Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sir Walter in the Reeds

Sir Walter in the Reeds, acrylic, 48 x 60
Elizabeth W. Seaver

When Walter's mate had been alive, they'd danced every day.  Walter and Agatha loved to dance.  

If the weeds at the bottom of their pond were imbued with an especially tasty crunch that day, the two would dive deep to the bottom, grab a mouthful, then rise to munch and dance on the surface of the water.  Necks twisting this way and that, they'd sail in a circle, feet pumping to lift them up, with a wing assist.  

If one of their many offspring had been especially clever, Agatha and Walter would show their appreciation for its wit or accomplishment with a double pirouette, wings flapping and tails shaking.  

They often hosted parties to celebrate the magnificent sunsets on their bank of the pond.  Couples came from all over the marsh to shimmy and wriggle and writhe.

Now, Walter's heart weighed as much as that stone he'd tried to move when Agatha wanted to place their nest just there.  He'd been so lonely he just couldn't dance.  He could only sit in the reeds and remember his graceful mate.

Just then, the reeds whispered.  They writhed and shimmied in the early morning light.  Walter listened closely.  

When they quieted for a moment, he bent his long neck down towards the marsh grasses. "Excuse me.  What did you say?" he asked, being a polite sort of bird.

The reeds answered, "Daaannnncccce.  Dance with usssss."

Walter's heart eased, not quite so heavy as before.  He closed his eyes.  He took a deep breath.  He swayed gently at first.  In response, the reeds swished and twisted.  Walter shook his head and bobbed it up and down.  He shimmied and wriggled, sitting there amongst the companionable reeds.

And Agatha whispered, "Dance, my love.  Dance."


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Recently Finished

Among the Reeds, 24 x 30, acrylic, Elizabeth W. Seaver

For a friend.

I'm working on a new series of works combining printmaking with acrylic painting on canvas, such as the one pictured here.  My latest painting is 48 x 60, and believe me when I say that I am like the Lilliputians with Gulliver in my relationship with a canvas this size.

Imagine me climbing up and down my step ladder to reach the top, despite the fact that I have the easel lowered so that the bottom edge of the canvas is practically on the ground.  I rest the thing on my shoulder to print (I am sure there is a better way, but that would involve stopping the creative process to solve that problem.)  And I require the help of other Lilliputians to move the behemoth from easel to table and back again.

It is a giant on my tiny island. "Help!" the little painter cried.

Monday, November 14, 2011


Flamingo, 12 x 12, acrylic on masonite
Elizabeth W. Seaver
This bird sold before I could even put it up on the wall.  Thanks, Judy!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lemon Bird

Lemon Bird, acrylic, 6 x 6, Elizabeth W. Seaver

Perhaps a better title would be Unlikely Friends.  

Did I just hear someone say, "Well, THAT'S different for you?!!"

Friday, November 4, 2011


Juxtaposition, 24 x 36, mixed media
Elizabeth W. Seaver

I began this piece four years ago and never quite thought it was finished.  I've been looking at it ever since, every time I am in my basement where it hangs on the paneled walls.  

I like to do that.  Watch an unfinished painting.  It evokes a kind of patience that I bring to almost nothing else in my life.

Within the last couple of weeks, I took it down off of the wall and began renovations.  Here it is.  And I'm much happier with it.

It is on the wall of my studio now, for our First Friday opening.  And, I know, it will engender much comment, the upshot of which will be, "This is different for you."  It will be said with raised eyebrows, inviting me to speak on the subject.  Each time I hear those words, I have to take a deep breath and endeavor not to bite.

Why do I bristle?  I've given it lots of thought. I think it is because that is what I do every day in my studio--making sure that what I do is different.  Unlike anyone else's and as originally me as possible--me, the artist I work to become all the time.  Must I make everything look the same, even if it is my sameness?  It is my great joy to get to spend hours making stuff and rearranging my arsenal of skills and techniques in ways I've never seen before (I'm not arrogant enough to think that no one has actually ever done it before.)  That's my job, as I see it.

Now, do I really think that people are meaning to be anything but conversational when they say, "This is different for you?"  No, I really don't.  Despite being an artist myself, I do understand.  I am completely intimidated to begin a conversation with an artistic stranger.  My words stick in my throat, and I stutter....

"Have you always worked with these materials, or is this series different for you?"  ACK!  I've done it.  I've said the unthinkable!

So, I do know why it gets said.  And it is said by the best kind of people--those who are actually paying attention to my work.  Bless 'em.

So, I'm steeling myself to hear the phrase that shall not be named often tonight.  And I'll remind myself that it's nice that the sayer is paying attention and bite back a cranky retort.

(After all, how can I quibble....there is nary a bird in it!)


Monday, October 24, 2011

On Watch

On Watch, acrylic on masonite, 12 x 12
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Lots of good news on the art front in the last few days.  I'll tell more later.  For now, here is a new piece.

Mom and Sis coming for Thanksgiving--a reason to give thanks, for sure!

(But what happened to October?)

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Quail, 6 x 6, acrylic on panel
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Going to the dentist this morning.  Thought this was an appropriate title.

quail (intransitive) To lose heart or courage; shrink or waver before danger or difficulty; become fearful or doubtful; flinch; cower; tremble.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Black Swan

Black Swan, 6 x 6, acrylic on masonite
Elizabeth W. Seaver

I found these cool panels on a jaunt through Charlottesville and have been putting a series of playful paintings on them.  I have a HUGE canvas that I must adorn for a really big painting show in December at LibertyTown.  I am trying all kinds of things out on smaller surfaces first.  

No telling where I will end up--and there's the fun, friends and neighbors!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Lime Birds

Honestly! 5 x 5, collage, pen, colored pencil,
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Don't you wish you knew what they were saying?  Looking in from the outside, we can only guess.  Perhaps she is just demonstrating the latest birdie dance step.  It must come with a good story, though, because her friend is listening with great anticipation.

Isn't that the best, when a friend has a good yarn to spin about date night, a trip or a funny misadventure?  The teller settles in to tell, and the listener prepares herself to be royally entertained.  And it's even more fun when the meeting is by chance and long-awaited.

I can think of a few friends with whom I need to sit and share a few stories.  We live too far away to meet in the meadow, but we can talk on the phone.    It has been way too long. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Choir Practice

Choir Practice, pen, collage, colored pencil, 5 x 5
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Obviously this is an impromptu sing-a-long in the meadow, not the usual Wednesday night workout at the church-house.  But, you've got to sing when the Spirit says sing as the old spiritual says.  And when two or three are gathered together, let's hope you have harmony!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy Together

Happy Together, pen/collage/colored pencil on paper,
Elizabeth W. Seaver, framed 8 x 8

The title says it all.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Technology and the Beach

I'd Better Go Back to Paperbacks, collage/acrylic
16 x 20, Elizabeth W. Seaver

Sand and salt water in the ebook?  Not such a good thing.  And consider what you will do in the winter when there is no humidity swelled bodice ripper/mystery thriller/sci-fi adventure to remind you of your days in the sun?  No sand falling out in your lap when you open that beach read for the second run through?  How sad!  

On the other hand, no $189 "book" ruined by that unexpected wave rolling over your comfy lounge chair as you sit enthralled by exciting events in the worlds in your head. 

All technological advances aside, I think a paper book is still the way to go at the beach.  

Our fine, feathered friend above is just about to figure that out...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

That Loaded Question

Does My Butt Look Fat in These Wings?
oil, 18 x 36
Elizabeth W. Seaver

To which the answer is no.  And not just any no, but an immediate and emphatic one.  Any hesitation, no matter the reason, is unacceptable.  Sound sincere.  This is a conversation it is really best to practice in the mirror in order to avoid tears, and a week of the cold shoulder.  

Okay, you say to yourself, She asks me, "Does my butt look fat in these wings?"  

And I say, NO!

You get the picture. 

Because, here's the deal.  She has showered and powdered, changed wings three times, decided not to wear shoes (four pairs of high heels are a lot to manage,) stared in the mirror trying to see her own butt (to no avail,) carefully applied her lipstick, and is about to step out on the town.  Now is no time to tell her that her efforts to look her best are for naught.

Besides, don't we glow when we think we look like a million bucks?  

And it's just a tiny lie...

Monday, September 26, 2011

With a Cherry on Top

WIP, With a Cherry on Top, collage/acrylic, 15 x 30
Elizabeth W. Seaver

I agreed to help the Fredericksburg Area Museum by being one of 9 artists who did painting demonstrations during their fundraiser on Saturday night.  The paintings were auctioned off, wet, at the end of the evening.

I did the collage and drawing the day before, but decided to try to paint the entire thing in the time I had after setting up--quite a challenge.  And then, the organizers moved the auction time up half an hour to get as many bidders as possible, which made it a super-challenge!  During the painting time, folks came up to talk and ask questions about the process, etc.  The kids were the cutest, one of whom kept an eye on me and said several times during the evening, "You're doing a good job."  I don't think I'd have made it without the encouragement!

The bidding is excruciating for me, so I did not stay in that room for long.  But, the best thing about the evening was that my piece went to friends of my son's.  I love the idea that young people are starting a collection of original art.  That they wanted my piece was a HUGE compliment.  Thanks Jason and Lindsay, you made me so happy!  And you helped the museum, too.  You guys are great x 2!

The part of the evening that I struggled with, even as I agreed to do this months ago, still makes me uncomfortable.  Why is it that artists are the go-to for fundraisers (esp. in our town?)  It is the assumption of those who ask us that the exposure will be so good for us.  In fact, usually the work goes so cheaply that it actually undermines our art businesses.  

Can you guess what brought the highest bid at the auction?  Yep.  Basketball tickets.  Two tickets for one game went for $2500, as much as five or six of the paintings put together.  Doesn't that say something to the organizers?  Their crowd doesn't want art.  It wants sports stuff or trips.  Give them what they want, and raise more money.  Let the artists create for those who appreciate their work.

Here's what I am thinking.  From now on, I'm going to give work to benefit artists and the arts organizations with which I am involved. Period.

What has been your experience?  Any thoughts out there about fund raising or a better way to include some benefit to the artists who generously give their work to various causes?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mixed Vegetables

Mixed Vegetables, 6 x 6, acrylic on canvas
Elizabeth W. Seaver

This was painted for the 6 x 6 x 6 show in the main gallery at LibertyTown next month.  Anyone in the Fredericksburg area able to hand deliver works ought to enter.  It was a fun show last year with lots of sales.  Go here to find out more and download an entry form.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Catching Up

Catching Up, 5 x 5 on paper, mixed media
Elizabeth W. Seaver

It has been a while since I did any work on paper, but I needed more cards for sale in my card rack.  Some time back, I had gotten a box of blank cards on really high quality paper.  I snapped them up when I saw them on clearance.  Too good to be true?  Yep, when I opened the box, there were no envelopes--yikes!

So, I made a pattern and cut down some larger envelopes I already had to make cute square ones to fit.  THEN I created the cards.  I ended up liking them so much I wanted to frame them.  Oh well.  I did put some in my card rack, and they have "flown" out of there.  It has been fun to doodle again!

I plan to float mount them on black foam core and surround that with a mat the same color as the paper.  The frames are 8 x 8 and black.

In other news, I have been juried into the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, as an associate artist.  That means I may show up to four works every month in the gallery in the main building, W-16.  Associate artists have the same benefits as studio artists there, but I may continue to work and teach at my studio at LibertyTown.  I am so pleased to have an opportunity to exhibit my work regularly outside of the immediate area.

Since I finished my artist residency at LibertyTown in early May, I have been working on what would be my next big thing.  The residency is meant to be a launching pad for an emerging artist, and yet, I have pretty deep ties in the community, so I wasn't interested in leaving the area.  This is a great solution. 

The LibertyTown residency was such a great thing for my growth as an artist, and as a small business owner.  I do not think I'd have been ready for this step without it.  I have to thank Dan Finnegan, potter extraordinaire and visionary founder of LibertyTown, for the faith he had in me when he hired me to fill the job (and his continued faith, every day for three years afterwards!)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hot Off the Presses

Hot Off the Presses, acrylic, 12 x 12
Elizabeth W. Seaver

(Do I need to remind you all that the title refers to the old-fashioned communication form, the newspaper, which is printed on big, rolling presses?) 

I really refer to the neighborhood grapevine--gossip which grows and spreads like the proverbial weeds.  A tidbit must be passed on as quickly as possible, only savored later, usually in excruciating detail, over the garden fence, or perhaps with a cup of tea.  And, the less that is known for fact, then the more must be speculated, thereby giving greater satisfaction to the gossipers.

In this case, the striped one can actually say that a little bird told her, and then endeavor not to be a snake in the grass!

Sorry.  Couldn't resist.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Big Version

Splendor in the Grass, acrylic, 18 x 18
Elizabeth W. Seaver

The post before last featured the study for this piece.  

I really want leggings like that.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Toes in the Sand, oil, 4 x 4
Elizabeth W. Seaver

I cannot end the summer without a beach scene.  I didn't get to the shore this year, but will be going to the mountains for a weekend in October.  Can't wait!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lady Bug Parade

Lady Bug Parade, oil, 4 x 4
Elizabeth W. Seaver

No, this bird is NOT shopping for a snack!  In my world (do I sound like Bob Ross?) predators and their prey are friends.  I come back again and again in my paintings to themes of peaceful relationships among and between natural enemies. I paint it, and there it is--magic.  I like being able to create a universe in which I would like to live.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Harvest Time

Harvest Time, oil, 11 x 14
Elizabeth W. Seaver

We've had such lovely, cool, dry weather since our weather bouquet of last week.  This morning, the temperature reminds me that fall is on its way.  The growing season of spring and summer is my favorite of the year, and I always get a bit melancholy when I can feel it ending. 

The upcoming days of raking leaves and donning sweaters does put me in mind of my childhood pet dog who loved the cooler weather and would bark and run around in circles in the yard, jumping blissfully into raked piles of leaves.  I would do well to remember her, and even if I can't emulate her exuberance entirely, endeavor to run around in circles and jump in the leaves in my heart.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Earthquakes, Thunderstorms and Hurricanes

 Seedlings, oil, 8 x 10, Elizabeth W. Seaver

What a week it has been, weather-wise.  As we await whatever will come from Irene, I thought I'd post another of my recent paintings, also in oil.  Here's a plant which doesn't need to be watered, and can't be washed away in a drenching rain.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Free Range

Free Range, oil, 10 x 8
Elizabeth W. Seaver

I was working on a commission in oil and got excited about that medium again.  So, while the paints are wet, I am using them instead of acrylics--but just for now.

I always say that my favorite thing about acrylics is that they dry so quickly.  And my least favorite thing about acrylics is that they dry so quickly.  I love the way the oil paint continues to move and soften edges.

See below, landscape in acrylic:

 Gulf Coast Sunrise I, acrylic, 12 x 12

And landscape in oil:

Gulf Coast Sunrise 2, oil, 10 x 10

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Radishes, Finished

Dahling, You Look Radishing, mixed media, 24 x 24
Elizabeth W. Seaver

I heard from two different folks yesterday things I didn't know before.  One, if you want to scare bunnies away from your produce, Ginger says to plant marigolds around the vegetables.  They don't like the scent.  I think I had heard that about bugs, but didn't know it worked on other creatures as well.

Secondly, my friend Heidi says that big, scary groundhogs are more of a problem in her garden than rabbits. 

My Granny had a wonderful green thumb and was a proponent of peace and justice.  Rabbits were few and far between in Houston neighborhoods.  But let a slug come anywhere near her garden, and she turned vicious.  I still remember her cries of triumph as she sprinkled salt on those slugs. 

My root vegetable series is, in part, tribute to her.  I miss you, Granny.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Rabbit's Delight II

And the grown up painting....

Rabbit's Delight II, acrylic, 24 x 24
Elizabeth W. Seaver

...carrots for those really big, scary bunnies that hide until dark and then swipe the fruits of your sweaty labors.  
Or, you could just buy it and hang it in your kitchen. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Rabbit's Delight

Rabbit's Delight, mixed media, 4 x 4

Mini root veggie, painted as a study for a larger painting, which I will share later when I get a better photo.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


Becoming, 18 x 24, mixed media
Elizabeth W. Seaver

And what fun it was to add color back in and to imagine what seeds might look like as they are gathering all their creative matter to produce the flower or fruit of their kind!

The growing season is my favorite time of year. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Rooftop Gardens, mixed media, 16 x 20
Elizabeth W. Seaver

High Road, acrylic, 16 x 20
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Both of these represent where the train went off the track, so to speak, in my quest to push the limited palette!  Color crept in.  In these two paintings I added quinacridone red, phthalo blue red shade, and cobalt blue to the hansa yellow, quinacridone gold, dioxazine purple, white and black that I had been using.  And, there I stayed for the next set of works I completed.  In fact, I do not think I am done yet with this combination.

I just finished a week of summer camp in my studio.  Let me tell you, we (my son, Matt, and Betsy Glassie, another artist at LibertyTown and I) took them on a mixed media journey.  I think we wore them out!  I know they did the same to me--but it was great fun with great kids. We're doing it again this week with a different group of campers.

I'm ready, now that I've got my camp legs under me!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Series Continued

 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.....

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Trio and Back Tracking

 Safe at Home, mixed media, 8 x 8
Elizabeth W. Seaver

City Block, mixed media, 8 x 8
 Elizabeth W. Seaver

 Between the Trees, mixed media, 8 x 8
 Elizabeth W. Seaver

I painted these three at about the same time--early in my latest series of experimenting with a limited palette (hansa yellow med., quinacridone gold, diox. purple, black and white), toning the canvas with a deep purple and then masking areas with tape and contact paper.  I love the square gallery format.  They are not necessarily meant as a triptych.

The layering underground aspect of the painting derives in part from my early love of archeology and curiosity about what is below our feet (way below).  I have loved rocks and fossils from an early age, always keeping my head down looking when in an area where they were likely to be found.

The textures in the paintings were made by printing my hand-cut blocks smeared with modeling paste.  At first, I used a brush to apply the paste onto the blocks in a stenciling motion, but now go back and forth between that and applying the paste to the canvas with a palette knife and printing and drawing in it.

The last couple of posts have been later works in this same series when I began to go back to a broader color palette, though still a fairly limited one.  But I did do 12 or 15 works in the limited palette and found myself wishing I had showed those more fully.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

More Root Vegetables

This is work in progress.  I'm still planning to bring up the lights for more contrast.  It is painted around the sides on a gallery wrap canvas, 24 x 24, and is a mixed media piece.  Still unsure of a title--the working title, courtesy of my son, is Dahling, You Look Radishing

Other suggestions anyone?

by Elizabeth W. Seaver

I'll take a better photo when I finish the job!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort, 8 x 8, mixed media
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Some of my mysterious root decide what the title means!

This is painted on 1.5" canvas, so the painting continues on sides, top and bottom.  I've really enjoyed painting on those canvases recently--a nice change from framing.

Back soon,


Finally, An Update

It has taken me such energy to live my life over the last couple of months, that I haven't had any stuff left to write about it.  So, with a little rest under my belt, and a renewed intention to blog, I've decided to do a top ten list of the happenings in my life over the last little while.  First, personal ones:

  1. Son graduates!
  2. Family arrives from Texas for a week to see son graduate.
  3. Son graduates with honors.
  4. Graduate son is such a pleasure to be around.
  5. August 24th is target date for graduate to move to new life on campus.

 The brothers at dinner beforehand.

 Professional top five:

  1. I'm happy with the new work I've been creating.
  2. I love my new work space.
  3. My students come to create with such joy and excitement.
  4. My summer camps filled.
  5. The following piece is in a show called Liberty in the main gallery at LibertyTown this month.

 Hungry No More, mixed media, 18 x 36
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Peace and Happy 4th everyone!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Family Dynamics

Family Dynamics, collage/acrylic, 18 x 18, Elizabeth Seaver

I'll leave it up to you to figure out the title.

The studio move is complete, and I will try to get a good picture of it to show here.  I've worked and taught in it this week, and the space feels right.  I like a good shake up of work space.  It has not happened without its difficulties, but I lived to tell the tale--and that must count for success!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Black Sheep

The new space is a great place to work.  I've been painting and teaching in it all week and am really getting settled in.  Yesterday I taught a class of six in there, and all went very well.  There are a few things left to do--always, right?  Lighting needs a bump up, and I need to get a name plate above the door, among other trifles.

I had a nibble on a piece I've completed since moving in.  See it below.

Black Sheep, mixed media, 8 x 8, Elizabeth W. Seaver

Thanks, everyone, for looking and reading.  After having Blogger "blow up" for a few days, it really makes one amazed that it works so smoothly most of the time.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Under Construction and Prom Night

This is a view of my new studio space, under renovation, as of Friday.  I spent the day painting the edge work, and Anna who dropped in from Charlottesville (luckily for me!) did the roller work.

The color I chose is a lovely yellow.  I almost became a blond when a small, plastic tub I was using for brush work fell on my head as I was moving the ladder.  It was a true cartoon/3 Stooges moment.  I was actually glad for company in my humiliation, because Anna grabbed my glasses to wash them off (can't do without my eyes!), Miles took a picture, Rob, my studio mate, said "O My God!", and I walked carefully to the ladies to dunk my head in the sink for a good scrub, laughing the whole way.  The story of my smooth move spread through the building, and I got to tell it all night long!  My legendary lack of grace keeps me humble.

I'll begin to transfer my stuff to my new space today and work on the move for the next couple of days.  It's just around the corner from my current space, so it will be a relatively painless process.

Being artist-in-residence for three years at LibertyTown Arts Workshop has been a joy and a privilege.  Huge thanks to my boss and owner of LTAW, Dan Finnegan, for the opportunity.

* * * * * *

Last night was prom for my son, who graduates in June.  The theme was Masquerade.  Here he is in all his glory.

I love you, man!

Friday, May 6, 2011

New Series

What Lies Beneath, mixed media, 16 x 20
Elizabeth W. Seaver

This is the first painting I began in a new series exploring a mixed media approach to the painting process with a limited palette.  As to the subject matter:  I've been thinking a great deal about the interdependence of all things, living and non-living, all intertwined with the idea of community and how important that is.  Recent earthquakes, marching development, hatred and revenge, and extreme weather have all played a part in the images I have been creating. 

I have completed eight paintings so far.  You can see them all here

Blessings on you all.  I hope the day is as beautiful where you are as it is where I am.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?, 11 x 14, acrylic/collage
 Elizabeth W. Seaver

The title is inspired by one of my favorite childhood books by P.D. Eastman, only my little bird gets it right on the first try.  No need to tour the neighborhood searching for the absent Mommy, just off to find herself a bite to eat.

And while we are on the subject of hatching and eggs and are two more new paintings on that theme.

Start Up Company, 4 x 4, acrylic/collage

Lady in Waiting, 8 x 10, collage/acrylic

I'll be moving my studio in the next week with all the attendant hoisting, lifting, packing, painting, nail-hole-filling and cleaning.  I will share photos when the dust has settled!