Author Archives: Lisa

Get Inspired!

It’s Spring! Colors and images of renewal are every where, just waiting to galvanize a new writing idea, creative venture, or music project. I’m kicking off my Spring with a glass of wine at my sale on Friday- come join me and…
stay inspired!


New!

I’ve updated my website to reflect some of my more recent works. You may have seen bits and pieces of progress over the last few months, but here are some ‘finished’ (it’s hard for an artist to know if something is ever ‘finished’) products for your review and/or purchase!

Click on the “New” Gallery and enjoy!  www.lisashirk.com/

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The flowers have come.

“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.”
Hal Borland

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Sometimes ideas go splat?

Or do they?!

I think I can say this phase (the project I am talking about can be followed in my last 2 posts) is not on track. I had all these ideas and the symbolism was pouring out, but visually, I am not sure it quite works. Now does that mean I am throwing the whole project out? No. I am actually not even sure I am tossing this phase of the project, but I wasn’t anticipating how much all this black would jump out. I suppose the two should have opposite color palettes? In my mind, the “Spirituals” were going to be painted in white and the dictators in black, but once the white is laid over the black, the black is still the main subject, not the white… hmm… since this is a project of dichotomies and how we are intertwined within each other: the prevalent darkness in even the most saintly people and the innate humanity in those we vilify, perhaps the confusing colors serve a purpose to stop and think about this great big family. We are probably all quick to see Mother Teresa in our family tree, but who really wants to claim Hitler? Do Mother Teresa and Hitler both live in you?

When I started writing this post, I was thinking this piece would be painted over before sundown, but now I am almost convinced to keep it! Oh- artists!

What do you think?

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The space is thinning… triptych part I.

You saw Stalin last week in process. I have now added a few others to phase one of my triptych exploring that thin thread that differentiates each of us. Phases two and three will consist of Thinkers and Spirituals. Mulling over this space between us is encouraging some interesting interpretations of our collective family and how we are all connected. So there will likely be a lot more coming from me on this. For now, here is a view of part one. Since this photo, a thin white thread has been stitched across the canvas in a beating pattern from a heart monitor. It’s white on white, so you almost can’t see it…

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Space.

humanity |(h)yoōˈmanitē|
noun ( pl. -ties)
1 the human race; human beings collectively.
• the fact or condition of being human; human nature.

Do you ever wonder how humans can have so many intrinsic similarities, yet manifest ourselves in vastly diverse ways? I am examining this space and the connective threads that deem us ‘the human race’ through my next works. Here is a quick snap of the preliminary stages of one such work. Be on the look out for more updates and write me your thoughts on this topic if you’re inspired!

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The Nostalgic West

SmokingcowboyprogressSometimes being in DC (or anywhere on the East Coast, really), makes me miss my Western roots. Growing up in the Northwest and then spending many quality years in the beautiful Colorado Rockies makes me want to get in touch with my inner cowboy a little more these days. Forget that I am deathly allergic to horses (at least last time I checked about a decade ago), sometimes it’s just about being able to stand some place and see as far as your imagination allows you before the horizon wanes off the edge. So you might get more of the nostalgic West out of me in the near future!

Smoke-break Cowboy, in progress: approx. 15″x27″, pencil and charcoal on paper