Monday, January 30, 2012

Off to Work

Off to Work, collage/acrylic, 8 x 24
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Lounge singer, circus performer and umpire pedal off to earn their daily bread.  They leave no carbon footprint, only tire tracks.  As you can see, entertainment is big in the bird world.  

While cleaning out my grandmother's attic, I stumbled upon a wee portal into that avian sanctuary.  After years of observation and trust building, followed by hours of negotiation, the secretive denizens of Avianopolis have allowed me to carry out snapshots of life there.

Stay tuned for more. 

Friday, January 27, 2012


Emmaline, acrylic on wood panel, 6 x 6
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Emmaline had big news--HUGE, in fact.  The circus train had just arrived at the station, and she watched as a red-nosed clown jumped off the still-moving caboose to post a notice on the bulletin board.  Emmaline pushed her way forward to read it.  There it was!   Tryouts for local circus extras would begin at nine the next morning.

She had to find her best friend, Aloysius.  Emmaline knew how much it meant to him to join the circus one day.  On top of that, he had the costume, and he'd practiced so hard for the high wire.  

Tomorrow might be the day.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Aloysius, collage/acrylic, 6 x 6 x 3
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Aloysius loved the circus.  To his parents' dismay, he disdained ordinary little bird clothes.  No t-shirts and jeans for Aloysius.  No, he rode his bicycle all around town wearing tights and sequined spandex.  

He dreamed of being discovered by circus scouts.  He imagined that when he was begged to join that traveling band of sparkling acrobats, he'd be so accomplished a rider, they'd invite him to pedal the tightrope.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Real Bird

Real Bird, 8 x 16, mixed media w/acrylic on canvas
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Please enlarge the image to see the details.  I sewed around the painted patches, and the eye is a button.

The idea for this painting was fueled by my belief that it is love which makes us real--love that we give and love that we receive in communities, families and relationships.  Check out The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams, for my literary inspiration.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nice End to the Year!

Going My Way, acrylic, 18 x 36 by Elizabeth W. Seaver

Lovely folks bought this painting on the last day of 2011, making a very nice conclusion to a great year.