Images of The Children’s Guessing Game, from The Mask Makers series. I think the substance of a painting is in the details which keep the viewer looking and always finding more. The Children’s Guessing Game is represented by Providence Gallery, Charlotte, NC, 704-333-4535
“Self acceptance is often found by living in the present without the loss of control felt in the past.” Lisa Bartell
Painting in Progress for my solo exhibit this Spring, Whose Head is Under the Hat. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36, I’ll Never Be a Southern Belle.
The Self is a Journey in the Space Surrounding Us
I always see a combination of adult and child in my paintings of women. Perhaps the reason is the false messages I was given as a girl. The surrounding abstract space could be seen as a metaphor for identity. How can we completely define ourselves? Like the forms and lines of abstraction, our identity is in a continuous state of change.
This is an oil painting in progress (on paper) for a solo exhibit this Spring titled, Whose Head is Under the Hat. You can see several of the finished paintings in my Gallery section on the home page. I’ll keep you posted on new work in progress for the show.
I always have drawings all over the floor of my studio. They are usually for a current or future series of paintings. They always keep me writing about what I want to express in painting. The drawing below is my thoughts for what I hope to be a painting on wind-up toys and identity. I’ll have to get some clarity on this one.
Balancing Above the Noise, by Lisa Bartell
“STOP the NOISE”, screamed Margaret. “STOP the NOISE”.
“Surely my mind will be overwhelmed by the never ending sounds of fear and sadness, hate and anger unless I discover a way to bring balance to my life. Am I only listening to the negative voices and believing they are in conrol”?
Margaret began a daily ritual of writing in her journal. The more she wrote, the clearer her mind became. Margaret was on a journey of new discoveries. She found in her heart, the joy of creating and how it connected her to a greater positive energy she longed to share. She noticed the pleasure of walks with her dogs who taught her to look around and get excited about the small stuff. “Yeah, I know we’ve seen hundreds of squirrels, but it’s still so amazing!”Margaret realized she had to let go. She had to trust life and not be afraid of death or love or friendship or even herself. She realized the sound of love would always exist and be louder than any other noise.
“The Goal. The Point. The Reason. Your Intentions. It is your initial impulse for the core of a meaningful painting.” Robert Burridge, Artist
As a child, I loved to stare at wood grain, searching for odd faces and figures. I continue to do this when walking down the tree lined paths in my neighborhood. Looking at tree trunks, I can always find some kind of strange creature. What do you see in the images below?
They Like to Call Me Daisy
We all have different identities inside, some shared with the world, others held deep inside. Daisy has been socially defined as playfully flirtatious, perhaps sexual. Has she taken on this identity because it is a part of her or was it projected onto her? The name they call her is a façade. In truth, she has many identities born from childhood to adult.
“(Feeling vulnerable) makes you face the experience fully and embrace it. Those moments can bring a lot of creativity and make ideas flourish.” Mirina Willer
Painting on oil paper is a totally different experience from canvas. Now I’m thinking of large scale paintings on paper. The title of this work may be, They Call Me Daisy.
I have been using these beautiful oil colors in my recent paintings. Alizarin Crimson, Magenta, Reds and Oranges. Delicious!
The Gathering. This is day one of this painting. I’m excited about the concept and imagery. I’ll post each day as this work progresses. You never know what changes will occur.
Floating Above the Third Dimension
Many of us want to be able to leave our bodies, float to a higher dimension and achieve some kind of spiritual insight. This is the reason for meditation. It leaves the stresses of the body behind and frees the mind to go elsewhere.
I believe those who have experienced trauma, have known the experience of leaving the body behind. Sometimes we need to escape the reality of what is happening. I became adept at doing just this as a child over and over again. The mind is able to save us when the body can’t. Think about your life and remember a time when you floated above the third dimension.
The Old Man’s Hat
In this painting, the female is both adult and child. This seems to be true of many of my paintings. Often, while looking at the face of a child, I have seen someone who can appear older and wiser.
The Old Man’s Hat is about reclaiming lost power in childhood and adulthood. My father wore a hat like this when I was a very young girl. This expression of taking back power is personal to my life, but also personal to the lives of all women. The male costume is merely a symbol. The female in this painting is in touch with and has embraced her own strength.