I love finding little gifts waiting for me outside; they become my muse for a few weeks, or in this case several months! A simple birds nest with a few cracked eggs-instantly consuming my thoughts..."how do I capture this?" After photographing the nest from all angles to make certain I had a good representation of it before it disintegrated; I gathered similar materials from the yard, dried up brush, twigs, leaves and pine needles. For this piece, I am using a 2 sided box that is 20"x20" and 6" deep, one side is a black scratchboard, the other white aqua board. You can see how I treated the black side by using an X-Acto knife to draw layers of dried brush. In addition to capturing the movement and delicacy of the materials, I intend to add smaller paintings and black scratchboards to the surface. I like the idea of providing multiple layers of interest and will repeat this technique on the other side with a mix of photography, paintings, drawings and actual brush.
Copyright: Winter Leaf by Lisa Goesling
One of the many gifts of having a mild winter is being able to easily find bits of nature just waiting to be drawn. Leaves all curled up, evolving into shapes far more interesting than their first incarnation. Following the twists and turns of this leaf, letting it fall off of the page, made for a really interesting composition.
Copyright: 2 Pinecones by Lisa Goesling
Pine cones laying amongst a pile of needles are a frequent site outside our home. They are one of those hearty signs of winter, thriving despite the elements. Multiple leaf-like shapes fold over one another, creating pockets of contrast and texture. The needles compliment the pine cone's mass with their thin lines, spaced out along a narrow stem. It's natures poetry unfolding before our eyes.
Copyright: Layers of Weeds by Lisa Goesling
I just love the way these weeds dance in the breeze! They are at the mercy of the wind, which ever way it decides to blow, they follow. I varied the amount of pressure with my etching tool enabling me to develop depth and create a constant tension between the these glorious weeds.
Copyright: Magnolias Up Close by Lisa Goesling
I remember drawing these flowers this past spring. They were right outside my front door and blossoming and twisting open right before my eyes. Today is quite the opposite with winter's gray skies and chilly winds. Thanks to nature and my black clayboards, I can enjoy spring all year round!
Copyright: Close to the Sun by Lisa Goesling
I find it interesting that this flower is called a Sunflower and has a lot of the same properties of the sun. It has the center shape surrounded by 'rays' which light up the garden. There is a whole lot going on in this 8"x8" space!
Copyright: Larger Than Life Texas Thistle by Lisa Goesling
I created this piece for an organization called ACT, Artists Changing Tomorrow. It is part of an International Fund Raising event taking place at The Gallery at Round Top, in Texas. What can be huger than changing lives through art? As owner, Karen Vernon so eloquently put it, Learning through the arts not only results in the creation of beautiful works, but contributes to greater academic achievement, higher test scores, and the creative thought that leads nations. Thank you Ralph Arvesen for allowing me to work off of your gorgeous photography. I incorporated both the Texas Thistle into this piece along with the background flowers which are Crow Poison. (They sound a little scary so I left them black and white!)
Copyright: Marigold by Lisa Goesling
This flower has so much energy. I love the constant movement, the gorgeous colors, it seems to jump right off of the page! I am so glad that it went to a good home!
Copyright: Composition of A Coleus by Lisa Goesling
These leaves are interesting in and of themselves. Coming in close makes them infinitely more interesting! I tried to capture the variegated leaves with their sharp contrasting reds, greens, yellows, maroons, and purples. They almost appear as if someone has taken a paintbrush to them. Of course, that's what I ultimately did after drawing them!
Copyright: As Far As The Eye Can See by Lisa Goesling
This one was a little crazy, it took on a life of it's own. Have you ever looked deep into a flower? They are filled with so many shapes and textures, I got completely lost in the details!
Copyright: Small Dahlia by Lisa Goesling
I look at this flower and marvel at how the pink outlined petals create a constant movement of shapes, sizes and patterns. I continue to be surprised by the interplay that occurs within a single element in nature.
Copyright: Eremurus by Lisa Goesling
My husband sent me a gorgeous arrangement for our Anniversary. I know that most people would place them on a table and simply enjoy their beauty. Personally, I couldn't wait to study the details! I had no idea what the name of this flower was, all I knew was that it was fascinating. I loved the forms of the buds, the way they grew along the stem, the color combinations, fabulous! When I was finished the piece I headed down to Kabloom on the second floor of the Mart to ask exactly what I'd created. Turns out it's called an Eremurus, (or more commonly, Foxtail Lily). Who knew?
Copyright: Burst of Energy by Lisa Goesling
That's what it took to create this piece! There were so many little elements interacting with each other, hard to believe I finally completed it!
Copyright: Colored Columbine by Lisa Goesling
I love the subtle effect of the black on black in this piece. One of the key goals that I aim for with my art is to create multiple layers as they appear in nature. By adding the black outlines to the background, the actual flower seems to float right up to the foreground!
Copyright: Orange Tulips by Lisa Goesling
By not focusing directly on the flowers, it adds interest to the entire composition. People expect the flowers to be the star, I like to give the viewer more than what is expected. The leaves interact with the orange flowers bringing your eye right into the art and the rich tones add a stately elegance to the tulips.
Copyright: Small Evolution of An Iris by Lisa Goesling
My folks were art lovers and built a stunning collection. I remember being quite young and being shown a small painting they had recently purchased. It was no larger than 8"x10" done by a Dutch artist in the 1700's, I believe. The art was filled with layers of details, so much so that they had me look at it through a magnifying glass. It opened up a whole new world for me, I could see so much more than appeared with the naked eye. I believe that that little painting influenced the way I approach my work today. I begin with a magnifying glass, studying all of the shapes, textures, and details. Small Evolution of An Iris, captures the multiple layers and movement of the leaves and flowers outside my door. Art doesn't have to be huge to be powerful!
Copyright: Orange Yellow Flowers by Lisa Goesling
Spring is just around the corner and just like you, I cannot wait! I love how the black background makes these flowers pop right off of the page
Copyright: Queen Ann's Lace by Lisa Goesling
Before you know it there will be hundreds of these cropping up everywhere. Forget that they are common and just appreciate their presence. They reach out with tiny flowers that seem to say, hope I made your day! Capturing them on the page enables me to enjoy them all year round! Hope I made your day!