|A virtual exhibition of etchings by Lisa Le Quelenec|
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Monday, 20 March 2017
|Snaps from a quick break in Jersey ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
There is nothing like taking a break from a big project and coming back refreshed. A quick trip to Jersey has done this for me and now I am ready for the home run of finishing up the loose ends. I can't wait to share this one with you.
I have competition for finding treasure on the beach now as someone has started his own collection ;o) . New wellies were put to the test as we explored the rockpools at Green Island finding shrimp, crabs, a blenny and tickling sea anenomes. Holes were dug, castles built and destroyed; shells, stones, seaglass and seaweed collected - that was just me.... I didn't do any sketching at all and only opened a sketchbook to press some seaweed inbetween the pages. As a result I have a lovely damp, beach smelling sketchbook - ah well inspiration takes many forms....
Now back to work.
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Storms Doris and Ewan whilst wet and windy passed us by in February without too much damage down here. I don't think they were quite so lucky further north unfortunately.
The following are a couple of sketchbook snippets from the wild weather last week playing with tone and markmaking which seems to be a theme developing in my work recently. I am working on finishing a rather large project which is occupying rather a lot of time at the moment and so sketchbook work has been a little distraction whilst taking a break.
|Sketchbook snippet - across the marsh watercolour 12x12cm approx ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
|February storm watercolour in a6 sketchbook ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
Thursday, 23 February 2017
|Deeper through the Forest mixed media diptych 19x28cm each ©2017Lisa Le Quelenec|
Thinking about hard and soft, lost and found edges using pencil, oil pastel resist, watersoluble pencils, inks, and new to me pigments from Daniel Smith - sodalite genuine and lunar black. These two are fast becoming favourite colours. I love, love, love the soft inky denim of the sodalite.
I might leave this as it is or work into it again at a later date....it may even be the starting point for something else. The half term week has thrown me off kilter a bit. It's funny how just a few days off work can make you lose your thread. For now back to sketchbooks to find myself again I think.
Saturday, 11 February 2017
|Birch Study III monoprint and mixed media ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
Sometimes I like to experiment digitally with images - it can be a quick way of trying different crops of an image without commiting to changing physically a piece of work. I like how I can change tones and colours in seconds and so can be a useful tool to progress a project.
I scanned one of the birch tree monoprint and mixed media pieces from the last post, cropped it, changed the tones and then started to adjust the colouring. I rather like the warmer version and also the darker more moody version that came last. I chose the last idea to explore first wanting to go deeper into indigo with a bigger contrast in the tonal range for more drama.
|Birch Study III digital sketchbook experiment page ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
|birch sketchbook sample ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
This is a small sample that I made using a scrap from a failed print and adding washes of watercolour in varying strengths. The oilbased printing ink resists the watercolour in unusual ways giving nice textural effects - something I want to use to my advantage although difficult to control.
|If you go down to the woods today... monoprint and mixed media ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
The above image is the result of the experiment so far. On top of the monoprint I have used drawing ink, coloured pencils and watercolour. The surface qualities and textures of the materials resisting each other are producing some lovely marks. I think my next step is to return to my sketchbook and work through some composition thumbnails maybe also to see how some of these marks can be translated into pure paint. Fun and messy times ahead I think...
Thursday, 2 February 2017
A few days of thick freezing fog the other week has inspired a different avenue to explore. I don't ever remember seeing such thick and persistant freezing fog before. It has caused quite a bit of disruption to travel but has had an element of surprising beauty to it. The little one was fascinated by the 'crunchy' sparkles on the spider webs on the way to preschool. Simple looming silhouettes and subtle greys have inspired a very different feel to the series.
|A Progression of monoprints and monoprint mixed media pieces - Birch Study I & II ( last two images) ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
The two mixed media pieces at the bottom have been made by using ghost prints. (a second print made from the printing plate from which a print has already been taken. Due to there being only residual ink left on the printing plate the second print is much more subtle.) As you can see from these two I was lucky enough to get two ghost prints the one on the right was the first to be taken.
I often prefer the ghost prints as I like the subtlety and delicate textures and they are often interesting to work into with other media. I think my next stage may be to take scans of these two and then play digitally with them and see what happens. 'Birch Study I & II' are available as reproductions at Redbubble here.
Thursday, 26 January 2017
It has been a busy week! I have opened a new shop on Folksy. an online marketplace solely for artists and designers based in the UK. (If you are from outside of the UK you can still order from sellers on Folksy as most will ship internationally.) I have been busy updating my Redbubble site and have some of the notebooks from there available on Folksy. Also available are paintings and prints and I will be adding to the collections over the coming weeks.
|Notebooks available at http://lisalequelenec.redbubble.com and https://folksy.com/shops/seasidestudiosuk|
Also on Redbubble and now via Folksy are scarves. Now the weather is colder it's nice to have something to layer up and snuggle into.
They are made from microfiber polyester with a slightly transparent effect. The print is visible on both the front and reverse and measure 140cm square (55inch approx). The fabric has a lovely drape to it and the size means that it could just as easily be used as a beach/pool cover up as a scarf. The designs are repeat patterns made using motifs from my prints and paintings.
|Scarves available at http://lisalequelenec.redbubble.com|
Now all the excitment of getting a new store together is over I am back to working on my birch tree monoprints....
Thursday, 19 January 2017
|Night Watchmen monoprint 15x21cm ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
Initially I rolled a layer of ink mixed with extender for a little transparency onto the plate before wiping off some trunk shapes. Then applying ink with a stiff brush I added the trunk markings in. The rough grassy floor was fun! I added a little more ink and scratched into it with sharpened sticks, a supersharp pencil point and toothpicks.
I wanted a really sharp and bright white moon so cut a paper stencil for this. The thickness of the paper has meant a darker edge to the ink surrounding the moon but I quite like this as it adds to the contrast and I think it needed something hard amongst all the lost and found edges through the rest of the image.
This image is available as a reproduction and stationery on my Redbubble site
It is also available here on Fine Art America.
I managed a ghost print (running the plate with leftover ink again through the press with some slightly damper paper) only adding a little extra ink to the trunk markings and lower corner of grass. Once the print had dried I worked into it with watercolour and coloured pencil introducing some colour and neutralising some of the harder darks adding more form into the trunks. I liked the way the pencil picked up the texture of the inks where it had printed thicker in some areas. I think this is an avenue well worth exploring - a big adventure for the start of the year - the results could be very exciting...
|Night Watchmen monoprint and mixed media 15x21cm ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
|Night Watchmen detail ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
Thursday, 12 January 2017
|Pine cone drypoint etching print ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec|
I have been working on a set of new monoprints of winter birch trees and am impatiently waiting for the ink to dry so I can work into them and experiment with combining other media. My fingers are itching to get going but It will be another few days yet....
In the meantime here is a small drypoint pine cone that I finished last year and have just put for sale in my Etsy store SeasidestudiosUK.
I am so lucky to be so close to the sea and near the New Forest - it really is the best of both worlds.
Thursday, 5 January 2017
Happy New Year!
We are five days in and plans are afoot for a busy and experimental year. Exciting times are ahead as I have gained time to work now that my little guy has more time at pre-school and I am planning on packing a lot in. I would like to focus this year on markmaking and texture and to be a bit more experimental. Ideas that were sown during printmaking experiments are perculating and although I am unsure quite how they will unfold I think a little more mixing of media may lie in my future.
I have started a project with a series of collages that include printed, drawn and painted elements and words of wisdom and bon mots that I have collected over the years - usually scribbled in sketchbooks and the margins of books. I feel the need for a bit of positive inspiration and good humour after the extremes of 2016 which I confess left me feeling a little dazed and rather powerless.
Anyway, I started with one of my favourite quotes which always makes me smile....
|From the Inspirational Quotes series ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
The series is available in various formats as reproduction prints and stationery from Redbubble here and I hope to add to it throughout the year.
|From the Inspirational Quotes series ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|
|Notebook from the Inspirational Quotes series ©2017LisaLeQuelenec|