Whoa! Busy Busy Busy

exhbit show at TAF Tippecanoe ARts Federation

Wow! Time really got away from me. I did not realize how long it’s been since I last posted. My apologies for that.

I feel like I’ve flying by the seat of my pants for the last few months, but here is a brief recap of activities. Continue reading Whoa! Busy Busy Busy

Lullaby of Singing Wind Woman

My two older children are Sioux Native American. I think I mentioned that in the blog post about Half-Blood Whole-Heart which used my son as a model. This time I used a photo of my daughter and grandson as the models for LULLABY OF SINGING WIND WOMAN.

Sharayah Burrell Sharayah Cornwell

This drawing was not an attempt at a portrait, I was using the photo as a reference only. After playing with the sketch and changing her hair to a braid, I used tracing paper and a white charcoal pencil to transfer the sketch to my final drawing paper, Canson Mi Tientes Touch black paper.

Lullaby of Singing Wind Woman

I first trace the drawing with a graphite pencil on tracing paper. Then I turn the paper over and, on the back side, trace the graphite drawing with a white charcoal pencil. Sometimes I use a pastel pencil. I can then position the sketch, with the white side down, on my final drawing paper and trace over the line again to transfer the white sketch to the black paper.

Lullabye of Singing Wind Woman

I decided to start with the background first. I was trying an experimental idea and if it didn’t workout I wanted to be free to chuck the whole thing in the bin without losing the time invested in the main composition. I chose turquoise, orange and yellow as the main colors for the background and used Prismacolor Art Stix to lay down most of the color.

Prismacolor Premier Art Stix
Woodless colored pencils

These are fabulous for covering large areas in a short amount of time. They are the same waxed based pigment found in the regular pencils, just without the wood casing and in a different shape.

Unfortunately most of my work-in-progress photos were lost to cyber oblivion, so I only have what was already posted on my Facebook page. I have no clue what happened to all the other photos. No doubt they will turn up after I no longer need them.  Here are the photos I do have.

As I stated earlier, my daughter is Sioux Native American and her native name is Singing Wind Woman. She was not actually singing a lullaby at the time the original photo was taken. In fact, if memory serves me correctly, she had just changed a very nasty diaper. I changed quite a few things about the piece. Her hair was changed from a messy bun to a braid, I added an earring, and changed the t-shirt to a leather fringed tunic. I also changed the baby sleeper to just a blanket. To make these changes I researched pictures online to get a better understanding of braided hair and dreamcatchers. I also looked at numerous photos of leather fringed jackets to be able to better visualize what fringe should look like. I had to imagine the beading on the fringe and just wing it.  For the baby blanket, I used a saddle blanket that we have here at home and wrapped it around a baby doll from the grandkids toy box. I was very pleased with how the blanket turned out.

I couldn’t decide if I should try adding a dreamcatcher to the background when my older son suggested that I make a color copy and pencil it in on the copy to try it out first. Brilliant idea. I did just that and after conferring back with him, my husband and my daughter, we decided the dreamcatcher needed to be there. I couldn’t find a detailed photo that I liked of a dreamcatcher to use as a reference. Then I remembered that I have a dreamcatcher necklace buried in a box. Perfect! I knew I wanted it to be simple and the necklace I have worked great as a reference.

Small color copy with penciled in dreamcatcher background.

Here is the finished work. LULLABY OF SINGING WIND WOMAN, Prismacolor colored pencil on Canson Mi Tientes Touch black paper, 12 x 16, matted and framed to 16 x 20. Photo reference, my own.

Lullaby of Singing Wind Woman
Lullaby of Singing Wind Woman

This piece is on display at the Logansport Art Association 108th Annual Spring Art Show in Logansport, Indiana through the month of June 2019.


Kokomo Art Association (KAA) Annual Spring Art Show

I entered FREE SPIRIT and HALF-BLOOD WHOLE-HEART at the KAA Annual Spring Art show and I am pleased to announce that FREE SPIRIT was awarded First Place in the Professional Category. HALF-BLOOD WHOLE-HEART received an Honorable Mention.

The show at the Kokomo Art Center ran throughout the month of May. The closing reception and awards presentation will be held this evening.

Prints of each drawing are available on my website.

FreeSpirit award

FREE SPIRIT, colored pencil


HalfBlood WholeHeartSM

HALF-BLOOD WHOLE-HEART, colored pencil

New Gallery in Delphi, IN

I am excited to announce the opening of a new art gallery in Delphi, IN. The Chapel Gallery, located at 321 West Main St. in Delphi will feature a variety of works for exhibit and sale by local artists.

This lovely space was formerly a church. The building has been recently renovated to better serve its new purpose yet still maintains the beauty and honor of its rich history.

So stop by and meet the artists, view the wonderful art, and have some refreshments. Hope to see you there!


Indiana State Fair

I have three drawings entered in the 2018 Indiana State Fair competition. All of my works will also be for sale. Stop in and check out the many different artworks in the Indiana Arts Building at the State Fair in August.

As always, prints of my drawings are available on my website at:  www.lisablissrush.com

Juried Show

I am pleased to announce that two of my works were juried into the 2018 Juried Art Show at the Blackford County Arts Center. This is the first time I’ve entered this show so I didn’t quite know what to expect. Both FREE SPIRIT and COLORS OF FLIGHT were accepted. Artists could submit three works for one entry fee. I also submitted TULIPS OF FIRE, but it was not accepted. I received a call yesterday from the gallery director informing me that COLORS OF FLIGHT had been awarded 4th place over all, so that was wonderful news.

I was not able to attend the opening reception due to the distance from home to the gallery so I have not yet seen the rest of the show. The evening of the reception I was delivering other artwork to the Indiana State Fair Competition and Sale. The Blackford show is about a 2 hour drive east of home and the State Fair is about 1.5 hours south of home. My husband’s workplace is halfway between home and the Blackford show so he has been delivering and picking up [the unaccepted piece] for me after he gets off work in the evenings. Makes for a very long day for him. He’s awesome.

Here are the details for the Blackford show if anyone local would like to check it out.

2018 SummerFest Juried Art Show, Arts Place Blackford County Arts Center, 107 E Washington St., Hartford City, IN  http://www.artsland.org

Prints of each drawing are available on my website at www.lisablissrush.com

FREE SPIRIT, colored pencil drawing
colored pencil drawing, feathers
COLORS OF FLIGHT, colored pencil drawing

Artworks Gallery

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, my artwork will be on display at Artworks Gallery in Kokomo, IN through the month of July. Here is the link to the newspaper interview I also promised in that post:  Kokomo Herald/Perspective article.

I recently spent the evening at the gallery for a meet and greet event with the public. This event was for all of the downtown businesses, not just the gallery. Artworks Gallery is a very nice space. They have two levels and some small classroom space. They featured work by quite a few talented artists. The monthly featured artist works hang on the “gray wall” on the lower level. I took this photo from the landing area upstairs during a slow moment in the evening.

Artworks Gallery

My work featured on the gray wall.

The gallery staff provided guests with tea and lemon water, cookies and pastries. It was a lovely evening with the doors left open and the sound of music from down the street. Even though I am very uncomfortable meeting people at events like this, it really was a very nice event and I appreciate the effort the staff put into the evening.

I am really anxious to get started on another drawing. I’ve drawn everyone in my immediate family except my husband. He’s up next. Now if I can just get the 4H projects, the weeds in the garden and landscaping under control, I’ll be able to get started on his drawing. I am hoping to have more artwork on display for the month of August. I’ll let you know if this works out as soon as I can.

Have a great day.


A Busy Spring

Wow! Spring absolutely flew by and now it’s summer. Not my favorite season. I don’t care for hot and humid, I’m more of a fall/winter person. Anyway, in between weeding garden spaces and trimming landscaping, I thought I’d better update you on what’s been happening this past spring.

I entered the Kokomo Art Association’s Spring Art Show in May. I entered Colors of Flight, and Woodland Nymph. Both are colored pencil drawings on textured black paper.

colored pencil drawing, feathers
Colors of Flight, colored pencil drawing
colored pencil, fairy, flowers
Woodland Nymph, colored pencil drawing

I am pleased to announce that Colors of Flight received a 2nd place rating in the Class II Professional division, and Woodland Nymph received Best of Show. These works were on display throughout the month of May at the Kokomo Art Center, Kokomo, IN.

You might remember from an earlier post, Woodland Nymph also received Best of Show at the Logansport Art Association (LAA) Spring Show in 2016. As a result of that win, I was invited to be the featured artist for the LAA Spring Show for 2017. As such, I had a small room off the main gallery space to display as many artworks as I wanted.

This showing in Logansport ran through most of the month of June.

About a week after the LAA show closed, I delivered nine pieces of work to Artworks Gallery in Kokomo. I delivered seven colored pencil works and two small oil pastels for display. As a result of receiving Best of Show at the Kokomo show in May I was invited by Artworks Gallery to be the featured artist for the month of July. I was also interviewed by a reporter for the Kokomo Perspective about the show. Nice to be able to get a little extra publicity for myself, the Kokomo Art Association and the gallery. I will update a link to that article once it becomes available.

I will be posting another work-in-progress post as soon as I get my photos in order. Until next time, make it a great day!

Best of Show

I am very pleased to announce that “Woodland Nymph” was awarded Best of Show at the 105th Annual Logansport Art Association Fine Art Show. The same piece was also awarded First Place in the Professional Division.

"Woodland Nymph"
“Woodland Nymph”

“Woodland Nymph” is approximately 22″ x 28″, Prismacolor and Faber Castell Polychromos pencil on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch black paper. The reference photo is courtesy of Colored Pencil Magazine Monthly Challenge.

“Child’s Play” was awarded the Virginia Murdock Award which was sponsored by the Alpha Mu Chapter of Tri Kappa.

"Child's Play"
“Child’s Play”

“Child’s Play” is 9.5″ x 12.5″, Prismacolor and Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencil, and Pan Pastel on Canson Mi-Tientes Touch black paper. The reference photos are courtesy of June Artz Photography, used by permission.

The original artworks are for sale. Prints of each are also available on my website at LisaBlissRush.com.