Lisa Sy

Artist, Illustrator, Designer

Practicing Gouache Painting at Home

July 2, 2017

I spent a large portion of yesterday recentering myself and what I want out of my life and art practice. After drinking a warm matcha latte in downtown Berkeley and jotting all of my notes down without inhibition, I went on and decided to paint the view outside of my window — Lois The Pie Queen.

Having lived in this unit for a few years, I have attempted many paintings of Lois, but I was never happy with any of my past attempts. I found that sometimes, I'd used too many warm colors, created a messy washed out look. When I saw myself following a similar pattern yesterday, I immediately cleaned my palette and filled it with blues and greens to inspire me.

93 Degrees in Oakland

June 22, 2017

Recently, I surpassed my four-year anniversary of living in the Bay Area. The Bay Area is the first place I've ever lived in since graduating from undergrad. Very early on, I found it to be the right place to call it home. A lot of people I know who don't like the Bay Area complain about the homogeneity of it: that everyone works in tech. However, I think it is very possible to move beyond this mentality and recognize multitudes of lives and experiences here. Sometimes, it takes getting a bit beyond what we're comfortable with. Highly recommend this article "Where the Wealth Was All Along" on Raptitude for inspiration.

The Value of Attention

April 7, 2017

"Attention … is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought, localization, concentration, of consciousness are of its essence. It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others, and is a condition which has a real opposite in the confused, dazed, scatter brained state which in French is called distraction, and Zerstreutheit in German." - William James