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“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” ― Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Dancing in the Doghouse is a spiritual autobiography. It uses words and images, created by author Alisa E. Clark, to communicate a spiritual life story.

Dancing in the Doghouse

I see hope in my life story. I can see the hope because I have kept an account of it: on papers with a pencil, upon canvases with a paintbrush, using torn papers, pastels, glitter and ink. “Dancing in the Doghouse” is my story of hope shared so others might see the hope, too.

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This is a sculpture that is made from an altered baby board book. It has been painted and collaged to become a 3D representation of the artist’s journey. The book can be spun on its stand.

Painting My Journey in 3D

The flaps and doors that open and close let the viewer move through many moments on my journey: moments that have happened, are happening, and are to come. Doing this three dimensionally creates an awareness of time shifting and changing: a liminal experience.

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This painting of the journey in the new unknown is of of underwater doors, sunflowers, and a water spigot surrounded by bubbles and swirling fish.

Painting the Journey in the New Unknown

This Painting is Titled “Portals to Peaceful, Quiet Spaces,” 2022
My paintings are my portals to peaceful, quiet spaces when I can’t even leave my home. I paint the water spigot and the door from under water in this endemic world. I once again recoil to my studio and manage my anxieties in this new liminal in-between.

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This is a painting of a spiritual vision. A woman is shown seeking Jesus.

Painting the Spiritual Journey

I met Jesus on the beach in a vision. It happened 8 years ago, but it was so intense that it still feels real and alive. I painted this vision because it has changed me. It’s the new place from which I glean my faith.

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This photograph is of an experimental artist holding a blank canvas.

The Time Has Come

I will not make traditional art on this blank canvas. The time has come for me to own my creative process. I will make something abstract and surreal. This journey on my canvas will likely lead to little approval, but at least I am satisfied.

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This is a collage of fish swimming about in an ocean. There are doors and windows leading to a world outside the waters.

Everyone is Swimming

This blog is all about “no promises” and how we find hope despite this reality. Explore how you can center yourself on your journey through the power of creative expression. Creative voice brings the promise of hope despite what lies ahead.

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These are photos of an artist at galley openings where her work is on exhibit. One of the photos is of the artist at the 8th Catholic Biennial. The other photo is of the artist exhibiting at the 2021 International Society of Experimental Artist’s annual juried exhibit.

Little Adventures on My Journey

Alisa E. Clark is excited to be part of the 8th Catholic Biennial at the Verostko Center for the Arts and the 2021 juried art exhibit with the International Society of Experimental Artist’s. Alisa was thrilled to share her work with other artists and have other artists share their work with her. These recent adventures have illuminated Alisa’s path because of the joy she experienced and the joyful people she journeyed with. Within the world of creative people exploring creative expression, Alisa finds meaning, value and power. She’s now excited about her next journey on canvas.

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This is a painting of tomatoes ripening on a windowsill.

Painting the Questions on Our Journey

The inner journey can be explored through creative self-expression. Consider seeking answers as I do: with a paintbrush, a canvas, and a question. The power of art is the questions it can raise for us and others. What is a journey without questions? This blog post is a place to consider your artistic journey and the meaningful ways your art answers questions as you walk through life.

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A photo of two pots with flowers and some bees.

The Power of Creative Process: Artistic Expression and Spiritual Connection

Creative process is my greatest tool for processing everything that life throws my way. I share it with others because it might throw them a lifeline, too. This blog is a place to consider the power of artistic expression. If you are an art maker, I urge you to dive deeper into your process. If you are hesitant and holding back from creating, let this be an encouragement to begin making art or returning to a past form of art making. One friend of mine finds peace in coloring books. It’s her way of finding meaning, and spiritual connection. It’s not complicated. It need not be complicated for you, either. What can be your unique creative process? How can it help you find joy, understanding, and respite? This blog is encouragement to explore the answers to these questions.

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A photo of art studio organization solutions.

A Place to Stop and Create on Your Journey

This blog is an invitation to revamp your art making space. It’s an encouragement to create a welcoming place to stop and create on your journey. It’s a challenge to consider your own solutions. What will work best for you? This is a challenge to rework your space. Make it someplace where you can make more art more often on your journey!

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