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These have been my latest inspirations! I will post them one at a time, but the fastest way to view all of them would be to go directly to my website. Found in the small painting category by clicking: HERE. They are on heavy paper, Arches 140b acid free archival watercolor paper. Acrylic paints are used and I use acrylic markers for gesturally mark making. There are many layers of paint and texture. Lastly they are varnished. So even though they are on paper they are as durable as any canvas painting. Placing them under glass is optional. Sold unframed allows flexible for personal matt/framing choices.
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"Ninety-nine percent of the world's lovers are not with their first choice. That's what makes the jukebox play." -Willie Nelson
This year(2018) I challenged myself to work mostly with one color each month. With this painting the objective was to work with blue. One result of this challenge is that there are a few colors that I don't typically work with and so it has forced me to step outside my comfort zone experimenting. Blues are always a favorite. Cobalt in particular is one of my first choices as it's a strong bold color as used in this painting, "Jukebox" available by clicking: HERE.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Revelation 2:4-5 KJV
"Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true." --E.Y. Harburg
I'm a dreamer. It's true. Perhaps it's a part of the reason that I love to create as I can take an idea(s) and make them come true on the surface of a canvas. As in this painting "Somewhere", available by clicking:HERE. I also believe that there are plans and purposes for our lives and when we connect with the Creator they are revealed to us as the desires of our hearts. They do come true, so dream on!
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4
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It's not the long walk home that will change this heart, But the welcome I receive at the restart"--Mumford & Sons
Painting is much like a dialogue that is carried on between myself and each mark, color, shape, etc., that is placed on the canvas. For it tells me what to add next, change or take away. Layers upon layers. Sometimes it means not being afraid to cover and re-start the painting continuing until one day that magical moment arrives as if it is saying- Welcome Home. (available by clicking: HERE)
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
"Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet." Bob Marley
Experience. Life is full of them. I believe we were made to enjoy and fill our lives with the joy of the creation. Enjoying an abstract expressionistic painting is all about what it feels like to you as the viewer. As an artist that is what I am pouring out onto the canvas. Feelings. Expressed by the use of color, lines, textures,etc., This painting "Come In Out Of The Rain", available for purchase by clicking: HERE was painted on a rainy day with one small window to the left of me while painting on an easel. I'm just sure I was influenced by the down pouring of the rain with memories of past experiences playing in the rain. As I was writing this post it reminded me of a passage I read recently out of the book of Luke in chapter 7:29 in which Jesus describes the Pharisees as those having rejected the counsel of God being not baptized of him. Jesus goes onto to liken these men of this generation and to what they are like. I just absolutely loved what I feel I was being shown here because it testifies as to our being created to express our feelings. Let's dance, let's sing, let's laugh, let's celebrate, let's feel the rain! It's a gift to enjoy! Here is how Jesus responded;
And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling to one another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. Luke 7: 31-32
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"The foundation of living a simply luxurious life is made up of substance, passion, quality, sensibility, sincerity, appreciation and continual growth." -Shannon Ables. Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman's Guide
Our lives are rich not so much by what can be seen on the outside by but more so by what we are made up of on the inside. As an abstract expressionist artist, painting is an experience in which the end outwardly product is not so much by what is seen but by what is felt. A visual voice has been given to a work of art. It is the unseen part in the process of working that gives life to a work. Layer by layer, I am not only paying attention to aesthetic qualities but conveying by way of artistic elements an inner voice. One such painting is LUXURIANT(this painting is available by clicking: HERE), a painting that reaches out and speaks to the soul at various levels.
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things that are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
"I often recall these words when I am writing, and I think to myself, "It's true. There aren't any new words. Our job is to give new meanings and special overtones to absolutely ordinary words." I find the thought reassuring. It means that vast, unknown stretches still lie before us, fertile territories just waiting for us to cultivate them." -Haruki Murakami
As an artist my job is to give new meanings and special overtones, to fine tune if you will, not ordinary words, but visual elements that aren't new either. The elements of visual communication colors, shapes, lines, values and textures have been around since the beginning of time. Nothing new. The challenge for the visual artist is bringing these elements together in such a way that a new message is spoken, a special overtone. The possibilities are infinite. This painting "Overtone" 22 x 30 inch Acrylic is available by clicking:HERE
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
"You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life." -Mary Oliver, Wild Geese
Walking with God is an adventure. He does with our lives what He will. It can be whimsical. Unpredictable. Everyday is another pathway of which we don't know where it will lead. But one thing is certain. He is in control and He is good. God is love. Rain or shine. Praise Him with all of your might. "Whimsy" is available by clicking: HERE
And David danced before the Lord with all his might...2 Samuel 6:14
"I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and...I believe in miracles." -Audrey Hephurn
Each time I begin a painting I believe. The first steps of just showing up at the easel and laying down those first marks or underlying color are often times the hardest. A dialogue begins and ends when the painting "In Pink," emerges. And it all began with, I believe.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23
Secret Place by Elizabeth Chapman @2018 30 x 40 Acrylic
Well. I know the secret places. And the nests in the hedge and tree; At what doors are friendly faces, In what hearts are thought of me. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Think of the secret places you had as a child and how they made you feel. A place totally yours, safe and protected from the world. Perhaps it was a tree house, a playhouse, under a willow tree, a closet, fill in your own place here..... Art in it's many forms can also create a safe place, a space in time in order to get away, meditate, be uplifted, calm the storms and be at peace. May this painting 'Secret Place' available by clicking: HERE be that to you and be made into your secret place.
He that dwelt in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
"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 spirit....it 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