Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mixed Media Masterclass Online Workshop!

Starts January 9! I am really looking forward to working with many familiar artists who have become friends and some new ones!

Offered only one time a the MIXED MEDIA MASTERCLASS. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists that are looking to refine their skills to produce professional works for the fine or commercial art marketplace.

Start Date: January 9 to March 3, 2016

Course Length: 8 weeks - $400.00

Enrollment is Limited to 12! Early enrollment is advisable. Offered only one time a year.

If you have previously taken the class, you can audit the workshop, working on a new body of work! (Audit $350.00)

Artists will work on their own self-generated projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. In addition to weekly assistance with portfolio enhancement and development, the class will cover a variety of topics from professional business practices, promotional strategies, merchandising, social media and public relations to studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques and an exciting multitude of artistic inspirational resources. In a nut shell, I will assist you in creating some amazing mixed-media art as well as offer guidance for your art business!

Artists that attend my online workshops come from all over the globe, making the online experience rich and rewarding to be a part of. You can choose to work on works of art (in any media), or a combination of art and business initiatives . Discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will also help each artist to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term.

The workshop is run as an eight-week online workshop. I have set-up a private resource blog to serve as the interactive platform for the class. It will have articles, videos, downloads and links that will act as valuable supplementation to the class critiques. I will be in the classroom Monday through Friday reviewing in-process and finished works. Take this as an opportunity to do something really extraordinary, making an impact on your career for years to come!

For intriguing mixed-media techniques, check out my book Experimental Painting.  

If you are interested but can't make this session, subscribe to my mailing list!

I love teaching and working with other artists that are as passionate about the creative process as I am. You can check out an interview from The Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market on me that does a good job on explaining my philosophies on art, creativity and the importance of creative collaboration. To know a little about my background and interests there is another interview from 

I have authored seven books on mixed-media art and creative self promotion as well as a hundreds of articles for many of the industry's leading art publications. In addition, I teach in several of the top MFA (Master of Fine Art) programs in the United States, assisting talented artists in elevating their brand and promoting their work. I have lectured and taught workshops at the following institutions:

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
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 & Design
Kendall College of Art & Design
Southern Utah University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Syracuse University
Sage College of Albany
Marywood University
Kutztown University
New Jersey City University
The University of New Hampshire
The University of Kansas
Keene State 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

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.

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:

Please RSVP through the event listing on Facebook if you would like to only attend the afternoon session:

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,

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Drawn to the Music Exhibition!

I will be in an upcoming exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in NYC called Drawn to the Music. My mixed-media work entitled  Mademoiselle du Carnaval
was inspired by the lyrics of Elysium, which was composed by ChloĆ© Charody  in 2008 and included in Charody’s circus opera The Carnival. Her musical inspiration for the piece came from the poetry of Charles Baudelaire. Every time I listen to the musical composition, I am so emotionally overcome by the pure beauty of the work. (Listen below)

Title: Mademoiselle du Carnaval
Artist: Lisa L. Cyr
Size: 12" x 9” x 1” 
Media: acrylic and mixed media 
Surface: Paper over panel with wooden framework

My work was originally commissioned by Acrylic Artist Magazine, where I discussed my inspiration from the opera and its music in addition to detailing my process in creating the piece. The titled of the article is called Arabesque: Dance of the Drawn, Dripped and Painted Line.

From the exhibition curated by Leslie Cober-Gentry: "Whether you Paint it Black as the Rolling Stones wrote it, Draw the Line as Aerosmith sang it (Hirschfeld illustrated their iconic cover), pay homage to Andy Warhol as Bowie played it, or a tribute to Picasso Baby as JZ rapped it, music has always been influenced by art and art by music."

At the conclusion of the exhibition, the show will travel to FTC The Warehouse/ StageOne music venue in Connecticut, where a second opening reception will take place, followed by a concert.

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 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  

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,
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.

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