As an artist, more often than not, you create something, you put your heart into it and then you give it up. Sure, you envision it will be cared for, appreciated, dare I say loved. But, fact of the matter, you frequently never know. Today I got the chance to see a good-sized painting, my work, in a client’s home. Imagine hearing about the care and attention it’s getting, recognizing it has found a great home, and realizing it fits so well that anything else simply wouldn’t seem right. Sometimes, it just feels good to know.
Anybody who knows me, knows that parks tend to be places near and dear to me. As a girl, I watched my dad work to get a park built for our community, Edwardsville Park, in little Edwardsville, Indiana. As an adult, I spent nearly a decade as park engineer for a major urban park system, Cincinnati Parks. Trust me, spring and fall are both awesome times to get out and spend a day in a park. Words like fresh, crisp, vibrant and of course colorful come to mind to describe these times. Sometimes, when I’m lucky enough, the place that sparks these words is Mt. Desert Island. Each time I visit, I’m absolutely swept off my feet by how amazing it is. The art I’m working on this week happens to be inspired by and headed to Mt. Desert Island. Here’s a sneak preview.
I’m a big fan of design. Design done well? That’s simply sublime. Making art, providing art direction, strategy, managing sticky projects and getting them unstuck; I’m pretty comfortable with all these things. Something that befuddles me a little more is the question: “Will you work for free?” After all, I’ve worked pretty hard to develop a certain expertise. It seems to me that if it’s going to be valued then there should be rules that govern. That’s when I remembered Jessica Hische, a favorite designer. She created a flow chart on the subject and shared her on point guidance. She sells a letterpress version as well. Oh yes, her other work is brilliant too.
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It’s fun to discover and share new ways of being creative. There are so many materials out there to experiment with these days. Finding new ways to use old things is half the fun. The other half comes in sharing.
These are a few pieces that I’ve been creating to feature as example pieces for a future workshop.
Part of the I received from the Editor of The Artist’s Magazine, Maureen Bloomfield.
Dear Lisa Schafer,
Congratulations! Your artwork, Almost Worldly, has been selected as a finalist in the Abstract/Experimental category of The Artist’s Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition. Your name, city, state and/or country will appear among the lists of finalists published in the December 2013 issue.
The competition’s entries, over 6,000, were particularly strong this year. As editors, we had a difficult task to whittle the field; it is truly an achievement that your work was among the ones we sent to the jurors.
Thank you very much for entering our contest and sharing your fine work with us.
For inquiring minds, this is the painting I submitted. It was not a top prize winner. Still, with over 6,000 entries, I’m very proud.
Exciting things to come. I’m still working out the kinks so bear with me. Hopefully, this will make it easier to share with you.