First painting of 2023

My first painting completed this year is a large version of my drawings of the view from Monchique´s health centre. I´d been working on this painting on and off for a few months, and it was left standing on my easel over Christmas when I was in the UK. If you recognise this view, maybeContinue reading “First painting of 2023”

New Year’s greetings and last work of 2022

Hello everyone! I hope you have had a good, peaceful and restorative Christmas and festive season. As I was travelling to the UK to spend two weeks with my elderly mother, I left this last painting of 2022 to show you on my return. It’s the neighbour’s farm again, inspired by a scene when theContinue reading “New Year’s greetings and last work of 2022”

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”

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”

Uplifting art

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.Continue reading “Uplifting art”