Come See Me, and some of my artwork… in my neighborhood.
My friend and fabulous real estate agent, Nikki, is downsizing and moving 3 blocks away so is opening her house in Applewood to neighbors, friends & art enthusiasts. My artwork will be on display in her hip home. Stop by after work for a refreshment.

June 13th from 5-7 pm
Nikki and Ray Ragonese
2215 Eldridge St
Golden, CO 80401

This Painting is an adolescent


How Paintings are Like Adolescents -The Growth of a Painting
I often find myself referring to my paintings as in the “adolescent stage” and I thought it might be interesting to discuss how a painting “grows up” in my studio.

I tend to work several paintings at a time. Before I begin, I check in with myself intuitively and choose colors I’d like to use and a feeling I’d like to portray in the painting. I mix up some paint, grab some brushes, and begin. In my layered paintings, I often start by sweeping black chunky lines and stamping thin straight lines on the canvas which provide some structure and roots which will be mostly covered over later. Then I usually want some color, so I apply a “pretty” layer of color. Sometimes, here’s where I want to stop. This is the “infant stage” of the painting – it’s a baby and babies are just so cute! We sometimes don’t want them to grow up. But most of the time, they must. Here I often let paint dry and come back later.

When I return, I work the painting some more – more colors, perhaps some neutrals. I use a variety of tools in this stage to apply paint – credit cards, the eraser-side of pencils and such, until I think I’ve ruined it! This is the “adolescent stage” of the painting and it’s not always pretty! But it is often the most crucial stage of the painting to get through.

This is one of my paintings in adolescence.
Often, I need a break from the painting – you can’t force it- and when I return to it, I realize just what must be done to help it turn into an adult. This part of the process is partly intuitive and partly more logical as I check for composition and color balance. It’s different for each painting which is why some paintings have many more layers than others, and why some paintings are finished very quickly and others have taken years. The baby and adolescent layers that show through provide the depth and interest in the paintings.

Often my most successful paintings are those I’ve struggled hardest with. Sometimes our struggles are just what makes us grow the most right? Through painting, I’ve learned sometimes you must push through the difficult times. But once in a while, a fast, spontaneous painting will be beautiful and successful. It’s always important to know when a painting is done, which is much easier said than done.

I hope to see you soon- at Nikki’s or elsewhere! I will be having a new show soon at a downtown Denver location… stay tuned.
Thank you, as always, for being my support!

Liz Lautrup Fine Art