Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ali the Artist

Many of you know me as one of the LolliDoo® Diapers co-founders. You may not know that I am also a formally trained artist. BL (before LolliDoo®) I was a relatively successful graphic designer.

Part of working through my grief after my brother's death last October, has been going back to my roots. I'd like to share some of my art.

These are all semi self portraits that I did in colored pencils. 

This next group is all acrylic on canvas of varying size. Some of my acrylics are available for purchase on Etsy.

I was very upset by all the anti-gay, anti-breastfeeding sentiments lately and these are my responses. (also available for sale). All acrylic on canvas of varying size. If you'd like more information or are interested in a commissioned piece please email me.

Lastly - a self portrait 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Checking In


I haven't been blogging lately - mostly because when I've been inspired to be creative, I've been painting. You can see some of my work on my new website: alisonmanes.comhttp://artist.alisonmanes.com/

I am not a web designer so please be patient with me as I muddle through creating website.

Also - today is my grandfather's 94th birthday and next week my grandmother will be 91. I am feeling so blessed and grateful to have them both still in my life. This is a video of them singing to eachother in 2010:

I am still very much grieving my brother and while I can now function like a human being - I am not feeling motivated to do much. Thank you for all the kind thoughts and prayers; I know that I will snap out of it at some point, just not now.


I just finished a Spring Catalog for LolliDoo® and LadyDoo® Rags - take a peek if you are so inclined: GGSI Spring

Also - soon we will be offering embroidered Flair for LollliDuos™... stay tuned for that announcement.

That is about all that's new in the Manes house. Thank you for staying with me through this trying time.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Working Out Grief Through Art

My husband bought me a pack of Prisma pencils for my birthday in November. It was the best gift as it gave me an outlet to express my grief.  I started out drawing apples:

Apple on a coffee cup

Apple on a lid

Apples in basket

Then I moved on to sketching my brother

Jonny Blue

Jonny in August

Inside My Head

After that I went on to random topics:

Bleeding Heart

Happy Butterfly

Putting the Pieces Back Together


Creating art has been cathartic, helping me release emotions so that I can function. My brother's death is still raw and painful and my art reflects that.