Paintings in a good home

It’s funny really.  Some people think if an artist sells a painting, they don’t care where it ends up.  Not me.  I feel really good when my paintings end up in beautiful surroundings with just the right appointments to set off the artwork.  This happened to me recently when a couple contacted me to help “artify” their new home.  Their townhouse has large off-grey walls and a sophisticated selection of furniture and interior architecture.  The setting was just right to hold my larger paintings without being overwhelmed. One of those that sold is below, “My Little Black House.”

My Little Black House, 48" square, oil on canvas, ©Lisa Purdy 2013

My Little Black House, 48″ square, oil on canvas, ©Lisa Purdy 2013


New Big and Small Oil Paintings

I’m happy to release images of some new paintings.  Many are large contemporary paintings following in the somewhat minimalist theme.

I’m also creating a series of smaller (24″ square”) paintings in vivid pinks and greens.  The style is very loose, and very abstract.  Most of them are still being photographed, but here is an example of one below.  These are small enough to make a good grouping of 2 or 3 together.

Pink/Green419, ©LisaPurdy, 24" square, oil on canvas

Pink/Green419, ©LisaPurdy, 24″ square, oil on canvas


Is the world getting optimistic?


Plans and Plains, 48″ square, oil on canvas, 2013

Yellow is an optimistic color.  Some people are more optimistic these days due to an improving economy, and a possible reduction of chemical weapons in Syria.  For many, however, life still feels challenging in so many ways.  I believe the painting below reflects an optimistic mood, even if only fleeting.

Painting up a storm

It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I’ve used the time to paint several more large paintings and to continue working on new sculpture.  In addition, right now, I’m revising this website. Let me know what you think.

Below, “Among Men”, 36×48″, oil on canvas, ©Lisa Purdy 2013, #415, Sold.

Among Men, 36x48", oil on canvas, ©2013, #415

A Focus on New Artwork

©2010 Lisa Purdy, #164, Going Somewhere, 30×40 inches, SOLD

Things are always evolving, right?

I’m going to stop hosting 1st Fridays (after July 5) while I develop a new body of work.  This is a fitting turn of events since the last two 1st Fridays focussed on work I made 6-15 years ago.

Making sculpture is time consuming, and back breaking (!), and slow, so it deserves a non-hurried approach.  After all, that’s the point of it. To meditate on the stone, and to watch how it makes itself into its own surprise.

My paintings are more deliberate as I focus on subtle work that allow the viewer a glimpse into a quiet world. The goal is create something with enough depth to causes you to look again and again.

As the work gets bigger and bigger, I’ll be looking for other places to show the work.  As lovely and big as my studio is, it’s not the best place to see the larger work in one place.

So, I’d love to show you any of this work, both big and small, when it’s convenient to you.  Contact me using the link above to let me know your druthers.  And, to answer your next question, there’s no need to feel pressure to buy just because you make an appointment. It’s fun for me to hear your thoughts and get feedback.

Come See the Representational Side…

Many of you know me through my large abstract paintings and stone sculptures.  However, in other periods of my career I’ve created landscapes and representational work. The current exhibition at my studio features a broad selection of this work.

Please join me for the Open Studio on June 7, or, if you’d like to come another time, please contact me to schedule an appointment.

June 7, 2013, 1st Friday Open Studio
6-9 pm
The Bolt Factory
209 Kalamath, Studio 5
Denver, CO

In addition to the artwork, I am now selling notecards and a book of my paintings. Copies are available in the studio.


Is This Representational?

A new exhibit in my studio showcases my representational or semi-representational work.  You’ll have to decide for yourself if some of these paintings properly belong in this category.

To view the paintings, come to 1st Friday, May 3, from 5:30-8pm.  (See studio directions in sidebar.)  Because of the length of the exhibit, I’ll also be open for 1st Friday, June 7, same times.

The exhibit will be up for 2 months so feel free to come by anytime to browse.  If you come anytime other than a 1st Friday, let me know ahead of time, so I’m not running an errand when you show up.  Please use the “Contact” menu item above to email me.

I look forward to seeingyou in the studio.

First Friday Open Studio Tonight

Nature/Nurture, alabaster, approx 12″x12″, ©Lisa Purdy 2013

We’re hoping you can join us for our OPEN STUDIO, tonight from 5:30 – 8pm.  I’ll have most of my stone sculptures on display for you to see and touch.  In addition, I’m featuring many of my Works on Paper.  These are done with water-based oils on watercolor paper.  This is a somewhat unusual process that’s available now because of new technologies, at least they’re new to me in the last 4 years.  The sculptures and Works on Paper will all be for sale, with a few of the Paper pieces at a special price, tonight only.

We will also repeat our gathering of all the open galleries of The Bolt Factory in the garage behind our units, for refreshments.  This allows for easy access to all the open units.  This was great fun last time.


©2010 Lisa Purdy, #238, Yin Yan 7, 19.5 x 25.5 inches



One week left to see amazing exhibit at The Arvada Center

160 artists from around the state were selected for the exhibit: “Art of the State”.  The jurors, Dean Sobel, (Clyfford Still Museum Director), and Collin Parson (Curator for the Arvada Center) selected sculptures, paintings, ceramic art, photographs, and mixed media art. Don’t miss seeing such a comprehensive and remarkable show.


Shhhh, 48″sq., oil on canvas, ©Lisa Purdy 2013

1st Friday a Success for Bolt Factory

We did things a bit differently this time in our building.  We had a common drink and food table in the garage adjoining all our units.  That way guests could access all the open units without having to go outside.  It worked well and people were delighted to take in the working robots, view antique lunchboxes, view photography, and see many varieties of artwork.

If you missed this event, no problem.  We’re keeping up our exhibits for another month and will hold them for the next First Friday on April 5, 5:30-8pm.