Saturday, October 21, 2017

Work in Progress!

Check out the work in progress for my mixed-media painting entitled Redemption! I am still developing the face and head piece. Join me on Patreon www.patreon.com/cyrstudio where I discuss all of the "colors" as well as metallics I employed to build this piece! Coming soon, only on Patreon, will be an inside look into how I develop jeweled accents for the head piece design! Mystic level patrons, stay tuned!



This online series entitled Figure of the Imagination explores experimental approaches to painting the figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics include drawing and painting the fantastical figure as well as painting magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques.

Throughout the series, I am focusing on the creation of message-driven art through the use of mythology, symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages. Other topics include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.The use of storyboarding for narrative works in series whether for a gallery wall, book layout, video presentation or online experience will also be explored as time goes on.

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This series is for artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!

Join me as a Mystic level patron to take advantage of this monthly series! Only $25.00/mo

Sign up here:
https://www.patreon.com/cyrstudio


This tier ($25.00/mo) ALSO includes:

One Time: Signed copy of my Creative Writing Journal “Paint Picture with Words” featuring The Creative Spirit Within(available after second month of patronage)

Exploratory Process & Technique postings...Learn how to create intriguing effects!

JUST IMAGINE: Creative Storytelling in Journals & Sketchbooks Series!
Once a month, I will explore developing personal content through journaling and sketching in handmade and custom-altered books. Topics will include not only mixed-media techniques, creating unique constructions, innovative bindery techniques, alternative formats, custom endpapers, surface and border treatments, hand lettering and repurposed accents but also employing sequential storytelling, automatism writing techniques, freeform explorations and hybrid formats to convey an engaging visual tale.

Signed Exclusive Postcard sent to you!

Access to my Patreon-exclusive Feed

Weekly Inspirational Insights covering many topics

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes look at Works in Progress

Access to Downloadable Wallpapers

First to know about upcoming exhibitions, events, sale of paintings, books, videos, merchandise etc.

Once I reach my first goal , you will also receive my Monthly Podcast! Listen while you work!

Get to vote on topics for my weekly Inspirational Insights and Upcoming Podcast!

20% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Special Acknowledgment...Your name on a special landing page on my cyrstudio.com website!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Just Imagine: Creative Storytelling in Journals & Sketchbooks






Once a month, I will explore developing personal content through journaling and sketching in handmade and custom-altered books. Topics will include not only mixed-media techniques, creating unique constructions, innovative bindery techniques, alternative formats, custom endpapers, surface and border treatments, hand lettering and repurposed accents but also employing sequential storytelling, automatism writing techniques, freeform explorations and hybrid formats to convey an engaging visual tale.

Discussions on nurturing the creative spirit, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven work will also be discussed. Participants are encouraged to post their own work and to have a dialog about it with the group. This is not a critique based class but a sharing of inspired words and images with like-minded people. 

For artists and writers that are looking to push their work to a new level, this monthly creative endeavor will be a valuable, ongoing source for inspiration! 

Join me as a Mystic level patron to take advantage of this monthly series!  
Only $5.00/month!

Sign up here: 
https://www.patreon.com/cyrstudio

This tier ($5.00/mo) ALSO includes:
Access to my Patreon-exclusive Feed


Weekly Inspirational Insights covering many topics

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes look at Works in Progress

Access to Downloadable Wallpapers


First to know about upcoming exhibitions, events, sale of paintings, books, videos, merchandise etc.

Once I reach my first goal , you will also receive my Monthly Podcast! Listen while you work!

Get to vote on topics for my weekly Inspirational Insights and Upcoming Podcast!

10% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Special Acknowledgment...Your name on 
a special landing page on my cyrstudio.com website!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Figure of the Imagination: PAINTING IN MIXED MEDIA SERIES!


This highly informative online series entitled Figure of the Imagination explores experimental approaches to painting the figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics include drawing and painting the fantastical figure as well as painting magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques.

Throughout the series, I am focusing on the creation of message-driven art through the use of mythology, symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages. Other topics include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.The use of storyboarding for narrative works in series whether for a gallery wall, book layout, video presentation or online experience will also be explored as time goes on. 

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This series is for artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!


Join me as a Mystic level patron to take advantage of this monthly series!  Only $25.00/mo

Sign up here: 
https://www.patreon.com/cyrstudio


This tier ($25.00/mo) ALSO includes:


One Time: Signed copy of my Creative Writing Journal “Paint Picture with Words” featuring The Creative Spirit Within(available after second month of patronage)

Exploratory Process & Technique postings...Learn how to create intriguing effects!


JUST IMAGINE: Creative Storytelling in Journals & Sketchbooks Series!


Signed Exclusive Postcard sent to you!

Access to my Patreon-exclusive Feed

Weekly Inspirational Insights covering many topics

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes look at Works in Progress

Access to Downloadable Wallpapers


First to know about upcoming exhibitions, events, sale of paintings, books, videos, merchandise etc.

Once I reach my first goal , you will also receive my Monthly Podcast! Listen while you work!

Get to vote on topics for my weekly Inspirational Insights and Upcoming Podcast!

20% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Special Acknowledgment...Your name on a special landing page on my cyrstudio.com website!

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!

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."





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



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