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
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

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Calm Waters I & II

calm waters Into the Blue ocean acrylic painting minimalist semi abstract coastal style beach decor by Lisa Le Quelenec
Calm Waters I   acrylic on canvas 24x30cm   ©2017Lisa Le Quelenec

ocean studies mixed media sketches postcards wave light sky by Lisa Le Qulenec ©2017
Postcard sketches for paintings 'Calm Waters I & II  ©2017LisaLeQuelenec

You might remember these two little postcards sized sketches that I posted last year. They have been patiently sitting on my pin board waiting to be given attention. I wanted to develop the idea of looking into the light and also of verticals in a seascape without reverting to motifs of landmass or sails etc. Another theme that seems to be developing in some of my work is an aspect of minimalism. How far can I take a subject and subtract detail without losing it's essence? I seem to go from one extreme to the other capturing small details of shells and feathers and the next the opposite where I am painting just tone and colour. It keeps things interesting...

all the blues colour palette inspiration grid coastal beach collection by lisa le quelenec ©2017
Colour inspirations photographs ©2017LisaLeQuelenec

I have to admit I am really enjoying using these strong blues again, it has been a while. Intermittent warmer days have arrived and the blues are making me feel that Summer may just be around the corner - or at least a warmer Spring.

calm waters Into the Blue ocean acrylic painting minimalist semi abstract coastal style beach decor by Lisa Le Quelenec
Calm Waters II   acrylic on canvas 24x30cm   ©2017Lisa Le Quelenec

Both paintings are available as prints in various formats and cards at Redbubble - Lisa Le Quelenec - click on the link.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Submerged in the Sky - the moon and Neruda

Submerged in the Sky I  monoprint  ©2017Lisa Le Quelenec

I have been playing with some new ideas somewhat inspired by a translation of Neruda's 'Ode to the Moon', the idea of the moon being '...submerged in the sky.' is appealing as always its reflection on the ocean is a motif that seems to be constantly evolving in my work. I have been monoprinting and the process has taken over and so it developing and metamorphosing and blending with other strands and lose threads of work. I'm not sure where I am going with it but it is interesting none the less to let the process determine the direction.

Submerged in the Sky II  monoprint   ©2017LisaLeQuelenec

These are available as reproductions on Red Bubble or Fine Art America

Thursday, 6 April 2017

100 Ammonites Project - an introduction to the online exhibition

Ammonite no.1 and no.100   etching and etching and mixed media 6x8cm   ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec

This project started on a print making course at Arts University Bournemouth tutored by Jan Bullas where I made a tiny etching plate of an ammonite. I hadn’t done any etching since my foundation course in Art & Design at Falmouth College of Arts many, many years before but had been hankering for a long time to return to experimenting with printmaking. During the course, I tried different printmaking methods including monoprints, lino cuts, collagraphs, drypoint and etching. It was etching and drypoint that really got me hooked.

From March to November 2016 I experimented printing an edition of 100 prints from this small plate. As time went by I could see more and more possibilities to explore. I did set myself a few rules and boundaries to work within;

  • All prints have been made on the same size paper 6x8inch Snowdon printing paper 140lb
  • All prints have been made using water-soluble printing ink
  • When using mixed media and chine collé I allowed myself to work outside of the confines of the plate and into the paper borders.

Prints No.1 to 50 are straight etching prints, what you see is the result of the ink being passed through the press with no further additions made. After the first 50 I started to use chine collé and from print No. 63 both chine collé and/or mixed media was used for further experiment in variation.

Ammonite no.32 with the zinc etching plate on the right   ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec

Whilst 100 variations did at first feel like a huge undertaking I was soon caught up in the excitement of the project and felt the pressure of time running out by the time that I was getting to the last 30 or so.

Ammonite   photograph   ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec

As I worked I was thinking about the parallels of fossil hunting, choosing a rock, splitting it open to reveal the fossil, not knowing for sure what would be revealed - the excitement and anticipation at finding a perfect specimen. All similarities with each stage of making a print. Experience makes the result more predictable but there will always be an element of surprise when the paper is pulled back to reveal the image. I think this is why I have fallen in love with printmaking and there will be much more in my future.

To view the exhibition click on the tab at the top or click on the link

I hope that you enjoy visiting the 'exhibition' and looking at how the image evolved.

The prints are available at seasidestudiosuk on Etsy.

Cards, notebooks and accessories of selected prints are available at Redbubble here.

A catalogue for the exhibition of all 100 prints is available from blurb here;

 100 ammonites Etching and mixed media in a variable edition


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

100 ammonites virtual exhibition - a sneaky peek!

Exhibition opens 6th April 2017....

100 ammonites project a sneaky peek ©2017LisaLeQuelenec

I hope you will join me here next week.