Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Story

 The Gift, panel B, collage/acrylic, 24 x 36
Elizabeth W. Seaver

In days gone by (way by) a gentleman, smitten by the woman of his dreams, wished to shower her with presents.  In those days, a lady did not accept presents from just anyone, but, as it happened, and to his delight, she returned his affections.  

To mark the occasion of their betrothal, they strolled together to nearby gardens where local vendors hawked their wares.  There, he helped her select a new parasol to keep the sun off of her fancy bonnet.

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This is the second panel of a two panel painting.  Why I started with him and not her, I cannot tell you.  She will be facing him with a third parasol, and her painting will be on the left of the one you see here. 

Here are a couple of progress pictures:

I'm going to let him sit and percolate while I begin on the companion painting.  Then I can see what adjustments might need to be made. 

It's nice to be back to work.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Birdie in the Window

In the Window, relief print, 2 x 2, Elizabeth W. Seaver

As much as I love birds, I think I would have a conniption if I looked up to see this guy staring back at me from the other side of a window.  

This was a quickie demo for a printmaking lesson last weekend.  I like to create a block along with the student so that I do not hover as they work.    I printed it on fun papers to collage onto brightly colored cards that have a window cut into them.

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The public art panel is finished and will be delivered tomorrow.  There will be an opening/ribbon cutting ceremony on First Friday, July 2nd.  I can't wait to see all six panels together.

I will never again underestimate the importance of a big brush.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Closer to Done

Public Art Panel, Beautify the 'Burg, Fredericksburg, Va
I Should Have Turned Left at Albuquerque, collage/acrylic
40 x 56

This will probably be the last of the pictures of the panel, even though it is still not finished.  I need to work on the cupcake and tweak details, highlights, shadows, etc.

Your comments about the panel and my show have really kept me going.   Thanks to all of you who stopped by.  

I want to extend a warm welcome to my new followers.  Hang on, "It's going to be a bumpy ride!"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Finally, the Panel

The first layer of paint is actually on the panel which is due by the 21st of June.  Since I will be out of town on the due date, I will have to deliver it early.

It has been so fun to paint this large--and the best thing of all---I had to buy new huge brushes to complete it.  (But then, I find just about any occasion is a good one to buy art supplies!)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

No Gullywashers, Microbursts or Hailstorms

 In fact, the weather outside was perfect, and there was a lot to do in downtown Fredericksburg for a Monday night.  Attendance was fabulous at my opening, and eight of my paintings have found new homes.

Thanks so much to all of you for your encouragement and good wishes during the birthing of the show. 

Here are some highlights.  Some of these were taken on my camera by my buddy Lynette Reed, who helped me hang the show.  Others were taken by Bob Martin, a photographer at our local paper, who, as far as I could tell, just happened by Bistro Bethem last night.  My camera was lying idle, and he picked it up and began shooting.  Thanks Bob!

Son, Will, helped me hang the show.

Monday, June 7, 2010

For Hire

 For Hire, oil, 5 x 7, Elizabeth W. Seaver

Praises be, the day has arrived to hang my show.  Ten o'clock this morning will find me atop a big ladder stringing these babies up.  The final total is 39 pieces, 30 of them new.

After the opening tonight, I will be toast.  But until then, if you are in the area of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and you have nothing to do between 6 and 9, come to a party!