New Gallery Exhibit Features Nossi Illustration Instructor, Lisa Taylor

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Centennial Art Center’s 2017 spring exhibit, A Walk in the Woods, celebrates the natural world with four artists exploring the textures, colors and glowing beauty of natural wood. Landscape paintings by Lisa Taylor, a local, Nashville artist combined with graceful handcrafted wood-turned vessels and sculptures by Barry Werner and Michael Holowach, and intricately sculpted furniture by Douglas Lawrence. The exhibit begins with an artists’ opening reception on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-7 p.m. Lending a more two-dimensional approach to A Walk in the Woods, Lisa Taylor’s expressive oil paintings convey feeling and a connection to nature with lush, verdant landscapes. Lisa feels her mission as an artist is to capture fleeting moments, aiming to represent not what is seen, but what is felt. Originally from a small town southwest of Nashville, Tenn., Lisa is an adjunct faculty member at Nossi College of Art, a professional art school in Nashville. She earned a Masters in Fine Art and a Bachelor of Science in Logistics from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York. She has been in numerous group and juried exhibits and is a national award-winning artist. She teaches Color Theory and Basic Drawing to students in Nossi’s Illustration Program. Lisa is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, where she worked in Planning and Contingency Preparedness, filling numerous management positions and roles in Emergency Management. In addition to the lovely landscapes of woods and streams shown in this exhibit, Lisa paints expressive cityscapes, still lifes and figurative paintings….

Harley Van Hyning visits Nossi

Harley Van Hyning, a Destin, Fla., resident, will be visiting Nossi College of Art in Nashville today to demonstrate his expertise in a centuries-old Japanese art form known as Gyotaku. (Japanese, from gyo “fish” + taku “rubbing”) He will bring fresh fish from Destin and will do a live demonstration by creating three different prints with different print mediums, explaining their differences and quality with each of them. He will share personal experiences and while discussing his techniques to create the ideal print. Check out more on his website: http://www.gnarlyfishprints.com/  RSVP HERE

Illustrate your Motivation – Lisa's 30-Day Challenge

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

Pushing yourself to be your best can be tough. You know all your own weak spots – procrastination, distraction, rationalization – recognizing them and learning to overcome them is extremely important in the creative profession. Lisa Taylor, an illustration instructor at Nossi College of Art, took a challenge to push herself by creating one new painting each day for 30 days. Many artists know this as a 30-Day Challenge, and in addition to finding inspiration for herself; Lisa is giving inspiration to other artists as well. “I am not a morning person at all,” said Lisa when discussing finding the time to paint each day. “I tend to be more active in the afternoon.” Lisa limits her painting hours to late evening because “It is one of the little flaws I have found (about myself),” she said. “If I have too much time, I get too meticulous and too much into detail.” She took that into consideration when starting her 30-Day Challenge in September. When painting every day, an artist learns about her approach, mixing colors and variations on brush strokes. She also discovered her drawing skills improved and decisions could be made at a much quicker pace. “It helps you in determining what kind of stuff you like painting and the colors you lean towards, and you may not realize it until you are done,” she said. Lisa’s focus as an artist changes and morphs because she doesn’t want to get burned out by staying on the same subject….

Getting Creative with Alicia Maynard

WRITTEN BY: lfunke

The country duo Big and Rich were looking for interesting cover artwork for their 2012 album, HillBilly Jedi. A brainstorming session between Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Big Kenny and John Rich steered the team to a song lyric, “Hillbilly Jedis with attitude.” Bon Jovi knew immediately that would be the name of the album. During planning for the album photo shoot, the team required body-painted models. Enter Alicia Maynard, a 1998 Graphic Arts graduate of Nossi College of Art and her portfolio of stimulating work, including body-painted models. “I get easily bored and love other people’s creativity,” said Alicia. “There are so many people who are creative but maybe not artistically inclined. I take someone else’s wants, feelings and emotions and transfer it into art for them.” Her assignment, create purple, alien saloon girls to pose behind the artists Big and Rich. She still considers working with the three models, creating their look and transforming them on set as one of the coolest jobs she has been commissioned to do. Alicia is always on the lookout for unusual, passionate and sometimes outlandish projects to create for people. However, finding interesting and well-paying gigs wasn’t always so easy. At graduation, she realized her fellow student designers were hired to work in offices with a set 9 to 5 schedule every day. That was never something she truly wanted to do; it was her first major decision after college. Artistic to the core, Alicia began practicing a variety of arts and spent…

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