Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Big Messy Flowers On Envelopes

I have been painting envelopes because I have no canvases left. And until I sell one, I'm too cheap to buy any more.

Woe is me right? ;-)

Feels kind of liberating to practice on a "throwaway" item. There is no pressure. There is only experimentation and fun.

And because I am still, after all, a dork...


p.s. if you would like a letter from Lisa, email me your mailing address!

Monday, June 20, 2016

I Say This Every Month

Umm, what happened to May?

Reading back through my blog, I discovered that I did not post anything related to my goals at the start of May! Oops?

I did find my April goals post, and I fell in love with it all over again. And I pulled up my April folder on my photo stick and wow....April was really amazing!

And you know what, so was May. And it's over now too! And when I started writing this post, we were only a week into June. And now June is on its way out as well.

Time goes so fast when you're old.
I did cross one of my goals off my list last month. I finally finished relocating my mailbox! I keep taking photos of it, and then deleting them off my phone when my storage gets low and I need to take another photo right away! Sigh. It will show up on here eventually!

Remember this list...I sure do...
I still try to read it every week, but mostly I just try to survive every week. Make sure Lucas is fed and has clean clothes, and get up the nerve to do the dishes.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Big Messy Flowers & Why I Don't Make a Living With Art

I finished painting this last night. I started the flower part months ago, adding on to the ampersand I did up on a whim back when I was still living at my old place. That's how long this has been in the making...

I have a hard time keeping the momentum going when I paint. I start and finish a bunch, and then I get busy at home, or I have an anxiety or depressed period, and nothing gets done. I can't make a living as an artist because I have yet to find a good balance between when I am inspired to do the work, and when I am not inspired but just need to do it anyway.

I could also never make a living at art because so far only my cousins have wanted to purchase my paintings. Family & friends count HUGE when it comes to getting started, but selling solely to people within my limited circle is not sustainable in the long run. And so, here we are. With a $40 painting (a steal of a deal!), 17 likes on IG as of this post (it's pretty & people like it!), I have no takers. Within my little circle or without.

Please don't hear "I give up" in that paragraph. I am not giving up on art, or even an art business. I am being a realist about where I am right now, and where I am working to be in the future. I might not sell a painting to a stranger until I'm in my 80s (ugh, I hope it comes before then), and I'm okay with that. I'm sure my paintings will be much different by then and will perhaps have a wider appeal. I am in this for the long run, even if it is just for myself.

I am really proud of where my art is going these days. I have finally just given in, and accepted that I PAINT BIG MESSY FLOWERS! I've been using neon paint on my recent work, and I love it. And I have been painting beautiful & unique ladies, that are a break from my traditional look, while keeping so many of the same, favourite elements. I'm in a good place, hell, a GREAT place right now, and I am so very satisfied with that.

Now, for reals, does anyone want to buy this painting?

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Tell A Story - Saying NO to Fast Fashion

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about being a "Fashion Minimalist". It has taken me a long time to get to this place, and I still struggle with my previous habits. But everyday I don't go shopping online, or on a spending spree at a thrift store, I feel way better about myself and my place in this world.

Well, last week, I got the "thrifting feeling" and made a stop at a local Value Village. I have learned to pay attention to these feelings in my gizzard (so-to-speak), because I usually find some sweet stuff when I do. I went during my lunch hour, which means I only have about 20 minutes to browse, try on items, and pay in order to get back to the office on time. This was definitely a successful visit, as I tried on 9 sleeveless shirts, purchased the three you see in the photo above and a snazzy belt to replace one I grew out of, and spent around $30.

But that's not the important part of my story today. I went in to the store knowing I was just going to focus on sleeveless tops, so that's where I headed. I found a row, and started to watch for the little tag on the rack that shows where the Mediums are kept. I had walked all the way down the sleeveless top row and there was no medium tag! What?! So I grabbed the closest top and checked the tag. Large. I grabbed a few more from down the row. All larges. Hmm.

So I pulled my blinders off, and looked around me. And noticed that there were FOUR ROWS of sleeveless tops. Four fucking rows. Just of sleeveless tops. There were another couple of rows for "tank tops". I couldn't believe it. I know that this particular store rotates seasonal items in and out of their shelves (bye bye winter coats, hello sleeveless tops), but I was still flabbergasted at the sheer amount of clothing I was seeing.

And to top it all off, when I came in the back way through the alley, I noticed three enormous crates full of garbage clothes. I'm talking 8'x5'x3' boxes full of clothes. Just sitting out in the alley. So for all the clothes for sale inside the store, they are still throwing stuff out because it is unsaleable.

Which leads me to my...

Feminist Thought of the Day
I believe that fast fashion is a feminist issue. The people that make our $2 t-shirts are predominantly women. They work long hours to support spouses, children, parents, often under terrible conditions. And they don't earn a living wage, and they don't have health benefits, and they face unimaginable injury and unsafe conditions, and they can't unionize. And for what? A fucking $2 t-shirt?!

I definitely believe that the rise in fast fashion is exacerbated by readily accessible thrift stores and other organizations that accept clothing donations. It is easy for us to get rid of barely used clothing, and we feel even less guilty about it because we rationalize that it is going to a good cause or something. And then we run out and fill our fucking closets again.

I am now even more mindful about what I buy, and from where.

Sorry not sorry this got a little preachy today. I'm gonna go ahead and garden now.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, May 27, 2016

May Long Camping - Our Wet Adventure Scrapbooked

Lucas was very apprehensive about tenting with Mom. Y'know, cause of sleeping on the ground and stuff. But he was a total trooper. He did at one point tell us that this was the WORST camping trip ever...but his smiles and giggles told another story. I wanted my layouts to reflect this riotously unsuccessful yet awesome camping trip with my Dude.

I made the following photos collages using the wrong combination of photos. Mixed metaphors? I dunno. Whatever. I'm sure you can figure it out...

I love rummaging through my supplies these days, because everything is kind of just randomly sorted. That is to say, not sorted at all. So every page is a true mishmash of stuff I have been collecting over the years. Stuff that I love and has survived many purges, and new stuff that I haven't tired of just yet. And that's the way I like it.

I think Nadine questioned my sanity a little when I bought this pineapple paper. But it matches the tablecloth I bought (not on purpose...geeze people), so who's laughing now?!

I bought two rolls of that neon green mesh at a Scrapfest 100 years ago, and it's still one of my favourite things to add to a page. See, random is my friend.

Now, you might be asking yourself, "why the 6x12 layouts recently, Lis?" and I'll tell you. Hell, I'm going to tell you if you were asking or not, so just simmer down now. I bought on Kijiji a 4x6 photo album binder a few winters ago, thinking it would be perfect for something. Turns out it's going to be perfect for my 2016 memories album. I will be printing photos and randomly inserting some scrapbooked pages as I go. Told ya random works for me!

And yes, I still haven't finished my 2015 album, but shut your pie hole. I'm getting there...False starts still count.