Monday, October 20, 2014

The Traveller





















oil on canvas - Öl auf Leinwand - huile sur toile
20cm x 20cm / 7,9" x 7,9"

So, here's the beautiful young lady I was telling you about the other day. 
She commissioned me to paint her brother's and her portrait as a gift for her mother's 50th birthday.


Thursday, October 16, 2014





















Yesterday I received a copy of She magazine with my painting 'Study of a Young Woman' on the cover! How cool is that? Thanks a lot to She magazine!

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Nature Lover




















oil on canvas - Öl auf Leinwand - huile sur toile
20cm x 20cm / 7,9" x 7,9"

Another commission finished today. Now I am working on this young man's sister who is very beautiful.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Mother with her Daughters
















oil on canvas - Öl auf Leinwand - huile sur toile
36cm x 46cm / 14,7" x 18,11"


Over the last few months I was working on this commissioned portrait and am very happy that the lady loved it when she picked it up!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Where East meets City





















oil on wood panel - Öl auf Holz - huile sur bois
15cm x 15cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
Buy it here

Trying to get back into it...

Thank you sooo much to the kind people among my blog visitors (you know who you are) who have taken the time and made the effort to write to me and tell me that they miss seeing my paintings here. You can't imagine how happy that made me and what great motivation your feedback has been for me to start painting again.  Thank you!
It won't be on quite the same regular basis like in the old days but I'll do the most possible.

I can nearly hear you thinking... 'well, what is she doing instead then?'.
Just so much, my husband and I opened a shop/gallery for art and design in London two and  half years ago which is going very well and thus needs a lot of attention.  


Friday, November 02, 2012

Queen Charlotte in Fashion




collages of watercolour painting and magazine


Last week I did a little watercolour after Sir Thomas Lawrence's Queen Charlotte and while I was quite pleased with the figure itself, I totally messed up the background. As so often with mistakes like that, it lead me to an unforeseen new idea which was fun to try out. I cut out the figure and thought of integrating it into a collage. Well, I didn't actually get very far with that idea, due to time shortage, but I did at least manage to find a few different backgrounds for the Queen in an old fashion magazine. So, here's a selection of those for the time being. Maybe more of this another time. Hope you enjoy....










Tuesday, October 23, 2012

After Gainsborough




















Another one from last week's visit at the National Gallery. A sketch of Thomas Gainsborough's  Mr.and Mrs. Andrews.

ink pen and watercolour on paper
13,5cm x 10cm on 21cm x 30cm

Friday, October 19, 2012

After Vermeer

























ink on paper
15,5cm x18 cm on 21cm x 30cm

Yesterday Ohla Pryymak and I visited the National Gallery and did a few drawings after paintings by Vermeer and Gainsborough. I had never done that before and found it really enjoyable! So, next week you'll be able to find us there again. Here's the first I did, based on the Guitar Player by Vermeer. The second I'll show you in my next post.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Building Cranes behind ST.Pancras Station





















ink pen and coloured pencil on paper
15cm x 15cm, 6" x 6"

Another one from our session near St.Pancras. Unfortunately my ink pen came to an end in the middle of this drawing, so I changed to using a purple coloured crayon, the darkest one I had with me. I think, surprisingly, it worked quite well.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

On Regent's Canal




ink pen on paper
15cm x 15cm, 6" x 6"

On a day with fabulous weather our plein air group set up alongside the Regent's Canal behind St.Pancras Station. These boats that people live in on the canal are very appropriately called narrowboats!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Drawing



Pencil on paper 21 cm x 29 cm, 8,2" x 11,4"

It's not as if I haven't been painting at all lately, but unfortunately the results of my occasional attempts didn't turn out good enough to be presented to the public. I am a bit rusty, I must admit. So, at our last plein air sessions, nowadays rather indoor sessions due to the temperatures, I opted for drawing instead of painting, realising that that is a good exercise for me. The drawing above was done at the Geoffrey Museum here in London, a quaint little museum that exhibits the quintessential style of English middle-class living rooms. The sketch depicts a curved hallway, where visitors can sit and take a break during their visit.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Glimpse of St.Paul's

A Glimpse of St.Paul's by Liza Hirst

St.Paul's again, but from a different spot. When we arrived for our plein air session, the sun was beaming through this passage way and we were inspired by the shadows of the passers by. Unfortunately that changed very quickly due to clouds coming and going. So neither of us managed to capture the first impression but the view was interesting nevertheless.

oil on canvas panel - Öl auf Malplatte - huile sur carton entoilé
12 cm x 18 cm / 4,72" x 7"
Buy it here

Friday, August 17, 2012

Detail of St.Paul's Cathedral

Detail of St.Paul's Cathedral by Liza Hirst

Another study of St.Paul's, painted at a plein air session with Maryam Foroozanfar. These are the two front steeples, seen from Paternoster Square. We had fun!

oil on wood panel - Öl auf Holzplatte - huile sur plaque de bois
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
sold

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

St.Paul's Cathedral on Overcast Day

St.Paul's Cathedral on Overcast Day by Liza Hirst

It was windy, rainy and overcast but nevertheless great fun painting this view from the rooftop of the One New Change Mall in London. I have painted it before, based on a photograph, but found it much more satisfying painting it plein air - especially in the company of my friends Olha and Maryam.

oil on wood panel - Öl auf Holzplatte - huile sur plaque de bois
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
Sold - verkauft - vendu

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lunch Break

Lunch Break by Liza Hirst

There are sooo many restaurants, cafés, sandwich bars, pubs etc. here in London, it is unbelievable. And even more the fact that they seem to be busy nonstop, no matter what time of day. Anyway, this is a typical scene, especially around lunch time, when they all spill out of the offices in search of something to bite and have the luck to enjoy their break in a relaxed place like this one.

oil on wood panel - Öl auf Holzplatte - huile sur plaque de bois
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
Buy it here

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

At Leadenhall Market

At Leadenhall Market by Liza Hirst

Before my friend Olha Pryymak suggested painting in the Leadenhall Market, I had never heared of it, so I went there without any expectation whatsoever and was overwhelmed with what awaited me. This arcade was built in the 15th century and is absolutely stunning. Together with Maryam Foroozanfar we had a great afternoon working there side by side and while I was obviously drawn into all the details of its architecture, Olha captured the atmosphere in her painting beautifully. Maryam did a sketch of the lanterns of which unfortuntely I have no picture to show.

oil on canvas - Öl auf Leinwand - huile sur toile
20 cm x 20 cm / 7,9" x 7,9"
sold

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Arlington Way

Arlington Way by Liza Hirst

Today was a good day for plein air and I had a great time painting this little street in Islington. People looking on were so friendly and interested. Two men, independently of each other, even specially parked their vans on the other side of the street in order not to disturb my view. So kind!

oil on wood panel - Öl auf Holzplatte - huile sur plaque de bois
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
sold

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Rainy Day

Rainy Day by Liza Hirst

Unfortunately the weather in England is quite different to France, but at least these
incredibly dark clouds lend themselves to a good picture. I saw them last Sunday in Tunbridge Wells, a nice place in Kent, south of London.

oil on canvas panel - Öl auf Malplatte - huile sur carton entoilé
12 cm x 18 cm / 4,72" x 7"
Buy it here

Friday, June 29, 2012

Red Scarf

Red Scarf by Liza Hirst

Looks a bit too winterly for this time of year but this is a painting I painted a while ago and never got round to posting earlier on. Apart from that, temperatures in London
aren't really summerly at the moment either.

oil on wood panel - Öl auf Holzplatte - huile sur plaque de bois
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
Buy it here

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mini Stop

Mini Stop by Liza Hirst
A vivid colour combination and a bright yellow mini that caught my eye.

oil on wood panel - Öl auf Holzplatte - huile sur plaque de bois
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
Buy it here

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Barbican and Shard

Barbican and Shard by Liza Hirst

Today my friend Olha Pryymak and I met up for a plein air session at the canal in Islington. At last the weather was good and it was great fun (although the light kept changing...). Much nicer than being out there on my own. The two towers on the right are the Barbican and the new Shard Tower, which is the tallest in Europe at the moment.

oil on wood panel - Öl auf Holzplatte - huile sur plaque de bois
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
Buy it here

olha pryymak

liza hirst

Monday, June 25, 2012

On and Off

On and Off by Liza Hirst

Just a little watercolour sketch for today, painted yesterday on a rainy Sunday.
We visited the Royal College Graduates Show today, which I found quite disappointing. Actually very disappointing! There didn't seem to be one piece of work (painting and sculpture that is)that showed either skill or originality or beauty or SOMETHING that spoke to me. Maybe I'm ignorant and just don't get it. Maybe it's really WOW for others but to me it was NOTHING! (Sorry, had to be said.)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Painting again, yippie!

La Defense by Night



It's been ages, as you might have noticed and I am very, very happy to be back.
Back here, back to painting, back to me (maybe, hopefully...)
I haven't been ill or anything like that, just occupied with other things. Sometimes I need a break from painting.
To get started again, I chose a photo that a friend of mine sent me recently. He lives in Paris and enjoyes this view from his balcony to La Defense. Lucky him.

oil on canvas panel - Öl auf Malplatte - huile sur carton entoilé
12,5 cm x 17,5 cm / 4,9" x 6,9"
Buy it here

Monday, March 05, 2012

His and Her's

His and Her's by Liza Hirst

I am very much looking forward to the opening of my friend Karin's exhibition opening tonight at the Barbican Library. She used to be one of my pupils and it is great to see how her work has developed since then.

Also available as giclée print in a limited edition of 20.
The picture is printed on high quality "Somerset enhanced" paper 330g, format 33cm x 48cm.
The quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the image, not the printed image itself. Artist-signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included.

oil on wood panel - Öl auf Holzplatte - huile sur plaque de bois
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
Buy it here

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Hot and Cold

Hot and Cold by Liza Hirst

After having painted the last pictures from photo references, I needed to do some work from a real "model" again - our tiny washbasin.

Also available as giclée print in a limited edition of 20.
The picture is printed on high quality "Somerset enhanced" paper 330g, format 33cm x 48cm.
The quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the image, not the printed image itself. Artist-signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included.

oil on wood panel - Öl auf Holzplatte - huile sur plaque de bois
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
sold out

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Duck's End

Duck's End by Liza Hirst

Of course it was the red on light green that caught my eye at first. Only a little later I saw another interesting detail...

NEW!!
Now also available as giclée print in a limited edition of 20.
The picture is printed on high quality "Somerset enhanced" paper 330g, format 33cm x 48cm.
The quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the image, not the printed image itself. Artist-signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included.

oil on canvas - Öl auf Leinwand - huile sur toile
20 cm x 20 cm / 7,9" x 7,9"
or new as print
Buy it here

Monday, February 27, 2012

Chinese Biker

Chinese Biker by Liza Hirst

I have always loved chinese red and to see it popping up amidst the grey everywhere in Beijing was a feast for the eyes!

NEW!!
Now also available as giclée print in a limited edition of 20.
The picture is printed on high quality "Somerset enhanced" paper 330g, format 33cm x 48cm.
The quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the image, not the printed image itself. Artist-signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included.

oil on canvas - Öl auf Leinwand - huile sur toile
20 cm x 20 cm / 7,9" x 7,9"
or new as print
sold

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Beijing Hutong II

Beijing Hutong II by Liza Hirst

Another impression of a "hutong" in Beijing. By the way, I found an awesome printer here in London and can now offer you my paintings also as really nice prints!

NEW!!
Now also available as giclée print in a limited edition of 20.
The picture is printed on high quality "Somerset enhanced" paper 330g, format 33cm x 48cm.
The quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the image, not the printed image itself. Artist-signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included.

oil on canvas - Öl auf Leinwand - huile sur toile
20 cm x 20 cm / 7,9" x 7,9"
or new as print
sold out