Category Archives: Travel

Color coincidence

One of the locals in Hawaii called this a “hurricane sunset,” courtesy of Hurricane Lane.

The sunset has a lot of my favorite colors, as seen in the hand-painted papers of my mixed media “Azar” collage that I finished earlier in the summer. 🙂

Riis Griffen, mixed media collage on 8 x 8″ cradled panel.

But paint could never match nature’s glorious, luminous colors!

Solo time at the coast

For the past week I’ve been staying in a little cottage in Waldport all by myself, enjoying silence and creative time and walking on the beach twice a day. It’s been heavenly!

I bought a folding table to set up as my workspace in the dining room and spread out my supplies. It was great to have the whole day–the whole week!–to alternate working on paintings with taking breaks outside. The past few days it was so warm that I took my book about Henry Miller’s watercolors onto the deck and soaked up some sun.

I’m heading home refreshed and restored and with a stack of new work and many, many photos for future inspiration.

 

Wanderlust

Sculpture at Kunsthaus Tacheles, an artists' collective in Berlin, taken during my trip in 2010. Photo by Lisa Griffen.

Sculpture at Kunsthaus Tacheles, an artists’ collective in Berlin, taken during my trip in 2010. Photo by Lisa Griffen.



Now that Spring Break just ended, I’m feeling the urge to travel. It’s partly due to spring and the warmer, sunnier weather. After the hibernation of winter, I want to GO somewhere and see something new. I may also be conditioned because April is a month when I’ve done a lot of traveling: to Washington DC in 2010, to Hamburg and Paris in 2012, a road trip to California in 2013.

The photos are from a visit to the Tacheles art center in Berlin. What a place! It was housed in a former department store that was used as a prison by the Nazis, then the building was taken over by artists after the Berlin Wall came down. By the time of my trip, it had been going strong for about 20 years and was packed with cool stuff. I wish I’d had more time to explore and talk with the artists there but I feel lucky to have seen it before it was closed down. Wikipedia says that part of the sculpture area is still open.


Sculptures in the courtyard of the Tacheles artists' collective in Berlin. Photo by Lisa Griffen.

Sculptures in the courtyard of the Tacheles artists’ collective in Berlin. Photo by Lisa Griffen.