Sunday, December 25, 2016

Moo-ey Christmas Y'all!


This guy down the street was gracious enough to pose for me yesterday. I couldn't help dressing him up for the season!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Lisa

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Taking a Break

You may have noticed a significant absence from my postings lately, not that consistent blogging has ever been a strength.

My amazing mother is nearing the end of a long struggle with leukemia, so my focus right now is on enjoying the time we have together and spending time with my family, especially during the holiday season.

Creating for me is usually a way to manage the stresses of everyday life, but right now I seem to be frozen, even for that. I am acutely aware of the changing of the season as the plants in the garden start to die back after a spectacular summer. My faith in Mother Nature assures me that there will be life again in the spring. But, right now, like my garden, I need to retreat and rest. And, kitty tickles. I need those too đŸ˜ș.

Laughing it up at Em's birthday party

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Something Wicked This Way Comes...


There hasn't been much going on in the studio lately. The summer was winding down and my muse has apparently been off on a vacation relaxing somewhere.

But, I did find time to honor my favorite holiday with a new series of Halloween prints. I wanted to do something mindless and fun. Lots of layers, favorite images and some spooky text. Maybe this will draw my muse back to the studio :).

Friday, September 2, 2016

Fairy Dresses


It took me a while to figure out what to do with the fabulous papers from my eco-dyeing session. I decided to turn them into Fairy Dresses for the woodland nymphs living in the forest. Beautiful papers and fabrics, a little paint and a few stitches. Here are a few to start. I'm sure there will be more to come...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Dog Days of Summer

Colored papers waiting to become a masterpiece...
We are squarely in the dog days of summer where it just seems too hot to do anything that doesn't involve air conditioning or water. My mind is on vacations and new adventures and it isn't translating into much studio time. There are plenty of ideas, I just can't seem to get them out into something tangible. In the meantime, I have been making colored pages that will (hopefully) show up in a future project.

I did have the opportunity to do some fabric and paper dyeing this past weekend to try out my new skills. They turned out as wonderfully as they did in Colorado! I was thrilled with the results and now I want to make a shirt. Like I need another thing to learn how to do...




Monday, June 27, 2016

Immersed in Nature


Sometimes you just get to get away to take a break from the everyday. I did that this past weekend in Redstone, Colorado. I attended a workshop hosted by Laura Roberts (aka Hasty Pearl) at her home on the Crystal River. Books and dyeing are not things that I had done before, so it was completely new to me. But, great instructors and a weekend in Colorado - I was in!

The instructors were the fabulous and talented Roxanne Evans Stout and Leslie Marsh. They collaborated to create a fabulous mixed media book made from eco-dyed fabrics and papers as well as nature collages. Nature was the big star of the workshop as it featured prominently in everything that we did - even lunch was by the river. Both ladies are amazing artists and they shared so many new techniques. I also made a bunch of new friends who also made the trek for this great adventure!

I stayed at a B&B in Redstone called Crystal Dreams. It was a dream as advertised. Lisa has a beautiful home, great location and her breakfasts are to die for. I spent some part of every day soaking up the sound of the river. You can see the back yard by the river in the photo. Just heavenly!




Friday, June 17, 2016

I'm Published in Somerset Studio Magazine!


I am honored to be included in the July issue of Somerset Studio magazine. I have been an avid reader of the magazine for years and have always enjoyed the amazing artwork of the artists they feature. It has been one of those bucket list items for me to see my work on their pages.

And, now it is happening! I was holding my breath until I actually saw a copy of the magazine with my images and article. They did a fantastic job of photographing and portraying my work! I am doing a happy dance now!

The magazine can be purchased from the web site here or from your local Barnes and Noble.
Lisa Meyer - Mysterious Miasmas
Those Mysterious Miasmas

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Taking a Break


I must confess that I haven't been in the studio for a while. This spring was very busy with the King William Fair and several gallery openings and projects. I cleaned up the studio and then decided that I needed a bit of a break to avoid burning out. 

The studio is where I find peace because I can lose myself in the moment. Once there are too many projects in the works and it begins to feel like work, then the magic disappears and it becomes one more thing on the to do list. To combat this, I basically forbade myself from going into the studio for a few weeks. I read. I spent time with Mr. Tabby. I spent time with my family. I hung out with friends. I took a class at my favorite studio. I worked in the garden. I took pictures. I canned peppers. And, I chilled on the patio with my favorite furry companions.

Now, I find myself itching to get back into the studio. The ideas are flowing and I am ready to make things just because I want to. It is a good place to be. I am getting better at managing my time and not letting (even the fun) things take over to make me feel unbalanced.

In the meantime, I'll let you chill and look at some of the eye candy that is my garden these days thanks to an unusually large amount of rain in Texas this year.



Monday, May 23, 2016

High Water Rescue

You've come to save me!
Making a harness for Bart
Getting Ruben ready to go down the cliff

So, it started with a coyote in the yard. He couldn't get back across the waterlogged creek. So, I let the dogs out to shoo him away. They did a good job of that but were having fun splashing in the puddles.

I was in the wildflower meadow collecting bluebonnet seeds and heard this awful cry and then pathetic barking. I dropped my seeds and headed to the wailing. It became clear the Lulu was below the ledge of the cliff in the neighbor's yard. I couldn't see under the cliff, when I looked over, all I saw was rushing water from the flooded Cibolo Creek. Uh oh.

I went to get my neighbor. He led me to an outcrop where I could see Lulu on a ledge. Bart was frantically running around and shied back when he saw the neighbor. I left him there and decided to call the fire department for help. I also texted a friend who works for the fire department. I wasn't sure who could help with high water rescues for dogs. After talking with a few people including Animal Control, they sent out fire station #3.

A fire truck and an ambulance showed up. Then some pickup trucks showed up. Then a helicopter came. I showed them where Lulu was and noticed that now Bart was on the ledge too! He apparently decided to comfort Lulu by jumping off a ten foot cliff into the water and then swimming upstream to her ledge. He was soaked and looked terrified. Maybe not smart, but he is loyal to Lulu.

The firemen surveyed the situation and decided that they could either get a boat, or rappel down. The current was too strong for a boat, so one guy was volunteered to rappel. But, they didn't have enough equipment. So an even bigger fire truck and more pickup trucks came from Bexar county.

With 11 men there (and a photographer (not me)), they lowered the fireman down. He put Lulu in a life vest and wrapped her like a pig in a blanket. Up she went. She was so happy to be up, she licked all of their faces. Bart was not very fond of the life vest and wanted none of it. The fireman had to rig up the webbing to make him a custom harness. Up Bart went, swirling around. He was happy to be up with Lulu, but was not so sure about all of those men. Then up came Ruben the fireman. Whew!

What a day! I am so glad that they didn't end up in the rushing water, and, that our wonderful firemen were able to rescue them. They were fantastic and didn't blink an eye that our stranded family members had four legs and lots of fur!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Spring Cleaning

After a flurry of activity getting ready for the King William Fair, I needed to take some time to get the studio in order. I even re-configured my painting "nest" because that seems to be where I am spending a lot of time lately. It is now in a U shape with everything within reach. I made the flag in the new and improved space.

This week, I will be working on getting the glass studio spiffed up. The glass guild will be coming on Sunday for our annual meeting and we will be pulling some vitrograph. I need to make room for quite a few people to get around. It will be a fun afternoon!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Whew!


The past few weeks have been a whirlwind spent getting ready for the King William Fair. I made art, packaged paintings, created postcards and business cards, made displays and packed everything up. We had a great time and I saw many friends at the fair and sold some of my work. The feedback was good even from those who didn't buy anything. And, it was very nice to spend the day with my fellow gallery buddies.

This week, I am going to take the week off and just do some cleaning in the studio. I have a lot of new ideas that I want to work on, but I need to let the chaos subside a bit first. I know there are artists who do fairs for the season and are very successful, but it is a very hard way to make a living. 

Below is a picture of my side of the booth. Thank you to all who came out to support me!




Thursday, April 21, 2016

It's Fiesta!


I'm off to Fiesta with the rest of the Gallery at Gruene Lake Village team. We will have a jumbo tent set up at the King William Fair on Washington Street. Lots of new work from me and the rest of the fantastic artists at the gallery. Some of my new artwork is below.

The rain looks like it will be subsiding a bit, so it will be a great day to get your Fiesta on!



 

 

 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Studio Week

LMeyer-TinyWillow             LMeyer-TheEntranceOfWomen

I was able to spend the entire week in the studio this week. Other than the luxury of a cup of coffee and a walk through the garden in the morning, I worked in the studio until at least 9:00 each evening. An artist's life doesn't necessarily mean a life of leisure! It was, however, a joy to work in such a lovely environment. The windows were open, the birds were chirping, the hummingbirds buzzing and the scent of wildflowers in the field was amazing.

I am gearing up for the King William Fair during Fiesta next weekend. The entire gallery will be down there to show off our art. I took the opportunity to make some new mixed media paintings. These have a much warmer tone to compliment Fiesta. I am really having fun with these!

If you are in San Antonio for Fiesta, stop by the King William Fair for some cold beer and food on a stick. We will be on Washington Street - hopefully in the shade.

Studio Patio with one of my Supervisors

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Arrivals and Dirty Hands

Mexican Flame Vine
I have been seduced by the garden these days. It has been difficult to do anything inside - even paint.

It has been a few years since I have had time to have a garden. We took out the vegetable beds to re-grade and expand the vegetable garden a few years ago and it has lain fallow ever since. Each time I looked in that direction it made me sad. A garden is just one of those things that feeds my soul. And, there is nothing better than fresh summer tomatoes!

This year, Mr. Tabby built me some beautiful new tall beds and I have spent the last few weeks getting them ready for planting. I can't just have vegetables in my garden. I have to have blooms as well, so there will be a few flowers mixed in with the veggies and herbs. Today, at Rainbow Gardens, I found this stunning vine called a Mexican Flame Vine. It is supposed to have these daisy like flowers all summer long. It will share the new arbor with green beans.

Below are some photos of the garden with all of the new arrivals in place.




Thursday, March 24, 2016

Legacy

LisaMeyer-Legacy
"Legacy"
Last week I took a class from the amazing Susan Taylor Glasgow. It was a mixed media class altering books and combining them with glass elements. Books and glass, right up my alley!

The piece above is what I made. It is an altered book with cast glass, printed glass, paint, print type, copper, indigo dyed fabric and a real bird's nest. All things that I have been doing in the studio separately are now combined into one piece. (And photographed in the backyard bluebonnets, which is a current obsession.)

The piece is called "Legacy" and is dedicated to my mother. She is the one who instilled in me a love of nature, birds, animals and gardening as well as has always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I would not be the person or the artist I am without her influence.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Butterfly Trio in Glass

Butterfly Trio
My latest work went to the Gallery this week. I've been incorporating more of my mixed media style into my kiln formed glass work. I am pretty happy with how these guys turned out. And, they looked so nice nestled in the bluebonnets!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Spring Fever!

Garden Snapshots

Spring is in full swing here and I definitely have spring fever! Everything is coming alive and encouraging me to go outside to play. As a result, not much is happening in the studio these days. I am gearing up for a glass show later this month, so I have lots of components, but nothing is complete. 

The one thing that I did finish, has already found a home. Mr. Tabby got me a new compressor for Christmas and has gotten that up and running. I am now able to sandblast to my heart's content! This platter was inspired by memories of winter in upstate New York. Gray and snowy. It has a nice frosted finish that makes it look elegant - thanks to my upgraded sandblast set up.

LisaMeyer-SnowPlatter
Winter Snow Platter


Monday, February 22, 2016

Screen Printing Workshop


This weekend I taught a Simple Screen Printing for Mixed Media work shop at Lyn Belisle's Studio. This is a technique that I have used often in my glass work, but translates well to other media. My class was full of other artists who work with fiber, clay, metal, encaustic and mixed media. It was my first work shop at Lyn's studio, but I hope it won't be my last. The space is large and comfortable and the students were just fabulous. I had a really good time! Lyn posted some great pictures of the workshop on her blog that you can see here

The photos below show some of the process to make the glass piece above. I used a photo that I took while hiking in Tucson and manipulated it to make a screen. I used enamel to screen print onto the glass and then fired it in the kiln. This will end up being a portion of a final piece that I hope to show in the Gallery next month for a special glass show.

Original Photo from Tucson
Image turned into a screen printing screen
Image screened onto clear glass 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tucson Road Trip


Mountain Lion

This year, I finally made it to Tucson for the annual Gem week. Gail was teaching and I went along as Vanna. We made it a road trip and listened to books on tape to make the 12 hour drive a little more interesting. The drive was easy and the weather was good. The scenery was stunning.

I did some hiking in the desert as well as shopped at some of the 40+ gem shows. So much eye candy. Below are some of my photos of the trip. This week will be a busy one to get ready for the Valentine's show at the Gallery, but I am making it a priority to make at least a few things from what I picked up in Tucson.

West Texas

Agave

Cactus

Bird on Saguaro

Injured Peregrine Falcon

African Village Beads

Glass and Metal Clay Pendant Made in Class

Metal Clay Lentil Bead Made in Class