Happy Hour + Grand Central Terminal Art Tonight! Join us!



Lynn Whipple and I would love if you could join us tonight in NYC!

We are going to be at Naples 45 this evening from 5-7pm (Happy Hour)… at 7pm we will set you off on a Grand Central Drawing/Art Assignment… and then we’ll gather around all the goodness before we say goodnight (around 8pm).

Everyone is welcome! Please join us! We would love to meet you!

When: TONIGHT, 5ish-8pm
Where: Naples 45, 200 Park Ave (Grand Central Terminal)

(Presented by Spark.)


Postcards from NYC

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I’m in NY this week! In my rush to get out the door, I forgot any art supplies. A quick trip today to Blick fixed that, and I decided to make and send some postcards from NY to help defray my food costs. :D

See Etsy Listings HERE!

Original Art Postcard sent from New York City the week of February 2-8, 2015. 5″x7″

$15 each + $1 postage ($2 international)

PS… Please excuse bad photo quality; image taken with iPhone in hotel-room light.

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I hope you are well today!

Men’s Boots & Mermaids


In a few days I’m headed to New York! The above image is one of the pieces I’m planning to put in my portfolio, which I’m showing next Friday night at the SCBWI conference.

Before that, though, Lynn Whipple and I are holding a “Spark Get-Together” in NYC on Tuesday, February 3rd from 5-8… this is a gathering for anyone in the “Spark!” class (or anyone who is interested in being in the class!). Details forthcoming (but mark your calendars!)

Which brings me to men’s boots.

Lynn is a very cute dresser. Plus, it snowed in NYC yesterday. So I added 2 + 2 and thought it would be a good idea to wear shoes other than my neon yellow tennis shoes or my “dress” flats, which have holes in both soles.

So I went boot shopping!

I’m now the owner of some black men’s boots.*

They’re cute!

I wore them today to break them in, and felt quite stylish in my black boots, jeans, and t-shirt.

I went into a frame shop and got into a nice conversation with the store attendant and noted on my way home that I really did like “dressing up.”

I was feeling pretty good about myself until I got home and looked in the mirror: my shirt was on inside-out.

* I had to buy men’s boots because they didn’t have my size in the women’s and I would have had to order them and they wouldn’t get here in time; also, I’m as tall as —and weigh more than — most men, so I just went with it. :D

“Winter Watercolors” with Fred Lisaius; Registration Now Open!

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“Winter Watercolors”
Painting Through the Seasons with Fred Lisaius
Two-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons
February 16 – 28, 2015

 $85 ($65 for alumni of Fred’s Classes: Save $20!)


Painting should be fun. Relax and enjoy step-by-step instruction on how to begin, create and finish a watercolor painting! Pour yourself a cup of tea, put some Vivaldi on in the background and let’s get painting!

Celebrate Winter with Fred’s next class in his Painting Through the Seasons series! In this class, he will review some basic watercolor techniques, as well as give you some new, exciting ways to bring out the soft colors of winter in your watercolor paintings.

Whether you are an experienced painter or new to watercolor, Fred will inspire, inform, and challenge you to take your paintings to the next level.

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Lesson #1. Techniques Review
Lesson #2. Deer in Falling Snow
Lesson #3. Pomegranate Still life
Lesson #4. Winter Birch Trees
Lesson #5. A Hot Cup of Tea
Lesson #6. Return of the Birds




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Click here to SIGN UP TODAY!
$85.00 ($65 for “Fred Alumni”)

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Fred is a very popular and well-loved instructor! Testimonials from Fred’s classes:

“What a great, straightforward, informative class. The selection, narration, and recording were stellar. I hope that you will teach more classes, Fred. Thanks so much.” — Christine

“Seriously?!! We are really going to get more awesome lessons from Fred?!!! Fred, you rock! My fellow classmates, you all rock!!” — Jackie

“Fred Lisaius, you are a natural born teacher with a great personality. Makes it easy and fun to learn from you. Thank you so much for a tip top class!” — Karen

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fredheadFred Lisaius is a painter, sculptor, and a popular art teacher at Bellevue College, WA  (“Fred is perfect!”). Fred is represented by the Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle, and his work is in many private and corporate collections. Fred currently has  a show at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum.  From his statement:

The deeper I go into the forest the closer I feel to the truth. Off of the trail, there is a quiet calm where ideas can be contemplated and refined. In my paintings and my sculptures, I utilize the forum of nature to explore our relationship to the natural world and to each other.

Interview with Susan Wojtkowski

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Thank you to Susan Wojtkowski from the Irreversably Moi website for interviewing me recently. Head on over (it’s 35 minutes long, so get your sketchbook out for doodling!).

There are also two giveaways (one is a spot in the Year of the Spark class), so head on over and enter that, too!

Here’s the direct link to the interview:


Seattle Art Museum Visit

Yesterday I went to the Seattle Art Museum for an hour or so… something I don’t do often enough! I stopped in front of Gerrit van Honthorst’s “A Shepherdess Adorned with Flowers,” 1627:


… and drew a “Master Copy” in my own style:


It was fun to do!

I also saw my Imaginary Animals book in the Museum book store. I was so proud, I told the store attendant.

And then there was that awkward moment!



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