guys on the green

I am not sure if I like the blue putty. Before I was using gum. I would chew a little piece to get them to stay upright. Gum works best but its not very sanitary.

This week I will search out another alternative to blue putty and gum. Something less intrusive.

Little Creatures Project

All creatures great and small, mostly small…

Since childhood I have been in love with the world of miniatures. I vividly remember when my obsession started. It was chilly spring day,  it was my 10th birthday.

A favorite Uncle presented me with a beautiful two story, four-room doll house, in which he lovingly hand built. The only furniture supplied that afternoon, was a fire place. It was up to me to find a family and help them fill the rooms with furnishings and love. I was a will participant. I was completely hooked.

Fast forward a few years, decades, to my latest project. Little Creatures. The only way I can describe how it started is to reference the Reese Peanut Butter Cup commercial. Bare with me, maybe I’m dating myself here, it goes something like this: Two people running, one is eating peanut butter, one is eating chocolate. They bump into eat other and each exclaim (mind you, this is before we were all germaphobes) “Hey, you got chocolate in my peanut butter; “Hey, you got peanut butter in my chocolate”. Cut to happy ending.

My son was working on a school project in my studio. A diorama. You can well imaging as an artist I love giving life to projects. I was over-seeing the instillation. He was using clay. I was fooling around with small scale figures. In one hand I had clay; the other, these little figures. Hey, you got clay on my little figure. Hey, you got your little figure in my clay. Voilà, the Little Creatures Project was born.

I hope you like them. Heaven knows I’m having fun. Re-examining the world of miniature through the eyes of a grown-up. I will post daily at instagram@ Eat_Breathe_Draw

P.S. I still have the dollhouse. And as I write I’m thinking it will come out of storage and play a role in my Little Creatures Project.

Featured Artist

In August, I was honored to be the Featured Artist for the Atlanta Foundation For Public Spaces. Below is a copy of the article that went out via email to its all its members. I am very humbled by the kind words that Patrick Dennis wrote of my work. Thank you to all at AFFPS for your hard work.

FEATURED ARTIST

Elizabeth Karp

 
“How Do You Do?”
From Patrick Dennis:
“Elizabeth is a welcome addition to the Decatur Gallery. Her fresh, stylized, evocative subjects offer a story with color and theme, never the same twice.  Her mastery of color and texture make me smile every time I see her work.
I met her at the Festival on Ponce and returned to buy the painting above after obsessing over it for hours.  It proudly hangs on my office wall at AFFPS.”
In her words:
“I grew up on a flower farm overlooking the Appalachian mountains where I ran wild amongst acres of fields and forest.  Influenced by the world around me, I started my art education early with trips into NYC, where Picasso, Magritte and Monet became dear to me.

After graduating from Moore College of Art and Design with honors, I journeyed from city to city looking for meaning in an advertising career, always pushing clients work to become statements rather than a forgotten ad.  I have won numerous awards and have been published in design books.

“Uni-rocket”
After  a chance meeting with Roy Lichtenstein, I was inspired to seek what was missing from my world.  After many years of looking, I listened to what was whispering within an started painting full time.”
It’s no wonder people gravitate to Ms. Karp.  With her background and skills, she is nearly irresistible.
On the web: www.ehkarp.com
Phone: 678-612-4912
On view at the Decatur Gallery.