Sunday, July 30, 2017

Let's Be Real: Why Do You Make Art?

words by Joseph Campbell / painting by Vanessa Lemen
(This painting can be seen in ArtOrder's The Journal)

I posted a new article on the Muddy Colors blog // "Let's Be Real: Why Do You Make Art?" // It's essentially about understanding the importance of knowing how to talk about your work.  Click the link below to read the article at

Let's Be Real: Why Do You Make Art? by Vanessa Lemen on

Have a read and let me know what you think.  Thanks!

Friday, July 28, 2017

new painting - Runa

new painting - Runa - oil on bookpages/collage - 10x9"
posted and sold on the online gallery website
click here to view more images on EDO -> Runa by Vanessa Lemen

Runa is a quiet but strong resilience that does not allow for suppression,
and the nature of her strength is transferrable to those who are open in her presence.

(this painting is sold)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

One Fantastic Week interview - recap of ComicCon

Check out the latest episode on One Fantastic Week - Pete Mohrbacher interviews our group from the Lemenaid booth - with Ron Lemen, me, Sean Murray of Gateway, and Eric Wilkerson representing his illustration work.  We had 1FW's Sam Flegal with us this year in our Lemenaid booth as well and he brought along some of his work for his Havamal project, but he was unable to make it for the 1FW podcast this week.

Click this link to watch the interview: Lemenaid Crew talks SDCC 2017


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

new painting - Aadya

7x10", mixed media
new painting - Aadya
mixed media (oil on acrylic on book page, mounted on board)

Posted and sold at the Every Day Original online gallery.
click here to see more images/details:
Aadya by Vanessa Lemen on

(this painting is sold)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Influenced By The Environment

I posted a new article over on the Muddy Colors blog -- Influenced By The Environment -- check it out when you get a chance:

Influenced By the Environment by Vanessa Lemen on Muddy

I included some of my sketches and experiments I did in the field while in Zion as well as after returning, and some images of some of the environments and textures I'm drawn to when I'm out and about.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Greetings from Zion!

Just getting back from adventuring in Zion with our group from Legendeer.  I wrote an article about it while I was there, and it's posted on the Muddy Colors blog.  Click here: Greetings From Zion! by Vanessa Lemen on Muddy Colors  to read more, and for many more awesome photos like this one taken by Mahting Putelis.  It was an amazing trip, and I'm coming back inspired and ready to paint!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

new painting - Darya

new painting - Darya
oil on board, 8x10"

Posted and available at
click the link for more info and pics:
Darya -

She carries the ocean with her, and finds the calm amid the chaos.

(this painting is sold)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Fusion Of Imprints And Oil Paint

I posted an article on the Muddy Colors blog with info and pics demonstrating how I created my recent painting, Avril, and more specifically how I created the abstract marks in the painting.
Click here for the link:
A Fusion Of Imprints And Oil Paint on Muddy Colors

Friday, May 5, 2017

new painting - Avril

new painting - Avril
5.75 x 7", oil on gessoed board
Posted and sold on

To view more images and details on EDO,
click here > Avril on EveryDayOriginal

Avril is open and ready for new beginnings.

(this painting is sold)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Observe, It's the Foundation

..posted a new article on the Muddy Colors blog Observe, It's the Foundation
It's a bit about the balance of foundation and invention/imagination.

click the link below:
Observe, It's the Foundation - by Vanessa Lemen on Muddy Colors