Sunday, October 11, 2009

"Both Ways" Abstract Expressionistic Painting by Elizabeth Chapman


'Both Ways'


Abstract Expressionist 
Acrylic on 24" x 36" (1.5) canvas


Congratulations to JP from Kansas who won the painting giveaway!  Jennifer chose "Beach Bum"


"Both Ways" is a painting that is packed with INTENSE emotion, layers of paint and lots of texture! (Click on photo to get a closer look)  Mostly black and white, with an overall mauve tone and accented with various colors, with red being the strongest.  I would honestly have to admit that this painting was a battle, but in the end I was pleasantly surprised.  We presently have it hanging in our living room, (on a wall we call the rotating wall, the one were we get to enjoy the paintings for a bit before they are gone) but this one would greatly enhance a white wall.

This painting has spoken to me on so many different levels that I could continue to reflect and write about it for quite some time.  Most importantly,  I believe it has brought me to a turning point of introspectively looking at myself and making some personal choices as to what my primary ATTITUDE should be.  Just as this painting could be hung both ways- either horizontally or vertically- a decision has to be made as to which way is the most beneficial direction. If displayed horizontally it loses it's vertical focus and by displaying if vertically it's horizontal emphasize is lost.

"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and     despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money." Matthew 6:24  


Daily Abstract Painter 
Women Artists of the Midwest
Elizabeth Chapman

1 comment:

Bren said...

Just ran across this abstract and just was amazed at it when I brought it up to full size. Love what you wrote about the journey of creating it, stunning that our work pulls so much from us, teaching us as we paint.