Friday, August 26, 2016

Time and Again

Time and Again
Oil on wooden nutcracker
19"h  x  4"w

The final moments before the journey begins, before the threshold is crossed. Portals on our journey. Tools to aide us. Windows, ladders, time machines, wings. The arrow hitting the target. Our feet blending into the earth as we meld with the journey, becoming the journey. The owl, all seeing eye, and pinecone. Stars and compass guide us. The spider web, symbolizing the web of life we each weave.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Boxing Day

Boxes hold our belongings when we move across the country, food we purchase at the grocery store, and gifts we give one another. The idea of a box holding personal secrets, wishes and dreams is often called a God Box. It is a vessel that takes your worries and hands them off to 'all that is', perhaps the great Oz himself.

My tools included pen, cotton swabs, coffee and a 6.5"x 8"x 3" box. The images are mystical animals pursuing magic, weaving their webs of life. They are intuition, the all knowing, the all seeing, all that is. They reside in silence, in less words and more observation, in solitude and introspection.

This box now resides in Brooklyn. A gift. There will be more, in time.

Lid Top

Lid Inside

Box Inside

Side 1 with lid

Side 1 without lid

Side 2 with lid

Side 2 without lid

Side 3 with lid

Side 3 without lid

Side 4 with lid

Side 4 without lid

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Please Pass the Coffee

My work has always been very intuitive and it is rare for me to sketch out ideas. I prefer to sit down at the easel and bring out whatever image is already 'there' in the board. Maddening, yes. I like the challenge of creating something meaningful out of happenstance. Isn't that what life is all about? When I drip coffee onto paper and move it around, I haven't the faintest clue what will appear. There's a bit of anxiety in it all. There's a bit of expectation. What if I draw a line that goes nowhere and I regret it? Make it happen. Figure it out. Turn it into something else.

Such is the story for these creatures below. Each one represents a facet of my creaturehood. Each one appeared when I followed the pen. I have been posting drawings daily on my Instagram. Follow to see each one. Lisa Albinger on Instagram

Lisa Albinger, 2016

Lisa Albinger, 2016

Lisa Albinger, 2016

Lisa Albinger, 2016

Monday, March 16, 2015

What a Hoot! show in Oregon

Azure Fine Arts Gallery in Corvallis, OR asked me to produce 100 drawings for an exhibit.
I gasped. 100. I cut 100 pieces of paper. No mistakes allowed. Coffee was poured on each
piece of paper and from there the characters appeared.

They grouped themselves into categories: The Men, Owls, Flower Children, Birds, Rabbits, and Misc. People

Now showing, March 15-April 12, 2015
Opening is Thursday, March 19, 4-8pm

Azure Fine Art Gallery
341 SW Second Street, Ste #3
Corvallis, OR 97333

Email Deb with questions and to purchase work.
Each work is about 5"x7".

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

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.