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The Duality Of Being An Artist And A Maker

Elizabeth Schowachert

The Duality Of Being An Artist And A Maker

Creating art/painting will always be something that is a vital part of my psyche and makes me feel as if I am doing something meaningful with my time and energy. I don't think this will ever change, and as such, I expect that creating art will always be important to me. Recently I have come to realize that in addition to being a painter, I am also a maker - someone who takes deep satisfaction in making functional and beautiful things. I realized this because I was looking for ways to disrupt my painting process, and found that introducing new tools when creating my...

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Small Studies - Finding Images Intuitively

Elizabeth Schowachert

Small Studies - Finding Images Intuitively

I really enjoy painting with ink. The brushes, the handmade paper, the smell of the ink, as well as working with a limited pallet are all part of the painting experience.  Solely relying on the brush strokes to command and articulate an image is rewarding. Being loose and free is critical when painting in this style - the slightest bit of hesitation shows in the work, and finding your voice can be a challenge. Feeling a sense of freedom and having the confidence to lay down the ink with intent has been and continues to be a challenging yet enriching...

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Working With A Ruling Pen

Elizabeth Schowachert

Working With A Ruling Pen

In previous posts, I mentioned how using different mark making tools is a way for me to keep things fresh and unpredictable. Most recently I have been experimenting with ruling pens, they are more of a drawing tool, versus a brush. I like the way you can apply the ink onto the paper, making very specific lines and shapes. A lot of people also use ruling pens for lettering when working with liquid ink. I made a short video to demonstrate one way that you can use a ruling pen.  Click on the photo below and you will link to...

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The Joy Of Making

Elizabeth Schowachert

The Joy Of Making

Creating art is an essential part of who I am. I have realized lately though that I also really enjoy making. Making is not all that different than painting, it involves design, process, problem solving and composition. I have recently been making handmade art brushes, using found, natural materials (driftwood that I found on my recent trip to Northern California).  (Click on picture to link to store) I find that I really connect with the materials I am using, working to create something that is beautiful and functional. The idea is to inspire and disrupt. The disruption comes from using something new,...

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Mark Making - Materials and Tools

Elizabeth Schowachert Fine Art Handmade brushes Ink on paper

Mark Making - Materials and Tools

  Touch Image above and you will be routed to YouTube.... Making marks that have energy, rhythm and are visually interesting is not easy to do (at least not for me). I sometimes feel stiff and uncoordinated when working with india ink on paper. It is funny how simplicity can be sodifficult, a limited pallet (black ink) makes each mark matter. If something is off, there is no hiding it, the message has to be clear, direct and made with intent. Something that helps me loosen up and create more interesting marks, is to work with non-traditional  brushes (like the Rooster Feather...

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