Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Amira, Contemporary Expressionistic Abstract Painting, Modern Art, Original, Missouri Artist Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on a 48" x 60" x 1.5"
Available by contacting me: Elizabeth

Trusting in the process is probably one of the most important things I have learned as a painter. Today, I had a friend/ex-colleague/student over for her Tuesday art lesson. I am smiling as I am writing this post, because Dina and I worked side by side as art teachers just a few years ago.... and now she has asked me to give her art lessons. We are having a lot of fun.... but are we getting anything done?! Why... yes... She has a beautiful fall landscape painting in which she is building layers up and she worked with a palette knife. Dina, like so many others already has everything she needs in herself in order to be an excellent artist. I am simply helping her to see that. As we were chatting and exchanging ideas while she painted, she said "You just have to trust in the process".  Bingo!!  

This is a very large painting (4ft. x 5ft.) which hung on my studio wall as a blank canvas for a while before I was ready to approach it. The process for this painting actually began long before I put the first stroke down, as I tossed many ideas around.  When I did begin, it was with a palette knife building and layering colors just to see...and well one thing led to another and then the next and...  
 I believe the longer you paint the more relaxed and easier it is to trust in the process!

It isn't over yet as the next step is now the selling of the painting!  Where it will go...I have no idea...all I can do is trust this part of the process as well.



Bren said...

Well amen! to trusting the process, that is certainly a truth being hammered home to me as well. The very size of this would be spectacular to see because the range of colour and patterns you manage to achieve is so compelling. Ah the selling, that part of the process may well be the hardest :-)

Emakesart said...

Wow, your art is beautiful!! I still have to remind myself of this now and then, to trust the process. Thanks for reminding me again.. I need it!!