Saturday, 27 July 2013

New sketches

So like BB
My recent visit to the Scilly Isles provided a good deal of artistic inspiration: since I returned I've been working on a number of artworks which I'll doubtless bring to you in due course. Right now though I thought you might like to see some of my early sketches.

Comparing these with the more cartoon-like sketches on the rest of this site I can see how much my work has developed over recent months. This pleases me as I have no wish to keep on producing exactly the same work; I like the idea of my art always changing, always evolving.

Now it's becoming a little cooler I may go out and take some photos too. The hot weather has been glorious but it did make me so lethargic!
Comparison sketch from 2010

Monday, 15 July 2013

Ad hoc photographic course from Glen Tillyard!

Lizzy by Glen Tillyard
My award-winning photographer friend, Glen Tillyard, and I went to a photographic exhibition last week.
The weather was so good that we walked from my home to the exhibition in the centre of Leicester and as you can see, Glen brought his camera along.
Glen, who used to work as a photographer for the Leicester Mercury, is one of the best technically skilled photographers I know, so much so that he now runs popular courses in photography, manipulating and managing pictures.
Find details of his courses here:

Glen uses available resources for unusual images

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

An arty holiday on the Isles of Scilly

A kingdom in a lens: Lizzy gets creative.
Max and I are just back from a short holiday break on the Isles of Scilly, off Cornwall's south western-most tip.
The Islands weren't somewhere I particularly fancied going until I discovered they are hugely popular with artists: many live there and lots more visit as tourists to paint the sea views and the bird-life which proliferates.
So to my surprise, as well as soaking up the rays (getting my poor feet burned in the process!) I found lots to do and plenty of interesting things to see.

Great views everywhere!

Here's just a sample of the artwork and artists I found; it was inspiring to meet and see so many painting in such a small geographical area. If you'd like to know more about holidaying on the Scilly Isles visit or

Prices vary but can be low

Fairies inspired by nature

Always plenty of sea views
In a range of painting styles

The coastal essence distilled
Meet the distiller!