Tuesday, 6 December 2011

A treasure trove

Ginkgo study coloured pencil 20x27cm ©2011 Lisa Le Quelenec   
Whelk study ©2011 Lisa Le Quelenec

Explorations of some of the treasure I've picked up recently. All of these have been drawn using coloured pencils on buff coloured paper.

A while back after a very windy day I picked up lots of ginkgo leaves but couldn't find the tree. I assumed it must have been in someones back garden. I found it last week when I took a different route. A large area of the street was golden with the leaves that had fallen. A few more specimens came home with me and now I'm thinking of a mini project exploring these lovely shapes.

Feather Study © Lisa Le Quelenec


RH Carpenter said...

These are all so delicate and lovely; I think my favorite is the gingko leaves. There is just something about violets and greens that go together so well.

vivien said...

that gingko leaf is particularly gorgeous! a lovely study

Anonymous said...

Lisa, I love the fact that you used flecked coloured paper for these.......very nice studies...love the leaves, too.

Ontheroad said...

Just lovely, Lisa and inspiring.

Lydie said...

So beautiful, I love all of them. You make me want to draw ...

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Morning Rhonda, thank you. The gingko leaves are my favourites too. The mini project is underway....

Hello Vivien, thank you.

Hi Maggie, the paper is nice isn't it. Although it's quite thin it takes a lot of layers of pencil. I've been reading your clutterbusting post.... looks like you are very busy.

Morning Zoe, thank you. I hope everythings getting back to normal for you now. Best wishes.

Hi Lydie, thanks.

Michael Bailey said...

Lovely delicate studies, Lisa. Nice choice of paper too .. what brand of pencils did you use?

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi there Lisa!... What a lovely study! Your composition has created a feeling of airiness... which fairly supsends these three leaves in their gravity-propelled final flight to earth!

Wonderfully perceptive study... they jump off the page!

They are ornamentals in this part of the world... and usually one only comes across them in either public places like parks or cemeteries.

I have always loved their shapes... which summon up Egyptian (papyrus) or Middle eastern thoughts.

Lovely work!

Good luck with the exhibitions! ... and Good Painting!
Warmest regards,

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Morning Michael, I've got a mixture of pencils. Some are Faber Castell polychromos and some Derwent artists and drawing. I buy according to colour more than brand, they're a guilty pleasure as I love pencils - especially the smell of new ones :o)

Hi Bruce, thank you. They are more ornamental trees here too. I'm sure there are more but I only know of two in my area. When I go to London there's one near Trafalgar Square that I go to have a look at if I'm around there. It's right on the street and it's gorgeous. - wishing you a great days painting.