Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand, acrylic/collage, 18 x 22
Elizabeth W. Seaver

I had to apologize to two of my young students because I didn't use the title they came up with for this painting.  They wanted me to call it Acrobird, which I really did like.  But as I was varnishing the finished piece, that old saying popped into my head.  Allie and Dahlia had never heard a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and thought that was the dumbest title they'd ever heard of.  Grown-ups are so weird, they said.  
Well, I had to agree with them on that, and reassure them that I DID like their title.   But when a title falls out of the sky, as it were, who am I to just let it lie there?  Titling a painting is a dirty business.  I mean how fair is it that you've taken all the time and trouble to learn to paint, gather the supplies, come up with the idea, prepare the substrate, paint the picture, repaint the picture, let it dry, varnish and frame it--and THEN have to give it a name?  Bleah.  All this is to say that when a title willingly presents itself to the artist's battered mind, it is a gift, and not to be left unopened and unappreciated.

So, my sincere apologies, girls.  And thanks for the help with the hard stuff.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Her Sure Foundation, collage/acrylic, 11 x 14
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Thoughts from a bird riding a bicycle on a tightrope:

"My mother was right; I should have gone to medical school."

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Peeking Out

Peeking Out,mixed media, 9 x 12
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How Much Is That Cupcake in the Window? collage/acrylic, 18 x 36
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Ahhhh, that sweet smell of freshly baked pastry.  It wafts through the breeze, tickling my nose and pulling me in the direction of scrumptious goodies. In the manner of the old cartoons, the delicious smell morphs into a hand, which beckons, and, inevitably, I drift through the door of the bakery. 

Hear the bell jingle?

There they sit right in the window--cupcakes. 

I'll take three.  And coffee to go.

In my dreams....

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hot Damn!

I had a buyer come into my studio today and buy three paintings for his new river house!  Here they are....

Orange Umbrellas, 18 x 36, acrylic
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Pinwheel Candy, 18 x 36, collage/acrylic
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Migration Fallout, 24 x 36, collage/acrylic
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Coming Up for Air

Reclamation, acrylic on canvas
 Elizabeth W. Seaver

 Parasol, acrylic on masonite
 Elizabeth W. Seaver

Thank you to those of you who have sent me kind emails wondering whether I was okay and saying nice things about my blog.  I appreciate your attentions.

It has been a bit of a struggle, creatively, for the last few months.  I feel like I've broken through the barrier, though, and I really want to get back to writing and showing my art and visiting your blogs, too.

Enough said...the above are a couple of pieces which were vehicles for overcoming my dry spell, by allowing me to work with color, pattern and masking.

My plan is to have a story for next time...