A lifelong artist and entrepreneur, Alise loves nothing more than an adventure down a road not taken. This spirit of adventure and love of mystery has led Alise to explore new ways of making art by marrying what she loves most which is nature, photography, and working with new technologies to achieve what she sees in her imagination and feels in her bones.

August 24, 2013

Painting workshop with Virgil Elliott

Learning about portrait painting from Virgil Elliott- a modern day master- lucky to have such great artists and teachers right here in Sonoma county! This is about halfway finished- my portrait of Lulu

August 17, 2013

Think Big!

Loved being at Armstrong redwoods today-
puts things in a whole new perspective- this tree is 1400 years old!

August 15, 2013

Cleaned it up!

My studio will probably never look like this again- but I'm feeling much better about creating in here!!

August 13, 2013


Been thinking about my creative process ... here is a brief overview how it typically goes..
well not always!

1. Feed my brain and my soul with beauty, light, music, great people, inspiring books, new places
2. Observe nature, birds of course, my cats, light and shadow on trees etc..
3. Take photos of strange and beautiful things that catch my attention
4. Journal about what's stirring around in my brain
5. Draw some really basic design ideas and show them to my husband who usually just says - cool
6. Sculpt something in clay, realize its not at all what I was thinking and start over..

August 8, 2013

Love a good challenge!

One more day to finish this still life- the blue bottle is a tough one, used every one of these brushes today!
Excited about how it's coming along.

Learning to paint in the style of the masters

Taking painting classes with Linda Schroeter- really loving this process - 3 different layers of color and tons of patience- here's my first finished piece

August 3, 2013

Back in the Studio To Sculpt!

Sculpture is the basis of The Wishnest Line and its what I love to do most when it comes to creating. I took a weekend workshop where a live model was provided (fabulous by the way!). The 3 other women in the workshop were way more experienced with figurative sculpture than I and were very inspiring and fun to be around. Learned so much and reconnected with the joy I get from getting my hands into some clay and creating!