First ever blog - Sketchbooks and landscapes. Late September 2012

Story posted: Monday, 24. September 2012 by Lizzie Harper

This then is to be the first of my blogs in which I tell you what I've been working on, and any other news.  I hope to pop one up once a week....

Lots going on at work.  I've been illustrating final artworks for a secret job which involves meticulous painting of insects, and I'm loving every minute.  I'll be able to say more about it in 2013, when the products of my labours are published.

I'm also about to start a sketchbook page  of studies of ivy for a private comission; the client wants buds, flowers, and berries, so I'll keep coming back to it through the winter.  I love the freedom of drawing unfinished studies and sketches, so I'll relish this job.

Sketchbook study of Raspberry

I've also taken on a job which will involve creating a beautiful sunny pond and landscape above a busy underwater scene.  I hope to fill it with so many details that my client and her family will keep finding little hidden animals and treats for a long while after delivery of the final artwork.

There are only two remaining landscapes to complete for my Natural England job; I can't wait til the series of nine go onto their website, annotated and ready for land managers to consult.

Wetland Landscape for Natural England (one of nine landscapes)

I'm also feeling quite brave and modern, having started a Facebook business page and started Tweeting this week.  And now this blog.  It's a social media whirlwind, I tell you.

Autumn closes in with cold rain, but our runner beans keep on coming and I still spot the odd Small Tortoisheshell butterfly, looking for the few remaining buddleia flowers.

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Tuesday, 25. September 2012, 08:48:55 – Andy Dix:

Nice work!

Nice Work

Tuesday, 25. September 2012, 11:20:22 – Mari:

Nice Blog Lizzie.

lovely work!

Tuesday, 25. September 2012, 15:40:38 – Alliah:

still looking for the caddis fly larvae..

Tell Me More

Tuesday, 25. September 2012, 21:31:19 – truly scrumptious:

Hi Lizzie Love this artwork - is it the painting you're doing for a friend and, if so, is this the sort of commission you undertake frequently? Very impressed.

truly scrumptious

Wednesday, 26. September 2012, 14:30:12 – Lizzie Harper:

This isnt the picture I'm doing for a friend, although I hope hers will look similar. In terms of commissions, a client can ask for whatever they want, within reason. So yes, this is indeed the sort of painting I'd do for someone. I'll post the working sketches for the forthcoming one on this blog, and then people can see how the process evolves. Watch this space, and thanks for your interest!