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Guitars, quinces and fans

Watercolour paintings

I hope you had a good summer. In June I visited my 99 year old mother in the UK, for two and a half weeks.  I spent some of this time in quarantine, but it was worth all the tests and confinement to see her after 18 months.   After I returned home to Monchique, IContinue reading “Watercolour paintings”

My latest work

This month, I have two new paintings to show you, Leonardslee II, which I finished a few weeks ago, and a new still life painting featuring guitars and fruit, and a flag. The painting Guitars with Flag and Pomegranates, came about from a sketch I’d made of the two different types of guitar which wereContinue reading “My latest work”


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Guitars, quinces and fans

For this painting I decided to continue with the Cubist theme, inasmuch as using the repeated motifs of the guitars and fans. The quinces weren’t repeated, they were real! Well most of them were.
The painting began by laying the guitar onto an octagonal table top, and looking at how I’d like to arrange the painting. An internal frame was inserted, and the guitars repeated. The fans were placed, and the quinces drawn in. I started painting began in Veridian green and pink… which changed to red, then yellow and green, dark blue. I paint a lot of layers when using acrylic, to produce a flat even surface. Sometimes it takes quite a while to work out the colours so the layers will most likely consist of a variety of colours until I feel the painting ‘works’. This took a long time. I used different types of shading, linea ‘hatching’, vertical and diagonal, brushy shading and bubble dots.
It became a complex image, as I worked to resolve the balance between the guitars. I also used stencils for the floral pattern which overflows from the yellow central fan into the larger guitar.
Despite all this, the octagonal angles are still visible in parts and repeated lower down on the body of the central guitar.

About Me

Hello, it’s Liz here, of I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just made this new website to show my paintings to the world at large.

Since 2005, I’ve been living near Monchique in Portugal’s Algarve region, but am originally from the U.K. Since living in Portugal, I’ve found plenty of inspiration for painting, particularly in the landscape. I hope you’ll have a look around my new website and enjoy what you see.

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Still life with Guitars, Quinces and Fans
acrylic on canvas
54 x 54cm

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