Monday, December 22, 2008

The Coloring Song

Red is the Color...
Elizabeth Love
Dec 2008
Paper, paint-skin
Unframed image 180x130mm

Image taken of Tree of Life (I) & collage added.

The Coloring Song

Words & music by Dave Eden

(Never Say Die - Petra, 1981)

Double Take - Petra, 2000

Red is the color of the blood that flowed
Down the face of Someone Who loved us so
He's the perfect man, He's the Lord's own son,
He's the Lamb of God, He's the only one
That can give us life, that can make us grow,
That can make the love between us flow.

Blue is the color of a heart so cold
It will not bend when the story's told
Of the love of God for a sinful race
Of the blood that flowed down Jesus face
That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can keep our hearts from growing cold.

Gold is the color of the morning sun
That shines so freely an every one
It's the sun above that keeps us warm
It's the Son of love that calms the storm
That can give us life that can make us grow,
That can turn our mornings into gold.

Brown is the color of the autumn leaves
When the winter comes to the barren trees
There is birth, there is death, there is a plan
And there's just one God, and there's just one man
That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can make our sins as white as snow

That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can turn our mornings into gold.
That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can keep our hearts from growing cold.
That can give us life, that can make us grow
That can make the love between us flow.

Friday, December 12, 2008 glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

What is the Chief End of Man? II
Elizabeth Love
September 2008
Mixed media on canvas

What is the Chief End of Man? II detail

I've been made aware of laminin today...
Louie Giglio
Laminin & the Cross

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Susan Knaap - TLC

Mother's Legacy (36)
Elizabeth Love

May 2008
Mixed media on canvas

I have recently finished three years of extra-mural study with The Learning Connexion in Wellington, New Zealand. My most recent mentor has been Susan Knaap. I have appreciated her speaking with me about art & creativity matters & often think about our conversations as I'm crossing the railway bridge on my way to work.

The use of sewing patterns in all their glory is an important element that has emerged in my work & Susan has been pivotal in my initial understanding of their symbolism.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Heartland Sculpture Challenge

The most awesome art event is happening in South Canterbury! Currently nine sculptures are being installed on pre-selected sites. Sculptor Henri Stein is directing the event for theADT Aoraki Creative Cluster.

The blurb...
Sculptors have been given $1000 toward the cost of their sculpture and will go into win a people choice award, decided by public vote through texting from the site, and the judges art award. Both winners will receive $10,000 each in prize money from the competition's sponsor Meridian Energy.

The remaining sculpture is auctioned with the sponsor of the site getting the first option to buy it and gift it to the city.

Sculptors/site include:
Russell Beck - Timaru District Council
Rob d'Auvergne -
Patiti Point
Paul Deans - Richard Pearse Airport
Doug Neil
Helm Ruifrok

I will take a drive around the 9 sites to take photographs to post.

Saturday, September 13, 2008


LOVE Hearts: Unborn
Elizabeth Love

September 2008
Mixed media on canvas

I've heard it said that knitting skips a generation. In preparation for the birth of a baby I have gifted a painting instead.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Psalm 139 - O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me

My Soul Knoweth (III)
6/2006 - 8/2008
Mixed media on canvas

This piece has been reworked experimentally & has gone to live in Wellington. It is interesting how some works are easily executed & others are much laboured over.

The grid & lettering/abstracted marks have been in my work at least 20 years. In this piece you may be able to make out the word 'Soul' in the darker lines. "My soul knoweth" has been written a number of times into the paint using a palette knife.

I believe in an intelligent Creator…the grids that reoccur in my work are a sign to the viewer of the work of a mind, not randomness. (I wear a turbo smaragdus operculum (cats eye) ring as a symbol of the Great Designer's work.)

Text contained on collaged paper is Psalm 139, King James Bible.

1 O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

My Soul Knoweth (III) detail

Thursday, July 31, 2008 could paint in Auckland or Wellington now - Max Gimblett

Auckland, NZ

Kim Hill
Did you always know you had to go to New York? Was that your ultimate destination? Why?

Max Gimblett
It was the crossroads…having come from New Zealand & started painting late in life I had to get as quickly as possible to the crossroads of information about painting & the paintings in museums because you can’t learn about painting in books, you have to actually see the paintings & then you have to try & copy them…you have to try to do them & fail & gradually trial & error move towards your own utterance…so I had to be in New York. We’re talking the 60’s -
you wouldn’t have to be to be in New York now - you could paint in Auckland or Wellington now. I think.

Audio from Saturday 24 May 2008 – Transcribed from interview with Kim Hill, Radio NZ
Max Gimblett: Painting in NYC

Wellington, NZ

I have recently visited both Auckland & Wellington. It was good to walk around the cities alone & have time to think about what I was seeing.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Contributing Artists - Plunket Art Show 2008

Now I Lay me Down to Sleep (I) detail
Elizabeth Love
May 2008

Mixed media on canvas

Hamish Allan
Philip Beadle
Madeleine Child
Pia Davie
Lori Davis
Michelle Domett
Susan Edge
Clark Esplin
Steve Fitt & Tony Hopping
Andrew Firth
Steve Fullmer
Rachael Garland
Hope Gibbons
Fiona Goulding
Laura Gregory
Rachael Hirabayashi
Jan Harper
Paul Hughson
Katherine Kovacs
Vivian Keenan
Elizabeth Love
Cheryl Lucas & Chris Weaver
Kelvin McMillan
Jeanine Oxenius
Jane Pierce
Katherine Quinn
Elissa Ramsay
Ben Reid
Megan Ribotton
Wayne Ross
Tania Stevens
Jane Tootill
Jenufa Waiti
Ben Woollcombe

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Please Touch

Red Gold (VII)
May 2008
Mixed media on canvas

Work included in Feature Exhibition to celebrate the launch of the Aoraki Art Guide 08/09
South Canterbury Club
Thursday 29 & Friday 30 May, 10am - 4pm, Saturday 31 May, 10am - 3pm
(Exhibition opening Friday evening - general public sales from Friday)

Red Gold (VII) detail

No white gloves for this painting.

Friday, May 23, 2008

For The Young

Now I Lay me Down to Sleep (III)
Elizabeth Love
May 2008

Mixed media on canvas

Available for sale at the
Meridian Energy Plunket Art Show
Aigantighe Art Gallery
31 May - 15 June 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Mother Goose

Now I Lay me Down to Sleep (II)
Elizabeth Love
May 2008

Mixed media on canvas

Now I Lay me Down to Sleep (II) detail

This is the second of three pieces for the Plunket Art Show...I will post the third tomorrow.

When I was young I remember being mesmerised by the art of Brian Wildsmith in his book Mother Goose - A Collection of Nursery Rhymes. I still have my looks pretty well read. I keep it in my studio & reference it at times for his use of colour. I am still captivated.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Now I Lay me Down to Sleep

Now I Lay me Down to Sleep (I)
Elizabeth Love
May 2008

Mixed media on canvas

ARTIST STATEMENT for Meridian Energy Plunket Art Show
Aigantighe Art Gallery
31 May - 15 June 2008

Opening night - 30 May 2008
Tickets $25 - Timaru iSite Visitor Information Centre
For the first hour only of opening night, the exhibition will run as a silent auction.

My work has been described as that of a Colourist with canvases often reminiscent of quilts or tapestries, with lavish, brilliant colour. I work in an abstract expressionist way making thoughts visible through layers of thick and thin colour over textured surfaces. My formal visual art training has been design-based with a Certificate in Display & Advertising from Waikato Polytechnic & later tutoring by Auckland calligrapher, Alison Furminger. I am currently mentored long-distance by artist Susan Knaap as I work towards a Diploma of Art & Creativity (Honours) through The Learning Connexion, Wellington. As an artist I value serendipitous learning & long hours.

I acknowledge the work of Plunket in my life when I was a young mother living in Waiouru. The paintings I have chosen to exhibit are from a series titled “Now I Lay me Down to Sleep”. I imagine them to hang in a child’s room as a form of blessing…the painted quilt with its many coloured pieces, moons & stars symbolises the way in which a parent will cover their child for sleep, both physically & spiritually; tucking the child in with a story from colourful, imaginary lands, songs & prayers. A beautiful time that passes so quickly...

May 2008

Monday, May 5, 2008

Big Exhibition of Small Artworks

Mother's Legacy (33 - 35)
May 2008
Elizabeth Love
100x100x35mm canvas
Acrylics, dressmaking pattern, shellac

These pieces (& one other slightly larger in the same series) will be available for sale at the following exhibition...

South Canterbury Arts Society
Big Exhibition of Small Artworks
Art Centre, Gleniti Road

9 - 11 May 2008
10am - 4pm

Monday, April 28, 2008

Thursday, April 24, 2008 Elizabeth Love

A note to buyers of my works who try to check out my Artfind website noted on the rear of the paintings...
I am no longer using
Artfind to promote my work.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Plunket Art Show 2008

detail from Common Prayer (VIII): Hear Our Voices
Elizabeth Love

I have been asked to exhibit in the 31st Annual Plunket Art Show being held 30 May - 15 June 2008 at the Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru.

The Timaru Branch of Plunket invite artists from throughout NZ to exhibit so it's a great show to go to as you can see all sorts of work. Very vibrant...unexpected feel to it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Royal Arcade Studio, Timaru

Currently I am working a little from a studio based upstairs in Timaru's Royal Arcade. The semi-enclosed arcade has the most excellent acoustics & I enjoy working there listening to the sounds of people walking through.

This Friday a market environment is happening over the lunch period & a few musicians will be playing. There may also be a couple of artists working so I might take my easel down & join them.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Handmade Wedding Invitations

let the beauty
of what
you love
be what you do


I've just finished making 36 wedding invitations for a friend.

The white card was initially splashed in an abstract expressionist way with slightly off-white paint. Collage elements were added.
Inside, details of the wedding are on a folded paper insert. Computer-generated font - Rabiohead.

I have never used mulberry (saa) paper before - it is lovely to work with & I will explore its use further. I bought the paper at Pure Impressions in Timaru & they took the time to show me how easy it is to wet the fibres & pull it apart...very much appreciated.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

In Vogue

Mother's Legacy (21 - 23)
Jan 2008
Elizabeth Love
100x100x35mm canvas
Acrylics, dressmaking pattern, shellac

Those dressmaking patterns given to me by my mother are still capturing my attention. These pieces are available through the Icehouse Gallery in Methven.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

For Tereza...

Paper Dolls (III): I Looked into My Heart
Reworked Mar 2008
Mixed media on canvas


...who has been logging into my blog every morning with the hope I have added more work.
Many blessings.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

In Need of Purpose

My Soul Knoweth (VI)
Feb 2008
Mixed media on canvas

At risk youth in need of purpose
With a rise in youth offending hitting the headlines, many people who work with at risk youth in South Canterbury are in agreement that in most cases the young people committing the offences lack purpose...
High Country Herald article 20 Feb 2008

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

From London with Love

LOVE Hearts: D&G
Feb 2008
Mixed media on canvas

This painting was commissioned recently from London as a way of reaching out across the miles. It has begun its journey from New Zealand to England in the suitcase of the patron's loved one.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Art of Theology

Detail from LOVE Letters: Go in Peace
Painting to be included in the following exhibition...

The Art of Theology
Salisbury House Gallery
The Manse
5 Smith Street

If you happen to be in Dunedin Saturday 26 Jan, I invite you to attend the opening at 4:30pm.

The exhibition, over the period 26 Jan - 1 Feb 2008, is in partnership with the National Artists Symposium at the University of Otago being held 26 January 2008. Works explore conversations between the arts & Christian theology.

Artists include -

Brett a'Court
Kees Bruin

Jessica Crothall
Sudhir Kumar Duppati
Mary Horn
lizabeth Love
Shelly Johnson
Joanna Osbourne

Andrew Panoho
Sefan Roberts

Saturday, January 5, 2008

As for Man

As for Man
Dec 2007
Mixed media on canvas

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

Psalm 103:15-16

Friday, January 4, 2008

Seeking Representation Outside NZ

I am seeking representation outside NZ in 2008 - any offers will be respectfully considered.

This post marks a year of blogging. Thanks to all who take the time to drop in on a regular basis...we share a journey together & it surely is a fantastic one! Many blessings.