Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Done And Just Beginning

**Note: For some reason, Blogger is messed up and some comments are not showing up.  I am receiving them via email thank you!**

Where, oh where to begin?  When transformation happens this quickly, how do I keep up with words?

I once heard a quote, "People always change.  They just forget to tell one another."  Hah -- well, I'm trying not to forget all of you but GEEZ...where are the words?

BIG painting, courtesy of an amazing class offered by Connie at Dirty Footprints Studio, is shaking things up ...Big time.  How so?

(All of these are done on simple posterboard with either Liquitex Basics paints or Tempera paints.)

Painting.  Done without thinking.  Moving, my body and my soul.

Each reflects a mood, a way of being truly in the moment.

I am sensually engaged in these paintings.  Even now, I can't help but run my fingers over the dried, textural paints.

They spoke to me as I was creating them, and they speak to me now.

This one?  A fierce, fast, furious painting that was interrupted only by 5 minutes of strong Yoga as the black paint dried!  (I had Godsmack playing and my body wasn't about to stop moving while waiting for PAINT to dry!)

I had no idea what I was creating in the process, but after the black, red, and blue paints were applied, I was told to be DONE.

Done with the painting.  Don't add any more sad colors after working through the anger.  Don't try to make it pretty.  Done with what is no longer serving me, with people, places, thoughts, and things that don't affirm my true nature.  Done with what no longer acknowledges and accepts my humanity and done with what no longer recognizes and celebrates my divinity.

Just. Done.

From here, I've kept right on going.  Another painting that I plan to hang in our kiddo's room.  Art Journaling that is finally looking like something that I created...instead of something that is just a copy of someone else's technique.  Days that are finally turning into a life lived instead of one just intellectualized or studied or imagined or wished for....

This is my journey.

This is the beginning of something huge and the continuation of something even bigger.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for travelling with me.


  1. I love this post. I saw these over on facebook, and I love hearing the story behind them. And I love this - "Days that are finally turning into a life lived instead of one just intellectualized or studied or imagined or wished for...". That line resonates, big time.

  2. The paintings are great, Lisa. Art truly does come from within - its like we can lose ourselves in the actual creation of a piece. Then it is amazing afterwards - when you come out of the creative "trance" - to see what has come of your efforts. They are interesting to examine when placed side by side - like a story unfolding. :) Great job! Theresa

  3. good on you for allowing yourself to be so free with a apinting. these exercises do develop future work.

    i life lived indeed.


  4. oh I love this Lisa 'truly being in the moment' is a wonderful state of mind to strive for. i enjoy reading your version.

  5. this one is POWERFUL.
    i love your listening
    & freedom of how you're moving
    & how it's sensual
    & trusting what comes
    & going w/all of it
    & all of you.
    (i was having trouble w/comments on blogger too...they didn't show up for almost a day).

  6. Gorgeous paintings and gorgeous emotions behind them, Lisa! Thank you for the up-close photos showing the texture. I paint too, and sometimes people ask, "How long did this take?"... I know it's an innocent question and I really try not to be an art snob, but that's an inward-groan question. Your "Done" painting proves that a flash of brilliance is not less brilliant because it came in a flash! Well done! - Brooke

  7. BIG is so amazingly powerful. I feel the energy of it and our tribe moving through me, pushing me to go further, dare and trust. I love your words here but stronger still are these images. Tangible expressions of your vitality, your essence, your love of this life.

    I am blogging about my experience ... not sure if I can adequately capture it just yet.

    All I'm left with is "wow."

    And don't you want to just attack the entire wall? Can you image a room filled with this? :)

    xo Lis

  8. Yummy paintings! So bold and free. Thanks for sharing them! (Signing in through my google account but I'm Kathy from

  9. wow! you are truly talented in so many ways! love & hugs!!

  10. Lisa,
    Oh the growth that you are experiencing!
    Ab Fab!
    xo, me.

  11. It is so wonderful to see the progress your art making takes on when you achieved that state of letting go, Lisa ! Brava to you for diving in and Brava to Connie for making you feel safe to do so. Thankyou so much for sharing your journey with us, your fellow artists on the path...
    Big Love !

  12. I followed you here from Dirtyfootprints, and I'm so glad I did! Such living, vibrant work! Don't you just love getting your fingers into the paint? Like a direct soul connection. . .oh, wait, it IS!