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

Monday, November 30, 2009

 Carquinez strait landscape

I was experimenting with inventing a composition using thicker paint, lots of color and working some with a palette knife. This was done during a workshop with Jerrold Turner- a wonderful painter and generous teacher.

9 "X 12"
Oil on linen covered hardboard

Sunday, November 29, 2009


The Pacific Coast near Asilomar
I saw this view of the ocean from a sea-weedy bluff just south of Asilomar. The composition looks like a Chinese brush painting... I used to own some and looked at them at lot- so they influenced the way I saw this scene.

9" X 12"

Oil on linen covered board

Thursday, November 26, 2009


This is the small quick painting I did after 'MAUVE CLOUDS'. The fog was rolling in over the horizon by then.
Oil on hardboard
5" X 7"

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Asilomar Seascape

Another painting day at the beach. The fog bank hung over the horizon, making the colors all purply.

9" X 12"

Oil on hardboard

Friday, November 13, 2009

Seascape at Asilomar beach 

This was the small study I dashed off after OCEAN WAVES. It was one of those overcast summer mornings, so the colors appeared intense without the very deep shadows of a sunny day.  I believe that is because the pupils widen to let in more light when the sky is darker. 

Oil on hardboard    

5" X 7" 

Friday, November 06, 2009

The waves rolling in to the shore at Asilomar, California

I observed the waves rolling in for a long while before beginning to paint. They are moving so fast that you really have to paint from memory when on location at the beach. I like the way the blue-green intensifies in saturation just under the curl of foam. Paintings is always about edges, color, brushstrokes and relationships.

Oil on linen mounted on hardboard
9" X 12"