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

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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

Sunday, 7 August 2016

More treasures from the ocean...

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Ocean treasures   3 21x30cm approx. each   ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec

I enjoyed doing the previous posts paintings so much that I carried on with some more....just on a little bit bigger scale. It felt nice to stretch.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Little sea treasures
Sea treasures   3 15x21cm (approx.) watercolour on paper   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

A few more little treasures just added to the Etsy shop Seaside Studios UK. - warmer colours for a change....
Starfish   15x21cm watercolour on paper   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

I love painting the details on starfish and playing with the colour and tone.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Simmering summer heat
Shimmering Heat   20x20cm acrylic on canvas board   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

We have been having a mini heatwave here in the UK. It's been gorgeous and I've been making the most of it from sun up till sundown. I hope your summer is as much fun.