"The creation of beauty is art."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm thankful for the lovely things in life that I can stop and take a moment to admire. There is so much beauty around us, and it's nice to be able to open our eyes and see it when we want to, and when we let ourselves.
Remember that the Gratitude Linky is open all month long, so if you want to share something that you're grateful for, please do so.
One lovely thing in life that I really admire is artwork. I am definitely no artist. I've tried to draw, and it's really no use. My version of stick people aren't even good! So when it comes to paintings and such, I have a deep appreciation for these works of art. Art is like music in that it can speak to everyone. There are pieces that are peaceful and have a calming effect, and there are pieces that are loud and bring a big smile to one's face. Art is definitely something to be thankful for in life.
It brings me great pleasure to introduce Lisa, the artist of Lisa Salazar Art Decor. Lisa offers beautiful original paintings and also a limited number of prints. I love the colors she uses to create her pieces of beauty. Her naturescape pieces are my favorites. And what is absolutely amazing is that she is self-taught, with natural talent. Even if I tried to teach myself over and over again, I would never be able to create masterpieces like hers! Lisa creates beauty; she creates art.
I asked Lisa to introduce herself, so here we go...
I picked up a brush for the first time three years ago. With no formal training my work has evolved without traditional restrictions. I opened my etsy shop in an attempt to share my work yet still hide behind it. Sharing my work with people I didn't know seemed like less of an emotional risk. The response was a positive one and slowly I was able to step out from behind my canvas. I entered local art shows and then became involved in boutiques where I was face to face with the viewer of my work. The most important lesson I learned was not to edit my paintings. A painting I feel is my worst is usually the one that speaks the loudest to another!
And here's our short Q&A session:
What are your favorite colors to work with in creating a winter piece?
I am a winter girl at heart and sometimes have to drag myself away from winterscapes. My favorite colors to work with in winter pieces are Prussian Blue, a very strong color, and grey. I use them alone and then combined to varying shades. Adding a touch of icy lavender can keep me working for hours.
What is your biggest inspiration?
I am inspired by anything and everything. A thought, an emotion or a quiet interaction often times ends up smeared across a canvas. The beauty and color I find in my Grandmother's gardens year round never fails to send me running for my studio in hope of capturing on canvas my random discovery.
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Lisa is graciously offering a lovely 12x12 original painting to one uber lucky reader. She sent me the photo of this piece, and I must say, it's a favorite of mine (and I'm secretly hoping she adds it as a print)! I could really see this piece in my home. It's called "REFLECT" and is signed, titled & dated on the back, a $40 value!
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