Portugal & Spain Sketchbook Spreads

11/12/15

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“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
― Anita Desai

Hello friends!

As many of you know, I traveled with my wife Clay to Portugal and Spain during the month of October. We had an amazing trip. You can see many of the photos I took in the six cities we visited on Instagram. Since we traveled between six different cities (and had two stops on our way to Portugal), I spent a lot of time on buses, trains & airplanes and at cafes drawing in my sketchbook. I think there is no happier place for me than being on a train in a foreign country with my headphones in (playing my favorite music, of course) and drawing! Nothing fills me with such bliss. Some of the trains were a bit bumpy, but somehow I managed to pull off some detailed spreads! Here are some of my favorites from my adventure. You can see more of my sketchbook spreads here.

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{I made this spread at a cafe; it was inspired by all of the beautiful ceramic tiles in Lisbon!}

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{Portugal was one of the most colorful and pattern-rich places I have ever been.}

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{A sketch of the view from the Duoro River in Porto, Portugal}

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{A rendering of the beautiful hillsides of Granada, Spain}

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{The beautiful windows of Madrid!}

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{And, finally, things I saw in the visually-rich city of Barcelona!}

Now that I am back home, I am settling into my routine again, to working, painting, keeping my life organized. I am also planning the content for my upcoming online course for artists, which I am very excited about!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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I’m Off to Portugal and Spain!

10/09/15

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I just wanted to say ¡Adiós! I am leaving for a three week trip to Portugal and Spain! I will return back to regular programming on November 2, 2015. I will be documenting my trip in drawings and photographs over on Instagram and you can follow me there. When I return I’ll post highlights from my trip here.

I am incredibly excited for our adventure. We will visit Lisbon, Porto, Sevilla, Granada, Madrid and Barcelona.

Have a wonderful month and I’ll see you over on Instagram while I’m away from the blog!

XO,
Lisa
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Illustration for Joie De Vivre Hotels

10/08/15

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As an illustrator, sometimes I get to make art for really cool clients. Recently I did an illustration for the amazing Joie De Vivre Hotels! Let’s call them JDV for short. I love travel and rendering city icons, so this job was a treat for me.

My illustration was focused on four of the most popular JDV locations: California (they have hotels in both SF and LA), Chicago, Miami and Honolulu. The very first JDV hotel was the iconic, super funky Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, which opened waaaaay back in 1987 (where I actually spent some time sitting by the pool in my 20’s!). I also stayed in a JDV hotel on the final night of the AIDS Lifecycle (which I rode in 2012) and in another JDV hotel on my wedding night! I’m obviously a fan. Today JDV comprises the largest collection of boutique hotels in California, and they also have  locations in Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami, Honolulu and Scottsdale, Arizona.

I loved working with Joie De Vivre on this illustration. They are not only a company with a very cool brand of hotels, they are also company who has their own super cool blog (with fantastic imagery) called Joyride (I also love the name!). You can also follow them on social media for all of their latest info:  Twitter (@JDVhotels) // Instagram  (@JDVhotels) // Facebook

Speaking of a joyride, I am off on Monday to Portugal and Spain for a few weeks. Tomorrow will be one of my last blog posts for awhile! But you can follow along on my adventures on Instagram!

Hope you are having a great Thursday!

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New Work for Airbnb

02/03/15

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Every now and again I get to work for a serious dream client — a company who has a really great mission & vision, a clean aesthetic & beautiful brand, and is filled with nice people. Recently I got to work for one such company, Airbnb, the community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. I used Airbnb when I traveled to Scandinavia back in 2012 and had a really fantastic experience. I plan to use them again when I travel to Spain and Portugal later this year.

Yesterday Airbnb posted an interview with me on their blog about the work I did for them & my own thoughts on travel in their Makers profile series. They also shared some of the work I did for them, which you can also see below. Pop over here to take a look!

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Have a great Tuesday, friends!

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New York Recap No. 3 :: Art!

06/03/14

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{Abstract painting by Amy Sillman (whose work I love in general, which was one of my favorite pieces in the 2014 Whitney Biennial}

One of my absolute favorite activities in the universe is looking at art in NY. Clay and I had a busy week with many commitments when we were there, so we didn’t get to see as much art as we’d normally like to, but what we saw was stellar. We were able to catch the Whitney Biennial, which was jam packed (with people and with art), each floor curated by a different person. I enjoyed the fourth floor the most, which was curated by Michelle Grabner. She featured many female artists, and the most paintings & textiles (which of course I love).

Another highlight was the Lynda Barry show at Adam Baumgold Gallery. The show was chock full of original cartoons and really old stuff by Barry. For Barry fans, this is a must! They are also for sale and the folks at the gallery are wonderfully kind and helpful. I didn’t buy anything but, boy, did I want to!

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{One of Barry’s original cartoons on display at Adam Baumgold}

We also went one day to the Brooklyn Museum, where we saw both the Ai Weiwei exhibit (Ai Weiwei: According to What?) and the Swoon installation. Both were phenomenal.

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The scale of Ai Weiwei’s work is something you must witness in person. Here I am observing “Ye Haiyan’s Belongings”. You can read more about the show here.

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{Ai Weiwei Installation made from rebar recovered from the earthquake in China a few years ago.}

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{Above: if you are a Swoon fan, you will love the gigantic installation she made in the museum’s rotunda.}

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{Clay and me outside the Dia: Beacon}

Last but not least we went to the Dia: Beacon with our friends Anna and Evan who have a home nearby. I’d heard about this place, but it is also something to behold in person. A former Nabisco box factory, it’s been transformed into a place for large scale modern art. I cannot wait to go back.

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{Agnes Martin at the Dia}

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{Clay inside a Richard Serra installation at the Dia.}

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{Sol Lewitt wall drawings were fantastic!}

Have a happy Tuesday, friends. I’ll be back tomorrow with a preview of work I made for my upcoming book signing and show at Poketo in Los Angeles.

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