Where the ebony, ivory, oils, and canvas meet

Elizabeth, the artist, does not only exist on stage. But there is a difference between Elizabeth, the live artist, and Elizabeth, the artist in the studio.

“I take much more chances on stage. I create more bold shapes and marks on the canvas, and make quick decisions about what’s going on. On-stage, I don’t have time to step back, tweak things, contemplate composition and colour decisions,” said Elizabeth. “On the other hand, when I’m at home I’m usually working on commissions for people, so I’m spending a lot more time trying to get into the head space of someone else to bring their visions alongside my own painting ideas.”

One would think the melding of music and art on stage would take some planning to ensure it’s not the same show and same painting every night.

But, Elizabeth said preparation for the shows is “very flexible. We’ve played shows for as long as three hours and for as short as 15 minutes, so typically Eric will create a set list to accommodate for the length of the show. He rotates in new songs he’s working on and retires older ones. But his first song, one full of high energy to get things going, is usually the same; and he almost always finishes up the set with the same last two songs, which I have memorized to the second so I know exactly how much time I have left to finish up a painting.”

At the end of each show, Elizabeth’s completed work is sold off to an audience member. If there is a case of seller’s regret, it’s not necessarily for the reasons you might expect, such as being too fond of the piece to let it go.

“Every once in a while we’ve encountered a rude audience (usually the product of drunkenness mixed with entitlement) and their attitudes will make me not want to hand over one of my paintings to them,” explained Elizabeth, “but it’s something you’ve got to learn to move on from.”

“And as far as ever feeling like I’m not happy with a piece… I’d say most shows, since I can’t really take the time to step back and see how things are coming along, I worry that the painting will turn out horribly and no one will want it and we’ll need to figure out what to do with a big ugly wet painting,” said Elizabeth.

Pocket Vinyl released its last album in 2011 and there will be new product from the band in the coming year.

“We have a 7-inch coming out on Jan. 5 both physically and digitally,” said Eric. “It has 11 one-minute songs on it. Kind of a full-length album on a tiny record.”

“In terms of a proper full-length follow-up, we’re aiming to record all those death songs I spoke about earlier sometime summer 2013,” said Eric. “We’ll see how fast things go from there.”

And when audiences turn out to Bare Bones for the show, Eric said, “Because of Elizabeth’s paintings, we promise that each show will be different.”

The Desultory Theatre Club presents Pocket Vinyl Friday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Bare Bones, 156 School St., Bristol. Tickets $7 at the door. For more information, go to http://www.pocketvinyl.com or http://www.barebonesbristol.com/

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