Reviews for How She Did It
As an adventurer in life, I enjoyed reading about Anna Lipe as she made her exciting leaps of faith, some of which might have taken a very bad turn. As a woman it was intriguing to read about someone who lived bravely as she spanned well over the century mark. And finally, as an artist, it was enjoyable to peruse through the delightful and prolific works of someone who captured her world eloquently in bright, expressive colors. I really think this is a book that has something for everyone. It would be a wonderful way to open the world of art to a child. It is a lovely gift for anyone, artist or art-lover to peruse and enjoy the beautiful paintings and often (as an added treat) the prior sketches. And it is an intriguing and relatable tale. Patricia Daly-Lipe captures the essence of the artist and her subjects in this well-written book, which in its own right is a work of art.
The exuberance of facing a stark white canvas or beautifully hand-crafted watercolor sheets is pure joy! The approach I take is to let it come from within.”
This is precisely what Georgeanna Lipe wrote. As artists, we usually start with a preconceived idea which often morphs into something totally unexpected. Voila! A mixture of energetic movements of colors and shapes emerges. Both she and I have a background in professional work in anatomy. As she writes, study of color theory and illustration have given us the technical tools we need. However, as Georgeanna points out, it is our inner voice that is in charge. Whether it is figurative or landscape work, as artists, we love bright colors and subtle emphasis of intertwining shapes. My inspiration is always harmony of nature and the spirit of mankind. I work from both my photographs or on location. Having traveled and lived in Europe, visiting museums and everyday life there left a huge impression on me and my work. We see the same in the life and paintings portrayed in this book of Georgeanna Lipe. I love the quote from Georgeanna: “Old Artists never die, they just draw to the end.” Thank you Georgeanna Lipe!
Stephanie Pyren: A commercial and private fine artist who is a national and international exhibitor in France, Bangkok, Holland and throughout the United States. Stephanie has taught life drawing, as well as painting ln all medias. She worked in most major animation studios in Los Angeles as a character designer and background painter and in the licensing division of Warner Bros. In addition, she has illustrated 4 children’s books. Stephanie and her husband recently relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, and she is active with the arts in the area.
“She had a smile as quick as her wit and warm as her heart. Her personality was a triple shot of curiosity, creativity, and positivity, blended with an adventurous spirit and spunk.”
Patti Keyes, Manager of The Artists Gallery, La Jolla, CA