10.24.2016

Fluidity

Perhaps it's my Aquarian inclinations, but I've always been drawn to water. I've painted ocean themes and creatures of the sea for years, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before I found a way to fully integrate H2O into my work.

After much tooling around in my studio learning a painting style some are calling fluid art, I'm already loving it and feeling confident in it's application. Water is an integral part of my fluid art, and I've been delighted with its creative capabilities. I've even completed a large commission for some client friends; and I must say it's one of my favorite pieces to date!


Untitled Water Painting, 2016
36 x 60 inch 
mixed media (acrylic, medium & metallic spraypaint)


I offer some close-ups of the piece so you can appreciate all the fluid detail. I achieved the metallic silver effect using a special spraypaint technique.



Other various fluid art pieces I have created:

Jolene, 2016
mixed media on canvas
16x20 inch


Under the Wave, 2016
mixed media on canvas
12x12 inch




It's definitely a messy process, but I'm diggin' it!

16x24 inch
mixed media on canvas

14x26 inch
mixed media on canvas

Fluid art has been a great lesson for me in patience and relinquishing control. These pieces take over a week to fully dry; and for the first few days, they are constantly changing as the water and medium trickles around the canvas. It has a mind of its own! What is it they say in Memoirs of a Geisha ?: "Water...always in such a hurry."




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8.17.2016

Art Deco Inspired Commission

My friend Betsy had been throwing around the idea of commissioning a special piece from me for several months, she was simply waiting for an art concept. Then the inspiration came to her when she visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She showed me a photo she took of an art deco style abstract with the simple exclamation "I like this! Do something like this."

So I used the MoMA piece as basic inspiration for this commission painting, throwing in specific colors she requested and matte textures - even metallic spraypaint.



I had to carefully tape off the sections of the painting I wanted to spraypaint. Metallic spraypaint tends to run easily, so this step was tedious but important. It paid off though!



Unlike the piece at the MoMA, I added a metallic border. I thought it tied the whole thing together nicely.  





Thank you for the fun commission, Betsy and Pat! I loved painting this piece for you, and I hope it brings nice color and texture to your walls. Good luck in L.A.!


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6.16.2016

Shiny New Portfolio

It has taken me far too long to update, but I finally got all my ducks in a row and completely renovated my art portfolio here at LizzAubrey.com. [ Insert sounds of cheering and elation ]

While I had racked up a sizable collection of acrylic and oil pieces in my online gallery, I had neglected to post my latest obsession... watercolor! Now you'll find two distinct portfolios on my website: Oil + Acrylics and Watercolors. Each gallery showcases my current and past original works, but now they are shown in a medium-specific format. I think it makes for a more enjoyable and curated viewing experience.



So please take a look around - click on the new portfolio tabs to see my latest commissions and my hard work from the last several months. Feel free to comment or email and let me know what you think!

Thank you for being here, and I hope you enjoy my art.

Sincerely,

Lizz Aubrey  (the artist)


3.14.2016

Waves for Hilary

Our friend Hilary commissioned me to do an ocean-inspired abstract for her office walls. We decided on a diptych, two wood panels designed to be hung together. Hilary loves to surf here in Santa Cruz; so I called the piece 'A Good Set' to reference the feeling of solid waves and a satisfying surf day.



The silver metallic spraypaint I used serves as the sparkling sea mist of the crashing waves.



Thank you so much for the commission, Hilary. 
I hope it brightens your work day and inspires you to keep on surfin'!




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2.20.2016

Watercolor Pups

WOOF. I've been tapping into a new niche of art lovers... the pet portrait market! A couple watercolor portraits of important pooches in my friends' lives:




That's Addie, a Rhodesian Ridgeback and my girlfriend's late pup. I was honored to immortalize her sweet face in painting form. And below is a commission I did for an old friend; she wanted to give her husband a portrait of their English Cream Golden Retriever named Rainey for their anniversary. 



And this is Otis, a black and white pup with a big smile. I painted him for a birthday present commission. Such a cutie!







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1.16.2016

Orange You Glad

My client lovingly calls this big painting Pumpkin Spice Latte due to its vibrant orange color. I'm officially titling it The Winner's Circle, and it's a commission I painted for a friend and long-time supporter of my work.


I started with a 5ft by 6ft canvas, layered on several layers of acrylic paint and thick gel medium, and used a combination of spraypaint and my signature palette knife technique. The metallic silver really jumps off the canvas on top of that bright orange!









I think he likes it! 
Thank you, Kirk, for such a fun and contemporary commission. 
It looks amazing in your SF home!






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