Friday, 11 February 2011

Memory paintings at Loriann's and a trip to Jersey

At the end of yesterday's post I wrote about the challenge Loriann had set about painting from memory. Well today she's posted paintings by artists that took up the challenge. There's a beautiful mix of work and it's interesting to see how everyone reacted to the challenge. Pop on over and take a peek.

Below is the memory sketch I sent Loriann, it's in pastel pencil just under A5 in size and is of one of my favourite places in the world. It's St. Ouens Bay in Jersey (Channel Islands - 14 miles off the coast of France although part of Great Britain) it's the island where I was born and raised. In the bay is a martello tower called La Rocco Tower, of which there are a number around the island that were used as defences.

The reflections of the tower in the wet sand are something that I've sketched and painted many times. This particular day stands out in my mind it was December and was really cold, all the colour had washed out and the beach was empty. Even though this is a place that I feel very connected to and a place that I have experienced a large number of times it was still very challenging to attempt to capture it with no references - not even a sketch.

Thank you Loriann for starting this challenge it's been really good fun.


WILLIE........! said...

Lisa....Yet Again....Fantastic....!
You certainly know how to make a grown man cry, as l explained yesterday, my connections with this lovely island, will never, be forgotten. Such memories. Oh! l did manage to find those old photos too.
Don't think l'll ever go back though,
to much for my emotions.
AND, the painting.....Tell you why l love it...............No People in it......

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

I'm glad you liked the painting but I didn't mean to make you cry Willie! Take care and have a lovely weekend.

loriann said...

It is a beauty Lisa! Your memory is stronger than you think. I feel maybe you should paint from it may surprise and delight yourself.
And thank you for the mention!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

I think I will be trying this again, memory definately played a part in the Old Harry Rocks painting. It felt a bit funny at first but was a lot of fun to do. Thank you for visiting :o)