Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Pine cones - it started with some sketches....



Pine cone sketches   pencil ink and watercolour   ©2017Lisa Le Quelenec



...and quickly got out of hand... but in a good way. I love the structure of pine cones, such a challenge to get 'right'. There is a park I visit with my little one that guarantees we will come home with at least a few we are both as bad as each other with our little collections and we added quite a few more this summer.

Sketches and doodles turned into...



Pine cone stages   watercolour on A4 paper   ©2017Lisa Le Quelenec


There are two paintings available to buy here at Seaside Studios UK.


But then that turned into....



From sketch to drypoint plate to prints   ©2017Lisa LeQuelenec


and now I have these....


Trio   artist proof 1 drypoint print 19x10cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec


Trio   artist proof 2 drypoint print image size19x10cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec


Trio   3/20 drypoint print image size19x10cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec



Trio   drypoint prints image size 19x10cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec


Which are also available at Seaside Studios UK and at Seaside Studios Uk on Folksy.


I do get myself in a pickle sometimes :o)

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Three seaweed studies in watercolour



Three Seaweeds    each 30x21cm approx watercolour on paper   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec


The latest additions to my 'Little Treasures' series to add to the shells, feathers and other nature finds.

I love the colours, shapes and variety of seaweeds. These are painted from sketches that I did in Jersey and are seaweeds found in the rockpools there. Next time I must remember to collect some samples in jars for studying. I have collected them in the past and pressed them in sketchbook pages but they dry out and become brittle so quickly and it does make a change to paint from living samples. I really wanted to catch the sense of how they flow in the water in these studies.

These three seaweed studies are available at Seaside Studios UK on Etsy


Thursday, 7 September 2017

The coast is clear! Etching of Old Harry Rocks



The Coast is Clear!   A/P I etching 14.5x11.5cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec



Quite some years ago His Nibbs and I went for a walk along the beach at Shell Bay down the way in Studland. We have been many times before and since but there was something about this particular day that sticks out. The sun was out but it was a little hazy, it was neither hot nor cold and there was just a gentle breeze. The water looked glass-like - but with strong contrasts in tone on the surface ripples. Colour was bleached out everything reduced to tones of blue grey. What I remember the most was the stillness and quiet. The quiet sounded loud but gentle if you know what I mean.




Old Harry Rocks photograph ©2017LisaLeQuelenec



I took this photograph and along with the memory of that day it has been the inspiration for many drawings, paintings and now an etching. So far I have made two proof prints and have used paper masks to add some sail boat shapes. I think I could make variations of work on this one memory for many years to come.



Light Across the Bay   acrylic on paper 25x25cm   ©2011 LisaLeQuelenec



Above an older painting from 2011, long since sold but one of my favourites.




Old Harry Rocks  snippets and ideas in mixed media   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec



I wonder do you have a memory or lasting impression of a time and place that you revisit in your work again and again?



The Coast is Clear!   A/P II etching 14.5x11.5cm   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Observational studies in watercolours - beach finds



Watercolour studies of beach treasures ©2017LisaLeQuelenec


Beach treasures collection IV  watercolour on paper 20x24cm approx   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec
No.4 has turned into a bit of a trial to photograph! Too much white and pale tones has made it difficult for the camera which just wants to emphasise the contrasts and not the subtleties. Hey ho...the picture above was taken at night using a desk lamp for light and is much closer to the painting.

I loved the marbling texture of the little piece of driftwood. It looks like a piece of old root that has been polished by the sea to a really smooth texture.




I seem to be finding lots of striped things at the moment; bits of pottery, striped pebbles and striped grain on driftwood.



Stripes from the shore sketchbook page ©2017LisaLeQuelenec

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