Elizabeth Bauman Art Blog

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Grid Painting

In my last post, I introduced some new paintings using a new-to-me technique: grids.  I came to using grids for two reasons.  One, I want (and have wanted for some time) the focus of my painting to be about the process and two, I want the viewer to be able to see, at least somewhat, that process.

The idea for my process is to have a clear set of ideas, or rules, at the start and to follow and see where that leads me with the painting.  I actually started this idea, still using a grid (though as I was playing around I didn't strictly follow the grid yet), with dots:

In Progress
To start, I couldn't think of anything more process-oriented than dots.  My hope, too, was that the viewer standing back would not necessarily see the dots.  Then coming closer, they would come into view.  I like the idea of the optical trickery.  However, I had not yet finished a painting using the dots and with a show, Pulse, quickly approaching I decided to go to what I planned to try eventually, which was brushstrokes in the grid instead.

First, I photocopied a vintage photograph making it larger and easier to work from.  I ended up doing a color copy as it made these lovely greenish-blue colors rather than the sepia tones in the original photograph.  Then, once I knew what sort of grid I would use on the panel I drew it out on the copied photograph and then on the panel.  I selected particular paints to use and began one square at a time never painting squares next to each other in single painting sessions.

Each time I started a new group the paints used were mixed slightly differently so that each square was like its own little painting:

And here is, as you saw in the previous post, the final painting:

The first of these paintings, I had to start with it turned upside down to stop myself from moving from one square to the next automatically.  Over time, I was used to it and could paint with it upright.

I still need to finish the dot painting, but I have many more ideas for these grid paintings including trying it with landscape, still life, different ways to try out the portraits, ...  Just need more time...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Upcoming Show

Greetings!  I have been super busy this last month working on some new paintings for this upcoming show with the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery (details here):

The show will run for a week starting this Friday at 211 Commercial Street in downtown Salem, Oregon, and will include these paintings by me:

"Roy, 1959" Acrylic on 16 x 20 inch panel.

"Elsie" Acrylic on 12 x 12 inch panel.

"Peggy's Friend" Acrylic on 16 x 20 inch panel.

I'm exploring the process of painting through grids.  I will try to share more about that in the next few days.  As I spent hours and hours over the last month to finish these in time, I have unfortunately strained my back and am a little foggy at the moment as a result of a visit to my doctor.  All worth it, though, as I really enjoyed exploring this idea/process and plan to get back to it as soon as I can get back to my easel.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Greetings all!  The gallery Fifty Artists has a "fast five" interview with me up today.  Take a look, if you like, and be sure to check out the rest of Fifty Artists while you are there.  Have a good Saturday.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 198 to 203

As promised, more from the Hobbit illustration project… And at page 203, only 100 left to post!

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 198
Page 198: "Thorin looked and walked as if his kingdom was already regained and Smaug chopped up into little bits."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 199
Page 199: "'You must claim your own.  The hour is at hand, spoken of old.'"

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 200
Page 200: "People sang on the quays and out of windows."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 201
Page 201: "They spent a cold and lonely night and their spirits fell."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 202
Page 202: "…and the pride and hopes which had stirred in their hearts at the singing of old songs by the lake died away to a plodding gloom."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 203
Page 203: "Nothing moved in the waste, save the vapor and the water, and every now and again a black and ominous crow."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

I'll be back soon with the final 100 illustrations… a few at a time anyway.

Friday, February 21, 2014

In the Studio and a New Gallery

Studio Window

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post (not the longest I've gone by a long shot, but I am trying…), so I thought I'd just post a brief update about what I have been doing in the studio.

I am working on a large commission which I am finishing in oil, so in between coats I'm painting several small pieces including a few oil paintings I started, embarrassingly, last summer and never got back to finishing.  Silly, as they were down to the final touches.   I have been working so much in acrylic lately, I just hadn't gotten back to them.

Also in progress is the Hobbit project and I hope to have an update here soon.

I have a new joint project I am working on with a favorite artist and friend of mine.  We are working together, a piece or two at a time, for an indefinite period, responding to each other's work, ideas, and whatever else inspires us.  It is a really exciting project and I'm so happy to be doing it.  Not sure when I will share more about it here, but in time I definitely will.

And finally, I wanted to share a new gallery with you that a few of my pieces are now with.  It is Fifty Artists and they have a wonderful curated collection.  Check it out when you have moment.  You will find great diversity and talent.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

There and Back again, Pages 193 to 197

I suddenly have a lot of paintings to complete in the next couple of months or so, but I am determined to continue to get caught up on these Hobbit posts.

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 193
Page 193: "'To smell apples everlastingly when you can scarcely move and are cold and sick with hunger is maddening.'"

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.  The quote is from Fili after being stuck in a barrel in the river.

Page 194
Page 194: "The gold gleaned on his neck and waist: his eyes were dark and deep."

Acrylic and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 195
Page 195: "From one great shone many lights and there came the sound of many voices."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 196
Page 196:            "The King beneath the mountains,
                                  The king of carven stone,
                              The lord of silver fountains
                                   Shall come into his own!"

Ink and colored pencil on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 197
Page 197: "…and cargoes of rich presents coming down the river to Lake-town."

Acrylic gouache and ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.