All Things Fantastical with Lisa L. Cyr

By Lisa L. Cyr (

Mixed media painting in progress

Mixed media painting in progress

If you love fantasy, then I have a lot to share with you! I am in the midst of working on a series of new works from enchanted figures to magical dreamscapes! To give you a behind-the-scenes look into my new projects, I have created a blog called FIGURE OF THE IMAGINATION. Throughout the blog, I write about my content-driven, journal-based approach to fantasy art and visual storytelling. I also reveal details about my process, showing my latest fantasy works and other interesting insights. Be sure to check it out and subscribe to get up-to-date emails on all my new posts!

Wood Sprite detail

In addition, I have created a series of writing journals. The Paint Pictures with Words Journal Series are 6″ x 9″ hardcover books with wraparound fantasy-inspired imagery. The 120-page books are perfect bound and printed on cream paper. Painted textures throughout the journals serve as inspirational backgrounds from which to write on the lined interior pages. Let these journals inspire you to Paint Pictures with Words!



mixed media painting

The Fall 2015 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine features an in-depth, step-by-step demonstration of my acrylic and mixed-media fantasy painting Mademoiselle du Carnaval! An article about my work and process entitled Artful Arabesque: The Dance of the Drawn, Dripped and Painted Line shares some of my sources of inspiration as well as my unique approach to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed media techniques!


Download my latest video PAINTING THE MYTHICAL FIGURE IN MIXED MEDIA at! This highly visual presentation takes the viewer on a fantastical artistic adventure! Utilizing innovative two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques, the recorded webinar covers how to paint the fantastical figure in an imaginative environment. Topics include character development using props, costumes and models, employing theatrical color schemes, painting skin tones of fantastical beings in dramatic settings, drawing techniques, rendering patterned cloth, using hair to create form and movement and adding bas-relief details and assemblage embellishments. In addition, conceptual development strategies are discussed, including working in journals and sketchbooks, research techniques and reference gathering to create compelling figurative works that tell imaginative stories. With visually inspiring imagery, insightful tips and innovative approaches, artists will discover a plethora of image making strategies as well as exciting two-dimensional and three-dimensional mixed-media techniques to employ in their own fantastical figurative works. For artists who are looking to push their work to a new level, this webinar will be a valuable resource and an ongoing source for creative inspiration!

Bonus videos and other downloadable materials are included! Exciting in-depth demonstrations are shown in live action by the artist. Techniques such as building a signature surface with collage, texturing the painting ground in imaginative ways and working in bas-relief to create multidimensional accents provide an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Other bonus materials include downloadable articles, interviews, step-by-step demonstrations and more!



I have a new workshop in Seattle called Figure of the Imagination: Using Exploratory Processes to Create Imaginative Works!

This hands-on, two-day workshop will explore the development of imaginative, fantasy-inspired works using a content-driven, mixed-media, multidisciplinary approach.
Throughout the workshop, many exciting in-depth demonstrations will be shown, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore. Both 2D and 3D mixed-media techniques will be covered, including employing alternative working surfaces, using custom tools, toning the painting surface in imaginative ways, creating a tactile ground, building the visual architecture, working in relief and utilizing innovative mixed-media techniques to create intriguing effects. To assist artists in their own creative path, topics on nurturing the creative spirit, developing personal content through journalism, embracing a multidisciplinary mindset and creating message-driven art will also be discussed.

Check out the artist interview Q & A by TLC!


TLC Weekend Workshop Seattle:

Sat-Sun, Oct 10-11, 2015

$275 Limit: 20 students.

There will also be a book signing after the lecture. The mixed media bestselling books entitled Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media 

and Art Revolution: Alternative Approaches for Fine Artists and Illustrators
will be available for purchase and signing.

ArtRevolution_CYR  ExperimentalPainting_CYR


More Artist Network Videos by Lisa L. Cyr:

Creative Explorations in Mixed-Media: Collage Techniques for the Mixed-Media Artist

Transforming the Surface with Mixed-Media Painting Techniques

Assemblage Accents: Employing Faux Finishes and Patinas!



About the Artist:

The visually-compelling, fantasy-inspired works of multidisciplinary artist and author Lisa L. Cyr ( use symbolism, metaphor and allegory to create a new reality with a more expressive, symbolic arrangement, transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary. A poetic synthesis of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage, Cyr’s visually tactile, mixed-media compositions employ historical, cultural and mythological references that are taken out of their ordinary context and reorganized, overlapped and juxtaposed to illuminate an underlying message-driven concept.

Cyr’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, universities and at industry organizations, including traveling shows with the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, books, videos and online, including features in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Cyr writes for many of the creative industry’s leading art publications and has authored seven books and three videos on art and design. In addition, Cyr’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of American Illustration as well as in private collections.

Copyright 2015 Lisa L. Cyr, Cyr Studio LLC


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