Lisa Albert, artiste

(This entry was originally posted Thursday, 6/14/07 on my website in a foolish attempt to create a blog without blog software.)

I jokingly refer to myself as craft-impaired. I am amazed by the creativity others exhibit, especially when it comes to re-visioning an object. How do they see the beauty hidden in what I see as junk? What gene do they have that I lack? I can follow their lead (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) but I struggle to come up with original creations on my own. Friends tell me I sell myself short. Are they just being kind or are they able to see my hidden artistic potential?

I’m beginning to think it could possibly be the latter since I’ve recently made two pieces of garden art of which I’m quite proud (inordinately so, I admit).

Here’s my first creation.

With the guidance of my friend, Ann Murphy, Marketing Director for OAN and mosaic artist extraordinaire, I transformed a glazed ceramic globe that had lost most of its glaze into an beautiful orb for my garden.

I told Ann she’s created a monster. I find myself looking at my garden, wondering where else I can add a little mosaic art. Hmm, perhaps a few whimsical pieces on the stone face of the steps leading up my bank – once the steps are built, that is. Try not to get ahead of yourself, Lisa.

Here I am creating my second objet d’art (it sounds so much fancier in French).

I learned to cut metal to create a sculpture at a workshop conducted by metal work artist Ivan McLean. I wore the requisite glamorous outfit (do you think it will catch on in high fashion?) as I guided the acetylene torch around the outline of my sunflower (a simple, yet beautiful shape). It took surprisingly little time and I was delighted at the finished piece.

I’m still contemplating what to insert in the center of my sunflower but I’m considering recycled glass, beads or Capiz shell. I want something that will catch the light. When it’s done, I’ll show it off (you won’t be able to stop me, trust me).

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