Kirrabille an Aussie for every seasons.

Funny how fast this year has gone by so far. It was year ago this month I was writing about my first outdoor art show.  This blog is not about outdoor art show, its about a commission I received in  July 2013. Not so much about what I went threw to paint it, but what the commission meant to me.

I got a commission to create a painting from a very special person; Gail Stephens. She is the incredible person who gave us our most special friend Fenix. Yes, Fenix is a dog, more specifically an Australia shepherd. Gail is an artist too because the Aussies that come out of her kennel are the most beautiful,witty and friendly Aussies you will ever meet.


Gail commissioned me to do a piece that depicted her Aussies. That was a easy assignment; I just simply love Aussies. My first dog Norton was an Aussie and, as you know, my present  dog Fenix is.

I found Gail and  Nigel Stephens shortly after my most wonderful Norton pass away. There are not enough words to describe the pain of  losing him. We lost him at 11 with no warning or signs. In one week my beautiful , active, and smart Norton was gone. I felt so ripped off  losing him at 11. So I started to roam the internet trying to find out if that was normal age for an Aussie to die at. Well, to make a long story short I finally found Kirrabilli  and Gail and Nigel Stephens. I went to their Rainbow bridge page and I saw a dog that reminded me of Norton;  Cheddar.  In fact Cheddar,  another beautiful red-merle Aussie, had passed away the day before Norton did. He was the same age. I felt an instant connection to Gail and Nigel.

My first beautiful baby .
My beautiful Norton .

When I started painting, I took over the guest bedroom, which my husband hand just converted into an exercise room.The painting was too big paint in my studio. I started to paint in Sept of 2013 after I got approval for my drawing by Gail.

The original drawing
The original drawing









I  painted off and on throughout the year and  finally got it done in July 2014. It was a  euphoric moment when I saw the finished piece . Every time I finish a piece I say to myself “So that is how you were suppose to look.” I  have a plan for the piece, but the paint directs you in subconscious way to how it should look.

This painting to me was a tribute to the most wonderful Aussies that Gail and Nigel owned.  The paint is also a tribute to Nigel since he passed away shortly after Fenix was born. It was my tribute to my love for Aussies because of Norton and now Fenix. It was an easy to picture to paint.

It took a long time, far too long ,but I got it done.

work in progress
work in Progress
work in progress
work in progress








I was so afraid, like most artists, “Will Gail like it?” I doubted myself , but I also knew that there was not much more I could do for the painting . My confidence was raised when my family  saw the piece. They were very sad to see the piece go, but the most important person to love the piece was Gail.

The day of unveiling finally came on, Aug,16,2014. Gail, without hesitation, expressed a very very pleased look. That, to me, was the greatest compliment anyone could have payed me.

I remembered why art is so important to me, yes it is nice to have money to pay your bills, but the contentment one gets from seeing my work means more then money, you have made a connection with another person. In at that moment I am no longer the observer but part of something very special

Finish piece
Finish piece


New Connections


Here are some new links that feature my art and the awesome places I show them.

This link show the wonderful artisans at the rural Creators’ collective of Carlisle. My bags are feature in this link.


This link show the amazing art scene in Peterborough. On of my Scratchboard  which is begin shown at Christense Fine Arts is feature.


Rural Creators’ Collective of Carlisle Blog.



Christmas cards.

I must admit , I was not ready for the season. I finally finished my winter/Christmas cards on Nov,12. You really should always be a season ahead, O ,no not me. I am last minute Lisa.  I managed to get all my stuff to all the places they had to go to. It was tough waking up at 4am but I manged to get 9 new cards made in 12 days.That my friends is a record. Here are some pictures.

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The Art Show.


The painting is about connecting.
The passager

  Doing an art or craft show you never know how they will turn out.

Will you have everything ready for the show?

Will people be drawn to your look at your art or even buy it ?

It’s always an mystery to me how these events will turn out.

Then someone asked me, what am I looking to get of this show.



Really, why do you do these shows?

What would make a great show for you ?

I recently did the Hand of Man Art and Craft show in Peterborough this last weekend. I though to myself ,why did I do this show?  What to me was success?

First I though it was all about the money, the more money you made the more successful you were. Yes, money is important because that is how you exist in this world. Let’s not fool ourselves, I am not a bohemian or like or want to have the label of begin a starving artist. I am happy to make just enough money to support my passion. The element of success, were  people and the inspiration they gave me.

It occur to me that I was ecstatic when my work could inspire a conversation. A conversation not about me but about the experience of the person. How their lives related to a piece of work I created. How a visual image can create a connection between two total strangers. To me as an artist if I can relate to a person with my art I have done what I set out to do. Connecting is important to me. I have chosen to be an artist because my language is visual, that is how I communicate. When a person understands that expression or if I can create an emotion, I feel connected.  Art galley are most the quieted places in the world, but the conversation, the communication between the viewer and the art is very loud ,that has always intrigue and inspired me me.

I spend my life as an observer and imaginer. I watch what around me and translate that into a visual expression. To me the purpose of art is to connect with the human experience, the imagination or to make the human experience think about itself , and if I can do that at a show I have begin very successful. I must say that people truly inspire me. People are planets in the universe, each one unique and new.

I heard many impassioned stories this weekend. To me it is an honor to share in their  stories and experiences. This is why I do shows.

The Art of Delegation.

I was reflecting on where my business has taken me in the last year. I realize, that there is just not enough hours in a day, or minutes or seconds for that matter to get all things done. I though about all the things I have yet to do. Most importantly, not to ignore certain aspects of the business. There are some aspects I need help with like organizing and delegating.

As an artist my forte is most certainly not organizing and delegating. To me it is too methodical. I spend most of my day living in a day dream thinking  of thoughts to transpose as images. I am mostly concerned with line,colour and what medium will suit the idea best. Being inspired by the world and the very basic things around me. I spent most of my life living in the moment. Dreaming is what I do best, and that is not necessarily a good quality in business planning to some extent. I spend a lot of time with myself learning to be self-sufficient. (of course with the exception, of the help from my husband and parents.)

“What is delegating?”  I ask myself, like I often do. I looked up the the meaning on the internet. Here I go climbing up Mount Google looking for the Guru, living in some remote website ,to whom I may ask the provoking questions about life. The definition I got was


“Send or authorize (someone) to do something as a representative “

Delegate ?  I rarely ever use that word delegate in my vocabulary, never ever thought to delegate anything. What do you mean by delegate? Why should I authorize some else to complete the task?   How do I delegate?  Who could do this task better then me? Where do I find them? I suppose the people who figured the answers to to the riddle ,they’re the ones that are the most successful in business.

I needed my little piece of the cyber world that I can call my own . Were to start? I didn’t really have the time to learn to how to create web page. Most importantly would it be any good?  I didn’t know what to do, should I spend the time creating my own webpage ?  I thought, because I’ve gone to school for art and graphic arts that designing the page would be easy. How do I talk computer language?  People create their own webpages all the time. You can go online and there’s countless of sites that offer you the ability to create your own webpage for little money or for free.

All the web pages template were generic, there was no real “ make you stand out of the crowd” quality. In this market, the art market, standing out in the crowd is essential. The learning curve to learn to use one of this on line sites was almost as time consuming as  learning to use the application.

Then it occurred to me I should delegate the task, but who?

The task of finding a graphic company to create my cyber universe was not a difficult thing. I found that a lot of the web company’s that all look the same and  no one that stood out crowd, except for Studio-N. I found Studio-N webpages were innovative, different and artistic.  Studio-N  is who I authorize to create my web page.  What I like best about the company was, all the designers, were also artists, so they understand the demands on an artist. They created a webpage that was far better than anything I could’ve ever created. It was awesome to see their ideas. As an artist you spend far to much time with yourself that it is refreshing to see someone else’s ideas. Which in return regenerates your thoughts.   I learned that creating a web page is not just about the imagery and the design, it’s also about marketing. How do you get your web page out there? Studio-N knew how to do that. Their job is not to just create a amazing wed page but helping the world to find your cyber space. If I had not delegated the job to them I would have not learn all that I did.

Studio-N Logo SQUARE black

I am writing about Delegation because this is the eve my web page release reception (September 27 at Studio-N between 4-6 pm). Yes you read that right, web page release reception. Though my page has been on line for many months. This is Studio-N’s  way to  introduce me, my art and my web page to world. How many online DIY web site, OR graphic companies would do that for you?

Nora, Adam, Chris, Christine, and Sarah are just awesome.

You can have a computer and the applications to create and design your own web pages, that does not make you a graphic artist or web designer. I think people forget that graphic design is art within itself, that there is method to creating.  I have learned that leaving tasks to people who know can be the best decision you make. Delegation ensures that all things you do are great.

A business is created by many different skills .Guess what? You do not possess them all. My first experience with delegation was great, let’ hope they are all great.