Welcome to this latest blog newsletter from my studio.
I trust this finds you in good health. Since last time, I’ve had a very nice article written about my work in the Portugal News, copied below and can be read online here: https://www.theportugalnews.com/…/liz-allens…/64135 or you can see it at the end of this blog post.
I’ve recently completed a couple of still life paintings.
The first of the two still life paintings, both featuring the Spanish guitar again, is “Spanish guitar with stripes and sunflowers”, 60 x 60cm, acrylic on canvas.
The stripes are something which I’d been wanting to use in paintings for a while, but couldn’t decide how. Then I saw a documentary about Bridgit Riley, famous for her striped paintings, and the diagonal stripes were exactly what I was looking for. They also matched up (in my mind) with a striped swimming costume I’d admired at Gatwick airport a couple of years ago (below). Inspiration can come from all kinds of places.
The second still life is Spanish Guitar with Hoopoe and oranges, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40cm. This one is more an Algarvian tribute, as well as the Hoopoe being my favourite of all birds.
Not exactly painted from life, as I would probably have to have waited a long time to get a Hoopoe to land on the guitar… But the rest exists… somewhere outside my house!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my new paintings. Back to landscapes and trees next time.
Until then, stay well.