Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Work featured in Incite4: The Best in Mixed Media!





















My mixed media work entitled Juliette's Song,  a mixed-media sequential work on paper, will be featured in Incite4: The Best in Mixed Media! The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon and at www.northlightshop.com. It will also be available in bookstores for purchase soon!

From the book: 
"The process of art-making has long been known to have meditative and healing effects on the mind, body and soul. In Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew, 120 artists from around the globe share the most restorative and revitalizing aspects of their art-making through painting, collage, encaustic, art journaling, jewelry art and more.
The 158 pieces of mixed-media art showcased in the fourth edition of Incite, The Best of Mixed Media will realign your inner balance and awaken your creative spirit. In turn, they will help you to gain a new appreciation for the role art plays in your life, while inspiring you to create unique artwork of your own."

Monday, August 15, 2016

Artists Raise Money for Cancer Research!

I just wanted to share with you an event that I am involved with that is helping to raise funds for cancer research. A Small World is an international exhibition of small works held at the Magpie Springs Gallery in South Australia. All works submitted from US artists such as myself will be a gift, where 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the charity! 

The Magpie Springs Gallery has also aligned with a group of women who raise money for Cancer Research - through the Marilyn Jetty swim women Facebook pageFrom the director Avril Thomas, "As artists we can share our works and make connections never before possible every day with each other on social media. We often see our artist friends works but the chance to see or even own an original from that artist is perhaps slim, especially if they are on the other side of the world. This is a chance to take part in an International show, purchase an original piece from your favorite artist and support cancer research - it’s about making connections through art."























For my postcard-sized painting entitled Through the Fire (4" x 6"), I chose to create a strong female figure who is fighting and conquering breast cancer, a plight that many women I know have gone through. Over the breast area on the right, I placed a symbolic battle shield, acting as protective armor. The figure also has the breast cancer symbol, a pink ribbon, lightly painted on her face. 

The warrior-like figure is surrounded by the medical symbol, which I altered to transform the traditional snakes into flaming dragons, encompassing her body in a heart-like shape. The gem that appears on her chest is a metaphor for her heart that is fighting the good fight. The area in red almost looks like a heart and the gold extensions from it create the valves that enter and leave the heart to go to the other areas of the body. 

The element of fire is also significant in the work. It has the power to be very destructive, but in the end brings about growth and renewal. This process is much like the process of undergoing chemotherapy. I chose to play up the sacred areas of the mind and the heart, as they are what we use to fight with when encountering great struggles in life. Keeping our minds and hearts focused on the light at the end of the tunnel helps us to see our way through the fire!

The exhibition opening will be Nov 13, 2016 at 2:00pm and the show will run until January 15, 2017. The gallery is open Friday through Sunday. 

Bidders will have an opportunity to buy this painting and the works of many other artists, making a contribution to cancer research!

Magpie Springs Gallery
1870 Brookman Road 
Hope Forest, South Australia 5172

Phone: (08) 8556 7351

For more information contact avril@magpiesprings.com.au  

You can also see more details on the gallery's Website or on Facebook.















Friday, July 8, 2016

Working in the Sketchbook!

Sketchbook background  study
Currently I am working on some textural studies and background ideas in my sketchbook.  Shown are a couple of page samples. My daughter worked alongside me in her sketchbook. We both had lots of fun! Great bonding activity for creative moms and dads.

To make the sketchbook surface durable, I apply several layers of acrylic matte medium and then two more layers of gesso to both sides of each page. This creates a nice, yet sturdy, surface to work on.  I then add texture using collage and more gesso, medium etc. Acrylics are used to add color and interest. 

Next week, I am doing some figure drawing from a live model while teaching at the Hartford Art School MFA program, so I thought I'd create some interesting backgrounds to put the models in!

For more techniques and examples of my journals and sketchbooks, check out this article on CreateMixedMedia.


Sketchbook background study 



More of my sketchbook work is featured in a book called Sketchbook Confidential 2 (North Light Books). Check out my figure study (center one in red, yellow and blue) on the cover!




You can also see some great sketchbooks created by other artists in an online class I taught. See them HERE


The classes start Jan 9 and runs to Feb. 17, 2017 for 6 weeks to 8 weeks online. Each week, Monday through Friday, there are informative, educational and inspirational posts to the class blog and I am present in the classroom every day during the work week!

If you are feeling creatively blocked or stagnant, I highly encourage the daily practice of working in mixed-media sketchbooks and journals. When you allow yourself to play with paint and drawing materials or write freeform in a journal, you open the door for insight to enter, breathing new life into your work and process! 

In my book Art Revolution, I provide an inside look into the work and minds of 21 of today’s leading mixed-media artists. Many of them use sketchbooks and journals as a way to spark ideation. In the in-depth profile on mixed-media guru Barron Storey, I reveal the artist’s unique ability to make a dramatic sensory connection with the world. By exploring graphic language and the cutting-edge work developed in his amazing journals, I unfold the artist’s ability to take chances and push boundaries. The signature work created in the journal format documents the artist’s ability to translate visual perception into graphic form. “The journals are not areas where ideas are developed but instead are daily records of experience, real or imagined. It’s a great big stew, uniting the body, mind and senses,” shares Storey. “For me, it’s important not to think first and draw after. I like to keep in the domain of the magic that happens when you’re thinking, seeing and drawing all at the same time.” 

Art Revolution is a highly visual, thought-provoking book packed with exciting profiles of leading artists and illustrators, showcasing their stellar, multi-media work. In addition, exciting splash spreads featuring demonstrations and behind-the-scene looks at the groundbreaking artists at work reveal signature processes and techniques. The book also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades. 

If you are new to mixed media or need to expand your repertoire, I have some fun techniques for you to try. Using collage, texture and mixed-media processes, I adorn my journals, sketchbooks and altered books as a visually stimulating way to jumpstart my creativity. Many of these techniques are demonstrated in my latest mixed-media book called Experimental Painting if you are interested in learning more. 


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Work in Process!

Working with fluid mixed-media painting techniques! 

Work in process on very textured surface
using collage, gesso,
molding
paste and crackle paste
I am currently working on a series of mixed-media paintings for my visual novel. Here are some works in process!

The piece to the right features many mixed-media painting techniques. I am working wet into wet and using various unconventional tools to manipulate the paint and media. Having lots of fun in the process! 

In the figurative piece below, I am working on a highly textured working surface. Using various collage techniques, I employed handmade and textured paper to the surface. On top of that I used painting techniques such as dripping and drybrushing using mostly gesso.

Once that was fully dry, I utilized molding paste and crackle paste in unique combinations. Lots of layering was done on the surface of this panel!



The mixed-media painting called Through the Labyrinth features vine and tree-like structures that are intertwined within the blue glow of the labyrinth. It is a transitional moment from the flow and movement of water to a twisted place within the imagination. I manipulated the acrylic media as f I was drawing into the wet surface to create the fluid marks.

The piece below is called The Warrior. It features many mixed-media painting techniques. Bas-relief and gold-infused details abound, working in tandem with the more painted areas of the figure. The entire collar and lower bodice are created using a series of custom textures that were built up in multiple layers using molding paste.

The registration of relief elements is tight and critical to maintaining the overall symmetry of the piece... very little room for error! It is also quite a challenge to maintain the illusion of depth that is created by painting when areas of bas-relief thread throughout the piece. You don't ever want a three-dimensional effect to cancel out a two-dimensional one. Check out just some of the details on my recent Figure of the Imagination blog post.


A new mixed-media piece called Through the Labyrinth
The Warrior 24" x 12" x 2" acrylic, oil, collage,
bas-relief and assemblage on masonite
and board with wooden construct
























For more intriguing mixed-media and bas-relief techniques, check out my book Experimental Painting. I also have several workshops coming up online. They start in January 2017 so mark your calendars.


If you love mixed-media, mythology and painting the figure, you will enjoy my upcoming online workshop Experimental Painting: The Mythical Realm. I will be showing insights into the making of The Warrior piece in that workshop! So stay tuned! I also have two other classes. Fantastical Dreamscapes: Creating Magical Environments in Mixed Media and Mixed Media Masterclass


The classes start Jan 9 and runs to Feb. 17, 2017 for 6 weeks to 8 weeks online. Each week, Monday through Friday, there are informative, educational and inspirational posts to the class blog and I am present in the classroom every day during the work week!

For a two-day workshop in New York City, check out my mixed-media workshop at the Art Students League called EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media

September 10 to 11, 2016

Weekend Intensive Workshop, Limited to 12 Students

See work created in my Art Student League Workshop.

Sign up for my mailing list to find out about more upcoming workshops, books and videos!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mixed Media Workshop in NYC!



Join me in September for my mixed -media workshop EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING
at The Art Students League of New York on Saturday and Sunday Sept 10 to 11, 2016. The class runs all day from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Limited to 12 students, so register early!

The Art Students League of New York
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

212.247.4510

info@artstudentsleague.org
http://www.theartstudentsleague.org/workshops/

Check out just some of the work created in my last workshop at the Art Students League of New York.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Paint Pictures with Words!

The Paint Pictures with Words Journal Series are 6" x 9" CREATIVE WRITING JOURNALS with wraparound fantasy-inspired imagery by artist and author Lisa L. Cyr. 







Hard Cover Options

The 120-page books are perfect bound and printed on cream paper for the hardcover journals and white paper for the paperback journals.

NEW: The Creative Spirit Within Journal Paperback
Painted textures and insightful quotes throughout the journals serve as inspirational backgrounds from which to inspire thought and creative writing. Let these journals beckon you to "Paint Pictures with Words!"


Insightful Quotes throughout each Journal.

Available NOW in paperback for $8.95 on Amazon!

Hardcover $14.95 US













Friday, March 4, 2016

NEW Lecture for Universities & Art Organizations!

NEW:
ON THE EDGE: Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works
2 hours

This highly visual presentation explores alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating content-driven, mixed-media art that is on the cutting-edge! Throughout the lecture, insightful and thought-provoking ideas on alternative, unconventional picture making will accompany exciting mixed-media techniques, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional approaches will be shown, including employing alternative working grounds, using custom tools, toning the painting surface in imaginative ways, creating a tactile ground, building the visual architecture and utilizing innovative mixed-media techniques to create intriguing effects.
  
For those wanting to venture outside the norm, this lecture will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration! 



AV Requirements: Digital projector, screen, laptop and electronic pointer. 


Fees: Contact the artist for rates to speak at your university or art organization! 

Book Signing:
The mixed media bestselling books entitled Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media and Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators will be available for purchase and signing.


Portfolio Reviews for lecture attendees also available.

Taking bookings for the Spring!





Biography:
Lisa L. Cyr is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and author with a content-driven approach. Her highly imaginative, fantasy-inspired works use layers of metaphor and allegory to stimulate curiosity, provoke thought and encourage further inspection. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, Cyr's visually tactile, mixed-media work is composed to collectively create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement. The artist's expansive visual vernacular and innovative use of alternative materials and approaches transcends mere technique, creating a dynamic pictorial idiom that is not only multidimensional but also multi-sensual.

A graduate from The Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA), Cyr's artistic oeuvre has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, universities and at industry organizations, including traveling shows with the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, books and online, including features in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. In addition, Cyr's art is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Illustration as well as in private collections.

The artist writes for many of the creative industry's leading art publications and has authored seven books on art and design, including the cutting-edge, mixed media best sellers entitled Experimental Painting and Art Revolution (North Light Books). In addition, Cyr speaks actively about successful promotional strategies, marketing opportunities and entrepreneurial endeavors for the creative industry and gives workshops on creating imaginative figurative art using innovative, mixed media techniques at professional organizations, universities and trade conferences. Her insightful, thought-provoking and highly visual lectures and workshops inform, inspire and motivate. She also teaches in several of the top MFA graduate programs across the country. An artist member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City, Cyr works in partnership with her husband Christopher Short, painter, 3D illustrator and animator.

 



SPEAKING & TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

American Institute of Graphic Arts
The Society of Illustrators, NYC
The Art Students League of NY
The National Illustration Conference
The Norman Rockwell Museum
Columbus Society of Communicating Arts
The Hartford Art School MFA Program
University of the Arts
The Artist Network University
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online
NH Creative Club
Pratt Institute
Parsons School of Design
Savannah College of Art and Design
Kendall College of Art and Design
Southern Utah University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Syracuse University
Sage College of Albany
Marywood University MFA Program
Kutztown University
New Jersey City University
The University of New Hampshire
The University of Kansas
Keene State College
Notre Dame College
NH Institute of Art
Rochester Institute of Technology
Delgado Community College
Sharon Arts Center
Northampton Community College
NYC Final Cut Pro
Rivier College
Notre Dame College
Hesser College

East Stroudsburg University 
Ohio Tourism Bureau 
Mohawk Valley Community College 
Shanghai Normal School Cultural Exchange
CONFERENCES:
WOMEN IN ILLUSTRATION
Speaker discussing contemporary issues that face women in illustration.
The Norman Rockwell Museum

CONVERSATIONS: Rochester Institute of Technology
Speaker on a panel entitled “Inventing New Careers”, 2002

NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Speaker discussing marketing and promotional strategies for illustrators.
Society of Illustrators, 2000

CONTEMPORARY ILLUSTRATION: 1930 TO PRESENT
Speaker and moderator on a panel discussing illustration over the decades.
Society of Illustrators, 2001

NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION CONFERENCE , 1999, 2001, 2003
Speaker on a panel entitled Teaching the Industry,1999
Acted as the official writer for the conference, generating several feature articles and reviews. (2001 and 2003)