Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Black and White Abstract...kinda.

Acrylic on 36" x 48" wooden panel



This painting can be purchased directly from me, contact: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Also, if interested this one can be purchased as a print from Fine Art America: HERE

This painting was a work in progress for many, many months. It was one that I picked up to paint from time to time, ( about 6 months in the making!) unlike the majority of my paintings. It was an experiment in working with a different support. I purchased several large wooden cradle boards from a local business. The surface was gessoed to begin. It was different working on wood rather than a canvas. I believe that is why I would leave it for a time as it just wasn't my comfort zone. Something different. 

I did not begin with a plan for a black and white painting, it just worked out that way. Because I work with so much color, black and white is always a challenge for me as I feel as if my hands have been tied. With this one the black and whites went in towards the last. I am really happy with the results!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Commissioned Modern Abstract Painting "Ipseity"

Acrylic on 36" x 48" canvas


I'm posting the second of two paintings commissioned by Brian and Alexandra. I actually painted this one first. The inspiration for it was from "Gold Rush". The two paintings were to be different yet still go together. Scroll down to see "Archetype".  Rich colors were built up layer by layer creating lots of  real surface texture.  Funny story here. Brian and I had a mix up when communicating a problem that he saw on the right side of the painting with what appear to be shapes that looked like c/o. I searched and searched and could not find what he was pointing out. Finally, I wrote back with I can only find what your talking about on the left side of the painting.  Right away he realized the problem. Turned out working in the medical profession he reads images turned around as if from the back side. lol. My left is his right and vice versa.  After having gotten a few minor details adjusted we were done. I say we, because both paintings were a collaboration between myself and this wonderful couple that I feel I got to know along the way. This painting is now hanging in their home.

More of my abstract paintings can be seen: here

Feel free to contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com for purchasing information.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Modern Abstract Painting "Archetype"

Acrylic on 30" x 30" canvas


To inquire about a commissioned painting contact me: elizabethchpaman@artlover.com

One of my favorite quotes is by the artist Matisse and goes something like.. 'let the art speak for itself'.  Perhaps I so like that quote because it highlights THE ART and nothing else. And also, because I'm really not very good at articulating my thoughts in words. Not a wordie person. I've always been a quiet, shy and more on the introverted side...a visual communicator. As much as I would like for it not to be so, it is so.  let the art speak for itself takes the pressure off of explaining it.

I love hearing from others how a particular painting speaks to them. That is what I got to hear from the couple that commissioned this painting. This is one of two that I created for them. (I'll post the second one next time) It meant so much to me as an artist to be able to hear what this painting meant to them upon seeing the completed image. It really was a confirmation that art can speak for itself.

First, a bit on the commissioning information. I was given images from a style of work that I was doing from back a few years. like 2011.  Links here: Double Take, Thirds, Tonality and Gold Rush. (It was a challenge for me to go back and figure out what type of paint I had used. With this one I found it was Golden Liquid Acrylics, Azo Yellow and Quin Gold. Lots of layering working with them much like watercolors.) I have always loved and still do being turned loose on a commission without to many specifics. This was way different. BUT, I found that it actually made it so much easier than I would have thought. It was definitely the most detailed instructional commission that I have ever done and I loved it! 

In wrapping it up and sending an image for it's final approval, I was told what they saw in the painting. How it spoke to them. I knew nothing else about this couple except what I had been given concerning color and style. I was totally wowed by what they saw.  I am a believer in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us, but I don't attach my beliefs to my work at least in written word. I do often pray before I begin a painting and much while painting. When they told me that they saw a tomb, like a cave with the Arch, the squiggles on the side symbolizing the ascension of Christ and a cross in the center.  Amazing. They had wanted to ask me to place a cross in the painting, but where afraid they might disrupt the creative flow. But, there it was. How cool is that?!

Thank you Alexandra and Brian for choosing me to create this piece for your home...and thank you for sharing your story in order that I was able to see that art truly does speak for itself. I'm really not needed for that part. 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Modern Abstract Painting "Apropos" by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 32" x 36" canvas

ORIGINAL Available
Contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

More abstracts can be viewed on my website: HERE

Prints of this painting are available from Fine Art America: HERE

Thursday, February 23, 2017

looking for a home....abstract painting "Plush".

Mixed Media Acrylic on 35" x 25" canvas $875
Free Shipping to continental US


Original Painting Available: HERE or by contacting me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Prints of this painting are available from Fine Art America: HERE

The painting above is the completed version. What do you think?! The image below is that same painting from several years ago and I really liked it then, but never felt as if it was ready. It was  among a stack of "not sure that I'm done" paintings. Yet, I just couldn't figure it out. Several attempts were made, but still nothing was enough.  Turned out what it needed was a willingness to take a risk....and so I did! Now it is finished!...and ready to leave home!  Enjoy!!

Plush (before image) from 2015

The finished version of this painting is the one above. 

My website is: HERE

Thank you for viewing! elizabeth

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Modern Abstract Painting "Mistral" by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas, $2000

email me for more information: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Includes continental US shipping

This beautiful painting was completed, photographed, edited and ready to list weeks ago. I just realized that I had not yet listed it on any of my sites.  How much time may have past before I began wondering why it wasn't selling and then realizing why?!  Lol. yep, don't think it would have gotten sold that way.

Trying something new here. I began this blog back in 2008 as I was beginning my new career as an artist.  Kinda fun to go back now and then to seeing all the changes. Through all these years I've never really settled on exactly what I wanted to do with a blog.  Should it be more personal? or perhaps more business like? or it could be used for teaching? or a combination of all these. And so, I did all these things.  In the beginning, I posted every day to presently more like once a week.

Now, here I am with yet one more change. But, it isn't as if it hasn't been done before. Guess I'm beginning to cycle through the various seasons of change. So, what now?  well...i've now decided to post prices and offer a way to purchase the loved painting through PayPal on this blog. For me, it makes it one more site that I have to remember to go back to and mark as sold preventing the possibility of a single work being sold twice.

Bottom line though, it's really more about the paintings and not about any thing that i have to say. Matisse once said, 'let the paintings speak for themselves' and I believe this to be true. 

Those that looking for art for their home or business may not know a lot about art, but they will know what they love when they see it. And isn't that what it's all about.

If you love what you see...buy it!

...and now you can

...right here!

Thanks to each of you that have continue with me through the years!  elizabeth

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

just one more.

Morning Glory
Acrylic on 20" x 24" canvas


I've been on a floral roll lately, so thought I would go ahead and post the last completed one. These paintings tend to happen as signs of warmer weather, green grass, spring breezes begin to occur.  Although, this year the thoughts and paintings happened long before those first signs.  I wonder if that's what getting older is all about?!  hmm.


This one along with some of my other floral abstracts can be found in my Etsy store, HERE.

My website: HERE

Thursday, February 2, 2017

coming soon.

Acrylic on 20" x 20" canvas


To purchase contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Prints now available!: HERE

All depends on where you live, but here in Southwest Missouri the first of February begins to show the earliest signs of Spring. No matter where you live, that is exciting! These two paintings are a result of anticipating the new array of color portrayed in florals. FAV was just so much fun working with a palette knife and applying lots of thick paint creating fabulous surface texture.

Acrylic on 24" x 24" canvas


Another painting turned floral. I usually don't focus on floral abstracts, but they do tend to come out in the Spring. More of my floral abstracts can be found in my Etsy shop: HERE.

Nothing wrong with dreaming...spring is on it's way!!


Saturday, January 28, 2017

fun scene.

Acrylic on 22" x 22" paper, unframed

More abstracts on paper can be seen in my Etsy shop: HERE

I have added several more abstracts on paper to my Etsy store. (link above) The majority of my paintings are on canvas, but now and then I enjoy changing it up and working on a different support. The paper that I use is Arches 156b acid free watercolor. These paintings are sold unframed. I do price them about half of what they would be on canvas considering there is going to be the added expense of framing. There are so many different ways to prepare these for display making it more of a personal choice.  The paintings are lightly coated with an acrylic polymer varnish and would do just fine without placing them under glass. 

Fun time painting this scene with lots of layers, scratching through to underneath layers, overlaid drawing with oil pastel and graphite pencil.....and there's that pink again!! 


Website: HERE

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Acrylic on 22" x 30" paper
(ready to frame)

Speaking for myself here. Some paintings are a zippy zip, started and finished so quickly. Others are matter of layering and time and then there are few that may take a few years before the painting is revisited and finally reaches completion. These two I'm posting were very quickly created. Spontaneous works of art. 

Acrylic on 30" x 30" canvas

This second was actually intended to be an underpainting. I posted it on instagram and it was so loved the way that it is, that it made  me think about perhaps leaving it. Maybe it's the energy or boldness.

"So, when is a painting completed?" seems like an age old question. Again, speaking for myself...I always feel it's important to go with the flow of the painting rather than devising some sort of formula. It's not about how much time it took, but more about whether it is working or not. Sometimes, well often for me...the hardest part can be that of letting go. Especially when it happens so quickly.

On the other end of the spectrum there is the problem of maybe overdoing a painting. Again, it's the knowing when to stop. BUT, if you should take that risk and pass that point there will always be another spot of completion. Just keep going till you reach the next ahha moment.

A spontaneous, Ah yes...I love it moment!! 

O sing unto the Lord a new song, sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Psalm 96:1

Email: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Enjoy!!... elizabeth

Website: HERE

Thursday, January 12, 2017

rainbow water

Rainbow Water
Acrylic on 36" x 36" canvas

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

Prints of this painting can be purchased from Fine Art America: 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


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


24" x 54" (x3) Tryptch

email: elizabethchapman@artlover.com


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