Wednesday, March 21, 2018

In time. In place. In spirit. It just has to be.....

Green Rhapsody
30 x 30 inch

"Love doesn't have to be on Valentine's Day. It doesn't have to be by the time you turn eighteen, or thirty-three or fifty-nine. It doesn't have to conform to whatever is usual. It doesn't have to be kismet at once, or rhapsody by the third day. It just has to be. In time. In place. In spirit. It just has to be." David Levithan

Some paintings, as this one 'Green Rhapsody' available by clicking: HERE ,flow easily and come together quickly, others take a while longer.   In either process, knowing when to let it be is key. It doesn't have to be rhapsody at once or by the third date. The majority of the time it's perservering, patience and continuing to be there as it progresses through stages that at times can be ever so frustrating and ugly. To see beauty emerge from the messes is the reward. That's life too. Bringing it all together into one harmonious piece. In the big picture, I imagine God doing that exact same thing with our lives. In time, in place, in just has to be.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Many eyes go through the meadow.....

"Many eyes go through the meadows but few see the flowers in it." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I tend to look for the good and the beauty in everything. Rose colored glasses' and 'stop to smell the roses' type of gal. To me the point is not to go from point A to point B as quickly as you can get there, but instead to take it all in and enjoy the journey as you go. I also paint that way. It's the process that is most important to me. Memories are interwoven into the surface through color, shapes and lines as in this painting Meadowland, 30 x 40 canvas available for purchase by clicking: HERE.  Remember to look for the beauty! Life is good. 

Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things out of your love. Psalm 119:18

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Abstract Painting "LOVE" by Elizabeth Chapman


Acrylic on 30 x 40 inch canvas


The first of my paintings to be titled LOVE. There's been, Everlasting Love, Much Love, Shades of Love, Crazy Love, First Love, Young Love, Love Gush, More Love, Love Flow and Love Burst. That is a lot of Love! This one was titled intentionally plain LOVE, as in the source of all loves. While working on this painting I began to mediate on the beauty of green life that is found in nature in many forms. In the end, it came down to green pastures.

As a farmer's daughter, I can tell you that after a long winter a green pasture was a welcomed time of relief. A happy time. Rest for the farmer from the daily distribution of hay and to the cattle a time of feasting! A green pasture is a place of plentiful, rest, comfort, refreshment, peace, contentment, freedom and security. The farmer out of an act of love cares for his animals.  
In time, the cattle will need to be rounded up and rotated from one green pasture to the next.  The gate is the means and the only way by which they are able to be moved in and out. Sounds like a great place to be doesn't it?! We also have a means to which we can go in and out of green pastures provided to us through LOVE. John 10:9

"It brings me great 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

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Beauty and Joy "Reveal" Abstract painting by Elizabeth Chapman


Acrylic on 30" x 40" canvas


Beauty is a gift. It is given to us for our enjoyment. A reminder that life is good, of love, hope and as a way to create a space in time. To take us away, if only for a moment. As an artist I am influenced by almost everything and in turn am translating what I see, emotions and memories to the canvases in the form of colors, shapes, lines and movement in hopes of creating a painting that is a reflection of that beauty. This painting was begun in the winter with all that I could see through the window next to my easel covered in white. A beautiful site, especially to be viewing it from the warmth of my studio!  My goal was to incorporate and emphasize the color, chartreuse. 

"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 

Thursday, February 8, 2018


Acrylic on 36 x 48 x 1.5 inch canvas



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Continuing on with the 2018 Color Year Challenge...February is Yellow-Green. You know that beautiful combination of yellow and green that always catches your eye but you don't know how to call it...that's Chartreuse.  Finding that it likes to be softened with nearby neutrals or as a striking color contrasted against darks.  This month I'll be making it a priority to use yellow-green as a MOSTLY color.  "Lily" 36 x 48 inch canvas, is one of the paintings resulting from this challenge. 

Bring good vibes to you this month....your welcome!😀💚

Sunday, January 28, 2018

ABSTRACT PAINTING "Welcome Home" by Elizabeth Chapman

Welcome Home
Acrylic on 30" x 40" canvas


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I feel as if I could just step right into this one, so inviting.  It's a change in a different direction for me. I can't necessarily say that I was in my comfort zone, yet I did have fun. Might look easier than it was.  I'm experimenting with using markers for line work on acrylic paintings. The markers are acrylic as well, so don't have to worry about them fading in time. The emphasize this month still being working with mostly yellow. One thing I've learned this month is that mostly doesn't necessarily mean a lot, especially when working with an intense color.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Modern Abstract Painting "ROSES & MOONLIGHT" by Elizabeth Chapman


Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas


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Whoa. There are presently several yellow paintings in my studio and what a difference in light they make. It's especially nice in the dead of winter to walk into my studio each morning and be greeted by such a cheerful color!  Imagine having one of these hanging on your wall! I'll have one more yellow  for this month that I am presently working on and then I'm on to working mostly with yellow-green, chartreuse. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Modern Abstract "Casablanca" by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 10" x 10" x 1.5" canvas

Available, $135

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This one goes along with the yellow theme for this month, but came out with a much simpler design than what I typically do. I've noticed lately that I've been flowing back and forth between my more complex and less is more, simpler designs. 

Life is simple here where I live in the Ozarks of Missouri and I love that about this area. 

Thank you for viewing!!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Modern Abstract Painting "Marigold & Grey" by Elizabeth Chapman

Marigold & Grey
Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas


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It's winter time here in the Ozarks of Missouri, cold and dark.  But, every morning that I walk into my studio I am greeted by sunshine! Yes, that's right it is presently bright and cheery in my studio. This month I am working with mostly yellow. It's proving to be quite the challenge and stretching me to work with unfamiliar color palettes. I was just looking at the calendar and realized it is only the much more yellow to go!  Follow me along on Instragram(elizabethchapman77), Facebook or right along here as I continue to post January's yellows.

Thank you for viewing!!...Elizabeth


Friday, January 5, 2018

ABSTRACT PAINTING "Lumina" by Elizabeth Chapman


Acrylic on 24" x 48" canvas


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I've been experimenting and learning many different ways of using yellow as I created for myself the 2018 Color Year challenge. Each month I'll be working primarily with a different color.  Beginning here with January it's been yellow.  I'm learning that with such an intense color such as yellow it really doesn't take much to feel like you've got a mostly yellow painting. 

I've always used much yellow in mixing my color palette but not much in using it straight out as a primary color.  I realized this as I went back to viewing my portfolio in my website . However, I did find this painting, LUMINA.  This is one is from 2014 and is available. 

Pretty bold use of color!

The first post of the year "Forever White" can be seen: HERE

Yellow is not an in-between color, your either all in or you’re not....Mobolaji Dawado

Thanks for viewing...Elizabeth

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

ABSTRACT PAINTING "Forever White" by Elizabeth Chapman

Forever White
Acrylic on 30" x 40" canvas


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Happy New Year!!


For much of 2017 I struggled with painter's block.  I knew,  just as I know when I begin a painting that it's simply a part of the process of creating that an artist will have occur.  A painting goes through many stages, struggles, frustrations before you reach that moment where it sings, I'm done. I'm beautiful.  A creative block is much the same way only it's like the artist is the canvas that is being worked on. For the artist it's a matter of recognizing, embracing and working through it knowing that it's a part of growing. There are stages, struggles and frustrations to experience believing all along that it will work out.  

And it is. Inspiration struck with the idea of challenging myself to a year of using one color from the color wheel for each month of the year. The chosen color is to be used MOSTLY, making it the star of the show. Other colors plus black and white can be used but 'the one' stays in charge. The more I tossed the idea around the more excited I became about it. YES! January being the first month of the year will be welcomed by yellow. Pure yellow to brighten, warm and energize this mostly cold month in the Ozarks.

So why, the title 'Forever White' with a painting that is mostly yellow? Well. It's about hope. I like that it goes along with a new year. Whoever you are and where ever you've been we can begin a new.  The future is white. Forever White.

 Feel free to join me making up your own rules/level of commitment or follow me on Instagram, elizabethchapman77  for each months color inspirations.

Thanks for viewing!!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Abstract Painting "Igneous" by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 30" x 40" canvas


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I'm ready for a new year! How about you?! New beginnings are exciting. I'm looking forward to posting about my new painting challenge. It is something that just came to my mind one day and as I began to toss the idea around I found my self becoming inspired. But before I do that, I thought I might squeeze this painting in as it is a more recent one that did not get posted.

As I look at it and see myself having worked with a lot of neutral colors, I am reminded of when I first began seriously painting back almost ten years ago, all color and no neutrals. I know how could that be. Well, I would purchase paint much like going to a candy store. Oh, that looks good, I like that one and that one! I painted for a few years before I realized that I had never even purchased one tube or jar of white!  Many of these colors were already tinted, but still. It was all out color!

Are you ready for a funny story?...well I guess it was...kinda.

I still remember the first painting, Indian Summer where I intentionally set out to use white.  I posted about it in 2009: HERE.  The previous year I had resigned from my position as a high school art teacher to pursue this art thing. Well, it didn't take off quite as quickly as i needed it to, so I had taken a part time job in a floral store.  I was critiqued to no end for using to many white flowers(I had about 3 or 4) in the first floral arrangement that I did by myself.  I was like, your kidding me. really. I'm gone.

I set out to prove that white could be used with color and that it would not be overpowering.  That original painting was a success! My daughter Elsie, knew that and snatched it up.  That one painting led to three more similar commissioned paintings, two of which where large and one the same size.  My first commissioned painting "Better Two" were (2) 30" x 50" panels created for a young couple in my hometown of Springfield, Mo. A few years later I would paint a 48" x 48" from this same color palette for a couple's dining room on the east coast.

So, I guess I should say thank you...for telling me I used to many white flowers!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

MOVING ON INTO 2018 "Joyful Mojo" Abstract Painting by Elizabeth Chapman

Joyful Mojo
Acrylic on 22" x 30" paper
Unframed, $275

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Here I sit the day after Christmas and I'm ordering supplies for the forthcoming year!  Personally, I love this time of year for it's celebrations with family and friends. I'm not especially fond of the cold weather, but winter seems to bring with it a time of slowing down, quietness, peacefulness and rest. With a new year comes a time of reflecting, hopefully with a heart full of thanksgiving for the passing year and a renewing of hope for the forthcoming year.

Business wise this seems to be the time of year that really inspires me. It's a time as I'm doing today of ordering supplies and the setting of goals that seem to inspire me for the new year.  So here are a few of those new ideas mixed with a few resolutions to do a better job with what I'm already doing.

SUPER charged with a new challenge that I have created for myself. If your another artist feel to join me. Perhaps your an art lover, well I hope your interest will be pricked and you will follow along.


There are twelve colors in a color wheel and there twelve months to each year. For each month one color will be chosen to be used as the dominant color in all the paintings done for that month.  So, for example if we begin with yellow....then MOSTLY yellow with some and bits of other colors. Black/White/Grey can be used as well.  I like mixing my own grey from the colors I'm using plus white.

Beginning in January I will be posting these new paintings.

Which brings me to my next goal. POSTING HERE.  I begin blogging back in 2008/09 back when it was the thing. It's kinda fun and a bit embarrassing to go back to read those post. I hope to pick that up again telling and sharing more studio news.  I am beginning by making a list of blogging topics.

STUDIO ORGANIZING is another goal of mine (which is really more of  one that I haven't gotten done from 2017) of expanding my studio space.  I love working out of our home in that I am able to take a break from painting or the computer to go do dishes, throw a load in the washer, mop the floor, prepare a meal or you know,  name it, any of those home need to do's.  I have a room in the basement where I have my easel, table, paints, canvases, etc.,  As it began feeling crammed I began dreaming and planning for more space!  This last year I managed to have a storage bin built to store paintings and they were moved into the adjoining area of the basement. (husband's music room) The office area has also been moved out there. My goal is to move our large kitchen table(as empty nester's we don't need this)  to the basement to be used for packaging and that way we are not having to drag sheets of cardboard/supplies upstairs each time a painting is sold. There will also be a wall for photographing paintings and just more studio space in general. The room that I am in will remain as the messy painting room.

WRITING from 2017 I discovered another creative outlet that I enjoyed and that is writing.  My daughters, Elsie and Emma  of had over the years been asked as to how they were raised to be creatives.  It was a topic that they approached me with and so I set out to reflect, think and write in response to that question.  I wrote a post for their blog, "Raising Creativity: Lessons from Mary Poppins" which can be read HERE. The writing process was interesting in that I found I basically approached it in much the same way as I approach creating a painting. I never had thought of myself as a writer, before this. SO, not that I'm making this a goal but it is laying their in the back of mind as a possible book to be written.

MARKETING..ugh.  I know, as artists we really don't want to deal with this one. Personally, I believe gone are the days of being able to depend and have someone else sell your work. I'm not a salesperson by nature, BUT I have had to learn how to market. I don't know that I will ever feel comfortable with putting myself out there, but if not me then who.  I've been working at this for ten years and have learned so, so much.  However, it has always been and continues to be a competitive and ever changing market. You can't really ever stop researching and learning new methods.  Sometimes, it's just like creating, inspiration or 'just a spoon full of sugar'  is just what is needed.  For this I have purchased a new book, "I'ld Rather Be In The Studio" by Alyson B. Stanfield.  It's only been ordered, but just this first step has stirred a renewed interest in learning more about marketing.

Ok enough with the goals.  Honestly, I'm really not a goal, list type of person (not saying that's a bad thing) more intuitive in which one thing leads to the next idea and so on.  But, sitting down now and then to reflect and think about what it is you would like to accomplish helps me to have an outline, so to speak to work ideas from.  I have found this is the time of year when I am more likely to do this. 

I am SO very thankful for the support I have received over the years that has allowed me to continue to create, working and using what I believe is a God given talent to hopefully visually encourage, uplift and bring hope to others through my art. 

...from the bottom of my heart


"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

Friday, December 15, 2017

MODERN ABSTRACT PAINTING "Resolute" by Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas


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Thank you for viewing!