Watercolors Galore at the ANEAW Show-Amazing!

                                                                  My supportive family. 

Upon returning home, I had a million things swirling in my head. I’ve been struggling with my current painting (another dose of self doubt…yippee) and questioning do I still like watercolor ? Is that my jam or are acrylics? Maybe collage? Teaching? Workshops? Silly brain! I luckily was able to step back and find neutral space to just be the observer. Deep breaths!

Today, my heart and mind feel settled and newly reinvigorated. I want to be just as good a watercolor artist, if not better than the artists’ works that hung there. If I never quite reach that pinnacle, I look forward to the new learning moments, enhanced skills and hopefully, more show acceptances. There’s always so much more to learn and improve on in this life. Our paths are fraught with doubts, tears, frustration and sweet rewards. Those rewards make the struggle worthwhile and grow our resolve and our spirit. And that, my friends, is where the beauty lies. We are strong. We are capable. We are loved. We are meant for greatness. Don’t ever shy away from it. You’re worth the blood, sweat and tears. 

Have a beautiful rest of your summer, enjoying the sun, burning off the doubt and fear and proceed with confidence. We need your light!

Gorgeous!

 

So beautiful!
                                                   Lana Privitera

 

                                                                                         Susan Weintraub, AWS-df

 

 

                                   Laurie Goldstein-Warren, TWSA

Welcome to Summer!!!

Welcome to Summer!!!

My peony underpainting that is a current work in progress!

Summer, for me is a time of recharging my batteries and also stoking my creativity. Maybe it’s the soaking up of that Vitamin D or just getting to see nature explode with sounds, colors, wildlife, joy and communion with one another. No matter what the secret sauce of summer is, it always gets my creative mind whirling about how I’d like to see my life take shape throughout the rest of the year and how it will look one year from now. How do want to be living my life in a higher space? What can I do to be of service to others that fits my given path? How should my work and my everyday life reflect that?

It’s always a lot of contemplation and then meditating on and exploring the best ways to do this while still being in a position of letting go. To surrender it to the universe and know that all the answers to life’s burning questions lie there.

Currently, I am really exploring how to make my work and my upcoming fall workshop something that nourishes all our souls and calms our minds. My current painting of the Thousand Island Park pavilion that will hang at Bella’s in Clayton, NY next year (so exciting that I was invited to be a part of their beautiful space!), is a juxtaposition of control and looseness. It’s a fun challenge and it seems to be working out in a way that surprises me but actually gets me electrified as I work, or even as I step back and see how my choices are panning out.

I am also exploring how best to incorporate intuition into the workshop in October and how to insure that the idea is one that has room for beautiful growth. By that, it feels like I not only mean the workshop itself, but also for those of us teaching it and those of you who attend. When I am breathing into what it looks like, I come away feeling as though, at day’s end, we will all walk away more centered and have a feeling of growing self-love and compassion. That abundant feeling is really amazing.

Watch some of my @lisawagnerart IG stories that I have saved so that you can get an idea of what the workshop will be for all of you and hopefully you’ll want to dive into feeling a sense of well-being through a creative, mindful way of being. Also be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so that you can check out the early bird special! Having it run during the fall, we like to think of it as a means of planting seeds that we can nurture throughout the winter nesting months to enable it to grow into a well-nourished and loved energy for you to share with the world. Doesn’t that sound beautiful? We also plan to have seasonal follow-up workshops to enhance your continued journey.

Great summer plan! If you happen to be in the NNY, Adirondack area this August, be sure to stop by The View Art Center for the #ANEAW show in Old Forge. My piece, Red Right Returning was chosen as one of the accepted pieces. Still over the moon about that. I have my fingers crossed but a neutral expectation about receiving an award. (It never hurts to have a little recognition for a work you’re so still in awe that you yourself actually produced something someone else likes, too! That always gets me extra motivated to continue on on hard, non-creative days.) 🙂 I will definitely keep you posted, though. The show opening is August 3rd and runs through September 30th. It’s always beautifully curated.

Enjoy your long summer days and warm nights (ahhhhh) and be sure to take lots of time for some self-love and creativity. It makes your summer a memory you can hold onto with such joy and fondness!
Be love and be kind! Xoxo

Happy June!

Happy June!

Feeling summer in the air brings a welcome relief of upcoming days in the sun with friends and family, soaking in the lush colors, bustling sounds and warm air. It’s a time to recharge your soul and live brightly. To try dipping your toe into that mysterious water you might otherwise avoid.

Acrylic Painting

How about trying your hand at creativity? It opens your heart and your right brain, bringing balance into an often hectic life. So many times, those of us who are creatives, hear others say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body!’

This simply isn’t true. We all live creatively, even if just a little, each day. Remember the last time you had to think up a new strategy at work, or pick out a pretty outfit for a special day? Do your makeup so that you looked that much more beautiful? Finding a way to organize that darned plastic container cupboard? Yup. They’re all creative activities and we all do them. But if we learn to hone that skill and use it to balance that crazy left brain monkey mind, the more at peace we can all feel. It brings a sense of order and quiet space we all crave. Now doesn’t that sound like a small slice of heaven?

If so, why not sign up for an art class? I offer several kinds. Bring a friend or your kids with you to learn and create together. This is one of those few things that there is no age limit to. Imagine trying to dunk a basketball when you’re 60. Now try to imagine sitting anywhere, at any age and feeling peaceful and blissed out while making something that comes from your heart. A lot easier to picture, right? (Not that there isn’t some miracle person that can dunk with ease at 60+.)

Take the leap and click on my “Classes” page and get yourself a slice of joy that lasts a lifetime and actually improves with age! Yayyy for that! You can also keep an eye out for our upcoming workshop (it’s being held Sunday, October 21st-mark your calendar!). We’re calling it “Courage, Creating and Connection.” There will be four instructors leading you through a day of yoga, meditation, massage, intuitive creative guidance and loads of art. Sounds fab, right?! I’m over the moon excited! Hope to see you there! Meanwhile, get comfortable being creatively uncomfortable in my judgement-free zone at my art studio. We’ll have a blast! Lisawagnerart.com/art-classes/

Happy Creating and I can’t wait to see you and what you find courage to do! 🙂

Lisa

Happy Spring!

#Happy Spring!

I thought that seen as nature decided to start blooming finally (sooo slow in WNY), that it was time for me to do the same. My first act of coming alive was to find out that my painting, Red Right Returning, was accepted into the Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolor show (ANEAW) in Old Forge, NY. This is my first painting since returning to the art scene in twelve years! I have been in their show twice before (2004 & 2006), so it’s been awhile since I’ve felt like a “real artist.” (Who decides that anyway??) The show opens August 3rd and runs through September 30th. The works in this show are always breathtaking, humbling, completely inspiring and have, at times, made me cry right in the middle of the show. It’s THAT good!! https://www.viewarts.org/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/2018-adirondacks-national-exhibition-of-american-watercolors/
My next bit of aliveness came as an inspiration to integrate things I love with my art. I decided to design a workshop with three amazing women who I love a respect. It will be a day-long endeavor with room to grow into a weekend-long and hopefully, even a week-long workshop someday in the not so distant future. These women are so talented and centered. I just adore them! I have it slated for October and can’t wait to share the full Monty with all of you soon (have to work it out to total fruition first but it’s totally going to be worth the wait!). We are hoping, that with our combined talents and knowledge, we can create an atmosphere of peace, harmony and growth that can be used in everyday life and to combat environmental stresses. Couldn’t we all use a lot more of that!?
And since the sun seems to be in full warming up my mind mode, I thought, “Why not open an Etsy store to sell my doodles on useful objects?” That’s today’s task. I will let you all know when that is up and running (fingers crossed it’s done by mid-May). It’s a great way to make my work available to folks of all budgets and make for thoughtful gifts for those you love, including your wonderful self! 🙂 I would also like a percentage of the profits to help kids who want to become an artist themselves, realize their dreams. Another bit of joy to add to the world. https://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaWagnerArt
Currently, we have just added a page to the website that allows you to shop for whatever of my goods you’re interested in from the comfort of your home (or when you’re bored at work), although I’d love to see your cute selves at my studio. We are adding new things all the time now that I have my pretty workspace! https://lisa-wagner-art.myshopify.com/ While you’re there, be sure to subscribe to my email list so that you can be the first to see what’s new for classes and workshops or even for the latest painting. There will be sweet deals in there for those who subscribe (see why it’s awesome?!).
Don’t forget that this Friday is a First Friday (yayyyy!!) and we are all dying to have you swing by Anderson Alley and check out all the fab things we have going on (when I walk around here and talk to my building mates and artist friends, I get soooo inspired!). You’ll want to make it a regular First Friday, slated on your calendar in stone, kind of thing. Plus, there’s tons of great food and entertainment in the NOTA area.
Here’s a peek at a piece I finished this morning titled, “My Little Pretties.” I’m having so much fun with these table scapes! I have Lynn Whipple to thank for that. 🙂 If you don’t know her, you should totally check her out.

Happy Spring!!

#Welcome to #LisaWagnerArt!

I’m so thrilled to have you here. I thought I’d begin with the “How” of my becoming an artist and that squiggly little path would be a great way to introduce myself to you, the viewer.

I loved art as a kid. I would grab anything I could get my hands on. I never really got serious about my abilities until one day, at the age of 12, I drew a picture of this sweet dog that I saw in my book I had been reading. It turned out just like the illustration. I was quite pleased with myself and HAD to now draw everything in sight ever single free moment of every day!

Unfortunately, life took over a bit. School was difficult for me (math and English were where I excelled but don’t ask me a thing about Chemistry). There were so many amazing artists in my art class in high school that I didn’t think I could be THAT and neither did my teacher. It made me put away my art supplies for a long time and I decided to make my college major accounting. Not surprisingly, I hated it.

I got married shortly after college to my high school sweetheart, Paul. We began having kids the following year. Our oldest, Jackie, loved art. The projects we would do together were so fun, we would get lost in the day. It still makes me smile!

Our son, Adam was born five years after his sister and that was when I knew I needed art more fully in my life. I decided to take a watercolor class through our local continuing education program in our town. My instructor, Judy Soprano (aka my second mother), knew how to find something beautiful in even the worst work. It was so inspirational. I felt like I had finally found who I was and where I should be pointed. I took several more classes from her and a few other local artists (all amazing in their own rights), joined local art groups and even tried to get into national shows (I’ll save that fun story for the next blog). I even got to teach Judy’s class when she retired.

I again found myself having to put this passion aside, however, when the bookkeeper at my husband’s business left. I wanted to help him however I could and was there until just this last December. I was about an 10 year run. Paul, being the supportive and encouraging partner that he always is, told me it was time for me to find someone to do my job and get myself a studio space so that I could finally be fulfilling my lifelong dream-being a full-time artist! I was over the moon. I found a great bookkeeper and landed a studio in the building I had been wishing I could be in for thirty years (Anderson Alley). I still have to pinch myself!

My first love will always be watercolor. Collage and acrylics are what I love to turn to when I feel like I’m a bit stuck. They can be so easily manipulated and forgiving. It’s a great way to experiment with ideas that are rolling around in your head for that next big piece.

My goals are to push my limits not only in my work but with teaching and workshops. How can this serve the greater good? How can I follow my path and honor myself and others? This has my brain working overtime with wonderful ideas (stay tuned!!). I look forward to sharing them with all of you and having you become a part of that beautiful ripple.
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