Sunday, March 13, 2011

Stumps, Day One

Cricket season has hit, so I'm using that as part excuse for not blogging.  The other reason is that I've taken on the secretarial duties at the Art Society and, wow, what a learning curve.  But I'm getting there and hopefully will be jacked enough to find time to paint and blog again.  And to leave comments on your blogs!

I did make a promise to myself though, that whatever happened, I would paint with my groups every Monday and Friday mornings.  Well, I'm still doing that on Friday, but on Monday I have started with a fantastic watercolour teacher, so I'm looking at big improvements in my frustrating watercolour paintings!

But just to show I haven't been totally idle with a paint brush, I took this pic when India was here in South Africa playing the test at Newlandsof two of the South African batsmen leaving the ground at the end of a day's play.

And I thought it doubly fitting to post this as the ICC Cricket World Cup is currently on in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

36 comments:

martinealison said...

Les aléas de la vie font que parfois on est pas toujours disponible...
Cette huile est absolument sublime. J'aime sa composition et le travail de vos blancs...
Bisous

Anthony Duce said...

Sounds like you are very busy these days.
It is such and interesting game. I still don’t understand it very well.
I like the handling on the white in the painting, the blues and the grays.

SKIZO said...

Excellent
see you soon

vanessabentley said...

Lovely work, you managed to capture that moment when they leave the field quite well.

Sheila said...

I adore this painting Liz! The colors, the striking composition...it all works perfectly.

padmaja said...

Never thought this subject could make such a lovely painting..liked the way you have dealt with the white and blue..

Vinayak said...

Lovely painting and lovely game too! You guys have beaten us day before yesterday. We will get back soon.
And seriously, the painting looks terrific, especially the use of white.

Prabal said...

You know I would love this.. Really really great. By the way who are the batsmen?

Sharon Wright said...

Glorious painting, Liz. So much colour in the whites it's really very pretty

sam said...

Great Liz, lovely composition and I love the colour variety

AutumnLeaves said...

Liz, your work energy is awe-inspiring. Wish I could have some of it. And I daresay your art is always beautiful. I love this point-of-view of these two men. What a perfect piece!!

art2cee2 said...

You work is just wonderful Liz! Enjoy your cricket season...:-)

Art with Liz said...

Dear Martine, thank you so much! Hugs to you.


Hi Tony - a new venture always takes time to learn, but I'll get there. And I've never met an American who understands the game - I think one has to grow up with it to totally understand the nuances. And when you do, what a game! I enjoyed painting this one.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Skizo!


Hi Vanessa! So nice that you found me - I love your work, lovely and bold. You live in my old home town, so it's doubly great to hear from you.

Art with Liz said...

I seem to remember Sheila, you saying sometime a while back, that you liked the uniforms! Thank you dear friend and I hope your family is all safe.


Hi Padmaja, when you love something it always seems to make a nice painting, don't you think? Thank you for your lovely words.

Art with Liz said...

Hello Vinayak, thanks for visiting and the great comment. What a nail biting game that was between SA and India - but you know who I was supporting!


Ah Prabal, anything to do with cricket! Thank you dear friend - the front guy is Ashwell Prince and behind him is Hashim Amla (without his blasted beard!)

Art with Liz said...

Thank you so much Sharon! What I enjoyed was that their jerseys were slightly yellower than their 'whites', so it made it a little easier.


Thank you so much Sam!

Art with Liz said...

Oh my gosh Sherry, if you could see me now - bags under my burning eyes, memory loss (now where did I put that!), I don't think I've got all that much energy! But I do soldier on. Thank you for always visiting - love your new dog btw - and leaving such lovely comments.


Thank you so much Crystal and I am enjoying the cricket season. It will be coming to an end soon - after all Winter is on its way.

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Liz, this is so good! Lovely composition!
Yes...the cricket fever is on! India losing to South Africa was a let down :( ...Anyway I'm happy for you that your team won :)
BTW, who are these players?

Viv King said...

Lovely Liz- they look so sad- out for a duck?? What about doing some Karate paintings?

Art with Liz said...

Hi there Ramesh - thank you! What a nail biting match that was, but guess what, we were happy over here!! India are still the no. 1 team in the world and a few more games to go. These two were coming up the stairs after a day's play when India was here - Ashwell Prince and Hashim Amla, who is in India at the moment.


Hello Viv King! I have been trying to find an email address for you to send you that karate pic - and they weren't sad, just tired - and the angle I took the pic at, from above, maybe gives that impression! See you soon!

Marty said...

Liz, j'aime beaucoup le sujet de
cette peinture ! c'est très original
et merveilleusement bien travaillé !
c'est beau !
bisous de France

Sue Pownall said...

Lovely painting Liz.

Barbara Pask said...

This might be my favorite piece of yours. Love the warm and cool blues , perfect really.

Marian Fortunati said...

You're doing what's important, Liz!!!

PAINTING and learning and enjoying life!!

Way to go.... ;oD

Carol Horzempa said...

Beautiful painting Liz...love your brushwork and color!

hmuxo said...

Excellent painting Liz, as always.

AK said...

Just fabulous. The stoop at the end of the day's play is just accurate. Great work.

Liana Yarckin said...

great painting. i like the angle of the composition.

Fábio Cembranelli said...

yes, the angle is superb!! Love the colors too!

Debbie said...

Hi Elizabeth. Just came across your blog, its lovely to meet other local artists through cyberspace. I paint mainly in watercolours and sometimes venture off tract with acrylics.

I love your cricketers..... and tonight India just won the cricket world cup, so it's appropriate that I saw this painting. It's beautifully rendered and tells a lovely story!

Art with Liz said...

I'm sorry I haven't been here to reply to your comments, but I do so appreciate them.

Marty, you are just the best!

Thank you so much Sue.

What a lovely thing to say Barbara. Thank you so much.

And thank you for understanding Marian - you are special.

Wow Carol - thank you so much.

Dear Hilda, thank you.

Hi AK - not so sure about our team - but thank you for the great comment - and well done India!

Thank you Liana - I took the pic from above them and liked the way it came out.

Fabio, your comments are so special to me. Thank you, thank you.

Hi Debbie and thank you for dropping by. I think you paint with Cathy? And I love your work.

Diana Marshall said...

Love the composition, were they going out to bat or to the pavillion for tea!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Lovely results here. The figures look very relaxed and real...not an easy thing to do!

bicocacolors said...

i looooove your artworks!
you're so talented!
congrats and greetings from Spain

Sadia Hussain said...

I'm an ardent fan of cricket as well and especially love it when my home team is playing.
Some beautiful work here Liz , excellent shading!
Take care