Large Scale Art

Designs individually created for your living spaces, children’s bedrooms, new baby’s nurseries, child-care settings and then hand-painted directly onto walls or canvases…

  • Meet with Liz of Busylizzie Art to discuss your ideas and requirements; the choices are endless and could even be a favourite cuddly toy!
  • A design board will then be created for the selected idea showing colours and sample paintings…
  • Once the decisions have been made, the painting(s) can be completed directly onto the wall or canvases as preferred.

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Wedding Invitations & Stationery

I offer a full range of  handmade stationery including save the date cards, invitations, place name cards, seating plans, menus and much more, all designed and created for your special day from original watercolour paintings…

  • Start by choosing your flowers or theme
  • meet with Liz of Busylizzie Art to discuss your ideas and requirements
  • select from a range of ‘prototype’ paintings for your final design
  • Choose your preferred card and add a range of applique – ribbons, beads, torn paper, lace

Hand packaged and delivered personally along with framed artwork presented to the bride and groom.

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This week in the garden of isolation…

Colour

Glorious summer arrived in the garden this week, adding the rich, flame red of the asiatic lilies to the myriad of foliage greens, pale baby pink, yellow and peach of the various rose bushes.

Canvas

Out came the paints and a large, canvas square in the hopes of capturing the vibrancy of colour and the structural beauty of the fiery lily bloom. Matching nature’s colours is the artist’s tricky task when deciding to capture the variety of flowers in the garden and it was no surprise to discover just how many shades of red and orange were present on really close observation.

Creating the backdrop

Cobalt blue summer background to lily shape

Despite the intense sun of the afternoon in the garden, a dappled light was falling through the trees above on the monochrome background – capturing the dabs of light created an unexpected interest in the background to the sketched out flower head. The decision to create two canvases in contrasting ‘settings’ emerged…I felt the need to paint one in the ‘usual’ setting – against the heat and intensity of the summer sky, but the other had to be set against a colour-drained, light-dappled, somewhat surreal background which kind of reflected my afternoon isolation mood. Drained.

Greys, fading shapes colourless foliage

Hot Orange and flaming reds

Working from the centre of this structurally incredible flower head, the open petals display their intense, insect-attracting beauty mixing bright cadmium yellow strokes over crimson, vermillion and scarlet tones for such dramatic effect…

Beauty of flaming lily flower against blue summer sky
Ferocious  reds and crimsons combine to reveal texture of petals of Asia lily
Oranges an red tones depicting asiatic lily petals and flower centre

Completed colour creations

Lily, head in summer.
Lily, head in isolation.

Why the mood change? Is it safe?

Wondering where this is leading, where my mood is going… isolation began in the spring as the garden filled with green serenity and a strange calm spread over our world. We stopped. We sat. We reflected. I painted my strange new world, my sanctuary and I was content. Two and a half months later, with a horrific numbers of deaths, this virus is still spreading through our land yet we are told ‘lockdown can be eased’. Our beloved south-west that we protected by obeying the rules, is now invaded by idiots who cannot see their folly, who troop to our beaches and contaminate our beautiful counties with their selfish desires. I now sit in my isolation, more worried than ever for my health, for my family and my neighbours. Despite the glorious colours of summer, a grey gloom hovers around my mood. I busy myself with community projects, helping others, filling my days with art, colour and try desperately to remain positive. We will beat this. We will survive because we followed the rules. Yet each weekend I dread the influx of those who will those infiltrate our south-west sanctuary. I selfishly say to those who bring with them the modern day ‘peste’, please stay away. Please leave us be and we might have a fighting chance of retaining our health. Please…

Piste Map Progress…

Wall-art plan

When I first decided to transform our downstairs shower room into a ‘homage’ to our favourite ski resort, I thought vivid blue sky and white mountains and a few ‘runs’, but like the best laid plans….it got a bit out of hand!

Background Painting

Then exact colour of blue had to match perfectly the image in my mind’s eye from March in the mountains…

March Sunday morning perfect conditions for skiing
Pra Loup Blue Skies…

…and so working from the reference of the piste-map, the colour went onto the walls leaving the shape of the mountains to appear in snowy silhouette…

blue paint beginning to reveal mountains

Creating the sense of place

The sky created the outline of the mountains and then the contours, ridges, and profile of the landscape was added using chalk paint, acrylic and emulsion paints…it is important that though an artistic representation, it is reasonably accurate…

landscape is created on the blank white mountains with shades of grey, and ice blue

Further shading and peaks are added to recreate the sense of place – Pra Loup, les Alpes des Hautes Provence…

shading and title of peak with altitude included

Lettering

Lettering and runs are then added to the walls, labelling each and every run and lift to recreate the piste map in a lot more detail that was actually first envisaged….

Pra Loup wolves and first lift with runs added near to sink
Costebelle to Peguieou runs and lifts
Pra Loup logo

It’s hard painting and creating the piste map on the walls, its not perfect, but its a perfect reminder of our other ‘happy place’…and whilst it’s still not quite complete, but will be our very special little bit of Les Alpes des Hautes Provence, in Somerset!

Maps and things…large and small

A selection of Busylizzie Art over the past three years incorporating something of maps and the natural world. Some large scale painted on walls and extremely large canvas, others smaller drawn on paper and used to create whisky bottle labels, wedding invitations and festival/event plans…

If anything interests you, please comment or call or email for details. Many thanks. Lizzie

An opportunity to grasp…

Behaving responsibly during this pandemic can take many forms and frustrations, but for the creative, the artist, it unleashes time and space usually attributed to the more mundane, or sociable activities outside of the home, which can be filled with painting, printing, drawing and such enjoyment!

Beginning thoughts on Covid19 and isolation came as we were enjoying the unseasonably good weather, sitting in the garden, our haven of tranquillity, and watching the signs of spring as it began to transform first the bare branches of the fig tree, then the apple tree. The old victorian brick garden wall, topped with trellis has been our boundary-marker and conversation enabler all in one. Thankful for close neighbourly contact but safe separation, the garden has been one inspiration for two very different canvases…

Throughout the ‘lockdown’, elements of the garden have symbolised my thoughts of positivity – the vivid pink of the camelia in bloom, the shoots of new growth, but it has also reflected my feelings of confinement and restriction.  Just as the walls and trellis are barriers or fences, they can support plant growth. The lockdown and social distancing whilst difficult to live, with are obviously for our benefit.

 

Focussing on the garden as a green tranquil space and soaking up the sunlight is the tonic we have needed to live through this pandemic. I have been feeling serenely calm, strangely strong and have experienced an amazing sense of freedom to create during these unprecedented times. Recreating this, representing this in some form of ‘art’ has been an incredibly cathartic process; a previously discarded canvas, the only large one available, was what triggered off the work…the layering process began as my thoughts and feelings emerged, rolled around my head and emerged in some swathe of acrylic paint, flowing ink, soluble. Pastels, masking tape, colour, the movement and lots of experimenting and tweaking, working and reworking…

The artist and canvas at an early stage in the reworking of the canvas - here it show areas that have since been replaced like the rose prints on the right hand side

It started out as a canvas of ‘two halves’ – one which allowed glimmers of hope and a positive outcome after the confinement, with brighter colours and flowers and fruits of labours…and the other, which was the walls, fencing, restriction, dominated by the strong branches of the fig tree.  Part way through working on the canvas actually in the garden, I noticed in our next-door neighbour’s garden, the calla lilies were in abundance – their statuesque beauty just had to be captured on my canvas; they seemed to be forcing their strength and elegance through the walls and fencing. Previously, this side of the canvas was quite grey and austere, with the strong but rambling sky-seeking fig branches, bobbled with new fruit, the addition of the lilies successfully drew the attention.

close up of calla lilies fenced in by trellis acrylic paint on canvas

So, spring pushes on, the fig branches begin to be covered in pale green hands unfurling and growing daily in size to create cool shade, and the canvas comes together too. Layers are added, shade emphasized and light accentuated and an out-of-season, but colourful tea-rose further symbolising the hope and positivity that is felt in the garden. Foliage -painted, printed, collaged adds to the foreground and bindweed (painted on plastic, cut and attached to painted fishing line) inevitably entwines itself around the most beautiful of flowers, imposing its restrictions, llike the restriction we too are feeling at the prospect of another three weeks of ‘lockdown’.

Finally, the foreground of the canvas, which combines both ‘real’ and imagined parts, is filled with some ‘bug hotels’ and discarded pruned branches to complete the scene – these provide ‘accommodation’ for the smallest, but highly helpful of creatures in our garden

painting on canvas 100x50 cm  of imagined garden scene - greens and areas of  fencing and walls ivory calla lilies and a an old peach coloured tea rose

As the artist, I feel drawn to the “Bigger Picture” of this whole situation, the transformation around the world, hope for the future and some fear but in my garden, I have a sense of feeling safe…of strength, serenity, and sanctuary.

 

Busylizzie Art at Tyca Festival

Over the last few weeks Liz Hutchin of Busylizzie Art has been working with Jenny Keogh Artist under the umbrella of GoCreate Taunton in collaboration with ArtsTaunton TheTycaFestival, Somerset Wildlife Trust and poet Jack Clementine on the FindingTheLostWords project to celebrate the work of Robert McFarlane & Jackie Morris.

We have provided outdoor creative workshops, encouraging primary school children from St James Church School, Taunton, St George’s Catholic Primary School and Bishop Henderson Primary School, to capture visually, ‘a sense of place’ of their forestschool / environmental area… There are five massive 2m x 1.5m vibrant canvases and hundreds of beautiful, observational drawings created and these will be on show at Queen’s College on Thursday 24th October and then at Taunton Library from 28th October until mid November…

Busylizzie Art part of Go Create team at Taunton Feast Festival this weekend…

All free creative printing activities provided by Liz, Jenny and Adam of Go Create Taunton at yesterday’s incredibly busy Feast Festival on Castle Green Taunton…

Jenny and Liz cut vegetables for printing on backgrounds rolled with colourful inks whilst Adam encouraged visitors to paint in Perspex plates which he fed through his hand operated printing press, creating stunning monoprints.

Busylizzie Art sharing Exhibition at Taunton Library from Monday March 4th…

The last four weeks have seen a great flurry of inspired creating at Busylizzie “HQ” following two separate weeks spent in the French Alpes.

It began with observation of tracks and ridges formed in the snows surface seen from above via chairlifts in Valmeinier and Valloire then was fuelled by a second week of stunning blue skies and incredible landscapes in and around the Ubaye Valley…

I created a printing block initially and experimented with colour and background in an attempt to capture something of the motion, movement, momentum, shape of the carved tracks made when gliding down the mountain… I added representation of coloured routes, pistes, and could feel the life beginning to emerge, but the sense of place was missing…it could be any ski track…

Working from photos, I tried to capture shapes of the skyline, but then inspired by Suzie of Rocket &Co, thought I’d try adding some actual map sections…and yes! It worked.

The exhibition contains eight, no nine original new works and three duplicate prints of one of these…

All are in the exhibition for two weeks at the library, then will go to the Creative Innovation Centre Taunton to be exhibited as part of the show by art class participants in April.

All pieces are available for sale – contact me via Facebook, Twitter or this website for prices and delivery arrangements.

New Banners for 2018

Four new banners have been created by Go Create Taunton artists Busylizzie and Jenny Keogh to commemorate the Women’s vote centenary.

Funded by Heritage lottery money, research by Andrew Knutt revealed a wealth of background information and posters and banners of the Women’s Suffrage movement dating back to 1832…

Painted on traditional canvas, the new banners were designed to reflect the colours and the wording and organisations of 2018, but to encompass a modern and local feel. The four banners were presented at the December meeting of the The Taunton Creatives Club where members also created a variety of posters to mark the event.

Andrew Knutt had created a presentation detailing the history of the Women’s Vote campaign which forms part of a week long celebration of one hundred years since women were first allowed to vote in a general election…

At the December meeting of our Creatives Club, held at The Creative Innovation Centre, Taunton the gathered creatives were inspired to produce a series of modern day posters encouraging the women’s cause and celebrating the long struggle from 1832 to 1918 during which many women suffered in order to obtain suffrage; the right to vote in the country’s elections. A great triumph – but not without casualties…

Cabbages and colours…

October, Autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…and pink tinged leafed cabbage-style flowers…

Having been given a beautiful bouquet of pink/green cabbage flowers with pungent pink asiatic lilies as a birthday gift, it seemed a sin to just arrange them in a vase, and admire them in passing…the colours, the shapes, the strength of stalk was too much to just look at! I had to paint them…

Beginning with a quick pencil sketch, trying to pick out the contrasting tones which created the form, then an even more quick press-print block made with an extinct biro…a collection of work began to emerge.

After the prints and drying-off sheets, came the inspiration to turn the cabbage head on its head and look closely from the underside…what a dramatic colour study emerged.

All in all I was so pleased with the drawing, the prints, the drying-off sheets and the painting, that i decided to capture in photographs and so create this diary entry – which is really for November, but Christmas got in the way…here it is now, in all its glory!