Media: Original painting on shropshire reclaimed wood
Dimensions: 29.5 x 14.5 x 4.5cm
Artist Bio: Liz Toole
Liz definitely loves painting birds on wood. Her first ever exhibition following her degree in 2002 was paintings of birds on wood! Liz's main inspiration is from a 17 month trip working and travelling in Africa following her degree in ceramics. It was here she felt like she rediscovered nature and birds. Having no access to clay Liz concentrated on drawing and painting. She collects her wood from beaches in and nearby her home in Brighton and also on her annual trips to Scotland. The history of the wood adds so much to Liz's characters, how long was it in the sea, what created the marks on it, how old is it?Once the wood is dried out in her studio for a few weeks (months for very large pieces) it is lightly sanded so not to take too much of the character of the wood away. Liz usually focuses on 2 or 3 different breeds of birds at a time, making exact pencil drawings of them. Through, continually re-drawing and designing the characters they quite often become their own birds, or 'Liz Toole Birds ' as she calls them.
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