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!)


Yan Hong said...

I love all your birds. Will you do any more of them by the beach again? I keep telling Paul that when he retires, we are going to live by the sea! A warm sea!

Anna M. Branner said...

Yay YOU! So happy to hear that you were juried into Lorton. Just fantastic. (They have good taste.) See you Thursday!!

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Catching Up's simplicity tells the whole story.

Congrats on being juried into the Arts Center - I'm sure it will do great things for your exposure!

Dorothy said...

Yea, Dan Finnegan! Yea, Lorton! Yea, Elizabeth! Visionaries all!

Anonymous said...

Nice to get caught up. Thanks.
And congrats to you, you are so deserving.

Ana M.F. said...

birds made out of words, I love that. Nice work :)

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Elizabeth...I can see why your cards just fly off the shelves...so simple, so sweet and brings a smile! Congrats on your new venue...as I've said before if I lived there we'd be fast friends...Continue having FUN!

Serri Miller said...

Great news and a great fun piece - exactly the lift I was looking for this evening! Congratulations!

Carole Barkett said...

Congratulations sounds exciting, love these birds too,