Welcome to 'Lisa Paints', the small format paintings of Lisa Greenstein.

Monday, October 29, 2007


I brought this little pumpkin home from El Cerrito Natural Grocery and set it on the table in place of the cone shell to see how Rembrandt's chiaroscuro lighting effect would work on it's surface.

6" X6"

Oil on maple

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


This is a figure study of Stephanie in her white leather jacket. This was a one session pose, so I painted it in browns, blacks, and whites on a gray ground.

Oil on primed masonite

11" X 11" (had to clip the left side to fit on scanner)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


I recognized this in a shell shop, from a Rembrandt etching, and so brought it home to make a painting. With a copy of the Rembrandt etching to look at, I was able to approximate the angle of light and shadow. I learned how the light was set up to glance off of the top edge of the shell while showing the swirl side in half-light, but most of the shell was actually in darkness. His etching reversed the cone and swirl direction, but the signature was added to read correctly. Rembrandt's etching- http://www.rijksmuseum.nl

Oil on Maple
5"X 7"

Saturday, October 06, 2007


This artfully folded napkin is from Sawooei Thai Cuisine, my favorite El Cerrito restaurant. My painter's radar noticed these beauties on the purple tablecloths, so I asked to borrow one to add to my take-out!

Oil on maple
6" X 6"