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Thank you sale! 20% off!


Why wait for Black Friday? Why leave the house!? Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving and the holiday season early!

I’m so thankful for all of the people who have shown support in one way or another for my work, this sale will offer 20% off in my Etsy store and will last 6 whole days!

Starting Wednesday 11/27/2013 through Monday 12/2/2013. Prints are a great gift and I am even adding new prints in my store today in time for the sale.

Use the code THANKS13 upon checkout for 20% off your order!

If you are holiday shopping, my shop will close Wednesday December 18, so be sure to get your order in before 5pm that day to ensure delivery by the holidays (international customers should order by this week).

Thank you all!!

The Biggest Little Art Show, Icons of Nevada

Sarah Winnemucca

I’ll be participating in the upcoming Biggest Little Art Show, “Icons of Nevada”. The opening reception on Thursday December 5th from 5-7pm is a free fundraising event. It’s a tiny works group show – all pieces are sized 2.25″ x 3.25″- the size of a playing card; all work will be for sale and 50% goes right to Sierra Arts.

My piece is titled, Sarah, and the subject is Sarah Winnemucca; she was a Paiute princess and an activist. She was somewhat controversial but nonetheless an incredibly interesting person. Come see my tiny painting in person- it really is just 2.25″ x 3.25″- hard to believe until you see it. 😉

There will be some really great art to see along with some tasty food from Wild River Grille. I hope to see some familiar faces for a fun night and a good cause!

ETA: There is a really lovely write-up of the event here:

Latest pieces at Noble Pie

buffalo + cetus

This month, I have three new pieces in the group show, Sensory Impressions. The show will be hanging at Noble Pie Parlor through the month of November so check it out and get one of their Thanksgiving calzones (so. so. good.). Each piece is a 5″x 7″ graphite drawing on 11″x14″ archival paper. All three pieces are part of my ghost series that I’ve been working on. The above piece is called buffalo + cetus. Each piece represents a story of childhood.

elephant + ursa minor

The piece above is titled elephant + ursa minor. The animals in each work represent a ghost and each also relates in some way to the constellation within the piece.

moth + lepus

This last one is titled moth + lepus. I don’t like to give too much away in terms of the stories wound into each work because I feel like it tells the viewer what to think, instead of what to imagine. So I’ll keep a bit of mystery to these for now.

The originals are for sale at $100 each, so let me know if you are interested in purchasing. (lisapisa77[at]



The Stranger Show at Holland Project

Holland Project Stranger Show

The Stranger Show reception last week was hopping and it was fantastic! As I mentioned before, I’d been collaborating with a high school student during the month of October to create a piece for this show. 16 students and local artists were paired together for this project and we were tasked to create something under the theme strange, hence the Stranger Show. The Holland Project has been doing this every year for the past three years and I’m so glad I got to participate this year. I didn’t take as many photos as I should have- I guess I was just really enjoying being in the moment!

My son and husband joined in the fun too. My son especially loved the piece below. It was a cool interactive piece where you pull a glow stick and it abducts the little pig into the spaceship!

aliens abducting pig

So much great art from these Hug High School kids- so many people were impressed at the level of the work. My friend Casey (who was also a participating artist) and I were talking about just what a cool space the Holland Project is; we both felt like it would’ve been our very favorite spot for us as high schoolers. To be honest- it’s definitely one of my favorite places in Reno. The event alone was impressive, with not only original art, but also music, and handmade food.

I was happy to get the chance to hang out with my student collaborator, Lupe Reyes, and I got to meet her wonderful family- it was so awesome. The wonderful surprise that came later that evening was, that Lupe and I won the judge’s pick- such an honor. Lupe got a sweet $100 gift certificate to the local art store. The night made me so happy to be part of such a cool event and amazing community. The show is up until the end of November, so check it out if you can!

Lupe and me

Sketchbook: week 9

Well last week sure got away from me but for all the right reasons! I finished my latest commission and started a couple of new projects as well. I have more to share but will save some for a later/separate post. I still did manage to get some sketching in and got a nice little set of conté crayons to play with. Here is the latest sketch:



So this little guy is also part of my newest project. He’s a little sad holding that rubik’s cube isn’t he. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out why. 😉

Collaborating with high school students via Holland Project

For the month of October, I’ve been collaborating with a local high school student to create a piece for the annual Stranger Show at the Holland Project. My student-partner-in-crime’s name is Lupe and she is super talented, smart, and loves Jack Skellington perhaps as much as I do. We’ve been working together weekly to get our piece done in time for the show and it’s been fun to collaborate with someone new. Here she is painting away on one of our panels:

student painting


If you’re in the Reno area, the Stranger Show opening reception is this Friday November 15th, 2013 at the Holland Project from 6-8pm- there will be food and mariachi music as well- I hope to see you there!

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Sketchbook: week 8 and more news!

I’m excited to share that I have some work in a group show tonight, so if you’re in the Reno area- stop by Noble Pie Parlor between 7-10pm for a great show! The work will be up for about a month- so please stop by. I have 3 new pieces- all graphite drawings on archival paper. I’ll share those images later- I promise!

This week’s sketch is inspired by one of my favorite and ubiquitous animals- the beloved feline. I decided I wanted to make a Patron Saint for Hover Cats. If you own or spend enough time around cats- you will recognize this phenomena where cats legs disappear and they become hovering beings. There is also a hover cat on Welcome to Night Vale- he sounds a little scary though. Anyway- enjoy!

patron saint of hover cats