Sunday, 22 March 2015

Print making Day 1 monoprints

After biting the bullet and enrolling in a short course at Arts University Bournemouth in creative printmaking last year, I was chomping at the bit to get stuck in. I was very pleased to find out that the tutor was to be Jan Bullas whose work I have admired for a long time, especially so as she is an expert in collographs which was the area that I am particularly interested in. It is lovely to be a part of a group of creative people and finding out about all their different paths in their creative journey. There was a buzz in the print studio that is something I really miss working on my own.

Monoprint I   ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec
We began with monoprinting these are three of the prints I completed. I was pleasantly surprised at the results. This one began as an inked up acrylic plate that I 'drew' into with a brush and toothbrush. I used paper to mask out the two white shapes at the bottom. The mask paper was very absorbent and I expected some of the ink to work its way through and show onto the print but it wasn't quite absorbent enough. No matter, it gives me a good starting point for working into it with other materials. I could also go back and do a further print on top later... something to think about.

Monoprint II ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

Anyway this is the second printing from the same plate as before. I took off the paper masks which had soaked up some of the initial inking and added in a little more ink to the underside of the wave shapes with the toothbrush. (I love the scratchy marks that they make). I think this print is much more successful and I like the subtleties of the tones.

Monoprint III ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

I thought I would push my luck and try for a third print from the same plate without adding or subtracting any more ink. Technically called a ghost print, they can be a bit hit and miss. Luck was on my side this time though and I managed another subtle print with some nice qualities to it. I think I will scan this one, print it out and work into it with other media as an experiment.

The plate from the monoprint ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

This is the plate after the third pass through the press. It only had the tiniest whisper of ink left on but there were some lovely passages of colour from previous printings. I always seem to fall in love with the plates.

There was also time at the end of the day to try a tiny dry point - a quick taster for the etching that we will do next time. How exciting!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

A New Dawn

Finally a new painting completed and ready to show. It has felt very good to be working on a larger scale again. In other news I have enrolled on a short course in creative printmaking at Arts University Bournemouth - more on this later... I am very excited!

A New Dawn   acrylic on canvas 40x50cm   ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

Sunday, 21 December 2014

I'm dreaming.....

....of a white Christmas.....

 It's not very likely at all. It hasn't stopped me from trying to remember the colours and tones of snow though. I used cobalt violet, cerulean blue, a touch of raw sienna and a grey inktense pencil for this memory sketch.

watercolour sketchbook double page ©2014Lisa Le Quelenec

Wishing you a very Happy Holidays

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Watercolour vignettes

I am fascinated by Turner's watercolour vignettes which you can see and read about here. It is interesting that the vignettes that he did weren't intended as paintings in their own right but as pieces to be translated into print that were subordinate to the text that they accompanied. In my opinion they are all little gems.

It has prompted me to look again at breaking out of the formal constraints of the rectangular or square format of paper and canvas which can lead to something altogether more interesting. This is something I explored briefly some years back but hadn't returned to. Whilst my explorations are no where near as free flowing and randomly shaped as Turner's it might be the start of a journey that develops in that vein. To have the same confidence in guiding the paint rather than controlling it is definitely something that I aspire to.

Vignettes   watercolour  9x9cm   ©2014Lisa Le Quelenec

I have presented these part circular paintings within a square aperture mount which reinforces the formality that I am breaking away from. I like the tension between the formal and the chaotic. Where this will lead I have no idea but it is an interesting idea to experiment with.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Guiding lights

Guiding Lights acrylic on canvas 50x50cm   ©2014Lisa Le Quelenec

Finally I have finished this painting started in June. It's not quite as dark in real life but I might have a wait to get a better one as more wintery weather seems to have settled in and whilst it is very mild in temperature we are having very heavy rain showers with skies much like in the painting. It feels quite apt to be posting it now.

To see the beginning stages of this painting click here.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Sea shell notebooks

Well I don't know where my mind is at because I thought I had posted about these weeks ago. It seems I saved the post as a draft instead of publishing it.

A little side project that I had been working on...

A5 Sea Urchin notebook hand painted in acrylic ©2014Lisa Le Quelenec

Detail of A5 Sea Urchin notebook hand painted in acrylic ©2014Lisa Le Quelenec

There are six in the series and they are available in my Etsy Shop here .

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Watercolour shell studies

Shell studies 6x8inch approx ©2014Lisa Le Quelenec

Shell studies 6x8inch approx ©2014Lisa Le Quelenec
Shell studies 6x8inch approx ©2014Lisa Le Quelenec

Some new shell studies available individually at my Etsy store here .

I love painting shells, this series is growing and growing as I am always coming home with new subjects. With the little 'un' so close to the ground I'm thinking he might be a good hunter gatherer for new subjects too, in time ;o)

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sunset sketch

sunset sketch   watercolour 20x20cm   ©2014Lisa Le Quelenec

I love how sometimes the sun seems to set the clouds on fire..... so challenging to paint. One day I will crack it. A really difficult sketch to photograph, I think it is too contrasty for my camera to cope with so it has greyed out somewhat...

There is so little time to paint now as the little one is on the move and not sleeping so much ;o)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

De La Croix

 'I never know a moment's boredom when I have a brush in my hand.'    De La Croix

I haven't had much time to paint or sketch lately. A certain little someone has been keeping me on my toes. I have been taking little snatches of time to finish a book that I started back on maternity leave though - The journal of Eugene De La Croix  ISBN9780714833590. I have a shortened version but it is still a long read. It is however, absolutely fascinating with many insightful observations not only on art and painting but also on human nature.

One quote in particular has given me food for thought;

'As a rule marine artists do not paint the sea well.... they make portraits of waves...They are not sufficiently concerned with the effect of imagination which, by multiplicity of details - too minutely described even when they are true - is distracted from the main theme, the vastness or depth which art is capable of expressing.'     De La Croix

On The Coast   photograph ©2014Vicky Le Quelenec

I don't have too much left of the book and am wondering if anyone could recommend another for me to start on a similar vein. What is your favourite book written by an artist?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A beautiful moon

Super moon   watercolour sketchbook ©2014Lisa Le Quelenec
I am a little late in posting about it...... but wasn't it beautiful?