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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Monday morning, looking good!

Over 60, year 3 and 4 children at Creech St Michael primary school  had their second dose of Busylizzie Art in conjunction with Taunton Live Creative and Performing Arts Festival on Monday!

Close looking was the order of the day; there was colour-matching, exploring media, capturing texture in 2D, and working on tone…

Beautiful work – amazing children…so receptive!

Amazing concentration by 4-7year olds…

So yesterday, Tuesday, saw the second of my Taunton Live 2018 sessions with Class 1 at the tiny Sampford Arundel Primary school, and what an afternoon!

Every single child was so engrossed in their looking and drawing as they experimented with media whilst exploring a variety of objects…

 

In the wise words of  David Hockney, “It’s all about the looking. Looking, looking, looking.”

Taunton Live Primary Art Workshops 2018…

Incredibly busy, productive day yesterday working on final outcomes at Oake, Bradford & Nynehead Primary yesterday.

All children in the school have explored our theme, “When worlds Collide”. From Y1 – Y6, the children have looked, talked, explored, developed drawing skills and an understanding of materials and media…they have combined Lego characters with plants, fruit, and tools with flowers etc, they have created design ideas boards and are now working on their individual final outcomes in response to the theme…

All engaged and all on their way to becoming better artists on their own creative journeys…

Working with Oake, Bradford & Nynehead, Sampford Arundel, Bishop Henderson, North Town, Parkfield, Creech St Michael, Minerva, St George’s Primaries within Taunton Deane this April, May and June

Just some of the work underway – all their own work!

Outside in…

Work had begun on the three 8×4 foot panels to enhance the outside space at The Rectory – a very special care home catering in a unique way for dementia sufferers, however it was not destined to be completed during the winter months! Cold and dampness put paid to the previous rapid progress, but not to be deterred, the manager had other plans for Busylizzie’s Artistic skills and creativity….internal signage which would be bright, quirky, clear and give the home an individual feel!

Here are a small selection of the way- finding signs being hand-painted at present; red on yellow with clear directional arrow incorporated into design and a simple object shape to show ‘what’ is to be found…

Simple,easily decipherable object image contained within the directional arrow…

Having created these two, a thought struck – what about adding a little something to those who noticed, smile?

Buttons, an odd bow-tie and a floral bed cover were added – plans for each bed to have a subtly different cover and toilets to have a configuration of flowers also emerged…

We are now looking forward to watching the effects on the residents when they see clear signs leading them to the important places they need to be able to reach as independently as possible…

Christmas 2017

Playing about with a few ideas to express ‘Christmas’ after exploring texture, form, colour and different scale during my Friday morning sessions…

Chose the “Martian Landscape” to wish a few friends seasonal greetings…IMG_0098

Shame the silver ink looks green! Merry Christmas to you!

 

Busylizzie Art bringing fun to an outside space…

Work began in earnest on the 8×4 panels of cemflex board which will cover this bland brick wall and create an exciting and colourful view for the residents of ‘The Rectory’ Care Home in Taunton.

Artist Liz, of Busylizzie Art has designed a huge mural to fill the space, consisting of a large tree in the branches of which will live a multitude of creatures real and imagined!

Beneath the spreading boughs, colourful flowers, insects and creatures will hopefully delight those looking from their garden seating…

Return at intervals to see the updates!

Art for arts sake…

Busylizzie Art has gone back to class – Friday art class at CiCCiC Taunton to be precise!

What a pleasure it is to explore objects and materials from a different perspective than usual.  Who knew bubble wrap would capture the imagination in such a way…

Circles inspired further choices of  objects to look closely at and draw in a variety of scales and in different media..

Creating texture was an interesting experience and one I would repeat to add interest and places to explore…

Colour was mixed with inks and wax pastels to create a ‘canvas’ on which to draw…

Then isolated areas were then enlarged and the detail drawn – work in progress at the moment…

Looking forward to this coming Friday…and the opportunity to continue!

Taunton Live 2017 Schools’ Art

Looking back to July 12th-31st and a truly amazing exhibition of  exciting, vibrant Primary School Art interpreting  the theme of identity; Who am I? What do I like doing? What is important to me? So many questions with so many and varied responses – imprinted in clay, printed on fabric, t-shirts, kites, woven into wall-hangings and painted delicately on foot shapes – these 700 plus 4-11 year olds certainly made their mark on Taunton Live in 2017.

Of course their work was no accident – it was the end of a creative journey which ventured from initial ideas and investigations into family roots, countries visited and historical research, through experimenting with a new skill, to designing and finalising the end product – the expression of “ME!”

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A great image of printing, painting and clay work…

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These spectacular quilts were created with a variety of media and incredible imagination! Individual pieces, combine to tell the story of each class group…

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Kites printed with illustrated initials and with tails designed to incorporate the languages spoken by the children in the year three and five classes…

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T-shirts printed with carefully designed personalised blocks then embellished to elaborate on their personal stories…clay tiles exquisitely decorated by imprinting, relief work and painting with acrylic paint (in the absence of a kiln)

These are just a small selection of the different creative responses to the notion of “What makes me, me?” and the Brewhouse foyer has never looked so bright and colourful!

Looking forward to 2018, already!!!

 

Does Taunton want another Taunton Live Performing and Creative Arts Festival?

The few days immediately following any large event feels flat for the organisers, as the energy expended during the preparation and staging of it begins to be noticed…and the aftermath of Taunton Live 2017 Arts Festival was no different for Jenny or Liz, its co-organisers. Then, when a week or so has passed, it begins to register that the next one, if there is to be a fourth Taunton Live, now needs to be planned…

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Taunton Live 2017 was an amazing success, bringing colour, arts, music, dance, crafts, costume and culture from Romania, Africa, India, the Far east, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and many more places to the streets of Taunton for a week in July, despite very little funding and crazy wet weather.  Local businesses were tempted into ‘adopting’ local artists’ and displaying their work, hand-painted banners adorned Hammett Street and Riverside Place, graffiti in the form of knitting ‘bombed’ many buildings and areas to enliven them and add colour and fun. Over 20 community groups and charities combined to create a banner trail, several groups supporting adults in need were included in our programme of entertainment too, showing our festival to be an honest reflection of all parts of our community. What a ball we all had – in spite of the rain!

 

A huge exhibition by over 700 school children occupied all of the foyer spaces at the Brewhouse, whilst competition exhibitions were staged there too. The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton Library, The Temple Methodist Church and the upstairs room at The Winchester Arms on Castle Green all housed a variety of artworks by local creatives.

Castle Green itself was alive for four days with poetry, live music, dance and community involvement bringing a taste of our more culturally diverse Taunton, making people feel included and valued by sharing arts, crafts, costume, music and dance from all sections of the Taunton Deane community.

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But what of the future? Does Taunton need Taunton Live, the creative and performing arts festival? Can the organisers dig out another festival on a relative shoe-string? Should Taunton Deane Council support this initiative, to attract people to our town through celebrating the arts in all its glorious forms?

Should we model our festival on Edinburgh, with a mix of ticketed, charging events covering classical music, theatre, comedy, popular music and dance alongside free creative activities and exhibitions? Should the original aim of providing a platform for local creatives, for bringing the Arts to those who may not necessarily have come face to face with opera, Shakespeare or Poetry or have the opportunity to make from clay, print designs or paint a canvas, stand along side commercial provision by the theatres and arts centres and everything come under the one umbrella of Taunton Festival for a week?

Serious talks need to be entered into, sponsors need to be found and funding applied for from a variety of sources if there is to be the faint possibility of another Taunton Live Arts Festival next year or in the future! How great would it be to have some joined-up thinking and planning for the future for 2019 or 2020???

Please have your say – add your comments to this blog, or Facebook or Twitter links and help us make informed decisions for the future. Thank you.