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

Monday, September 29, 2014


This was painted during the Alameda Plein Air Paint Out last July/August. It was a very sunny morning and I backed up to the wall by Long's drug store across the street where I could paint in the shade for a few hours. I had seen this vintage sign for the old Towata flower shop with the mirrored wall behind it and thought it would be fun to paint an iconic Alameda image. The old red Chevy truck pulled up just as I began the painting. It made such a great color contrast and fit with the vintage look. I had to paint the truck immediately, as I had no idea how long it would be parked there, and sure enough.. it pulled away just as I finished getting it down.

9" X 12", Oil on panel, framed
available at http://www.lisagreensteinpaints.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I had seen this adorable vintage auto on a 'scouting' trip before last years Alameda paint out. Somehow I couldn't find it again then. However, this year's quick draw event included the area where this little turquoise car lives and I was very happy to have the chance to paint it and the side street. Quick draw events give you only a few hours to complete a painting, and its hit or miss when you are pushing to finish so fast.

8" X 10"
Oil on hardboard


Wednesday, August 06, 2014


Parasailing by Crab Cove in Alameda California
This was the first painting I completed for the Alameda Plein Air paint-out, July 28- August 1. It took coming back for a second go to work on the tree, backlit in the late afternoon. 

Oil on Linen/Panel  9"X12"  $525.

This will be available at the Frank Bette Gallery- exhibit and sale, Aug.8-Sept.22. The reception is Friday Aug. 8

Frank Bette Center
Lincoln at Paru, Alameda CA

Saturday, June 07, 2014


Painted this cactus patch with background hills of Napa/Sonoma very quickly in the last light of the afternoon.

Oil on panel

6" X 8"

for more information: lisagreenstein@gmail.com

Monday, February 03, 2014


The backlit clouds moved so quickly. This determined that the sky would be the first thing to paint. I didn't know if the light would change to fully sunlit or fully overcast at any moment, so I made myself work very quickly to get it all down, starting with palette knives and bigger brushes. Every vantage point had marvelous views of the Oakland port and  San Francisco skyline, so I'll be back to this location again.

9 X 12
Oil on panel

more info: lisagreenstein@gmail.com

Saturday, February 01, 2014


This is the view of a '14er' called Wilson Peak. There are a ring of these 14,000 foot mountains around the box canyon where the town of Telluride, Colorado is nestled. This is a view from, 'See Forever Village', at about 10,000 feet. You get breathless up there, but one adjusts and it is magnificent. My son climbed this peak, so I gave the painting to him as a remembrance of that accomplishment.

9" X 12"
oil on  panel