Friday, 20 September 2019

Waiting for ink to dry....

Preparing sketchbook pages   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

I was supposed to be tidying up my desk but instead I had fun making more mess and preparing sketchbook pages for drawing. Some days you just have to keep busy whilst waiting for ink/paint to dry...idle hands and all that.

I see on my dashboard a notice to try the new Blogger... does anyone know what that is? I can't find any might have been there for a while...

Thursday, 12 September 2019

The skies just lately...

The skies just lately   photographs   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

I have been enjoying looking up just lately. Evenings have been noticeably drawing in and the weather feels on the turn. The recently endless blue is now filling with some quite dramatic cloudscapes - much more interesting to record... I think there will be some clouds on my horizon.

Sky study sketchbook page   acrylic   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Sky study sketchbook page   acrylic   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Sunday, 1 September 2019

The Red Ball

'I started early, took my dog,
and visited the sea;
The mermaids in the basement
Came out to look at me.'

                                              Emily Dickinson

The Red Ball   watercolour on paper 15.5x25.5cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Available at  Seaside Studios UK.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Warming up my palette - dog days of summer

Walking the Dog paintings, watercolour colour notes and inspiration   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

It seems we are to have another period of warmer weather before autumn gets underway. I will head to the beach earlier or later as it cools down - kinder to 'not-so-little-now' paws.

Always By Your Side   watercolour on paper 15.5x15.5cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Paintings available at Seaside Studios UK.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Turning tide - ghost print and mixed media

Turning Tide III   monoprint ghost print and mixed media 17.5x23cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

I have been working into the ghost prints from last weeks post. In reality the colours are too saturated and subtle for the camera to pick up, it has made it look very grainy and the subtle aquamarine is lost. Whilst trying to adjust the image digitally to a truer representation (not very successfully) I played with cropping the image. I might try some different versions using this format next time.

Turning Tide III (crop)   monoprint ghost print and mixed media 17.5x23cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

We are in the midst of a heatwave so I am keeping in the shade and wallowing in these blues.....there may be more to come.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

A little monoprinting... Turning Tide

Preparing a monoprint plate for printing   ©2018LisaLeQuelenec

I wish I could share the smell and sound of sticky ink as I roll a blend of colour. It is a very satisfying part of the process for the senses. The plate is a sheet of perspex (acrylic) the edges filed down and the corners rounded off. With the ink blend rollered on I begin to draw and paint with brushes, making marks and feeling the drag on the darker ink over the colour blend. Using a rubber tipped tool I make further marks lifting off areas of ink which will show as the white of the paper. The moon is a paper mask placed on top. Now it's ready to run through the press.

I place the plate face up on the metal bed of the press, line up a piece of dampened paper on top and cover over with a thick felt blanket. I turn the crank feeling the resistance as the plate and paper pass through the roller of the press then the give as it passes through the other side. Lifting the blanket and carefully peeling back the paper is always a moment of anticipation... you can never be 100% certain what will appear.

Turning Tide III   monoprint 19.5x27cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

This time I am pleased, the blend has covered well and there is a nice variety of marks. So after removing the paper moon mask and without adding or removing any more ink I run the plate through the press again with another piece of dampened paper to get what is called a ghost print.

Ghost print ©2019LisaLeQuelenec
There is much less ink to transfer onto the new piece of paper and a much more faded image results. I love these ghost prints for drawing on and playing with ideas for new work. They have become a part of my process now.

After cleaning off the plate of the remaining residual ink I am ready to start again. Once more a blended roll of colour the drawing/painting on top with a brush, removing ink, adding paper masks. Placing the print with its paper and blanket in the press and running it through. I almost always take a ghost print before cleaning the plate and starting the process again.

I find it a very meditative process but after a half dozen or so prints I start feel a little tired and my concentration starts to lag. Then I stop - look over the prints that I have made, take some quick photographs, evaluate and them place them within sheets of tissue paper that are then sandwiched between heavy boards and wait for them to dry. This can take a couple of weeks depending on how thick the ink is on the paper. Every few days I will change the tissue over for dry sheets and pop them back to bed between the boards.

Turning Tide II   monoprint 19.5x27cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Turning Tide I   monoprint 19.5x27cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

The original prints are available at Seaside Studios UK on Folksy  and reproduction prints and cards at RedBubble.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Coastal collages and mixed media - a larger format.

Ocean View I   mixed media collage 30x30cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Working on a larger format and suddenly there is more air... space to breathe.... - they become more like my 'big empties'. The process feels longer, like pacing yourself for a days hike rather than a morning walk. Still I flit between abstractions and more recogniseable imagery...I am still searching for my answers.

Ocean View II   mixed media collage 30x30cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Ocean View III   mixed media collage 30x30cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Ocean View IV   mixed media collage 30x30cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

All of the above are available at Seaside Studios UK on Etsy.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Palette inspirations - digital sketchbook pages and colour notes

I forget to show images of the things I use as as palette inspiration. I have posted about my colour notebook before here and I thought I would show a little of my notebook, digital sketchbook and scrapbook that I refer to when I work. I make these grids and medleys on down days as a way of getting my self going again. Just like looking at old sketchbooks and photos can be the little spark I need that leads to an inferno of ideas.

Ideas are not in short supply at the moment but unfortunately the small dexterity issue that I am experiencing with my hand means I cannot proceed with the work that I had intended. A lesson in patience for me but there is always something else that can be done. For now I am filling notebooks with thumbnails, catching up on admin and making some more medleys like these.

Colour notebook pages, photos and the paintings that they inspired  ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Magazine snippets, paint charts, beach finds and a sketch that became the basis of a drypoint  ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Snippets from a clothing catalogue with beach finds and amazonite beads   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Colour notebook pages, photos and the paintings that they inspired  ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Friday, 14 June 2019

Groynes sketchbook pages - going back to the source

Sketchbook pages - drawing the groynes   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

I hadn't realised just how long I had been awol. I have been having a bit of trouble with my right hand this year but I am hoping to get it fixed soon. It has been making working a little difficult so I am thinking about how I can get around this. Anyway today I am relooking at sketchbooks and wondering/wandering where I will go next.....

The sketches above are from this year and below are from 2012 - I had completely forgotten about them! Funny how ideas and themes take a while to weave their way back into your conciousness and rise to the top. I think some printmaking might be in order soon but first a little more drawing.

Groynes sketches from summer 2012 ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Friday, 3 May 2019

Marine I - VI collage and mixed media

Marine I - VI   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

I have been playing with abstraction again over the last couple of weeks. Textures, edges and markmaking seem to be the common themes that are developing at the moment. Experiments with paint and ink application (rollering, spattering, frottage, resists, glazing, washes, drybrush, printing) in the making of the 'paper palettes' to collage together have been liberating and I have been using my colour notebook extensively to choose colour combinations. The backing paper for these is a creamy off white textured watercolour paper. It has warmed everything up over all. I think I will start working a little bigger now and compare a change of scale.

Whilst making these, each piece seemed to inform the next making me feel like I had taken a walk physically along the shore seeing the changing light over the course of a day, observing the colours, textures and changing temperatures.

All six are available at Seaside Studios UK on Etsy.

Marine I   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Marine II   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Marine III   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Marine IV   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Marine V   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec

Marine IVI   collage and mixed media 15x15cm   ©2019LisaLeQuelenec