Thursday, 1 December 2016
A contrast in textures Bee on a teasel photograph ©2016LisaLeQuelenec
In the dunes photograph ©2016LisaLeQuelenec
The Black House photograph ©2016LisaLeQuelenec
A right jumble photograph ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

-7 degrees last night! It was a bit of a shock to the system on the school run this morning. Thankfully the sun is shining though it is still cold and frost still covers the garden. I am sitting in the warm drinking hot coffee and thinking of the warmer summer days and thought I would share these photos. Hopefully they will warm you too if you are feeling the chill.

This first one is for you Rhonda I hope the migraines settle for you soon.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sketching and storms
Postacard sized sketches and explorations  mixed media on paper  ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

Well the storms did arrive here - very heavy rain and high winds in the south caused quite a bit of flooding. A good time to batten down the hatches and continue with some sketchbook work whilst waiting for it to pass. It wasn't yet noon and I turned my lamp on to work. I hadn't noticed that I was gradually getting closer and closer to my work until my face was about six inches from the sketchbook! Now the air has cleared, the sun is shining and I am starting to feel the chill of Winter coming in the air.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Gathering storms and gathering ideas

Storm Gathering sketchbook studies in acrylic   A4 sketchbook   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

I would call them winter bugs but it isn't winter yet...but being under the weather has plagued my house recently. If not one of us it was another. There seems to be a respite at the moment (I am touching wood) however it has left me feeling rather depleted of energy and ideas. So back to the sketchbooks I go playing with paint and pencil and just seeing where it will lead. As the days are shortening it feels right to be hunkering down and having a little time out.

I am working my way through my reading list too; 'Go set a Watchman' by Harper Lee, A collection of Neruda's Odes and Printmaking in the Sun by Dan Welden are amongst my pile. (The irony isn't lost on me - I would love to be printmaking in the sun - probably next year ;o) ?) I'm sure there will be much to inspire there.

Mussel shell colour inspiration ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Jurassic coast jurassic coast moon
Jurassic coast  mixed media and etching 10x3.5cm   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

A tiny tiddler of an etching plate - an experiment on a scrap no bigger than two fingers. The plate just has the outline of land shapes and a horizon. A sketch - an idea - a nugget to mine in the future maybe. Who knows? Commissions are keeping me very busy so Murphy's law says that my brain will throw lots of ideas out whilst I don't have the time to develop them and when I do have the time they will disappear in a wisp of smoke. I am burying these gems in a sketchbook for later prospecting.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Flowing to the sea II - collagraph and mixed media ©2016LisaLeQuelenec
Flowing to the sea II   29x29cm collagraph and mixed media   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

A change of palette and a change of mood. I can't fail to be inspired by the autumn colours that are starting to appear. I love the golden light of autumn as it burnishes the landscape.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Flowing to the sea.. Lisa Le quelenec ©2016
Flowing to the sea   29x29cm collagraph and mixed media   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

This is one of my favourite views of Autumn, looking from the back of Hengistbury head to wards Christchurch across the reedbeds. I love all the contrasting textures of the land and the sound of the wind in the reedbeds. It always feels so peaceful to me.

collagraph plate  ©2016LisaLeQuelenec
I made a collograph plate on a mountboard base using different textured papers and painting glue on in the highlighted areas. Some areas I cut into the mountboard and peeled back the layers to reveal the texture of the inside of the board. It was then sealed with shellack.

Inking up the plate was a joy. Rubbing different colours into the pits of texture and giving a wipe of different colour to the high points to give variagated colour and really show off the textures to full advantage - never quite sure what the final result will be.

After running the plate through the press with dampened paper and leaving the print to dry I decided to work back into the image with coloured pencils, pastels and acrylic paint. The embossment made by the plate on the paper when it passed through the press was beautiful to work on. Small scumbles of pure colour to visually mix in give a rich surface quality - there is quite a bit of pure yellow and orange contained within the reed areas but they are such small dashes they don't jar the eye and would be missed if absent.

I have two more prints that I would like to work back into in this way. The next one I would like to use a more traditional Autumn palette of ochres and siennas for a different mood. It's an enjoyable way of working with many possibilities to explore.

I have made this image available as a reproduction print on Fine Art America and here at  Red Bubble.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

New reproduction prints now available

Images available on Fine Art America  ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

This last few weeks has seen me updating images on to my Red Bubble store and also making images available to buy through Fine Art America. The images are available in a number of different formats both framed and unframed, on canvas, as cards and also on other products. It is very easy to order from either site and both companies have money back guarantees.

It has been interesting to me to see the work in a portfolio view like this (almost like an online exhibition) to see the themes and connections between the pieces. It also has given me ideas for new work so another few pages have been filled up in my notebook with ideas and thumbnails. It is a lengthy and time consuming process (especially when you get sidetracked with yet another idea) and has kept me away from painting and printing. Over the next few weeks I will be adding more images as time allows. For now back to work...

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Evening walkies  ©2016LisaLeQuelenec
Evening Walkies   40x40cm acrylic on canvas board   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec ©2016lisalequelenec
Dogs and walkers sketchbook page   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

Sketchbooks are very precious to me. Pages like this one come in very useful as references for paintings sometimes months or years later. Looking through the pages remind me of the location, thoughts and feelings, the light and colours and many more details that wouldn't be apparent to anyone else looking at quick and sometimes clumsy pencil sketches.

Evening Walkies is available here;

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Summer's whisper
Summer's Whisper   acrylic on canvas 50x50cm   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

Summer's Whisper - tonal value check ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

Inspired by a walk I had during the summer on a long hazy warm beach with just a gentle breeze for company. Very tranquil and relaxing...

It has been some time since I have painted on a larger scale and it was nice to stretch my wings a little. I have included a black and white photo of the finished piece to show the tonal range. I often take photos and convert them to black and white as I paint a piece so that I can check the tonal values as a painting progresses.

This new deep edged box canvas is available on Etsy at Seaside Studios UK.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Sea green - chambered nautilus

seaside studios blog
Sea Green   12.5x14cm   mixed media on paper   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec 

Sea glass greens - always favourite colours to me. These spirals seem to be on my mind a lot these days.

Colour inspiration below; the pebble is the most beautiful soft, chalky mint green/grey. It has been sitting on my desk for months and I have been feasting my eyes on it.
Sea glass, pebble & china shard all gathered from the shore in Jersey  ©2016LisaLeQuelenec