.

Lisa Skyheart Marshall

Sunday, August 8, 2021



I've had a busy summer showing my work here and there and entering exhibits. I had successful shows at Gallery 113 in Santa Barbara and Poppies Art and Gifts.  In fact my supply of work has been seriously dented.  A great problem to have! I'm diligently working to refill the shelves.

At the moment I have 2 paintings on exhibit at Gallery 113 in Santa Barbara.  Several of my prints are also available there on an ongoing basis. My fine art prints are a beautiful quality, and offer an alternative to the higher pricing of my original work.

The painting I'm showing you here sold at my successful one month show at Poppies Art and Gifts in Ojai, California.  This is "Dahlias & Acorn Twins", inspired by dahlias in my own garden.I especially like the colors in this one, and isn't that type of dahlia just gorgeous? I realy like green butterflies, and you can see one here, trying to blend in. You can see that this one has a paperclip in it, part of my new thing of adding random objects to my work, for fun.

I'm busy working on a new 11x14 painting which is a HUGE size board for me. This painting features Epephyllum blossoms or cactus orchids. (I had to ask a gardener pro to identify those for me.) This new work will also have forget-me-nots, 19 of them, plus the orbs I like to include in my work.  In this new painting the "random object" is a drink parasol.  I've always loved those miniature parasols, since I was a kid and my brother and I used to collect miniature things from Glenda's Party Cove in Santa Barbara, where we could afford little treasures.

Alright, it's back to the studio for me! Enjoy your August, check in here in September!

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Thursday, July 1, 2021


 I skipped right over June because it was a busy month for me.

I had a Guest Artist show at Poppies Art and Gifts in Ojai, and sold some paintings, prints and cards there.  We actually had an opening with live music.  It was a pretty small turnout though, people weren't quite ready to step out.

I just took that show out yesterday, and with the sales at Poppies and the sales at Gallery 113 in Santa Barbara, I'm kind of low on paintings! At the moment I am working on a new 12x12 painting inspired by a visit to the Santa Barbara botanic garden.

The focal point of this new painting is a California Buckeye tree blossom.  Wow, they are spectacular. As usual, it's a very fiddly, detailed painting, and also includes two types of sage, a butterfly and bee.  That's why it's titled "Buckeye Butterfly Bee".

Next week I'm delivering boxed card sets to Lotusland in Montecito. These cards are of "Lotus Iris Hummingbird", and they will be displaying the original painting for sale as well.

I spend a lot of time in Santa Barbara.  From where I live in Ojai, I'm in SB in no time.  We spent a lot of time in SB when I was growing up, because my grandparents all lived there.  We'd visit my grandpa Bisaccia at his little house on Alisos street, or my Mom's parents at whatever house they were currently living in.  So Santa Barbara is like my backyard, and I enjoy going there.

Hope you have a good July, and a safe and fun Fourth of July.  

Check in next month to see what I have been doing.



Sunday, May 2, 2021

May Feels like Summer Already

 Hello and welcome,

Both of my recent exhibits have ended. I was in a group show at the Ojai Art Center and a small solo show as one of the featured artists at Gallery 113 in Santa Barbara.  Despite limited viewing opportunities, several people saw my shows and several collectors purchased my paintings, including the one shown here. I even sold one to a lovely family yesterday when we were taking down the show! It's a good feeling to have quite a lot of available work, and gratifying to have sold so many pieces.

At the moment I'm working on a specific project for Lotusland in Montecito.  Its fun, but it's also slowed the flow of my painting production.  I'm going to buckle down and get it finished as soon as I can because the blooming spring flowers and visiting birds and insects are calling to me!

On Friday morning I sliced the very tip of a finger on my left hand, and spent a couple of hours at the emergency room.  So I am using an awkward typing method with my right hand and one finger of my left hand. 

Luckily it was the left hand and not my drawing and painting hand!

It's time to clean up the studio and organize things. I'm trying to be better about making sure my work is documented and that I know all the info about each painting.  To that end I use the old-fashioned method of index cards in file boxes.  It's an effective way to keep track of all the information from size and price to where and when that artwork has been shown and who each collector is. 

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

 It's April, and I have work in two shows through this month.

The group show where I have 7 paintings on display has been extended through April.

That show is at the Ojai Art Center, in the middle of downtown Ojai. There are 50 artworks on exhibit from 9 local women artists. It's titled "Together/Apart: 9 artists respond to 2020".

My new show, which my helpful husband and I hung last Sunday, is titled "Amore dei Fiori", and this show expresses my love of flowers.  This show is at Gallery 113 in Santa Barbara through April.  I have 13 paintings available there, all featuring flowers but including birds and insects as well. They are exuberant in use of color; an expression of garden joy. The painting image here is "Yellow", a 12x12 watercolor+ink painting, available in the "Amore dei Fiori" exhibit.

 Lately I've started putting in one or two surprise elements, such as puzzle pieces or paper clips.  It's sort of like those items we are always losing or dropping somewhere.  So you may find some of those in this new work, from this year as well as last. 

I enjoy using Italian words or phrases in my titles or show titles, as I've done with my new show title. This is an homage to my Italian heritage.  Sometimes when choosing a title, I check and see what it would be/sound like in Italian, just for fun. I am always studying Italian or trying to read it.  Sort of a lazy student of Italian, but I am very interested in learning more and more.  Hopefully I will make it back to Italy sometime in the near future. Recently I received the gift of a book entirely in Italian, which I look forward to reading. 

My favorite season is arriving, Spring! (Primavera)I have a small vegetable garden in my raised bed.  I've planted strawberries, basil, two kinds of tomatoes, and two kinds of squash. I love being able to walk out and pick basil and tomatoes still warmed by the sun, for our dinner.  While planting the garden I saw a yellow alligator lizard, and I also surprised another lizard that jumped onto my stomach and quickly off again after looking up at me! Our apricot trees have little baby apricots on them already, along with the apricot blossoms.

Right now I am working on a painting of dahlias, they are yellow with pink, and of course great fun to draw and paint. This one is an 8x8, and includes acorns and a green butterfly.

Hope you'll stop in next month for the May blog.

Ojai Art Center: 113 N. Montgomery, Ojai, CA Open Tues-Saturday 10-4, Sunday 12-4. Hours may vary so give a call before you visit to ensure they are open when you plan to visit.


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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

It's March, and things are getting slightly busier, while the safety protocols are still very much in place. I've been painting a lot, and soon I will be framing some new work!

Yesterday I helped to hang an exhibit titled "Together/Apart: 9 artists respond to 2020". This exhibit is at the Ojai Art Center in Ojai, California for the month of March.  The Ojai Art Center is located at 113 S. Montgomery St., just off of the main street of Ojai, aptly named Ojai Avenue.

This show has the work of nine women artists who communicated via emails, sharing work in progress and discussions about the challenge of staying inspired and producing art in a year epitomized by all sorts of shocking events. I have 7 paintings in this show.

We found the display of artworks to be quite colorful and rich, and that they look great as a big exhibit of about 50 pieces.

The Ojai Art Center gallery is a quite spacious room, and seeing the exhibit in person should pose little risk to our visitors.  Protocols are in place, you know the drill, but I hope you will be able to stop by in person to see the show.  Nothing like seeing original art up close.

Next will be my small wall solo show at Gallery 113 in Santa Barbara for the month of April.

I will be showing brand new work, much of it created this year(2021).  I've noticed that in 2021 my work has become a bit more color-drenched. Please come have a look at this exhibit, which will be displayed alongside other artist's solo wall shows, as well as a gallery full of artworks in the Santa Barbara Art Association membership show.  

Gallery 113 is located in the La Arcada plaza on State Street.  The address is: 1114 State St., suite 8. If you are unsure the gallery will be open on the day of your planned visit please telephone:(805)965-6611. Gallery hours are: every day, 11-5, of course during these abnormal times, it's a good idea to check before you go.

The painting shown here is: Heart Shaped Leaves and Lizard, and this 8x8 original painting will be available at the Gallery 113 show.

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Monday, February 1, 2021

 Welcome to my monthly artist blog!  In January, I made 4 paintings, and the image you see here is from one of them, while it was still in progress. This is a 12x12 inch painting, and I've called it "Peony Plumeria Orchid".  This painting includes bougainvillea, an orchid, plumerias, peony and a little sunrise shell.

The sunrise shell can be found in the Hawaiian islands, and I've yet to find one over the many visits to Hawaii that I've made.  Once I saw one on the sand on a beach walk, but as I was heading towards it, another person got to it first.  That's okay, it was meant to be hers.  I'll keep trying.

I enjoyed making this painting, and drawing and painting the plumerias, which haven't appeared very often at all in my work.  I have a small plumeria plant in a large pot, and I get lots of blooms every year, from around July through late September and early October.  They have a lovely green scent; close your eyes when you take it in, it smells just like Hawaii to me.

Where I live, we experience frost, so the plumeria plant drops all of it's leaves and waits for warmer weather.  It's another favorite thing that I have to wait for, along with my apricots and figs. I think that having to wait for something enhances my enjoyment of it.  It teaches me patience and appreciation, because I don't just receive these things as wanted. 

This relates to my work and method of working; I consider what I want to paint, think about it and visualize it. I make little preliminary drawings, imagine the painting filling the blank board and what the colors might look like together. Then I design it and patiently draw it, usually over a couple of days. The painting and inking and finishing of a painting will take me 1-3 weeks.

I'm proud to announce that one of my paintings titled "Scrub Jay Nest Moon" was accepted into the online Open competition and exhibit for the Thousand Oaks Art Association. It will be available to see and/or purchase on this Look for the "published Shows" button on the top to see the Thousand Oaks Art Association 2021 Open Juried Show. "Scrub Jay Nest Moon" features a scrub jay, acorns, ferns, a scrub jay nest and eggs and a little crescent moon. It's 12x12, watercolor+ink.

The small drawing(above) is one of 3 I made to be included in a project called Impending Storms. Many artists are participating.  We were tasked to make gray-scale(blacks,grays, and or white) artworks on 6x6 inch paper of endangered or extinct animals or plants.  These will be part of an installation in Spring/Summer of 2021.

I enjoyed using only a graphite pencil on watercolor paper, and learning about the species I chose. This is a Bog Turtle. It's a critically  endangered turtle found in the Eastern United States.

 They are little, measuring just a few inches, and require densely vegetated areas and a bog to suit their semi-aquatic habitat needs. They are threatened by continuing loss of habitat, animal predators and human collection for illegal wildlife sales.

Enjoy your February, I'll be in the studio!

Lisa Skyheart Marshall