Monday, January 5, 2015

Connecting the Dots

The espresso was made, waiting patiently as I picked out that perfect piece of chocolate from the gifted box of chocolates. I would sit down with my delicacy to ponder the direction of my art, obtain a grand artistic idea, and drink the espresso while it was hot.

But the phone rang.

I quickly chose a piece of chocolate and scurried to the phone in time for the fourth ring.

“Oh shit!” I exclaimed as I saw the name of my dear friend of 20 years. An artist. I knew why she was calling and I had to fess up. I answered with, “I didn’t do it, I didn’t do anything, I failed.”

A week ago we agreed to hold each other accountable of making art every day. By today I was to have 7 drawings completed, alas there were none. Now, the assignment for this following week is to create a self-portrait every day. Size and medium doesn’t matter. I know as the days progress my self-portraits will morph into animals and the like, however today I started out with a pretty standard drawing including polka dots which I adore.




Looking at my face in the mirror and drawing it brought back memories. I remembered back to when a band member of Poison gasped, “You have a beautiful widows peak” which is something I had never heard or thought of before. Being a big fan of Marilyn Monroe as a teenager I always wanted a mole above my lip and now as an adult I’ve somehow acquired one in that same spot, however with less enthusiasm than a 15 year old. And to my surprise, my lower lip has an indentation I’ve never noticed before.

Your body tells so many stories. Look at yourself in the mirror and read some of them. Remember the stories of your past as they make up the you you are now. What is your body telling you? What information and messages does it have for you?

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


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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

Pear-Honey-Brie


Pear-Honey-Brie
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

Lisa's website: www.lisaalbinger.com




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.