Materials: Liquid watercolor, powdered iridescent mica and mineral pigments, binding medium, smooth finish paper, varnish.
Process: I start by choosing colors. I work intuitively to create flowing colors, textures, and patterns, running combs through the paint and applying and adhering powdered minerals. Varnish.
Narrative and inspiration: This painting is inspired by the wool fabric which is produced in Argyll, Scotland, also the homeland of my Scottish ancestors. The subtle thread weave is symbolic of "The Night Watch," protecting the farm animals, the homestead, and the lands at night. In my painting the quiet, refined, and subdued hues are reminiscent, strongly protective, and mysteriously timeless, all art of my cultural heritage.
"Blue Plaid" was made during the making of "The Weather" series and "The Storm" series.
- Elizabeth Belstraz
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"Art-making is my best friend and my spiritual practice."
Elizabeth Belstraz is a lifelong artist and graduate of The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For Elizabeth, art has become a particularly powerful practice during difficult times. She uses a variety of processes and materials to play with textures and colors that speak of different realities.
"Surviving challenges, including those in the areas of health and housing, has led me on a transformational journey through the arts. I love using diverse materials to make unseen social and spiritual realities visible!"
Elizabeth’s focus on the creative process leads her to different approaches for every piece. Her art methodology involves careful planning, and is inspired by various materials, a concept, an emotion, or a request for thematic work. Elizabeth works with liquid watercolors, inks, acrylic paints, pastels, wax, paper, used materials, pigments and minerals. Her art reflects inner psychological workings, spiritual concepts, emotions and feelings. They illustrate the beauty of nature, or commemorate cosmic and life events. She writes, "I like to add the pigments and minerals to the surface because to me, the shimmery surface evokes the etheric-spiritual aspect of art and life.”
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