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The End of the Story by Lisa Goesling

Orchid Bud by Lisa Goesling

Orchid Bud by Lisa Goesling

This single Orchid Bud, no larger than a dime, really intrigued me. There was nothing particularly grand about it when viewed through the naked eye, but once I placed my magnifying glass between my eye and this bud, something truly unexpected occurred. An undulating structure, more brain-like than flower appeared, filled with an array of colors that weren't there a minute ago.

After hours of capturing the twisted layers that formed this tiny bud, I finally had it framed and put on display. 

Normally that would have been the end of it. But not in this case, in this case I knew that there was more to the story. 

Back to the drawing board, I introduced the evolution of an orchid, contrasting the buds tight shapes with the suggestion of a fully realized flower. 

Multiple Lilies by Lisa Goesling

Multiple Lilies by Lisa Goesling

Multiple Lilies by Lisa Goesling

My goal is to tell nature’s stories. Fine lines form these delicate buds giving us no indication of what surprises await. Then suddenly we are greeted with a burst of energy of brightly colored petals, some upon closer inspection are filled with every color in the rainbow. These powerful images soon evolve into shriveled up silhouettes complete with their own mysteries. They twist and turn creating a beautiful ending to their compelling story. 

Close to the Sun 2 by Lisa Goesling

Close to the Sun 2/Rambutan by Lisa Goesling

Close to the Sun 2/Rambutan by Lisa Goesling

I don't know if this happens to you, but I can't walk into the produce section without being drawn to the unusual shapes, textures and colors that abound. I had no idea what a Rambutan but was instantly inspired. Rambut is the Malay word for "hair", which these tiny fruits from Southeast Asia have an abundance of. Their spikey texture left me to wondering about the brave (likely hungry) souls who took a chance on this unusual fruit in the first place. I couldn't wait to study this unfamiliar fruit for my latest in a series of how nature mimics our sun. The first of which, Close to the Sun, is my transformation of the unremarkable sunflower into an image that plays homage to the sun. 

Close to the Sun by Lisa Goesling

Close to the Sun by Lisa Goesling

This One Counts as Three by Lisa Goesling

Lily Bulb with Leaf by Lisa Goesling

Lily Bulb with Leaf by Lisa Goesling

I am not quite there with this but since it equals three of the smaller pieces going towards my large installation, I feel pretty good about the progress. It is likely going to be all black and white except for the leaf's color. By coming in close to one single bud, both beauty and power emanate from the lily's graceful form.

One of 96 by Lisa Goesling

One of 96 by Lisa Goesling

One of 96 by Lisa Goesling

This summers' temperatures must have been perfect to facilitate the display of lilies surrounding our home. I am in the process of creating 96 views (finished piece 84"x40"), everything from a lily in full bloom to the aftermath of shriveled up petals or 'tepals'.  I've completed six so far adding color to some and letting others stand alone as black and white studies. What surprised me is the range of colors, deep blues and purples, bright oranges and yellows…absolutely stunning! 

New Series by Lisa Goesling

I am beginning a new series called Veggies, the first of which is the top of a Beet. I am pretty excited about mixing Colored Inks with the Black scratchboard. The backgrounds will all be covered in Black Enamel Paint creating the texture and depth of soil. 

Top of Beet by Lisa Goesling

Top of Beet by Lisa Goesling

Encendido Wine Labels by Lisa Goesling

Wine Labels created from Detail of a Grape Leaf by Lisa Goesling                  Copyright

I was selected to compete with five other artists in creating a design for a wine label using original art. I created this Detail of a Grape Leaf, (see previous post) and won. Cathy Bremer represents the winery and provided me with the necessary input to bring the labels to fruition. Can't wait to see how the larger veins in the art looked embossed and in color. Thanks, Cathy!

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Willow Branches with Color by Lisa Goesling

Willow Branches with Color by Lisa Goesling            Copyright                                                              

I am continually amazed by nature. How silky white 'catkins'  and rough gray/brown branches inhabit the same tree. Textures, colors, and shapes...what a perfect subject to draw!

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Bold 'Gold by Lisa Goesling

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!