Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sorry for the Confusion

In an attempt to delete old posts from this blog in an easy "check the box" method, I may have hit the wrong button and reactivated old posts from 2015. So sorry for any confusion. I am hoping I was able to delete any old posts that may have been reactivated.

For those of you that have reached out to me about my online classes, thanks so much for your interest but I am no longer offering any online classes anymore. 

I will, however, be selling individual video content in the near future through paypal. You will be able to purchase individual videos or in series. If you are interested, I suggest you sign up for my email list, as that is where I will announce any upcoming video release sales.  Here is the link: http://www.cyrstudio.com/subscription.html 

Thanks so much for your interest and sorry about the confusion,
Lisa

Friday, October 5, 2018

Mixed Media Workshop in NYC!

Coming soon at the end of the month...This workshop is only offered one time a year so don't miss out!

REGISTER HERE:
https://www.theartstudentsleague.org/workshop/experimental-painting-inspirational-approaches-mixed-media/















Above is a video about The Art Students League of New York!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Just Imagine: Creative Storytelling in Journals and Sketchbooks at the Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum will present the workshop Just Imagine: Creative Storytelling in Journals and Sketchbooks at Norman Rockwell on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lead by award-winning illustrator Lisa L. Cyr, this hands-on workshop will focus on the development of personal content through journaling and sketching in handmade and custom-altered books. Mixed media techniques and creative writing exercises will be explored, providing an array of possibilities for artists and writers.



“Stories come to me unbidden, flowing out in a dream-like stream of consciousness,” notes Cyr. “Guided by my intuition, I begin to paint, further straddling the edge between fantasy and reality.”


Admission to the workshop costs $35, $25 for Museum members. To register, please contact the Museum at 413.931.2221 or register@nrm.org


Lisa L. Cyr writes for many leading art publications and has authored seven books on art and design, including Experimental Painting and Art Revolution. She teaches at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, The Art Students League of New York, and Illustration MFA programs nationwide. Learn more about her work at www.cyrstudio.com


https://www.nrm.org/event/just-imagine-creative-storytelling-journals-sketchbooks/


Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi

On view through May 28, 2018

Known for his successful book series The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tony DiTerlizzi is widely celebrated for his images of such fantasy creatures as fairies, trolls, sprites, and goblins. Never Abandon Imagination showcases over 150 original paintings and drawings, from the games Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, to his many fantasy and children’s books, in addition to artworks from his childhood and college years. The exhibition highlights the artist’s influences and artistic process, and includes original art from such award-winning books as The Spiderwick Chronicles; Ted; The Spider and the Fly; The Story of Diva and Flea; and The WondLa Trilogy, which have inspired a new generation of young readers.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by The Keator Group, LLC and The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank. Additional support provided by Simon & Schuster, Disney Publishing Worldwide, Gotham Group, The Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, and The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Media sponsor: WGBY Public Television.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

DEMONSTRATIONS & RESOURCES!

Create a Customized Paint Roller
https://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2013/01/create-customized-paint-roller.html



Dimensional Substrates and Treated Surfaces
https://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2013/01/dimensional-substrates-and-treated.html
Mixed Media Painting Demonstration Video Series using both 2D and 3D Techniques:

https://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2011/10/mixed-media-demo-voyage-to-michaelania.html
















Journey of Experimentation:
http://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2015/02/journey-of-experimentation.html

When working outside the norm, it is important to begin with the right mindset and attitude. Check out my "Work as Play" excerpt from Experimental Painting in the above link and video below!


Living the Creative Life
Check out my two-part video interview with the fabulous Madeline Faiella of Maddy's Girlz!!! I discuss my work and life as an artist, sharing insights and experiences.

Check out the Videos:
http://www.madelinefaiella.com/video-interviews.html

Article:
http://www.madelinefaiella.com/blog/interview-with-the-outstanding-lisa-cyr


The Art of Storytelling
https://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-art-of-storytelling.html




BOOKS:
Experimental Painting investigates exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the highly visual book, many exciting in-depth demonstrations are featured, documenting cutting-edge mixed -media painting processes from concept to final execution. To offer an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques are covered in a range of subject matter. Conceptual and thematic approaches include using symbolism, metaphor and allegory, incorporating pluralism and non-linear storytelling, utilizing automatism and freeform painting and employing costuming, props and theatrical settings. Developing works both in multiples and in a series is also included. In addition, special sections on creative exploration detail the playful act of experimentation, utilizing alternative tools, materials and techniques. By delving into the myriad applications of mixed-media painting, the creative process is reignited, opening up a gateway for artistic works to grow and flourish.

To assist artists in venturing out on their own creative path with a unique voice and vision, topics on nurturing the creative spirit within, developing personal content through journalism, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art provide insight into the development of an artistic personality. The book closes with a chapter on creative self-promotion, revealing the latest marketing and presentation strategies for the working artist. 



Art Revolution is at the forefront in exploring alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the highly visual book, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany stellar, multi-media work. 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. In addition, exciting splash spreads featuring demonstrations and behind-the-scene looks at groundbreaking artists at work help shed light on signature processes and techniques. There is a rich amalgam of media available to creatives today, offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation. Art Revolution reveals how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting the disciplines of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital and new media art in inventive combinations. For those wanting to venture outside the norm, the book includes a directory of the manufacturers and suppliers used by the featured artists so that sources for materials, access to health and safety procedures and additional information on unconventional techniques and approaches are easily accessible. For artists that are looking for an edge, wanting to push their work further, this book is a valuable asset and ongoing source for inspiration.


This highly visual presentation takes the viewer on a fantastical artistic adventure! Utilizing innovative two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques, the webinar covers how to paint the fantastical figure in an imaginative environment. Topics include character development using props, costumes and models, employing theatrical color schemes, painting skin tones of fantastical beings in dramatic settings, drawing techniques, rendering patterned cloth, using hair to create form and movement and adding bas-relief details and assemblage embellishments. 

Bonus videos and other downloadable materials included! Exciting in-depth demonstrations shown in live action by the artist. Techniques such as building a signature surface with collage, texturing the painting ground in imaginative ways and working in bas-relief to create multidimensional accents provide an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Other bonus materials include downloadable articles, interviews, step-by-step demonstrations and more! Watch a preview below!



Figure of the Imagination: An Artist's Journey is an ongoing, labor of love project where I am pursuing my passion for all things fantastical, taking you along on the artistic adventure with me. From the preliminary concepts, sketches and the production of unique costuming, masks, headdresses and embellishments through to the final execution, you will witness my journey. This unique, behind-the-scenes access is only available through your generous support of my work on Patreon


In the World of Dreams & Nightmares
Check out my hybrid approach to storytelling using video, painted imagery and spoken prose. Here is a synopsis of the story:
"It's a time of immense change. What was once familiar is no longer. To make sense of the world collapsing around her, a young artist and writer escapes into the magical realm of her journals: a sacred place where dreams and nightmares come to call."

"A free-spirited mix of the conscious and subconscious, the journey of self-discovery exposes the inner workings of the mind, where imagination and everyday life experience are recast into an entirely new role."






All text, video and images are copyright 2017  Lisa L. Cyr of Cyr Studio LLC all rights reserved.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Living a Creative Life Video Interview!




Check out my recent two-part video interview with the fabulous Madeline Faiella of Maddy's Girlz!!! I discuss my work and life as an artist, sharing insights and experiences.

Check out the Videos:
http://www.madelinefaiella.com/video-interviews.html

Article:
http://www.madelinefaiella.com/blog/interview-with-the-outstanding-lisa-cyr

Monday, June 12, 2017

Check out my Dreams & Nightmares Video!

My latest illustrated video entitled In the World of Dreams & Nightmares is now live! 

"It's a time of immense change. What was once familiar is no longer. To make sense of the world collapsing around her, a young artist and writer escapes into the magical realm of her journals: a sacred place where dreams and nightmares come to call."

A free-spirited mix of the conscious and subconscious, the journey of self-discovery exposes the workings of the mind, where imagination and everyday life experience are recast into an entirely new role. 



By amassing myself into the midst of other worldly places, I create a portal, transcending me back to a time when the creative spirit reigned in a vast and limitless field of dreams. In my world of the fantastic, supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities coalesce in magical, epic dreamscapes, heavenly realms and timeless places. Adventurous quests to worlds beyond awaken my subconscious, leaving me spellbound and wanting more.


The illustrated video is part of an ongoing, labor of love project that I will be launching on Patreon by the end of the month. Your support will allow me to further my passion for all things fantastical, taking you along on the artistic adventure with me. From the preliminary concepts, sketches and the production of unique costuming, masks, headdresses and embellishments through to the final execution, you will witness my journey. This unique, behind-the-scenes access is only available through your generous support of my work on Patreon.

As the body of work grows, I plan on releasing signature, limited-edition books as well as videos with hybrid, multimedia approaches to storytelling throughout. In addition, illustrated sketchbooks of the work in series, note card sets, creative writing journals and inspirational calendars will also be created. I hope to someday have a major traveling exhibition of the work as a whole!

As an ongoing patron, you will not only receive special rewards but also VIP access to private openings, special discounts to newly released products and so much more! When certain goals are reached, I will have monthly group chats online, portfolio reviews, process and inspirational insight postings, technical tips and behind-the-scenes videos just to name a few.

I am very excited to go on this fantastical journey. Let’s do it together! Stay tuned for more details to come!


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Building a Market through the Web & Social Media

I will be doing a lecture on Building a Market through the Web & Social Media as part of an all day event with other speakers.

Date: December 3, 2016 1:00pm to 3:00pm 


LOCATION: New Hampshire Institute of Art, Fuller Hall, Digital Lab RM. 202, 156 Hanover St, Manchester, NH

Register Now! (Limited Seating) 


When it comes to building a world-wide market for their work, creatives are becoming much more entrepreneurial, venturing out with a content-driven approach to discover new pathways for their work to flourish and prosper. Throughout the highly visual lecture, topics such as making money through your website traffic and social media, establishing partnerships with affiliate programs, incorporating robust resources (e-zines, blogs, cell apps, podcasts, videos, live webinars, QR Code add-ons for print materials, etc.), using e-commerce shops for downloadable products and print-on-demand merchandise, introducing new media promotional strategies and building a consumer marketplace online. For creatives that want to capture an international audience, broaden their reach and expand their revenue stream, this lecture will be an insightful glimpse as to what is possible with new media.


Digital Identity Workshop Full Day

Digital Identity: Extending your Audience Through Image Creation and Design

December 3, 2016 9:00am-3:00pm

New Hampshire Institute of Art Fuller Hall, Digital Lab RM.202, 156 Hanover St. Manchester, NH.

In this one-day workshop we will cover methods for creating a smart, savvy and professional web presence. The morning will focus on producing images, and organizing and formatting them to fit a website. In the afternoon session, you will learn how to communicate through social media, marketing strategies, and website design. Participants will begin work on social media presence and learn about the importance of consistent branding. Bring images to work with, and any logos and content you have already created. Please also have a way to store digital media in mind be it a flash drive, Dropbox or other method.

The goal of this workshop is to help students, alumni and members create photographs of their artwork and learn some techniques for using the images on the web. Gary Samson, Photography Chairperson, will help attendees photograph one or two pieces of their artwork and will briefly go over various techniques for non-photographers to produce photographs of their work for social media and the web. Gary will do a short overview of how Lightroom can be used to manipulate images. NHIA Professor Mike Ariel will then be addressing how to label art work and use the SlideShow module inside Lightroom. He will demonstrate how to organize, create and export a finished slideshow. NHIA Professor Lisa Cyr will talk about creating websites and social media pages.

Schedule:
Creating and Manipulating Images for the Web
9:00am - 10:00am: Gary Samson, Photography of artwork and simple techniques to help non-photographers to photograph artwork

10:00am - 11:00am: Gary Samson, Overview of Lighroom

11:00am - Noon: Mike Ariel, Creating a Slideshow in Lightroom

Pizza Lunch
Noon - 1:00pm

Extending your Audience
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Lisa Cyr, Websites and Social Media

Please make sure to register for this event as seating is limited. Register Here: https://nhia.ejoinme.org/digitalidentity

Please RSVP through the event listing on Facebook if you would like to only attend the afternoon session: https://www.facebook.com/events/204131423354661/

This workshop is free for NHIA students, alumni and members using the discount code. The cost is $20.00 for the general public. For additional information please contact, saraceaser@nhia.edu.

http://www.nhia.edu/about/news-and-events/events/digital-identity-workshop