10 x 10 SARASOTA
DiFranza spoke about the creative process at the January 2023 Sarasota 10 x 10, hosted by The Sarasota Art Museum on the Ringling College Museum Campus , organized in association with the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
MAKE YOUR DAY: CULTIVATING CREATIVITY
In this 2022 presentation at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, DiFranza articulated lessons learned during her year-long daily creative practice, and inspired others to consider the roll of creativity in their lives. She examined the fundamental human capacity to create, overcome obstacles and use everyday surroundings to spark the imagination. The “Make Your Day”presentation was follwed by audience questions, and a lively open dialogue about creativity as fundamental to all walks of life.
WORKSHOPS AND LIVE PAINTING
LIVE PAINTING: CORPORATE
Ohio based company Crawford Hoying held their 2021 Corporate Retreat at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota, FL. Lisa DiFranza welcomed retreat participants as she painted live in the lobby. This 24"x 30" painting incorporated the company's retreat logo with the Sarasota skyline, and wove in words of the company's guests as they arrived. The painting now hangs in Crawford Hoying's corporate offices.
SELF PORTRAIT PAINTING WORKSHOP
Painting workshops enhance and balance the experience of a corporate retreat. In this workshop, Lisa led these self proclaimed "non artists" in a one hour Self Portrait Workshop relating to the retreat's theme of authenticity in the workplace. The participants dove in and proudly took their paintings home.
LIVE PAINTING: RETREAT CLOSING PARTY
Lisa set up her easel early to begin painting the rooftop scene prior to the guests' arrival for Crawford Hoying's rooftop party, a lively celebration that culminated their weekend retreat. Lisa interacted with guests as they enjoyed discovering themselves being added to the canvas. This 48" x 60" painting now hangs in Crawford Hoying's corporate offices.
EXECUTIVE TEAMBUILDING COLLABORATION WORKSHOP: PORTRAIT OF THE WORKPLACE
In this tailored workshop designed for an executive leadership team, Lisa sketched images from her workplace, to inspire the group to think visually about how they experience their daily work routines. The group then dove in to create their own expressive sketches.
After lively guided discussion and collaboration, Lisa coached each participant as they painted their own "Portrait of the Workplace." Through the process they enjoyed hearing each other's perceptions, discovering how their workplace looks through the eyes of their colleagues, and building new understandings.
The group emerged with a stronger team, and some great artwork to take back to their office.
BRIDAL SHOWER WEEKEND PAINTING WORKSHOP
Lisa DiFranza created template canvases based on the bride's favorite photo of the couple. Over cocktails at Art Ovation Hotel, the bride, Asa, and her friends had a great time painting together, as they each created their own unique portrait of the bride and groom.
After the guided workshop, Asa was delighted to take home the artwork as a memory of her bridal shower weekend!
LIVE PAINTING: WEDDING RECEPTION
Lisa DiFranza arrived early at Marie Selby Botanical Garden's Historic Spanish Point to begin painting the scene before guests arrived for James and Ellie's wedding reception.
Lisa interacted with guests as they arrived, and painted throughout the reception. Guests enjoyed spotting themselves coming to life on the canvas.
Lisa completed the finishing touches and a week later shipped the painting. James and Ellie now enjoy it at home in New York, as it captures a special time in their lives.