Wednesday, May 25, 2016

less is more...


Sweet Dreams
Acrylic on 30" x 30" canvas

Private collection


This painting was a gift created for my daughter Elsie with a specific color palette request.  The painting will go in her bedroom  that is being designed with coziness in mind for her home in Nashville, Tennessee.  Compositionally, she challenged me to work with less and with limited color.  Definitely a more minimalist approach for me. 

To be honest, I really wasn't sure and thought that I would get really bored painting this as it isn't (hasn't) been my approach style. But, I love her and wanted to do this for her.  I surprised myself!  I found working with a limited color palette and simpler composition forced me to become more engaged with all the subtle variations and overlays.  I found that with it's limitation, I enjoyed and observed the simpler things that were occurring. There was still a painterly decisiveness when applying brushstrokes. 

It was a wonderful experience for me which changed and led me to the next collection of paintings that I would be doing. I do know have those completed and photographed, so will begin releasing them....and posting them here!





Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bold Expressions..."Viva"


Viva
Acrylic on 40" x 48" x 1.5" canvas

Available

For more information contact me elizabethchapman@artlover.com


This is the third painting that I did in response to a commissioned project. Scroll down to see the other two. I was afraid that my client wasn't happy with the first one that I painted, so I painted two more.  Turned out she absolutely loved the first one, once she saw it in real and in her home. This being the third, I was still working with her color palette...but by this time I was needing to let go. A much bolder, colorful and expressive painting was the result. I do love this painting as I feel it has a lively Spanish feel to it.  In time some one will find it as the perfect painting for their home!

I've been enjoying painting without so much rushing to photograph, title and list.  New paintings are piling up against the wall in the studio.  They still have not been photograph and I still need to begin working on my new website where I will begin listing them.   But, hey...I've got all summer, right?


Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Friday, April 29, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Tempest" Original Art by Elizabeth Chapman


'Tempest'
Acrylic on 40" x 48" canvas

Available

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


As I previously posted, I painted three paintings in order to give a client the opportunity to choose the piece that best fitted her dream room. This one was the second one still using the same color  palette, but in a much bolder style.  The size of the canvas is a bit bigger than the standard 36" x 48" that I have always used. I had the 40" x 48" canvases custom made in order to have a bit more heigth  in what I thought might help for rooms with high ceilings. I found that I really like the extra few inches to paint on as well.  

My first large canvas was a 24" x 48"...looking back I remember how big and lost I felt. The more you paint on large canvases the more natural it becomes. It's like having a bigger playground to play on! Now, I find the large canvases to be SO much easier to work on than the small ones.  For now, I've got eight 40" x 40" that I'm going through with a series of paintings.  I will soon be re-ordering some more of these custom ordered 40" x 48" from Rupen, at canvas place.com.  Not getting paid to mention this business, I just have always loved working on these canvases. They are of good quality and the price is good. Shipping can be costly on the large, large and have found that a 50% sale at Michael's in my home town is a wonderful thing. (but need to have a large back end vehicle or a pick up truck in order to get them home)


Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"Made for You" Original Abstract Painting and a few changes....


Made For You
Acrylic on 40" x 48" x 1.5"

Commission Sold





I haven't posted in several weeks, but it isn't because I haven't been painting. This is one of three large 40" x 48" paintings that I have been working on for a local commission.  I was able to visit this home to get a feel for and given color swatches for ideas. It turned out to be a beautiful piece that fit perfectly into the room. I loved working on this and such a joy that it meant so much to the owner.  I have also been thinking a lot about wanting and actually needing to make some changes with my work.  Not a bad thing. It's actually inspiring to be thinking about these things. I've been feeling this for awhile but just not knowing exactly what I want to do. The ideas have been coming and I've have written many of them down in order to go back to them.  Two of the bigger goals (changes) are with my approach to painting and secondly with presentation.

I began in 2008 painting floral paintings with transparent watercolors that were very realistic.  Amazing to go back and look at these. They were the beginning of the process and this journey. At the time, I was only playing around with the abstracts.  In time the abstracts were more me and won out...and there I've been ever since.  I've learned SO MUCH about painting and selling as an independent artist. Presently, I've been feeling as if I need to artistically challenge myself more and move on for new growth. To do this I feel I need to concentrate more time with each painting(s), playing,exploring and bringing to completion a series.  So, this is what I'm going to be doing beginning this spring and through the summer.  I'll continue to work on other projects as they come along.

The second change is with my website, this blog and my approaches to selling. Presently, I have a large body of work available for sale on my website, Etsy store and with Zatista.  I will be working on a separate website from the one that I presently have with a blog. I will announce those changes on here so as to redirect.  

For now, my time spent on the internet when not painting will be to set up these new changes.  I will continue to show glimpses here, there and on instagram.

My Website

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Abstract Painting "Mondegreen" Original Modern Art by Elizabeth Chapman



Mondegreen
Acrylic on 40" x 48" x 1.5" canvas

SOLD


Note the size of this canvas. Not your standard 36" x 48". I had these custom ordered as I was feeling like I needed a bit more heigth when working on the standard 36"H.  Also, I believe this helps as well in homes that have those high ceilings. Working with one of my favorite colors again as seen in "Dream Life". The horizontal band has been heavily layered with acrylic paints which is a contrast to the much lighter lower band of neutral whites. They were actually harder to create than it appears as those lighter tones are mixed from color.  Layers of washes were applied over drips and controlled drips. It's not really showing well, but the pops of red have a bit more orange to them.

Visit my website by clicking: HERE

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract  Artist

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Volition" by Elizabeth Chapman


Volition
Acrylic on 30" x 40" x 1.5" canvas

Available

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


More Elizabeth Chapman abstracts can be seen on my website: HERE


 For me there comes that time while painting when I have to be willing to let go and take a risk.  This can be a very difficult thing as it could mean the making of a good abstract painting or a disaster.  Choosing can be the hardest step. Totally, worth the risk for success! 


Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Painting

Friday, March 18, 2016

Figurative Abstract Painting "Adorn" by Elizabeth Chapman


Adorn
Acrylic on 10" x 10" canvas

SOLD

If interested in created custom ordered figurative abstract painting, contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com


I worked on another commission for a figurative abstract this last week.  I will admit these always make me a little nervous. Then again, that can be a good thing right? A good challenge.  Not that the large abstracts aren't, is just that with these I feel the expectations of those who have entrusted me to create a cherished piece.  

I have been developing a process of approach that is consistent and works for me. It begins with getting acquainted with my subject by drawing directly on the canvas. Then I will block in the negative space adjusting and correcting any drawing problems. Next, I will move in to the subjects(s) and begin finding and painting flesh tones. I'll need to break and leave it for awhile. When I come back I am able to continue with a back and forth flow between background and subject. The last step is the very hardest. At this point, I have gotten to know my subject(s) and it's time to be willing to take a risk. It's the giving of life.  Brushstrokes and colors are boldly and confidently placed. Hopefully, it's all worked out and I can send an image to the client for approval.  Lastly, is the celebration stage... and I can sit back and enjoy the work!! Hope you do too!

More of these can be seen in my website: HERE

or in my Etsy store: HERE

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Outflow" by Elizabeth Chapman


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

Available

ORIGINAL 2016


I have stated in my artist's statement that I am deeply inspired and influenced by music while painting. Another musically inspired painting.  I recently re-arranged/decorated out living room and hung "Marvel"( a few post down) over the mantel. I loved it so much that I was tempted to keep that painting and remove it from any listings. It made me sad knowing that one day it would sell and I would lose the perfect painting for our living room. Until, I painted this one "Outflow"! I now love this one so much that know I will have a replacement. It too will be perfect. 


Visit my website to see more colorful modern expressionistic abstract paintings: HERE or contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Saturday, March 5, 2016

"oh, that's a pretty one".....modern expressionistic abstract painting "Pretty One" by Elizabeth Chapman


Pretty One
Acrylic on 24" x 36" canvas

ORIGINAL 2016

Available

Each painting has it's story. This one had a good start but then for whatever reason I left it. I think it may have been the holidays? Anyway, I lost my stride and inspiration for it and set it aside. Here we are months later, many paintings later and I decided one day to pick it up. The basic color scheme stayed the same but it changed a lot. 

The title came to me as my husband walked into the studio just as I was finishing up and remarked, "oh, that's a pretty one". There you go, Pretty One!

Visit my website to see many more of my colorful modernistic abstract paintings, HERE

Feel free to contact me regarding more information at: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

B11 Vitamin for the soul and "Zephyr" by Elizabeth Chapman




Zephyr
Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas

ORIGINAL 2014

SOLD



Collaborating with a band B11 Vitamin for the soul in the designing of this CD cover that will be released on March 11th.  I am honored to have my painting "Zephyr" being used with this project.

To see more of Elizabeth Chapman abstract paintings visit my website: HERE

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist


Monday, February 29, 2016

Modern Abstract Paintings "Delibera" & "Flo" by Elizabeth Chapman


Delibera
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas

SOLD



Flo
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas

SOLD

Little ones are beginning to find their homes! These two were sold as a pair. I like them together! What do you think? More of these are available from Etsy store 8" x 8" canvas, link: HERE

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

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Dream Life" by Elizabeth Chapman


Dream Life
Acrylic on 40" x 40" canvas

SOLD

ORIGINAL 2016

Currently available for purchase from my website: HERE 
or contact me: elizabethchapman@artlover.com

Visit my website to see a full collection of MElizabeth Chapman abstracts: HERE


Painting with Phthylo Blue again, told you I love this color! I am so very much inspired by music when I am creating a piece.  Listening to music by the "Wisherkeepers" here, over and over and over. Once I begin a painting with a particular style of music I will use that same sound each time I work on that painting.  I have not listed this one yet on any of my sites yet, but my website.  My preferred method of selling is to be contacted directed, but I can understand feeling more secure in purchasing from another party. In time I will have it listed and you can link on the sites listed on the right side bar of this blog. 

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Modern Expressionistic Abstract Painting "Blithe" by Elizabeth Chapman


Blithe
Acrylic on 36" x 48" canvas

ORIGINAL 2016

SOLD

Visit my website to see more of my modern abstract paintings: HERE

Another painting that sold "fresh off the easel" and before having been listed to a person who contacted me through my Etsy store interested in a certain style and color scheme.  It just so happened that I had this one to show and it just so happened that it fit what she was looking for and loved it!  

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Modern Abstract Painting "Satiate" by Elizabeth Chapman


Satiate
Acrylic on 8" x 8" canvas

ORIGINAL 2016

SOLD

I have slowly been listing these small abstract paintings into my Etsy shop.  You can see them together on my studio wall, here. There not as easy to paint as they appear being small in size. This is the first one to have sold from that series and it's exciting.  Here is the link to my Etsy store where they can be seen together.

Elizabeth Chapman
Modern Abstract Artist