Tuesday, April 15, 2014

climb every mountain.


Alpa
Acrylic on 48" x 48" x 1.5" wrap canvas
Available


I was having lunch with a couple of friends of mine last week when the title for this painting came to me.  I work intuitively and began this one with purple. Why purple? Well, it was the first color that came to my mind as I began. That led to the next color(s)/idea(s) and from their the painting began to emerge.  I'll have to admit working with the purples and green felt a bit unusual for me and really wasn't all that sure about it.  But, I do feel it is important to allow and follow each paintings flow and uniqueness. So, what does lunch have to do with this?

My friend Emily had taken off on a trail and is talking about a trip to Peru.  She is describing how BEAUTIFUL the Andes Mountains that run through Peru are with all the purples and greens.  I'm visualizing this scene that she is describing when instantly this painting that I had been working comes to my mind.  I interrupt (artist friends are use to these interruptions in conversations with each other as ideas are being tossed around) to show her a picture from that mornings painting on instagram. Which then leads us into a conversation about instagram…see how artist's converse with each other! It's like talking in circles, but amazingly much is accomplished.

Longstory short, later I googled for information and images of the Peruvian Andes Mountains and saw those colors that she was talking about. I then began seeing this painting in a different light and imagining. It is now hanging on one side of our living room wall, against a cafe colored wall.  Very striking and enjoying it much, well until one day.  The title comes from Alpamayo one of the highest peaks in the chain close to the Alpamuyu river. Can't be afraid of pink either for this one!


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Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

full of life.


"Alacrity"
Acrylic on 40" x 40" x 1.5" wrap canvas
SOLD


SO rarely, but oh so sweet.  This one sold fresh off the easel and while the paint was literally still wet! I had just taken it off the easel to be photographed outside along with another painting.  Posted it on instragram, where it was seen by the buyer of "Highlight" , who then contacted me as a possible interest to her sister.  So, two of my paintings going to another pair of sisters! "Sisterlyties" was the last one. How is that for Sister Style? …loved this particular blog post written by my daughter's Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess.  They also read my blog. And YES girls..I would prefer the blended version for the Coconut Toasted Margarita!  You'ld have to watch towards the end of this You Tube video to catch the question. Ok, so that was off the track.

No, I never drink while painting. I know it may look that way. Totally me. I can be deeply inspired by music. With this painting, I was listening to an instrumental artist named Yanni--If I Could Tell You-- that I found while reading the January issue of Visual Language Magazine.  Painting for me is much like an adventure, not really knowing where it will lead with each discovery leading to the next.  Purely intuitive.  This painting was so that way as I followed the flow enjoying the process of creating.  As I paint, my thoughts can be far removed from the actual painting process. Kinda like putting it on autopilot. In this case there was a lot of thankfulness and praise to God.


"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


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Much thanks to Jennifer and Joan!


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

ABSTRACT PAINTING "FUSION"


Fusion
Acrylic on 36"H x 48" x 3/4" wrap canvas
(click on image for close up)


Layers upon layers upon layers would describe how this painting came together. The darkest darks are  Golden's dioxazine purple.  I haven't done this in a while, but absolutely love mixing this purple with yellow to get those rich browns. Reminds me of coffee! Variations of the brown are created by adjusting the amount of yellow and white added for lightness.  Usually, I will work with a color palette like this more along the time Fall is approaching…not the beginning of Spring.  Maybe, just maybe someone has been waiting for this one…could that be you?


Many, many more abstracts can be seen in my online gallery: HERE


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

happenstance.


Fortuity
Acrylic on 30"H x 40"W x 1.5" canvas
Available

Loving it.  My abstracts are known for their color, movement and texture.  But shapes..not so much. This will change that! Don't you think?!   Kinda reminded me of a painting from 2011 titled "Mosaic".
Perhaps this one might be a reminder of child's play. No plans or expectations getting in the way, just pure adventure on the canvas.  Experimenting freely.



Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Painting





Monday, March 24, 2014

similar commission.


Vanguard
Acrylic on 40" x 40" x 1.5" wrap canvas
Commission-Sold

"How long did it take you to paint that painting?" is a question that I am oftened asked.  Why does it matter? Is time being equated to value?  I think this question is probably most asked when it comes to art. It's a skill like any other that takes years to build. So, whether a painting takes a few hours, weeks or months may just depend on how many foundational years an artist has worked.  I once heard an artist answer that question with "all my life"..and thought that was a very good answer.

Why doesn't a athlete get asked "how long did it take you to win that race?" It obviously took more than the that 30 second in that sprint, as it took years of training to get to that point.   This can be applied to so many professions…yet it seems like it's the visual artist's that get popped with that question. I answered that question in  a post that I wrote after my first year into painting and working full time as a professional artist. It can be read here , warning….it's long.

This painting was commissioned as a gift.  The buyer really like "Ultramod" 40" x 60" (which is still available!) but asked if it I couldn't recreate a similar work but smaller, 40" x 40".  Ultramod, was one of those paintings of mine that I really struggled with to find it's flow, but one that has been a very well liked painting, but ironically still available.  In painting "Vanguard", I didn't really have that struggle as the composition and color scheme that I was to work from had already been created.  However, when I am being asked to recreate a painting from a previous work I feel there is a fine line there between a similar painting and also allowing the new painting to be it's own unique voice too.  So, in that sense there is a struggle when working a similar painting.  "Vanguard" turned out to be a lighter painting with more contrast.  The struggle is in letting go and accepting that similar means similar and not the exact same.  There is still that comparison, though.  My husband liked Vanguard better…you can also choose.  If it's Ultramod…then yay…it's available..and for sale! perhaps for you???

contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com



"Ultramod"
40" x 60" x 1.5" Acrylic on canvas
Available

A complete portfolio of my paintings that are currently available can be viewed: HERE

Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

figurative abstract.


Blessings
Acrylic on 10" x 10" canvas
Commission

This little figurative abstract was created from a photo of a young couple and their twin sons.  Fanny and I worked together going through many photos narrowing it down to this favorite. They live in Spain, but were in Argentina visiting family on the boys' first birthday in this photo.




Orange was not a color that they had in their home and one that she was particularly fond of, so I steered away from it.  My objective when painting these are to capture a feeling of the moment more  than an realistic representation.  Together, close and happy!


More of the figurative abstracts can be seen in my web gallery: HERE
Email me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com to customize yours!


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Sunday, March 16, 2014

rainy day.



Celest
Acrylic on 40" x 40" x 1.5" wrap canvas
Available

oops…haven't posted in a bit.  Could it be Spring is on the way?!  With these early warm days I've been enjoying and working outside as much as possible.  Inside the house, there is nothing like more light to jump start the spring cleaning. Also, a good form of procrastinating studio time. Hey, at least the house is getting clean!  Today, it is raining and the 42 degree start is slowly dropping to the present 32 with talk of snow.  Fixing chicken and dumplings for lunch, tomato and grilled cheese sandwiches for supper, there's a pecan pie made and maybe hot chocolate some time today. Comfort foods to take the chill away.  Tomorrow it will be 17 degrees, then Tuesday will be back to 60 degrees. yep, it's the Ozarks!

I've heard it said that, "the first brushstroke can be the hardest" and so it was with this one.  It was begun with the background colors and left for many days as I went on with other stuff to do. Along the  way, the back of my mind was saying, "you've got work to do in the studio, need to get back" and so reluctantly I stepped back in one morning.  Sometimes the best time to paint, can be when you just don't feel like it, don't care or are bored as this can help make that shift to the right creative brain side much quicker.  I found myself not worrying about creating a wonderful work, one that is liked by others, will sell, etc., etc.,  but just….enjoying it!

Now, it is yours to enjoy!

More LARGE Abstracts can be viewed: HERE

For more information or to purchase painting(s) email me: 
elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist





Thursday, March 6, 2014

which way.


Supreme
Acrylic on 36" x 48" canvas
Available


I painted this one as a horizontal but when I turned it as I so often do with my paintings to find it's strongest side, I found that I liked it as a vertical too.  I could not, could not decide so decided to put it on Instagram/Facebook for a vote.  The comments were all interesting and it pretty much came out about half/half in favor of horizontal or vertical.  Here is the horizontal for you to decide:




Supreme
As a horizontal


So what do you think? As I favored the vertical,  I added the white drips making it more towards a vertical, but still works strongly as a horizontal.  Someone suggested that it would depend on the space that you were going to hang it.  Totally agree.  I've decided that this one is just as strong as a horizontal as it is a vertical and could be hung either way.  That is true for so many abstracts, but still I always like to pick it's strongest side for listing.  Not so with this one, as I will be promoting it both ways. Everyone wins.


This painting can be purchased from me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com
A full portfolio of currently available works can be viewed: HERE

Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Monday, March 3, 2014

gallery representation.


Ablaze
Acrylic on 36" x 36" x 1.5" wrap canvas

Houston, Texas


I am so excited to be having  my paintings represented by a fine art gallery out of Houston, Texas.  Davis and Company will have their grand opening on March 29 and three of my paintings will now exclusively be offered by them.  We will be preparing these for shipment this week.

Have we had enough of winter yet? I have a completed painting on the easel that I have not been able to photograph outside yet because of the weather.  Sleet, freezing rain, snow and single digit temperatures here.  Perhaps in a few days I can get that done.   We've also had our grand daughter stay over her usual Thursday and Friday. Not complaining there as we have WONDERFUL times together and just as having been a stay at home mom, would not trade those times for anything. Needless to say…no painting. However, I have been commissioned to create a painting that will be given as a gift similar to Ultramod on a 40" x 40" canvas and will begin that one soon. Excited with the new opportunities.

We're at the tail end of this winter, temps going up tomorrow! Soon it will be bright and colorful outside.


For now you can go to my Web Gallery to see bright and colorful!

Enjoy your week.

Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist


Monday, February 24, 2014

inspiration.


Highlight
Acrylic on 40" x 40" x 1.5" wrap canvas

SOLD!
Thanks Jennifer!


It worked!  The initial spark of this painting came to me while we were driving down the road.  My husband likes to do the driving, not that I'm a bad driver….just the way he is. Men. So, anyway what to do.  Well, for a creative person it's a great time to work on ideas!  I envisioned a landscape composition with a beach in the foreground, bluish purplish mountains and sky.  Not sure that the blue area looks like mountains, but hey maybe it's water.  Now you know the initial inspiration for this painting and the outcome is pretty much true to that idea.  However,  it could have taken a different direction and then I would have had to been willing to let go of that idea.  Either way, that first inclination drove this painting.


More of my abstract paintings can seen in my Web Gallery: HERE


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Thursday, February 20, 2014

another black and white.

Menange
Acrylic on 30"H x 40"W x 1.5" canvas
Available




The black and white painting "Limitless" that my daughter Emma asked that I do for her and Trey's home office has gotten the wheels turning on a black and white series.  This is the second one.  I have found these to be harder to paint than they appear.  It might  be since color comes so naturally for me that it feels as if I've got my hands tied when working with just black and white.  I would like to try one with color, then layer in the black and white with some color coming through.  The challenge is good. 




Here we are photographing outside using natural lighting.  With all the white in this painting this spot in the shade turned out to work the best.  Propped on top of a found object in order to keep the bottom edge from being in the sun.  Fancy photographing equipment. I then had to up the exposure in editing to get it to as close as possible to real thing.

This painting can be purchased from my Web Gallery or by contacting me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

completed.


Refractions
Acrylic on 36" x 36" x 1.5" canvas
Available

This painting has been in the works for quite some time and recently went back to give it some tender loving care.  There was a lot that I liked, but had too much not working for the whole.  I resolved it by focusing more on defining it's high horizontal composition, still retaining it's original identity.  I love the texture that is built up when layers upon layers of paint are built up. Many times it is not done intentionally just happens as I am searching for the flow/direction of a painting. Yet works. Unfortunately, texture is not one of the elements that is visible on images.  SO much more to appreciate in real.


Well, I'm off to start a painting today with an abstracted landscape idea that came to me as we were on our way to eat with our kids last night.  I also think about food while painting…Sky,mountains, beach scene.  Warm yellow/oranges, purple/blues and off white. Another large, large…we'll see where it goes. Perhaps work on a figurative too.  Weather is finally warming up, so time to start getting some outside work done.  Hoping to clean the garden and plant peas this afternoon.  Then back to painting in the evening.  Enjoy your day.


More of my abstracts can be viewed: HERE

Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist


Sunday, February 16, 2014

inspiration.


Mother's Love
Acrylic on 10" x 10" canvas

SOLD


This was a commissioned figurative abstract for Elise Blaha from the blog: 'enjoy it.'  She contacted me as she is friends and works with my daughters Elsie and Emma of  A Beautiful Mess, inquiring if I would be interested in creating this painting of her and Ellerie. How could I not?! Such an adorable picture of these two.  The photo that I used is in part of her blog banner or instagram @elisejoy if you would like to see it.

I know, I know I need to keep painting these figuratives...


I did not know Elise and so decided to check her blog out.  I left reading her blog inspirationally pumped and I'm not through reading it yet. There is so much. You couldn't possibly miss finding something you would enjoy reading. She has been blogging since 2005. I found this post on posting in the section: Blog Content which caught my eye for ideas.  loved it. Currently, she is starting a birthday challenge called make29 for her birthday this year.  I'm not quite sure how she finds the time for all that she does.  She certainly, is an inspiration.


Interested in a figurative abstract painting?
email me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist




Friday, February 14, 2014

better together.


Better Together
Acylic on 11" x 14" wrap canvas
Available

Happy Valentine's Day!

"Heart Series" can all be viewed/purchased from Etsy: HERE


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist