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.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Dear Friends, I want to take this moment to wish you all
A Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
Enjoy this beautiful time of year with your family and friends.

All my best wishes and see you soon!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Vernissage was a big success

Hi Everyone, TGIF! Well another busy week has gone by. We had a beautiful sunny day for the Vernissage weekend at Gallery de la Rive and over 150 visitors came by the gallery. It was a big success and a beautiful afternoon of art, music, sweets and wine & Cheese.
I sold lots of my colourful cards and I sold my "Autumn Glow" painting so that was great. I actually sold it a few days before the big day. I am now working on a few new ones for the next Exhibit which will begin end of February 2010. Wishing you all a great weekend.

Some pics from the Vernissage Weekend:

La Vision - Newspaper Article about the Exhibition
Was quite thrilled to see a pic of my wall and paintings in the paper.

In front of my work

Hubby watching the card sales

Lots of people mingling

Artist Demo day

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New Painting Idea

Hi Everyone, Busy weekend I am having. Yesterday was the Demo day at the Gallery and lots of people were there. Today is the big Vernissage from 1 - 4pm with lots of wine and cheese. We are expecting a big gathering and I am really looking foward to it! The gallery looks really beautiful too with all the lovely christmas decorations and big Christmas tree. I will take some pictures today and post later.

I also completed a little rough sketch for my next painting. This one will be about beautiful Venice.

Here is my rough sketch idea
I have done my drawing on a 60 x 80 cm canvas.
I can't wait to start painting.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Colourful Travels Calendar at Redbubble.com

Hi Everyone, An oustanding artist friend of mine, Kim Barker recently purchased one of my colourful travel calendars at Red Bubble.com and just posted a pic on her webpage. I think the calendar looks really great and excellent quality, so I thought I would share a pic of it with you. You can see more of my calendars at http://www.redbubble.com/people/lisalorenz

Colourful Travels Calendar at Redbubble.com

If you have a chance to drop by Kim's website, please do so. Her work is wonderful. I have two of her portraits (my husband and I) and from her energy series in my home and they are just fantastic! Thanks again Kim ♥

Kim Barker's Stunning Portraits in my bedroom

Friday, November 27, 2009

O'Canada - Latest Painting

Hi Everyone, Hope you all had a very good productive week. I have been quite busy and finished my latest painting entitled: "O'Canada". 40 x 50 cm in acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas. Our beautiful Peace Tower of the Canadian Parliament building and all the beautiful tulips during the Ottawa Tulip Festival. Have a great weekend!

O'Canada - 40 x 50 cm

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hillebrand Winery Artist Series Wines - 2009 Vintage Label Contest

Hi Everyone, Thought I would share some exciting news with you all! A few months back I submitted some of my paintings for a contest in Ontario by Hillebrand Winery for Artists living in Ontario. The results were published last week and I am so happy to announce that my Colourful Regatta painting made the 2009 Vintage Label Contest - Short List of 37 artists out of a total 1,300+ submissions for the Hillebrand Winery Artist Series!

Wish me luck that my painting is produced on one of the bottle labels! I should find out the results some time mid December.

Here is a link to their Hillebrand Facebook Page to see the Short List of the 37 artists. I am on page 2 : http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=343320&id=291122985025

For more info about this event and the Hillebrand Winery, and to see theirt bottles/wines please visist Hillebrand webpage : http://www.hillebrand.com/Artist-Series.php. You can also see the winners from last year.

They also make excellent wine by the way in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. Well worth a visit for anyone visiting Ontario, Canada.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Solo Exhibit - Broadway Bar & Grill

Hi Everyone, I am pleased to announce that 10 of my funky florals are now on display at the new Broadway Bar and Grill in Rockland, Ontario. The paintings will be exhibited from November 13th until December 13, 2009, with a possible extension until January 13th 2010.

I have received very good feedback from the owner, staff, and customers. They all loved how much colour the paintings add to the restaurant.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remember the Brave

November 11th, Rememberance Day
Let us never forget those who fought so bravely for our Freedom
I dedicate my painting to all the Veterans and Armed Forces

Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Exhibition - Galerie de la Rive

Hello Everyone, Some of my paintings are now Exhibited at Galerie de la Rive in Rockland, Ontario from November 8th 2009 - February 21, 2010 at Galerie de la Rive.

The Grand Vernissage will be held on Dec. 6, 2009 from 1 - 4 pm at the Gallery with a painting demo day by the artists on Dec. 5, 2009 from 10 - 4 pm. There will be some wonderful prizes, free portraits, music, wine and cheese...and much more.

For more information please visit http://www.galeriedelarive.ca/

My Wall Display at the Gallery

Exhibition Poster

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Colours of Provence - Painting Finished

Hi Everyone, Finally got around to finishing my Provence painting this morning and I am happy with the results. A colourful landscape painting of beautiful Provence, France.

"Les Couleurs de Provence", 60 x 80 cm, acrylic

Colourful Travels Calendar2010

Hi Everyone, My Colourful Travels Calendar for 2010 are now Available at Zazzle. Order them early for Xmas presents and receive lots of sales presently ongoing at Zazzle.
Please visit my Zazzle shop: http://www.zazzle.com/lisalorenzpaintings

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Provence - WIP Moving Along Part 2

Hi Everyone, Happy Saturday to you all! I am moving along quite nicely with my Provence landscape painting. I am now in the second stages which I love to paint: Doing all the modelling of the elements, adding the lights and darks and making the painting come alive on the canvas. I still have about a good 10 hours left to do until its finished. I have already worked on this painting for about 15 hours. Today its pouring raining here, so its a good cozy day to do some painting. I would really love if I could finish by the end of the weekend ,as early next week I must go to Montreal for a few days and wont be able to get back into my studio until Thursday.

1st Step: My drawing on canvas - a little messy but it gives me my base Blocking in some colour now
Blocking in some colour

More colour added All my colours schemes are blocked in now and my sky is complete. I like to always finish the skies in my painting first. I also completed all my outlining -this part always take a little long to complete.

The modelling work has begun and I just about finished my farmhouse (need a bit more work on the windows and doors). Then I will begin work on the foliage and moutains. I will keep the lavendar bushes for last, as this I believe somehow this will be the most challenging part of the painting for me. Stay tuned for more updates....

Finished! Approximately 28 hours of painting time.
"Les Couleurs de Provence"

Friday, October 23, 2009

Illustration Friday - Fast

Hi Everyone, Happy TGIF! This week's theme over at Illustration Friday is Fast.

The little fishing boat was moving FAST into town to deliver all the fresh lobster for the Village Festival!

Maritime Special, 30 x 40 cm, acrylic, SOLD

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Can't Stand the Cuteness

Hi Everyone, Thought I would share an adorable pic with you all! My little Boo is 5 months old today!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Busy Week & a new WIP - Provence Landscape

Hi Everyone, Hope you are having a creative week. I have been quite busy this week. I varnished and framed my little poppy painting. Oh and great news. I sold my Orange Passion painting at the gallery.

Tuscan Poppies II Framed - 25 x 50 cm

Orange Passion 40 x 40 cm SOLD

Then I started a new painting yesterday- a landscape scene of beautiful Provence, France. I have decided to do a WIP of this one:

Here is my drawing on canvas - a little messy but it gives me my base
Blocking in some colour now

Almost all the colour is blocked in now. Just need to add some light greens and the provence blue for the windows and doors. Then my favourite part of the painting begins, where it starts to come alive when I add definition, lights, darks, etc...Stay tuned

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tuscan Poppies II

Hi Everyone, Hope you are all doing well. I have been busy around the house raking leaves and winterizing our garden and patio. I also celebrated my birthday on October 5th! I turned..42, yowza feels like just yesterday I was 24. Where does the time go?

Managed to work in the studio this week and I finished a smaller version of my original Poppies - Under the Tuscan Sun painting. This one is 25 x 50 cm (half the size of the original one). It will be exhibited at the Gallery de La Rive in November. A good time for Rememberance/Veteran's Day.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and Happy Thanksgiving. We celebrate our Thanksgiving early in Canada.

Tuscan Poppies II, 20 x 50 cm, acrylic

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Featured Artwork - RedBubble's HomepageI

Hi Everyone, I am honoured and happy to announce that my art work "Retro Martini" was featured on Red Bubble's homepage, September 27, 2009. 1st square top left hand corner:

To view my gallery at Redubble please visit: http://www.redbubble.com/people/lisalorenz

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Illustration Friday - "Welcome"

This week's theme over at Illustration Friday is "Welcome".

All Friends are "Welcome" to join the Party!

Ballerina Friends, 40 x 50 cm, Acrylic

Monday, September 14, 2009

Wonderful Weekend

Hi Everyone, Just got back from a wonderful weekend in Montreal celebrating my wonderful Father's 65th Birthday. The big event took place at my sister's beautiful home. I also bought down the painting for my little God Daughter Margaux. It was so exciting to see her expression as I showed her the painting. She was starring at it in such excitement. She loves all colourful things like her Auntie Lisa. Wishing you all a lovely week! I am finally getting back in my studio to work on some paintings.

My wonderful Father

And Family. It was such a beautiful supper
Was priceless to see her looking at the painting

My sister Mary and the beautiful Margaux

Me and my Boo, always smiling and kicking her little legsWearing the Baby Dior Dress I bought her. LOL...Spending all my painting royalties on the Boo! Too cute for words, she loves to touch her toes

Saturday, September 12, 2009

1st Place "Viewers Choice" Award

Hi Everyone,
Hope you are all doing well. We have been having some amazing weather here in Ottawa. Its' been about 2 weeks and no rain. I can hardly believe it after a very rainy summer. I also had my good friend Sue from Vancouver visiting for a week.

I also received 1st Place for the Viewers Choice Award for my Maritime Special painting. And even better, I sold the painting. Wishing you all a great day!

"Maritime Special, 30 x 40 Acrylic"

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Ballerina Friends "Keds" Shoes for Kids

Hi Everyone, my new Ballerina Friends painting motif was approved for Keds shoes for Kids. I think they look quite stylish.

For more information please visit my zazzle site:

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Fun Painting - Ballerina Girls

Hi Everyone, Hope you are all doing well. Things have been going well and I have been busy these past days preparing for the summer exhibition this weekend.

Also I just finished a painting I did for my little niece Margaux who is turning 3 months old this Saturday. I cant believe how fast time is flying by! It’s quite cute and I thought I would share the pic with you all.

Margaux and Friends, 40 x 50 cm, Acrylics
Also here is a more generic one I did. Basically the same painting with a hand painted "Friends" template on top of the banner - to be sold as prints, cards, etc. I also have one where the orange banner is left blank, so I can add all sorts of things to the banner: Happy Birthday, Girl Power, personal names, etc.... the possibilities are endless...lol. It was really fun painting this one. Andreas wants to do a story book now based on these little characters…LOL.

And here's my little Boo

Have a great weekend everyone! and happy painting!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Colours of Tuscany

Hi Everyone, I just finished my Colours of Tuscany painting. Lots of beautiful golds, oranges and greens in this one, with our course the beautiful sunflowers of Italy. Tuscany is one of my cherished places and I love all the colours and beauty it offers. I enjoyed painting this one. This painting is 60 x 80 cm in acrylics and I am quite pleased with it. It will be part of the Fall exhibition in November at the gallery. It looks like I already may have a buyer .....so that is quite exciting. Wishing you all a lovely upcoming weekend. ACDC is coming to Montreal and we will be going to see them. My husband is a big fan and I acutally like them too!

Colours of Tuscany, 60 x 80 cm - Acrylic on gallery canvas

A Display pic further away on my deck

Friday, July 31, 2009

New Sign at Galerie de La Rive

Hi Everyone, The unveiling of the new signboard at the Galerie de La Rive too place earlier this week. It was a lovley event. Partners of the Gallery, Desjardins Caisse Populaire Trillium as well as representatives from RONA J. Lalonde & Sons of Hammond, Ont. were present at the event. Thanks to their financial support, the Galerie de la Rive was able to fund and erect the new Sign. Also present was the mayor of Clarence-Rockland, Richard Lalonde, who assured the city’s continued support of the Galerie de la Rive and its artists. This new Signboard is a tangible representation of the presence of art and artists in the community.

The New Sign
On another note, look who is 10 weeks old today. My little niece. I have nicked named her Maggie Boo. She is just too adorable.
Her first smile captured on camera - I could eat her up! lol

Just being too cute - my little polka dot girl!