Sunday, June 19, 2016

color frenzy...

Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas


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Sunday, June 12, 2016

in the moment....

Here and Now
Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas


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I found this software on You Tube that is SO user friendly. You can easily show your paintings on display on a wall or living room space.  For other artist who would like to check it out, here is the link: 

on a lighter wall?

or on a darker wall?

what do you think?

Just realized that I had not posted this one on my blog. It's been out there listed on several sites for weeks. Sorry.  I'm not sure why it is that I don't post as often as I use to. Part of it may be that I began in 2008 posting every day...for years, or it could be too that I'm posting on a lot of other sites, social media, etc.,  things have a way of coming back around full circle. Maybe it will pick up again! I'm on the internet everyday so no excuse here. 

Another one from this latest series in which I am consciously thinking in a "less is more" mode. Bold, colorful expressive color is still happening though! and I love color so don't see that going out. However, I am working more neutrals into my work. I have been thinking about working on a series, perhaps 2-3 paintings in which I use the same limited color palette throughout. 

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Contemporary Abstract Artist

Thursday, June 2, 2016

just keep going

Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas

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Surge is one of my newest paintings. I have chosen it to be in a local show for the Springfield Arts Council members' show at the Creamery Arts Center which begins with the Friday Night Art Walk through the month of June.  It is part of the "Hope Series" that I began this Spring.  I pretty much listened to the same CD as I worked myself through these paintings. Many of the titles came to me while working. This one is about moving on, keep going, pushing through wherever your at. My other intention was  for my composition to follow a "more is less" style or more minimalist. I feel like I have completed this series. Now what did I learn from it.

Well, in the end I found that as far as a series that stood out from the rest of my paintings there really wasn't anything much different.  Overall, my paintings have always been about uplifting the viewer creating a space in time in order to just be in the moment. Sorry, but I've been laughing at myself for thinking that I was going to create a unique series then to only find that it is what I do. 

I believe that I did maintain a "less is more" compositional style.  I had set it as a goal and was thinking about it more. My problem is that I see beauty in every mark, color, shape that is placed on the canvas. Well, obviously you can't keep everything as it will become confusing to the viewer. I've been told that I fall in love too quickly. Sometimes, sacrifices need to be made by covering large areas with sameness in order to showcase other areas.

I also learned, that it's all good.  Perhaps the series didn't exactly turned out the way that I envisioned it, but it was a motivator. I was inspired by the idea at the time and it got me interested and painting. ...and hey, a lot of new beautiful paintings were produced and I love each one of them! will too!!  

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Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Contemporary Abstract Artist

Sunday, May 29, 2016

a new collection...

Acrylic on 30" x 30" canvas


Close-up of "Requisite"

A different approach. Artist are well known for having to change things up. It keeps things fresh, interesting and inspirational. I've been working on a new collection in which I challenged myself to work with a more minimalist compositional approach. I love Japanese art with it's large areas of space giving the eye a space to rest combined with some line work.

Another approach I've taken is rather than immediately photographing and listing each piece as there completed they've been stacking up in the studio.  This last week I got all nine of them photographed.    I chose one of the smaller ones to list first, so not necessarily in the order that they were completed.  The close-up shows some of the line work and texture of the surface.

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Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Contemporary Abstract Artist

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

less is more...

Sweet Dreams
Acrylic on 30" x 30" canvas

Private collection

This painting was a gift created for my daughter Elsie with a specific color palette request.  The painting will go in her bedroom  that is being designed with coziness in mind for her home in Nashville, Tennessee.  Compositionally, she challenged me to work with less and with limited color.  Definitely a more minimalist approach for me. 

To be honest, I really wasn't sure and thought that I would get really bored painting this as it isn't (hasn't) been my approach style. But, I love her and wanted to do this for her.  I surprised myself!  I found working with a limited color palette and simpler composition forced me to become more engaged with all the subtle variations and overlays.  I found that with it's limitation, I enjoyed and observed the simpler things that were occurring. There was still a painterly decisiveness when applying brushstrokes. 

It was a wonderful experience for me which changed and led me to the next collection of paintings that I would be doing. I do know have those completed and photographed, so will begin releasing them....and posting them here!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bold Expressions..."Viva"

Acrylic on 40" x 48" x 1.5" canvas


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This is the third painting that I did in response to a commissioned project. Scroll down to see the other two. I was afraid that my client wasn't happy with the first one that I painted, so I painted two more.  Turned out she absolutely loved the first one, once she saw it in real and in her home. This being the third, I was still working with her color palette...but by this time I was needing to let go. A much bolder, colorful and expressive painting was the result. I do love this painting as I feel it has a lively Spanish feel to it.  In time some one will find it as the perfect painting for their home!

I've been enjoying painting without so much rushing to photograph, title and list.  New paintings are piling up against the wall in the studio.  They still have not been photograph and I still need to begin working on my new website where I will begin listing them.   But, hey...I've got all summer, right?

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Friday, April 29, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Tempest" Original Art by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 40" x 48" canvas


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As I previously posted, I painted three paintings in order to give a client the opportunity to choose the piece that best fitted her dream room. This one was the second one still using the same color  palette, but in a much bolder style.  The size of the canvas is a bit bigger than the standard 36" x 48" that I have always used. I had the 40" x 48" canvases custom made in order to have a bit more heigth  in what I thought might help for rooms with high ceilings. I found that I really like the extra few inches to paint on as well.  

My first large canvas was a 24" x 48"...looking back I remember how big and lost I felt. The more you paint on large canvases the more natural it becomes. It's like having a bigger playground to play on! Now, I find the large canvases to be SO much easier to work on than the small ones.  For now, I've got eight 40" x 40" that I'm going through with a series of paintings.  I will soon be re-ordering some more of these custom ordered 40" x 48" from Rupen, at canvas  Not getting paid to mention this business, I just have always loved working on these canvases. They are of good quality and the price is good. Shipping can be costly on the large, large and have found that a 50% sale at Michael's in my home town is a wonderful thing. (but need to have a large back end vehicle or a pick up truck in order to get them home)

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"Made for You" Original Abstract Painting and a few changes....

Made For You
Acrylic on 40" x 48" x 1.5"

Commission Sold

I haven't posted in several weeks, but it isn't because I haven't been painting. This is one of three large 40" x 48" paintings that I have been working on for a local commission.  I was able to visit this home to get a feel for and given color swatches for ideas. It turned out to be a beautiful piece that fit perfectly into the room. I loved working on this and such a joy that it meant so much to the owner.  I have also been thinking a lot about wanting and actually needing to make some changes with my work.  Not a bad thing. It's actually inspiring to be thinking about these things. I've been feeling this for awhile but just not knowing exactly what I want to do. The ideas have been coming and I've have written many of them down in order to go back to them.  Two of the bigger goals (changes) are with my approach to painting and secondly with presentation.

I began in 2008 painting floral paintings with transparent watercolors that were very realistic.  Amazing to go back and look at these. They were the beginning of the process and this journey. At the time, I was only playing around with the abstracts.  In time the abstracts were more me and won out...and there I've been ever since.  I've learned SO MUCH about painting and selling as an independent artist. Presently, I've been feeling as if I need to artistically challenge myself more and move on for new growth. To do this I feel I need to concentrate more time with each painting(s), playing,exploring and bringing to completion a series.  So, this is what I'm going to be doing beginning this spring and through the summer.  I'll continue to work on other projects as they come along.

The second change is with my website, this blog and my approaches to selling. Presently, I have a large body of work available for sale on my website, Etsy store and with Zatista.  I will be working on a separate website from the one that I presently have with a blog. I will announce those changes on here so as to redirect.  

For now, my time spent on the internet when not painting will be to set up these new changes.  I will continue to show glimpses here, there and on instagram.

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Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Abstract Painting "Mondegreen" Original Modern Art by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 40" x 48" x 1.5" canvas


Note the size of this canvas. Not your standard 36" x 48". I had these custom ordered as I was feeling like I needed a bit more heigth when working on the standard 36"H.  Also, I believe this helps as well in homes that have those high ceilings. Working with one of my favorite colors again as seen in "Dream Life". The horizontal band has been heavily layered with acrylic paints which is a contrast to the much lighter lower band of neutral whites. They were actually harder to create than it appears as those lighter tones are mixed from color.  Layers of washes were applied over drips and controlled drips. It's not really showing well, but the pops of red have a bit more orange to them.

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Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract  Artist

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Volition" by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 30" x 40" x 1.5" canvas


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 For me there comes that time while painting when I have to be willing to let go and take a risk.  This can be a very difficult thing as it could mean the making of a good abstract painting or a disaster.  Choosing can be the hardest step. Totally, worth the risk for success! 

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Painting

Friday, March 18, 2016

Figurative Abstract Painting "Adorn" by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 10" x 10" canvas


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I worked on another commission for a figurative abstract this last week.  I will admit these always make me a little nervous. Then again, that can be a good thing right? A good challenge.  Not that the large abstracts aren't, is just that with these I feel the expectations of those who have entrusted me to create a cherished piece.  

I have been developing a process of approach that is consistent and works for me. It begins with getting acquainted with my subject by drawing directly on the canvas. Then I will block in the negative space adjusting and correcting any drawing problems. Next, I will move in to the subjects(s) and begin finding and painting flesh tones. I'll need to break and leave it for awhile. When I come back I am able to continue with a back and forth flow between background and subject. The last step is the very hardest. At this point, I have gotten to know my subject(s) and it's time to be willing to take a risk. It's the giving of life.  Brushstrokes and colors are boldly and confidently placed. Hopefully, it's all worked out and I can send an image to the client for approval.  Lastly, is the celebration stage... and I can sit back and enjoy the work!! Hope you do too!

More of these can be seen in my website: HERE

or in my Etsy store: HERE

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Outflow" by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 36" x 48" x 1.5"  canvas



I have stated in my artist's statement that I am deeply inspired and influenced by music while painting. Another musically inspired painting.  I recently re-arranged/decorated out living room and hung "Marvel"( a few post down) over the mantel. I loved it so much that I was tempted to keep that painting and remove it from any listings. It made me sad knowing that one day it would sell and I would lose the perfect painting for our living room. Until, I painted this one "Outflow"! I now love this one so much that know I will have a replacement. It too will be perfect. 

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Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Saturday, March 5, 2016

"oh, that's a pretty one".....modern expressionistic abstract painting "Pretty One" by Elizabeth Chapman

Pretty One
Acrylic on 24" x 36" canvas



Each painting has it's story. This one had a good start but then for whatever reason I left it. I think it may have been the holidays? Anyway, I lost my stride and inspiration for it and set it aside. Here we are months later, many paintings later and I decided one day to pick it up. The basic color scheme stayed the same but it changed a lot. 

The title came to me as my husband walked into the studio just as I was finishing up and remarked, "oh, that's a pretty one". There you go, Pretty One!

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Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

B11 Vitamin for the soul and "Zephyr" by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas



Collaborating with a band B11 Vitamin for the soul in the designing of this CD cover that will be released on March 11th.  I am honored to have my painting "Zephyr" being used with this project.

To see more of Elizabeth Chapman abstract paintings visit my website: HERE

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist