Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Little sea treasures



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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....




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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



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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.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

A memory of yesterday's storm in my sketchbook...



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Storm building - sketch from memory   11x11cm watercolour   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec


Yesterday I was a real treat! Whilst I sat on the sand in brilliant sunshine I watched a storm building over Studland, break and then move quickly out to sea. I think it must have made quite a downpour as the dark of the sky became as dark as the land and you couldn't see where one ended and the other began at one point. Tiny little flecks of white sails stood in contrast, lit up from the sun that was bright on my side of the bay, chasing the storm. The strong light reflecting the white sand at the bottom of the water made areas of the sea a gorgeous milky turquoise - a beautiful contrast to the brooding purplish/indigo of the sky.

All told it couldn't have lasted more then ten minutes or so and was such a thrill to watch, even my little prince watched enthralled. As soon as I could I had to try to record the memory in my sketchbook.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Soft Summer's Light and colour inspiration




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Soft Summer's Light   acrylic on board 20x20cm   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec



A while back whilst reading blog post by Sherrie York I chuckled to myself. She was in the middle of one of her exquisite linocuts and had realised that she had mixed the exact colour of ink to match the shirt that she was wearing. This is certainly something that has happened to me more than a few times.

The post reminded me of a time many moons ago at college when a tutor asked me why I had picked a certain colour combination for a repeat pattern design. It was quite a combination - dusky pink, chestnut brown, and bright vibrant turquoise and orange! I replied that I didn't have a clue, there was no reason I just happened to mix them. It was only when I got back home to my student digs and went to the kitchen that I saw the combination in all its retro lino, ceramic tiles and Formica glory staring back at me! I guess the d├ęcor was so familiar that I had stopped seeing it. My environment subconsciously influencing my palette is something that I have noticed happening a lot over the years.

This painting is another example - I only realised when I had finished it. I had consciously been looking at these particular shells for inspiration and referring to these pages in my colour notebook.




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Colour notes ©2016LisaLeQuelenec
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Shells ©2016LisaLeQuelenec



Then I realised that I had also been deciding between these  Farrow & Ball  colours for a decorating project....



Farrow & Ball Dix Blue no.82, Green Blue no.84 and Tersea's Green no.236



...it has been a difficult decision as I love them all.... there may be more than one DIY project in the pipeline. ....ssshhhhhhh don't tell His Nibbs... ;o)


You can read Sherrie York's post here.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Summer evenings




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Summer Evening I    14x20cm acrylic on board   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec




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Summer Evening II    19.5x11cm acrylic on board   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec






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Sketchbook page and beach treasures colour inspiration   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec



A rushed thumbnail sketch and treasures from my stash inspired these two paintings. Memories and observations of countless evenings at the beach all added together, interwoven and layered play their part.


Both paintings are available at my Etsy store Seaside Studios UK.











Thursday, 16 June 2016

Mangata monoprints - exploring the theme



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Pause and Reflect   13x12cm  monoprint   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec



Three monoprint explorations on the mangata theme. They are experiments in technique as much as concept. There is something very meditative and calming about trying to capture this idea which I hope comes across in the images. After using paynes grey oil paint in the previous posts drypoint I treated myself to a new etching ink by Charbonnel in the same colour. This is what I have used in Mangata I & II below. It's a little bluer in colour but perfect for this subject I think.



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Mangata I   21x15cm monoprint   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec





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Mangata II   21x15cm monoprint   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

Thursday, 9 June 2016

On the dunes - drypoint etching print




On the Dunes   drypoint etching 10x18.5cm   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec


A new drypoint etching print available in my Etsy shop Seasidestudiosuk.   - a larger sister piece to the etching The Wind Whistled from a few posts back. I used a paynes grey watermixable oil paint for this one - I love the subtle tones of the greys. My palette seems to be greying down quite a lot these days...

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Jetty - a new etching



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Jetty   artist proof etching  7x15.5cm   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec




Browsing the internet one day I made a discovery, a word that I felt I had been searching for for a long time. I don't think there is a true alternative in English - if you know of one please let me know. It's the Swedish word MANGATA which according to the The Guardian translates as 'the road-like reflection of the moon on water'. What a wonderful word! One single word to describe a theme/motif that has run through my work on and off for a long time. I was very excited by the discovery that I had stumbled across by accident and it has sparked some new ideas. They need some time to develop but I think this etching might be the beginning.






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Sketchbook page ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

Etching proof with mixed media ©2016LisaLeQuelenec



Thursday, 26 May 2016

A quick trip



A quick trip down to Perranporth last week for a birthday celebration (not mine) and I stole the opportunity for a lone walk on the beach whilst the boys went swimming. My pockets were getting heavy after an hour or so...




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Beach treasures   photograph ©2016LisaLeQuelenec



The sky was overcast and it was a bit blowy, though surprisingly warm so there weren't that many people out except for the dog walkers and a few dedicated surfers.




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Perranporth beach ©2016LisaLeQuelenec



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Perranporth Beach ©2016LisaLeQuelenec



With one eye on the tide, which was on it's way in, I explored the rock pools looking at all the textures and colours.




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Rock pool ©2016LisaLeQuelenec



It had been ten years since I had been back to Cornwall. (I used to go three sometimes four times a year) I definitely won't be leaving it so long again. It's such an inspiring stretch of coast. I'm sure the colours and textures will be appearing in new work very soon.




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On the rocks ©2016LisaLeQuelenec



And just because..... a few more textures and tones.....


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Textures and tones of Perranporth   ©2016LisaLeQuelenec

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Ideas and experiments



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Snippets a montage of ideas and notes   mixed media   ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec




Where to start? I have so many ideas half baked, scraps of paper with little experiments, workings out, notes in sketchbooks....all jostling for attention. I've decided to take a little break from blogging for a few weeks whilst I get my 'house' in order. It's also time for a good literal studio Spring clean as well as the mental one. Believe it or not this is a tidied desk - I can't show you the horror that lies in the other direction!





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Studio desk   ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec