Welcome to my Studio Blog

Take a peek into my studio and See what inspires me to create my paintings and what’s been happening in my studio and on my travels.

I love to travel, see new places and meet new people. I love to create bold colourful paintings, many of them based on my wonderful travels.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays

Hi everyone, sorry it has been some time since I have done some blogging on my Studio Blog. I just came back from a busy trip to Canada for the closing of our new home. Hurray, I will finally be moving back to Canada end of January 2008 to Ottawa, Ontario! My husband has some work to finish at his office and will join me sometime end of February. We are both very happy to be returning back to our beautiful country after 13 years of living abroad.

I had a great trip to Canada despite running around and handling affairs. It was great to see my family and friends as I won't be seeing them this Christmas season. There was also a big snow storm while I was there, and I was just amazed to see how much snow fell. And after I left another storm hit. It's been a long time since I have seen snow like this. I guess we will have to get used to all the white stuff back in Canada. If it's not too cold, I actually like Canadian winters with all the snow and beautiful sunshine.

So I am back home now in dreary, grey Copenhagen. My husband said he did not see the sun since I left, and it was quite depressing. I have to agree with him, I have never seen the days so dark since I have lived here. But the city is very Christmassy and the decorations in the city and town where I live are beautiful.

So I have been very busy the past days and have not had a chance to do any painting. So in between, my busy schedule of Christmas, New Years and organizing the big move, I have a commission piece to do for some friends before I leave for Canada. I will do a painting of their home, stay tuned for my wip of this new work.

I also want to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Wonderful New Year!

Friday, November 23, 2007

An Interview at Art & Artistry

Hi everyone, I was interviewed at Art and Artistry about my art work. I am the featured artist for November in their newsletter. So if you feel like reading the interview, here is the link:

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Retro Martini

Hi everyone, well I just finished my 1st canvas for my Bar series. It was sure difficult to paint those circle swirls free hand. Anyways, after lots of stress and swearing, I am very happy with this painting and how it turned out. I can't wait to show Andreas tonight.


Wishing you all a great day. Next I will work on the beer painting.

Wine Labels - Wonderful Promotion

Hi everyone thought I would share this with you. My good mate Sue, who now lives in beautiful Vancouver, has just bottled some of her own wine and used my paintings for her wine labels. They are just beautiful and it's wonderful advertising for me and my paintings.

So I thought I would share these pics with you of the very stylish wine labels she created. I can’t wait to visit her in Vancouver and try some of her wonderful wine.


Some close-ups of her beautiful labels:



Thanks a bunch Sue! It’s an honour to see my painting motifs on your beautiful labels! These would make excellent posters, you have a real graphic eye!

Andreas and I really miss you and Tom and our wonderful dinners and parties! It’s not the same since you both left…boohoo!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Wrapping-up my Martini painting

Hi Everyone, hope you all had a nice weekend. Here is my most recent update.
I will now begin work on my background with my retro cirlces and add my pink stars and fix my pink sticks and of course a few final touches at the end. The major components are all done and so far I am really pleased with my painting.


Wishing you all a nice day.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Martini Time - 1st Canvas wip

Hi Everyone, I began some work on my 1st canvas - Martini Time on this very windy, rainy day. I blocked in my background colour with a nice acqua green. Then I did my drawing on the canvas. I am quite content with the layout and design.


Now I have blocked in colour - I am painting with a big brush and feeling very loose. I have no reference pics and I am just going with the flow and having fun! Colours used: tit white, pathlo blue, paynes grey, pahtlo green, olive green, lemon yellow.

I am also not sure about the stars....Stayed Tuned......This painting is making we want to have a martini! LOL. Tonight when Andreas gets home from his biz trip - I will whip us up some - and they will be shaken not stirred!

Okay I added another wash of colour (greys, white blue) for the shaker and on the glasses and did an out line--still more work to be done on the glasses -the shaker is almost done. I am seeing it really coming together. I am having so much fun painting this one --could it be that I love drinking! LOL. So, I removed the stars and added another coat on the acqua green background. I will most likelt put the stars back in at the end after I see my retro circle design, and I am thinking hot pink to match the olive sticks (which are not done yet). I will also most likely add the red pimento bits in the olives. That will add some nice splash of red.

Okay, I am calling it a day as it is dark here now and I have troubles working under fake light. But I really feel like painting more, but I am best to work under fresh eyes and daylight tomorrow. I dont want to screw up what I just accomplished today.

Tomorrow I will begin the modelling work everywhere and painting in my retro circles. Have a great Friday night everyone. I am off to make myself a good martini and wait for my hubby who has been away all week. xoxoxo


Thursday, November 8, 2007

New Painting Idea–Bar/Happy Hour Theme

Hi everyone, well I have been busy scheming ideas for a new painting again for our new home. This time it will be a painting for our bar in the basement. It will be a quad-triptych of 4 canvases (each 40 x 40 cm) in a silver wood box floating frame.

Each canvas will have some alcohol beverage theme: martinis (cocktails), wine and champagne, Cognac and eau de vie, and of course beer-with a Bavarian colour theme).

The canvas: 40 x 40 cm


Here is a very, and I am very rough sketch of my ideas on paper with a slight colour scheme. There are lots of warm reddish/orange/yellow brick and wood tones in our new home and I want to have that reflected in the painting along with some blues/greens that compliment orange tones very well.


A close up of one of the ideas for one of the canvases : Martini cocktails


Here you can see a pic from the prospectus of the bar in the new home. I will hang these painting on the front wall (in front of the bar stools. (The fridge is not mine – there will be no fridge here-there will be one under the bar, which you do not see.)


So that’s what I have been up to these past days. I will soon begin my designs on the canvases. Stay tuned.

Wishing you all a lovely week.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Featured Artist on Imagekind.com Homepage

I am so happy and proud to announce that I have been selected to be on Imagekind's homepage as one of the Featured Artists of the week!

Please visit: http://www.imagekind.com/ and you will see my name and a pic of my Colours of Nyhavn painting.

When you click on my painting image, your are brought to my print gallery at Imagekind.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to look. Wishing you all a great week.

Email from Imagekind:
"Lisa,
Congratulations! You have been selected as a Featured Artist of the Week at Imagekind!

We have selected an image from your gallery to be placed on the homepage of Imagekind.com, along with a short artist’s bio, which links to your Imagekind profile. This will stay in place for at least a week and sometimes, dependent on its popularity, may continue in place for another week. This cycle usually takes place on each Wednesday. You don’t need to do anything, you’re already on the homepage! However, this is a great time to update your galleries with any new work and to ensure that all your relevant details are in place.

It is our privilege to showcase your work as being outstanding amidst a field of so many other great artists and photographers. Our success is entirely about you, our creative community. Please tell your colleagues, friends and family about the #1 place on the web to discover and purchase original art.

Have a great day and we wish you continued success!

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Autumn Bloom Finished

Hi Everyone, happy to say that I finished my latest painting entitled "Autumn Bloom"- Painted in acrylics on a oversized-long canvas 35 x 120 cm.

I thought I would share a picture with you of the finished painting. It was quite difficult to take a picture of this oversized long canvas. Wishing you all a great TGIF and super weekend.

A closer one - on the easel Some closeups

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Wrapping up my latest painting

Hi Everyone, hope you all had lots of trick or treaters last night. Unfortunately, I did not have one! I was a little disappointed. Oh well, when we move back to Canada I am pretty sure we will get many.

I managed to do lots of work today on my autumn bloom painting and I am just about done. Tomorrow I will do some modeling work on the back ground and it will be finished!
Sorry about the pic, it is dark here right now and I could not get a decent picture, as I had to use the flash, so we are not seeing some nice contrasts in the flowers.

Wishing you all a great evening.
Cheers

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Hi everyone, just wanted to wish you all a Very Happy Halloween!

WIP UPDATE: I have pretty much finished my stems and flowers on my Autmumn Bloom painting. I used some Paynes grey, white and Prussian blue for my flowers. I will now do the centres and polish off the background. Hoping to be finished today or tomorrow.




I was also very thrilled this morning to see some of my paintings at Art.com and Allposters.com! These are the paintings that sold the most at the old sister site: Sistino.
All my art work can be found now at the very new affiliate Artist Rising.com. I am hoping in the future more of my art work can be found at Art.com

My Gallery at Artist Rising: http://www.artistrising.com/galleries/LisaLorenz

Wishing you all a wonderful day with lots of Trick or Treaters!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fine Art America

Hi Everyone, I am now part of Fine Art America, a social network and e-commerce marketplace for fine artists, art galleries, and fine art collectors.

You can view my artist profile here

You can also now purchase prints of my art work from this site:

Community for Fine Artists and Fine Art Galleries

Wishing you all a great weekend

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Autumn Bloom WIP Update 2

Hi everyone, well I did my work on my painting this morning. I outlined and blocked in the whites for the flowers. I am calling it a day. I need to get some groceries. I have a very good friend from Switzerland arriving tomorrow for the weekend, so I wont be working on this painting till next week. At which time the fun part of painting begins when I start my modeling work on the composition and it comes to life. Wishing you all a wonderful upcoming weekend.

Illustration Friday - "Grow" Theme

My Submission for Illustration Friday - Grow Theme is My Tuscany Delights painting. All the wonderful things grown in Tuscany.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Autumn Bloom WIP Update

Hi everyone managed to do some work today on my new floral painting. The painting will be entitled "Autumn Bloom".

So I have blocked in color for the background (burnt umber, burnt sienna, napthol light red, indian red, yellow ochre and cad yellow med.) and green stems (light pathlo green and some lemon yellow). Next I will do an outline and then block in some white for the flowers. It is slowly coming together.

Tagged - 7 Things About Me

I have been tagged by my very talented artist friend: Anita Murphy at her wonderful blog: Am-Art

7 facts about me:

1. My favourite color is Blue too
2. I love Italian food and everything Italian!
3. I have lived in 3 different countries
4. I love costume jewellery – especially necklaces
5. I love red wine and cheese
6. My best friend is my husband
7. I love to play poker

I am tagging all my blogger friends if they wish to play! Wishing you a great day.

Friday, October 19, 2007

New floral idea on a long canvas

Hi everyone, I finally found some time to get some work done in my studio on my new painting project. This painting will be for our new home and painted on a long canvas 35 x 120 cm.

I am thinking lots of nice earthy fall colours (red, beige, browns) with some bright light green stems and pretty white ornithogalum ( chincherinchee) flowers

A cropped pic of the flowers.
My proposed colour scheme and my rough sketch with the fall colours I will be using.

My drawing on canvas

Monday, October 15, 2007

Back from Canada!

Hi Everyone, We are finally back home in Copenhagen after a beautiful, busy trip to Canada. I am slowly getting back to my daily routine but unfortunately caught a bad cold coming over. We had a wonderful vacation and the weather was just gorgeous--a real Indian summer with all the trees changing colour. The big event of our trip was my sister’s wedding, which was just amazing and she looked so beautiful and radiant. My new brother-in-law Martin was also dashing! I am so happy for them both!

A few pictures from the wedding
My Sister and I in the bridal suite getting ready. I did her makeup which turned out just beautifully.
My handsome brother Peter before the ceremony in the ChapelI was my sister's maid of honour Mr. and Mrs. Pavelic
Beautiful Mary and Martin
Mary, Lisa, Mom and Dad
Lisa & Andreas - the Master of Ceremonies
I also celebrated my big 40th birthday with my close friends and family, and had my first Thanksgiving back in Canada in 12 years with yummy turkey and all the trimmings.
A few pics from my Birthday Party

Wine - always a good gift for Lisa


I hope you all have been doing well and creating lots of wonderful art work. I managed to do a few sketches over the weekend which I think I will pursue as some paintings. I am off to visit all your blogs! In the meantime, I wish you all a great week!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

"The Little Trattoria" Finished

Hi Everyone, Well I just finished my little trattoria Italian restaurant painting. I am quite pleased with it.

My hubby has not seen or heard about this painting. I have kept it very quiet. I am going to give him the painting as an anniversary gift. Tomorrow is our official Church Wedding Anniversary and the one we really celebrate together.
I think he will be really excited. He loves to get paintings and especially the ones with buildings and cats. And he loves little trattorias too, so I think he will be quite happy.


"The Little Trattoria", 30 x 40 cm, acrylic


Monday, September 3, 2007

My Birthday Invitation

Hi Everyone, Thought I would share a picture of my birthday invitation I made this morning.

I will be celebrating my birthday this October in Montreal for the first time in 11 years. Although my birthday is on October 5th, I am having the event on October 6th so it will be easier for my out of town guests.

Here is the invitation - Andreas had a good laugh..lol!

The Little Trattoria Sketch

Hi Everyone, well, I just couldn't control myself. I am a paintaholic and I had to do some sketches for a quick painting before I leave for Canada next week.

Here is a little idea I came up with this morning for a little trattoria (restaurant) scene and of course with my little kitties. Maybe I will make the moon full.


The Little Trattoria

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuscany Delights Finished!

Hi Everyone, Woohoo, I am very happy and having a big kick-ass glass of vino right now and listening to my fav guy "Mr. Dean Martin". I am toasting my new painting. Just off the easel and I am very happy with my first still life.

So here is a picture of the latest painting:
"Tuscany Delights", 60 x 80 cm

And a few close up so you can see some details:

Geez man...the nice orange lights/and darks on the red tomatoes just dont want to show up well on my stupid pics.
And a pic-lol -of all the paints I used - you can also see my messy colourful smock above.


Appreciate any comments you may have and many thanks to you all for your lovely comments during my WIP. Have a great Evening

I will be taking a short painting break from painting before I will be leaving for vacation to Canada for my sister's big wedding, and I can barely wait. So I have quite a bit to do before I leave. So I will see you all back at the easel on October 10th. Have a great upcoming Labour Day!