An Ugly Animal In A Cute Outfit, this one’s in a suit and tie. A sophisticated Proboscis Monkey with a pet turtle and fish, showing off his antique collection and Persian rug. Proboscis monkeys dine on raw fruit and therefore I included a replica painting from one of my favourite movies, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson whose movie revolves around the painting, Boy With Apple. Complete with Fossil watch, pocket square and rose coloured cuff links, this fella accessorizes in style. Ugly Animals In Cute Outfits: Taking a seemingly unfortunate situation and seeing for what it can be/ truly is: a unique, opportunity, a showing of beauty and glory! Featuring the world’s most underrated animals, be proud of who you are, personality and character go a long way.
All four edges are painted and therefore does not require a frame, complete with hanging wire it is ready for your enjoyment.
I came across a free library in my neighbourhood! I didn’t have any books on me at the time but left a little art card. In the least I figured it’d make a good bookmark. Went back a week later to find it missing and all the books all different. Since then I’m hooked, been leaving a different one each time and there hasn’t been a day when I went back and found it still there.
I was trying to match the picture with the theme of the season but the squirrel went fast, well maybe I can do it with the books inside. If anyone knows where else I can find Toronto Free Libraries in the city, let me know I’d love to visit. They certainly have made my daily walks more interesting.
Yikes! I’m featured in 2 curated collections this month. Both websites have thousands to choose from so it’s always an honour to be selected in a curated collection. They usually drive a lot of attention to my art so if there’s one you’ve been eyeing for awhile I’d act fast before someone else takes it! You don’t want to be that sucker who lives in regret and believe me, I’ve met quite a few ; )
Links are below, take a scroll through to find out which pieces were selected. Lot of good work to peep through too.
Atlantic Wolf Fish In Fishnet acrylic on canvas 9 x 12 x 1.5 inches 2020 $400 CAD
An Ugly Animal In A Cute Outfit, this one’s in fishnet. The Atlantic Wolffish lives by the rocky ocean bottom dining on lobsters and other crustaceans. Included is Salvador Dali’s Lobster Telephone and a throwback to one of my older paintings, Lobster On Ice! Her signature feature, her great wolflike teeth, capped in gold, complete with gold chain and accessory. Ugly Animals In Cute Outfits: Taking a seemingly unfortunate situation and seeing for what it can be/ truly is, unique, opportunity, beauty and glory! Featuring the world’s most underrated animals, be proud of who you are, personality and character go a long way.
All four edges are painted and therefore does not require a frame, complete with a hanging wire it is ready for your enjoyment.
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My Peacock Descending A Staircase was selected for one of Saatchiart.com’s New This Week curated collections. They have thousands of artworks to choose from so it’s always an honour. I sold 3 prints: Peacock Descending A Staircase
I sold a number of postcards and custom stamps through my Instagram: @lisangart
I sold 2 Flamingos In The Bathroom hand towels and 1 shower curtain off my Society6 page: Lisa Ng Art Society6
Finally, the biggest news of all I sold my Horned Lizard painting I finished 3 years ago! It’s headed to the USA 🇺🇸 ! The buyer got in touch through my Etsy page: Lisa Ng Art on Etsy
September marks the 1 year while sales have been steady, averaging a painting sale a month and spurts of prints here and there. Although I don’t want to jinx it, you just never know in art, some years are good and some years are bad. Regardless, after years of losing money and counting on nothing but hope, it’s worth celebrating 🥳 Thanks for the support ❤️
You can order custom stamps with my paintings on them now! Get a booklet of 12 stamps for $24 + shipping or a sheet of 50 stamps for $90 + shipping. Stamps for mailing to the USA and international mailing also available just DM for details! Great for holiday mailers and party invites. Pick any painting you like from my website http://www.lisangart.com under “paintings.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch 🐌✉️ Feel free to share and thanks for your support 🦝
An Ugly Animal In A Cute Outfit, this one’s in a tutu. The star nosed mole, native to Newfoundland where you’ll be able to find artist Mary Pratt paintings, they eat fish also so suitable this one has one of her paintings! Living underground, feasting on worms and molluscs, the star nosed mole can smell under water too by blowing bubbles and smelling them up again. Shovels for hands and a secret message in the wormy background you’d be lucky to get to take her home. Ugly Animals In Cute Outfits: Taking a seemingly unfortunate situation and seeing for what it can be/ truly is, unique, opportunity, beauty and glory! Featuring the world’s most underrated animals, be proud of who you are, personality and character go a long way. All four edges of the painting are delicately painted and therefore does not require a frame and complete with hanging wire it is ready for your enjoyment!
Listening to a podcast on Baroque artist Jusepe De Ribera 1591 – 1652, I learned he was proud of who he was, a Spaniard in Italy. He played that part of himself up in his signage and setting himself apart from Caravaggio, a direct influence. He married into an art dealer’s family and plotted himself in Naples where a Spaniard at that time could operate freely. He was a painter of the uncomfortable. Popular subjects included the disfigured, the abnormal, the elderly with their sagging skin and giving dignity, unique beauty and contemplation to the otherwise grotesque. Violent scenes of pain and suffering populate his body of work, public executions were evident in this time and the public was fascinated.
His painting, Magdalena Ventura With Her Husband And Son reminded me of my own Booby painting. Both featuring at least one open breast, although the open breast was not as taboo as it is maybe thought of today, but there’s an element of strange outside of that in both. Androgyny was not particularly popular nor desirable at this time but the lady in Jusepe De Ribera’s painting was commissioned and modelled after rumours of one such character who was both mother and income contributor to her family, despite her unusual hair growth. Her standing pose depicted while nursing is a sign of her strength and ability to get up on with it just days after birth. The bearded lady is dignified, capable and a proud provider to her family.
As for Booby, I’m not sure what she was trying to say. A science experiment gone wrong? Gone right? Maybe a provider to her family, to society as a whole? Ham and bacon she provides to Canadian breakfast lovers, her insulin has saved a lot of diabetics, is this painting so far off? She seems dignified with an almost serene look upon her face and on all four feet and getting just right on with it despite her circumstance. A pretty bow tied to her foot, perhaps she is a gift.
What do uncomfortable works of art do for us? Maybe they give us a new perspective on ourselves and how we view each other. Maybe they ask us to question our own assumptions and help us imagine a world without them. Maybe they stretch the possibility of how society may nor may not function. I can only guess.
I can’t help but think he has been an unconscious influence. Seeing his painting and learning the story behind it has somehow revived my own appreciation to my very own, hard to sell Booby painting 🐖
Original painting and prints of Booby available at Saatchiart
Aye finished a painting! Part of an ongoing series featuring Ugly Animals In Cute Outfits, this one features a monkey type creature called an aye aye in a lacy nightie.
Legend has it if you find an aye aye and it points its long middle finger at you, it means death and you must kill it but that’s totally false! This legend is in part reason for its near extinction. This one’s just being friendly, minding their own business and using their long fingers, decorated with golden rings, to skillfully play a violin in the moonlight.
Aye ayes live in the trees and feed on grubs using their long fingers to dig them out from the trunks of trees. They also feed on fruit which is my reason for the inclusion of the pomegranate and the orange at the bottom.
Sold this one in record time but prints are available online at Saatchiart.com and Society6 Thanks for your support! 🌚🎻🌙
People ask, “Where do you get your inspiration?” From everywhere really: dreams, happenings, daily life and of course, other artists -it depends on the piece! A few years ago I re-did Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa by featuring myself in pink fur as the, “Furry Lisa.” I thought about this painting again recently when I came across this wonderful podcast on Spotify by BioGraphics on the life of Leonardo Da Vinci while I was painting the other day. YouTube video version:
I’ve always been in awe of his character, his interest and achievement in an array of subjects. He thought of how to tackle the possibility of human flight before anyone, he was an inventor and a dedicated artist. He followed his heart and from doing that, excelled and expanded the human imagination. One of my earliest memories of what an artist is and what an artist does was when my mom showed me a picture of the Mona Lisa. I connect with him today as I seemed to have wound up a bit of a Renaissance woman myself, being an artist and a nurse. It was interesting to learn about his own personal journey and learning about how painting fit into his life and what it meant to him.
I’ve read a number of biographies on the man and off the top of my head here are some things I remember, hopefully I’ve remembered them correctly. In his later life Da Vinci became hesitant to sign paintings until he sold them as his name alone brought great prominence to a painting and he became concerned with art thieves. The Mona Lisa did not reach world fame until it was stolen out of the Louvre museum. The thief believed it belonged to Italy as Da Vinci was Italian despite the artist spending his latter years in France. Back then nobody thought anyone would steal it, there was no security guarding it nor alarm systems to protect it. The thief simply visited the Louvre during opening hours, plucked it out from the frame and hid it in his coat and walked out. When it was stolen, the Mona Lisa made headlines world wide and people wrote love letters to the Mona Lisa daily. Since being recovered, the Mona Lisa is the most visited work of art in the Louvre, it now sits behind an enclosed case where crowds from all over the planet can only get so close to it. The painting is guarded with heavy security and the public can only look at it behind a red velvet rope. Here are my top favourite points from the podcast which I think further depicts the aura behind the Mona Lisa.
After chasing a long sought after dream career in war weaponry design and eventually seeing the horrors of war and disgusted, he quietly retired and with the money he made from weaponry, he settled back into the peaceful life of painting portraits. It was this time he painted the Mona Lisa, the only painting he did for himself and carried it around with him everywhere he went, always changing it, trying to perfect it. Born a bastard child, in his old age he died comfortably looked after by the king of France and with no children of his own, he left the bulk of his work including the Mona Lisa to his loyal apprentice ❤️