26x26cm acrylic on paper
© 2010 Lisa Le Quelenec
A change of direction in more ways than one. Instead of walking at the beach this weekend I literally had a change of direction and went for a walk by the river instead. I'm really glad I did. The last time I went there was way back in the summer and after the first frosts this week that seems like quite a while ago. Everywhere I looked there were paintings crying out to be painted, I think this could be a new project. (Why do I get these ideas as the weather gets colder and wetter?)
The above is my first painting inspired by that walk. It was really nice to have a change of palette and I enjoyed painting the teasels. I've included a couple of close up shots so that you can see more of the mark making that I've used. Sometimes it's hard to tell when you see the whole picture but I use a lot of scumbling and dry brush techniques as well as glazing colour. Way back when, on my foundation course we spent a whole term just exploring mark making and it was a whole lot of fun. I think I would like to explore this more again and a new project would be the perfect opportunity. With a series about the river there would be a whole new world of reflections and slower moving water to explore and also a new vocabulary to learn.