Monday, 19 May 2014

May Flies ....

Hi All

I can't believe we're approaching another Bank Holiday weekend and then we'll be in June!  Last time I looked, it was March!  I've been busy for the past few months with lots of great stuff going on so I thought I should give you a brief update.  Here goes ...


The first weekend in March I spent a thoroughly enjoyable 2 days at the South-Eastern Woodworking Show and demonstrated numerous paint effects to a large gathering of Woodturners and Carvers.  It was great to meet so many people and catch up with those I have met before.  I particularly love it when I get the chance to chat with individuals about how they've used the paint and answer specific questions.  And of course, it's always great to have dinner with the lovely Lynn Courteney of Jo Sonja's UK and catch up on news.

I arrived home on Saturday evening, tired and happy and enjoyed a quiet night in with the family.  Sadly, the evening was to come to a devastating end when we had to take our beloved dog, Buster, to the Royal Vet College in the early hours and say goodbye to him.  He had been unwell for some time, so whilst not completely unexpected, this came about sooner than we had hoped.  We miss him desperately and he will never be replaced, but some months on we are starting to feel like we need another fur-baby to love, so watch this space .....

A few weeks later, I was on my way to Harrogate for the fabulous Dina Wakley workshops at Art from the Heart.  I attended some of her classes when she visited last year and she is such an amazing inspirational teacher, that I couldn't wait for these to come around.  After such a traumatic few weeks, it was just the break that I needed and I wasn't disappointed.  We used so many different materials and techniques, that my mind was buzzing!  We even got to try her new range of paints, which are gorgeous.  (They've now arrived in the UK and I've just received my order so am enjoying playing with them!)


In April,  I had a fabulous trip to Florence with my hubby and we saw some amazing artwork and sculpture ... as well as eating and drinking far too much!!  There really are some amazing sights and so much to see.  We even came across an Italian Woodturner!  Unfortunately, my Italian isn't good enough to ask if he wanted to try some acrylic paint techniques!!!

I also attended a wonderful workshop on the Melting Pot at the Artistic Stamper with the fabulous Jennie Boxall.  I've had my Pot for a while now, so it was great to see some of the techniques in action.  I definitely feel more inspired to use it now so thanks for a fabulous day to both Jennie and Mal (for all the tea!).


So now we're on to May and I have been busy working on some new workshops using a range of new materials.  So hopefully I'll see you at a venue near you soon teaching some great mixed media projects.  I will keep you posted.

And finally, the last piece of news is that I have to say goodbye to my Studio :(  To cut a very long story short (!), we are selling half of our garden as a building plot and the only access is through my Studio, which used to be a garage!  After my initial panic about where I was going to put everything..... I have now calmed down a little with the realisation that we are able to put up a replacement 'shed'.  So I'm now putting off the inevitable 'clear-out' and enjoying myself with plans and ideas for my new creative home.  So very exciting and it also feels like a new beginning rather than an ending, although I shall be sad to see my studio go.

I think that pretty much covers the past few months, so I shall let you go and promise to keep you posted on news and developments as they occur rather than after the event!!!

Until next time ....happy painting

Liz x

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Big Art ... Big Hearts

I don't usually produce larger canvases, there is something quite daunting about them, although I do have a number of blank ones ready and waiting in the studio!  More white space to cover I guess, which creates more questions about where to start!  Well, I was having 'one of those days' where nothing was going according to plan (know that feeling?).  I was feeling quite fed-up so decided to attack this large canvas panel.  Sometimes you just have to let yourself go and not overthink it!  What great fun I had and it definitely improved my mood ...

Getting messy and painty is definitely good therapy!

Happy painting...

Liz x

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Secret Postcards ...

My son's school recently held a Secret Exhibition and people were asked to donate a piece of postcard-sized art to raise money for charity.  The artwork could be anything you wanted and each piece would be sold for £5 with all funds going to various school supported charities.  The fun bit is that you have no idea whose art you are buying!  What a fabulous idea!  

These were my contributions ... 

I had great fun putting them together and now I can see why ATC's are so addictive!  (For those not 'in the know' they're Artist Trading Cards).  What better way to feed your soul, creating art and for a good cause too :)

So, until next time ... happy painting 

Liz x

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Hearts and Wings

Like me, do you ever get half-way through a project and get stuck?  Then put it to one side waiting for inspiration ....?  Well, I do this quite often and sometimes it's not because I'm stuck what to do next but that I run out of time and have to come back to it.  Then, when I do, I've lost that creative spark with it.  Well this canvas is one of those times ... unfortunately I don't have any 'before' pictures, but the beauty of working with acrylic paint is that you can paint over anything you don't like.  So, adopting some layering techniques, I did exactly that .... I hope you like it ....

Hearts & Wings

Close-up of different layers and shading

I added collage to cover up parts I really didn't like

Add some interest around the edge ...

I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  I placed it at the Shenley Tea Rooms and it sold within the week!  Amazing!  I now know what to do with all my other half-done paintings now ... :)

Until next time ... happy painting !

Liz x

Friday, 10 January 2014

Happy New Year

A belated Happy New Year to all you arty-crafty people. Hope you had a good time and have come up with lots of great plans for 2014!! I've set myself loads of goals, but I'm excited about all of them ... well except those boring diet ones ...very overrated (she says munching on a kitkat as she Anyway, one of them is to be more sociable (or I should say 'social media-ble') and share my work and arty experiences, as well as getting in the studio more and getting more messy ...ahem, I mean 'creative'!!

So, to get you started, here is my new display of artwork just posted in the Cafe In The Orchard in Shenley Park. I hope you like them, and don't forget to let me know if there's anything specific you would like; colour scheme, wording etc. I'm always open to ideas and commissions.

That's it for now and let me know what your arty plans are for 2014.

Happy painting ...

Liz x