X
 
RainDrop Collector

RainDrop Collector

Oil on canvas, acrylic, sealed yarn & burlap, silver leaf, collage, metal buttons
32" H x 28" W x 1.25" D   

X
 
StoryTime

StoryTime

Oil with acrylic on canvas, gold leaf, copper leaf, collaged areas

In my original drawing, she was completely nude, except for a lovely headband. For me, often times the clothing helps tell a story. I 'decorated' her with a pale green slip-like dress, and costume jewelry…. Almost like playing dress-up except on canvas.
Her left arm originally was lying relaxed on her hip, but I wanted more, so I ‘lifted’ the arm, and placed an imaginary bird head ‘puppet’ on her hand. I like to imagine the she is using the bird to help her tell stories….. She is in her own made-up world surrounded by soft breeze blowing through palm leaves, with jeweled pebbles scattered on the ground underneath her lounging pillow.

This work is different than many of my others because I left out stitching and burlap, etc., and allowed my collaged paper instinct to kick in with the pebble groundwork and bird head, mostly made from collaged paper, giving it properties beyond what paint could do in my opinion.
36" H x 48" W x 1.25" D   

SOLD
X
 
Story

Story

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, collage

The girl here with her long, wavy, princess-like hair is a bit of an ‘echo’, styled after another LiShinault called “Bedtime Story”. In both works, the young ladies each wear bunny slippers, and feline headpieces…. a powerful tiger head. This one has a large amount of energy that is 'carried' all around by a breeze blowing through her hair. Her ‘audience’, two duck hand puppets and a ‘goatbird’ on her shoulder. The latter had previously been painted into a tile painting called “Margo’s Girl”. The patchwork dress is ‘echoed’ from the painting called “Lemon”. Each patch is a painted canvas sewn together.
46" H x 24" W x 1.25" D   

SOLD
X
 
Mended Heart

Mended Heart

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, gold leaf, collage
36" H x 28" W x 1.25" D   

SOLD
X
 
BedTime Story

BedTime Story

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, silver leaf

“BedTime Story” is all about memories of things I love about my childhood. The girl is wearing cat ears much like the pajama cat ears that belonged to my sister. I love fuzzy bunny slippers, so they had to be here. I simply enjoyed painting things I love in this piece, so of course there is a ‘lovely duck’, and of course I had to give it a halo….
60" H x 24" W

SOLD
X
 
Golden

Golden

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, gold & silver leaf, collage. From the "Difficult Women" ongoing series.
36" H x 36" W x 1.25" D    Weight 3 lb

X
 
Pond

Pond

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap. From the "Difficult Women" ongoing series.
36" H x 30" W x 1.25" D   

X
 
Sweet Dream

Sweet Dream

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, copper leaf

“Sweet Dream” was made at the same time as another of similar look and size called “Jewelry Box”. A ballet dancer stands on toes, front and center on a tiny stage which resembles a giant daisy. Her hands, costumed with duck heads, come to a classic ballet pose…though one snuggles a bit more under her chin. A large bronze spotlight shines on her.

Beauty and grace on stage.
“Sweet Dream”… she may be sweet, but she is also strong and powerful.

68" H x 36" W x 1.25" D   

SOLD
X
 
Treat

Treat

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn, & burlap, silver leaf, gold leaf.

“Treat”, another from the “Difficult Women” series, was intended to resemble an old fashioned doll more so than an actual person. The circus is her arena, as the showgirl and her little dog entertain the crowd with treats held possibly much too high on her extended pole ‘arms’. At least one treat is within grasp.

54" H x 30" W x 1.75" D   

X
 
Holy Water

Holy Water

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, collage, silver leaf
24" H x 16" W x 1.25" D   

SOLD
X
 
The Amazing One Shoe Trick

The Amazing One Shoe Trick

Oil with acrylic on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, copper, silver, & gold leaf .

This painting is an example of my "Difficult Women" series. It is made up of canvas pieces that were cut out from other paintIngs... just waiting to be used in something else. The 'ants' hanging by strings in this piece are renditions of 'cooties' from the old-style game "Cootie'. The other pieces were originally together in another painting entitled "Magic Women".....I decided she had to be reconfigured, so I enlarged her into this new form. She is a magician performing a trick of sorts for us, fooling the eye with her imagery. This is a monster of a piece. It has a zillion stitches and gold, silver, and copper leafing on top of sealed burlap.
62" H x 42" W

X
 
WallFlower

WallFlower

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, vinyl, collage, silver leaf. From the "Difficult Women" ongoing series.

A lovely figure gazing back at the viewer….It is still one my favorite subjects for painting. In this case, instead of the full-length vertical I had been making so many of before this, I decided to go with a seated figure. “WallFlower” was painted at the same time as “Hands In Lap” of similar size and subject matter. The armless torso intensified my choice to remain simplified…thus borrowing once again from the Venus de Milo statue.
I posed for this with a fluffy flower in my hair…trying to make it ‘not look like me’ because I only needed myself as a model for the placement of the eyes, etc. I decided the skirt area was too spacious, so like many other past works of that time, I filled the area with selected bits of collaged newsprint ....satisfying my appetite for a touch of abstract. Then, took a blade and cut a rectangle ‘window’ with the idea of filling it in with a paperdoll chain. Perfect…almost too feminine, but who cares?
Our shy little lady ended up with a somewhat regal expression I think. She gazes forever out at the crowd…
34" H x 22" W x 1.25" D   

SOLD
X
 
Rest

Rest

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, gold leaf, wood, drawer pulls. From the "Difficult Women" ongoing series.
58" H x 47" W x 1.75" D   

SOLD
X
 
The Night

The Night

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, silver leaf . From the "Difficult Women" ongoing series.
51" H x 72" W x 1.75" D   

SOLD
X
 
Beautiful Women

Beautiful Women

“Beautiful Women” is from a period of time just after I made the first several works from the “Difficult Women” series. This is also part of that series, which is a symbolic LiShinault theme about people who find other ways to get by and rise above after dealing with 'difficult' problems of life.
In her doll-like world, her red-gloved ‘arms’ rest sweetly secured at each side while she stands prim and petite looking demurely away.
This one, like many others, has a dress of collaged newsprint…..obsessively chosen bits of newsprint.
When nearing completion, I went for a walk outside my then studio in Cabbagetown of Atlanta, where I knew I could find a nice scrap of wood around the corner. I attached it above her head and gave her a title. “Beautiful Women”….it is in plural form because it represents so many.

-LiShinault
*A detail of "Beautiful Women" is available as a pendant. See further details at this website by looking at the LiShinault Jewelry gallery page.
69.5" H x 34" W x 2" D   

SOLD
X
 
Yesterday

Yesterday

Oil on canvas, yarn, sealed burlap, goldleaf, vinyl, diary confetti

I made this painting along with another of similar size entitled "Today" They each sold to different parties, so they are separate now. At the time I had worked a temporary job in visual merchandising for Atlanta's "Saks 5th Ave"....which included working with wigs in the manner of the hair on this figure. I decided to paint a woman with this kind of hairstyle in clothing sort of from a bygone era. The 'window' in the lower dress area contains among other things scraps from my diary, nothing legible. Her raised hand holds an old key supposedly to the lock of the diary being held by her purse conveniently shaped like a hand.
--LiShinault
74" H x 30" W

SOLD
X
 
Remain True

Remain True

34" W X 72"H Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, wooden 'header'. From the "Difficult Women" ongoing series.
72" H x 34" W

X
 
Hula

Hula

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap. From the "Difficult Women" ongoing series.
85" H x 39" W x 4" D   

SOLD
X
 
Apart

Apart

Oil on canvas, sealed yarn, burlap, wood, goldleaf

This painting is a cornerstone for LiShinault art. The main subject is a self portrait of an earlier period. This was a 'Lisa' from '89-'91. She looks back in the direction of her first 'serious relationship', which was full of good, yet also 'not so good' experiences, those which often accompany young naive 'love'. Ahead of her are symbols of a happier future. The goat represents the good forces, those of friends she encounters who help her get back onto a more positive path. She is also being led (on skates) into a path of stars and sunflowers, representing her future love.
"Apart" is pieced together in the traditional 'Difficult Women' style...re-attached arms....these are in place using red veil gloves.
In short, "Apart" tells the story of a broken hearted young lady, who finds her path toward happiness through the help of friends and future love...and she is still following that lovely path.
72" H x 54" W x 2" D   

SOLD
X
 
Difficult Women

Difficult Women

“Difficult Women” oil on canvas, yarn burlap, goldleaf ”Difficult” is the namesake piece from the **“Difficult Women” theme. It was made at the same time as three others of similar size that, when placed in order together spell out a “mantra” seen on the titles posted on boards on top of each work. When all together, they read “Difficult Women, Stay Apart, Women Apart, Stay Difficult”. All the women in the paintings with these particular titles hover in long dark dresses. They each have long red gloves replacing their arms. This one has the gloves attached to a sash around her waist, and her fingers hold a white string horizontally. Her hair is covered with a veil, somewhat a mourning veil. She looks thoughtfully at the viewer….. I like to think her expression shows mystery and wisdom.

This painting is most important to me because while making it, a river of thought and ideas were opened. Before this, I had never made any artworks that particularly belonged to a series. This just came over me, and I ‘went with it’. I go back to this theme, “The Difficult Women” still. Over the years as I’ve made more of this theme, I have come to realize in my psyche, hidden meanings and reasons behind what brought me to make these. I came to realize my mother inspired the series. She had a major loss in her life when I was young, and I grew up watching her deal with this in various ways….to rise above her problems in life. The ‘missing arms’ are a symbol of her loss, since she was a young widow. She herself is (was) not ‘difficult’….it is (was) her life that has (had) been made difficult because of her loss. I do not expect people to understand the meaning of this in my “Difficult Women” themed works from first sight. However, if they decide to read about ‘my’ meaning behind the theme, I hope they will feel empowered when they look at the series. It is about so much more than ‘missing arms’.

** ‘Difficult Women’ definition: A ‘LiShinault’ artwork in regard to graceful empowerment featuring those who create other ways to get by when they have lost something invaluable. Most art in the ‘D.W.’ theme have missing arms, which are ‘replaced’ by another means. -LiShinault
72" H x 22" W

SOLD
X
 
Women Apart

Women Apart

Oil on canvas, yarn, burlap, goldleaf, wood
One of four of the earliest ‘Difficult Women’ themed paintings. The four paintings began as one large canvas of paper doll style women. The arms sticking straight out bothered me from the start, so I decided they would each be individual paintings, but first I cut the arms off of each one.
A mantra was going through my head at the time: “Difficult women stay apart, women apart stay difficult.”
I decided to use the words for each of the four titles.
“Women Apart” was the third of the four works. Her eyes are barely visible, and she has long red gloves (which are throughout all four paintings) draped around her shoulders as if she is a mannequin….no feet, she is somewhat hanging from a string on display in her. The hands hold a pair of strung together wings….remnants of a sweet bluebird, or a fallen angel.

-LiShinault
72" H x 37" W x 2" D   

SOLD
X
 
Parade

Parade

Oil on canvas, acrylic, sealed yarn & burlap, collage, vinyl, glitter, gold leaf
36" H x 48" W x 1.25" D   

SOLD
X
 
Lovely Day

Lovely Day

Oil on canvas, acrylic, sealed yarn & burlap, silver leaf
54" H x 46" W x 1.25" D   

SOLD
X
 
8pm Dinner

8pm Dinner

oil on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, collage

SOLD
X
 
The Other Gold

The Other Gold

Oil on canvas, yarn, burlap, latex, gold & silver leaf

SOLD
X
 
The Chase

The Chase

Acrylic on canvas, sealed yarn & burlap, vinyl

Over the years I have used ideas and images from my past works to inspire new work. As I began a set of new paintings for an upcoming gallery show, I chose an early LiShinault work called “StarBite” featuring a minimal color palette as well as fairly simple design to ‘re-do’. Most everything about the new painting was planned to be the same, except for reversing the image. The newer painting is this one here... “(The) Chase.

Both paintings have the silhouette of a pack of running dogs chasing red balls with star designs. The figure of a goat-type creature in the forefront juts in from the side with one of the red star balls in its mouth. After all was painted and stitched together I turned each painting sideways and allowed a few drips of paint to ‘race’ each other horizontally across.

There are obvious differences in the two paintings, but the intention was not meant to replicate the past, but rather to ‘enjoy’ a bit of re-creating the past.

When I make a painting like this (which is a bit of a reach from the detailed figurative paintings), it is a way to ‘stretch and breathe’ and learn from the ways of the abstract and minimal artists that I so much love and admire, and in the end, I am ready to embark on more detailed figurative work.
--LiShinault
32" H x 64" W x 4" D   

X
 
Double Dog Moon

Double Dog Moon

Oil on canvas, acrylic, sealed yarn
36" H x 36" W

SOLD

Loading Gallery Images...