Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Just Imagine: Creative Storytelling in Journals & Sketchbooks






Once a month, I will explore developing personal content through journaling and sketching in handmade and custom-altered books. Topics will include not only mixed-media techniques, creating unique constructions, innovative bindery techniques, alternative formats, custom endpapers, surface and border treatments, hand lettering and repurposed accents but also employing sequential storytelling, automatism writing techniques, freeform explorations and hybrid formats to convey an engaging visual tale.

Discussions on nurturing the creative spirit, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven work will also be discussed. Participants are encouraged to post their own work and to have a dialog about it with the group. This is not a critique based class but a sharing of inspired words and images with like-minded people. 

For artists and writers that are looking to push their work to a new level, this monthly creative endeavor will be a valuable, ongoing source for inspiration! 

Join me as a Mystic level patron to take advantage of this monthly series!  
Only $5.00/month!

Sign up here: 
https://www.patreon.com/cyrstudio

This tier ($5.00/mo) ALSO includes:
Access to my Patreon-exclusive Feed


Weekly Inspirational Insights covering many topics

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes look at Works in Progress

Access to Downloadable Wallpapers


First to know about upcoming exhibitions, events, sale of paintings, books, videos, merchandise etc.

Once I reach my first goal , you will also receive my Monthly Podcast! Listen while you work!

Get to vote on topics for my weekly Inspirational Insights and Upcoming Podcast!

10% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Special Acknowledgment...Your name on 
a special landing page on my cyrstudio.com website!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Figure of the Imagination: PAINTING IN MIXED MEDIA SERIES!


This highly informative online series entitled Figure of the Imagination explores experimental approaches to painting the figure in thematic fantastical settings, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques. Topics include drawing and painting the fantastical figure as well as painting magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques.

Throughout the series, I am focusing on the creation of message-driven art through the use of mythology, symbolism, metaphor and allegory as well as anagrams, visual puzzles and hidden messages. Other topics include the use of costuming, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography and architectural detail in works of the mythical realm.The use of storyboarding for narrative works in series whether for a gallery wall, book layout, video presentation or online experience will also be explored as time goes on. 

With visually inspiring imagery, insightful readings, thought-provoking videos and step-by-step demonstrations, artists will discover a plethora of exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques to employ in their own fantastical works. This series is for artists who are interested in using mixed-media techniques to add that magical, transforming element to their work!


Join me as a Mystic level patron to take advantage of this monthly series!  Only $25.00/mo

Sign up here: 
https://www.patreon.com/cyrstudio


This tier ($25.00/mo) ALSO includes:


One Time: Signed copy of my Creative Writing Journal “Paint Picture with Words” featuring The Creative Spirit Within(available after second month of patronage)

Exploratory Process & Technique postings...Learn how to create intriguing effects!


JUST IMAGINE: Creative Storytelling in Journals & Sketchbooks Series!


Signed Exclusive Postcard sent to you!

Access to my Patreon-exclusive Feed

Weekly Inspirational Insights covering many topics

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes look at Works in Progress

Access to Downloadable Wallpapers


First to know about upcoming exhibitions, events, sale of paintings, books, videos, merchandise etc.

Once I reach my first goal , you will also receive my Monthly Podcast! Listen while you work!

Get to vote on topics for my weekly Inspirational Insights and Upcoming Podcast!

20% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Special Acknowledgment...Your name on a special landing page on my cyrstudio.com website!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

DEMONSTRATIONS & RESOURCES!

Create a Customized Paint Roller
https://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2013/01/create-customized-paint-roller.html



Dimensional Substrates and Treated Surfaces
https://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2013/01/dimensional-substrates-and-treated.html


Mixed Media Painting Demonstration Video Series using both 2D and 3D Techniques:

https://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2011/10/mixed-media-demo-voyage-to-michaelania.html


Journey of Experimentation:
http://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2015/02/journey-of-experimentation.html

When working outside the norm, it is important to begin with the right mindset and attitude. Check out my "Work as Play" excerpt from Experimental Painting in the above link and video below!

The Art of Storytelling
https://lisalcyr.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-art-of-storytelling.html




BOOKS:
Experimental Painting investigates exploratory methodologies, techniques and approaches in mixed-media art. Throughout the highly visual book, many exciting in-depth demonstrations are featured, documenting cutting-edge mixed -media painting processes from concept to final execution. To offer an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques are covered in a range of subject matter. Conceptual and thematic approaches include using symbolism, metaphor and allegory, incorporating pluralism and non-linear storytelling, utilizing automatism and freeform painting and employing costuming, props and theatrical settings. Developing works both in multiples and in a series is also included. In addition, special sections on creative exploration detail the playful act of experimentation, utilizing alternative tools, materials and techniques. By delving into the myriad applications of mixed-media painting, the creative process is reignited, opening up a gateway for artistic works to grow and flourish.

To assist artists in venturing out on their own creative path with a unique voice and vision, topics on nurturing the creative spirit within, developing personal content through journalism, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art provide insight into the development of an artistic personality. The book closes with a chapter on creative self-promotion, revealing the latest marketing and presentation strategies for the working artist. 



Art Revolution is at the forefront in exploring alternative, innovative ways of conceptualizing and creating art that is on the cutting-edge. Throughout the highly visual book, insightful and thought-provoking profiles of leading artists and illustrators accompany stellar, multi-media work. The book also provides insight into the historical influences behind contemporary thinking and approaches, investigating the origins of alternative, unconventional picture making throughout the decades. In addition, exciting splash spreads featuring demonstrations and behind-the-scene looks at groundbreaking artists at work help shed light on signature processes and techniques. There is a rich amalgam of media available to creatives today, offering a wide range of possibilities for exploration and experimentation. Art Revolution reveals how alternative, mixed media aesthetics is uniting the disciplines of two-dimensional, three-dimensional, digital and new media art in inventive combinations. For those wanting to venture outside the norm, the book includes a directory of the manufacturers and suppliers used by the featured artists so that sources for materials, access to health and safety procedures and additional information on unconventional techniques and approaches are easily accessible. For artists that are looking for an edge, wanting to push their work further, this book is a valuable asset and ongoing source for inspiration.


This highly visual presentation takes the viewer on a fantastical artistic adventure! Utilizing innovative two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques, the webinar covers how to paint the fantastical figure in an imaginative environment. Topics include character development using props, costumes and models, employing theatrical color schemes, painting skin tones of fantastical beings in dramatic settings, drawing techniques, rendering patterned cloth, using hair to create form and movement and adding bas-relief details and assemblage embellishments. 

Bonus videos and other downloadable materials included! Exciting in-depth demonstrations shown in live action by the artist. Techniques such as building a signature surface with collage, texturing the painting ground in imaginative ways and working in bas-relief to create multidimensional accents provide an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Other bonus materials include downloadable articles, interviews, step-by-step demonstrations and more! Watch a preview below!



Figure of the Imagination: An Artist's Journey is an ongoing, labor of love project where I am pursuing my passion for all things fantastical, taking you along on the artistic adventure with me. From the preliminary concepts, sketches and the production of unique costuming, masks, headdresses and embellishments through to the final execution, you will witness my journey. This unique, behind-the-scenes access is only available through your generous support of my work on Patreon


In the World of Dreams & Nightmares
Check out my hybrid approach to storytelling using video, painted imagery and spoken prose. Here is a synopsis of the story:
"It's a time of immense change. What was once familiar is no longer. To make sense of the world collapsing around her, a young artist and writer escapes into the magical realm of her journals: a sacred place where dreams and nightmares come to call."

"A free-spirited mix of the conscious and subconscious, the journey of self-discovery exposes the inner workings of the mind, where imagination and everyday life experience are recast into an entirely new role."





Living the Creative Life
Check out my two-part video interview with the fabulous Madeline Faiella of Maddy's Girlz!!! I discuss my work and life as an artist, sharing insights and experiences.

Check out the Videos:
http://www.madelinefaiella.com/video-interviews.html

Article:
http://www.madelinefaiella.com/blog/interview-with-the-outstanding-lisa-cyr



All text, video and images are copyright 2017  Lisa L. Cyr of Cyr Studio LLC all rights reserved.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Living a Creative Life Video Interview!




Check out my recent two-part video interview with the fabulous Madeline Faiella of Maddy's Girlz!!! I discuss my work and life as an artist, sharing insights and experiences.

Check out the Videos:
http://www.madelinefaiella.com/video-interviews.html

Article:
http://www.madelinefaiella.com/blog/interview-with-the-outstanding-lisa-cyr

UPDATES:
I have been very busy pollinating my Figure of the Imagination Patreon site . Patrons are enjoying the Weekly Insights postings on my concepts and the symbolic meanings behind them in my work, making comments and sharing their own insights! In the coming weeks, I am going to mix things up a bit, alternating between concept postings with my Weekly Insights to topics such as Explorations in Color, Studio Tips, Mythology, Storytelling and so much more. Every week, there will be a Weekly Insight about something a bit different. The Weekly Insights are available at the $1.00/month level. When I reach my first goal, I will do a Podcast which will be available to all patrons! I am also gathering resources and recommendations from the group and some great sources are brewing! 

The Figure of the Imagination private blog has been started, with the first post on making custom collagraph prints! 

Patreon will be the only place I will post demos and how-to content from now on. I also am no longer offering classes online. 
Pledges start at as little as $1 per month and include: 


$1 TIER MESSENGER
Access to my Patreon-exclusive Feed


Receive Inspirational Insights: a weekly inspir
journals, signed postcards and signature wallpapers for your computer are available at different levels. There are lots of great content and rewards, including private portfolio reviews, limited edition prints and so much more! Check it all out at: https://www.patreon.com/cyrstudio

Inspirational & motivational message from me to guide you along your Creative Journey!

Special Acknowledgment...Your name on upcoming books, videos, exhibitions and other projects! I am so honored to have your support, I will also add your name to a special Patron Landing Page on my website!

First to know about upcoming exhibitions, events, sale of paintings, books, videos, merchandise etc.

Once I reach my first goal of $200/mo, You will also receive my monthly podcast! Listen while you work!



$3 TIER WARRIOR
Get to vote on topics for my weekly Inspirational Insights and Upcoming Podcast! 

Access to Downloadable Wallpapers

Plus all previous rewards


$5 TIER MYSTIC
10% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Works in Progress
Plus all previous rewards


$10 TIER LYRICIST
20% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Signed Exclusive Postcard sent to you!

Plus all previous rewards


$25 TIER MAGICIAN
One Time: Signed copy of my Creative Writing Journal “Paint Picture with Words” featuring The Creative Spirit Within(available after second month of patronage)

Exploratory Process & Technique postings...Learn how to create intriguing effects! Private access to the Figure of the Imagination Blog!

Plus all previous rewards


$50 TIER DREAMER
One Time Patreon Exclusive: A hand-marked, signed copy of one of my mixed-media books! (Experimental Painting or Art Revolution). Available after the second month of patronage.

Plus all previous rewards


$75 TIER VISIONARY

One Time Patreon Exclusive: A hand-marked, signed limited-edition print of The Visionary (shown above) or an image of your choice that is still available. (sent after the second month of patronage) 17" x 13" sized print in Edition of 200.

Plus all previous rewards


$100 TIER LUMINERE
Individual Portfolio Review of your Art on Skype (Three pieces of art total per year). Each one hour review will be spread out to one piece of art every four months, with the first review to begin after the second month of patronage. This is renewable every year.

Plus all previous rewards


$150 TIER COLLECTOR
Original Sketch Artwork by the Artist (sent after 3 months of patronage.)

Private notification of all Artwork for Sale 

20% Discount on the Sale of Artwork and Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons! 

Plus all previous rewards except the Personal Skype Review from the Luminere tier.


Figure of the Imagination is an ongoing, labor of love project and this campaign is the foundation for that creative effort. Your support will allow me to further my passion for all things fantastical, taking you along on the artistic adventure with me. From the preliminary concepts, sketches and the production of unique costuming, masks, headdresses and embellishments through to the final execution, you will witness my journey. This unique, behind-the-scenes access is only available through your generous support of my work on Patreon

As the body of work grows, I plan on releasing signature, limited-edition books as well as videos with hybrid, multimedia approaches to storytelling throughout. In addition, illustrated sketchbooks of the work in series, note card sets, creative writing journals and inspirational calendars will also be created. I hope to someday have a major traveling exhibition of the work as a whole!

As an ongoing patron, you will not only receive special rewards but also VIP access to private openings, special discounts to newly released products and so much more! When certain goals are reached, I will have monthly audio postings on creativity, group chats online, process and inspirational insight postings, technical tips and behind-the-scenes videos, just to name a few. 


I am very excited to go on this fantastical journey. Let’s do it together! Sign up HERE!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Figure of the Imagination: An Artist's Journey

Figure of the Imagination is an ongoing, labor of love project and this campaign is the foundation for that creative effort. Your support will allow me to further my passion for all things fantastical, taking you along on the artistic adventure with me. From the preliminary concepts, sketches and the production of unique costuming, masks, headdresses and embellishments through to the final execution, you will witness my journey. This unique, behind-the-scenes access is only available through your generous support of my work on Patreon



Pledges start at as little as $1 per month and include:

$1 TIER MESSENGER
Access to my Patreon-exclusive Feed


Receive Inspirational Insights: a weekly inspirational & motivational message from me to guide you along your Creative Journey!

Special Acknowledgment...Your name on upcoming books, videos, exhibitions and other projects! I am so honored to have your support, I will also add your name to a special landing page on my cyrstudio.com website!

First to know about upcoming exhibitions, events, sale of paintings, books, videos, merchandise etc.

Once I reach my first goal of $200/mo, You will also receive my monthly podcast! Listen while you work!

$3 TIER WARRIOR
Get to vote on topics for my weekly Inspirational Insights and Upcoming Podcast! 

Access to Downloadable Wallpapers

Plus all previous rewards


$5 TIER MYSTIC



JUST IMAGINE: Creative Storytelling in Journals & Sketchbooks Series!


10% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Works in Progress
Plus all previous rewards


$10 TIER LYRICIST
20% Discount off Select Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons!

Signed Exclusive Postcard sent to you!

Plus all previous rewards


$25 TIER MAGICIAN
One Time: Signed copy of my Creative Writing Journal “Paint Picture with Words” featuring The Creative Spirit Within(available after second month of patronage)

Exploratory Process & Technique postings...Learn how to create intriguing effects!

Plus all previous rewards


$50 TIER DREAMER
One Time Patreon Exclusive: A hand-marked, signed copy of one of my mixed-media books! (Experimental Painting or Art Revolution). Available after the second month of patronage.

Plus all previous rewards


$75 TIER VISIONARY

One Time Patreon Exclusive: A hand-marked, signed limited-edition print of The Visionary (shown above) or an image of your choice that is still available. (sent after the second month of patronage) 17" x 13" sized print in Edition of 200.

Plus all previous rewards


$100 TIER LUMINERE
Individual Portfolio Review of your Art on Skype (Three pieces of art total per year). Each one hour review will be spread out to one piece of art every four months, with the first review to begin after the second month of patronage. This is renewable every year.

Plus all previous rewards


$150 TIER COLLECTOR
Original Sketch Artwork by the Artist (sent after 3 months of patronage.)

Private notification of all Artwork for Sale 

20% Discount on the Sale of Artwork and Specialty Merchandise direct from the artist! I will have unique, signature items available for my Patrons! 

Plus all previous rewards except the Personal Skype Review from the Luminere tier.


As the body of work grows, I plan on releasing signature, limited-edition books as well as videos with hybrid, multimedia approaches to storytelling throughout. In addition, illustrated sketchbooks of the work in series, note card sets, creative writing journals and inspirational calendars will also be created. I hope to someday have a major traveling exhibition of the work as a whole!

As an ongoing patron, you will not only receive special rewards but also VIP access to private openings, special discounts to newly released products and so much more! When certain goals are reached, I will have monthly audio postings on creativity, group chats online, process and inspirational insight postings, technical tips and behind-the-scenes videos, just to name a few.


I am very excited to go on this fantastical journey. Let’s do it together! Sign up HERE!


"By amassing myself into the midst of other worldly places, I create a gateway, transcending me back to a time when the creative spirit reigned in a vast and limitless field of dreams. In my world of the fantastic, supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities coalesce in magical, epic dreamscapes, heavenly realms and timeless places. Adventurous quests to worlds beyond awaken my subconscious, leaving me spellbound and wanting more."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NEW WORKSHOP: Figure of the Imagination: Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works!

with Lisa L. Cyr

8, 12 and 16 week formats available (3 hour sessions)

This highly-visual, hands-on workshop will explore drawing and painting the figure in imaginative, magical landscapes and environments using mixed-media techniques. From fantastical dreamscapes and realms to supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities, works created in this workshop will transform the ordinary to the extraordinary. 

Topics will include the use of costuming, props, decorative motifs and ornamentation, cultural iconography architectural detail as well as drawing and painting the fantastical figure, altering and restructure facial features and body proportions to create believable fantastical characters. Exploration into mythology, legends, fairy tales and folklore will also be discussed. Throughout the workshop, many exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional approaches will be shown, including employing alternative working grounds, using custom tools, toning the painting surface in imaginative ways, creating a tactile ground, building the visual architecture and utilizing innovative mixed-media techniques to create intriguing effects.

This class is for intermediate and advanced figurative artists who are interested in adding that magical, transforming element to their work! Sign-up to my mailing list for locations, dates and times!





"Within the artist’s personal narration, poetic visual tales of quests to worlds unknown evoke transcendental experiences for those who are willing to enter into the pictorial drama. 

Through the multilayered narrative, we journey to a world beyond, where the awakened subconscious leaves the viewer spellbound and wanting more." 






Biography:
Lisa L. Cyr is an accomplished multidisciplinary artist and author with a content-driven approach. Her highly imaginative, fantasy-inspired works use layers of metaphor and allegory to stimulate curiosity, provoke thought and encourage further inspection. A poetic, rhythmic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, Cyr's visually tactile, mixed-media work is composed to collectively create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement. The artist's expansive visual vernacular and innovative use of alternative materials and approaches transcends mere technique, creating a dynamic pictorial idiom that is not only multidimensional but also multi-sensual.

A graduate from The Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA), Cyr's artistic oeuvre has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, universities and at industry organizations, including traveling shows with the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, books and online, including features in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and Incite: the Best of Mixed Media and just to name a few. In addition, Cyr's art is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Illustration as well as in private collections.

The artist writes for many of the creative industry's leading art publications and has authored seven books on art and design, including the cutting-edge, mixed media best sellers entitled Experimental Painting and Art Revolution (North Light Books). In addition, Cyr speaks actively about successful promotional strategies, marketing opportunities and entrepreneurial endeavors for the creative industry and gives workshops on creating imaginative figurative art using innovative, mixed media techniques at professional organizations, universities and trade conferences. Her insightful, thought-provoking and highly visual lectures and workshops inform, inspire and motivate. She also teaches in several of the top MFA graduate programs across the country. An artist member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City, Cyr works in partnership with her husband Christopher Short, painter, 3D illustrator and animator.

 



SPEAKING & TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

American Institute of Graphic Arts
The Society of Illustrators, NYC
The Art Students League of NY
The National Illustration Conference
The Norman Rockwell Museum
Columbus Society of Communicating Arts
The Hartford Art School MFA Program
University of the Arts
The Artist Network University
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online
NH Creative Club
Pratt Institute
Parsons School of Design
Savannah College of Art and Design
Kendall College of Art and Design
Southern Utah University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Syracuse University
Sage College of Albany
Marywood University MFA Program
Kutztown University
New Jersey City University
The University of New Hampshire
The University of Kansas
Keene State College
Notre Dame College
NH Institute of Art
Rochester Institute of Technology
Delgado Community College
Sharon Arts Center
Northampton Community College
NYC Final Cut Pro
Rivier College
Notre Dame College
Hesser College

East Stroudsburg University 
Ohio Tourism Bureau 
Mohawk Valley Community College 
Shanghai Normal School Cultural Exchange

CONFERENCES:
WOMEN IN ILLUSTRATION
Speaker discussing contemporary issues that face women in illustration.
The Norman Rockwell Museum

CONVERSATIONS: Rochester Institute of Technology
Speaker on a panel entitled “Inventing New Careers”, 2002

NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Speaker discussing marketing and promotional strategies for illustrators.
Society of Illustrators, 2000

CONTEMPORARY ILLUSTRATION: 1930 TO PRESENT
Speaker and moderator on a panel discussing illustration over the decades.
Society of Illustrators, 2001

NATIONAL ILLUSTRATION CONFERENCE , 1999, 2001, 2003
Speaker on a panel entitled Teaching the Industry,1999
Acted as the official writer for the conference, generating several feature articles and reviews. (2001 and 2003)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Check out my Dreams & Nightmares Video!

My latest illustrated video entitled In the World of Dreams & Nightmares is now live! 

"It's a time of immense change. What was once familiar is no longer. To make sense of the world collapsing around her, a young artist and writer escapes into the magical realm of her journals: a sacred place where dreams and nightmares come to call."

A free-spirited mix of the conscious and subconscious, the journey of self-discovery exposes the workings of the mind, where imagination and everyday life experience are recast into an entirely new role. 



By amassing myself into the midst of other worldly places, I create a portal, transcending me back to a time when the creative spirit reigned in a vast and limitless field of dreams. In my world of the fantastic, supernatural beings, winged guardians and underworld deities coalesce in magical, epic dreamscapes, heavenly realms and timeless places. Adventurous quests to worlds beyond awaken my subconscious, leaving me spellbound and wanting more.


The illustrated video is part of an ongoing, labor of love project that I will be launching on Patreon by the end of the month. Your support will allow me to further my passion for all things fantastical, taking you along on the artistic adventure with me. From the preliminary concepts, sketches and the production of unique costuming, masks, headdresses and embellishments through to the final execution, you will witness my journey. This unique, behind-the-scenes access is only available through your generous support of my work on Patreon.

As the body of work grows, I plan on releasing signature, limited-edition books as well as videos with hybrid, multimedia approaches to storytelling throughout. In addition, illustrated sketchbooks of the work in series, note card sets, creative writing journals and inspirational calendars will also be created. I hope to someday have a major traveling exhibition of the work as a whole!

As an ongoing patron, you will not only receive special rewards but also VIP access to private openings, special discounts to newly released products and so much more! When certain goals are reached, I will have monthly group chats online, portfolio reviews, process and inspirational insight postings, technical tips and behind-the-scenes videos just to name a few.

I am very excited to go on this fantastical journey. Let’s do it together! Stay tuned for more details to come!


Join my mailing list!