Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Sunlight on the cafés, Antibes

It was just over 10 years ago that I went back to France for a painting week with Mitch Waite at Maison des Art. We spent a whole afternoon sketching in Antibes .. I had previously visited Antibes many times when we were living in Vence. It was the start of a series of paintings of Antibes culminating in my French Life solo exhibition in Newbury.

That trip was also the start of my interest in painting Café scenes .. the café culture of France appears to have really caught on now. I have painted many places but I am often drawn by the cafés as they are good places to sit and paint or sketch as I can really observe the people and the places.

So I was surprised to discover that one of my paintings from that period turned up for auction in Scotland (see below from catalogue .. a bit blurred). So lovely to see it again as it brings back lots of fond memories.

Sunlight on the cafés Antibes

Interestingly I still have one painting left from that time (see below) which I have held on to as I particularly liked it.
Antibes street scene

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Olympic spirit swimmers

In 2012 I developed a set of Olympic spirit cards for running, cycling and rowing. The idea for the cards came from developing a couple of paintings for the 2012 open studios banner project. I experimented quite a bit with different colours and ideas until I arrived at these using the ring colours. The cards have proved to be very popular especially the Olympic spirit rowers and cyclists.

Since 2012 I have also added the Olympic swimmers card for triathletes.

Olympic Spirit Swimmers

The original Olympic spirit cards are shown below:-

Olympic Spirit Cyclists

Olympic Spirit Rowers

Olympic Spirit Runners

If you are interested to purchase Olympic Spirit cards or related paintings, please get in touch via email liz@lizmilburn.co.uk

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Venice gondolier sketches

Spring time makes me think about visiting Venice. It never fails to inspire me. I love the fact that you really feel like you have stepped back in time when you visit. The water everywhere appears to bathe the buildings in wonderful light. These reflections give such a jewel like quality to the place. The late afternoon light is especially magical with the long shadows. But it is possibly still the people that fascinate me most, going about their everyday lives.

I can see from my sketches that I was particularly fascinated by the Venice gondoliers. I was keen to capture their posture and their techniques with the pole. Here are a collection of my pencil and watercolour sketches:-

Sketch book Gondoliers in a row
More pencil sketches

Gondolas on the Grand canal
Bobbing gondolas
Gondolier sketch
Gondoliers in a row

I will be exhibiting some Venice paintings at Artex later this month.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

All in a days Life Drawing

I have been looking through my life drawing from last term, autumn 2015, and was amazed at the drawings I produced in one day by going to two sessions, morning and afternoon. Some days you can be inspired and really connect with the what you are drawing. You can see that I used my purple and yellow pastels quite a bit. Some of the paper has been treated with paint and college first. See what you think below:-

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year. The later half of last year went in a complete blur and apologies for not posting anything since July. Much of my painting was curtailed from late August through to October due to my son being injured in the Shoreham Air Disaster. Thankfully he has made a good recovery.

In December, I had an exhibition at the Watermill theatre restaurant in Bagnor, Newbury entitled "Venice at the Watermill". See photos below including a Gondolas painting finished since Open studios.

Venice at the Watermill

Gondola's in the late afternoon light