Interwoven, mixed media, 11 x 14
Oasis, mixed media, 11 x 14
Unblinking, mixed media, 6 x 6
In Time, mixed media, 16 x 20
All the above works by Elizabeth W. Seaver
In these four works I continued to "ring changes" on the limited palette I had chosen: hansa yellow medium, quinacridone gold, dioxazine purple, white and black. I toned the canvas with the deep purple, then placed tape of various sizes to delineate the underground layers.
Then, using tape and other sticky films I created the images that I wanted left behind when I began to paint over the dark under-painting. I discovered that I could create the impression of rough, mysterious underground places such as rock or fossil or dirt by dry-brushing over impressions made with modeling paste and my block prints.
If you know me and my previous work at all, it will not surprise you that it didn't take long before color began to creep back into these simple pieces. Stay tuned for the transition.....