|On summer breeze|
Acrylic on paper 38x38cm
©2012 Lisa Le Quelenec
This painting has been a little difficult to photograph. I can't capture the colour, there is lots of broken colour with five different blues dry brushed and glazed on top of a warm neutral ground. The blues have been built up in many layers and the painting has a kind of shimmer to it. The birds are painted some on top and some embedded into the blues.
Yesterday I finished a book of short stories that I have been dipping in and out of since Christmas. I rarely read fiction these days as normally I have my nose buried in art books but this is an exception. Tove Jansson is one of my favourite authors. I first discovered her work as a child when I was a big fan of the Moomins. Then later, as an adult I rediscovered her work when I read The Summer Book which has become one of my all time favourite books - EVER. It is absolutely enchanting and I am impatiently awaiting the next book to be translated. (Art and Nature is out 7th June 2012 published by Sort Of Books ). I think it would be worth learning Swedish to be able to read her books in her language despite the translations being so good. If only there was the time... Information about Tove Jansson can be found here .
'That there can still be as-yet untranslated fiction by Jansson is simultaneously an aberration and a delight, like finding buried treasure.' (Ali Smith)'
Sorry I digress.... it wasn't until I finished the last page and closed the book that I had a real light bulb moment. Just check out the cover! Was this subconsciously the nudge that started this series of paintings? How come I didn't notice before? Have you ever had this happen to you?