Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Some people feel the rain. Other's just get wet.


Come In Out Of The Rain

Acrylic on  25 x 33 canvas

Available for purchase from my website: elizabethchapmanartwork.com



"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." Bob Marley

Experience. Life is full of them. I believe we were made to enjoy and fill our lives with the joy of the creation. Enjoying an abstract expressionistic painting is all about what it feels like to you as the viewer.  As an artist that is what I am pouring out onto the canvas. Feelings. Expressed by the use of color, lines, textures,etc., This painting "Come In Out Of The Rain", available for purchase by clicking: HERE was painted on a rainy day with one small window to the left of me while painting on an easel. I'm just sure I was influenced by the down pouring of the rain with memories of past experiences playing in the rain.  As I was writing this post it reminded me of a passage I read recently out of the book of Luke in chapter 7:29 in which Jesus describes the Pharisees as those having rejected the counsel of God being not baptized of him. Jesus goes onto to liken these men of this generation and to what they are like. I just absolutely loved what I feel I was being shown here because it testifies as to our being created to express our feelings. Let's dance, let's sing, let's laugh, let's celebrate, let's feel the rain!  It's a gift to enjoy! Here is how Jesus responded;

And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling to one another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.  Luke 7: 31-32

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Living a simple luxurious life

Luxuriant
Acrylic on 30 x 40 x 1.5 canvas

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"The foundation of living a simply luxurious life is made up of substance, passion, quality, sensibility, sincerity, appreciation and continual growth." -Shannon Ables. Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman's Guide

Our lives are rich not so much by what can be seen on the outside by but more so by what we are made up of on the inside. As an abstract expressionist artist, painting is an experience in which the end outwardly product is not so much by what is seen but by what is felt. A visual voice has been given to a work of art. It is the unseen part in the process of working that gives life to a work. Layer by layer, I am not only paying attention to aesthetic qualities but conveying by way of artistic elements an inner voice. One such painting is LUXURIANT(this painting is available by clicking: HERE), a painting that reaches out and speaks to the soul at various levels.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things that are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:18

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Overtone

Acrylic on 30 x 40 inch canvas

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"I often recall these words when I am writing, and I think to myself, "It's true. There aren't any new words. Our job is to give new meanings and special overtones to absolutely ordinary words." I find the thought reassuring. It means that vast, unknown stretches still lie before us, fertile territories just waiting for us to cultivate them."  -Haruki Murakami

As an artist my job is to give new meanings and special overtones, to fine tune if you will, not ordinary words, but visual elements that aren't new either. The elements of visual communication colors, shapes, lines, values and textures have been around since the beginning of time. Nothing new.  The challenge for the visual artist is bringing these elements together in such a way that a new message is spoken, a special overtone. The possibilities are infinite. This painting "Overtone" 22 x 30 inch Acrylic is available by clicking: HERE

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun.  Ecclesiastes 1:9

Sunday, April 8, 2018

NEVER STOP BEING WHIMSICAL


Whimsy 

40 x 40 Acrylic

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"You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life."  -Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

Walking with God is an adventure. He does with our lives what He will. It can be whimsical. Unpredictable. Everyday is another pathway of which we don't know where it will lead. But one thing is certain. He is in control and He is good. God is love. Rain or shine. Praise Him with all of your might. "Whimsy" is available by clicking: HERE

And David danced before the Lord with all his might...2 Samuel 6:14

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I believe in pink.


IN PINK

Acrylic on paper

Available from website by clicking: HERE



"I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and...I believe in miracles."  -Audrey Hephurn


Each time I begin a painting I believe. The first steps of just showing up at the easel and laying down those first marks or underlying color are often times the hardest. A dialogue begins and ends when the painting "In Pink," emerges. And it all began with, I believe.


Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Well. I know the secret places.

Secret Place by Elizabeth Chapman  @2018  30 x 40 Acrylic


Well. I know the secret places. And the nests in the hedge and tree; At what doors are friendly faces, In what hearts are thought of me.    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Think of the secret places you had as a child and how they made you feel. A place totally yours, safe and protected from the world. Perhaps it was a tree house, a playhouse, under a willow tree, a closet, fill in your own place here..... Art in it's many forms can also create a safe place, a space in time in order to get away, meditate, be uplifted, calm the storms and be at peace. May this painting 'Secret Place' available by clicking: HERE be that to you and be made into your secret place.


He that dwelt in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

In time. In place. In spirit. It just has to be.....


Green Rhapsody
30 x 30 inch
Acrylic


"Love doesn't have to be on Valentine's Day. It doesn't have to be by the time you turn eighteen, or thirty-three or fifty-nine. It doesn't have to conform to whatever is usual. It doesn't have to be kismet at once, or rhapsody by the third day. It just has to be. In time. In place. In spirit. It just has to be." David Levithan


Some paintings, as this one 'Green Rhapsody' available by clicking: HERE ,flow easily and come together quickly, others take a while longer.   In either process, knowing when to let it be is key. It doesn't have to be rhapsody at once or by the third date. The majority of the time it's perservering, patience and continuing to be there as it progresses through stages that at times can be ever so frustrating and ugly. To see beauty emerge from the messes is the reward. That's life too. Bringing it all together into one harmonious piece. In the big picture, I imagine God doing that exact same thing with our lives. In time, in place, in spirit....it just has to be.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28



Sunday, March 11, 2018

Many eyes go through the meadow.....



"Many eyes go through the meadows but few see the flowers in it." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I tend to look for the good and the beauty in everything. Rose colored glasses' and 'stop to smell the roses' type of gal. To me the point is not to go from point A to point B as quickly as you can get there, but instead to take it all in and enjoy the journey as you go. I also paint that way. It's the process that is most important to me. Memories are interwoven into the surface through color, shapes and lines as in this painting Meadowland, 30 x 40 canvas available for purchase by clicking: HERE.  Remember to look for the beauty! Life is good. 

Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things out of your love. Psalm 119:18

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Abstract Painting "LOVE" by Elizabeth Chapman


LOVE

Acrylic on 30 x 40 inch canvas

Available


The first of my paintings to be titled LOVE. There's been, Everlasting Love, Much Love, Shades of Love, Crazy Love, First Love, Young Love, Love Gush, More Love, Love Flow and Love Burst. That is a lot of Love! This one was titled intentionally plain LOVE, as in the source of all loves. While working on this painting I began to mediate on the beauty of green life that is found in nature in many forms. In the end, it came down to green pastures.

As a farmer's daughter, I can tell you that after a long winter a green pasture was a welcomed time of relief. A happy time. Rest for the farmer from the daily distribution of hay and to the cattle a time of feasting! A green pasture is a place of plentiful, rest, comfort, refreshment, peace, contentment, freedom and security. The farmer out of an act of love cares for his animals.  
In time, the cattle will need to be rounded up and rotated from one green pasture to the next.  The gate is the means and the only way by which they are able to be moved in and out. Sounds like a great place to be doesn't it?! We also have a means to which we can go in and out of green pastures provided to us through LOVE. John 10:9


"It brings me great joy, just to be the brush in the Master Painter's hand and to realize that His creations are made to bring great joy to all. My paintings are a form of song, dance and praise in response to the beauty of life.  Elizabeth

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Beauty and Joy "Reveal" Abstract painting by Elizabeth Chapman


Reveal

Acrylic on 30" x 40" canvas

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Beauty is a gift. It is given to us for our enjoyment. A reminder that life is good, of love, hope and as a way to create a space in time. To take us away, if only for a moment. As an artist I am influenced by almost everything and in turn am translating what I see, emotions and memories to the canvases in the form of colors, shapes, lines and movement in hopes of creating a painting that is a reflection of that beauty. This painting was begun in the winter with all that I could see through the window next to my easel covered in white. A beautiful site, especially to be viewing it from the warmth of my studio!  My goal was to incorporate and emphasize the color, chartreuse. 

"It brings me much joy just to be the brush in the Master Painter's hand and to realize that His creations are made to bring great joy to all.  My paintings are a form of song, dance and praise in response to the beauty of life. Elizabeth 


Thursday, February 8, 2018


'Lily'

Acrylic on 36 x 48 x 1.5 inch canvas

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Website: HERE


Continuing on with the 2018 Color Year Challenge...February is Yellow-Green. You know that beautiful combination of yellow and green that always catches your eye but you don't know how to call it...that's Chartreuse.  Finding that it likes to be softened with nearby neutrals or as a striking color contrasted against darks.  This month I'll be making it a priority to use yellow-green as a MOSTLY color.  "Lily" 36 x 48 inch canvas, is one of the paintings resulting from this challenge. 

Bring good vibes to you this month....your welcome!😀💚

Sunday, January 28, 2018

ABSTRACT PAINTING "Welcome Home" by Elizabeth Chapman


Welcome Home
Acrylic on 30" x 40" canvas
$1375

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I feel as if I could just step right into this one, so inviting.  It's a change in a different direction for me. I can't necessarily say that I was in my comfort zone, yet I did have fun. Might look easier than it was.  I'm experimenting with using markers for line work on acrylic paintings. The markers are acrylic as well, so don't have to worry about them fading in time. The emphasize this month still being working with mostly yellow. One thing I've learned this month is that mostly doesn't necessarily mean a lot, especially when working with an intense color.

Enjoy!!






Sunday, January 21, 2018

Modern Abstract Painting "ROSES & MOONLIGHT" by Elizabeth Chapman


ROSES & MOONLIGHT

Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas

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Whoa. There are presently several yellow paintings in my studio and what a difference in light they make. It's especially nice in the dead of winter to walk into my studio each morning and be greeted by such a cheerful color!  Imagine having one of these hanging on your wall! I'll have one more yellow  for this month that I am presently working on and then I'm on to working mostly with yellow-green, chartreuse. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Modern Abstract "Casablanca" by Elizabeth Chapman


Casablanca
Acrylic on 10" x 10" x 1.5" canvas

Available, $135

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This one goes along with the yellow theme for this month, but came out with a much simpler design than what I typically do. I've noticed lately that I've been flowing back and forth between my more complex and less is more, simpler designs. 

Life is simple here where I live in the Ozarks of Missouri and I love that about this area. 

Thank you for viewing!!