Exhibits

Sharing my mindfulness paintings is as satisfying as creating them. It is so exciting to share my process with others. It is also an honor to encourage others to embrace their own process over their product. Don’t look at what I’ve made. Look at why I made it. What did I notice, think about or meditate on? What was I mindful of? These are the questions I hope you will ponder as you visit my exhibits.


SHCA 2020 Artist and Artisan Holiday Gallery

"My dad planted hundreds of little pine trees in his passion to preserve beauty. These trees are now happy little reminders of Dad now that he’s gone. Every little pine tree I see washes me with a little comfort and joy." 


Collection of Small Works by Alisa E. Clark, 2020


View the Gallery Here: https://www.southhavenarts.org/virtual



SHCA 2020 Artist and Artisan Holiday Gallery

Fantastical Flora and Fauna Regional Juried Exhibition

This space is loaded with significance. It teems with things that are deeply meaningful for me. I paint the “Space Between” what once was and now is. My studio is now full of odds and ends that I cut, glue, mix with paint, and apply to a canvas. What springs forth is my garden full of memories. 



Space Between, 2020

South Haven, MI, Regional Juried Exhibition Finalist

South Haven Center for the Arts

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The Color of Music Art Exhibit

I make art, and I do my best to do it my way: honestly. The more I create, the more I know my song.



I Know My Song, 2020

A show of works from across the country no larger than 10 inches in any direction.

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d'Art Center National Competition

I want people to see a universe inside this painting: a universe where everyone is called to display their uniqueness and diversity. I want you to see a world where a person’s honest attempt at authenticity is held high: a place for everyone everywhere. Look. See what I see.

Norfolk, VA, National Finalist

Theme: Mental Health Awareness


Everyone, 2020

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39th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition

As we all wait for what’s next, the present moment is causing us all anxiety and grief. We can’t even trust in simple necessities as we once did. Despite today's realities, I have a canvas that speaks something unexpected and surprising. I have one place where hope can say, “Hello."

39th Annual Michigan Fine Arts Competition: Finalist, 2020

(Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center, Birmingham, MI)


Hello, Hope, 2020

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Small Works National Juried Exhibition

323 Buena Vista, NY is about a door and the people who have entered it. Painting it helps me in my process of accepting—accepting that I won’t be able to use this door for very much longer. I paint to continue turning the knob of this door, and the knobs of the doors beyond this door, so I can see what was once on the other side. I am stuck here, so I paint it over and over and over again, so I can find my way back.

Portals- Small Works National Juried Exhibition: National Finalist, 2020

(Alex Ferrone Gallery, Cutchogue, NY)



323 Buena Vista, NY, 2019

Yale School of Divinity Reflections Magazine Cover Art

Alisa's work is featured on the cover of this Reflections Magazine issue. Click on this link to read the magazine's article about the cover art: https://reflections.yale.edu/article/spirit-and-politics-finding-our-way/our-shared-hope


ECVA Exhibition: Universal Christ

This piece began as an attempt to illustrate a vision I once had. In it, Jesus showed me that despite all the voices (the voices inside my head and the voices spoken by others), I was good enough. In the vision, Jesus took me out into the water. In this moment I understood the vision was symbolic of cleansing through water and Christ’s shed blood. Jesus pushed me down under the water. I didn’t resist, because I trusted Him even though I was afraid. When I came up out of the water, I was on the other side: I was in Heaven. It was immeasurable peace to be in a place where no one judged me including myself.

I failed in all my efforts to capture the details of this vision in this painting. Instead, all you see is the water and the blood Jesus used to show me that I am not the voices I hear. This makes me think about all the judgements we make about people: whether what they believe is right or wrong and whether what they do is right or wrong. This vision I had was a real thing. It was Jesus Christ communicating with me. It really happened and it came with a message. I can still hear His voice saying, “I made you and you are mine. You are “right” no matter what anyone else says or what you believe about yourself. All this judgement and criticism the world is speaking has nothing to do with Me. I am the God of the universe and I am your God. Despite what anyone says, I made you and you are good. I say you are “right” and I don’t make mistakes.”

If Jesus says that I am NOT the voices I hear, then this is also true for others. If He says he doesn’t make mistakes, then the way he made me and you is “right.” Our beautiful variety, that the world so often tries to squelch, is good. The God of the universe made all of us and we are washed daily in His water and blood. My painting isn’t meant to speak of freedom to do wrong. We were not made to hurt others or ourselves. Instead, I meant it to speak of the freedom that we have in Christ to reflect our uniqueness. We are as unique as every possible color an artist could mix on their pallet: endless possibilities. We represent the vastness of God’s vastness. It’s why we are different in how we look, how we think and how we choose to live our lives. In our uniqueness we represent Him well. We are part of His universe and He is our Christ.

Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit: https://ecva.org/exhibition/universal-christ/exhibit29-aclark.html
Visit the Full ECVA (Episcopal Church and Visual https://ecva.org/exhibition/universal-christ/index.html


Part of His Universe, 2019

ECVA Exhibition on Worship

Artist's Statement: Greek by descent and Greek Orthodox by baptism, I learned early on that Mary has special power. In the Orthodox Church, Mary is given the title “Theotokos” which is Greek for “Birth-giver-of-God.” That phrase in itself is power packed. I was spiritually educated in Catholic schools, where I spoke the words “blessed art thou among women” enough times to continue believing in the holy power of Mary’s blessedness. My early fascination with her has stuck. I am enraptured by the idea that Mary carried God incarnate inside her womb. I like to think that this supplied enough holy power to ignite a spiritual fire inside her. I painted “Mary on Fire” with the same wonderment I had as a child. She’s not God but she birthed Him. How could she not glow from the inside out? I believe she was ablaze and that’s why, and how, I paint her.

Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit: https://ecva.org/exhibition/worship/exhibit14-AClark.html

Visit the Full ECVA (Episcopal Church and Visual https://ecva.org/exhibition/worship/index.html



Madonna On Fire, 2019

ECVA Exhibit on Suffering

Artist Statement: I am uncomfortable about what my dad did as a scientist. He was a good man. He was a loving father. He made personal sacrifices to help others. However, he brought living things suffering. What if the price of his research was more than a rat? Maybe there were monkeys suffering in one of his labs, but I just didn't see them on Take Your Child to Work Day? Does this make a difference? Where do we draw the line? What my dad and other scientists did came with a price, and we didn't pay it. 

In fact, we don't suffer as much because of it. Would I want a person with rheumatoid arthritis to give up their pain relievers so fish, mice, rats and monkeys don't have to pay the price? I'm not sure what God would want, but I know that I keep taking ibuprofen when I need it. When my child is in pain, I offer it to them. This is why we don't suffer and I reticently admit that I am grateful. I use my paintbrush to capture it all: both the good and the bad. I accept the tension and I share it on my canvas.

Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit: http://ecva.org/exhibition/Suffering/exhibit68-AClark.html

Visit the Full ECVA (Episcopal Church and Visual Arts) Exhibit: http://ecva.org/exhibition/Suffering/index.html

         
Why We Don't Suffer, 2019

ECVA Exhibit on Telling God Stories

Artist's Statement: I’m revisiting this piece of art because my childhood home is up for sale. In a few months I can go back to 323 Buena Vista Road through art I’ve made, but never again will I be able to visit my birthplace as it once was. That’s why, even though this exhibit is from the ECVA Archives, it speaks to me today.

The collage elements inside this artwork belong to me. I did not use someone else’s content to share on this canvas. I needed it to be this way. I needed every word and image to speak of my story. In the background are images from my past: art I made about my life and my experiences.

The images are all of things that matter deeply to me. In the foreground, you will see the wrought iron bed from my parents’ bedroom. It now sits empty, but there were 60 years of them sleeping in it together. Only God can make that happen. My story is always about the way God is always in my story. Look and you will find Him. He is covering every inch of my canvas.

Visit Alisa’s ECVA Entry for This Exhibit: http://ecva.org/exhibition/Telling_God_Stories/exhibit41-AC01.html

Visit the Full ECVA (Episcopal Church and Visual Arts) http://ecva.org/exhibition/Telling_God_Stories/index.html


Transformed, 2017

Welcome to Alisa's Gallery!

Alisa’s Mindfulness Paintings Gallery is a place where you can enjoy some mindfulness art. It’s also a great place to reflect on your creative process and get inspiration for your own mindfulness painting journey. Keep yourself focused on the painting process by reading the Artist’s Statements. Remember that mindfulness painting is all about the process not the product.



Read the Artist's Statements!

Don’t get bogged down in judging the art you find in this gallery. Don’t compare your work to what you see here. Read the Artist’s Statement that is underneath each painting. These words will help you hear the voice of a mindfulness painter at work. Listen and use what you notice to understand your own painting process.


Thoughts on Hope

I am Hope, 2020

I create marks, choose colors, and make choices on a canvas. In an unreliable world, my canvas can be relied on. I still have a place where I can dream. As I paint, I hear the words “I am Hope” rise within me. I sense, against the odds, that hope is here.

Quiet Place


Orange Doughnut Flowers 1, 2018

For someone whose mind is almost never quiet, it is profound that I have a quiet place. Give me some paint, and I am suddenly a person who can think about only one thing at a time. I don’t stress or ruminate in this quiet place. Thoughts come and go. I sort things out. I notice feelings and I let myself feel without fear. I become gentle to myself. I settle down inside. It’s no wonder that I keep coming back to paint. I choose some colors, textures, shapes, and objects, and I move them around on my canvas and I see. I see that they communicate the quiet I feel inside. I paint in this new quiet place. It’s Ok.

Why I Ruined the Whole Thing

      

My meanderings might seem mindless, but I was mindful of my choices. On the next page you will see a painting that only a few people I know will understand. If you are from my family of origin, my mindless meanderings will hold great meaning for you. The checks I incorporated into the painting will make my sister want to both laugh and cry. Someone looking in on the outside might wonder why I ruined the whole thing with what looks like a bunch of strange choices. All I know is that the experience let me feel alive. I felt joy. I felt sorrow. I felt love. I even felt God right there with me as I made each and every choice. Consider not letting the voices of others get inside your head as you paint. Don’t let those voices rob you of the chance to be drawn into a world of color that brings the incredible opportunity to be fully present. Hear only what comes from within you.

Madonna On Fire



Madonna On Fire, 2019

Greek by descent and Greek Orthodox by baptism, I learned early on that Mary has special power. In the Orthodox Church, Mary is given the title “Theotokos” which is Greek for “Birth-giver-of-God.” That phrase in itself is power packed. I was spiritually educated in Catholic schools, where I spoke the words “blessed art thou among women” enough times to continue believing in the holy power of Mary’s blessedness. My early fascination with her has stuck. I am enraptured by the idea that Mary carried God incarnate inside her womb. I like to think that this supplied enough holy power to ignite a spiritual fire inside her. I painted “Mary on Fire” with the same wonderment I had as a child. She’s not God but she birthed Him. How could she not glow from the inside out? I believe she was ablaze and that’s why, and how, I paint her.

Banister



Banister, 2017

I’m revisiting this piece of art because my childhood home is up for sale. In a few months I can go back to 323 Buena Vista Road through art I’ve made, but never again will I be able to visit my birthplace as it once was. That’s why, even though this exhibiting work is from the ECVA Archives, it speaks to me today. I made this piece of art 2 years ago thinking the house would sell. Here I am, 2 years later, again facing the same inevitability. However, this time Mom is gone and the house will sell no matter what. Again I grieve in this same way:

My childhood home goes on the market in 3 weeks. I have been preparing for this inevitability my entire life. The house I live in now is stuffed with paintings I have made about my wondrous birthplace. God spoke to me there: in big and little things. Something simple, like the way the wood of the banister felt beneath my fingers, can trigger a whole host of memories. The whole place is filled with triggers. I dreamed in this place, I was loved in this place and I became “me” in this place. Such a big chunk of my story began within these walls. On every single page of my story you will find God’s hand. He has always been there. You can expect to find Him inside every single one of my paintings. He is always in my story.

No Ugly Colors



No Ugly Colors Painting, 2016

The beauty of mindfulness paintings are the rules. The rules say, "There Are No Rules!" You don't need to choose colors with apprehension. Any choices are excellent choices. Get lost in the fun of mixing and choosing. Pay attention to what you notice as you choose, mix and apply color. My “No Ugly Colors Painting” is all about the freedom to play with color. I disregarded any rules as I created. I just spent my time in the moment, so I could enjoy the experience. I stuck to my core belief about artmaking: it’s all about the process not product.