Hello!

My imagination has been commandeered by a bazillion interests and pasttimes. I’ve even taken a class for people who have more interests than they know how to manage. I’ve been told that I ‘should focus,’ which may be very good advice. However, to focus means I might miss out on something, and I simply cannot stand that possibility.

Behind my curiosity is a glass-is-half-full, Pollyanna-like outlook on life. Can you feel this in my photographs and words? I hope so. For it is my wish that a visit to my blog  will offer you a brief respite from the hurly-burly demands of everyday life. It should feel as though you are taking a brief pause, resting your head on a hand-embroidered, freshly pressed linen pillowcase.

When I began working through the exercises in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, I had a significant lightbulb moment: my “U-turn” (a Cameron term) with photography. Out of this experience the blog was born. My Artful Life is my version of a journal about my creative pursuits, which include writing, drawing, quilting, knitting, books I’ve just read and can’t wait to share, movies that beg recommending, and anything else I’m excited about. In my ‘other’ life, I teach at a local university, and assist in the administration of a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

If you would like to be in touch via email, you may contact me at: LisaAllenArtist[at]gmail[dot]com
Note: The @ and dot are in brackets here to avoid spamming. You know what to doI look forward to hearing from you.

19 responses to “Hello!

  1. Hey Lis……………

    Wow ….you are so ….there are really not words to describe all you are. I feel like I went gold mining and found the most valuable nugget.

    We went to the church at 3:45 AM this morning to leave for New Orleans. Apparently the weather in Chicago caused cancelled flights so we have to try again on Sunday. Our connecting flight to New Orleans had been cancelled.

    keep Going Girl! You are an inspiration!

    Love Ya, Cynthia

    • Hi Lisa, this is an awesome website and blog. I too continuously read and reread Julia Cameron’s book–it has helped so much. It might interest you to know that my beginnings were quite pastoral. I grew on a farm in NH we had a dairy cow for milk and made our own butter, yogurt and ice cream! So yummy in the heat of summer. We had bees, chickens and horses. I sympathize with you about going home. Unfortunetly, the farm has been sold for 15 years now. But I keep dreaming of owning a place like it in the country and having lawns and yards full of gardens. Although I do eat meat occasionally, I am mostly vegetarian and have worked at the Concord Coop, our best natural food store in Concord and grow as much of my own vegetables organically. I would still love to come down to a Malonga some time and have tea with you. Love your blog! Keep writing. Peace and LIght, Sophia

      • You can take the girl away from the farm, but you can never take the farm outta the girl! Check out the Mary Jane’s Farm link in the blog links here. I bet she’ll be an inspiration for you. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

  2. Hi Lisa,

    thanks for dropping by my site and leaving some appreciative comments. We all treasure a little feedback.

    And you’re a published author! Eating Clean! How can us amateurs expect to compete with pros like you? :-)

    And you’ve got some good vibes here. The whole place feels very “warm”, like sitting next to a lounge room fireplace.

    regards,

    garry

  3. Stop being modest. You have a zillion and twelve interests and pasttimes. You just forgot a dozen.

  4. I love your Mosaic Mondays. What a great idea. Nice blog. Very pleasant.

  5. Jeannemarie Auclair

    Can’t wait to explore your blog. I am so impressed and look forward to absorbing what I can.

    I, too, am interested in quilting, although I haven’t learned how to (yet)!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  6. Just what I needed today, to come across your website–wonderful!

    My art is gardening, farming, and beekeeping–touching the earth. Was a writer, but these days I can’t sit still long enough to put words on paper–guess I need to be growing “something wild and unruly” for a time.

    Look forward to getting more familiar with your website.

  7. Just thought I would write and say how delightful your blog is. And, so much that I posted it as my Featured Blog Selection for the week on my blog. http://www.sundaymorningblogger.com
    Thanks for all the great writing and photos.

  8. Hi Lisa, Am new to blogging and at 63 a fledgling writer. Found your site through writeintoyourlife. Trying to establish a foundation for all the help I can get. In my NHWP booklet I’ve just received there was an interview with Sonja Hakala on The Query Letter. Bet you know her. Thanks for being here. Arlene

  9. Lisa…..how you inspire me! Your journal and Flickr always make me wish to “get out there” and create. Thank you for sharing yourself. Always, Robin

  10. I love your blog! Wonderfully creative and so full of great photographs. Keep on keepin’ on …

  11. hi i wanted to know if i am allowed to use the picture of the girl writing please ofr my coursework if you dont mind please.
    could you please email me back.
    thanks
    chris

  12. Hi – I have no idea how I came across you blog, but I wanted to say I LOVE the photography!

    I also wanted to know where you got the wirey mannequin on the photo of “Week #5 of the Biggest Loser competition at my local gym”.
    Please email me and let me know! Thank you, C.

  13. hi and thank you for makingmy day .You have helped me so much ,struggling with wheat,potatoe,tomatoe,intolerance ,and i’m veggie ! so going to order your book from Amazon . Also tryong to heal depression naturally and love crafts ,crochet ,knitting ,x stitch ,going to make a vision board ,x stitch affirmations ,fairy garden for my daughters 21st ,she is very poorly with anorexia but loves writting childrens stories,You will never know how much you have given me today and i’m so gratefull.Going to declutter my home bigtime andget stuck in making it pretty and cosy with homespun things ,bless you ,love pam

  14. Hi Lisa, this is an awesome website and blog. I too continuously read and reread Julia Cameron’s book–it has helped so much. It might interest you to know that my beginnings were quite pastoral. I grew on a farm in NH we had a dairy cow for milk and made our own butter, yogurt and ice cream! So yummy in the heat of summer. We had bees, chickens and horses. I sympathize with you about going home. Unfortunetly, the farm has been sold for 15 years now. But I keep dreaming of owning a place like it in the country and having lawns and yards full of gardens. Although I do eat meat occasionally, I am mostly vegetarian and have worked at the Concord Coop, our best natural food store in Concord and grow as much of my own vegetables organically. I would still love to come down to a Malonga some time and have tea with you. Love your blog! Keep writing. Peace and LIght, Sophia
    +1

  15. Hello indeed. Lisa, I love the picture and the words. So you! So delightful! Thanks for the gift of this blog.

  16. what a nice introduction. I can completely relate to being unable to focus – makes me wonder if theres something wrong with me but no, I’m not alone! hahaha :) ahh polyanna and glass half-full, joy is not a crime – its a way of living. thanks!

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