Thursday, January 12, 2017

rainbow water


Rainbow Water
Acrylic on 36" x 36" canvas
Available

This one was a collaboration between grand-daughter/grandma. We began it together with me painting while Penelope sprayed with water. As you can imagine, lots and lots of runs! She titled it. I decided to keep the title, but later took the painting on past that first stage. Every painting has a story.

For more information or to purchase contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

We had so much fun! hope you enjoyed the story...elizabeth





Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pantone 2017 Color of the year...Greenery

Afflable Acrylic on 25" x 35" Available: HERE

Each year I always love challenging myself to the "color of the year" and will have at least one painting created with mostly that color. This year with it being green I feel as if I'm a year ahead!! Working with greens is one of my favorite colors, especially what I call Seafoam green. Here are a few of those paintings from 2016. Some of these are available. I'm sure there will be more, now that I'm going to have to challenge myself to a 2017 green painting!


Green Love 8" x 8" Available: HERE



Requisite 30"x 30' canvas, Sold.


Viva 40" x 48 canvas. Available: HERE



Float, Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas. Available: HERE



Dream Life, Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas.

A full portfolio of my paintings can be seen on my website: HERE

Thanks for viewing! elizabeth

Thursday, December 29, 2016

presentation.



Auspicious 40" x 40" canvas. Acrylic 
Available for purchase.

One of the first things to learn as an artist working independently is presentation. For me, that took some work and honestly, still needing to work on it. Photographing your paintings so that they are the very best representation of the real thing is SO important.

  • Online sales is very dependent upon a good representation as the client is going to make a decision upon what they see on their screens. It also needs to be as close to the actual painting as possible. This is important because they ought to be able to receive what they are expecting. I often hear how much better the painting looks in real and feel this is better than the other way.
  • A good camera and lighting is a must. I am now using a  Canon EOS6D. I began with a Canon Rebel. I have learned how to photograph outside in order to take advantage of natural lighting. There are spots that I use and certain times of day with various weather conditions, which change with the seasons that I have found to work well for me.


Auspicious in a setting.
(lighting on this one was difficult as it was late in the day, indoors)

  • Because I sell the majority of my work online, I don't always have the opportunity to photograph paintings in various settings.  Now and then I'll have a client send me a photograph of their newly acquired painting in it's space. I did once use a program where the paintings are plugged into a setting, but honestly was not happy with that appearance. I like the real thing.
  • This painting was taken at Vivo's in Springfield, Mo where I have recently hung eight of my abstracts and had the opportunity to photograph this one on a real wall with couch.
  • Part of what I do working as an independent artist as being able to know how my work affects others. This painting seemed to be exactly what they needed for their entrance which blessed my heart knowing that it would work so well for them.
  • Love it! ....and if you do, "Auspicious" is still available for purchasing!!

Freedom 40" x 40" acrylic on canvas. Available.

  • Here's another one. "Freedom" was created this last summer of 2016. The above image is the one that is shown online for listing purposes.  It's a much better image than the one shown below as the way the sun was coming in and causing a glare on the top right hand side.
  • But, in real it was/is the perfect spot for it. It was amazing to me how well it looked on this wall that has an industrial type of feel.

Freedom shown on wall at Vivo's.

I know that I need to work more on the presentation of my work. It is truly amazing how much more interest the same painting will stir up when it is photographed in a setting. This is all a part of being an artist AND salesperson for your own work.

Much rather be painting! just haven't found someone who will do the presentation part for me! ha, ha....elizabeth

To see a full portfolio of available paintings visit my website: HERE

Email: elizabethchapman@artlover.com


Thursday, December 15, 2016

commissions


Elequent
24" x 54" (x3) Tryptch

email: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Commission
SOLD


Elequent on the wall.
My latest project working on this three panel commission.


WORKING A COMMISSION


My favorite part about working a commission is that the painting becomes a work of art between two people. I like to think as the person who is commissioning the painting as the artist as well. So, there are two of us working on creating an original abstract painting. 

As an artist there are so many different ways to approach working on a commissioned painting. If you have never done this I would suggest checking out how various other artist handle this.

Here, I'm going to take you through the steps that I have learned. The above shown painting was unique in that it was local whereas most of the time I have worked with commissions on line. The difference being that I was able to hang the painting up and get a feel for it in it's new home before deciding on the final adjustments. This can't not be done when working with shipping.


  • Ok. so here it goes. The first step is of course being contacted then, input, input, input. At this point there is no commitment betweens parties. This is a good time to send photos, ask questions, inquire about size, time frame, styles, color palette, etc.,  Some clients may have very specific ideas and know exactly what they want, others may need a little more direction, some may give you a color palette or it could be re-creating a painting with a similar feel and then there have been those who might just give you a size and say something like " I love your work" just paint what ever you want! Each commission will be so very unique in how it's approached. It is so important to spend time, as long it takes nailing down ideas, size of painting, color palette, etc. 
  • Next will follow giving a client a quote and a time frame.  Over the years I have learned that the best way for me to price my paintings is by size, keeping it consistent. To figure the price of a quote I will simply take the price I would ask for that painting and add one fourth (25%) of it's price as a commission fee.
  • SO what is a commission fee?  Good question.  If not asked, they might wonder why the painting the same size cost more, so I usually go ahead and explain it. The commission fee covers many hidden expenses.  Specially ordered or custom sized canvases, time spent working together, time taken away from other work, adjustments that need to be made or could even mean a total re-do.
  • Time frame.  This is one question that is always asked. I am a fast painter and once I've been commissioned to a work I like to get it done and off of my plate asap. There is much to take into consideration. Are there other paintings that are needing to get done before you start? Is there going to need to be a custom order canvas made? Size you will be working on, etc, I'm comfortable with saying that it will take at least 4-6 weeks, but most usually get done way before this time frame.
  • Getting the correct size is especially important when working on line. It's a good idea to have a template made with paper, cardboard or tape making sure that you get the exact canvas size desired for the space the client is going to hang the painting. This way you can know if the proportions are going to be correct for the size of the sofa, bed, mantle, etc.,
  • Once we've nailed down the ideas, size and the asking price for the painting it's time to begin, but not before asking for a non-refundable downpayment. How much should you ask? Many artist go with 50%. I have always asked for 25% with final payment due upon approval of the painting. This can help to cover expenses in the event the commission is canceled.
  • NOW LET'S BEGIN THE PAINTING! often times this has already begun as I've been mulling ideas over in my head...especially if I'm having to wait for a canvas to arrive. All these ideas will eventually unfold on the canvas.

Emotive 24" x 48"

"Emotive" was used in part as the inspiration for my latest commission. The client I was working with liked in particular the high horizontal composition and color scheme. She also loved another painting "Salient" (also seen by scrolling down) I now have an idea of what she would like and begin painting. I had also taken pictures while at her home for some of the colors in her formal dining room.  I was impressed by the pearly neutral whites in on the front side of her buffet (seen above) and just knew those would be beautiful for this painting.


La Bella, 24" x 36" Available.


This painting was created as a trial run for the larger one. (which by the way is now available!) I sent this pic to Shawna just to see if it was along the lines of what she was thinking. It was, but she also asked if perhaps a bit of blue could be used.  I responded with we'll give it a try.

  • The painting began with a lot of runs, liquid paint poured along the high horizon and allowed to run as I knew I wouldn't keep all of them. 
  • Next, it was a process of layering, many layers. I worked my self back and forth between working on the band area and the neutral area. In the end it would be the band area that we wanted to be the focal point.
  • Neutrals were harder to work with than what they appear to be. Blues were added in the band but I simply did not feel comfortable going with much more than what is seen at the top of the painting. 
  • As I went along, I begin adding more and more whites pulling the contrast out until I reached a point where it was reminding me of Salient ALOT. 
  • The painting was taken to the clients house and hung. She asked that the band be brought down some and thought the white run would work well. I noticed, that I wanted to pick up more of the cool tones in the neutrals.



  • After having made the discussed adjustments the above image was sent for final approval.  Shawna loved it, except asked if perhaps something couldn't be done to soften the white run up. Ok, so I had to think on this one a bit. It's acrylic paint.
  • This painting had turned out to be so similar to Salient, and yet the white just didn't work on it near as well???mmm.
  • My first attempt was to try and remove some of it buy softening it up with some alcohol. Although, this worked it was going to take forever to remove it. However, it did soften enough to where I was able to scratch into the paint. which led me to the next idea...and next. close-up of this can be seen with the last pic.




Salient, 30" x 40" sold.




softening up the whites

  • Having sent a final pic with the whites softened up(which by the way I think worked out just right for this painting) for approval.  It was time to set up a time for this new commissioned painting to go to it's new home. As I mentioned, earlier this was a local work which made it convenient to be able to take the painting on location.
  • Most of the time I work on line depending on good communication and good pics. It is very important to make sure and take good photographs that represent the painting as close to the real thing as possible.
  • The last step is to send an image for approval and then the payment for the remainder of the balance before shipping.
  • Then, time to ship!        
Happy client, happy artist! ...elizabeth


email: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

website: here



Saturday, December 10, 2016

Free to dream.


Daydream
Acrylic on 30" x 40" canvas

"Everything starts as somebody's daydream." Larry Niven

Ever daydream?!

"What was the artist thinking while creating this work?" is a common question asked by collectors. Here are my thoughts:

It's good to dream and might as well dream big.  I am so thankful to be able to bring dreams to reality through the process of creating.  When I posted this painting on instagram the question was asked of me as to what the dream was about?  The short answer, "A world in which every one truly loves each other"  The longer version, is it was painted on election day here in the US (Nov. 8th), I was thinking about the division/sadness this election has caused in our nation, among family, friends, communities, etc., Like no other I have ever seen. Crazy. The dream was that we could all get along, loving each other and living in peace. What's so wrong with a little peace, love and understanding? We ought to at least be able to respect each other's opinions and believes. That is what living in a free country is about. Anyway, just a dream....elizabeth


This painting can be purchased directly from my studio, contact: elizabethchapman@artlover.com
More available abstracts can be seen: HERE




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Certainty.


Ooh La La
Acrylic on 22" x 30" paper

To purchase email me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Website: HERE

I am an artist. That wasn't something that I could always say with certainty. It's taken many years of painting to arrive to that point. Oh sure, there was always that still small voice within that nudged me and told me that art was my gift. But until I stepped out in faith and began practicing, I could not know. So, what's this post about. It's about being certain and then again, not certain.

On the other hand painting doesn't always carry the same amount of certainty. There are many times when I feel uncertain, doubtful of the piece that I am working on.  I believe that it is the artist in me that always sees things optimistically...it will all work out, viewpoint.  This is essential when your going through that stage of a painting  that most referred to as "the ugly stage".  Just keep going.

A bit on this title. My husband is the title person.  Now and then I come up with one and when I do I like getting credit for it! When I showed him the image of this painting for title ideas, his immediate response was ooh la la. ....and I said, "that's it"!  So, there you have it.


.......elizabeth


Sunday, November 20, 2016

give thanks...


La Bella
Acrylic on 24" x 36" canvas

Available

To purchase or for more information contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

More abstracts can be viewed: HERE


I haven't been posting these paintings in the order that I have been completing them. This is my latest, that was actually created as a test run for a very large commissioned triptych painting that I will begin working on soon. The requested color scheme is to be much like a previous one, Emotive. The colors are rich, reminding me much like those in the midwestern Fall. Therefore, I thought it would make a nice painting to post for this week with our US holiday, Thanksgiving. It has actually become my favorite holiday. I love that it brings our family, friends and nation together for a day of remembering and publicly giving thanks to God for ALL that he so graciously provides.  I can remember when it was much more of commercialized holiday than it is today and that is another thing that I love about it. All the commercialism can so easily draw our focus and hearts away from the Creator. 

Remember to take sometime to be thankful, not just for Thanksgiving (US) but every day of the year. 

Hope you have a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving!!.....Elizabeth


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Modern Abstract Painting "Pinna" by Elizabeth Chapman


Pinna
Acrylic on 32" x 44" canvas

Available

To purchase or for more information contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com


Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Expressionistic Abstract Artist

Sunday, October 30, 2016

layer by layer


Super Moon
Acrylic on 30" x 40" canvas

SOLD

Update: "Super Moon" sold and will be hung and paired alongside a fireplace as verticals with another painting of mine "Simple Things".  This is why I've taken to initialing my paintings on the side rather than the front as it offers more flexibility in how they are displayed.

Please visit my website to see more of my original abstract paintings, here.

Contact me for purchasing or for more information: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Layering, layering and layering was what I did with this one.  I took pictures as I painted beginning with the first marks up to the finished work.  Usually, it doesn't work out for me to do that because I will become so focused on painting that I will forget to take the photographs. This time, though, I knew that I wanted to use them for a local workshop that I would be teaching at. Basically, I just wanted everyone to be able to see how much a painting can change and that it is ok. The title came as I happened to glance up at it one day and saw a moon. See it?!  Hopefully, that doesn't ruin it for anyone as it's not really about a moon, but about arranging and creating a beautiful space.

MY WEBSITE

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

waiting for you....


Quixotic
Acrylic on 48" x 48" canvas

Available from my Etsy store: HERE

or contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

WEBSITE: HERE

Here in Missouri the leaves will be reaching their beautiful fall color peak this next week. That is what this painting reminds me with all the warmth and brilliance of Fall. It is a large, large painting measuring 48" x 48" which will make for a wonderful size with gorgeous colors on someones wall. I'm excited for who will own it ....maybe you?!!

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Expressionistic Abstract Artist

Friday, October 14, 2016

influencing.


Halcyon
Acrylic on a 32" x 44" canvas

SOLD




Stormy
Acrylic on 32" x 44" canvas

SOLD


To purchase or for more information contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com
or my website: HERE


The first image is "Halcyon" a commissioned piece created using compositional and color ideas from several other paintings of mine.  I painted "Stormy" (second image) soon after finishing the commissioned work.  I find it interesting how the one influenced the next one.  Both of these were done several months ago...little behind on my posting. oops.


Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Expressionistic Abstract Artist



Sunday, October 2, 2016

the monarch.


Delica
Acrylic on a 24" x 24" canvas

Available from my Etsy store: click on link, HERE

For more information contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Inspirations. I was asked to create a painting using an orange and black color palette for a local show to celebrate the flight of the Monarch butterfly. I believe every artist must have a color that they stay away from as well as one that is pretty much always the go to. Orange is not at all a preferred color of mine. Personally, I just find it difficult to work with. Pink is my mix.  I was not in the least inspired to work with orange. BUT, I said yes and took it on as a challenge.  Fallish. 


Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Expressionist Abstract Artist

Monday, September 26, 2016

autumn breeze.


Splendid
Acrylic on 48" x 48" canvas

Available

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View more of my colorful expressionistic abstracts: HERE


Feeling fall in the air here.  This is a very large painting for me! However, I do find it easier to work on larger canvases than small ones.  I feel as if if this one has an atmospheric and landscapish feeling to it.  Kinda like a cool autumn breeze on a mountain side. 


Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Expressionistic Abstract Artist

Saturday, September 17, 2016

back home.


Ingress
Acrylic on 30" x 40" canvas

Available

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This painting is from 2015 and has never been listed.  Back in the summer of 2015 I was contacted by a small gift shop/gallery on the east coast interested in a few of my paintings. This one was fresh off the easel...I loved it! and decided I would send it. So along with a few more paintings we went on an adventure that just did not work out.  I sent many of my best paintings without a single sale in over one year. I believe the rule to go by is six months.  I personally have not had good experiences with brick and mortar galleries. I do work with a few online galleries that have been a wonderful experience.  However, I always prefer to make my sales independently as running through a gallery will cost anywhere from 30%-45% in a commission fee. I know people are often surprised to learn how much a gallery makes from selling a painting.  But, they do promote with ALOT more exposure.

Anyway, "Ingress" is back...and looking to be loved by someone!

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Expressionistic Abstract Artist