Friday, 11 August 2017

Beach treasure; Collections III



Beach collections III   watercolour on paper 20x24cm approx   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec


I had hoped to have no. IV ready as well but it is quite pale and hasn't been easy to scan so will need a bit more work. I have been rather enjoying these and the concentration on tiny details.

No.III is also available at RedBubble



Saturday, 29 July 2017

Beach treasure; Collections I & II


Beach collections II   watercolour on paper 20x24cm approx   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec


I was playing with some of my beach finds looking at the colours, textures and shapes. I thought rather than painting them in isolation as I usually do I would put them into an arrangement for a group portait. These are the first two -  there will be more. It's interesting to build a relationship in the colours, textures shapes and the linear rhythms. I enjoyed including the sea china, glass and pebbles which are given context with the shells and feathers, otherwise they just read as abstract shapes and colours.

As I write this I am thinking that this may be another avenue to explore on another day it would be interesting for me to return to abstraction after so long...... So many possibilities and so little time especially now that school is out and there is a little one to have adventures with. More trips to the beach! Yippeee!


Beach treasures collection I   watercolour on paper 20x24cm approx   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec


Both of these images are available as reproduction prints, stationery and greetings cards on Redbubble/lisalequelenec.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

July's moon and a big storm




July's Moon   acrylic on board 19x19cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec



Another moon inspired painting - trying to capture the beautiful hazy and subtle coloured rings that surrounded it. There is something very restful and calming about painting night scenes that I really enjoy.

This painting is available on Etsy at Seaside Studios UK.

Reproductions are also available in different formats both framed and unframed  here.



I previously wrote about July's moon being named a thunder moon by some people. We were certainly treated to a spectacular electrical storm that lasted many hours in the late afternoon and stretching into the night on Tuesday. The rain was very heavy as the sky lit up. I didn't venture out but watched for some time from inside. I imagine had I been on the cliff top I may have seen something akin to this as the torrential rain started to move in;



Sketchbook page  watercolour   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec




Wednesday, 12 July 2017

July's moon and Indigo



July's Full Moon   sketchbook page A6   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec
This month's full moon was a real treat! It was big, bright and beautiful. The last light of the setting sun combined with the inky cloud made for a lovely colour combination of palest aqua, indigo, cobalt and soft ochre and sienna. It was quite a display. Trying to sketch in the dark so that I could watch all the colours changing was quite a challenge and I really couldn't do it justice but it was fun to try anyway.

I have read that some Native American tribes call the full moon in July the Thunder Moon because of the hot and humid storms that can arrive at this time. In Europe it was sometimes called the Mead Moon, (a drink made from fermenting honey, yeast and water.) because it occurs at the same time as larger honey yields. I know parts of the country have had a good display of storms but whilst it has been hot here and we have had our share of rain to clear the air there has been no thunder or lightening so far - we do have many honey bees busy in the garden though.





After night sky watching I have been inspired to paint the velvety blues and a set of inky coloured watercolour shells have been the result. All six are available individually at Seaside Studios UK
 


Shell studies in blue and indigo   21x30cm approx each   ©2017Lisa Le Quelenec

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Four watercolour feathers



four watercolour feather paintings by lisa le quelenec guinea fowl jay pigeon feathers
Four feather studies   21x30cm each approx   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec


I am pondering the recent acrylic paintings and to help give myself a little distance from them have been painting some new watercolour feather studies. These four are available in my Etsy store Seaside Studios UK .  Sometimes it is good to completely change tack and look again with fresh eyes at a later date.


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Sailing at the Ocean's End



Sailing at the Ocean's End   acrylic on canvas board 20x20cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec


I couldn't resist trying another version and including the sail boat. I wonder if this one reads as a larger expanse of space compared to the one in the previous post. What do you think?


This painting is available on Etsy at Seaside studios UK.  and as a print on RedBubble.



Colour inspiration   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Ocean's End



Ocean's End   acrylic on canvas 30x30cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec



The ocean, the sky and the light....

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Shining Sands



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Shining Sands   acrylic on canvas board 20x20cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec



I am working on extending this series and have a couple more paintings 'on the go' . As I work on more than one painting at a time they all evolve together each one informing and developing each other in a constant conversation. I had thought I had finished two but when I went to the studio yesterday I could see that they weren't. A mini breakthrough on one has meant adjustments on the other two... It's all to the good.

It's funny but when I started working on these I had envisioned mark making being an important aspect of the series but it has really taken a back seat. The work has once more taken a life of it's own and is dictating it's own path which I am happy to follow and so the conversation continues.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Across the Bay - a coastal etching



across the bay a coastal etching in indigo by Lisa Le Quelenec at seaside studios
Across the Bay   etching 6x6cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec




I thought I would take a break from a canvas that I am working on to print a few more etchings from some plates that I had made a while back. I inked up the plate and began to wipe thinking of the current theme of a strong shaft of light that breaks up the line of the horizon. I think with a little more work the theme will extend well into printmaking. Being able to work across media and develop an idea or technique is something I am eager to explore. This is another varied edition, each print different in the inking.


This print is available on Etsy at Seaside Studios UK.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Preparatory sketches in mixed media trying out ideas...




Preparatory sketches for wet sands monoprint and mixed media ©2017LisaLeQuelenec blue ocean beach seascape
Preparatory sketch in mixed media for Wet Sands   15x15cm monoprint and mixed media   ©2017Lisa Le Quelenec



Two small preparatory works using graduated ink in a monoprint overlayed with colour pencil. I'm still thinking about verticals of light, contrasts, lost and found edges. If you haven't tried it soft colour pencils on top of printing textures are rather lovely to explore, you can get some very subtle colour shifts. I have been using mostly Caran d'Ache Pablo and Derwent Coloursoft pencils. I'm not sure how 'blue' to make the painting - whether I should warm it up a bit....these little prep pieces are a good way to try out different combinations.



Preparatory sketches for wet sands monoprint and mixed media ©2017LisaLeQuelenec seaside studios blue ocean sea beach sand seascape
Preparatory sketch in mixed media for Wet Sands   15x15cm monoprint and mixed media   ©2017Lisa Le Quelenec