Dragonflies and summer pond, botanical illustration of a dandelion - Weekly Update 5th November 2012

Story posted: Monday, 5. November 2012 by Lizzie Harper

I was away in Swaledale most of this week, painting a bathroom blue and walking about in mud.  As always, it’s incredibly beautiful up there, but half term is not condusive to getting work done. It was hailing and sleeting as we left, so returning home was no hardship.

I’ve been told I can post the final of the Dragonfly piece on my blog, so long as anyone who knows the client makes certain her husband and kids have no inkling of its existence before Christmas.

Illustration to accompany the tale of the Waterbugs & Dragonflies by Doris Stickney

Here it is, and now it’s off to be framed at our superb local framers http://www.fittingframes.co.uk/.


I’ve just been able to re-unite my dandelion painting with its owners after its trip to London for the Images 36 Exhibition http://www.aoiimages.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=73&Itemid=41, and am pleased it’ll finally be up on their wall (they purchased it in May…)


Botanical study of dandelion plant


On Wednesday I’m teaching a workshop on illustrating grasses, and have at last sourced live flowering grasses as well as the dead variety:

Photo of dried grasses to be used in drawing workshop

The challenge is to make this collection of straw and hay into a fascinating and challenging drawing excersize.  I’ll let you know how it goes; I’m rather looking forward to it.

This week I’ll alter the Arable landscape for Natural England (and hopefully get going on the final) and draw up some roughs for Antenna Creative, http://www.antenna-creative.co.uk/, who produce interpretation boards for North Wales Wildlife Trust http://www.northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk/.  I’ll also get the proof of my Christmas card from the printers http://www.freestyleprinters.co.uk/.


Finally, the best news of the week is that the heater in my studio is working again!

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