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Hello…it’s been a while

June 4, 2013

Pacific Coast Highway

Hello Friends!  I’ve been away from this blog for a long time.  I spent a lot of time creating a new website, blog and Etsy Shop for my artwork.  I’m currently thinking about how (or if) I will incorporate Think.Write.Create into my future plans, but in the meantime, I would love it if you would stop by and visit my website or Etsy shop and let me know what you think.

Lisa Xoxo


Self-portraits from drawing 1 class

September 30, 2012

A bit overdue, but I’m posting my self-portraits from my Drawing 1 class so you can see my improvement throughout the class.  It was very challenging and the hardest thing for me to draw is a nose…

Self-Portrait Take 2 – ©March 5, 2012, Lisa Ullrich

Take 2 of self-portrait, after learning a few things.  I had lots of trouble with the nose.  I don’t know how many times I erased it and tried again to even get it to look like this!

Self-Portrait Take 3 – ©March 7, 2012, Lisa Ullrich

An improvement…my instructor encouraged me to draw my glasses in as well.  I was really intimidated about my glasses.  Extremely worried I would ruin the entire drawing, I worked through my apprehensions, drew it and was pleasantly surprised!

Alter-Ego Self-Portrait – ©March 18, 2012, Lisa Ullrich

The alter-ego self-portrait was a lot of fun.  It allowed for some creativity.  Getting better!  Practice makes perfect (as they say)!

Eye Self-Portrait – ©April 18, 2012, Lisa Ullrich

I think I pretty much nailed this….I love this drawing.  It’s nice to concentrate on a small piece, being able to spend enough time on it to really get into the details.

Personality Self-Portrait – ©May 6, 2012, Lisa Ullrich

Final project was a personality self-portrait.  People who knew us well, provided adjectives to describe our personalities and we created self-portraits (with or without our faces) from the adjectives.  This was a fun project and I had many words to choose from.  I chose…confined, shy, introvert, artist, analytical and detail-oriented.  Confined inside a mirror,  my hand over my face signifies my shyness.  The easel and the drawing book displays artist.  The to-do list on the bulletin board shows my analytical and detail-oriented sides.  I recently had this drawing custom framed and it looks gorgeous.  Now I just need to paint and rearrange furniture so I can hang it!

What is something you have tried that was challenging?  Did you keep up with it until you conquered the challenge?

Drawing class

January 17, 2012

Self-Portrait Take 1 – ©January 2012, Lisa Ullrich

I signed up for Drawing 1 at the local college. Last night was the first class. The teacher had us draw a self-portrait & this took about 20 minutes.

I’ve never been good at drawing people, especially myself! This looks nothing like me & I gained 100 lbs.!! It was fun though. She collected them, so I took a picture with my phone. I apologize for the bad picture.

Have you ever tried to draw a self-portrait? How did yours turn out?

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2011

Christmas Love – ©November 2011, Lisa Ullrich

Christmas card drawing for 2011.  Inside it reads:

‎”The most important things in life aren’t things.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Sprinkle Joy!” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

May your world be filled with happiness, love and joy. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Love,  Lisa


March 13, 2011

Squirrely – ©March 2011, Lisa Ullrich

Every Sunday is Creative Sunday, posts about anything creative.  I started this drawing over a year ago.  I was very discouraged because this dog has very squirrely fur and it’s half white.  Drawing white fur is not easy at all.  I decided I would have at it today and see what I came up with.

I spent about 1.5 hours drawing and probably had a half hour worth of work previously done.  I need to put in some more work because I’m not completely satisfied with it yet.  His facial structure needs a bit more work.

What do you find difficult to draw?  What is the easiest for you to draw?

Artistic Wednesday butterfly drawing WIP – week 3

February 16, 2011

Butterfly Drawing ©2011 Lisa Ullrich

WetCanvas Reference Image courtesy of Ceiliog

Every Wednesday is Artistic Wednesday. Weekly progress updates for anything related to art.  Today, I’m posting a work in progress butterfly drawing.  I’m using Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils.  After 2 hours of creative time, I have the picture above.

Next, I need to decide on the background.  Backgrounds intimidate me.  I’m hesitant a lot of times because I can completely ruin a drawing with the background.

For this drawing, I was thinking of adding a flower above the butterfly and possibly a green/blue blended background.  I could even add a stone ground to make it look more “garden-like”.

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to post comments.  I would love to hear them!


Artistic Wednesday…Inspiring Artists

February 9, 2011

Photo: allspice1 – Creative Commons License

Every Wednesday is Artistic Wednesday.  Today is about artists and inspiration.

Artists and other creative types are unique within their own rights.  Keenly noticing even the simplest details many other people may overlook.  We are sensitive to our surroundings, independent, unique, eclectic, and follow the beat of our own drummer.  We have visions, dreams, goals, and are highly imaginative.   We live life through our passions.

We each have a style unique to ourselves.  No two artists are a like.  100 artists given the same reference photo will create 100 pieces of art each unique to the artist.  The same can be said about photographers and writers.  No two photographs are alike and no two stories are identical.

We express ourselves through our art.  Our personalities shine through.  We express emotions, both light and dark.  We are one-of-a-kind.

My art focuses on things I love…animals, flowers, sunsets, anything my eyes deem beautiful.  I draw mostly in graphite, but love occasional colors as well.  Extremely realistic art catches my attention.  I’m in awe when an artist can make their art come to life.

I would like to share with you other artists who provide me with inspiration:

Andrea Gianchiglia – The Thoughts and Aspirations of an Artist

Robin Zebley – Art and Animals

Nolon Stacey – Leaping into the world of the Starving Artist

Marsha Robinett – The Extraordinary Pencil

What type of art is your favorite?  What kind of art makes your soul come to life?

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