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Out with the old - in with the New

Posted by Lisa on December 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, another year has come and gone and we are now on the onset of the infamous 2012! (cue Twilight Zone music)

2011 was a great year for me. I accomplished a lot of artwork in 2011. Check out my Galleries for my portfolio. My mother-in-law received a new kidney from my father-in-law, which was beyond awesome! MSOA has been the great place that it always is. Such wonderful people associated with MSOA!

I think 2012 is going to be a very interesting year. I'm hoping there won't be another major war, but there are sure a lot of sparks flying all around. Eventually, one of them will ignite!

Here's a fun video just for 2012:

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Even though doom and gloom may be filling collective consciousness, I'm still hopeful for a bright, new year! My car will be paid off in March. I can't begin to describe my joy for that. There are also some possibilities of changes on the back burner that may take place this year. I'm patiently awaiting God's will for my life to unfold. I will stay focused on Him.

Happy New Year everyone! :)


Posted by Lisa on February 12, 2011 at 3:26 AM Comments comments (0)

Masters School of Art's Spring term is now in full force, and it's turning out to be an exciting term! I'm teaching a lot of classes this term: Color Pencil (2 classes); Color Pencil Portrait; Animal Drawing; Cartooning 101, and Watercolor. I haven't taught Color Pencil at MSOA since Fall 2008, so I'm looking forward to teaching it again. My students will have the opportunity to create color pencil masterpieces using Marlene Williams original photos. Marlene is one of our computer instructors at MSOA and a wonderful photographer! She has given her permission for the students of MSOA to create artwork using her photos as a reference. I'm looking forward to helping my students create the best artwork they can. The students of MSOA are so talented and eager to create. They make my "job" so enjoyable!

I'm most nervous this term about teaching Watercolor for the first time. I interned with Lennie Jo Barnes during our Spring 2010 term, but this is the first time teaching it solo. I have 8 very young girls in my watercolor class (all around age 11), but they are very focused and are showing to be a joy to work with. We are starting off working on a stained glass pattern project and they're doing great! It's a fun assignment.

The class I'm most excited about teaching though is my Color Pencil Portrait class. It was taught at MSOA last term (Fall 2010) for the first time by Lennie Jo Barnes. I decided to take her class because 1. my love for color pencil and 2. my love for portraits. I have to admit....I found my true love of art. I love all aspects of art, but nothing like my love for Color Pencil Portrait! I'm currently working on my 2nd CPP project of my great nephew, Adam Sams III as a gift for my nephew Troy and his wife, Shanah. It's coming along nicely and I will upload it to the Barnyard as soon as it's finished. 

My first CPP project, which I entered into MSOA's exhibit,  won 1st place in the "College - Other" category, I'm proud to announce! Alexandra's picture was a real joy to recreate into a color pencil portrait. Here is a picture of my winning artwork:

I also entered my Watercolor project into the exhibit. It didn't win, but I still love it anyway! :)

My 3rd entry into MSOA's Fall 2010 Art Exhibit was my new Lucy-Goosey series entitled "LG Studios - The Havensburg Scoop". You can read all about it on the home page and can see a sample of this series on the LG Studios page here in The Barnyard. Copies of this new series will be available for purchase soon.

So yes, I'm very excited about this new term at MSOA. I'm not only teaching the 6 classes, but I'm also taking 3 classes this term - working further towards my Art Teacher's Certification. This term, I am taking Pastels from Anna Harrison, Portrait 301 from Laura Fishkin, and Animal Drawing from Karen Williams.Should make for some fun exhibitions at our next Art Exhibit and Revue. I'm looking forward to what I can learn from these wonderful MSOA instructors.

The only classes I will have left to complete my certification, after this term, are my painting classes (which are quite a few).

I'm going to end this blog post with a quote from one of my favorite artists, Vincent Van Gogh...a man of true depth and a creative genious. This is a great quote and reflects my sentiments exactly...

I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'

Why I'm Thankful

Posted by Lisa on November 21, 2010 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanksgiving is upon us once again and there are so many things that I am thankful for this year.

Masters School of Art

I am so thankful for MSOA. My life just wouldn't be the same without the love and awesomeness of this art school. I've been working for them for over 6 years now, and it just keeps getting better and better every year!

My husband, Fred

I can't believe this year marked 15 years since Fred and I met over Compuserve in a forum called Rocknet. I was living in Florida and Fred was living in California. It was God who brought us together....and our mutual love of rock music! lol

My Animals

I'm very thankful for my cat, Midnight (most of the time) and for my dog, Patches. They are the cutest little silly-billies and bring me joy every day.


I'm thankful for the love the Barnes family constantly showers me with. I love every single member of the Barnes clan and am so thankful God made them a part of my life.


I am most thankful for the love that God showed by sending us His son, Jesus to die so that we might live. Thank you Lord God Almighty for your everlasting love on someone who doesn't deserve it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! What are you thankful for this year?

Autumn leaves are brown

Posted by Lisa on September 28, 2010 at 8:02 PM Comments comments (0)

Autumn. Aw....autumn. My favorite time of year. The leaves are beginning to change and that wonderful smell is in the air. ......awww.....

School has begun and it's off to a great start. I'm really enjoying my schedule this term. I'm taking Color Pencil Portrait, Watercolor 102, Cartooning 301, and Art History. Watercolor and Color Pencil are my two favorite mediums, so maybe this is why I'm enjoying my classes so much. I've been wanting to take Art History for quite a long time now and I feel like a sponge in the class, absorbing as much information as I can. My Art History teacher is a wonderful instructor who does a great job appealing to the right-brain student. She normally teaches left-brain classes, like Web Design, other Computer classes, and now Art History. But she has a wonderful talent at taking these types of classes and helping the right-brain student to better understand.

MSOA has such wonderful instructors! I'm so proud to be among a great group of people at this school. This term I am teaching Creative Writing, Novel Writing and for the first time, I am now teaching Animal Drawing. I love drawing animals! I've been drawing them for over 30 years! Animals is what I started off drawing when I was a kid. I'm enjoying teaching the students.

I'm not teaching Cartooning for the first time in 6 years! Interns are teaching my cartooning 101 classes on Thursday and Friday and they are doing a great job.

I'm taking Cartooning 301 from the president of MSOA, who is just about the best instructor EVER. She's helping me develop my Lucy-Goosey series and I'm excited to see what new things/ideas/strips I'll come up with under her guidance.

Keep your eye on my website, as I will be posting my newest LG stuff whenever I finish them.

Awww.....exciting things happen in the Fall. Time for creating and learning and growing. Life just doesn't get any better than this.

Oh well..

Posted by Lisa on August 14, 2010 at 11:34 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't believe it's been over a year since I've written in my blog. I guess I'm just not meant to be a blog writer. Pity, considering I love to write...and I'm very opinionated. That's two necessary qualities (traits?) a blog writer needs. Oh well.

So what is on my mind this evening? Ooooh....lots of things. School is about to begin in a few weeks and I've been busy preparing paperwork and lesson plans for the new term. I love teaching art. I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing with my life.

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being an interior decorator. I find that very funny, because I really have no sense of style. Unless "laid back" and "slob" are a style! If so, then I'm the master. I never have been a clean person, or neat-freak, as I lovingly call my sister. "Oscar and Felix". That's what my sister calls us. My mother even made a sign that hung on my bedroom door, as a kid, for years that read, "This room is where old spiders come to die."

I think my love for being an interior decorator came partly from my love for the movie, Pillow Talk, starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson. I've seen that movie so many times, I could quote it all with no problem. Doris Day's character was an interior decorator in that movie and she was just so beautiful and glamorous. I remember watching the movie as a child and just was in awe of Doris.Yep..interior decorating, that was for me! Ha! ....oh well.

Fun stuff in the news lately....Obama is fervently supporting building a mosque at ground zero in New York. Here we are just 9 years later after the tragedy of 9-11, where so many americans perished and so many muslims danced in the street about it. And now we want to build a mosque there? Really? What in the world is wrong with people?? Our president is an idiot and he certainly does not speak for me! Of course, it's been a while since a president truely spoke for me. Oh well.

These are the things most on my mind at the moment. Maybe it will be less than a year before I write again! This is Lisa...signing off. Peace out.

What's New with Lucy-Goosey?

Posted by Lisa on May 25, 2009 at 7:32 AM Comments comments (1)

I've got an idea I'm tossing around. I have 2 loves when it comes to writing. I love to write children's stories and I love to write mysteries. I also love Lucy-Goosey, of course! :)


So why not combine all my loves into one and write an illustrated Lucy-Goosey Mystery children's book? I like it. The ideas are churning and the possibilities are a-plenty. Now all I need is the time to write it. That might be a problem.


Now that I'm working 3 jobs, it's hard to take on anything new. MSOA's end-of-year Art Exhibit & Revue is this Thursday, May 28th. (See for details.) Now that school is breaking for the summer, that should clear up some of my time to hopefully do some of these creative projects I want to do.


I still want to make a special gift for my nephew, Troy's new son, Adam! It's on the top of my creative priority list! I also want to finish writing my novel, Blinded by Sin. I think I found my book cover design! I'm working out the final details and as soon as I'm able, I will show it! It's fantastic!!


I also want to do some scrapbooking with Lennie, Janna, Jessica and Kayla! I miss scrapbooking.


Now I have this Lucy-Goosey idea coming to my mind. I'm really going to enjoy bringing them even more to life in novel form. Maybe by next Fall, I'll have a better idea of when I'll be done writing it.


For now, I'll just keep adding new cartoon strips as much as I'm able. Be sure to visit my newest Lucy-Goosey cartoon strip, "Jack-in-the-Box" on my webpage: Cartoon of the Month.


Thanks for visiting my website, everyone! :D

Job's reflection

Posted by Lisa on May 2, 2009 at 10:12 AM Comments comments (0)

Why must life be so hard?


I ask myself this question a lot. It seems like so many times, just when life seems to be going ok....WHAMMO....something is thrown into the spokes of your life's wheel and brings it to a screeching halt.


I keep thinking about Fred. He's been hit with so many things lately, it's a wonder his spirits are up at all. He lost his job a few months ago and there hasn't been anything at all available in his field. So, he decided to join the MSOA Publishing team and has taken the ball and ran with it getting our Publishing company started. Then he gets hit physically with an ailment. He got shingles, pink eye and  a stye all at the same time, in the same place!! Talk about your Whammos! So, he's been struggling with physical pain for the past 2 weeks.


Then yesterday, as if life hasn't been coming down on him hard enough already, he was sitting at a light, waiting to turn left when a car comes out of nowhere and slams into the drivers side of the car. It side swiped him, busted out the tire. It appears our Pontiac Grand Am will be totalled.


Ok....can someone please tell me what's going on?? If this guy isn't under attack, I don't know what to call it. It's almost like he's living the life of Job. Let's just hope God doesn't allow for Satan to take his family, like He did with Job.


So, I ask again......


Why must life be so hard?

Upside-Down, Backwards Thinking

Posted by Lisa on April 29, 2009 at 8:06 AM Comments comments (0)

"They will call good evil, and evil good"


God's Word warned us about this happening in the end times, but it was hard to imagine ....until now.


A fine example of this has happened just recently when Department of Homeland Security came out with their "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" report, which you can read all about here:


They are now insinuating that those who are Pro-Life are labeled as "domestic terrorists"....and not just that, but the "most dangerous" kind!! I just find that statement to be so unbelievable, it's hard to wrap my mind around what sort of mentality would come up with such a ridiculous assessment.


So, let me get this straight...those who believe in protecting innocent lives are now deemed "terrorists"? Wow. Ok. That's the sort of upside-down, backwards thinking that can baffle the mind. I would think that the Pro-Choice group are closer related to the true definition of terrorists than Pro-Life. Afterall, Pro-Choice believes in murdering the innocent. Isn't that what terrorists believe?


This is just another fine example of the stupidity and ignorance that will stem from this current Administration. The longer this man (Obama) is in office, the worse it will get, I fear. He is so far left that sometimes I wonder if we're even living in the same country. There is a great divide separating this country. We have "one nation, under God" on one side...and "one nation"...under....??? who knows what on the other side. And this chasm will get bigger and bigger the longer he's in office. And he's only been in office a little over 100 days. God help us.


So, how much longer do we have to go until this Administration is over? Someone please wake me from this nightmare.

The Publisher's Way

Posted by Lisa on April 19, 2009 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I'm so excited!!


Fred and I, along with 6 others from MSOA have decided to start up a Publishing company. We have been working non-stop trying to get the basics down. There's a lot to learn when it comes to starting up your own business!!


But once the passion is there, you find yourself spending every waking moment researching...taking notes....reading, ...learning.....


I love learning new things. Sometimes I feel like my brain will explode if I put another thing in it, and then other times I feel like I can't absorb enough information regarding my current passion. I'm finally realizing that Writing (and now Publishing) is my biggest passion in this life. I can't even begin to describe the joy I feel when I'm writing. There's nothing like creating, with words, a new world that is uniquely yours.


I'm also glad that Fred and I are now working together. Unlike a lot of marriages who feel they need a break from their spouse, Fred and I have never felt that way. We enjoy being together and going into business together will be a lot of fun and something we're very much looking forward to.


Our new company is called MSOA Publishing, LLC (MSOAP). Love that acronym! We are a "Family-Friendly" (We're keepin' it clean with MSOAP! lol) publishing company holding to higher standards. Our tagline is "Creative Writers Require Creative Publishers". We have an extremely creative and talented group who are ready and willing to bring a more creative aspect to the publishing field. We have a lot of ideas, and God willing, there will be a constant stream of ideas to come!


One thing that our Publishing company will have, that most (if not all) other Publishing companies lack, is we have a whole art school at our disposal. The talent of Masters School of Art (MSOA) is incredible and continues to bring and build up new and upcoming artists who are sure to get their name on the map and make a huge impact into the art world.


We will not only be publishing works from MSOA, though. We will be open to anyone who has a desire to publish. We are only publishing books for now, but we will evenutally be expanding our publishing efforts. So if anyone has a book that they're wanting to get published, be sure to try the Creative Services of MSOA Publishing, LLC!


I'm very excited about my future with this new company. I believe if we continue to honor God with this endeavor, He will continue to bless our business.



~Lisa (who is now working 3 jobs)



The Writer's Way

Posted by Lisa on March 21, 2009 at 8:06 PM Comments comments (0)

I think I let way too much time go by between my blogs. I never have been a journal writer. Even my diaries from when I was little are filled mostly with blank pages. Writing things here and there. Why should my cyber diary be any different?


I've finally started writing on my novel again. I'm so glad too, because I enjoy writing so much. I've been writing on this particular novel on and off for over 16 years! I think it's about time I finish it. Fred has been a tremendous help to me too. He's my sounding board. It helps to bounce ideas off each other until something finally clicks into place. I've changed the structure and plot of this story idea quite a bit over the past 16 years, but I think I've finally come up with something that works.


For all those interested, the book will be called "Blinded by Sin". Its basic plot is about seven people who each possess one of the seven deadly sins. They are, of course, "blinded" by their sin and some either learn from it, change their ways and move on, or follow a path of destruction. A path that sometimes also destroys those around you.


I'm hoping to have it finished soon. I'm going to try to write every free moment I have, in the hopes that this book will be ready for publication Fall 2009.


I finally finished writing my children's book, "While You Were Scratching". I have also found a wonderful illustrator! My great thanks and gratitude go out to Anna Harrison, who has agreed to illustrate the book for me. She is a wonderfully talented artist and I feel very honored that she has agreed to illustrate. Anna is one of the instructors at Masters School of Art and you can view her art gallery on MSOA's website: