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


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