December 18, 2015

II Timothy Completed

The II Timothy Angel is Completed!

I had a great time working on this 3rd commission for a client.  The Philippians Angel was for her sister and she asked me to do two more paintings for her sister's two daughters.  I had finished the Matthew Angel and immediately went to work on the II Timothy Angel.

Phase I - I decided that since the two paintings were for sisters, I would make the two angels 'sisters'.  I made the dimensions the same and decided on a color scheme that would work alongside the Matthew Angel, which is always subject to change at this stage of the painting.

Phase II - Here the colors are marked as I try to balance and decide on which color will dominate while making sure the attention is on the face.  I also try to make the eyes on all my angels follow you as you move/walk past her, it makes you feel like she is looking out for you at all times.  I also makes sure everything is in correct perspective and start working on shadowing and color depth.

Complete!  Here they are side by side, ready to go to their new home.  They are like real-life sisters - they are the same but have totally different personalities.  The Matthew Angel (on the right) is more of a stained glass wings effect while I focused on making the II Timothy Angel (on the left) more Mardi Gras colors inspired.  The two (real-life) sisters are ready to start their new lives - one is in law school and the other is in grad school.  Now they will have these angels to watch over them with their favorite verses incorporated into their wings.  I hope they enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them!

November 22, 2015

Matthew Angel Commission Stage 3 - Completed!

Matthew Angel 24x30" Mixed Media - Commissioned

Yay!  I finished my 2nd commissioned angel in my 'Angels with Bible Verses' series.  What a joy to work on - I never felt blocked (for very long) or tired while working on her.  I wish my muse was around all the time, it sure would go faster and easier.  Now on to the next one, woohoo!

November 19, 2015

Matthew Angel Commission - Stage 2

This is in the fine development stage of the 2nd angel of 3 that I'm working on.  I decided to go with a stained glass effect for her wings to set the bible verses on which are done in white and black.  I will cover them with more layers of paint or stain or whatever happens next!  The gown will definitely be mixed media but here I am playing with the colors to make sure I am balanced.  Her features are nearly done, I'm just tweaking them around at this point, then I can work on the hair.  I don't want to nitpick which I'm really good at, but that's a bad thing.  I'm trying to stay loose which also makes the process go by faster.  Being too detailed can use up hours of time, which is ridiculous when you look at the hours lost for a chin or hair strand, it's crazy!

I'm having too much fun!

Matthew Angel Commission - Stage 1

This is the start of the 2nd of 3 Angels with Bible verses that I have started working on in my studio.  Most of the features are set, body and wings are set and now for the fun part - slapping paint around!  I have no idea at this point what I will do next but that is the exciting element, layer over layer until it sings to me.
Gawdamighty, I love this part!

October 29, 2015

Complete! Philippians Angel Commission

PHILIPPIANS ANGEL - 22x28" Mixed Media Commissioned

I am excited to announce that I have completed my 'Philippians Angel' for a client.  She has many verses of the Bible from the book of Philippians.  I enjoyed working on this painting because there are so many verses that I strive to live by with the main one being "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".

There are a kajillion mixed media layers to this piece, with verses over/under layers of paint.  When the right brain kicks in, the world is ignored while I work in a creative frenzy getting her done.  So much fun!

Here were all the stages:
Step One:  Rough blocking in -
Step Two: Working on face and color palette - 
 Step Three:  Working on mixed media layers -
 Step Four:  Detail of wing with background
 Step Five:  Detail of face
Now on to the other commissions that need to be finished before Christmas!  Woohoo!

April 2, 2015

Owning a website is so FRUSTRATING!

You know those feelings you get when you've been working on your website for days, missing all the glorious weather outside, not talking to anyone, missing all the glorious weather outside, not getting enough sleep, getting aches and pains in strange places and you're about to put a gun to your head?  Yup, that's my life the last couple of days.


Learn from my mistake - it's not worth trying to tidy up a profile page when you only have a cell phone and got rid of the old house phone.  I switched hosting providers and was accidentally "flagged for security verification".  It has been a nightmare ever since.  I now have all my webpages linked again and a temporary Home page set up but learning a new hosting program (WordPress) with a new template editor (Divi with Elegant Themes) had a massive learning curve for me.

Tonight I am going to put my feet up, pop some popcorn and watch tv until the cows come home... or continue to learn web building all over again... because, after all, I do have suicidal tendencies, you know.

Image courtesy

March 19, 2015

Love My Gelli Plates!

Gelli Plates are now a very useful tool in my studio for my mixed media art.  You can see them here plus there are videos that show you the different ways to use them -
I'm even using them in my mixed media paintings and will share when completed.

I transfer the leftover paint on my roller to envelopes instead of a journal or plain paper.  This way I have gorgeous envelopes to use to pay bills!  Somehow, that seems to make writing checks a little less painful and a LOT more fun!  I use a longer strip of paper with ripped edges to mask the area for the address portion of the envelope.  Sometimes I'll use a stencil with the leftover paint on the roller like the cityscape example shown.

Try it out and make bill-paying more fun!

March 15, 2015

Chicken Coop Signage

I finished the chicken coop sign and my son-in-law Brandon installed it for me.  Now my brain is already thinking about new art for the coop... it's so addicting.  I had painted the coop to match the house but now I'm thinking it would be fun to do something different so we'll see!

March 5, 2015

Philippians Angel Commission Stage 2

I now have reached Stage 2 - the face is nearly complete and the wings and background are ready for bible verses and mixed media application.  Let the fun begin!

March 2, 2015

Philippians Angel Commission - Stage 1

I have been commissioned to create more of my 'angels with words' for a client so I am off and running!
My first angel at Stage 1 - this is where I sit and ruminate, chew, fix, change, decide how I want to continue.  There are always wonky things at this stage because it is testing out colors and design like a 1st draft of a book.  The mistakes can eat at you if you let it, but it's all in the game and there's a long way to go to get to the finish line.

February 15, 2015

New Chair for Granddaughter Molly!

I finished the toddler chair for my granddaughter Molly!
It is done in different shades of pink with green, cream and yellow added for contrast.  I used a Fleur de lis in the seat center to show that I live in Louisiana now.  What a fun project!

January 19, 2015

New Studio Is Organized Chaos!

It's true that most artists live in clutter up to their eyeballs because of all the supplies needed to quench their thirst for expression, but it's usually "organized chaos".  Since moving into my new place, most of my time has been spent working on the outside of the property, leaving the inside until it's too cold to work outside.  Well.... winter is here so I've been working on making my studio a place I desire to work in.  The mess was driving me nuts but I have good reasons!

I'm in the middle of sorting all the family pictures to my siblings after both my parents died and that takes up a huge chunk of studio space.  The northern light is so bright that I've had to move my work table off to the side instead of the windows with "the view".  But that's okay, my studio is finally workable.  Since the weather is freezing most days now, I've been able to spend a lot more time in here slapping paint around.  I'm still working on two paintings, started a child's chair project for my youngest granddaughter, and my grandson and I started painting a step stool for the kitchen.

The white cabinets were a great buy from my favorite store, Lowes - bathroom cabinets topped with a folding work table.  This room is smaller (and so is the closet) than the one I had at my old house, so I gave my jewelry-making roll around cart filled with all my supplies to my granddaughter since she expressed an interest in making jewelry.  That helped make space in my new studio.  It never seems to be big enough, even after paring down on my supply shopping which all artists seem to be addicted to!

It feels so good to be slapping paint around again!  Woot!  Woot!

December 18, 2014

Miss Lisa's Dating Advice Column Created!

I've started an online Dating Advice Column!  I started sharing my dating woes over on FaceBook and because people were messaging me with their dating questions, I started a page to share with others.  It's been so much fun!  I decided to expand the audience and share the same column here.  If you have dating relationship questions, don't be shy, message me over here:

For those that have a question for me but are too afraid to ask:
- I always change your name to protect your privacy.
- I fix grammatical errors and punctuation, mainly to keep my OCD under control but also to keep the English teachers in our audience from throwing rotten tomatoes at me.
- No question is too hard, but if I do get stumped I'll throw it out to our readers who can share their own experiences as an example to help answer the questions.
- Message me with your questions/predicaments/horror stories!  We're here to help!

I look forward to seeing you online!

April 30, 2014

Chicken Coop Is Finally Finished!

I'm so excited!
The coop is finished and I now am the proud momma to a Roo named Rhett, his wives Scarlett, Miss Pittypat and Mammie.  I also have 3 pullets that I haven't named yet because I'm waiting to see their personalities develop first.  Here it is complete with flower boxes added for color and the nesting boxes have leopard curtains.  This is one cool coop!

I now get 3 different egg colors - white, brown and light Easter Egg green, so cool! 
Now to add roses and flowers to the coop area and all will be well.  I am loving life!

April 2, 2014

Fresh Eggs Are Coming To Lisa's Green Acres!

I am thrilled to say that I will have chickens soon!  I have always wanted to keep them but due to neighborhood covenants over the last 30 years it just hasn't been possible.  Now that I have all this property, it is finally time to build the coop and get this operation going.

Normally we are cold around here in February with a lot of great 70 degree days.  For Louisiana, snow in winter is basically unheard of but this year we had "sneaux" 4 weeks in a row during February and March.  Not a 36 inch dumping like I'm used to back east in Northern Virginia where I raised my kids, but when you have no idea how to drive in it, it's a good thing the school system around here closed up shop each of the four times it snowed more than 1/2 inch.  Frankly, I laughed to myself over all the hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth the poor weathermen were going through.  And I admit, it was nice to have a change of season around here besides the 2 weeks of Spring or Fall we usually have with 11 months of heat and humidity.  It did take it's toll on my wanting to dive right into a building project.  This chick is an instant gratification girl!

The first day the basic frame is up.  Working in beautiful weather helped!

Got the door up the 3rd day and started seeing real progress.  It is frustrating that the work is at a crawl, but when you only have a couple of hours at a time, you learn patience quickly.  This chick is still learning that skill.  I am happy that I will still be able to see the barn and look out for predators since there are so many around this property.

It sure will be nice to have a couple of full days to get this project finished.  I am frothing at the bit!

September 13, 2013

Summertime and the Living is Easy... at Lisa's Green Acres mini-ranch!

It's hot and humid as usual for September but that's okay, I've moved to the country (not really but it feels like it) where life is slower paced or at least will be when I finish unpacking.  I've moved from a  regular neighborhood close to everything to a 7 acre horse ranch, (which is even closer to everything) complete with paddock and 5 stall barn.  No, I'm not the horsey type, but I saw the house and barn and felt an overwhelming peace knowing two things - this is the house I will live in forever and I would turn the barn into a studio where I can teach.  The property is all grass but the neighborhood is entirely wooded so it has that woodsy feel to it, I'm in love!

I've seen and heard coyotes but they don't seem to be a threat, they are very shy and reclusive, so far.  That's a coyote, just to the right of the tree in the foreground, that I managed to take a pic of with my camera before he ran off.  I was awoken later that night to the sound of a deer being hurt/killed by one which froze me in my tracks.  I never want to hear that sound ever again.  Ever.


 I have stood up to a big ole' raccoon, nearly stepped on a garter snake, have a skunk as a regular nighttime visitor, and have more resident purple martins, bluebirds and woodpeckers than I have ever seen before and I've seen a lot because I'm old!

The property has a 10,000 gallon pond in the front that I have rescued from looking like a cesspool.  The hard work has paid off in spades!  There are now goldfish, minnows, tiny black catfish, a perch (how did he get in there?) and several water lily's that are blooming right now in every color I could find.  I am so happy here it almost feels like I won the lottery!



I finally found and unpacked my acrylics and wanted to share pictures of the stairway bannister that leads to my bedroom wing.  I decided to go with the oriental/Asian theme of my home and painted pink plum blossom branches.  I think it turned out great!

Hurry up and create art, we don't have much time!

January 16, 2013

My Beautiful Mom...

My mother, Peg Howard, is now at peace and out of pain.  I imagine her up in Heaven with Dad, in her 24 year old body, surrounding herself with family members that passed before, happy as a lark.

She is responsible for all my artistic endeavors, singing, piano, my art passion.  She made sure I had voice and piano lessons and NEVER pushed me into going for dance or swim team (ohmygawdthankgoodness!).  I also appreciate that she understood that I wasn't and would never be a scholar.  Reading all day long?  Now that's a horse of a different color.  She and I loved to read, bio's, histories, and some fantasy's, always willing to share with me what she had just read.  Thank you for my passion for books, Mom.

Rodella (Peg) at 6 years old in 1933
Mom was a West Coast girl, had been a child actress, went to school alongside some celebrities such as Shirley Temple, played jazz piano like nobody's business, could substitute on a church organ, was a sewing, knitting and needlepoint workhorse.
 Dad & Mom after getting married in 1951
She loved her husband of nearly 60 years deeply, and raised 4 kids while moving twice every 3 years.  She was the perfect Marine Corp. wife, never complaining about his work but was thrilled when he retired.
The Marine Corp Ball with Uncle Dick & Aunt Jo at El Toro, California in 1972-3
Thank you, Mom, for always having a sympathetic ear when I needed one.  You listened and gave advice when asked, never pushing your views on anyone.  Well, okay, that's not completely true... you had your opinions but never vocalized them if it would hurt the other person.

I will miss the hours we spent talking old movie trivia... who was Major Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan in the M*A*S*H movie, not the tv series?  *cue 'Jeopardy' music*  Sally Kellerman!  Nope, we never got that right and always had to look it up.  Who is going to sit beside me on the piano now?  Who is going to look through all the old scrapbooks with me?  I guess I will have to pass these activities on to my kids, hopefully they will be as willing as I was to spend the time talking and remembering stuff like this when I get old(er).
Dad & Mom in Oklahoma City in 2008
Thank you for showing me what true love is, to stand by your man through thick and thin, always in it for the long haul.  You loved Dad so much and were an excellent example for me and my children.

Thank  you for all the hugs, the sympathy tears, for letting me be an only child for 4 years, for encouraging me in all walks of life, and for letting me think I was your favorite out of us 4 kids (a family joke).

I love you and will miss you.

P.S.  Say hi and give big hugs to Dad, Grandma, Gmom, Aunt Carolyn, Aunt Jo and the rest of the family for me, 'k?!
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