Thursday, January 21, 2010

But Does She Ever Finish One?


Canvas 1/5, remember it is only at state 2, acrylic/printmaking
artwork by Elizabeth Seaver

Yes, I do.  I finish lots of them.  But if I plan to put it in a showing of new work (as is the case with some of these latest beginnings,) I intend to save the final reveal for the opening.  If it falls out of the show line-up, I will post the finished painting.

Also, I like to work on several pieces at once, and it is not a linear nor even a particularly circular process.  Some observers might say it appears haphazard, or more kindly, a puzzling, almost mystical ritual wherein the artist moves randomly from piece to piece, muttering to herself and changing her brush water with frequency.  So, I do tend to hop around showing you first this piece and then that one.  You MUST buckle your seat belt.

This piece appeared in its first state in a previous but recent post as the canvas flat on the table.  I will continue to push and pull the lights and darks as I work on it.  I also plan to create some other item of interest in the piece besides the texture--not sure what that's going to be yet.

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19 comments:

Cathyann said...

Love it Elizabeth. We are a rare breed huh? working habits are similar.....I think the variety is the spice of it, don't you? Now, the muttering...hmmm..will get back to you on that!:-) These works are so full of depth. Can't wait to see them for real.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Are you sure you don't mutter? You work alone in your studio, don't you? You can't get away with anything when you work in the company of 40 other artists. All your oddities are brought into the light!

Thanks for your comment. I'll make sure you get a post card, Cathyann.

Anna said...

The oddities keep it interesting! :)

Elizabeth Seaver said...

And that's the truth!

V....Vaughan said...

This looks great as is! Reminds me of Klimt...have I said that to you before? He's one of my favorites....thanks for the "essence of feline" comment...May I use that asa title? I will credit you on tonight's post! hahahah Good luck with your opening!! wish I could go

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

I'm fascinated with this piece Elizabeth! I'm pretty sure you know why! We seem to be kindred spirits with working on so many at the same time...ya da, ya, da, ya da!...AND...the subject matter of course! So, I'm lovin this...and my seat belt is strapped on tight! Lookin forward to more!! I keep telling my husband I want to move to where you are and work with you!! HA Ahhh dreams!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

What nice compliments, V. Thank you so much for this encouragement. It means so much.

And I would be pleased if you used "essence of feline" in a title.

Saundra--come down off your mountain and we can work together. Or, I guess I could climb your mountain, too. But, I will have to tell you, friend, it will not be in the winter!

Thanks for continuing to bring brightness to my day by following my blog.

Leslie Hawes said...

Somebody bring that girl another bale of hay...

LSaeta said...

This is wonderful!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Leslie, you make me laugh out loud. Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks, Leslie! I hope your house has dried out and the mud isn't too bad out there in California.

Lisa said...

I really love the vertical-ness of this one, Elizabeth! And the cool tones are spectacular! I love being able to see through your eyes! :o)

Leese

Kim said...

Elizabeth, this is wonderful. So haunting, rich and lovely yet a bit whimsical. I also love the one in golds and the one from the other day with the robin. Gorgeous!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hey, Leese! Long time no visit! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Let's chat soon.

Kim, I do appreciate such kind remarks. I am trying these new paintings with a very simple palette, and I am pretty happy with them so far.

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Elizabeth you've described my working habits exactly! Nice to see there are a good few more of us like this out there! But I don't mutter, I speak quite clearly and loudly to myself ;)
It's hard to focus on one thing when there are a zillion ideas in your head.

This is going to be a great series, looking forward to the finished product.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Whew, glad to know I am not alone in conversing to myself out loud!

Celeste Bergin said...

well I certainly love how that is looking! You are taking it further? I do enjoy it how it stands. I understand what you mean about not wanting to "show all your cards"..I try not to put absolutely everything on my blog for that same reason....You're smart to hold something back for gosh sakes, lol. Promise to show all later, though! Finally, I also agree about commenters. It is a privilege to share ideas with people all around the world!

KipMatsumura said...

Necessity is the mother of invention..........................

RHCarpenter said...

I like the dark mystery of this one. And I have a feeling most of us who check art blogs would be fascinated to stand back and watch something being created - much more entertaining and inspiring than other Real Life programs :)

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, Celeste, Kip and RH: Your input makes me smile. I do appreciate my blogging friends.