A visit to Donna Rizzo…

September 1, 2016

I had a wonderful afternoon yesterday visiting my dear friend Donna Rizzo, she use to be my neighbor but she and her husband bought land out in the country so now it is a hike to get out there. A real needed adventure!

Donna is a fabulous clay artist that has a very unique style. She has a fascinating way of looking at the figure (she was once a modern dancer from Atlanta), she creates all kinds of figures, specially women and animals sometimes with a dance or a twist. I love seeing what she comes up with and the use of all kinds of textures, patterns and the subtle stories in her work.
Here is a mood-board for you to get a glimpse of what I mean. She is someone I have always wanted to do a collaboration with, maybe create some sort of a Riz & Riv collection!

Donna Rizzo visit © Lisa Rivas

Upon my visit I took my graphite-carbon disc by ArtGraf (the best) and a Sumi-E Paper to tryout once again the creation of textures using lace taught by @noa-ambar-regev  At first I had a hard time making an effective rubbing or “a frottage” when I tried it a few days ago in my studio, but now at Donna’s place things were happening very well! …I was puzzled as to why? And then I realized that I was working on one of “Donna’s solid, stiff, hard table” versus “My softer, cutting board, vinyl covered table”, which I use. I found that it is essential to have a hard surface for this method to work well.
In the end I did a total of 18 sheets of paper, and it was so easy. Donna did have the box of old textured lace, textured paper, rubber mats with designs, her wonderful clay stamps, and then the fabulous stash of vintage cloths, plastic doillies, crochet pieces from Mrs. Lawrence, her mother-in-law.
What a treasure trove!

Camuflor by © Lisa Rivas

From one of the “frontages” this pattern came about, with a sense of camouflage having the flowers hidden in the sand. Soon more to come.
Love what is happening, maybe the Riz-Riv Collection will happen after all!

“Truth is like a silhouette, it keeps appearing along with light, it can’t be camouflaged for ever.”
~Chandrababu V.S.

Papas for stamping!

July 20, 2016

Okay, I bought a cheap “bag of stamps” …called potatoes!
Papas is Spanish
It has been so long since I’ve done something creative with a spud.
Scalpel + Linoleum Cutter were used and ink pencils came in hand for the coloring.

Potato Stamping © Lisa Rivas Potato Stamping © Lisa Rivas

There are so many possibilities with that chubby root…

LUULEF © Lisa Rivas

LUULEF was born!

It is easy to halve the potato where there is love. ~ Irish Proverb

Memorial Day is a day we pause to give thanks to those people who gave their tomorrows so I could have today.



Leaf x 101 = Growth

February 20, 2016

Unlocking Your Creativity: Learn to Think Like a Designer a class taught by Faye Brown on Skillshare
In this class I had to choose 1 item to illustrate in 100 different ways, using a variety of techniques.
This would force me to think beyond the obvious.

My chosen item was a “Leaf”, simple but so essential in life.

Leaf Baby Growth © Lisa Rivas

Started out with baby-steps and a glimpsed at my pin-board “Leaves” on Pinterest.


You are welcome to visit it and maybe follow me there. Enjoy!
So here I start with some simple line drawings, most of them will be numbered.


Every LEAF speaks GROWTH to me, towards becoming the PLANT, or even a weed,
then perhaps a TREE and maybe wonderful FOOD too!


Then I took the Leaf to a “Brainstorm Session” today and had a blast …so many ideas!

Leaf 14-18 © Lisa Rivas

It almost felt like it went to The Courtier’s  and had a fabulous outfit made, a true ensemble!

"A Leaf in The Branch" by Lisa Rivas

After looking at the pics taken from a day of snow, I then saw the “Leaf in The Branch”…

Leaf-20-26 by Lisa Rivas

This little collection of leaves were done with a ballpoint pen and pastel pencils.
They were fun to do, almost like miniature Kandinskys!

“In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.”


Are there any more creatures I might have missed? Let me know, thank you.

Leaf-33-45 ©Lisa Rivas

Tried some gloss medium rendering with watercolor washes…
…with a few boo-boos sprinkled around.

Gingko-Leaves © Lisa Rivas

Some dried Ginkgo Leaves I had collected and then painted. They have such beautiful shapes!
They are like feathers, fleeting clouds, falling snow, a rainshower or a ray of light.

I saw the sunlight in a leafy place,
Bathing itself in liquid green and amber–
Where every flower had tears hid in its petals,
And every leaf was lovely with the rain.

—ERNEST RHYS, “April Romance”, The Leaf Burners and Other Poems

Leafs in a Circle by Lisa Rivas

These are repurposed Brie Cheese Box-Lids with Leaf Paintings… might do a few more.
I think a Leaf within a Circle is so uplifting.

Promise of Spring by © Lisa Rivas

Half way there… with a “Promise of Spring”. #50
Done with an ink drawing and then digital manipulation.

Leaf-51-60 by © Lisa Rivas

Going from painterly to graphic… black and yellow so effective!

“Ain’t made of jello, get behind a fellow, black and yellow!” BEE Movie (2007)
…should I add a Bumble Bee Leaf?

Gold-Leaf 61-64 by ©Lisa Rivas

I felt myself slipping into that dip and got to thinking about that leaf,
when it dawned on me: “GOLD LEAF”.

So I did a quick attempt using some “gold leaf” in my sketch book!

Line+Shapes=Magic © Lisa Rivas

Worked on some more leaves… line drawings… and then finding the shape…
Going more for a graphic feel here.

I never know what will pop-up in my sketchbook. It’s like magic!

Sewn-Leaf #1 by Lisa Rivas

“Every leaf is a spacious plain; every line a flowing brook; every period a lofty mountain.” – JAMES HERVEY


Leaf-83-84 © Lisa Rivas

This is for someone who loves this leaf! – Simón Berges

Happy-Valentines © Lisa Rivas

The Earth shows love in so many ways. ♥ ♥ ♥ Happy Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥


I found some homes within the leaves. And it’s finally here #100 – a leaf for meditation & prayer.

And softly through the altered air… Hurries a timid leaf. – EMILY DICKINSON, “Indian Summer”

This class forced me to be pretty inventive on such a simple item: a leaf! A very rewarding experience.
Thank You Faye Brown would do it again!


LOVE for 2016!

January 1, 2016

“And we are put on this earth a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love”
~William Blake


2016 Love by Lisa Rivas

A beautiful tree crafted from the loving hands of artisans and made with tiny seed-like beads.

“To those who have given up on love: I say, ‘Trust life a little bit.’”
~Maya Angelou