Art Everyday: week twenty

I’m really proud of my artwork from this past week. I got in a full seven days of art-making, made some patterns that I really love, and found a new way of drawing people’s faces that I am liking a lot. Not much else to say!

“Bananrama” | May 13, 2016 | Digital Painting

Bananarama by Lisa Bardot

“Orange Juice” | May 14, 2016 | Digital Painting

Orange Juice by Lisa Bardot

“Factus” | May 15, 2016 | Digital Painting

Factus by Lisa Bardot

“Star Person” | May 16, 2016 | Digital Painting

Star Person by Lisa Bardot

“Swans” | May 17, 2016 | Digital Painting

Swans by Lisa Bardot

“Daisy Girl” | May 17, 2016 | Digital Painting

Daisy Girl by Lisa Bardot

“Ferns” | May 18, 2016 | Digital Painting

Ferns by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week nineteen

My art looks a little different this week. I left my Apple Pencil at my office over the weekend so I drew a bunch little pieces in the Procreate app for iPhone. Also I did a piece with real paints this week! I was working on a design suite for a client that involved a lot of poppies, so I made some poppies on my own. I feel like I am losing steam a little bit on this project as the year is starting to get busier and busier. I really need to make sure I am putting in the time every night because I have been loving this project so much. The passion is still there, the time is a little harder to come by. 

“Spiral Spots” | May 6, 2016 | Digital Painting

Spiral Spots by Lisa Bardot


“Round Eyes in Teal” | May 6, 2016 | Digital Painting

Round Eyes in Teal by Lisa Bardot

“Round Eyes in Red” | May 6, 2016 | Digital Painting

Round Eyes in Red by Lisa Bardot

“Pink Plus 1″ | May 6, 2016 | Digital Painting

Pink Plus 1 by Lisa Bardot

“Pink Plus 2″ | May 6, 2016 | Digital Painting

Pink Plus 2 by Lisa Bardot

“Blue Plus” | May 6, 2016 | Digital Painting

Blue Plus by Lisa Bardot

“Rainbow Plus” | May 6, 2016 | Digital Painting

Rainbow Plus by Lisa Bardot

“Little Script” | May 6, 2016 | Digital Painting

Little Script by Lisa Bardot

“Frenchie” | May 7, 2016 | Digital Painting

Frenchie by Lisa Bardot

“Ugly Strawberry” | May 8, 2016 | Digital Painting

Ugly Strawberry by Lisa Bardot



“Poppies” | May 9, 2016 | Gouache on Watercolor Paper

Poppies by Lisa Bardot


“Pup” | May 12, 2016 | Digital Painting

Pup by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week eighteen

Obviously New York had a big influence on my art this week. I drew one of the apartment buildings I’d see on our walk back “home” from our subway stop. A visit to the MoMA inspired me to  try a more painterly style. I even took an afternoon for myself and painted with real paints in our rental apartment (and super sad that I found it smeared the next morning. I blame Bear). I also drew some well-loved NYC snacks, and a quote a friend had recently said. I also began work on an illustrated recipe for my perfect chocolate chip cookies. Seriously, I have spent so much time researching the prefect cookie recipe, making batch after batch, to get it to what I think is perfect. That will have to be a whole ‘nother post.

“Apartments on Harman Street” | April 29, 2016 | Digital Painting

Apartments on Harman street by Lisa Bardot

“Blue Haired Woman” | April 30, 2016 | Digital Painting

Blue haired woman by Lisa Bardot

“Bright Desert Mix” | May 2, 2016 | Gouache

Bright Desert Mix by Lisa Bardot

“NYC Snacks” | May 4, 2016 | Digital Painting

NYC Snacks by Lisa Bardot

“Cookie Ingredients (work in progress)” | April , 2016 | Digital Painting

Cookie Ingredients Work in Progress by Lisa Bardot

“Law of Second Chances” | April 5, 2016 | Digital Painting

The Law of Second Chances by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week seventeen

We spent the last week and a half traveling in DC and NYC with our son. So. Traveling and trying to keep up with art making was harder than I though it would be. I forgot how exhausting travel is. We averaged about 5 miles of walking a day and returned to the places we were staying pretty exhausted. All of these (except for one) were made on airplanes, and I have no idea how I managed that with an active two-year old. “Desert Plant Mix” was inspired by the work of Margaret Jeane. I’ve been loving seeing her iPad pieces in instagram and love her style so decided that I would do my take on it. Of course there are lots of cacti. “Not so Blind” was made after visiting Blind Whino in DC, the coolest building ever. It is my interpretation of the facade.

“Desert Plant Mix” | April 24, 2016 | Digital Painting

Desert plant mix

“NYC All Over” | April 27, 2016 | Digital Painting

New York City all over

“Not so Blind” | April 27, 2016 | Digital Painting

Not so blind

“Cypress Inn Cafe Sketch” | April 28, 2016 | Ballpoint Pen

Cypress Inn Cafe Sketch by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week sixteen

This was a fun week for art but a rough week at home. While I was not traveling for and at home for five whole days in row (!), Geoff’s mother, who is our regular babysitter left for a two month trip to the UK. So things were stressed at home and work with not having day car and Geoff and I having to tag team work and child care. Good news is we are going to be putting Bear into a day care service which I know both he, Geoff and I are going to love. But back to the art! I drew food, which is always a good thing. I went through some of my saved Pinterest and Evernote inspiration for ideas this week. “Food Art” was inspired by the adorable illustrations of Jordan Sondler. “Let’s Make Cookies” was inspired by the illustrated recipes of Felicita Sala. Hers are simply gorgeous and I hope to try these with color in the future! “My Family” was inspired by the artist Ben Javins (and my family of course). I love the quirky faces he draws.

“Food Love” | April 15, 2016 | Digital Painting

Food Love by Lisa Bardot

“Let’s Make Cookies” | April 16, 2016 | Digital Painting

Lets Make Cookies by Lisa Bardot


“Sunny Smile” | April 17, 2016 | Digital Painting

Sunny Smile by Lisa Bardot


“Sketchy Sketches” | April 18, 2016 | Digital Painting

Sketchy Sketches by Lisa Bardot


“My Family” | April 19, 2016 | Digital Painting

My Family by Lisa Bardot


“Don’t Give Up” | April 21, 2016 | Digital Painting

Don t give up by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week fifteen

It’s week 15 and I am barely making it through this week. I am finally home from being away for almost two weeks and there is plenty of work to do. Throw that on top of trying to finish doing taxes, a sick toddler, and a husband who has been on the road working for 3 of the last 5 days and well, not much creation was going on.  Don’t even bother asking me if I’ve unpacked yet. I still try to get some simple drawings in there when I can. Sometimes I feel so stressed out I NEED to draw something to feel sane and then I momentarily relax.

This week’s first two drawing were inspired by some stamps I made in the two block printing classes I took at Craftcation. I included a couple of pics from the class for reference. I’m now convinced that block printing is the funnest thing ever and I have found my new hobby (as if I need another one). I also designed a pretzel stamp that I didn’t have time to make but I WILL gosh darnit. Drawing “Sleeping Charlie” was my stress reliever this week. And “Work Smarter, Not Harder” was my mantra as I was trying to be as efficient as possible while doing my taxes (hahahahah.) All the pieces this week were done in the gouache brushes for Procreate that I am working on developing. I am still in love with them.

“It’s a Pizza” | April , 2016 | Digital Painting

It s a pizza by Lisa Bardot

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“Cactus Stamp Revisited” | April ,9 2016 | Digital Painting

Cactus Stamp Revisited by Lisa Bardot

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“Sleeping Charlie” | April 12, 2016 | Digital Painting

Sleeping Charlie by Lisa Bardot

“Work Harder, Not Smarter” | April 13, 2016 | Digital Painting

Work Smarter Not Harder by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week fourteen

This week was full of time to be creative. I was on a mini vacation visiting family in Vancouver, WA and I love it because visiting them always means lots of downtime and it is the best ever. I also worked on developing some gouache brushes in Procreate and I LOVE them. I spent a looming time on that Frida portrait and I am in love with it. I will definitely be printing it and putting it in my house. Also I am at Craftcation this week! Learning so  much and being around so many creative people like me has been amazing! The last piece, the watercolor one, was made in a class I took yesterday. I am having so much fun here, I will have to post again and tell you more. 

“Doodle People” | April 1, 2016 | Digital Painting

Doodle People by Lisa Bardot

“Bananabet” | April 2, 2016 | Digital Painting

Bananabet by Lisa Bardot

“Fuzzy Lemons” | April 3, 2016 | Digital Painting

Fuzzy Lemons by Lisa Bardot

“Let’s Get Crafty” | April 4, 2016 | Digital Painting

Let s Get Crafty by Lisa Bardot

“My Frida” | April 5, 2016 | Digital Painting

My Frida by Lisa Bardot

“Talk Bubble” | April 6, 2016 | Digital Painting

Talk Bubble by Lisa Bardot


“A True Artist Inspires” | April 7, 2016 | Watercolor

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Art Everyday: week thirteen

This week was light on art because I was working on my first commercial illustration project, wut! The folks over at Field Trip, of which I have written about before, asked me to do some art and design work for them! It was a huge compliment because it was Field Trip that inspired this journey of art that I am currently on. Field Trip is an organization that I respect and believe in immensely so it really means a lot to me that they reached out to me. Most of this week’s artwork came out of my work on that project. I’m excited to eventually reveal the design, especially the map of Marfa, TX that I illustrated and designed. Seriously, Marfa seems like such a rad place and after making that map, I want to go so bad!

Also this week I had a painting date with my friend Rosaura of Pigment and Parchment. I painted some Mexican embroidery inspired by the shirts from Mexico that I love. 

“Cactus Border” | March 26, 2016 | Digital Painting

Cacti Border by Lisa Bardot

“Arrows and Diamonds” | March 26, 2016 | Digital Painting

Arrows and Diamonds by Lisa Bardot

“Field Trip Vibes” | March 27, 2016 | Digital Painting

Field Trip Vibes by Lisa Bardot

“Mexican Embroidery” | March 28, 2016 | Digital Painting

Mexican Embroidery by Lisa Bardot

“El Cosmico” | March 29, 2016 | Digital Painting

El Cosmico by Lisa Bardot


Art Everyday: week twelve

It’s week twelve! The end of my third month of this project is coming to a close. I can’t think of much that I’ve stuck with for that long. I guess it goes to show just how incredibly pumped I am about this. I still feel so much excitement and passion toward this. The biggest change I have noticed so far is the level at which I am gathering INSPIRATION. And, to me, being inspired is such a big part of creating art. It is THE reason I create art. Everyday, sometimes multiple times a day I am jotting something down in Evernote, a picture, a sketch, an idea. I even bought a very tiny sketchbook, a tiny pen, and the most adorably tiny colored pencil set (seriously its so itty bitty) to have with me always when an idea strikes. Now, I’ve never been a stranger to gathering inspiration. I’ve always been pretty active on Pinterest, finding things that inspire me and adding them to my curated pin boards. The difference is generating my own ideas, lots of them. The difference is now I am applying that inspiration and creating something with it. And that is a HUGE difference. 

This past week I played around a lot with color schemes. I took some of my favorite color combos and made them into abstracts, something that I don’t do too often. There were even more that I didn’t post, but it was a very good exercise. It showed me that even a group of colors I love together can look BAD if you don’t use them well! Hence why I didn’t post them, hehe. I really love the two sunny-rainy abstracts. Inspiration this week also came from a furniture ad, a happy accident and a beach blanket. 

“Tufted Chair” | March , 2016 | Digital Painting

Tufted Chair by Lisa Bardot

“Juicy Citrus” | March , 2016 | Digital Painting

Juicy Citrus by Lisa Bardot

“Shards in Shades” | March , 2016 | Digital Painting

Shards in Shades by Lisa Bardot

“Bright, Bright, Rainy Day” | March , 2016 | Digital Painting

Bright Bright Rainy Day by Lisa Bardot

“Sunny Rainy” | March , 2016 | Digital Painting

Sunny Rainy by Lisa Bardot

“Loops Unraveled” | March , 2016 | Digital Painting

Loops Unraveled by Lisa Bardot

“Summer Blanket” | March , 2016 | Digital Painting

Summer Blanket by Lisa Bardot

Art Everyday: week eleven

What a fruitful week! I did extra pieces this week. Yay me! This was my first full week with my iPad and Procreate back. I learned that all the custom brushes I had created were also lost. Boo. So I decided to experiment with making my own brushes from scratch! I made this bubbly brush that I used a lot this week. I’m really diggin’ it. It was perfect for drawing Cheerios. Inspiration this week came from: Ogling cactus gardens in southern California (I also decided I should take a pilgrimage to the desert to study cacti). Being tired after shooting a 12-hour wedding.  A recent Instagram photo from @teamwoodnote. Bear. My friend Sarah saying something amazing at Field Trip. Learning about the picasso bug (Google it. So cool.). 

“Cactus Garden” | March 11, 2016 | Digital Painting

Cactus Garden by Lisa Bardot

“I’m So Tired” | March 12, 2016 | Digital Painting

I m so tired by Lisa Bardot

“Swirly Blue” | March 13, 2016 | Digital Painting

Swirly Blue by Lisa Bardot

“Four Saguaros” | March 13, 2016 | Digital Painting

Four Saguaros by Lisa Bardot

“1085″ | March 14, 2016 | Digital Painting

1085 by Lisa Bardot

“PB&J for Bear” | March 14, 2016 | Digital Painting

PB J for Bear by Lisa Bardot

 “Shiny Ice Cream” | March 15, 2016 | Digital Painting

Shiny Ice Cream by Lisa Bardot 

“Name Brand Cheerios” | March 17, 2016 | Digital Painting 

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“Picasso Bug” | March 18, 2016 | Digital Painting

Picasso Bug by Lisa Bardot

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