Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Figurative abstract mother and child painting, "More Love" by Elizabeth Chapman


More Love
Acrylic on 10" x 10" canvas

SOLD

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This painting was done as a commission for Elise Cripe.  Two years ago I did one for her first born, Ellerie  and her together. This one is Elise and her second born, Piper.  The paintings "Mother's Love" and "More Love" are being paired up and displayed in her home together.  Working on a couple more this week and an order next week.  Seems like once started...they just keep coming!

Visit my website to see my modern expressionistic abstract paintings: HERE

Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Modern Abstract Painting "Marvel" by Elizabeth Chapman


Marvel
Acrylic on 36" x 48" x 1.5" canvas

ORIGINAL 2016

Available for purchase from my website; HERE

or contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com


Fresh off the easel...


Jazzing it up here!  Listening to jazz music while painting this piece. It began with a gesturally type of flow that I fell in love with too soon as the painting wasn't complete.  After much contemplation I continued and I was very happy to have been able to retain much of the original feeling.

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Modern Abstract "Thrice" by Elizabeth Chapman


Thrice
Acrylic on 8" x 10" x 1 3/4" wood panel

ORIGINAL 2016

Available from my Etsy store: HERE

or contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com


Visit my website to see a complete portfolio of my abstract paintings: HERE


I love this painting! Definitely in the modern abstract camp. This was meant to be a small piece on paper to which I would use to learn mounting on cradle board, which is basically a wood panel.  You can check it out here which is the same place that I have been purchasing my canvases from for years. It was relatively easy, easy to do. You want to make sure that you varnish your painting before mounting and paint the sides of the cradle board. In this case it is a 1 3/4" depth side that I painted black. Then simply cover (don't be stingy here) the back with a mixed media paste and attach to board.  Use a printmaker's roller on the front being sure to press down firmly flattening and wiping excess media from sides.  Don't worry, it all dries clear. When dry I coated the top and sides with an additional coat of varnish. That's it!   Turned out beautifully and plan on mounting more of my abstracts this way. So easy with a very professional finish.

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Design" by Elizabeth Chapman


Design
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas

ORIGINAL 2016

Available from my Etsy store: HERE

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To contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Modern Abstract Art "Clarion" by Elizabeth Chapman


Clarion
Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas

Available for purchase from my Etsy store: HERE

ORIGINAL 2016

Time to post some of those larger paintings that I am just now getting around to completing. This is "Clarion" with the painting continuing on the 1.5" depth sides.  It will be on display at the Springfield-Branson National Airport in the Skygallery.  SO, if you just happen to be flying through Springfield, Mo from Feb.22-May 16th, check it out! 

Visit my website to see more modern abstract art: HERE

Email: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Friday, January 15, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Viven" by Elizabeth Chapman


Viven
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas

ORIGINAL 2016

Available for purchase from my Etsy store: HERE

or contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

View my website: HERE


Music has always very much inspired and  influenced  my painting style.  I respond by what I hear/feel with color and movement on the canvas.  Not always do I play music as I paint, sometimes I feel I need those moments of being still.  Locally, I have been invited to be one of six artist that will be on stage as the Springfield Symphony performs.  First time to be done as a collaboration between the visual arts and music, entitled "Music for my eyes".  For the most part visual artists do there work solo in their studios and pretty much like it that way. This will be an opportunity for the audience to be able to participate in that process of translating music into a visual art.

Performance will be at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, Mo. 
For more information: missouristatetix.com

Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract "Wit" by Elizabeth Chapman


Wit
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas

ORIGINAL 2016

Available for purchase from my Etsy store: HERE


Speaking today for the Studio55 club in my hometown of Springfield, Mo.  The topic will be on marketing.  As I'm going over my notes this morning and thinking about how to open this presentation,  I'm reminded of those very first years as I was building my business.  Those initial ideas came from a generation of younger entrepreneurs that more than likely because of our weakened economy began seeing the importance of working for yourself. They have been successful and are everywhere today. They are a huge inspiration!!  In my own family I have seen this with my daughters owners of A Beautiful Mess.  There story can be read on there blog: HERE I happen to be very proud of them and I think you will enjoy their wit!


Visit my website to see more of my bold, expressive and colorful abstracts: HERE


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Dancer" by Elizabeth Chapman


Dancer
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas

Original 2016

Available for purchase from my Etsy store: HERE

Website: HERE


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Friday, January 8, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract "Orb" by Elizabeth Chapman


Orb
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas

Available for purchase: HERE

ORIGINAL 2016

Continuing to add these small abstracts to my Etsy store where they can be purchased.  These can be collected as singles, pairs or to collect on a wall. Enjoy!


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Matza" by Elizabeth Chapman


Matza
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas

ORIGINAL 2016

Available from my Etsy store: HERE


Another one and oh there's more! This one has a high horizontal landscapish compositional feel to it. If your an abstract artist composition is everything. It would probably be much easier if I chose a composition before I began.  But, typically I don't.  I just begin, with that beginning leading to the next idea and so on I go until I feel it's complete.  I'm going with the flow of the painting, but at the same time I am always thinking about how to pull a painting off compositionally.  Most of the time it works. Now and again there is a struggle that occurs with a painting. Nine times out of 10 it's not working because there is a design problem. So, that's when I go back to those composition rules/guidelines to figure out how to make it work.  Yes, that's right...it would be much easier to begin with them! The beauty of this small abstract is all the layering that occurred as I was finding my way to a design.

To see more of my colorful abstract paintings visit my website: HERE


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist

Monday, January 4, 2016

MODERN EXPRESSIONISTIC ABSTRACT PAINITNG "Sweet Release" by Elizabeth Chapman


Sweet Release
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas
$100

Available in my Etsy store: HERE or contact me:elizabethchapman@artlover.com

ORIGINAL 2016


Here we are the first week in January and Spring has arrived! Well, not really but if your feeling like you needing more color in your life...visit my website.  I love painting with color in a bright, bold and expressive style.  It's a natural.  

Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist


Friday, January 1, 2016

New 2016 Mini Abstract "Bellucci" by Modern Abstract Expressionist Painter Elizabeth Chapman


Bellucci
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas
$100

ORIGINAL 2016

"Belluci" is the first posted and listed painting for 2016!

Currently releasing these small abstracts to my Etsy store; HERE







These are the newest mini abstract paintings (8" x 8") that I have been working on during the latter part of 2015. Oddly enough, they are much more difficult for me than working on a large canvas.  This is the first time that I have worked on so many of them at the same time. Ordinarily, I would always begin and finish one at a time.  I began hanging them on this wall (minus four others that are on another wall) as way to see them all at once. In many ways this gave me the same perspective that I have as I'm working on a large canvas. So many of the times it can be a difficult thing to walk away from a canvas when you don't know how it's going to finish.  Hanging these on the wall was a lot like standing back and critiquing a large canvas. When I would walk back in on these there would be one that caught my eye telling me the next step. Often times I would have two I worked on at a time and then back up to the wall they would go.  Maybe done, maybe not...it wasn't until I could look at the wall and not see any changes that they felt completed.

The plan is to continue, only this time I'm going to work them alongside the larger pieces that I typically paint. These are a good way of continuing to work through times of creative healing or times that are going to change your working time and space, such as vacations, holidays, etc..,  I feel like I nurtured each one of these into their own special piece.  These paintings could be purchased to hang as singles, pairs or collected for a wall display. The price for the new minis are being listed at $100 with the price of the older ones staying the same, $85 in case you should wonder as to why the difference.  This does include shipping to any where in the continental US.

I've been so waiting to get these out!

May 2016 be a joyful year!


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist




Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Reflecting on 2015 "Opus" Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting by Elizabeth Chapman



"Opus"
Acrylic on 30"H x 40"W x 1.5" wrap canvas

Original Available from my website: HERE or contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com


"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


I began another post this morning with the new mini 2016 paintings.  Then, I found myself reflecting upon this last year and thinking perhaps that would make a better post.  I am not one for New Year's Resolutions nor setting goals. Not that  I don't believe in them, it's just that they don't work for me. It's more from an overall vision that they unfold.  For this past month I have been working on and writing down new painting ideas, marketing and overall stuff.  Those could be used for another post. For now, I want to reflect on 2015...

This has been my BEST year if it where to be measured monetarily.  It all depends on how a person measures success. In 2008, I resigned from a well paying teaching position as a high school art teacher to pursue my dream (those earlier post can be read here, see side bar.)  The first year I worked every day, literally from 8-3 painting and teaching myself everything that I would need in order to market my own work. I made a three digit income that year!! But, it was a success in that you've got to start somewhere and that it had.  Each year thereafter, there has been an increase of which I have always been thankful. I can now say that I am making the same income that I was as an employed public school teacher.  In that respect I am so ever more thankful for all the years of hard work and persevering.  I am now hoping to double that!! which means....more work, work, work!!

So, what has made the biggest difference with this last year? Certainly, years of experience do play in. But, let me just give credit to where credit is due. I paint from my heart.  It could be one that is full of joy, praise or thanksgiving or yes even with sadness, grief or worry.  Most always, I begin with knowing that my hands will do the physical work, BUT the creating comes from the Master Painter.  In faith, I step in to begin the work and He is faithful to gift me, complete it and find the rightful owners. 

The painting that I have chosen for this post is one of my favorites from this past year. My favorites are not always necessarily the most popular of my abstracts.  In fact, some of my least favorites often turn out to be the most popular paintings.  So, I never know. But, I do know that it pays to be faithful, show up to that easel each day...and paint!  

I have read of my work being described as poetic. Since I so often am inspired by and paint to music, I like to think of it as a visual musical composition. 


"Opus"... a musical composition.

Looking forward  to many more creative 2016 endeavors!


Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Festive" by Elizabeth Chapman


Festive
Acrylic on 40" x 40" gallery wrap canvas

Available


I started another large painting yesterday with a great start, but not anywhere to that point of knowing "this is good".  So, it was added to the collection of five uncompleted paintings. Lol. Seems to be the rhythm of it lately.  This one that I am posting today, is finished! I thought it would be a good one to post given the colors of the season and the title.  I have listed this one on my website  and no where else yet. Planning on it being a 2016 painting..ssh. Oh, and I've been working on a large (49" x 59") floral abstract painting. Sharing soon! 

May your holidays be festive and filled with joy!

To see more of my modern abstract paintings visit my website: HERE

Elizabeth Chapman
Contemporary Abstract Artist