Reviews for How She Did It
BOOK REVIEW, from THE PEN WOMAN, Winter 2024 issue
In the words of Georgeanna Lipe, “The exuberance of facing a stark
white canvas or beautifully hand-crafted watercolor sheet is pure joy.”
As artists, we usually start with a preconceived idea that often morphs into something totally unexpected. Viola! A mixture of energetic movements of color and shapes emerges. As Lipe wrote, studying color theory and illustration had given her the technological tools she needed, but, as she points out, it is the inner voice that is in charge. Her quotes perfectly explain her relationship to the piece being created. An artist never paints “things.” The artist paints relationships, chooses a center of interest, and considers colors and their values.
In “How She Did It,” Patricia Daly-Lipe dives into Georgeanna Lipe’s life through the writings and artwork she left behind. Lipe was born in Nashville in 1909 to a prominent family. At 22, she graduated from college and worked for a year as a medical illustrator at Vanderbilt University. She wrote, “I had two months’ vacation and had saved a little money, which was burning a hole in my pocket.” Having traveled very little, she longed to explore other parts of the world. So, one summer, Lipe chose to take an art course at the University of California, Los Angeles. But she traveled there via the Panama Canal. Quite adventurous for a single young lady to travel at that time!
Lipe’s adventuresome soul is one that most artists only dream of. Her painting and sketches are crisp, colorful and alive, expressing the timeless beauty of her trips and the people she met. Her story is an inspiration to artists who want to experience life through their work. Daly-Lipe’s “How She Did It” is the story of an amazing and incredible artist with a brilliant repertoire of paintings.
Reviewed by: Stephanie Pyren-Fortel. Jacksonville Branch NLAPW
How She Did It is the remarkable story of Georganna Lipe who wrote, “We live in a beautiful world, so let’s enjoy it in all its depth of colors…” Well-educated and adventuresome, Georganna Lipe did exactly that. How She Did It expresses exactly what Ms. Lipe wrote, “We live in a beautiful world, so let’s enjoy it in all its depth of colors..” Throughout her life she recorded her delight in the many views she savored from her California home to the world beyond. With her masterful use of water-colors, she adeptly and creatively captured images discovered along her winding path. This book invites the reader/viewer to travel along with her. Her images savor views expertly recorded with artistic clarity. All reveal her fascination with the world she encountered and now creatively share with those who will enjoy this book. One will want to read it and re-read it. Once is not enough!
Rev. Jean Dodd
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