Full moon over Peso

Welcome to my latest painting. A scene set at night, though well-lit by the silvery light of the full moon. The tree in the foreground is the Cork Oak (the tree from which Portugal´s cork is harvested) and I find it´s always an interesting subject to study due to its often contorted shape and theContinue reading “Full moon over Peso”

New watercolour paintings

Over the past month or so, I´ve been busy with a new series of watercolour paintings. An interesting discovery is that the rough paper I´ve used for most of these gives a softer look to the colours. I feel that watercolour shows its features best on rough textured or slightly rough paper, but I likeContinue reading “New watercolour paintings”

Caldas de Monchique – revisited and an online mixed media workshop

My friend, M. ( the same person as from my previous posts) has been taking some online workshops, and mentioned this to me. After a while my curiosity after seeing the results of M. and others, got me out of my comfort zone of familiar working practices just long enough to try one of theContinue reading “Caldas de Monchique – revisited and an online mixed media workshop”

New Paintings

The past couple of months have seen the ending of one life situation and the beginning of whatever is taking its place. As ever, painting is what I continue to do, it gives me some purpose, some satisfaction, and some challenges. I sometimes wonder what I would do if I didn´t paint. I find itContinue reading “New Paintings”

A beginning artist questions me about my journey as an artist (part II)

M: I’ve had a few scraps of paper that have been following me around over the past couple of days. Some of the questions are more about you than your art practice per se, but it seems a nice way for folk to get to know a bit more about Liz Allen, Artist. Did youContinue reading “A beginning artist questions me about my journey as an artist (part II)”

Painting(s) for an exhibition

“Artists for Hope” (a collective exhibition by the Algarve Artists Network)Faro Museum, 11 June – 28 August (Algarve, Portugal) All artists are showing two paintings each, and my second painting is almost finished. Exhibition theme: As the world keeps on turning life goes on, despite all our recent challenges as a global community on thisContinue reading “Painting(s) for an exhibition”

Latest painting and upcoming exhibition

Hello! This month I’ve been working on two paintings: one of which was for the postponed exhibition with the Algarve Artists Network, Signs and Symbols, which is unfinished, and the other you will see here below… This is the view from Casais to the coast. I really like the shape of the hills, they areContinue reading “Latest painting and upcoming exhibition”

A beginning artist questions me on my working processes

A friend who is beginning to make her own creative artwork came up with some interesting questions about my working processes, which she found useful for her own practice of making art. My friend M. suggested that I could publish our Q&A in my blog… Hi Liz, I really admire your work, as you know,Continue reading “A beginning artist questions me on my working processes”

Tall Trees at Peso, A Winter Walk in the Mountains and Plum Blossom

These are the titles of the three paintings I’ve completed since my last newsletter / blog post. Two of the paintings are referenced from photographs and one from a sketch. I used to hold the opinion that painting from a photo was somehow cheating… though I have occasionally used photos before. When using a photoContinue reading “Tall Trees at Peso, A Winter Walk in the Mountains and Plum Blossom”