Thursday, March 7, 2013

Didn't Mean to be Gone So Long!

Going Courting, 11 x 14, collage/acrylic
Elizabeth W. Seaver

I just finished this for my buddy, Tim, who makes beautiful things out of wood. This is his trade for letting me take one of his mixed wood lidded boxes home for my husband for Christmas. As it happens, Tim owns and rides some very early Ordinary Bicycles, so my birds on bikes caught his eye when he first moved into the studio next door to me. I knew exactly what to paint for him as payment (one of the great perks of being an artist is trading work, in my opinion.) 

He's promised to bring one of his bikes in for me to see. He has one from 1885 and one from 1889--amazing! If he does it, and I remember that I said this, I'll get some photos and post them here. 


9 comments:

Dorothy said...

I love it! It reminds of one of your other works that has gone to a new home! What fun it would be to see an actual bicycle of this ilk!

Dan Finnegan said...

I thought of Tim Immediately, and I've seen his bikes....marvelous!

Polly Birchall said...

I was wondering how this little chap got on his bike, as perhaps he couldn't fly up there because of his clothese?

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hi, D. Yep, that's the one he used to look at every time he came in my studio. So, I made him a smaller version.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Can't wait to see him ride it. He said it's been awhile, and he probably can't do all the trick riding--TRICKS!? As Polly asks below, how does he get on and stay on???

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Polly, you always ask the penetrating questions, here. Let's see. As I said above, I can't even imagine how anyone mounts one of those things. Is there a mounting block? Does it require three or four of your closest birdie friends to hold the thing upright whilst you mount? Oh, that has just given me six new painting ideas. Off to the studio!

theartofpuro said...

Love it:)

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Hello, Puro! Thank you so much.

Shelley Whiting said...

Your artwork is very charming and whimsical. Fun and delightful work.