Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I've Been Away Awhile

Nero Fiddled, 16 x 20, Commissioned Work
Elizabeth W. Seaver
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Not literally away, but away from writing and posting on my blog. You may imagine me, paint-stained and wild-haired, industriously stacking the canvases against the wall, hoping to have enough work to fill the amazing Bistro Bethem
 
The real kicker, as you painters know, is to have work you are proud of and what looks to be a body of work when it all goes on the wall. Interestingly, though my work will have been created within about a six month period, it changes as I go along. Earlier paintings don't fit as well with the later works as I would like. Which leads to fiddling.
 
Anybody else have that problem? I can't leave them alone. I have already painted over two of my earlier works and while the consensus on one is that it is a good thing, the jury is still out as to whether the latest painting on top of the second is better that the original one.

A wise teacher once said to me, "Put down the paintbrush and back away from the canvas." 

I hear her voice in my head, but just like that petulant child who wants what she wants enough to try throwing a tantrum to get it, I keep painting anyway. Sometimes.

But when one has the inspiration of the real Nero the Cat, well, one is careful to stop in time.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Just Finished

Ballet on the Beach, 24 x 24, acrylic and collage
Elizabeth W. Seaver
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Who says swimwear is required at the beach? Katerina dances to the beat of a different drummer.

Ah, sand, warm breezes and cool ocean. It's hard not to feel we deserve it after such a tough winter, right?

Blessings and happy creating to you all.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Team Manager

Team Manager, acrylic/collage, 16 x 20
Elizabeth W. Seaver

The Team Manager currently oversees the selection of paintings I've chosen for May's First Friday at Water Street as a preview of my big upcoming show in downtown Fredericksburg in August and September.....because every endeavor needs a bosserhead (a term my elder son coined when just a toddler to describe those people in his life who irritated him with all their directives.) It was usually said under his breath, and sometimes he would spell it in the air in the offensive one's general direction.

The show opens on May 2 and First Friday runs, well, really all day from 10-9, but the snacks and beverage come out about 5. Hope you can join us. The cats are on the wall already, so come on by beforehand if you can. They'll be up all month. I also have about ten new paintings at LibertyTown. I've been a busy girl!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Using Protection

Using Protection, 22 x 28, acrylic and collage
Elizabeth W. Seaver


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Distracted

Distracted, 22 x 28, acrylic/collage
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Personal electronic devices. 
 
It's pretty bad if a cool customer isn't even tempted by the birds on the beach....

Friday, April 11, 2014

Go Wilbur!

Wilbur, 18 x 24 x 7, sculpture by Tex Forrest
painting by Elizabeth W. Seaver

Wilbur got accepted into a show at Artful Dimensions for the month of April. He rode his green trike to victory, winning an honorable mention and people's choice awards. 

Go Wilbur!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Always in Trouble

Hi Jinx, 16 x 20, acrylic/collage
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Jinx, an energetic, fun-loving cat, volunteered to help with the baking.

Good kitty.