Saturday, 3 October 2015

Lucky me! ©2015LisaLeQuelenec ©2015LisaLeQuelenec
Acorns sketchbook page ©2015LisaLeQuelenec

Look at the lovely gift my boys brought me back from a trip out to the park. The photograph doesn't do the gorgeous soft lime green of the acorns justice. I couldn't wait to get my sketchbook out to explore the shapes. It seems Prince Twinkle Toes has a good eye for treasure.
Acorns   watercolour sketch approx 10x14cm ©2015LisaLeQuelenec

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Sketches from the Isle of Wight

I've just got back from a few days away on the lovely Isle of Wight. I have gathered new material in the form of sketches, added to my collection of seaglass, seaweed and pebbles, walked on different beaches, taken in new views and eaten some fabulous pistachio ice-cream...(it really was worth writing about ;o) ). It was a lovely break.
Seaweed sketchbook page with seaweed and identification chart illustrated by Carol Roberts  ©2015LisaLeQuelenec
Butterfly sketch watersoluble ink and coloured pencil ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

I even went on a couple of touristy trips. One of them was to a beautiful place called Butterfly World which inspired a couple of sketches and some thoughts for a new set of work - a break from my usual. The ideas are percolating and like steam from a hot coffee don't have a solid form just yet, they need a little time.
Butterfly sketch and pebble watersoluble ink and coloured pencil ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

Now, lucky girl that I am I need to get ready for a trip to the lovely Shell Bay on Studland which I believe many, many, many years ago was connected to the Isle of Wight and time and tide have erroded the chalk to create Poole Harbour/Bay. The holiday hasn't ended just yet.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Summer evening   ©2015lisalequelenec
Summer Evening   acrylic on paper 14x14cm   ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

Sometimes the sea here is so still, quiet and calm it is unrecogniseable as the same body of water that menaces the coast during the October storms. As the days of summer are coming to an end and a coolness begins to stir in the evenings I look forward to the storms but for now it is good to reflect on the quieter times.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Spots! A feather drypoint

Spots!   drypoint with watercolour   plate size 3.5x7.5cm   ©2015LisaLeQuelenec

I rather enjoyed working on a mini plate even though it was hard on the eyes and hands. The plate was printed onto HOT PRESS watercolour paper and then I have mounted each print onto a piece of handmade paper (approx 11x15cm) for a contrast in texture. I'm not sure which way around I prefer the image to go, I think it works both ways.

Available individually at my Etsy shop Seasidestudiosuk

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Full moon and birch tree drypoints
Silver birch moon   30x40cm acrylic on canvas ©2012 Lisa Le Quelenec

The above painting is an old favorite of mine, I really do like this theme and often revisit it. So I thought I would use it as a starting point for a small drypoint using a metal plate instead of acrylic. I have also been enjoying working in a circular format so set myself the challenge of combining the two elements.
Moonrise metal plate 7cm diameter  ©2015LisaLeQuelenec

 A set of five prints is the result. Each one a variation in colour and tone. I am doing these as an open edition as I might do another few impressions. I don't think there will be many more than this as each time the plate runs through the press the burr gets more worn and the prints will be less clear.

All are for sale at my Etsy shop seasidestudiosuk.
Moonrise   open edition drypoint  7cm diameter on 15x21cm paper   ©2015LisaLeQuelenec
Moonrise I   open edition drypoint  7cm diameter on 15x21cm paper   ©2015LisaLeQuelenec
Moonrise II   open edition drypoint  7cm diameter on 15x21cm paper   ©2015LisaLeQuelenec
Moonrise III   open edition drypoint  7cm diameter on 15x21cm paper   ©2015LisaLeQuelenec
Moonrise IV   open edition drypoint  7cm diameter on 15x21cm paper   ©2015LisaLeQuelenec
Moonrise V   open edition drypoint  7cm diameter on 15x21cm paper   ©2015LisaLeQuelenec

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Summer sailing

Summer sailing, turquoise seas and a gentle breeze....... Who could ask for more? (A far cry from the torrential rain we have in the UK at the moment but a girl can dream.)
Summer sailing I   watercolour 17x17cm  ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec
Summer sailing II   watercolour 17x17cm  ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

These paintings are available in my Etsy store SeasidestudiosUK 

I have also listed the first five in the edition and a proof print of my Nautilus drypoint.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Choosing a palette
Caran d'Ache Pablo permanent colour pencils  ©2115Lisa Le Quelenec

As well as recently ordering paint, paper and etching inks I also added a little treat, Some new (to me) pencils made by Caran d'Ache in their Pablo range. Aren't the colours gorgeous? I like using coloured pencils to sketch with and do thumbnails for paintings and these colours are very much the palette that I am working in at the moment. I use all sorts of types and look for the colour rather than the brand when selecting pencils. I prefer something softer with a good coverage of pigment generally and I'm rather taken with these. The smell of new pencils is something of an addiction too ;o)
Caran d'Ache Pablo permanent colour pencils  ©2115Lisa Le Quelenec

Friday, 14 August 2015

Chambered nautilus - variations
Nautilus   prints 1 - 4 of 10   drypoint 15.5x20.5cm   ©2015LisaLeQuelenec

They took a little while to dry but here they are... the first four prints of an edition of ten of my chambered nautilus dry point. There are variations in the colouring and tones as I am continuing to experiment with the inking process.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Dry point pine cone three variations
Pine cone   dry point with chine colle & watercolour 8x7.5cm   ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec
Pine cone   dry point with gouache 8x7.5cm   ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec
Pine cone   dry point  8x7.5cm   ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

My little press and I have been busy experimenting with dry point. I'm still using perspex as a plate but I now have an dry point tool which is much easier on the hands than my old compass. I am rather pleased with these three variations and the different qualities that you can get just by changing an aspect of the printing process or working into the prints after. All three of these pine cones are available in my Etsy store here.

Below is the plate and dry point tool.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Chambered nautilus drypoint etching from a perspex plate
Plans for Nautilus drypoint ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

I bit the bullet and treated myself to a small printing press a while back. I can print up to an A4 paper size which I think will suit my needs. The details of the press for anyone interested are here I am not affiliated to this company in any way and I'm sure that it can probably be purchased from other suppliers this is just where I happened to go. The press is very light weight and as well as bolting it to a cupboard I have also had to bolt the cupboard to the wall to stop everything from moving around so that I can get enough pressure to do what I need. That said for the price I am very pleasantly surprised and delighted with the results so far.

I have been rediscovering my love of drawing whilst experimenting with drypoint. Drawing the nautilus was an enjoyable challenge! Below is the first proof taken from a perspex plate.
Nautilus -  Artist Proof I   Drypoint   ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

At the moment I am using HOT PRESS 140lb watercolour paper but in the future hope to experiment with some printmaking paper. The inks I am using are Caligo safewash etching inks (oil based but watersoluble for easy  clean up).