New work on Artwork Archive

Online tools are great to keep you organized. Thank you AA! See new work posted here: https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/lisa-sisley-blinn.

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New Studio at the The Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO!

Last Fall I was juried-in as a new studio artist at The Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO.  A double-studio on the river side of the building came available at the end of June. Updates to the sprinkler system were done in early July, and 6 days of electrical updates were completed last Friday.

IMG_01I started moving in 2 weeks ago: moving boxes by car, painting walls, cleaning the floor, assembling shelving units, laying out table placements on the floor with tape for the new electrical drop-boxes (thank you Foundry and city of St. Charles!!!). I am about 50% moved in. Next week I hope to make and install tables, move my large flat files, press, and the rest of the studio stuff.

The new space will start with:

  • 4, 36″x80″ work tables with dedicated hot plates, heat guns and support materials and tools for encaustic. (Tables can me moved as needed for bigger projects.)
  • Up to 4 chairs per table, as needed for participants and projects
  • a 24″x48″ press bed etching press for printing encaustic-plexi plate monoprints/monotypes as well as traditional etchings and collagraphs.
  • a printmaking work bench for inking plates and rolling up Akua water-based inks
  • a Paula Roland Hot Box for encaustic monoprints/monotypes
  • a large drying rack for class/workshop projects.
  • a double-high flat file for storage demo/work station
  • storage shelves for the studio, as well as class projects in progress
  • some bulk materials that can be ordered at discount (beeswax, damar crystals, papers, …) and available for purchase by class/workshop participants.

RiverI will start offering open-studio access in October, and a combination of class/workshops and open-studio time in November and December. I will be working on scheduling my classes, as well as WaxCentric (https://waxcentric.wordpress.com/) workshops and meetings next week. Tentatively, studio hours will be Tues-Sat., 10am-4pm (working around calendar holidays, and local events).

I am working on moving in through September, and will be in and out between 10am and 4 pm Tuesdays – Friday. Come see me in studio #7-8.
Lisa

Exhibit: Excerpt: #821 Selected for Invitational: Fantastical: Art of the Imagination

Excerpt: #821 was selected for the invitational Fantastical: Art of the Imagination. The exhibit will run from August 25-September 19, 2014, with a reception on Wednesday, September 3, 6-8pm. The exhibit is located in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building, on the beautiful grounds of St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376.

Excerpt: #821 Encaustic with Oil Stick on Cradled Board 36"x48"x2.5" 2014

Excerpt: #821
Encaustic with Oil Stick on Cradled Board
36 “x 48″ x 2.5”
2014

This painting is part of a larger series that explores the idea of excerpts or sections of a larger whole, slices of experience that carry meaning: planes of color-space, textural grunge layers, and energetic calligraphic marks convey feelings and clues to an ambiguous location.

Gallery Hours

8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Monday-Thursday

8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday

Missouri Encaustic Artists Highlighted in MAC Article

Barbara MacRobie, Public Information Coordinator for the Missouri Arts Council, wrote a beautiful article about encaustic arti1sts in Missouri for the July 2014 online newsletter: Bees, Sticky Trees, and Blowtorches: Encaustic Painting Enthralls Missouri Artists (pdf).

The 15 page article showcases many of my WaxCentric members, as well as introduces us to new artists across the state. The following WC members who were interviewed by phone for the article include:

Sheri Goldsmith
Keith Kavanaugh
Mary Beth Shaw
Lisa Sisley-Blinn
Laura Skroska
Stella Spalt
Julie Snidle
Linda Wein

The article touches on each artists connection to the medium, as well as statements about inspiration, intent and process. A well written, up-beat overview of encaustic in general, and artists wielding torches and hot paint!

Solo Exhibit at St. Charles County Arts Council June 1-30, 2013

Join me for a solo exhibit at the Lillian Yahn Gallery, St. Charles County Arts Council. Over 40 works of art. Easy to find in Winghaven, O’Fallon, MO. 7443 Village Center Drive, 636-561-0028.

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Sisley-Blinn/Mixed Works
Paintings, Drawings, Prints
Solo Show. June 1-30, 2013
St. Charles County Arts Council

I will be at the gallery from 1-8 pm on Saturday June 8 for the reception. There will be an encaustic painting demonstration at 3pm.

Artist Statement

I am drawn to the ideas of liminality, chaos and deeper order, and the subsequent  visual constructions of atmospheric environments overlaid with ordered structures.

In other words, in the process of decoding the bombardment of daily information, I try to focus on key concepts of visually fascinating instances.  To get to the essence, I strip away the social-cultural temporal interpretations, which leads me to a moment of defined introspection. A cusp between the representational and the knowable, and the less tangible properties of emotion and non-linear identification.

As an example, what may have started as the observation of a wintered field, becomes a recursive process of refining the visual planes, a study of the saturation and dispersion of coloration within the landscape space over time, and the reduction of extraneous noise, such as telephone wires and poles, cars and people, billboards and street signs. Eventually I come to a balance of the essential elements. The question of, “What is catching my attention about this scene?” is closer to being answered.

Often, a horizon line of trees that wind break one field from another may slide up or down the defining space of the painted rectangle. The decision of more sky or more field may result in the line of demarcation sliding off the edge entirely forcing a reevaluation of the newly created internal landscape dialog.  Maybe I didn’t actually need the trees, field or sky. Perhaps it is the references that are constructed by light and shadow, texture and pattern that are the subject reinforced by the cool or warmth of the day, energizing scents of the woods, sounds of the birds. The divining out of the essential  experience of the space pushes the composition across the cusp from realism to abstraction, from the knowable to the “less sure.”

This chaotic imagery of fluid color and implied movement can be disorienting. So superimposed systematic shapes,  grids and restraining lines, repeated patterns and textures are used to create stability: structure over chaos grounding the visual experience. Like looking through a rectangular window frame at the blowing garden leaves and petals on a blustery day. These spots and flows of moving colors, patterns of light and texture, reveal the path of the wind, and perhaps our thoughts.

Mixed Works: A Survey of Work in Various Mediums strives to cover several years of art creation that steps back and forth across the cusp of tangible and intangible interpretation. From minimal landscapes, abstracted bouquets, to distilled internal discussions dependant on color, texture, and pattern which create meanings and relationships. Over all, it is my hope that each piece offers a meditative space, a visual moment of contemplation.