Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Oh, Say, Can You See?

...the beginnings of the first layer of a new collage/painting (24 x 30) in my series: Birds You Won't Find in a Field Guide. I have a student (a talented interior designer by day) who is interested in the way I do this tortuous under-painting method, so I started this painting to demonstrate. She began her own yesterday. Her collage is beautifully done with carefully chosen papers in coordinating colors. I'm not entirely sure I'm going to be able to convince her to paint over it!

Nobody said art was easy.

14 comments:

Fred Bell said...

Elizabeth, thanks for the comment you made about my painting. I am enjoying your collages too. The flamingos are terrific.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Wonderful. I really do enjoy these collage series.

Hey, if it was easy...everybody would do it, right? :D

Jean Spitzer said...

I'm interested in learning this, too. This is beautiful.

I sat next to an interior designer in an extension class at Cooper Union on color theory; she made me feel like a messy first grader with her amazing, meticulous piecing and gluing of colored papers.

Jeane said...

LOL! ah yes, letting go of what we love - but oh, when we do, what wonderfulness comes - hopefully you can guide her - really like this piece :)

Vania said...

Award time - come to my blog! Cheers Val

Annie said...

If this is the beginning then the end will be sublime! I like the flamingo's (Flamingo was my totem name as I used to be a girl scout:-), your colors, the technique... Once I will try this too, once...

Gwen Bell said...

Ooooooh. Love this one! Great colors and energy. I WANT IT.

Thank you for always giving us a glimpse your process. You make it look like so fun rather than the really hard work it is. I may get the courage to try again because of your inspiration.

becky joy said...

Elizabeth,
I like your work. Very original and alive,

David Larson Evans said...

You have talent.

Marian Fortunati said...

My goodness you are so creative. Lucky lady who is learning from you!!
Love your prints AND this collage.. Sometimes it's okay NOT to paint over beautifully selected papers isn't it?

L.Holm said...

Beautiful start!! (and no, it sure isn't easy). :D

Cathyann said...

Is this another for the front room show? I can't wait to see it done. Looking fabulous so far!

Bill Evertson said...

I've been neglectful; I see I've missed some very nice work - but it was a pleasure to browse and catch up!!

Pattie said...

My teacher was telling me about under painting, it is amazing and your work looks great :)