Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Triathlon swimmers

Here are a couple of paintings I have recently finished for a triathlete. They are of the swimming to go with his running and cycling pictures.

Triathletes going into the water

Triathlete swimmers

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Holly Christmas Cards

Limited run of Christmas cards available now - 3 for £5, 7 for £10. Available from me or at Inner-piece framing.

I have been busy creating some Christmas card designs for this year. The holly berries in my garden already have a lovely red hue so they have given me inspiration for this years cards. I also love the light between the lovely holly leaf shapes. I have gone for a square design this year. 

Here are some of the final results which will be made into cards:-

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Rome pencil sketches and watercolours

It's grey and raining outside so today I have been looking through my sketch book from my latest trip to Rome! Here are some of my pencil sketches, as usual the people take my interest:-

Colosseum seen from the park

Café in the park

Fountain in St. Peter's square

Here are a few of my watercolour sketches, the light was amazing.

Light on Campo dei Fiori

Under the trees, Trastevere street

People watching, Spanish steps

If you want to see more I am exhibiting some Rome paintings with Davina Phillips at Wells-in-the-field, Whitchurch.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

First Large Rome Paintings

The first of my large Rome paintings are ready to go for exhibition, currently hanging in my hallway. I am very pleased with the paintings especially now they are framed, thanks Nuala at Inner-Piece framing Thatcham.

Café by the Pantheon

Midday sun, Rome

The paintings bring back wonderful memories of Rome, the light, the people, I cannot wait to return. You can also see these paintings in my gallery on the website.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Rome sketch paintings and cards

In May I was lucky enough to visit Rome for the first time and was amazed by the place. The light, the buildings and the people have given me a lot of new inspiration to paint. I wanted to capture the atmosphere of people in the streets. Here are 3 of my sketch paintings which I have also had printed into cards.

Café in Piazza del Fico

Piazza Navona

Café by the Pantheon

The cards can be purchased directly from me (email liz@lizmilburn.co.uk) or at Inner-Piece framing, Thatcham, £2 each or 3 for £5  (+ postage).

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Latest Venice painting

Venice paintings are proving to be popular at the moment so I thought I would post my latest large painting.

Gondolas, Grand Canal, Venice

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Runners paintings

The following runners paintings are still for sale - I am donating 20% of proceeds to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund in February. Contact me by email for further details - liz@lizmilburn.co.uk.

As I am training at the moment for the Bath half marathon I thought I would dig out some of my paintings from the Olympics theme in 2012. The long runners picture below was displayed at the Corn Exchange in Newbury, it looked great in the foyer. It measures 1.35m long so you will need enough space to hang it.

Runners after the start - £400

The next painting, used to advertise my open studio, was of Reading Half Marathon runners.

Runners at the bend - £340

My next two paintings are mixed media and were great fun to do. They both come with dark grey mounts.

Mass of runners at the start - £90

Half Marathon runners on newspaper - £65

See our justgiving page for more details of sponsorship https://www.justgiving.com/Dave-and-Liz-Milburn


A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed a lino-printing workshop with Sarah Morrish. This is a relief printing technique which is similar to wood engraving. This course was great at teaching the proper techniques and allowed me to ask questions about problems I had trying it out.

Shell lino cut 
I have included some images of the work I have done so far. I enjoyed being able to experiment. For me it was important to have a rough design idea traced out then work free hand with the tools. In that way I used the tools much like I use a brush to accentuate the lines. I also discovered mistakes where I left some of the lino behind added character particularly with the shell markings. I like the water movements in the punting lino-print which were done free-hand by thinking about the movement. The Barcelona figures is perhaps the least finished but I like the shadows so have left it for now.

Cambridge Punting

Let me know what you think? I hope to do more and perhaps use some different colours, I particularly want to try sepia. I am planning to sell them as cards or prints.

Barcelona figures