Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Eight of Eight

Cobalt panel (working title), acrylic/printmaking, 6 x 18
By Elizabeth Seaver

I have declared finished (for now) the eighth and final of the 6 x 18 canvases, five of which have trees on them.  Here it is in a previous post.  The underpainting was done in cobalt blue.  I'm really happy with the patterns of the overlaid block prints.  It is almost like mosaic or cloth.

Besides cobalt blue, my palette included quinacridone nickel azo, quinacridone red, phthalo turquoise, titanium white and a black I mixed using phthalo blue and burnt umber.  I used essentially these same colors in some combination in all eight canvases.  I did also use prussian blue in a few of the paintings.  I have loved finding all the beautiful colors that can be mixed with such a limited palette.

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An article for which I was interviewed was in our local paper yesterday.  They printed color reproductions of the work of several of the participants in Arts Healing Journey, including my peacock painting, otherwise known as When Cultures Collide.  I'm including it here.


 
When Cultures Collide , acrylic/collage, 36 x 24
Elizabeth W. Seaver, artist

I hope you will take a look at the article.  It is a great idea--a traveling art show organized by Hospice and celebrating the healing properties of art.

It was a pretty big day, all in all, because when I checked the website of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, I found that they'd used my image of My Other Car is a Jaguar for the postcard and flier.

I want to extend a warm welcome and big thank you to my newest followers.  Please let me know what you're thinking by leaving a comment.

17 comments:

Anna said...

I sure like your work. But you know that. :)

Kim said...

Oh Elizabeth, I love it. So stately and vibrant. You really feel the life in this tree. And I will read the article tomorrow. Sounds very interesting!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Thanks, guys!

Megha Chhatbar said...

I loved your work. The texture and color u have used is amazing! well done!

Katherine Kean said...

I love the Cobalt Panel- my favorite so far.

Congratulations on the article and cover!

Celeste Bergin said...

Congratulations on the good press ("ink"!) and also on all the good energy you are sending out into the world. Hooray for our side--this is more than icing a cake, what we do. You are on the side of humanity.
---nice painting, this.

Diana said...

I love this piece. It has a batik like feel to it and the colors.....wow.Congrats!

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

I have enjoyed these pieces immensely Elizabeth! How you see these images reflects that your intuition as an artist is going strong! I have to tell you that I saw a student use the swirls in her work that reminded me of you and so I spoke of you in class. They were very fascinated to hear of you! You reach further than you know!!

Gwen Bell said...

Congratulations on the completion! The whole group is wonderful. I love your trees and the almost camouflaged way they blend with their swirly surroundings. My favorite part on this one is where the colors all come together around the roots. This groups has a Batik feel to it (and would make an incredible cloth!). Great little peacock. So funny! Off to read the article. Congrats on being featured too!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Megha, Katherine, Celeste and Diana, you all overwhelm me with your comments. Thank you so much!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Wouldn't it be fun if we could teach students together, Saundra? Thanks for talking about me. I am honored!

Gwen, what a nice summary of the series. Thank you so much for your thoughtful input.

Anudeepa Kadiresan said...

I love this, the peacocks boot is fantastic.
The color and the texture makes peacock embossed.

-Don said...

You are reaping the rewards of hard work and commitment. Enjoy! It is well deserved. I enjoyed both works of art featured here today. Great work. -Don

Kathleen Krucoff said...

I just love this series Elizabeth. Kinda sad for me that this is the last in it. Beautiful works.

Kerri Settle said...

Stunning, and I love those blues! Love that broken block print, too!

Gary Keimig said...

Very interesting piece. Well done

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Hi Elizabeth! I am enjoying catching up with your work and seeing the long tall compositions. Your new work with the color blocks are fantastic, lots of energy!

Congratulations on article!

Liz