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!


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Mixed Media Masterclass Online Workshop!

Starts January 9! I am really looking forward to working with many familiar artists who have become friends and some new ones!

Offered only one time a year..is the MIXED MEDIA MASTERCLASS. This online workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists that are looking to refine their skills to produce professional works for the fine or commercial art marketplace.

Start Date: January 9 to March 3, 2016

Course Length: 8 weeks - $400.00


Enrollment is Limited to 12! Early enrollment is advisable. Offered only one time a year.


If you have previously taken the class, you can audit the workshop, working on a new body of work! (Audit $350.00)

Artists will work on their own self-generated projects at a pace they feel comfortable with. In addition to weekly assistance with portfolio enhancement and development, the class will cover a variety of topics from professional business practices, promotional strategies, merchandising, social media and public relations to studio practices, experimental and traditional painting techniques and an exciting multitude of artistic inspirational resources. In a nut shell, I will assist you in creating some amazing mixed-media art as well as offer guidance for your art business!

Artists that attend my online workshops come from all over the globe, making the online experience rich and rewarding to be a part of. You can choose to work on works of art (in any media), or a combination of art and business initiatives . Discussions regarding personal outlook, growth and development will also help each artist to explore and expand upon their own creative process as well as establish successful business goals for the long term.

The workshop is run as an eight-week online workshop. I have set-up a private resource blog to serve as the interactive platform for the class. It will have articles, videos, downloads and links that will act as valuable supplementation to the class critiques. I will be in the classroom Monday through Friday reviewing in-process and finished works. Take this as an opportunity to do something really extraordinary, making an impact on your career for years to come!

For intriguing mixed-media techniques, check out my book Experimental Painting.  

If you are interested but can't make this session, subscribe to my mailing list!



I love teaching and working with other artists that are as passionate about the creative process as I am. You can check out an interview from The Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market on me that does a good job on explaining my philosophies on art, creativity and the importance of creative collaboration. To know a little about my background and interests there is another interview from CreateMixedMedia.com 

I have authored seven books on mixed-media art and creative self promotion as well as a hundreds of articles for many of the industry's leading art publications. In addition, I teach in several of the top MFA (Master of Fine Art) programs in the United States, assisting talented artists in elevating their brand and promoting their work. I have lectured and taught workshops at the following institutions:

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
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 & Design
Kendall College of Art & Design
Southern Utah University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Syracuse University
Sage College of Albany
Marywood University
Kutztown University
New Jersey City University
The University of New Hampshire
The University of Kansas
Keene State 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









Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Building a Market through the Web & Social Media

I will be doing a lecture on Building a Market through the Web & Social Media as part of an all day event with other speakers.

Date: December 3, 2016 1:00pm to 3:00pm 


LOCATION: New Hampshire Institute of Art, Fuller Hall, Digital Lab RM. 202, 156 Hanover St, Manchester, NH

Register Now! (Limited Seating) 


When it comes to building a world-wide market for their work, creatives are becoming much more entrepreneurial, venturing out with a content-driven approach to discover new pathways for their work to flourish and prosper. Throughout the highly visual lecture, topics such as making money through your website traffic and social media, establishing partnerships with affiliate programs, incorporating robust resources (e-zines, blogs, cell apps, podcasts, videos, live webinars, QR Code add-ons for print materials, etc.), using e-commerce shops for downloadable products and print-on-demand merchandise, introducing new media promotional strategies and building a consumer marketplace online. For creatives that want to capture an international audience, broaden their reach and expand their revenue stream, this lecture will be an insightful glimpse as to what is possible with new media.


Digital Identity Workshop Full Day

Digital Identity: Extending your Audience Through Image Creation and Design

December 3, 2016 9:00am-3:00pm

New Hampshire Institute of Art Fuller Hall, Digital Lab RM.202, 156 Hanover St. Manchester, NH.

In this one-day workshop we will cover methods for creating a smart, savvy and professional web presence. The morning will focus on producing images, and organizing and formatting them to fit a website. In the afternoon session, you will learn how to communicate through social media, marketing strategies, and website design. Participants will begin work on social media presence and learn about the importance of consistent branding. Bring images to work with, and any logos and content you have already created. Please also have a way to store digital media in mind be it a flash drive, Dropbox or other method.

The goal of this workshop is to help students, alumni and members create photographs of their artwork and learn some techniques for using the images on the web. Gary Samson, Photography Chairperson, will help attendees photograph one or two pieces of their artwork and will briefly go over various techniques for non-photographers to produce photographs of their work for social media and the web. Gary will do a short overview of how Lightroom can be used to manipulate images. NHIA Professor Mike Ariel will then be addressing how to label art work and use the SlideShow module inside Lightroom. He will demonstrate how to organize, create and export a finished slideshow. NHIA Professor Lisa Cyr will talk about creating websites and social media pages.

Schedule:
Creating and Manipulating Images for the Web
9:00am - 10:00am: Gary Samson, Photography of artwork and simple techniques to help non-photographers to photograph artwork

10:00am - 11:00am: Gary Samson, Overview of Lighroom

11:00am - Noon: Mike Ariel, Creating a Slideshow in Lightroom

Pizza Lunch
Noon - 1:00pm

Extending your Audience
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Lisa Cyr, Websites and Social Media

Please make sure to register for this event as seating is limited. Register Here: https://nhia.ejoinme.org/digitalidentity

Please RSVP through the event listing on Facebook if you would like to only attend the afternoon session: https://www.facebook.com/events/204131423354661/

This workshop is free for NHIA students, alumni and members using the discount code. The cost is $20.00 for the general public. For additional information please contact, saraceaser@nhia.edu.

http://www.nhia.edu/about/news-and-events/events/digital-identity-workshop

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Drawn to the Music Exhibition!

I will be in an upcoming exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in NYC called Drawn to the Music. My mixed-media work entitled  Mademoiselle du Carnaval
was inspired by the lyrics of Elysium, which was composed by ChloĆ© Charody  in 2008 and included in Charody’s circus opera The Carnival. Her musical inspiration for the piece came from the poetry of Charles Baudelaire. Every time I listen to the musical composition, I am so emotionally overcome by the pure beauty of the work. (Listen below)

Title: Mademoiselle du Carnaval
Artist: Lisa L. Cyr
Size: 12" x 9” x 1” 
Media: acrylic and mixed media 
Surface: Paper over panel with wooden framework

My work was originally commissioned by Acrylic Artist Magazine, where I discussed my inspiration from the opera and its music in addition to detailing my process in creating the piece. The titled of the article is called Arabesque: Dance of the Drawn, Dripped and Painted Line.

From the exhibition curated by Leslie Cober-Gentry: "Whether you Paint it Black as the Rolling Stones wrote it, Draw the Line as Aerosmith sang it (Hirschfeld illustrated their iconic cover), pay homage to Andy Warhol as Bowie played it, or a tribute to Picasso Baby as JZ rapped it, music has always been influenced by art and art by music."

At the conclusion of the exhibition, the show will travel to FTC The Warehouse/ StageOne music venue in Connecticut, where a second opening reception will take place, followed by a concert.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Work featured in Incite4: The Best in Mixed Media!





















My mixed media work entitled Juliette's Song,  a mixed-media sequential work on paper, will be featured in Incite4: The Best in Mixed Media! The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon and at www.northlightshop.com. It will also be available in bookstores for purchase soon!

From the book: 
"The process of art-making has long been known to have meditative and healing effects on the mind, body and soul. In Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew, 120 artists from around the globe share the most restorative and revitalizing aspects of their art-making through painting, collage, encaustic, art journaling, jewelry art and more.
The 158 pieces of mixed-media art showcased in the fourth edition of Incite, The Best of Mixed Media will realign your inner balance and awaken your creative spirit. In turn, they will help you to gain a new appreciation for the role art plays in your life, while inspiring you to create unique artwork of your own."

Monday, August 15, 2016

Artists Raise Money for Cancer Research!

I just wanted to share with you an event that I am involved with that is helping to raise funds for cancer research. A Small World is an international exhibition of small works held at the Magpie Springs Gallery in South Australia. All works submitted from US artists such as myself will be a gift, where 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the charity! 

The Magpie Springs Gallery has also aligned with a group of women who raise money for Cancer Research - through the Marilyn Jetty swim women Facebook pageFrom the director Avril Thomas, "As artists we can share our works and make connections never before possible every day with each other on social media. We often see our artist friends works but the chance to see or even own an original from that artist is perhaps slim, especially if they are on the other side of the world. This is a chance to take part in an International show, purchase an original piece from your favorite artist and support cancer research - it’s about making connections through art."























For my postcard-sized painting entitled Through the Fire (4" x 6"), I chose to create a strong female figure who is fighting and conquering breast cancer, a plight that many women I know have gone through. Over the breast area on the right, I placed a symbolic battle shield, acting as protective armor. The figure also has the breast cancer symbol, a pink ribbon, lightly painted on her face. 

The warrior-like figure is surrounded by the medical symbol, which I altered to transform the traditional snakes into flaming dragons, encompassing her body in a heart-like shape. The gem that appears on her chest is a metaphor for her heart that is fighting the good fight. The area in red almost looks like a heart and the gold extensions from it create the valves that enter and leave the heart to go to the other areas of the body. 

The element of fire is also significant in the work. It has the power to be very destructive, but in the end brings about growth and renewal. This process is much like the process of undergoing chemotherapy. I chose to play up the sacred areas of the mind and the heart, as they are what we use to fight with when encountering great struggles in life. Keeping our minds and hearts focused on the light at the end of the tunnel helps us to see our way through the fire!

The exhibition opening will be Nov 13, 2016 at 2:00pm and the show will run until January 15, 2017. The gallery is open Friday through Sunday. 

Bidders will have an opportunity to buy this painting and the works of many other artists, making a contribution to cancer research!

Magpie Springs Gallery
1870 Brookman Road 
Hope Forest, South Australia 5172

Phone: (08) 8556 7351

For more information contact avril@magpiesprings.com.au  

You can also see more details on the gallery's Website or on Facebook.