Sunday, December 4, 2011

Home Sweet Home.... "Callera" Contemporary Abstract Painting by Missouri Artist Elizabeth Chapman

Acrylic on 24" x 48" x 1.5" canvas

 I just posted this one several weeks ago and it was seen online and  purchased here locally in Springfield, Mo.  When I posted it earlier I had written about the technique I had used in painting this one and if you would like you can read about it here.  As I am posting it again today, I would like to share with you the completion of a painting.

As I have shared before from beginning to end the process of creating a painting is I believe an act of faith.  In the beginning I really don't have much of an idea other than perhaps a feeling of what I want to do, except when working with a commission.  The first colors and marks go on and from there one thing begins to lead to the next until the painting is finished.  And so I've been asked "when do you know it is finished?" Well, most usually this is when I just don't feel as if I can add one more brushstroke...sometimes it can be months later and I realize I really wasn't finished with that one.

But,  it is really finished and the cycle is completed when the painting has found it's home.  This too, I believe is a part of the process and of believing that there will be a place were it is much loved.  I haven't always had the opportunity to see this final phase when the painting has been sold by a third party. is the story:

I had been out to this family's beautiful home a few years ago and we had worked on a wall with another painting, colors, sizing, etc, but nothing was really just right.  I had thought of this wall from time to time and had wondered how it had worked out.  I posted this painting "Callera" just a few weeks ago and when Gina saw it online, she absolutely LOVED it!  She contacted me wondering if I might come back with this painting and see how it might work.  When we arrived Gina's eyes followed the painting in!  I learned it was the very same wall we had worked with a few years ago.  But when my husband held the painting up on the wall above the couch we could instantly see that is was just a bit small for the size of the space.  I could just read the disappointment Gina was going through and I so wanted something to work out for them. This is a very special room in which the family will all be together for Christmas.  

So we began brainstorming ideas...sometimes it pays to think outside the box!  Does a painting always have to be centered above a couch?  Between the four of us we came up with an idea of moving some shelves around and hanging the painting on the adjacent wall, as this was a wraparound sectional couch.  We all believed that this was the best option.  The painting would also now first be seen when walking into this room and from the kitchen as well.  I offered to leave the painting, as there was going to be some work in moving the shelves around.  Gina was hugging me on the way out!!

Well, the next day Gina called..."Perfect, we absolutely love the arrangement.  We're keeping the painting!", she said.  The painting's process was completed.  Painting and being involved in the creative process brings me much joy,  seeing this same joy in others completes the process.

 Randy and Gina,  thank you so much!! 

"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


Art Epicurean said...

Elizabeth - Outstanding! What talent you have and I love reading about your process. As an abstract artist I completely understand the "faith" that your creativity must follow. Again, beautiful work!

Dayna Talbot said...

Lovely painting....I ran across your blog accidently! so glad I did!