Friday, April 20, 2018

a few EDOs after being MIA

..whoa! where'd the time go?!  The last few months have gone by extremely fast.  I've been busy working on some new work that I will get to share soon, as well as some other stuff that I look forward to sharing too.. but I realized I hadn't shared anything here on my blog for a a while, so.. here are my last few Every Day Original pieces I've done:

For January:
Drasya - oil and collage on panel, 5x5"
To view more info and pics, click here: "Drasya" by Vanessa Lemen on EDO

For February:
Miitu (Much Stands Behind Me) - oil on panel, 5x5" (sold)
To view more info and pics, click here: "Miitu (Much Stands Behind Me)" by Vanessa Lemen on EDO

For March:
First Flight - oil on panel, 5x7"
To view more info and pics, click here: "First Flight" by Vanessa Lemen on EDO

...more soon!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Mindfulness - Listen To The Lost Painting

Listen - oil on panel, a WIP that I now call "The Lost Painting" because it has since morphed into something a bit different

Sharing my most recent article posted on the Muddy Colors blog - Mindfulness - Listen To The Lost Painting.  The article is mainly about resourcefulness and mindfulness - which are innate qualities we all have, and it's up to us to cultivate them.
To read the article, click on this link:  Mindfulness - Listen To The Lost Painting by Vanessa Lemen


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year! - some new, some old(ish)

Starting off the new year sharing an article in the January 2018 issue of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine.  I have been featured in their list of 10 Stars of San Diego this year for their 10th Anniversary of Stars of San Diego. If you're a San Diego local, you can pick up the magazine at various magazine stands in the area- or read the digital version of my 2-page feature here (click the image to download and/or view larger):

photo on left by Martin Mann / article/interview by Mark Hiss


I also want to share a couple paintings finished just before the end of year in December 2017.

This painting, Diana, was finished for a commission.  Oil on yupo, 9x12"
Diana, oil on yupo, 9x12" (sold)

And this painting (below) was my last for Every Day Original in 2017.
Aki (The song in her eyes), oil on acrylic on yupo, 4x6"
She stirs the soil and sings it back to life: "Be ground. Be crumbled, so wildflowers will come up where you are."
Aki (The song in her eyes), oil/acrylic on yupo, 4x6" (sold)


I also want to share a few of my last articles on Muddy Colors, which I had forgotten to post links to here when the last few months were very busy.

From October, in my article "Promise, Process, and Beyond", I go over a bit about my painting, Promise, and the process and a bit about how the painting came about.
click here to read that article:  Promise, Process, and Beyond by Vanessa Lemen

on left: beginning stage of my painting, Promise / on right: the finished painting

From November, in my article "Subconscious Riffs While Painting", I share a bit about the everyday thought process, how thoughts come in and go out from conscious to subconscious, and how I've learned to assimilate them and use that as part of the process (because it's inevitable). Mindfulness is good.
click here to read that article:  Subconscious Riffs While Painting by Vanessa Lemen

slivers of a few of my newer paintings

From December, in my article "Artist Inspiration - James Gleeson", I share one of my favorite artists' work along with excerpts/quotes that demonstrate a bit of his words and philosophy as well.
click here to read that article:  Artist Inspiration - James Gleeson by Vanessa Lemen

Portrait Of The Artists As Evolving Landscape by James Gleeson

Thanks for a great 2017!  I'm looking forward to an even better year in 2018!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

3 recent EDO paintings

I mentioned in my last blog post that the past few months have been pretty crazy busy - because of this, I had sort of taken an unintentional brief hiatus from posting here and updating the other pages with new work.  So, here are 3 of my recent paintings I posted over on Every Day Original.

Nayani, oil on canvas, 4x12" (sold on

Teki, oil on panel, 5x7" 

Teki (above) is available on EveryDayOriginal.  Click here to visit the (Teki) page and view more images and info about this painting.

Arati, oil on collage on panel, 4x4" (sold on

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Two shows and lots of new work!

Well, the last few months have been a blur, crazy busy with a couple shows at the end of October, and other work outside of that as well.  I do have a lot of new work to post - soon!  For now, I am posting a few pics from two shows that were at the end of October - IX Arts in PA, and ARC Select: Contemporary Figures exhibit at Rehs Contemporary Gallery in NYC. 

Below is a pic of my space at IX Arts, and following that are a few images of some of the paintings that were showing in that space.  Then scroll down to see images from the show in NY at Rehs..
at IX Arts 
Freya, oil on yupo, 5x7, (sold)

Koa, oil on panel, 5x7 (sold)

Luma, oil on panel, 8x10 (sold)

Mavi, oil on collage on panel, 5x7 (sold)

Below are pics from the exhibition at Rehs Contemporary Galleries in NYC, as well as images of each of the paintings I showed at the exhibition.
my work at Rehs Contemporary Gallery (shot panoramic, so sort of warped here. scroll down to see pics below for better images of the work)

At Rehs Contemporary Gallery with Marc Scheff and Tim Rees.  Their work was also in this 6-artist show.

At Rehs Contemporary Gallery with Ron 
Harmony In The Ebb And Flow, oil on panel, 16x20"

To Rise Again, oil on panel, 8x10"

Within/Without, oil on panel, 24x18" (sold)

Fiery Mind, oil on panel, 8x10" (sold)

Promise, oil on panel, 18x24" 

It was a busy and amazing month!  Thanks to all who came out to the shows!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

new painting - Diyana

Diyana - oil on collage mounted on masonite, 5x7"

new painting - Diyana - 5x7" oil on collage mounted on masonite.  (Forgot to post this when I'd finished it a week or so ago!) Posted and available on Every Day Original online gallery.  To view more info and to see more detail pics, visit the site by clicking the link here  >> - Diyana by Vanessa Lemen

Diyana thrives by the light of the moon, and wields a magnetic energy, powerful and positive.  

(this painting is sold)


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Let's Be Real: Do You Know How To Give A Constructive Critique?

I posted a new article on the Muddy Colors blog today.  A little bit about giving a meaningful, helpful, and informative critique rather than just simply stating an opinion with nothing to back it up.  Have a look - click the link:
Let's Be Real: Do You Know How To Give A Constructive Critique?

Thanks for checking it out.
(image: "The Connoisseur" by Norman Rockwell)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Let's Be Real: Why Do You Make Art?

words by Joseph Campbell / painting by Vanessa Lemen
(This painting can be seen in ArtOrder's The Journal)

I posted a new article on the Muddy Colors blog // "Let's Be Real: Why Do You Make Art?" // It's essentially about understanding the importance of knowing how to talk about your work.  Click the link below to read the article at

Let's Be Real: Why Do You Make Art? by Vanessa Lemen on

Have a read and let me know what you think.  Thanks!

Friday, July 28, 2017

new painting - Runa

new painting - Runa - oil on bookpages/collage - 10x9"
posted and sold on the online gallery website
click here to view more images on EDO -> Runa by Vanessa Lemen

Runa is a quiet but strong resilience that does not allow for suppression,
and the nature of her strength is transferrable to those who are open in her presence.

(this painting is sold)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

One Fantastic Week interview - recap of ComicCon

Check out the latest episode on One Fantastic Week - Pete Mohrbacher interviews our group from the Lemenaid booth - with Ron Lemen, me, Sean Murray of Gateway, and Eric Wilkerson representing his illustration work.  We had 1FW's Sam Flegal with us this year in our Lemenaid booth as well and he brought along some of his work for his Havamal project, but he was unable to make it for the 1FW podcast this week.

Click this link to watch the interview: Lemenaid Crew talks SDCC 2017