Thursday, December 18, 2014

Verliebt Nutcracker

  “Don’t be afraid, my beard is long, my head is large, my look is grim but that matters not. I won’t bite you. In spite of my big mouth and grim appearance, I look with my heart for your happiness.”

Apparently my German heritage runs far deeper than enjoying German cuisine. I have a thing for traditional wooden nutcrackers - not the ones dressed as ballerinas and football players. At holiday time I get lost in the sea of nutcrackers at the store. Yesterday I ventured out to get batteries and left with the nutcracker you see on the right. I will keep my nutcrackers on display all year.

Why my fascination?

To me, nutcrackers represent strength, sophistication, and protection. They stand for individuality. They are stoic, classic, and regal. They are fundamentally what my work is about. My intention is to create strong characters that inspire the viewer to be better in their lives - better to themselves and other people, open their minds, and stretch their spiritual muscle. Self-mastery.

Would my paintings recycle if they could? Yes
Would my paintings say hello to people on the street and strike up a conversation? Yes
Would my paintings watch tv and read People magazine and such? Goodness no

Look at any photo of Katharine Hepburn. Read her book. Fascinating.

Yesterday I told a friend I could see myself having a room full of nutcrackers. Then this morning I saw this video. Apparently, I'm not the only one.

For more information on nutcrackers, visit The Magic of Nutcrackers

Lisa Albinger

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Fruits of Our Feminism

Six months into the paleo lifestyle, I easily consume 5-7 servings of fruit a day. Therefore fruit is frequently on my mind. A new road has emerged.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lisa Albinger Answers the YabYum Seven

YabYum recently interviewed me and did a great job. I'm a stickler for professionalism and they were on the ball. Yes! This link takes you to the interview and shows a nice variety of my work.

YabYum Interview


Saturday, August 30, 2014


36" x 23", acrylic and collage on panel
August 2014, available

I eat a lot of fruit. It is typical for me to have 5-7 servings a day. This particular Friday I sat in front of the board eating a brown pear, trying to conjure up a great image, asking the painting what it wanted to express. Which variety of pear it was, I'm unsure. A Google search provided no definite answer.

This time I chose to forego my pear-honey-brie concoction and instead ate the pear in it's naked state. I have a habit to buy one new produce food a week in order to experience something different and was excited to try this pear.

But oh it was so bland. I sat in front of my new piece with the pear wondering 
How can this be?! Pear dreams shattered. Layer upon layer began to build over the following weeks as more and more fruit was devoured. 
I see a peach made it's debut as well.

Pear-Honey-Brie speaks of trusting and working with one's own body cycle and shape. It's about forging ahead through cranky days and making the best of every situation.

Pear-Honey-Brie is showing at Shade West Gallery at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix September-November 2014. Artist Reception is Saturday, September 20, 5-8pm

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Yesterday's Charm and Today's Clever Chaos

Yesterday's Charm and Today's Clever Chaos
35" x 24", oil, acrylic and collage on panel
July 2014, available

After a few revisions, Yesterday's Charm.. is now complete. With this piece, this series has unexpectedly turned a corner, which I welcome. It is a meeting of the minds.

Her Words Make My Skin Crawl, but I Still Like Her Hair

Her Words Make My Skin Crawl, but I Still Like Her Hair
38" x 25" oil, acrylic, collage on wood

True Story. This is part of the Intestinal series, however I've diverted onto a second path due to the spoken words of an author who made me cringe. A lesson of growth for sure, and ironically the inspiration of my current work. Meant to be? Of course.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Meeting Tori Amos

The end of July brought an unexpected meeting with singer Tori Amos (on the right). We've met a number of times over the years but this was the first time we were photographed together.

In 2008 I posed as her for artist Mike Dringenberg for Tori's annual RAINN benefit calendar. 

On this day she took home some of my greeting cards: Shortbread Serenade, The Heatmeister, Tea for Two, and Set the World Right. Inquire for card availability.