Sunday, May 1, 2022

Hello, and thanks for checking in on my blog. I've been busy with cleaning up after our remodel as well as caring for my 14 year old chihuhua mix. 

This time I've posted 3 photos! The first one shows my latest work in progress, with the focal point being orange Clivia, and its neighbor a sweet little goldfinch. Some of the inking has been done but I have quite a lot of work to do still. This is a 12x12 painting, which will be 13x13 when it is jacketed in its frame.

Before I started to paint, I worked out the general shape of the bunch of Clivia on a piece of sketch paper.  I worked very loosely, getting the size I wanted and learning about what a Clivia bloom looks like.  Later, the drawing was transferred to my board. This painting is inspired by Clivia I saw during a visit to Lotusland in Montecito, as well as the goldfinch in my own garden.

The third photo here shows the last painting I completed "Lanterns & Poppies".  It's an 8x10 inch watercolor+ink and acrylic artwork inspired by the red poppies I saw in a friend's garden.  There was also a lantern there, so I added some just for fun!

 In April I had my very first open studio event with the Ojai Studio Artists, an organization I am proud to have been accepted into.  

Ojai Studio Artists have a 3 day Open Studio event in October.  This year it will be: October 8, 9 and 10, from 11-5 each day.  Visit www. for more information. They also give scholarships to art students and welcome applicants.

May 14 OSA and the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will join forces to hold a fundraiser at one of the Land Conservancy's properties.  Visit for more information.

Goals for this month: **Work on my new painting**-Tidy my storage area-prepare guest room for my May guest! I still have some tidying and discarding to do after our months long renovation project.

Thanks for visiting my blog! 

Lisa Skyheart Marshall

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Before February Escapes


Here is a favorite painting of mine made a couple of years ago, right before the Covid times we all found ourselves in.  This small painting was inspired by a neighbor's magnolia tree and the white crowned sparrows in our own back garden.

It sold at the small show I had at Gallery 113 in Santa Barbara.  It's one of my all time favorite paintings.  I am fond of magnolia trees because of all the stages they go through, the buds, the blossoms, the bright red seeds, the ants that like to live inside them and the glossy leaves with their soft brown underbellies.

This month is nearly over and signs of spring are appearing in our front and back gardens.

In the front the almond tree, Vincent, is blooming. He's an old tree but he sure puts on a show once a year.  He has beautiful gray and wrinkly bark, and with the pink blossoms he's a stunner.  No, he doesn't produce almonds anymore. The apricot trees are nearly ready to bloom, in fact they are teasing with one or two blossoms. I really look forward to the apricots every year.

I'm proud to announce that I applied to and have been accepted into The Ojai Studio Artistsa group of professional artists, who host Second Saturday open studios as well as the big 3 day event in October when the whole group welcome visitors to their studios.

In the studio I have just finished 3 new paintings! 2 of them will be available during my Second Saturday open studio on April 9, from 10-3.  I'll be opening my own studio to visitors and so will other OSA artists in my vicinity, about a dozen of us or so. Right across the street from me is Elaine Unzicker who meticulously joins metal rings to create jewelry, bags and apparel.  

For more information on this go to Sign up for their email list to be notified about our open studio events and other OSA news. 

For cards and prints of the above painting and other botanical themed work of mine please visit my etsy shop:

Thursday, January 6, 2022

January and I'm back in the Studio!

 After a fun holiday time with family, I am back in the studio beginning work.  I wonder what paintings I will make this year. It's exciting for me to imagine.

Since we are still in the middle of renovations on our home, it takes a lot of determination and disclipine to make art.  It's sometimes noisy, and there are workers around painting and fixing drywall.  

I've had to shift things around in the house and garden to accomodate these workers, but it will be so nice when it's finished.  At the moment, the whole place is kind of a mess, but I'm just remaining flexible about it, knowing it's only temporary. 

I've changed the color blue of the house to a lighter and brighter blue.  Quite a change after having a periwinkle blue house all these years. With white trim, it's quite a crisp and uplifting house to be around.

I've just finished a new painting about morning glories that I saw in Mexico in October when I visited there.  It was a lot of fun to do and includes some unusually colored ones that are mostly white along with some of the purpley blue ones.  

Now I am working on a project for Ganna Walska Lotus Land, painting a handmade birdhouse, which I will do in between working on new paintings.  The birdhouse was made to look like the bath or pool house near the lotus garden there, and I even have the authentic paint that is used on all the main buildings at the garden. So far, I have sanded, filled some areas and primed it.  

Next up, starting a drawing for a new painting!

New Year resolutions: Work in my Studio! Find Inspiration in the out of doors! 

Painting shown here is: "Artichokes & Hollyhocks", available via my website,

Check out my etsy shop for small sized originals, prints and card sets. 

Take care and stay healthy,

Lisa Skyheart Marshall

December: Happy Holidays


I took a break for December!

Happy Holidays and see you in 2022.


Saturday, November 27, 2021

November: It's nearly December!



I've been pretty busy with work and exhibits.

I have two paintings at the Santa Paula Art Museum, the painting shown here is in the "Working From Home" exhibit for a couple more months and it has sold! Yay!

I'm proud to say that my painting "Guacamole" was accepted into the Art about Agriculture exhibit.  Both of these shows are well worth going to see and they represent different styles of expression from traditional landscapes to more contemporary expression.  

The Santa Paula Art Museum will be hosting a Holiday Marketplace on December 4, and I will have paintings, limited edition prints and cards available at the marketplace.  Hope you can stop in and see my stuff as well as the work of other artists and artisans there. You'll also be able to see the two exhibits I have talked about here as well as shop in their own museum shop. Proceeds will benefit the museum and their programs.

December 4, 10-4: The Santa Paula Art Museum is located at 117 N. 10th Street in Santa Paula, California.

I'm also honored to have been invited to participate in a limited edition prints show at Vita Arts Center in downtown Ventura, California. The show, titled "Vita Art Editions" reflects the work of  40 regional artists and each print is 8x10 and limited to 5 signed and numbered prints.

Opening is Saturday, December 4, from 4-7, at Vita Arts Center, Members FREE and Non-Members are $20.  

If you are in Santa Barbara...I have prints available at Gallery 113! I will also be showing a painting there for the month of December.  Prints make a great gift and are even great if you have to mail a gift! Gallery 113 is located in the La Arcada courtyard on State Street and the address is: 1114 State Street, #8, Santa Barbara, California.

Remember to check out my etsy shop too; I have original paintings, limited edition prints and cards available there.

Thanks for visiting my blog, I will be back here next month, which is coming next week!

Lisa Skyheart Marshall

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

 Hello and welcome to my artist blog,

The painting you see here is titled "Epiphyllum & Parasol". I had to ask a gardener for the name of these flowers.  Many times I see something I want to paint, but have to learn what they are called.  It was the same when I painted a Buckeye tree blossom. I had no idea what it was, only that it knocked my socks off and I had to paint it.

We are having work done on our house, and that involved doors and windows removed and replaced and gates open.  So my two dogs and I decamped to a neighbor's house for the month of September so I could continue to work.  I made 4 paintings while there, and this is one of them. It was very kind of my neighbor to allow us to use her kitchen table as a studio and it allowed me to have my small dogs with me during the day.  It reminded me of my pre-studio days when I worked in my own kitchen.  I am so grateful to have a dedicated studio space now.

My studio is a loft in our home. Years and years ago when we did an addition on our little house, I asked for this loft space.  It changed to whole roofline of the house.  It means a lot to me to be able to work and make as big a "mess" as happens when creating art, then leave for the evening and come back to it next day.

My work schedule is every day, M-F from about 9-5, and sometimes I sneak in a day on the weekend. 

The paintings I make take many hours.  I love the kind of work I am doing now; very detailed and time consuming.  It's very satisfying to make. Elements of design are crucial to the piece.  I carefully and thoughtfully choose the colors I am working with.  When a collector responds to these creations, it completes the creative process for me.  

In the painting above, you can see I've added an Italian candy and a little drinks parasol.  This is a new direction I am going in; to add some random human made element to my work.  It's quite fun to do!

I recently had a painting accepted to the Santa Paula Agriculture Museum, Art About Ag show. More about that next month!

I am off to do a little traveling this week.  I'll be double masked and wearing safety glasses over my own red spectacles on the airplane.  I know I'll come home inspired from traveling somewhere and absorbing a different culture.  Such good medicine for all of us to experience.

Take care,

Lisa Skyheart Marshall

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